Just in time for the critical wedding planning season – which typically gets underway in January – a group of Beaumont Village merchants is pooling its resources to launch the Fremont Street Wedding Collective. The collective includes a stable of seasoned wedding pros that can provide neighbors with a “one-stop-shopping” experience – from cakes and gowns to photography and invitations – all on one easy-to-walk street, with plenty of help – and dining options – along the way.
The ten participating merchants in the collective are Americana Frame, The Arrangement, Beaumont Florist, Boris Zharkov Wedding Photography, Defining Image Salon, Gather Event Planning, Gerhards’ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Miss Zumstein Bakery & Cafe, Paperjam Press and Silhouette Tailoring Studio.
The collective is the brainchild of Paperjam’s Deb Field, who formulated her plan while studying for a prestigious small-business accelerator program at Babson College in Massachusetts. She partnered with Gather Event Planning’s Katie Wilgus to enlist the participation of other wedding-oriented businesses in the district. Wilgus coordinates elegant weddings and other social celebrations. She is available for event planning from start to finish, to ensure that her clients make informed decisions while staying within their budgets. Wilgus is well known in the neighborhood for her work on the annual Fremont Fest and other Beaumont Business Association events.
“Weddings are the core of my business and I love helping my clients realize their vision,” said Wilgus. “Last year I did about 32 weddings. I refer vendors, coordinate the day – and I’m always on site for anything that might come up. I’ve worked with Silhouette quite a few times – where Julia GaRey does such beautiful work – and of course I’ve worked with Deb at Paperjam.”
“It’s not just the convenience of having all of us together,” said Field. “We want folks to be reassured. We are established businesses and we will take care of them. Vendor relationships and client relationships are essential to our businesses and our reputations. We have a nice, charming, Portland neighborhood. It’s walkable. You can come for the day – or half the day – and shop, or have something to eat and have a great time planning your wedding.”
For more information, stop into any of the participating Beaumont Village merchants on Fremont Street or on 42nd Avenue.