Yours, Always is a proprietorship based in Portland, OR, founded by Kara Brandon, your lead Planner & Coordinator. Yours, Always works hard to create unique, personalized, visually yummy weddings for our wonderful couples. Our approach to wedding planning is a combination of visual aids and inspiration to start, and an academic planning strategy full of comprehensive lists, summaries and a series of planning documents. We also host a great selection of online collaboration tools as well as live floor plans & renderings as needed.
Kara graduated with a BA in Art & Design, focusing on studio art, graphic design, photography & art discourse.
Post BA, Kara worked in Interior Design and furniture, learning about project management on large new construction projects, art installation and accessory design projects. She specialized in space planning, client management and design collaborations. She worked in the wine industry as she began her MBA before she launched her first business, Axe & Wedge Events.
Yours, Always is a direct re-brand of former Axe & Wedge Events, which conceptually began as a traveling, in-home wine tasting event service. "Axe & Wedge" is a by-hand wood splitting technique used in early stages to make staves for wine barrels. In the same right—it was the early stages—a foundation laid. Axe & Wedge Events morphed into event planning & styling far beyond the cannon of food and wine. Our clients were almost exclusively wedding clients. As the business took shape, the name & brand did follow.
Yours, Always offers a free consultation to discuss your ideas, expectations, and vision. Services include day-of coordination, planning, styling, and design.
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Jazzminn · Married on 11/03/2018
Kara is a dream!
Kara helped to make my wedding a truly incredible experience. She is so thorough and thoughtful. She made planning such a breeze. When I walked into the venue I couldn’t get over how perfect everything looked. It was really a dream come true. She made everything run so smoothly the day of. She is talented beyond measure, it’s very rare you come across someone who is not only creative but also organized and focused. The fact that she handled doing our beautiful florals and signage but also was able to have everything go off without a hitch is a testament to how amazing she is.Sent on 11/11/2018
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Ryan Love · Married on 10/06/2018
Your Wedding + Kara Brandon = Awesome!
I worked with Kara for a beautiful wedding at the Evergreen in Portland. I had never worked at that venue before and as a DJ it was great to get diagrams, timeline and helpful load in and set up tips well ahead of time from Kara via email. I found out from her that the venue was upstairs, and that the elevator was slow, and got crowded before the wedding. This was critical information because my role as the DJ is so important for the ceremony to be set up properly and on-time. On her recommendation I showed up extra early, and was glad I did for so many reasons.
During the event Kara was an absolute joy to work with. She has a very calm and smooth demeanor with a positive attitude which makes her a great leader for a wedding day. I have worked as a wedding DJ since 2006 performing at hundreds of weddings. I recommend Kara in the Top 5 wedding planners I have ever worked with based not only on her knowledge and professionalism, but her great communication skills and supportive role before and during the event.
It was awesome to be a part of such a spectacular event from start to finish. I can't wait to work with her again in the future.
Chantelle · Married on 09/08/2018
Kara was amazing and made our day go so smooth and stress free! As soon as we met her, we knew we had made the right decision for a day of coordinator. All of our vendors loved Kara and she was so easy to communicate with. We will recommend her to everyone looking for a wedding coordinator. I honestly don't know what we would have done without her!Sent on 09/23/2018
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Kara is such a dream to work with! She is cool, calm and collected, at all times and knows exactly what is going on from start to finish. She takes care of everything and makes the day run smooth. I would 100% recommend her to everyone looking for a coordinator!