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The Cook’s Tent

Once upon a time, there were fancy tents erected on a normally sunny slope in Carlton. It was an October day in Oregon, so I suppose they were always in the plan but I had visited the site a few days ahead of the wedding and it was startling to see this empty hillside so suddenly populated.

Brooke and John were expecting a crowd of about 225 for the festivities… imagine that many people in the lush dinner tent… keep in mind that the floor is grass. This site was, literally, a relatively level spot on the slope heading up to the private vineyard. The cocktail tent had a clear ceiling and the ceremony tent had an open wall facing west with a perfect Oregon view.

As the crowd arrived, the Trolley picked up each load of guests waiting at the bottom of the dirt road and ferried them to the party.

I was wandering with the cameras to catch the bits as they happened… nothing should be left out of the final picture of the day. That includes the vendors who pulled this magic out of thin air. There is a list of most of them at the end of this post.

And all through the visible hustle and bustle, the cook’s tent was it’s own busy hive. That tent was off to the far end of the dinner tent. I watched a constant stream of black-suited wait staff and white-coated kitchen staff working under changing skies as they set up for the evening. If you look at that handsome menu, you will see what a feast this was… no mean feat for an offsite gala. After dinner, the crew of Nick’s Italian Cafe received a standing ovation… well deserved.

When my assistant and I left, the rain had stopped and that kitchen was packing up by the light of the moon.  ;0)

No matter the size and scale of a wedding, the vendors are the puzzle parts that each couple needs to consider when they start planning. 

Dream Cakes, Francoise Weeks Florist, Bon Soiree ,  Peter Corvallis and Katherine Sealy also played big parts in this day… there are others unsung here for now. If you are planning a wedding outside the box, these are your people. I’d be happy to be on this team again.

The Honeymoon House

Josh and Liz took me across the pasture to see this old house on the property… we had talked about it at my table and then again when I visited to scout the locations. It seemed to fit the whole feel of their wedding plans. I was doubly pleased to see that it fit the mood of the entire wedding party… even with the massive wasp’s nest in the corner of the creaky old porch. ;0)

Josh grew up in this house and there might be plans to rebuild and live on this spot… what a fabulous history to keep alive!

I hope you will come talk to me if you are getting married… happy to be a part of the history effort.

The Best Seat in the House

Remember when you could climb a tree in a dress and kick off your red shoes? I do. Not that my family attended a bunch of weddings when I was a kid but the whole option of having a different vantage point than the grown-ups… it is a very special privilege. At some point they expect you to settle back to earth and behave accordingly. For the lucky summers you have, you should play it to the hilt and the parental types should let you fly as safely as they can.

This was during the cocktail hour between the ceremony and sitting down to dinner… usually it is where guests get to mingle and say hello to the bride and groom… a very nice break between parts of the day where you are expected to sit up straight and behave a certain way. ;0)

I love my job… if you would like to talk about getting married like real people, let me know… I have lots of input if you need it.