Oregon is a paradise for August weddings… it’s a golden time of year, here. In central Oregon, it is doubly so.
Amanda and Hansford got married at the Crag Rat Hut just outside of Parkdale. It’s not a fancy place but it has a very cool vibe dating from the 1920’s and is perfect for any adventurous outdoor types. These two had a close set of family and friends join them for the afternoon and Mt. Hood was right there to enjoy their party, too. We watched the light changing on the mountain all through the day… it made for a very elegant backdrop.
In August weddings, the best light is a little after dinner so we trekked down the hill after a grand feast and after pie… a great excuse to stretch a bit after all that food. In the process we took about 20 minutes of sweet portraits in that golden light and they got to have a little time to themselves out of my earshot. I think it’s pretty important that all couples get a little time out of the crowd and out of my hearing to just marvel at the day… it’s a very sweet and personal time.
Maybe it’s the lemur in me for posting this on a chilly Spring day but I wouldn’t have missed this one for the world!
Flanked by the bright pink Voodoo Doughnuts boxes, Matthew makes a bold correction… his opening cut had flipped a piece of doughnut onto the table and Suzanne’s look was enough to alter his original course. She started laughing and the crowd went wild! ;0)
Voodoo Doughnuts, like cupcakes and pies, are on the rise as legitimate wedding treats… they are certainly less formal than a cake and it’s interesting to see how people respond when the sweets are offered. With a cake, each guest will likely have a piece. One. With almost any other type of dessert, it seems like they will have at least two servings since multiple flavors are more obvious. Or maybe doughnuts and cupcakes make us revert to being kids again when one was never enough…. yeah, I think that may be the actual answer. ;0)
Happy to observe and share the culture of our times!
The Power of Pie is almost equal to the power of a summer day. Together, they are an unstoppable combination. ;0)
Heather and Derek had a sweet wedding in the beautiful backyard of a family friend. The yard was tented against the heat and, after the ceremony, several large tables were set with flowers and food. A quiet social hum punctuated by small children running in the grass made a perfect backdrop to this wedding day. A little after 5:00, the pies came out of the kitchen and the crowd started to move towards the patio. Derek is a cheesecake man so the top of the pie tower was a small and mighty cheesecake… a few minutes later, he was wearing a smear of cheesecake on his left cheek and Heather was grinning a lot. After the laughing and the cleanup, the kids closed in for pie. After all, pie is good for you.
Pie was served at Castaway on one of the last nights of Summer… the part of Summer when school hasn’t started yet and it’s still light pretty late. We can tell it’s winding down, though. That didn’t faze anyone at the wedding of Kate and Ian. The crowd was chock full of friends and family and I am always pleased to see people participating fully. When dinner was done, the ice cream was set out on a table full of pies… all sorts of pies. Initially, Kate had said she didn’t think they were going to do a “Pie Cutting” sort of thing but when the time came for dessert, Ian pulled her into a cutting… making sure to keep one of the hearts intact as he cut a piece to share. These two are perfect for each other!
On this lovely evening, my thanks to a Dream Team of vendors… it was such a smooth and classy event! I’d work with these talents again in a heartbeat.
And last, my friend, Steve Sharp served as the officiant… I met him a while back and have been waiting to work with him. Kind, patient and very real… just the sort of person you’d like to hand you into your married life.
Come see about me if you are planning a wedding… there is a lot to talk about. ;0)
At our first meeting, Amanda and Hansford stressed that theirs would be a “grown-up” wedding… they weren’t looking to get all involved in a fantasy experience. To that end, they invited 30 favorite people to a great wedding in Hood River. The Crag Rat’s Hut is an unadorned but comfortable space overlooking the orchards around the southern flanks of Mt. Hood. While the kids were out collecting wild turkey feathers in the late light, there was laughing paired with fine wine, tasty salmon and incredible pie.
I stole them away for a few private minutes down the hill… I think it might have been a fairy tale wedding after all. Easily one of my favorite couples ever!
The supporting cast was excellent, if you are looking for good people in the Gorge, this is a great place to start: