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Flower Power

Beautiful fresh flowers personalize your wedding in a big way.

Beautiful fresh flowers personalize your wedding in a big way. Go for a pop of color or monochromatic elegance.

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REAL WEDDINGS - Cooper Spur: Alex Robinson and Andrew Kraus

MARRIED ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016

The couple spent a lot of time in the Gorge while dating — hiking, camping, skiing and doing other outdoor activities together. Along with that, “the area is a visually stunning pastoral mecca,” said Alex. But the biggest reason they chose the area was that Andrew proposed on Mount Hood at a site on the Pacific Crest Trail, which the couple had previously thru-hiked together. “It was such a visceral and transformative experience for us and our relationship,” Alex said. “We felt it was only natural that we would take our vows in the environment which showed us what our relationship was made of and what we were capable of together.

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REAL WEDDINGS-Skamania Lodge: Rhyne Simon and Brandon Perkins

MARRIED ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016

Rhyne’s parents had discovered Skamania Lodge while on an anniversary trip to Washington and Oregon. The couple knew they wanted a unique destination wedding, and after exploring several options, they decided the Gorge was the best place for their rustic, outdoor tastes. “We love the Pacific Northwest, and knew the lodge was a perfect spot for a destination wedding,” Rhyne said.

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Blaine + Bethany Photography on wedding photography

Blaine and Bethany Franger work as a wedding, portrait, and commercial photography team based in Hood River but available for travel worldwide. Contact them at (541) 716-6008 or go to BlaineandBethany.com

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REAL WEDDINGS-Tin Roof Barn: Katherine Johnson-Reid and Ryan Abraham

MARRIED ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016

Ryan is originally from Missoula, MT, and Katherine is a city kid from Chicago. While they considered both of their home locations, they settled on one of their favorite places — Oregon. Katherine’s dad is from Oregon and she fell in love with it while spending part of every summer at the family’s coast cottage. “Hood River was everything we wanted — a great and manageable little town with breweries, restaurants, coffee shops and beautiful scenery,” Katherine said. “The Gorge allowed us to have a less formal, naturally beautiful, easy-going wedding.”

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Real weddings-Crag Rat Hut: Laura Redmond and Joe Jurisa

MARRIED ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

The couple moved to Oregon four years ago, With Laura’s family in the Southeast, Joe’s in the Midwest, and friends all over the country, they wanted to get married in a place that would make for a beautiful destination for all of their guests and give them a little “taste of Oregon,” according to Laura. “We decided on the Gorge because of its beauty and abundance of activities for our guests to enjoy.”

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Wedding checklist

Follow these steps to keep your wedding planning on track.

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Planning a Destination Wedding in the Gorge

Wedding planner Debbie Dennis, owner of Hitched in the Hood, shares her knowledge of planning a destination wedding in the Gorge. She had her own destination wedding in the Gorge several years ago. She and her husband loved the area so much, they ended up moving here and soon after, she launched her business to help other couples create their own perfect destination wedding.

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REAL WEDDINGS-Mt. Hood Organic Farm: Marla Keethler and Ryan Dougherty

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.