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Let’s Elope! Six Do’s and Don’ts for the Perfect Elopement

July 21st, 2015 by Rachel

ElopementElopement has become a trend recently. While this spur of the moment decision may be just right for your relationship, there are still some do’s and don’ts you should watch out for:

DO Share the news with your loved ones. Even if your mother will be disappointed that you and your partner are not having an all-out Disney princess wedding, it is important to include your loved ones in your happy news and your joy.

DON’T Feel the need to justify your decision. There may be questions about why you decided upon an elopement over a wedding. Some people may even have negative emotions surrounding your decision. Be prepared to simply acknowledge that other people may feel left out and move on with your new, married lives.

DO Work out a budget. This is still your wedding day and there are things you may still want. Perhaps it’s a special outfit, the rings, or an amazing location. It is the “little things” that are extremely important when it comes to the day you and your partner are married.

DON’T Fail to follow legal rules. Some states require that you get married a certain number of days after obtaining a marriage license. Others may demand that you have witnesses at the ceremony. Make sure to research and follow the legal rules so that you and your partner are actually married once all is said and done.

DO Have a celebration. You may want to wait until after your honeymoon to share your joy with friends and family, but make sure to have a celebratory “we tied the knot” dinner or low-key party once the deed is done.

DON’T Forget the photographer. Even if you are just running to the courthouse or you are booking an elopement package at your local winery, you will want pictures of your special day. There are some expenses which should never be spared, and one of those is your photographer.

Every couple has a reason for their decision to wed or elope. No matter how you decide to get married, know that you are making the right decision for your relationship. And… Congratulations!!

Twenty Ways you can Customize your Wine Country Wedding

June 9th, 2015 by Rachel

Wine Country WeddingA wine country wedding is always gorgeous. You have wonderful wine, fabulous scenery, and those you love. However, it can be tough to decide what design ideas to incorporate into your special day. Here are twenty ideas to help you make your Oregon wine country wedding uniquely “you.”

1. Celebrate nature. Use your natural surroundings by making them your inspiration for your wedding theme and decorations.

2. Include a nod to wine country in your invitations. Use paper with a handmade feel, include grape vines as a part of the invitation design, or incorporate a picture of the winery.

3. Use barrels and corks as props. Two things every vineyard has a lot of are wine barrels and wine corks. Use this to your advantage by using corks as place holders or including them in your centerpiece. Wine barrels can hold signs, display flowers or be utilized as a cake stand.

4. Make wine part of the ceremony. Both of you are passionate about wine. You can bring that passion into the ceremony by using wine to celebrate your love. Wine Country Wedding Ideas

5. Go vintage. Often an outdoor wine country ceremony feels vintage or rustic. Go with this feel by utilizing found or vintage items. A found window can be written on and used as a sign. Vintage wood fruit crates can be flipped and make a great cake stand. A vintage box may be used to receive gift cards and notes of congratulations from guests.

6. Decorate with wine bottles. Wine bottles can hold anything from candles to flowers to wine. Utilize wine bottles to help you stay on-theme.

7. Save special moments. Save the bottle from the first bottle of wine you and your partner enjoyed. You can decorate it later or use it as a display at home.

8. Incorporate local flowers. Your wedding bouquet can be made even more beautiful by using flowers local to the winery. You aren’t stuck with local blooms, but try to use a few as accents.Wine Country wedding favors

9. Use a bottle as your guest book. Allow guests to sign a special bottle just for your wedding.

10. Set aside special bottles for your wedding party. While you may not be able to afford a bottle of wine for each guest, give a bottle of your favorite vintage from the winery to your wedding party. They will think of you as they savor their special wine.

11. Look at the local area for guest gift inspiration. While wine may not work as the gift for your guests, take a look at local goodies for gift inspiration. There may be anything from wine-inspired jam to personalized wine stoppers available.

12. Go for a formal feel. While outdoor weddings will never be a completely formal event, think about giving your wedding a classic feel. Perhaps the groom could wear a tuxedo or the wedding colors can reflect more classic jewel tones. These colors can be set off beautifully by the natural surroundings.

13. Consider serving local and seasonal foods. Wine country is often filled with locally grown foods like mushrooms, asparagus, or strawberries. Take a look at what is available locally before deciding upon your menu. By serving fresh, local foods you can buck the tradition of bad wedding food.

14. Instead of serving a full meal, go for a wine and cheese reception. If you are having an afternoon or late morning wedding, skip the full meal and take advantage of your winery location. Serve local wine along with local cheeses. Your winery can likely give you pairing ideas. Wine Country wedding photos

15. Make sure your photographer takes advantage of the location. Wine country photos are always gorgeous. Make sure your photographer gets all of the shots you would like for your special day.

16. Use wine tones in your color palette. Your wedding party doesn’t have to wear wine colored dresses, but you can use wine tones on napkins, have flowers with wine tones, and even use wine-colored ink in your wedding invitations.

17. Accent your wedding with wine boxes filled with flowers. The boxes used to carry bottles of wine can be repurposed to hold anything, including lovely bouquets.Wine Country wedding photos

18. Sign an engraved large format wine bottle. Not only can you drink it on your Anniversary, but you can make it into a lamp or vase to remind you of your special day.

19. Stay in wine country for your wedding night. After your wedding, stay in a local Inn or Bed and Breakfast so you can enjoy a stress-free day in wine country on the day after your wedding day. We happen to know that our Inn is fantastic for any Oregon wine country wedding night!

20. Don’t lose your personality and style. No matter where your wedding is, make sure you include things that reflect your sense of style.

Your wedding is a display of your love and relationship. Try to make it as unique as your love for one another!

Get Technology on your Side While Looking for the Right Wedding Location

May 5th, 2015 by Rachel

Willamette Valley Destination WeddingDestination wedding locations can be difficult to pick. You aren’t at the location, so you can’t just run by and take a peek at it. Here are some tips for finding the perfect location, with as little stress as possible:

Think about Style

You have probably created a Pinterest board of your favorite wedding styles and looked through all of the best wedding websites for ideas. As much as many brides would love to have multiple weddings so they can incorporate all of the great ideas available online, it’s time to narrow down the styles that you love the most. If you love wine barrels, grape vines, a natural setting, and a stately Inn, our Willamette Valley winery may just have the style you’re looking for.

Get Technology on your Side

There are a ton of tools you can use to help you decide if the spot is just right for you.  Here are just a few options:

  • Google Maps. Use Street View to take a look at the location from different angles.
  • Virtual Tours and videos. Many websites (including our site) offer virtual tours and videos so that guests can get a feel for the location.
  • Photo gallery. We post photos on our photo gallery as well as on our Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and Instagram accounts all the time.
  • Skype or FaceTime. Your wedding planner or a friend who is visiting the location can put you on Skype or FaceTime and let you see the location for yourself.

Make an Early Visit

Take a long weekend and head out to the location.  Seeing it for yourself, in person, will help you visualize everything and understand how your wedding will look. Additionally, you will be able to meet all of the wonderful people who are working with you and have a little bit of leisure time to talk with them. Trust us, when it’s almost your wedding day, you won’t have the spare time to sit back and have a glass of wine with your wedding planner or the winemaker.

Remember to Have Fun!Willamette Valley Destination Wedding

Your wedding is a celebration of the love you and your partner have for one another. As you plan and make big decisions about your gala gathering, don’t lose sight of this. Make sure to include your partner and make sure he or she loves the destination venue as much as you do.

Marriage is a wonderful adventure. We hope we can help you and your partner get started on this amazing journey!

Twelve Photos Every Bride Must Consider for Their Wine Country Wedding

March 24th, 2015 by Rachel

Wine Country Wedding PhotosHere in the Willamette Valley we have some of the most beautiful wine country in America. This means that any couple planning a wedding or elopement here in wine country needs to make sure they get extra special shots that encapsulate both where they are and the love they have for one another. As any soon-to-be-married couple may guess, it’s important to discuss such special shots with their photographer. That’s why we have provided twelve shots to consider for your wine country wedding.

The Long Shot: Make sure to capture a sweeping shot that includes the newlyweds and the beautiful scenery that surrounds you.

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Candid Shots: We know, we know, you’re not just hanging out with your significant other, but the appearance of a candid shot has a wonderful charm that should be captured.

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The Dress: There is something incredibly beautiful about a dress juxtaposed with the natural greenery of a vineyard.

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The Bride: The lovely lady is the jewel of the event. Make sure you capture her with the gorgeous wine country landscape.

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The Ladies and the Gents: Your support group – meaning your bridesmaids and groomsmen – should be captured amongst the surrounding greenery.

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The Loving Shot: Your wedding or elopement is a celebration of your love and commitment to each other. Make sure to get some gorgeous shots that show this.

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The Out of Focus Shot: For so many wedding photos, the couple is in full focus. It can be fun to give the surrounding scenery a little air time too.

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Something in Black and White: There is something classic and beautiful about black and white photography. Make sure you get a wedding or elopement shot in black and white as well as in color.

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Candid Shots of Other Members of the Wedding Party: Your flower girl, mother in-law, and other members of the wedding party will have wonderful moments that you will want captured. Be sure to set your photographer loose among the wedding party to get these moments.

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The Rings: A winery is the perfect place to get a wonderful shot of the rings along with a cork, bottle, or vine.

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Night Shots: Your event may just go into the night. Be sure to capture your love against the stars.

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A Fun Shot: Be sure to have a great time during the shoot! Your wedding or elopement is an amazing celebration of your love. Make sure to get some fun moments in there too!

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These are just some ideas that the brides and grooms who we have had the honor to host here at Youngberg Hill have had. Which shots will be the most important in your wedding? Let us know!

Elopements Still Require Some Planning

February 24th, 2015 by Rachel

Elopement in Wine CountryOver the years there have been many changes in how an elopement is performed. Traditionally, a couple would head to the nearest court and get married in front of a judge. No fuss, no muss. This was one of the reasons why elopements have not been very popular. Many brides wanted to wear their special dress and get married somewhere beautiful.

The way elopements are done has changed over the years to include more than just a slap-dash ceremony. You can now get married somewhere gorgeous in a private ceremony, with a photographer or videographer recording every special moment.

While many couples may feel like just running off together and getting married, an elopement should be well thought out and considered before a couple embarks on it. Here are some of the general steps required for planning your elopement:

  1. Make sure your family and friends know and understand that you and your significant other will be eloping, not having a wedding.
  2. Find a location for the ceremony that you both love. Remember, you and your partner are the only people who will attend your wedding, so make sure the location is somewhere you both want to spend your special time together. Some locations – like Youngberg Hill – even offer elopement packages.
  3. Work out the wardrobe. Even though you aren’t doing bridesmaids and groomsmen, you will both want to wear something special. Youngberg Hill Wedding and Elopement
  4. Find a photographer/videographer. Since it’s just you and your partner, you will want plenty of photos and perhaps a video to look back on so you both can share this special day with friends, family, and children. Your elopement location may be able to help you find a great photographer.
  5. Incorporate something personal into the ceremony. This elopement is all about your love and partnership, so make sure the ceremony is personal to both of you. You can read vows, toast each other, or write love notes to read to each other after the ceremony.
  6. Decide if you will do a post-elopement party. Because your friends and family will not be attending your ceremony, you may want to have a celebration with them before or after the honeymoon. This can be a casual affair or even a party at the same location at which you were married. This way you can insure everyone feels included – without changing your marriage plans.
  7. Be sure that whatever you do, it is fun and fitting for your relationship. You two know each other best – so make sure your elopement is performed exactly as you both want.

In the end, the bond you and your partner have is often strengthened by marriage – whether you have a big ceremony or an elopement. Here’s wishing you many happy years together!

Making the Choice: Wedding or Elopement

July 8th, 2014 by Rachel

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Many couples are making the choice: wedding or elopement?  There is nothing wrong with either decision.

An elopement can mean a quick, less costly confirmation of your love.  A wedding may mean additional expense, but it is also a huge celebration.

 

Before deciding on either option, ask your significant other the following questions – and have him or her ask you the same questions:

Will there be hurt feelings all around if you don’t have a wedding?

While your wedding or elopement is ultimately a confirmation of your love for one another, family and friends may feel hurt if you don’t include them.  You have options – so is an exclusive elopement the right one?

Why do you want to run off together?

Weddings can be stressful.  They require a lot of planning – but there is a big payoff at the end.  Do you and your significant other want to elope because a wedding is daunting – and it’s hard to keep your eye on the prize?  Or do you enjoy spontaneity and don’t want to deal with the stress of wedding planning?

There is no “right reason” for having an elopement in the place of a wedding.  However, if you or your partner really want a wedding in the end – that desire needs to be respected.

Would it work to mix things up?

A “strict” elopement of just you and your significant other running away to marry with no celebration may make one or both of you unhappy.  Instead, try eloping and having a reception afterwards or do a destination wedding that feels like an elopement because there are so few people there.

Remember that this decision is much like choosing the right wine for your palate – it’s whatever works best for you and your partner. Wishing you both all the best!

Four Tips for Planning Your Destination Elopement

May 20th, 2014 by Rachel

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You and your partner have decided: you’re getting married.  There’s no need for a big wedding, it would be more fun to get hitched away from all that stress.  Even better, you’re getting married at a destination of your choice.  This opens up the option of honeymooning at your marriage location.

We understand your needs here at Youngberg Hill. That’s why we provide services for just such an occasion.  Even though you’re not having “the big wedding,” there is still planning involved in an elopement. Here are are four tips for planning your perfect destination elopement.

Tip 1: Location is important.

Whether you will be honeymooning at your marriage location or not, it’s important that you find the spot that you will remember forever.  Even though this is not a huge wedding with a reception, catering, and crowds, you and your significant other will remember these moments for the rest of your lives.  So, pick a place that you will love to remember – together.

That brings us to the next tip:

Tip 2: Be sure to get a great photographer.

Your marriage location may be able to recommend some great, local photographers, or perhaps you can find someone on your own for your special day.  Either way, remember that you are only sharing this day with your partner.  No one else will be around to snap candid moments or grab Uncle Bill’s camera for a few shots.  You will want a professional you can trust to capture the moments of your marriage so you can your partner can look back on this special day and smile together.

Tip 3: Don’t forget the marriage license!

Here in Yamhill county there are specific requirements for obtaining a marriage license.  One such requirement is a waiting period which may be waived for a fee.  There’s also an age requirement (18 years of age, 17 if a parent or guardian gives consent.)  It’s really simple to obtain a marriage license here, so be sure to get one before the elopement.

Tip 4: Do something special post-marriage.

There won’t be any big reception, cake cutting, or bouquet toss after your nuptials.  That doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate!  Whether you head out for dinner, share a bottle of wine, or have a giant party when you get home, be sure to do something fantastic to celebrate the amazing, life-long commitment you both just made.

An elopement is incredibly personal and special.  Here’s to yours being the perfect day to start the rest of your lives together!