Earlier this month, Portland Bride & Groom won top honors in the Wedding category at the City and Regional Magazine Association’s annual awards ceremony.

Grouped with finalists from Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC—as well as its sister magazine, Seattle Met Bride & GroomPortland Bride & Groom was praised by the judges, who described the magazine as: “In a word, rich. The photos, food, and fashion are rich. The words are rich, even the paper stock is rich. And personal, too: each of the real weddings are bravely unique, yet the people are genuinely accessible.”

More than 100 judges from such titles as  Esquire, New York Magazine, the New Yorker, Outside, Saveur, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair assessed Wedding publications from across the nation before the winners were announced at the CRMA’s annual conference in Dallas. This was the first year Portland Bride & Groom submitted for the CRMA Awards. The magazine was previously honored as the Western Publishing Association’s Best Semi-Annual Publication in 2007.

In addition to the national recognition for Portland Bride & Groom, Portland Monthly, SagaCity Media’s founding publication, won in CRMA’s Home/Shelter category for its inaugural Design Annual and was among the finalists in three other CRMA Award categories: General Excellence (which it has previously won multiple times), Special Issue, and E-Newsletter.

As part of its mission of offering Northwest couples unique inspiration, top regional resources, and cutting-edge trends through oversize, color-drenched pages, Portland Bride & Groom also produces more than 16 wedding events in Oregon each year, including “Very Engaging” at Bridgeport Village and “Rocked” at the Nines.

“We’re deeply honored and so grateful for this just-plain-exciting acknowledgement from the CRMA judges,” says Portland Bride & Groom’s editor, Anna Sachse, who has helmed the magazine since August 2010. “Each issue is a labor of true love by a passionate, dedicated staff, and serves as a testament to the fantastically creative Oregon vendors, advertisers, and couples who share their stories with us and read our pages—we thank them all.”