Brasada Ranch: Rustic Elegance in Central Oregon

Friday, June 8 2012

Brasada Ranch fire pit at dusk

A few weeks ago Oregon Bride was lucky to be invited out to Brasada Ranch outside of Bend in gorgeous Central Oregon. As this is only their second wedding season, word hasn't yet spread about its facilities that include multiple ceremony spots, a farm-fresh top-notch restaurant, spa, outdoor swimming pools, golf courses, equestrian center, guest cabins...I could go on, but I think photos will tell the story better.

(Clockwise from top left: Sunset; One of the smaller private dining rooms; placesetting with leather napkin ring (love!); Chef's garden; Range's Executive Chef Adrian Carpenter's kitchen garden; a rustic fence; one of three pool areas; night time s'mores.)

Weddings generally take place in The Barn, which is next to the main Ranch House. (Photo: Kimberly Kay)

Here's The Barn's main room set for set for dinner: 

Here's The Barn set with chairs and and a flower petal aisle during a wedding ceremony. (Photo: Byron Roe)

Directly outside of The Barn is a lovely grassy area for an outdoor ceremony. (Photo: Kimberly Kay)

For a wedding setup closer to the equestrian center, check out these gorgeous pics from photographer Kimberly Kay. It's just one of many possible sites for the ceremony and reception for weddings of up to 250 guests.

There's so much to love about this venue, but we'll also mention a few possible bumpy spots. The bridal suite in the main Ranch House is perhaps too dark and cloistered for a festive getting ready party. A better idea might be to reserve the spa, but if you are planning on multiple mani-pedis, be sure to call in advance because they are only equipted for one pedi at a time.

On the plus side, this is a resort that truly caters to the whole family and any age group. At Brasada, there are distractions galore: a full gym, golf course, swimming pools, and walking/biking trails, a beach volleyball court, bird watching, and horseback riding through the high desert on friendly rescue horses.

And, finally, there is the sunset. 

Just perfect!

(Photo: Kimberly Kay)