By Nicole Cordier

The ladies of Ella Events come from different backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: They learned to love event, fashion, and the art of hosting fabulous parties from their grandmothers. Carmen Shah, Kara Markovich and Jocelyn Bray specialize in planning remarkable weddings. Their 13 years of experience in the wedding planning industry have taught them to always be prepared and carry essentials like double-sided tape and plenty of extra frosting for the wedding cake.

We sat down with the ladies to find out what products, places, and sources of inspiration they're loving lately!

PBG: Who does your hair and/or makeup?

KM: Eilish Strawberry Hynes at Eilish Hair Design

CS: Kim Namanny at WindowWall

JB: Ryann at Ryann Bosetti Studio

EE: We all go DIY on the makeup front with help from Bobbi Brown, NARS and Covergirl Cosmetics.

PBG: What's the best resource for wedding planning (other than Ella Events?)

EE: We all agree unanimously: Your circle of friends! In this age of information overload there is nothing better than the old-school approach of asking your peeps what they loved and more importantly what they would have done differently.

PBG: Soundtrack for a Sunday afternoon?

KM: The Run Around by Wild Child

CS: Mix tape of Indian music made by my father in law

JB: Mountain Tracks from the Yonder String Band

PBG: What item is a must have for this season's weddings?

EE: We're all in agreement here. This season's best wedding item is GIF photo booths. They take amazing moving memories for your family and friends!


PBG: What item of clothing or accessory would you buy right now if you could?

KM: A custom dress by Kate Towers

CS: A beautiful pair of shoes at Halo—any pair will do!

JB: A Leather Portfolio from Tanner Leather Goods

PBG: What's your favorite little-known Portland spot?

KM: The Mexican market on 66th & Powell for fresh-made tortillas

CS: Tamale Boy

JB: Daruma

PBG: Favorite wedding blog?

EE: We struggle to identify a favorite. Some we frequent are GreyLikesWeddings, Snippet and Ink, Ruffled, 100 Layer Cake, and OnceWed.

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