Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fresh Cut Sundays: Driftwood Wreath

Perfect for a Northwest beach wedding, this flowerless driftwood wreath will have a long life after I Do.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Space: Departure Lounge

Skylab's newest contribution to PDX. Part Space Mountain, part Tokyo power lunch.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Nashville Lifestyles' Dream Wedding

Okay, so this isn't a real wedding, but it is captured in such a way that I think any bride can find practical inspiration from the images. Tec Petaja documented this dreamy shoot for Nashville Lifestyles' 2009 wedding issue. Horses? Check. Banjo? Check. You've got my vote!

In case you recognized the name, yes, Tec Petaja is one half of the couple featured in the extremely popular Southern Weddings magazine cover! Check it out here!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Noellen & Jackson via One Love Photo

Beautiful and creative shots from the incredible One Love Photo...

Wedding celebration in Isla Musjers, Mexico. A Gorgeous setting for unique portraits (eye-popping color built right in!) and a little piece of paradise for the couple and guests alike.

One Love Photo can be found here and here

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pressed Coasters

Studio Olivine's delightful coasters pressed for Portland restaurants. Wouldn't it be nice to have these for parties?

Lexington Retreat

Lexington Co. via Elle Interiors
Not quite a cottage, not quite a loft. This bright retreat is mighty appealing

Monday, May 25, 2009

New Sponsor :: Jasmine Photography

A warm welcome to our new sponsor, Jasmine Photography!

Founded in 2003, Portland-based Jasmine Photography is committed to providing great images, unique products, fabulous customer service, and above-all, fun!

Alexis Achten, Jasmine Photography’s owner and lead photog, gives her clients simple, elegant, and fashion-inspired images. “Most of my clients come to me a bit nervous to have their photo taken. I've been told how relaxed and easy I make the sessions, which brings out their true smile and personality. Besides making my clients feel at ease, years of experience photographing events helps me give my clients advice on how their timeline could unfold. I'm a true believer of keeping in touch with my clients as well, whether by phone or email I am here whenever they need to chat,” Alexis says.

Alexis is dedicated to blending into the background when photographing an event; “ I would never walk up to the altar during the ceremony to get a shot!”

Though Jasmine Photography offers comprehensive event packages, Alexis recommends couples customize a package to meet their needs. Adding an engagement session, a custom album, or an additional photographer are the most popular options.

A successful wedding has to do with good communication, keeping me informed with any details that are important to them on the big day. I also believe having an engagement session before the wedding helps puts them at ease for their portraits on the wedding day.

Favorite image? Just one? That is so hard, I love images from each event for different reasons. How about this image from Nate & Jessica's wedding. We had just finished up taking their images when some young kids across the river yelled to them, "Congratulations!". I saw them both turn to look and snapped it!

Jasmine Photography travels beyond Oregon to shoot destination weddings in places like British Columbia, Seattle, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, and Las Vegas. Alexis captured this unique shot for clients Mat and Alana in Vegas!

I shoot all my images in raw format, edit them and adjust exposure, do any color correction needed and a bit of sharpening. After that I will hand select which images I want to keep color and which I want to turn to black and white. After that is completed I will go through all the final images one by one and apply a few special processing to the bride and groom shots. The rest I keep very natural looking.

We’ll leave you with an image captured at one of Alexis’ favorite event experiences, Tenzing & Kunsang’s traditional Tibetan wedding ceremony. I love the fresh, bright colors and the beautiful textures in her ceremonial gown. Certainly a unique wedding experience for any photographer!

Don’t forget to check out Alexis’ wedding blog, Simply Chic weddings. Stay tuned for a feature post on this great Portland resource!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fresh Cut Sundays: Sweet Paul's DIY

My favorite DIY of the week :: seen over at Sweet Paul

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Fig Studio LLC

jen {at} figstudiopdx {dot} com

Fig Studio is located within the offices of Giulietti/Schouten AIA Architects in the NW Portland neighborhood. Stop by for a visit...

2800 NW Thurman Street
Portland, OR 97210

Portfolio of Work

You can view Jenny's design work at her portfolio site

Select Project History and Clients
Sisters Coffee Company, Portland, OR
David E. DeAinza, DDS PC, Portland, OR
Kaempf Residence**, Master Suite, Portland, OR
Wells Residence, Master Bath, Portland, OR
Lyons Residence**, Kitchen Remodel, Portland, OR
Hawkins Cellars Tasting Room, Dayton, OR
Conway Residence, Living, Dining, and Bathroom remodel, West Linn, OR
Guggenheim Residence, Furniture Planning/Color Consulting, Sisters, OR
Les Schwab Corporate Headquarters*, Bend, OR
PCC: Willow Creek*, Gerding Edlen Dev., Beaverton, OR LEED Platinum
First and Main*, Shorenstein Properties, Portland, OR LEED Platinum
Columbia Sportswear Flagship*, Portland, OR LEED CI Silver
Mountain Hardwear Flagship*, Portland, OR LEED CI Gold
Waverly Country Club, Men’s Lounge*, Portland, OR
PPM Energy Pearl District Offices*, Portland, OR
City of Vancouver Administrative Offices*, Vancouver, WA

** In association with Giulietti/Schouten Architects
*In assocation with GBD Architects, Inc

Design Services

Fig Studio takes a customized approach to suit the individual needs of each project and client.
We offer tailored design services in the following areas:
  • LEED Projects + Sustainable Design
  • Commercial + Residential Design
  • Custom Casework + Furniture
  • Space Planning
  • Finish Selection
  • Color Consultation
  • Accessory Selection
  • Fine Art Selection
  • Real Estate Staging
  • Furniture Specification
  • Event Concept + Design

Designer Bio

Jennifer E. Guggenheim, LEED AP

Trained at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York City, Jenny's strong foundation in design principles have lead her to numerous successful projects, including those in retail, residential, educational, and commercial typologies.

Before establishing Fig Studio, Jenny worked with GBD Architects, Inc. where she honed her commerical design skills and gained extensive knowledge related to sustainable building practices and strategies. Her LEED AP credentials and experience working on LEED Certified projects allow her to easily guide her clients toward environmentally responsible design choices.

Jenny's extensive travels throughout North America and Europe intrinsically inform her design decisions, while remaining relavant to the Northwest climate and her client's lifestyle. Her choices are not dictated by trends, but rather by careful client profiling and her distinct editing skills. Jenny's role as a guide and advocate leads her projects to a successful and beautiful result.

When she’s not in the studio, you can find Jenny testing another menu item at Screen Door or inventing new kitchen recipes with her husband. She’s currently dreaming of owning a sleek Dutch city bike to ride to her office in NW Portland.

Portrait & Notebook Photo of Jenny by Lisa Warninger


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With Love,
Fig Studio

This is a Test

My confectionery test was a success, considering I've never baked a multi-layer cake on my own, nor iced anything but cupcakes. The idea was to test the use of rockcandy strings as a replacement to ribbon on a wedding cake. The effect is a sparkling collar of color, and an unexpected trim piece on a traditional shape.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Duchess in New York!

Calling all New York Brides! Portland's Duchess Clothier will be at SoHo's Veloce Club on Sunday, May 31st. Get your Grooms and Groomsman measured and fitted for a custom suit, Duchess style.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Real Portland Wedding

I've been wanting to feature an event held at Holoscene and I finally found one! This real Portland Wedding comes from BMAC Weddings, a Portland-based photography company. Holoscene is simple, modern, and elegant. Very little decor is needed for the modern bride and groom. Check out their art gallery inspired altar, so easy and beauiful! Enjoy!

Getting ready at the Jupiter Hotel

The reveal at Doug Fir