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Weddings done the Skamania Way.

Skamania Lodge’s dedicated staff invite you, your family and your friends to celebrate the beginning of your married life journey on your special wedding day.

To speak to a representative about holding your celebration at Skamania Lodge, contact Talia Sanderson via Email: tsanderson@destinationhotels.com, phone: 509-427-2515, or fill out our Event Planning Form.

Congratulations Jessica and Mikephoto

Jessica and Mike Markiewicz married at Skamania Lodge on July 31st, 2010.

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And The Winner Is…

The winners have been announced and we are smiling ear to ear. I am proud to say that Skamania Lodge has been voted Best Sunset Wedding and Best Northwest Wedding Venue in Oregon! Here comes my Academy acceptance speech: “Thank you to everyone who made this possible. We have such amazing clients and wonderful people that we surround ourselves with to make every special day flawless.”

The event was decked out in yellow, black and white accented with citrus all around with stunning rentals by West Coast Event Productions. Uncommon Invites let us know about the event in advance with a stunning rhinestone shimmering invitation and I sipped on Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir as I stood proudly among Portland’s premier vendors. Despite the 100 degree weather, there was about 150 in attendance, ready to cheer on all.

Among my crowd? Ryan from Focal Point Digital Media won two awards: Best All Around Wedding Vendor and Best Videographer for the Valley. Cherie Ronning, owner of Uncommon Invites, voted Best Invitation. Jennifer Rand-Walker, owner of Face Body Beauty, won Best Hair and Makeup for the Valley. It was quite the winning table!

What a great evening and amazing honor to be apart of such an incredible group of talented people. Check out more about the event at www.OregonBrideMagazine.com or pick up a copy of the Best Of Magazine today!

PS: I’m still smiling.

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All in Tradition…

Have you ever wondered why you have to wear white on your wedding day, be pelted with rice or cut a couple hundred dollar cake? I got to thinking, “what is the meaninging behind all of this?” I found some helpful reasons behind why we do what we do…

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

The saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” is a popular rhyme that has been used since Victorian times. The “something old” represents the bond to the bride’s family and her old life; “something new” represents the couple’s new life together and their future hope for happiness, prosperity and success; “something borrowed” from a happily married woman is meant to impart similar happiness to the bride; and “something blue” represents fidelity and constancy.

White Bridal Dresses

Wearing white also dates back to Victorian times when Queen Victoria abandoned the usual royal tradition of wearing a silver gown, instead choosing to wear white. Before that time brides simply wore their best gown, rather than a special wedding dress . The popularity of white can also be attributed to it symbolizing purity and virginity. White was also thought to ward off evil spirits.

Throwing Rice

Showering the couple with rice is an ancient tradition. As rice is considered a “life giving” seed it is thought that by throwing in on the couple they will be bestowed with fertility and have many children. Many churches now forbid it on their property but there are some safe alternatives to throwing rice .

Sharing the first piece of wedding cake is a wedding tradition with Roman roots. The Romans believed that by eating the wedding cake together a special bond was created between the couple. The wheat used to bake the cake was symbolic of fertility and a “fruitful union”, while the cake’s sweetness was thought to bring sweetness to all areas of the couple’s new life.

The ceremonial kiss that concludes the wedding ceremony is said to represent the couple sharing and joining their souls. In Roman times the kiss “sealed” the couple’s agreement to join in a life-long commitment.

The wedding tradition of the groom wearing a boutonniere originates in medieval times when a knight wore his lady’s colors (through flowers) as a statement of his love. Flowers and bouquets have long been used in weddings. In addition to adorning the bride with flowers to promote good luck and good health flower meanings allow the bride to express her feelings for the groom. Orange blossoms signify purity, daisies loyalty, violets modesty and red roses signify true love.

Placing the wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand has two possible origins; ancient Egypt or 17th century Europe. The Egyptians believed the “vein of love” ran directly from the ring finger to the heart, therefore the ring was placed there to denote eternal love. During a 17th century wedding ceremony the groom would slide the wedding ring part way up the bride’s thumb, index finger and middle finger as the priest said “In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. As the ring finger was the first free finger, the ring was placed there.

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The First Wedding?

We found this article on Yahoo.com. Ever thought about what it would be like if you had an endless budget? Ohh, the dream of it!


RHINEBECK, N.Y. – Imagine spending $250,000 on flowers. Or $20,000 on a cake. How does $15,000 to $20,000 for toilets sound?

Sounds like the first Wedding of the Century.

Wedding industry experts say that when Chelsea Clinton gets married Saturday at a private estate in upstate New York, the tab could hit $2 million, $3 million or more — a canape or two above the average $24,000 that most American newlyweds will shell out this year.

Most weddings host about 150 guests; the Clinton-Mezvinsky nuptials are expected to have 400 to 500.

Details have been notoriously scarce, but Sally Kilbridge, deputy editor of Brides, said industry insiders have gathered enough intelligence to sketch out roughly what sort of shindig the daughter of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will put on when she marries her longtime boyfriend, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky.

Some estimates put the cost at close to $5 million, but Kilbridge said Chelsea Clinton won’t let it get too extreme.

“I’m going to say 2 to 3 million,” Kilbridge said. “Just because I don’t know if they will go that over the top when it comes to every little item of the wedding, and possibly because it’s not really Chelsea Clinton’s style.”

Kilbridge estimated costs for some of the higher-profile items:

• Gown by Vera Wang, whose New York store Chelsea was photographed visiting: $20,000 — not off the rack, obviously.

• Cake, possibly by Sylvia Weinstock: $20,000. Expect intricate, fabulous designs.

• Flowers: $250,000. “It’s going to be glamorous with a capital G,” she said. (And this isn’t even that much, she said: Donald Trump laid out $500,000 for flowers when he married Melania.)

• Catering: $750,000. Add another $30,000 for beverages.

• Tents: $600,000. These, she joked, guarantee it will not rain.

• Portable toilets: $15,000-$20,000. These will not be construction-site facilities. Think air conditioning, attendants, flowers.

• Entertainment: $40,000.

“It’s obviously a large wedding,” said Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings. “But knowing what we do about Chelsea, she seems to be understated, someone who has tried to stay out of the crowds, someone who has tried to have her own life.”

Miller also brought up the logistics and realities to confront.

It’s a destination wedding where everything from guests to flowers to the wine will be shipped in from afar. So, they’ve got to keep the flowers cool, the guests and staff fed, quartered and cool. The stylist needs a room for the night. So does the makeup artist and photographer. Bring enough to tip the wait staff needed to keep 500 A-listers well-served. Valets? Flooring? Lights?


For those worried about how the Clintons will finance the celebration, fear not: Chelsea’s parents are, conservatively, worth tens of millions of dollars. The former president raked in $40 million in six years just from speaking engagements — upwards of $10 million alone in 2006. Of course, this assumes they’ll pay for the party. Like every other detail, mum’s been the word.

And then there’s security. Some of it will be paid for by the couple. But when there’s a diplomat for a mother and a former president a father, the government picks up some of the tab, too. And agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration help out by declaring a no-fly zone in the air space over the site along the banks of the Hudson River.

Aerial photographs by The Associated Press show that large party tents have been erected at the palatial Astor Courts, a historic estate most widely reported to be the location. Locals told the AP that a caravan of black limousines snaked down a road to the south that’s sprinkled with similar properties. And a state police official said some roads would be closed and parking restricted Saturday around the center of the village.

Then there’s the air space closure from 3 p.m. Saturday to 3:30 a.m. Sunday in a generic FAA nod to “VIP (Very Important Person) Movement.”

The status is granted only to the highest of government officials — which would include Chelsea Clinton’s parents.

“It’s good policy. You do have a former president showing up at a big event; it’s only prudent that the FAA does this,” said Michael Boyd, airline consultant and president of the Boyd Group International in Evergreen, Colo.

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Lodge Love: ~Casey & Scott~

They traveled near and far to gather at Skamania Lodge for their wedding. With most guests traveling from Tennessee, Casey & Scott wanted to keep the south alive in the decor of their wedding. Their wedding colors were Orange and White (Go Vols!) and their favors were mini bottles of Jack Daniels. They danced under the lanterns and shook it to Kenny Chesney. Casey & Scott, we salute you, what a fun day and a pleasure to be apart of!

About the Vendors:
Photographer: Sikora Photography is a local favorite around the lodge. Tom can be found here most weekends, snap shooting the “I do’s” and beautifully done, we must say. Him and his team are a pleasure to work with and their photos are extraordinary. Find out more about Sikora Photography at www.sikoraphotography.com.

Flowers Washougal: Stunning orange flowers decorated the table tops and kept with the flare of the evening. The bridal bouquet was elegant and sassy with Gerber Daisies and orange ribbon contrasting beautifully against Casey’s stunning gown. Flowers Washougal created a beautiful event and really kept to Casey and Scott’s theme, fun and fantastic! Learn more about Flower Washougal at www.flowerswashougal.com.

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