Saturday, September 26, 2009

Last September Wedding

Another perfect day at BeckenRidge. Today is about 75 degrees and plenty of sunshine. Grapes are looking & tasting amazing. Looks like we will harvest here in the next week or so. We will be glad to have them picked and not have to fight the birds anymore.

This group really went to work upon arrival and yet eased into their day with such grace it was wonderful to watch. Linens, tables, chair covers, and the bistro tables where placed by BeckenRidge & ready to go when they did arrive coming into a simple setup.

Michelle from Image Floral & Event Design arrived with arrangements of flowers for the mantel on the fireplace, metal arch, sweetheart table, boutonnieres & corsages. Everything just came together perfectly.

As the decorations where dispersed you could see that it was going to be a fairytale wedding from the glass slippers to the carriages around the room. The fairytale continued to the kids who had goody bags of fun activities with the same theme. The kids just loved this, especially picking out their favorite princesses.

By far the best was the glass slipper on the pillow beside the guest book sign in.

Pictures started about an hour or so after they all arrived, so they hustled into the dressing room to finish getting ready. Kris from Stalnaker Photography followed and got those getting ready shots along with the vineyard and first time seeing each other. Great day for pictures in the vineyard or down the driveway. Ryan from Focal Point Videography was right beside Kris capturing all these great moments too.

All music for the ceremony & reception was done by Sound Sensations Though this group wasn't into dancing so much but appreciated the music & MC'ing throughout the evening.

The pasta buffet was a huge hit and there wasn't many leftovers. The Sassy Onion did another great job, everyone had great things to say.


However, the best part was when the bride discovered that her mom made her a bib so she wouldn't get anything on her dress (very thoughtful). The Bride's face was priceless it was somewhere in between thankful, eyes to kill and embarrassment, all in all she handled it well.

As the last summer wedding came to an end the bride & groom left in bubbles galore saying their goodbyes to family & friends. Safe travels to all and especially for those who came from Michigan & Arkansas. Take care it was a pleasure to get to know you all.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Weekend of Fall Weddings

This weekend was a typical fall weekend. We had a wedding on Saturday & Sunday both came with challenges in the weather department, but didn't stop anyone from having a good time.

Saturday, Septemember 19th:

The weather had everyone on edge and borderline plan B with all the rain we received in the morning. We kept looking at the hourly report and they stated no rain in the afternoon, so we ran with it and stuck with Plan A. When it came down to it the day was as picture perfect as they get. White puffy clouds amongst the brilliant blue sky couldn't ask for anything better.

This group choose an excellent selection of professionals. The day started off with Sue from SHE Designs who coordinated and brought in linens and a whole lounge setup (way cool). They had a great appetizer hour on the covered patio with BeckenRidge bistro tables scattered around with white linens. The main room was setup in BeckenRidge white linens and white Italian chairs, Sue from SHE added her sashes around the chairs & overlays on the tables. The final touch was done by Beth at Rhyme & a Reason Floral who did a great job with the centerpieces & arch pieces.

This couple choose not to see each other before hand, something we don't see very often. The guys made good use of their time while waiting for pictures. Listening to the Duck game & throwing the football around in the parking lot worked well. A surprise to the groom from the bride was a cake all for him. He really wanted cheesecake for the wedding cake but from what we heard was out voted. So in the end he got his own cake with his favorite team decorated on it done by Bittersweet Bakery

Food was catered by Wild Pear with passed appetizers while pictures were taken of family, bride & groom. Guests enjoyed the yummy food along with the weddings of the past that monopolized the bookcase. Once done with the formal pictures bride & groom made a grand entrance through the front doors announced by Kevin from NW Mobile DJ Service Food and drink were flowing and before you know it shows were kicked off and dancing began.

While some boogied on the dance floor others enjoyed the amazing sunset over the vineyard.

What a great way to end the day.

Sunday, September 20th:

The sun came and brought with it a breeze that cooled everything down, great for the guys but the girls were a little chilled. Everyone was just pleased we didn't have to think of that Plan B option.

This group was pretty close to opposite of furniture layout than Saturday. They had padded chairs inside and out with tapestry inside and solid black on the covered patio. They also choose to use BeckenRidge white linens, mirror tiles for the centerpieces and a few cylinder vases for the bouquets on the head table. Seeing more of this setup with the head table in front of the fireplace, however using the buffet tables put together to form that surrounding look.

With an easy setup they went into taking pictures close to right away. Taking pictures of all those great moments was Images of You Studio in McMinnville. They did a little one stop shopping in hiring Lambs Thriftway in Wilsonville to handle the flowers, catering and wedding cake. Staff was friendly and well organized.

Arriving close to the same time as everyone else the DJ ~ Steve from Ultimate DJ took care of all music during the ceremony & reception. With a room full of teachers they had a wonderful lesson on a new dance move that Steve helped them learn. Fun to watch and I think they had fun too!!

Before you knew it the evening was coming to a close. Bride, groom and guests all said their goodbyes while family stayed behind to pack up all the items brought. It was a great wedding with some great people.

The whole weekend was so much fun, made me really enjoy what I do.

This last picture is actually of Saturday's favors for their guests, they made this jam & I loved the twist on the word. Enjoy!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sept. 12th & 13th Weddings

Still catching up, but here are some pictures from last weekends weddings.
Saturday, Sept. 12:

Sunday, Sept. 13th:

This group choose to enter from the vineyard vs down the path for the ceremony.

Cool cake!

Seen lots of limo's this year.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Last week of August

I missed a week and it shows with this posting. I took a little get away came back and missed a few weddings. So, with that said here are a few pictures of those events. Sorry, I don't have more input than that.
Wednesday, August 26th

Saturday, August 29th

Sunday, August 30th

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Polk Community Development Corp. Celebration

A beautiful day to have a celebration. This classy event was coordinated by Class Act Events who started off in setting the main room in ivory crush table lines & ivory chair covers w/ a crush sash. Then accented in a brunt orange colors really flowing with the colors of the room.

They utilized the covered patio for the social hour using BeckenRidge bistro tables and Class Act linens. All wine and beer was passed by BeckenRidge bar tenders along with appetizers handled by Valley Catering staff really setting the stage for this elegant evening. As they moved into their itinerary everyone was brought inside ready for a plated dinner and the amazing video presentation.

All media was handled by Allied Video who brought in their own projector, screen and sound system. Really making the presentation spectacular.

The evening closed with memorable speeches and motivation for those that work in the corporation.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away

You just have to love Oregon weather, today being a prime example. Oregon needs the rain to stay so green, but at times you just wish it would work with you when you have a special day of outside activities planned. Oh well, we will make due. Luckily the covered patio at BeckenRidge provides that extra reassurance when we can't count on Mother Nature.

Though this group stuck with their Plan A of ceremony on the lawn, umbrellas are required just in case. Thank goodness the reception will be covered. Guest still entered through the North Patio and placed their gifts on a table placed under the covered patio along with the sign in book.

The weather held for them during the ceremony and long enough to take pictures outside before the heavens opened up. Their flowers by Rhyme and a Reason were amazing and complemented the linens very well. I loved how the bridesmaids dresses were the same design as the cake done by Marion at Myriad Cakes, never seen that before.

The main room was set for 100 using the BeckenRidge tapestry chairs (except for the head table) and covered patio had seating for 30 using the black chairs. Like most, they choose to have their head table in front of the fireplace, however they bumped two 8 foot tables together making a very large table (we could get used to this idea). They kept to the "L" shape around the corner for the buffet still the best location with the beverage station under the mirror. We had the pleasure of a new caterer Loustic Catering from West Salem. They had a wonderful presentation, friendly staff and oh my, the food tantalized the nose and had the mouth watering. I would love to see them here again.

Everyone had a great time even with our raining showers, they still managed to enjoy the beauty of BeckenRidge.