Marla Keethler & Ryan Dougherty married at Mt. Hood Organic Farm August 28, 2016.
Why they got married in the Gorge
After taking numerous vacations in the Pacific Northwest (where Marla grew up), the couple was looking for a venue that captured the beauty and dramatic mountain views they’d come to love over the years, and wanted to share with friends and family. They loved the Gorge so much, they ended up moving here from New York City shortly after their wedding.
All images by BLAINE + BETHANY PHOTOGRAPHY © 2016
Wedding venue: Mt. Hood Organic Farms
Where they live: White Salmon, WA
Occupations: Ryan and Marla both work in sports television production.
How they met: Working at CBS Sports.
How they got engaged: On the steps of the Sacré-Cœur in Paris, France, while on vacation. Ryan had been there previously and had always thought it would be the perfect place to share with someone he loves.
Number of guests: 75 adults, 15 kids
Favorite details: Signature cocktails made by Ryan’s brother and best man; guinea pig themed table names and placemats for the kids (“we have six guinea pigs!” said Marla); and the infographic style wedding programs.
Unexpected moment: Our first look. “We were skeptical about seeing each other beforehand and thought it would feel contrived,” Marla said, “but having those few private moments together before the ceremony was surprisingly intimate.”
Advice for other couples: Savor every moment. You spend so much time planning the day, make sure to soak in all the special touches and spend time with all of those that came to share in your happiness. And definitely don’t sweat the small stuff.
The day, in a sentence: From Mount Hood towering behind us as we said our vows, to a magical end of the night kiss under the starry Milky Way sky, the day from start to finish captured perfectly our love for each other, the beauty around us, and the friends and family we cherish most.
Honeymoon: Climbing Mount Rainier (and summiting!)
Ceremony & Reception: Mt. Hood Organic Farms
Music: Effesenden Music/Wendy Goodwin (effesenden.com); Encore Mobile DJs (encoremobiledjs.com)
Catering: Cultivate Catering (cultivatecatering.com)
Photography: Blaine + Bethany Photography (blaineandbethany.com)
Hair/Make-up: Kristie Wight, (kwmakeupartist.com)
Flowers: Lucy’s Informal Flowers (informalflowers.com)
Cake: Windflower Cakes (windflowercakes.com)