Katie and Jeremy Hull: Gabriel Boone Photography

Wednesday, March 21 2012

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From the Bride:

Hood River is Jeremy’s hometown and a region that has been a source of adventure for us, whether it be hiking, biking, camping and skiing, or simply wine tasting. We were able to create the feel of a destination wedding, but the majority of our guests from around Portland and the Northwest didn’t have to travel too far (and the drive is beautiful).

Our wedding date was July 2, 2011. We knew there’d be a lot of activity and buzz in Hood River over the 4th of July weekend, and it would sparkle with Summer charm…rain or shine. We lucked out with plenty-o-sunshine and a cloudless view of Mt. Hood!

Our ceremony + reception was at Mt. Hood Organic Farms – we knew it had to be there from the very first visit. We loved that it is a working apple and pear orchard, showcasing something the region is renowned for. The colorful cottages, gardens teaming with wildflowers, the mountain setting and overall charm was just the outdoor experience we set out to find for our guests. We also enjoyed the venue provided several different settings for each stage of the event – the ceremony in a garden, cocktails on the back lawn with a big field and trees, and dinner in the Apple House for an indoor open-air option. But the real draw…the stunning view of Mt. Hood. We got engaged on a Winter snowshoe trip on Mt. Hood and loved the fact that the mountain served as a backdrop for the big day. 

As with the incredible view, our wedding guests are still raving about the food. Ginger Power’s team at Orchard House focus on what is local and fresh at that particular time of year – for us, that meant a garden salad, wild salmon, tri-tip steak, asparagus and a vegetable polenta. YUM. We loved the huge platters and family-style service. My grandfather asked for leftovers and they made him a to-go bag! We finished up the meal with some Hood River treats – Pauline’s Country Pies and Mike’s Ice Cream (Mike’s serves Prince Puckler’s Ice Cream from Eugene, which also happens to be where we went on our first date).

We incorporated some DIY pieces into the décor, my favorite, the centerpieces. I found rustic, earthy pieces of pottery from Anthropologie, and filled them with sedums and succulents that sat on log rounds. The idea for the table signs to mirror forest trail signs was something we found in a wedding blog – the trails were all ones we’ve hiked together.

And of course, we’re lucky and thankful Gabe and Boone of Gabriel Boone Photographer did an amazing job capturing the natural beauty of the farm and Oregon, and all the special moments throughout the day. They were an absolute blast to have around!

After the wedding weekend, we rented a VW Westfalia Camper on Maui, Hawaii and trekked around the island.

 

Venue: Mt. Hood Organic Farms

Wedding Coordinator: Cassandra Cass

Caterer: Ginger Power of Orchard House Catering

Pies: Pauline’s Country Fresh Pies

Ice Cream: Mike’s Ice Cream

Flowers: Zest Floral

Photographer: Gabriel Boone Photography

Invitations: Design by Dani Guralnick