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Wedding Music at Pronghorn Resort – Stacy & Matt

July 23, 2017

Wedding of Stacy & Matt at Pronghorn Resort, Bend, Oregon


Preceremony – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Processional – Pachelbel’s Cannon in D
Recessional – Eine Kleine Nacht Musik

Most of the summer weddings at Pronghorn take place out “The Island” a beautiful piece of raised land within Pronghorn’s Tom Fazio golf course with panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains and a bridge entrance for the bride and wedding party. This is one of those venues where it is hard to take a bad picture! It is just beautiful! Pronghorn also has a classy club house for the after party with views off to the rolling hills of the northeast where we played a cocktail hour set for the 100 or so guests that were in attendance.

Pronghorn recently took on an ambitious project to add a large hotel onto the property that can accommodate all of your out-of-town guests if you are looking for a destination wedding venue.

The Ashlings are a guitar and strings duo/trio that play weddings throughout Bend and Central Oregon. What sets us apart from other musicians in the area is that we can play classical instrumentals for your pre ceremony and ceremony, and then switch gears into a pop Americana band for your reception. We are a great fit for the rustic chic style weddings which are popular at Pronghorn. Please contact us at today to inquire about pricing, and learn more about how The Ashlings will make your special day magic!

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Wedding Music at Ranch at the Canyons for Nick & Maddy

Wedding Music for Ranch at the Canyons WeddingOctober 7, 2017 – Ranch at the Canyons,
Terrebonne, Oregon

Nick & Maddy

Wedding CoordinatorAbby of AE Creative
PhotographerVictoria Carlson
FurniturePeanuts Gallery Vintage Rentals
Another Great VendorVW Photo Bus


Wedding Party – Better Together (Jack Johnson)
Bride – Crash Into Me, Instrumental (Dave Matthews)
Recessional – You Are the Best Thing (Ray LaMontagne)

Music was performed by The Ashlings, Laurel Brauns on guitar and vocals, and Julie Southwell on violin at Ranch at the Canyons on Oct 7, 2017. We also played the reception party for an hour after the ceremony.

This was a beautiful fall day out in Terrebonne, Oregon. The fall colors were at their peak and the brightest I’ve seen in years in Central Oregon. This location is truly one of the grandest in the area with epic backdrops at every turn. The main venue has a Tuscan architecture feel to it, and the mighty Smith Rocks loom in the distance beyond the vinyards that are part of the property. It was an extremely windy day, and Abby and her staff at AE Creative did such a professional job making sure everything was going to stay on the ground during the ceremony.

Nick & Maddy’s vows were both genuine and funny both me and Julie got a little choked up before closing out the ceremony with the upbeat Ray LaMontagne song, “You Are the Best Thing.” We really enjoyed playing the reception/cocktail hour as well. This is one of our specialties that we can play classical or “special request” instrumentals for the ceremony and then switch gears into upbeat Americana and folk during the reception.

The whole wedding had a “vintage carnival theme” with lots of cool extras like drinks served out of a cocktail trailor, a photobooth in a VW Bus, and beautiful furniture provided by Peanuts Gallery.

Barn Wedding Venues in Oregon


One of the most elegant and high-end rustic-style wedding venues in Oregon, Brasada Ranch knows how to pull off the picture-perfect wedding. This is for the bride looking for a barn wedding venue in Oregon who could do without the cow patties. The actual venue called “The Barn” is the only place we’ve played for weddings at Brasada and it’s the most popular of Brasada’s five locations for ceremonies/receptions. Take in breath-taking views of the high desert, enjoy the grassy-lawn, and find endless photo ops at sunset.

DD Ranch

Known for it’s incredible pumpkin patches with the backdrop of smith rock in the distance and family friendly events like the Country Christmas, a wedding at DD Ranch is for the bride and groom looking for an authentic country-style wedding without the fake frills. This is a real working ranch that does weddings on the side, not a wedding venue that keeps a few cows around for the photo ops. This could be a really cool option, particularly if your friends and family appreciate the window into legitimate western rural culture. It will feel like a field trip!


The lodge and cabins at Rock Springs were renovated a few years ago, and so this venue perfectly blends modern amenities with a reverence for nature and country living. Get married beneath towering Northwest pines or right by the reflecting pond. The fields of the ranch spread out into the distance and the overall feel is spacious and sophisticated. The best part is, its just a few minutes from downtown Bend.

Faith, Hope, Charity Vineyards

The rounded roof of the restored white barn is the defining feature of this working vineyard with views of Smith Rock and the Three Sisters. Wild flowers, a reflecting pond and rolling hills in the distance make this a lovely spot for any couple looking for a classy and countrified wedding venue in Central Oregon.

Hollinshead Barn

barn venues in oregon hollinshead upstairsThis historic barn had to have been renovated with weddings in mind… it’s almost too perfect! And the price is right… reserve a year and a half in advance to take advantage of the $600/day rental fee.

The first floor can accommodate 55 guests at tables, but there is plenty of room outdoors for seating in a large well groomed, fenced in lawn area. The second floor makes the perfect dance floor with vaulted ceilings perfect for acoustic music, and as a staging area before the ceremony.

The Barn is the centerpiece of an historic homestead that ran from 1939-83. Today it is the entrance to a 16-acre park, featuring nostalgic-looking groves of trees just waiting for your perfect wedding day pictures.

Heart of Rock Farm

DJVector2TYes, their website might look like it was made when the internet was first invented, and yes, their logo looks more like a scary, drunken tattoo, HOWEVER, if you can click just a little deeper, you’ll discover a genuine country gem in Sherwood, Oregon, with a big red barn just waiting for your family and friends to rip it up on your big day. Their website is worth a visit if nothing else to discover their photo collection of heart-shaped rocks.


This place is totally pro. Just an hour or so from Portland, it will absolutely fit the bill for couples looking for barn wedding venues in Oregon. There is a perfect wooden bridge crossing a creek perfect for group shots, but the crown jewel of the whole experience is going to have to be the Old Time Saloon they have on property, which looks actually old and actually western! Hold off on the shots till after the ceremony boys. The folks at Postlewaits aren’t messing around, so I’m sure you’ll be paying top dollar, and in exchange you’ll have a generally spotless event.

There are dozens are barn wedding venues in Oregon, and more and more are popping up every day due to the popularity of the rustic chic theme. Some of the venues run by local parks and rec departments are the best deal, but will require the most effort on your part to pull off. Other sites like Brasada and Postlewaits will deliver a professional, custom experience and help you as little or as much as you’d like.

Our band the Ashlings is perfect for barn wedding venues – we play classical during the ceremony and upbeat cocktail music for the reception. And our cello/violin/guitar trio specializes in learning you special song!

Featured Wedding: Wedding of Colin Conway & Emily Mastrangelo

Prairie City, Oregon
At the Conway Ranch outside of John Day

Theme: Rustic Chic
Colors: Gold and White
Prelude: Classical Instrumental
Wedding Party Processional: Trumpet Voluntary
Bridal Entry: Canon in D
Recessional: Wedding March
Cocktail Hour Reception: Upbeat Americana and Wedding Repertoire

The most striking thing about this wedding was the setting. Colin’s parents own a weekender ranch a few miles outside of down with panoramic views of the Strawberry Mountains. The property is surrounded by hay fields and the caretaker’s horses peacefully graze in the distance. The red barn was given a good sweep for the occasion and in preparation for the late night party, and chandeliers hung from the ceiling with fresh hay strewn on the floors. Dinner was presented on one long table in the back yard accented by gold candleholders and tea lights strung overhead. Fresh flowers everywhere complimented the subtler white and gold theme.


The weather broke 100 that day and the ceremony was thankfully moved back a few hours, allowing the cooler afternoon breezes in to everyone’s relief. Little water misters hung everywhere, also giving some quick comfort as you walked past and were subtly covered with tiny cold droplets.

While the majority of the evening took place in different areas around the main house, the ceremony itself was out in the hay field. One of my favorite parts of this ceremony was that no one saw the bride until she made her entrance at the ceremony. What a classy and dramatic touch. It is so common these days for the photos to take place before the ceremony, so most get to see the bride (including the groom) before the ceremony itself. It just made it so much more dramatic and emotional.

The distance the wedding party had to walk to get out to the hay field was actually quite long, and this ceremony was a great example of why it is always so important to have someone to cue the musicians as to when the procession begins, as we started a few seconds late a result. It is always good to have a contact person the day of to manage these little details so we don’t have to bug the bride or groom.


Given that the photos happened after the ceremony, the cocktail hour stretched out over two hours, and we happily entertained the crowd with a mix of songs from our wedding book and upbeat Irish and Americana tunes. The groom’s father came over and introduced himself and we learned he is the Washington State Senator Steve Conway. He requested we play his favorite song “Black Velvet Band” and even went so far as to bring us a print off of the lyrics. We ended the evening with this tune and I think it made his family very happy.
Overall, this was a very stylish and classy affair with an authentic adherence to the rustic chic theme without going overboard. Congrats Emily and Colin!




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