Julie & Adam | 11.3.19

Julie and Adam’s wedding was held on a perfect Fall day in early November at Opal 28. Even though November weddings in PDX are a little risky due to rain, you also might capture some of the most beautiful colors that Fall has to offer.


The B&G spent the day getting ready up stairs in our vintage apartments. The groomsmen rented Unit #2 & the bridesmaids occupied Unit #4. We love getting to see these special moments before the wedding begins.


We absolutely LOVED this macrame backdrop by Sea of Roses. This is their second macrame installation at Opal 28 & we always love to what they do with our cement wall!


The first look was done on the Opal 28 patio. Then Julie & Adam spent some time outside with the beautiful orange & yellow Fall scenery. We loved that they utilized pumpkins as accents on the patio!


With a guest count of 80 people, Julie & Adam’s wedding was one of our larger guest counts for an indoor ceremony. With about 50 seated, the remaining 30 guests stood in the back.


Can you even believe this was NOVEMBER 3RD? Such a beautiful day (and lots of beautiful ladies)!


Our neighbors at Dream Cakes made a statement with this three-tier cake with succulent accents.


We wish we looked this cute on the way home after a long day of partying! Julie & Adam’s wedding was truly one for the books: A beautiful November fall day with great people, food & a dance party to top it off!


Photography by: Katie Dessin Photography | Macrame Provided by: Sea of Roses | Cake by: Dream Cakes

It's our Birthday Eve! Join us tomorrow...

It's tomorrow! Opal 28's 3rd Birthday Bash & you could WIN our grind prize! Drumroll PLEASE...da...da....daaaaaa....

Tomorrow night, during the party, we will be giving away a FREE PARTY (a $2000 value)! Win and host your upcoming birthday, anniversary party, best friend's shower, Cinco de Mayo, HECK...how about your half birthday at Opal 28!

You MUST be present at the party to win, so when you arrive make sure to fill out a raffle ticket at the door & we will announce the winner at 9pm SHARP. 

Be ready to dance, eat, drink, and smile for the camera - see you tomorrow party starters!


Gotta Get that Fitness

The only way to be a true party starter is to live a well balanced life.  Sure, late nights enjoying locally distilled spirits, amazing wines and the best beers is fun  it can also lead to a nasty headache.  Our best advice....keep exercising and staying hydrated.

Luckily, Opal 28 is now neighbors with MOBCYCLE - the only Northeast Portland cycling studio.  We love to skip outta the office for a quick 45 minute sweat sesh, or shall I say dance party on a bike.  The music is loud, the instructors are motivating and the fitness is real.  Lucky you, will get a special treat when you attend the 3rd Birthday Bash on Friday.  Check out MOBCYCLE for more details and class schedule.



A Super Cool Treat...Stellar Pop

Popsicles in October are still a good idea, we promise. We also promise that you'll definitely need one to cool down after dancing all night to Blackboard Music at our 3rd Birthday Bash this Friday. Our absolute favorite popsicles are Stellar Pop, a local Portland company & sister company of Portland Juice Co. Stellar Pop fuses natural flavors & juices to create unique recipes you won't see anywhere else.

Can't wait until Friday to try Stellar Pops? See if you can find them at any of the locations below...

We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE

Weekend Wedding Feature: Maura & Kendra

Maura & Kendra, such a joy & pleasure to work with this summer. We are totally OBSESSED with their pictures from their wedding at Opal 28. Shayne Berry Photography did an incredible job capturing the magic between this amazing group of people. Check out some of our favorite moments below (we had a really hard time choosing)...


We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE

Our 3rd birthday is NEXT Friday!

What can you expect at our 3rd birthday bash next Friday????

A really fun time - Three years is something to celebrate, please join us to dance, eat, drink and play with our family, friends, past clients, future clients, industry professionals & everyone in-between. Can you guess what the grand prize raffle giveaway might be??? 

Anyone that guess' right via Facebook just might win too!  Did you RSVP to our par-tay? Did you invite a friend or two? Did you read our blog and the following to see what you will experience? Can't wait to celebrate 3 amazing years of parties.  


RSVP via Facebook

xoxo, Opal 28 (Margot, Kristi, Sarah, Jeremy, Dan & Michelle) 

Grind Musubi...what's that?

About 5 months ago the Opal kitchen was the test kitchen for the just launched, super delicious, locally owned GRIND MUSUBI, located at 21st and Division. Musubi is a classic Hawaiian treat made of high quality sushi grade rice with creative & homemade fillings like spicy tuna, artisanal spam, cured salmon and more, wrapped in umami rich seaweed---these snacks are addicting and filling. Not only Is GRIND MUSUBI delicious they are also donating 10 cents of each musubi sold, to efforts that are working to eliminate hunger...AH-Mazing and we love them. You will too,  check out their shop on Division and get ready for your tastebuds to be overwhelmed when you can sample Grind Musubis at the Opal 28, 3rd Birthday Bash.   

Straight from their website you will find, "Grind Musubi creating the highest quality Hawai’ian comfort food items and ending hunger while we’re at it."

Address: 2134 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202  Phone:(503) 444-9734   Hours:  8AM–3PM

We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE




Music Makes the Dance Party

We are so excited to announce that Blackboard Music will be our 3rd Birthday Bash DJ Party Starter.  Spinning all evening long so get your dancing shoes out and mark your calendar for 10/28.  Blackboard has over 14 years experience of rocking out events big and small---we can't wait to feel the bass of what DJ Max is gonna play.  Check out this video of his company.


We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE

Weekend Wedding Feature - Seven On Point Trends....

Fresh off our Wedding Convention in Las Vegas, we are overflowing with information. This weekend we wanted to give you lots to read---thats why we are giving you all the 2017 wedding TRENDS that were brought up again and again at the conference! Wow are there some wacky ideas for what is cool next year. If you are planning your wedding or event in 2017, check these trends out. Our 7 favorites are:

1. PANTONE 2017...these colors are rich and decadent

2. Glitter donuts...whhhat and YUMMY! Just be sure if you DIY get edible glitter. 

3.Real flowers as a pocket square, good bye boutonnière...love something different

4. Weed bars, we are in the right state for this!  

5.Out with robes, in with rompers

6. Lets play games...giant jenga on the Opal patio!

7. Geode and agate theme 

We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE

Beer is Flowing

As we all know, Portland has its selection of breweries and accessibility to craft beers of all varieties. We love all things beer, Portland, and especially Kerns (our little NE neighborhood). 

The Opal 28 bar keeps it's wares stocked with local flavors. On tap we carry our neighbor down 28th street, Coalition Brewery! SpaceFruit IPA is a favorite among all Opal event guests. We have also been featuring the Serendipity Session Ale, a seasonal from Coalition. It was light & fruity and a great refresher during the summer heat. The Opal 28, 3rd birthday party will symbolize the switch from the summer time Serendipity Session Ale to a more wintery King Kitty Red Ale (which pairs perfectly with a gourmet cheese board!). 

Remember to stop by our party on the 28th and meet Coalition Head Brewer, Elan! Come see & taste why we love Coalition Brewery. If you can't get enough of Coalition, visit them at their Brewery on 28th & Ankeny Street!

Bottoms Up! 

We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE

Meet the team that makes Opal 28

The service industry is known for turnover but not here.  We are a solid team who genuinely loves what they do! We come from varying backgrounds including Milk Bar in NYC, Lulus in Waikiki, Naked Winery in Hood River, Widmer in the Pearl and Soldier Field in Chicago.  With this vast experience you will consistently find exceptional hospitality with in our venue.

Sarah: Our office manager and giver of great advice!

Margot: The owner & founder of Opal 28 "Mama Opal"!

Dan: Our bartender extraordinaire!

Jeremy: Our Kitchen Magician!

Kristi: Opal Event Manager!

Michelle: Our front of the House Beauty!

 All you have to do is read a couple reviews to know we are worthy of five star service! 

“Our guests loved the space, the food, the DJ, and the impressive and helpful staff…I could not be more pleased.”  -Christine

The staff went overboard to welcome us.”  -Debi

“The service…made me feel like both we and our guests were taken care of.”  -Laura

See you at our 3rd birthday party on 10/28! RSVP HERE!


Margot, Kristi, Sarah, Jeremy, Dan & Michelle


Our Old Building Got a New Mural

Thanks to the talents of Meg, Zoe and Chloe the north side of Opal 28 got a festive urban party painted on the wall.  What was a landing pad for graffiti is now a healthy dose of original street art making our neighborhood even more eclectic. Next time you are in the neighborhood be sure to stop and take a look at the mural on the north side of the building. We are so happy to be contributing the community of Portland street art.  

We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE


Smile, Snap, Smirk Photobooth

ANNOUNCEMENT!  Smirk Photbooth will be at our Birthday Bash on Oct. 28th! If you haven't heard about Smirk yet, you are definitely missing out. Photo Booths are such a great addition to any birthday, anniversary, wedding or corporate event. Photo Booths always seem to become the center of the party, and the physical takeaway of a cute photo strip acts as a personalized party favor. We especially love Smirk Photbooth and owner & founder, Skylor, because she creates amazing specialty props & custom backdrops for your event. We love the fact that Smirk Photbooths are open air, which means there is no little box to squeeze into. You can pile as many friends into a picture as you can!

We met Skylor & Smirk when she decided to host her launch party at Opal 28 this summer. As soon as we saw her setup & props, we knew we would be seeing her again soon! Check out some of the photos from the launch party below!  Win a bottle of MUMM NAPA CUVEE, just tell us your most creative prop idea on Facebook

Make sure to RSVP on our Facebook Page to get the chance to get behind the Smirk Photobooth on Oct. 28th!

We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE


Romanticized Wedding Shoot

Last week, we had the honor of hosting an uber talented team of industry pros to help create an amazing stylized wedding shoot. We love getting opportunities like this to see how other wedding professionals interpret our space and get a chance to work with new florist, designers, bakers, planners & models from the PDX area.

Big thanks to:

Coordinator: Together Events
Photographer (photos below): Rosencrown Photography
Venue: Opal 28
Florals: Flower Friends
Dress: AniA Collection
Hair/Makeup/Model: Grace Hill
Model: Matias González Bustos
Ring: In the Raw Designs
Photographer (photos not shown): Branch & Twig Photography

Check out some photos from the sneak peek below....

We hope you join us for our third birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE

Every Party Needs Dessert!

With so many delicious dessert purveyors in Portland it's hard to choose our fav. After being the host to a stylized wedding shoot in the spring of 2014 we met Chanelle Sabo (now Walters), she is a newlywed. Since then, she has been our go to for party and wedding desserts. Our partnership with Lux Sucre has us craving her salted fudge-y peppermint brownies (just in time for the holiday season), we can’t live without her apple crumble bars and we are in awe of her beautiful cake and cookie artistry. We asked owner and pastry Chef, Chanelle, a couple questions:

  • What is the most popular mini dessert you make for parties? Mini Tarts or French Almond Macarons

  • You got married this year, what is one piece of advise to future brides? Hire a fantastic wedding coordinator!

  • When you have a sweet tooth, what do you crave? A slice of RICH chocolate cake!

We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28.  RSVP HERE

We are in VEGAS!!!!!!

Learning the tips and tricks to make the 2017 wedding season our best yet!

We arrived in Vegas on Monday morning and headed straight for the Wedding MBA. We are here amidst all the pros from Wedding Wire, The Knot, as well as top venues, photographers, rental companies, and other event professionals. We even ran into some of our PDX friends from Bridal Bliss and Powers Studio!

We have heard some amazing speakers and are more inspired than ever to host the best weddings and parties in Portland. Some of the most prominent topics have been: social media, understanding the millennial generation, effective communication strategies & 2017 wedding trends (post coming soon - stay tuned!). 

We even squeezed in a trip to the Omnia Nightclub to see the Chainsmokers last night!

We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE


Happy Birthday Kristi!

October is jam packed full of celebrations and today marks the Personal New Year of our amazing Event Manager Kristi.  The Opal team would not be complete with out this GEM of a gal to keep things organized, sparkling and running smoothly.  Wishing this party girl a year of greatness ...PARTY TIME!

We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE


Happy Birthday Jordana! (Margot's Sister)

Opal 28 is not just for weddings. We host birthday parties ranging in age from 1 to 85 but last year we celebrated multiple 40th birthdays including Jordana's. See what she has to say about celebrating such a milestone at Opal 28.

  • What was the most memorable part of your 40th at Opal 28?  Moving from an intimate, delicious dinner in the Reserve Room with 12 of my closest girlfriends into an epic dance party in the main room was amazing!  I got to do everything I wanted to do for my 40th birthday all at one address!  
  • Where did you spend the most time during your celebration?  I don't think I ever left the dance floor!  Apparently my friends that weren't on the dance floor with me had a rockin time on the patio.  
  • In 3 words how would you describe your party? Relaxed, Happy and Perfect    

We hope you will join us for our 3rd birthday party on 10/28!   RSVP HERE

Experience Jordana's 40th birthday party at Opal 28 by watching this video by Surefooted Films in Portland Oregon.

October is Opal 28’s Favorite Month

It’s the start to our favorite month!  Why is October our favorite? As if we need a reason, we love the morning dew, Autumn chill, vibrant fall colors and the symbolic namesake of the October birthstone, the opal.  There are multiple birthdays to celebrate this month, so, all month long we will be posting reasons to PAR-TAY and look for hints to the grand prize that will be given away the night of our 3rd birthday on 10.28.16.  We hope you will join us.  RSVP HERE

Our Namesake Story: The opal is the October birthstone and we are located on 28th Avenue. Owner, Margot Feves’ treasured Grandma Sadie was born on October 28th. In the 60’s the retail space that is now the Main Room was a grocery store. It’s possible that Gram Sadie once did her grocery shopping at this very location!

CHANCE TO WIN:  Guess Margot's age in this photo to win a 6 pack of Avissi Prosecco!  Submit your reply via our Facebook page

Opal 28 owner, Margot pictured with her treasured Gram Sadie.

Opal 28 owner, Margot pictured with her treasured Gram Sadie.