Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pintrest Wedding, advice on when to say STOP.

Well if there is one wedding trend I've been noticing this year, it is the "Pintrest Wedding" look. You know what I'm talking about.... thrifted chalk-board painted frames, burlap and twine, wine barrels, hay bails, cowboy boots, twinkle lights and paper lanterns, wine cork monograms, wild flowers and bouquets with weeds and kale.  Everything handmade and DIY down to the very last detail.

Naturally, because BeckenRidge Vineyard does have wine grapes, and an outdoor venue, we've seen a lot of "pintrest" weddings.  Now if the bride is the one doing it herself, the vision holder of the way the decor should look, bravo! You're having the time of your life planning this important day you've been dreaming about for quite some time.  Now, for a bit of advice:

Get it all done a week before the wedding, and have clear instructions for your coordinator (or at least friends helping) what you'd like done with all those crafty little items you've slaved over.  You will be so busy during event day getting your hair & make-up done, emotionally absorbing the day, hanging out with your bridal party, you will want to minimize interruptions on how many mason jar candle lights to place at each table.  Part of this advice includes realizing that some of those cute ideas you did have, in the end, won't pan out usually because you- the busy bride- ran out of time and resources. There will always be someone (or a fictitious culmination of someone) on the internet with more time, more money, and more crafty-ness than you. Let all those crazies who did it all go, and stop comparing yourself to their social networking archives.

 Come rehearsal dinner, if you're still scrambling to get your decorations completed, STOP and put the crafting scissors down!!  If the months before this date have gotten you into a frenzy and if you feel like you need to finish one more last little thing upon one more little detail, you will not end up getting the beauty sleep you need. Put your ideas to rest, you've worked hard, and its okay if you don't have time for the little twine bow-ties that will decorate your favors. The most important detail of your big wedding day will be that you are marrying the love of your life, and that will also be the most beautiful & sweetest thing your guests will appreciate the most. Cherish each other.

I cannot recommend highly enough the use of a coordinator. (My favorite is Katie at With this Ring Weddings)  I know financial times have been rough and you want to make your wedding happen on a budget. But on this important day, please realize that you will be so thankful to not have to handle the details, especially when you've put so much time, energy and money into this day! It's time for you to sit back, relax, enjoy your day and let the pros take over, they are worth every penny.

I want to know your thoughts & advice... please comment below!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sept 7 Wedding

We're still basking in the memories of our wedding last weekend, the union of Bryson and Rachele.  What beautiful weather we enjoyed!  It was a perfect 78 and sunny, perfect for an outdoor wedding.  Rachele did such an amazing job of creating all her magical centerpieces, flowers, and other details.

The Decorations
The decor was first rate!  Breathtaking vibrant green, with white and silver accents were the colors she choose the use, and it looked great!  Waterproof LEDs were glued to little green skewers and stuck into the middle of the water-beaded vases. Then she stuck curly willow for grand height, more LEDs which were fixed to pliable wire, and white roses and hydrangeas.

The Dance
The First Dance is brought to you by MC & DJ Steve Springer at Only The Best Sound.  He did a sweet effect known as the cloud effect, where the happy couple shares their first dance on a dreamy "cloud."  This really helps frame the moment and makes it special. Also the fun green uplighting is done by his wireless lights.

The First Dance

Polk-a-Dots catering really pulled together a fantastic meal!  It turns out the Bryson, our groom is quite the fisherman, and he caught all the salmon that was served for dinner at the wedding reception!  I thought this was quite unique and amazing!  Good job, Bryson!  Also, Polk-a-dots, please come back again soon, everything was amazing.

The cake was delicious, moist and beautiful too, often a hard combo to find.  The flavors were spiced carrot cake and poppy seed lemon, which went with the cheery day, with a hint of fall in the air. I wish I remember who baked this gem, because it was top notch!

In closing, it was a wonderful day, and Bryson and Rachele's friends and families came together in love and support and that was beautiful. Thank you for having BeckenRidge host your wedding.  And thank you readers for reading this blog.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Getting back into the Blogsphere

Its been a busy and successful wedding season at BeckenRidge.  We're winding down from a busy summer with only a handful of events left to go.  My hope is to reflect on and share some of the memorable moments from all the lovely events we've had over the 2013 year, and look forward to fresh ideas for the 2014 year.

Today we're getting all ready for Bryson and Rachele's wedding.  I'm really looking forward to this event for several reasons!

 -We get to work with one of our favorite wedding professionals, the most amazing DJ I've ever had the pleasure to work with, Steve Springer from Only The Best Sound. Yay, Steve!

-A new caterer is bringing the bounty for this shin-dig! I love seeing people choose their own cuisine and flare of individuality.  Welcome Polk -A- Dots catering! I'm looking forward to having you at BeckenRidge.

-And finally, this couple, Bryson and Rachele, have put so much hard work and coordination into this wedding, I'm excited to see their vision become a reality tomorrow.

- The weather is going to be perfect for our outdoor ceremony tomorrow. Not too hot, not too cold!

Happy Friday night!!! Wedding Day tomorrow! Cheers!

Thanks for reading,
BeckenRidge Vineyard

Thursday, July 12, 2012

June 22, 2012 Ceremony

Amazing how quickly the weather can change from sunny & 80 yesterday to rainy and 65 degrees today. 

Family and friends had quick decorations with white tulle on the arch and flower petals lining the aisle. 

Thank goodness this is a ceremony only and that BeckenRidge can do a plan B covered patio with overflow inside the main room.

The bridal party lined up under the eave and entered from the front doors .

The flower girl and ring bearer getting ready to walk and the bride hiding to the side, sneaking peaks on the side as it will be her turn soon.

They choose Mark Burton to conduct the ceremony, he is such a funny guy.  Bringing lots of smiles to the guests.

Corey from Music Express had two setups one for the ceremony and the other for the reception. The reception is to take place in Salem at the Conference Center.
 Bride and groom decided not to see each other before the ceremony so they have rented the Belvedere Room for the guys to hang out.  Then taking lots of pictures with photographer Alyssa Jul after the ceremony while guests make their way to the Conference Center.

We turned the fireplace on for some last minute pictures before the headed to the reception. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Next Dinner set for July 25th

The fun continues this month with our 2nd Gourmet dinner, call soon to make those reservations!!!

An Evening of Fine Food and Wine
Presented by BeckenRidge Vineyard and Capricorn Catering

Wednesday, July 25th 2012~ 6pm to 9pm ~
300 Reuben Boise Road, Dallas OR 97338 ~ 503-831-3652

Complimentary Airlie wine & other beverages included
Gratuity not included
$40 per person
Save $2 per person if reservation & payment are received by July 18th

Caprese Salad
Fresh mozzarella, basil, sliced tomatoes and balsamic reduction over wild greens

Freshly Baked Rosemary French Rolls ~ Ratatouille Soup

Surf & Turf Kebobs

Pinot Marinated Beef Kebobs with Pinot Demi Glace

Prawn and Pepper Kebobs glazed with a sweet & spicy honey glaze

Saffron Rice Pilaf

Grilled Fresh Local Market Vegetables

Individual Chocolate Lava Cake

Vegetarian Entrée option:

Portabella Mushroom Tower

Fresh grilled portabella mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, spinach and polenta topped with marinara sauce & fresh parmesan

Best Venue for Intimate Gatherings Valley BeckenRidge Vineyard

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Saturday, June 9th Wedding

Thank goodness the weather has turned from rain & freezing to partly sunny and a little warmer.  So glad that we are not having to go to plan B, but always glad that it can be an option.

The patio is set with heaters, bistro tables and additional guest seating along with the Italian white chairs.

Inside is also set with the Italian white chairs.  They rented linens, dishes, vases & silverware from Special Occasions in Corvallis always a pleasure working with them.  Decorating was very detailed with lots of flowers and Chinese accents (bride bringing in her heritage).

You can barely see in this picture, but the cake from Marion matched the centerpieces with the cherry blossoms.

The lovely bride (& bridal party) enjoyed some pizza and salad from a local pizzeria (Ugo's) before pictures began. 

Vong &; Aroon today's coordinators flew into action with beginning to decorate the arch for the ceremony with potted plants and one big arrangement for the arch.

After the ceremony the bridal party formed a split receiving line so that all the guests could give their congratulations. 

There were lots of kids and thinking of them they brought lots of activities to keep them busy.  Lego's, items to draw with and throw on the lawn were a huge hit.

The bride changed from her formal gown to her evening attire (Chinese tradition) for their first dance.  Capturing all the special moments was Ryan from, then the bride's father is going to show it again in China.

Surprise limo that took the bride and groom to The Grand Hotel in Salem for the night.