Micro weddings are becoming increasingly popular as couples realize the benefits of reducing the guest list and focusing on the most important people in their lives. Years ago, weddings of 200 or more people were the norm, whereas now, we are seeing more and more couples opt for intimate, romantic ceremonies in some of the world’s most beautiful places. Oregon is a state that offers a wide variety of natural beauty, which makes it a perfect fit for those seeking a ceremony in a dense forest, on the coast, at a vineyard, or even at the base of a mountain. This incredible range makes Oregon the perfect place to plan your dream micro wedding. Although there are countless venues to explore, below are three venues in particular that offer some of the most breathtaking views the state of Oregon has to offer.
The Griffin House
Overlooking the Columbia Gorge River, The Griffin House showcases some of the most spectacular views found in the Pacific Northwest. This family-owned and operated venue embodies an authentic home-like feel that will allow you and your guests to settle right in for the wedding stay. You can stay right on the property, allowing you to wake up each morning to these breathtaking views. Though The Griffin House can accommodate up to 175 guests, it is ideal for a micro wedding as you and your guests can all stay together in on-premise rentals.
The Orchard Hood River
This spectacular venue offers sweeping views of the mountain range as it’s nestled right between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Named appropriately, it is surrounded by pear orchards that act as a beautiful location to take photos following the ceremony. The open-air setting will allow guests to breathe in the fresh, mountain air while you and your loved one say “I Do”. With its close proximity to Hood River (a mere 5 minutes), you and your guests can enjoy exploring the downtown area prior to or following your nuptials. Hood River is known for its craft breweries, farm-to-table eateries, and plenty of outdoor activities. Between the local offerings, the intimate ceremony setting, and the exquisite views, The Orchard provides everything you need to have the perfect day.
Gorge Crest Winery
A lesser known fact about Oregon is that it has some of the best wineries in the country. Not only is the wine divine, but the vineyards serve as a gorgeous backdrop for your micro wedding. Located right across the Hood River in Washington lies Gorge Crest Winery. This winery is known for its unique clashing of two highly desired wedding locations. Couples who choose this unique venue will experience a romantic vineyard and mountain aesthetic. The photo ops at Gorge Crest Winery are so incredible, and I have no doubt they will be your favorite photos of all time. Plus, the rustic charm of this venue will make you and your guests feel right at home.
Cape Horn Estate
Just 45 minutes from Portland lies Cape Horn Estate, a micro wedding venue situated at the base of the mountains surrounding the Columbia River Gorge. This outdoor wedding venue offers three distinct micro wedding packages, which makes your planning process as simple as can be. Everything served on your wedding day will be locally sourced from Oregon vendors. Guests can soak in the panoramic mountain views while sipping on local wine or craft beer, and you can sit back and relax knowing the event team has your every need taken care of.
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