Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday, September 20th

Rain, Rain and more rain is all that we have seen in the last couple of days. It is hard to think that fall is here already when we need more time for the grapes to ripen. Where did that Indian summer go?

Today's wedding is taking their chances with having the ceremony on the lawn where BeckenRidge setup the Italian chairs. Everyone is hoping that we just have overcast skies and no rain till way after the ceremony. The ceremony is happening a little earlier than normal with a 12:30pm start time vs the average of 2p to 5p.

This will work great in saving money on the food with a lunch being served vs dinner. OSU Catering is today's choice for food and a first for BeckenRidge.

All BeckenRidge white linens were placed upon arrival along with the bistro tables on the covered patio and white chair covers for the family & head tables. They choose to use all of the black padded chairs for the rest of the guest seating.

The first to arrive was Beaverton Bakery with the cake. A very simple cake with added flowers from the family and groom got his own cake too.

The family and friends arrived shortly after the cake and swung into action with only a couple of hours to decorate and get ready for the ceremony.

Everyone was very helpful and the rain held off for the ceremony. There were some sun breaks for the reception brightening up everyone's day, including the exit of the bride and groom.

They changed into some comfy clothes and were surrounded by friends & family blowing bubbles as they departed.

While guests had also a great treat of leaving with heart shaped wine stoppers, very perfect!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday, Sept. 15th wedding

The day started out with partly cloudy with a chance of showers later in the evening. As the bridal party arrived the clouds looked like they would stay at bay for a while. The girls got ready in the private room for the bride enjoying the Bella package, while the guys indulged in the Belvedere room (which was a surprise gift to them). Luckily the bridal party started taking pictures around 1p and was able to take pictures on the lawn and by the vineyard before the real rain came in.

At about 3 o'clock the light rain became a little bit heavier and never stopped. Bringing the plan A ceremony on the lawn to a plan C inside the main room in front of the fireplace.

Everything worked out with ceremony inside most guest sat at the tables they were assigned to, with a great theme and centerpieces that were very entertaining no matter what your age.

Each table had a city/state/country that the bride and groom had been to along with a picture of the happy couple in that location.

Instead of a traditional floral centerpiece, the engineer bride, brought in a little of herself with a Lego board and pieces for the guests to play with and make their own creations. Way cool ideas that made for great interaction with guests in getting to know the bride and groom.

The bride and groom stayed involved in announcing the bridal party, very unique. The bride announced her attendants & the groom his, saying a little about the attendants and what they meant to them. It was cool to watch and hear it from them instead of the DJ.

They also chose to only have 8 chairs per table as opposed to the usual 10 chairs per table. Each table was decorated with our white linens, which nice cover the table and almost touch the ground. Outside on the patio, they had our black padded chairs which contrasted well with our white linens, and the BeckenRidge lawn was filled with our classic Italian chairs.

On of our favorite vendors; Sassy Onion came up to do the catering. They had delicious dinner prepared for everyone by 5pm. Meanwhile, photographs were being taken by Katheryn at Photos by Orion, LLC. They pride themselves on 'Star Quality, Earthly Prices', which the bride and groom enjoyed.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday, Labor Day 2 Wedding

The clouds loomed over us again in the morning and decided to do a little sprinkle, but nothing serious. Before you knew it the sun was out with a slight breeze this time coming from the west, so didn't barrel through the covered patio.

BeckenRidge was ready for them again with the white chair covers and linens set and ready when they walked in the door. Like yesterday they used black sashes and napkins with a patterned table runner very elegant.

The only change of plan was placing the gift and glass sign in table under the covered patio (do to the sprinkle).

They did a few photos before the ceremony, but seemed very informal and nice. They simply went with the flow. Soon guests started to arrive and the ceremony began. Like any wedding there is always something that occurs to make the wedding unique. The bride and groom had their kids part of the wedding, however theirs had just a little more hair than most. ;) They had the four legged kind and they were so much fun to have around.

If you haven't been out to BeckenRidge yet, be prepared to be greeted by our four legged friends. We are definitely dog friendly out here.

Avery and the smallest bridesmaid were to make their entrance to the ceremony, however Avery was a little more excited and cut loose of the bridesmaid and made a beeline for Caleb (the other kid) to where the groom was to await the bridesmaid. So funny we all laughed it was one of the many highlights to the day.

Devils Catering arrived about an hour before the ceremony and started into setting up and working on the appetizers that were served after the ceremony on the covered patio. BeckenRidge had 5 of the 6 bistro tables out there with the white linens and the patio heaters to help cut the chill in the air. It was a little cooler this weekend than it has been. Fall is just around the corner.

After about an hour of mingling,enjoying the beverages at the bar and smelling dinner in the air it was time for dinner. Devils Catering BBQ just about everything. Oh it was soooo good.

Using BeckenRidge's sound system in junction with their I-pod to have background music during the course of the evening and picking up the mic for a few choice words to the bride & groom.

They utilized the last bit of daylight and took group shots on the lawn while the dogs were occupied with balls being thrown for them.

The last picture of the evening was a dedication to Oregon State University, these guys were true Beaver fans down to the mints at the bar.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

First wedding of Labor Day weekend 2010

The day started off with a little cloud cover, but quickly burned off leaving us with blue skies a breeze coming from the North and a temp of about 75 degrees. A perfect day for a wedding.

First to arrive was the groom followed by All Start Tents, who set up a 30 x 40 tent on the lawn for the ceremony. This wedding is expecting 120 which worked well under the tent for seating of 110.

Denice from Distinctive Designs arrived with the floral arrangement on the arch, bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres.

DJ, Cori from Music Express arrived to set the stage for the music on the covered patio for the reception and ceremony.

Jim Yeager photographer came solo with a photo booth and ready to start taking pictures. He was moving so fast it was hard to check in with him.

Marion from Myriad Cakes brought a selection of cakes & cupcakes. The most talked about was the Polaris cake, consisting of a him & her snowmobiles along with the groom proposing to the bride. So amazing and sweet.

The bride and groom were over joyed with the results.

Elegant catering arrived lastly and wasting no time and swung into action with placing the water goblets, setting the tables, starting the chocolate fountain station and espresso station. The first started with appetizers after the ceremony lasting about an hour. Then dinner starting there after.
During this time people were utilizing their time in showing face in the photo booth, always so much fun.

The main reception room was setup in BeckenRidge vineyard white linens and chair covers. Then the bride added her black overlays and sashes making a stunning formal statement. The bride purchased her sashes and will be reselling them after the wedding. Bride, groom and sisters all stepped in to help put the finishing touches on the inside. They decided to have a sweetheart table in front of the fireplace and the DJ outside on the covered patio along with a few bistro tables, espresso station and photo booth.
The patio was hoppin.

Everyone had a great time down to the last minute.