Erin and Bill’s Wedding at Mt. View Orchards

Erin and Bill had an absolutely stunning and amazingly fun wedding at Mt. View Orchards this last summer. We asked this happy couple to tell us a few details about their wedding and this is what they said: 

What was your favorite moment of your wedding?

Impossible to answer. . . There were just too many treasured moments that I replay over and over. It’s SO hard to choose just one.  

A few highlights, though. . .

– The glorious moment when the smoke and clouds cleared 1 hour before the ceremony was scheduled to start, and a halo cloud unwrapped the tip of Mt. Hood, foreshadowing what was going to be the happiest day of our lives.
– Watching all of the guests pile off of the Shanghai bus with cans of beer in hand and huge smiles on their faces, having ridden through the picturesque winding Parkdale roads, jammin to Reggae. The steady stream of people entering the wedding site from the bus seemed to punctuate the true start to the wedding festivities. 
– Our adorable toddler niece, Hazel, in the role of Flower Girl so carefully dropping the petals on the lawn while being coaxed down the aisle by a box of raisins. 
– Our cute one-year old Ring Bearer nephew, Logan, charming all the guests as he made his grand entrance down the aisle in his Radio Flyer wagon. 
– The epic dance party and keg-stands that ensued on the Shanghai bus en route from the orchard back to the Hood River Hotel, the perfect intro to the wild late-night dance party that was to come.
– Fritz photo-bombing our photo booth (discovered one week post-wedding)— that was so rad!
– The strip-tease panda that made it’s way to the dance floor (having lost a bet at the photo booth)
– The late night snack (greasy Dominoes pizza) arriving at 10 PM, just in time to satiate all the tipsy party guests
– Witnessing the father of the groom bust some serious dance moves at the after-party
 

Can you share a memorable story about an important person at the wedding?

The specialness of having my brother, Eric, the brightest and most remarkable speaker I’ve ever known, officiating the ceremony with such grace, reverence, and style is something I struggle putting into words. Not to mention, he absolutely OWNED the dance floor for like 6 hours straight. Eric, you are my hero!

Also, the mothers of the bride were among the very first to hop onto the dance floor and among the very last to depart. Friends are still commenting about how fun, energetic, and party-worthy our Mamas are. Those are some serious bragging rights, Linda and Jennifer! 

Was there something that made you cry at your wedding?

– Listening to my mother offer a heartfelt prayer to Bill and me during the ceremony. 
– The surreal and visceral moment when we exchanged vows, sun on our faces, breeze in our hair, nerves melting away, seeing nothing but the beautiful soul in front of us, and gently reminding us of the real reason all of our closest friends and family were gathered with us that day. 
– The father/daughter, mother/son dance. . . The tears in my father’s eyes, and the tender, proud look on his face when he realized it was my voice on the recording of “Blackbird” 

Was there something that made you laugh?

-There was hard cider and beer served before the ceremony, which my father of course, indulged in a bit, along with everyone else who was starting the celebration in honorable fashion. Right as the processional started, as my father took my arm in his, in preparation to proudly walk me down the aisle, he looked at me and said. . . “You look beautiful, son.” And then immediately rolled his eyes as we both erupted in belly laughs. “Oh my gawwwwd, you know what I mean.” We both were thinking, where in the heck did that come from?? Nerves? Booze? Combo? This was entirely out of character, because anyone who knows my father knows that he is notorious for eloquently and passionately expressing sentiments that can bring tears to even the most stoic. So, it turned out to be a welcomed distraction from any nervous tension, and probably saved me from a sloppy, mascara-smeared, snot-flying procession down the aisle.  

What were your favorite wedding decoration details?

– Would the butterflies (our “spirit insect”) that were released at the end of the ceremony fit in this category? They majestically fluttered around, lingering much longer than any of us had anticipated . . . Perhaps a message of their approval of our matrimony.

– The flowers and the signs were, of course, the winning decorations. Hands down. However, our family’s adorable black Labradors, Bubba and Jethro, donning festive bow-ties, were quite the spectacle and such a special addition.

Where did you find your wedding attire?

Bill had an unbelievable experience getting his suit at Michael Allen’s in downtown Portland. There’s actually quite a wild story about that. . . after being fitted, a thief attempted to make a getaway with an expensive pant-suit. Bill chased him down the street, tackled him from behind, and retrieved the suit in its entirety. The owner, Michael, was so thankful, he graciously offered Bill a top-line tie, which Bill rightfully added to his wedding attire for the big day.
 
Ahhhhh, the dreaded wedding dress shopping. Unlike the stereotypical bride, I wanted nothing to do with the whole debacle of parading all my girlfriends from store to store to critique each and every dress. I decided that (1) shopping by myself was WAY more my pace, and (2) a previously-owned dress fit more into the framework of my overall wedding vision. After researching, I decided to start my journey at Brides for a Cause. Would you believe that my “dream dress” was the second dress that I tried on?!  It fit almost perfectly, but needed a few alterations. The very skilled, Julia, at Silouette made all the finishing touches. And during my first fitting at Silouette, I was immediately drawn to some jewelry that was displayed at her shop. The super talented local jeweler, Alex Van Pelt, happened to drop by while I was there, and she jotted down some design notes for some elegant, timeless, custom-made jewelry to go with my dream dress. It all came together perfectly. 

 

Is there anything else that you’d like to share?  

Fritz Photography is THE BEST! 

 

the newly married couple at their wedding at mt view orchards in oregon in a sea of sunflowers

The happy couple in a sea of sunflowers at their gorgeous Mt. View Orchards wedding

beautiful view from a summertime wedding at mt view orchards in oregon

Having so much fun during their ceremony!

the stunning view from a summertime wedding in oregon

 

The view was absolutely stunning!

Photo of Bride and groom in field at Mt View Orchards

The fields at Mt View Orchards were just perfect for sunset wedding photos of the bride and groom!

father daughter dance had everyone tearing up at this mt view orchards wedding in oregon

 

The father/daughter dance had everyone in the room tearing up.

stunning diy cupcakes at a summertime wedding

Stunning DIY cupcakes from friends / family.

List of Wedding Vendors We Used at Mt. View Orchards:

Pop, Fizz, Clink Events – wedding coordinator 
Perfect Pour – bartenders 
Shanghai Bus – transported guests between the Hood River Hotel and the Mt. View Orchards
Koi Fusion Food Truck – casual dinner/reception 
Hood River Hotel – after-party at the downstairs banquet hall
Katya Lapierre – bride’s makeup
Esther Puckett- bride’s hair 
Flowers by Linda Righter – Mother of the Groom (designed by her and grown in her own yard)
Signs by Cassie Righter – Sister-in-law
Cupcakes by Laura Poggiali (best friend of the bride) and Adrienne Righter (sister-in-law)
The Weed – supplied by Thurman Street Collective– from owner, Bobby Wald
Fritz Photo – Wedding Photographer
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