It’s no secret that one of our favorite wedding locations is the Columbia Gorge just east of Portland. Here is where the Columbia, the mightiest river in the west, literally cut through a mountain range on its way to the Pacific. The steep mountains that form the “walls” of the Gorge are supremely photogenic. And the staggering number of waterfalls add to the natural beauty. We were so excited that Shannon and Ryan asked us to assist with their Thunder Island wedding planning.
Last fall we had the opportunity to help out Shannon and Ryan with their ideal Columbia Gorge wedding. Held on Thunder Island, once the site of the “locks” that gave Cascade Locks its name. The locks here are no more, as the construction of the Bonneville Dam moved the locks downriver. Now what is here is a peaceful island with a spectacular backdrop of water, mountains, and the Bridge of the Gods.
Shannon and Ryan met during a camping trip in college. They love the outdoors, so much that their engagement session involved rock climbing at Smith Rock in Central Oregon. So an outdoor wedding was definitely in the picture for them. The weather on their wedding day was almost perfect: ample amounts of sun and warmth, though a wee bit breezy. But it’s the Gorge, wind is to be expected!
The reception was held indoors at the Pavilion at Thunder Island. An example of the couple’s unique touch was an audio guest book that guests would record their greeting via a vintage rotary phone.
It was a lovely wedding and we were happy to help.
- Photographer: Taylor Denton Photography
- Videographer/Filmmaker: Casperson Productions
- Florist: Dogwood Wine & Flowers
- Music: John Ross Music and Productions
- Rehearsal Dinner: Stonehedge Gardens
- Hair and Makeup: Marina Haynes Artistry + Esthetics
- Transportation: EcoShuttle
- Dessert: Fleur Cakes
- Jewelry: Ringed
- Dress Store: Brides for a Cause
- Caterer: Crave Catering
More Columbia River Gorge Weddings!
For more reports from our Columbia Gorge Weddings:
- Dormae and Brian at Bridal Veil Lakes
- Will and Erik at Thunder Island
- Beth and Sachin at Skamania Lodge
And if you need ideas for venues in the Gorge, whether it be for your Columbia River Gorge wedding, a family gathering, or intimate meeting or retreat, check out our venue guides: