Today was a typical March Thursday here in the Columbia Gorge, it was cool, rainy, cloudy. What wasn't so typical was that we had a wedding - outside - in the rain with no tent. Most couples would take one look at this weather and say, "Forget it - let's do a lovely ceremony inside the Stevenson Ballroom in front of the fireplace." Not Patrick and Havilah, they are hardy, northwest folk who LOVE the outdoors.
From the start they wanted their ceremony outside in our amphitheater overlooking the gorge and they stuck with that dream. While some of their 135 guests were initially skeptical, by the end of the ceremony they were converted and had a great time. The colored umbrellas made a festive parade as everyone made their way to the ceremony site. It continued to rain throughout the ceremony but water tightens the knot of marriage and it's considered a good omen to marry on a rainy day. After 30 minutes or so outside, everyone made their way back into the lodge for a lively cocktail hour followed by dinner and square dancing in the ballroom, led by the groom's father Michael who is a professional caller. The bride's mother and sister made all the centerpieces which also showed the very simple, natural feel of this couple. The room looked beautiful and really reflected the personality of this couple. We so enjoyed working with them to plan their wedding and loved that they braved the weather to have their dream wedding in our outdoor space. Congratulations Patrick and Havilah!