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Barn Wedding Venues in Oregon

Brasada

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!

Rocksprings

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.

Postlewaits

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: Gretchen Smith

Aspen Lakes Golf Course
June 20, 2015

Prelude: Instrumental Mix of Pop and Classical
Wedding Party Processional: Trumpet Voluntary
Bridal Entry: Canon in D
Special Song Mid-Ceremony: Broken Road, Rascal Flats
Post Ceremony: Upbeat Americana and Love Songs

One of my favorite parts about being in the wedding business is getting the chance to connect with people on a personal level about something that is so dear to their hearts and special. Sure, some can be high-maintenance as expected, but the majority are really down to earth and cool, as I think the kind of experience we provide attracts those kinds of people to us.

Gretchen was definitely one of the sweet ones and I really enjoyed getting to know her a little bit as we worked out the kinks of the wedding music somewhat at the last minute. She had an idea that she wanted us to learn “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flats for a mid-ceremony song. This is one of my favorite things to do, and I think if it is done right it can bring so much emotion and meaning to the ceremony as well as making it significantly more memorable. Music goes straight to people’s souls I believe, and by having a four minute pause mid ceremony, it gives everyone time to process the event they are witnessing, while providing a direct window into the story and emotions of the couple getting married.

I have a dark secret that I actually appreciate country pop. There is something incredible about how the songs tend to be perfectly crafted, with a lot of melodic integrity and a lot of storytelling and simple but meaningful lyrics. Sure some are really dumb, but this Rascal Flats song is an example of just really, really solid songwriting. Their version is of course over the top and over produced, but when me and Julie toned it way down and made it folky, I think the lyrics and meaning pop even more.

Chorus:

Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others that broke my heart, they were just Northern Stars
Pointing me on my way, into your loving arms
This much I know is true, god bless the broken road that led me straight to you.

Gretchen shared a little bit about her story of her finance as we texted back and forth about the details and I got to learn a little bit about why this song had so much meaning for them.

Some other cool things that happened was her uncle sang the Lord’s Prayer and one of her best friends read a love poem. The officiant stole the show with metaphor after metaphor describing the journey of entering into a lifelong partnership: he told the story of nautical journeys and discovering new lands and how the captains would make the crew burn their ships when they arrived at a new destination.

Another beautiful high summer wedding in an epic setting. Thank you Gretchen for introducing us to this song. Congratulations!

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Black Butte Ranch Wedding Music

Featured Wedding: Brett Williams & Laurie Craft

June 20, 2015
Black Butte Ranch, Sisters, OR
Theme: Roses, Satin, Greens, Outdoors, Nature
Colors: Crème and Champagne
Prelude: Classical Instrumental
Wedding Party Processional: Trumpet Voluntary
Bridal Entry: Canon in D
Recessional: Better Together
Post Ceremony: Half Hour of upbeat Americana and Love Themed Songs

Set on the shores of a small lake nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountains, I think the best word to describe this wedding overall is “stunning.” This is one of our favorite places to play, and the mountains feel so up close there, the backdrop never gets old and Black Butte does a wonderful job maintaining these grounds impeccably. We’ve developed a great relationship with the Wedding Coordinator there, Jennifer Engele and she’s become a great advocate for us, and we really feel at home there!

Beyond our joy at being back at Black Butte, we observed the overall crowd appeared well healed and good-looking in general; a classy bunch who were generous with their compliments when we finished.

The bride definitely stole the day on this one, as she should, appearing like someone out of a magazine.

The tables were decorated with dozens and dozens of white roses, complimenting the bridesmaid’s dresses, which were a satin crème/champagne color. So much white felt both bold and elegant and a harmonious contrast to the setting of mostly greens and blues.

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Julie set the stage with a beautiful mix of classical and contemporary songs on the violin before the ceremony began. She pulled off a great version of Canon in D, and as to be expected the bride was practically in tears by the time she reached the groom. The officiant seemed to be well acquainted with the couple and told some personal stories that gave a beautiful window into the lives of Brett and Laurie.

We ended the ceremony with a special request: “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. I loved the contrast of everything being really classic and straightforward except for this casual and poppy tune by one of my favorite songwriters.

Overall, a very memorable day punctuated by the elegant taste of the bride and the warm and accommodating Black Butte Ranch staff.

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Sunriver Wedding Music

If you’ve decided to get married in Sunirver, you’re in good company; it is one of the most popular wedding venues in Oregon. The music that accompanies your big day should be something that is both classy with a dash of rustic chic. Musicians that can play both classical and Americana/Folk would be perfect for this venue, and my band the Ashlings is a great example of a group that can perform Sunriver Wedding music that fits the setting.

Just the Way You Are – Amazing – Bruno Mars

For a Sunriver Wedding we played in February of 2013, the groom Matt Gorman requested this Bruno Mars song as the processional and it was a surprise for his wife. The chorus on this song is particularly powerful “When I see your face, there’s not a thing that I would change, ’cause you’re amazing just the way you are.” A great sentiment for a wedding and more of a modern and personal choice for couples looking to change it up a bit.

Tennesee Waltz

This was a first dance choice for a mother and son song during a Sunriver wedding in the winter. The Great Room is absolutely enchanting in the winter, decorated with thousands a little tea lights and candles and a cozy fire burning at the centerpiece of the room. This song brought everyone back in time.

What a Wonderful World

This was the recessional for a Sunriver Wedding in the summer of 2012. The couple was from Hawaii and loved the version by Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole with Somewhere Over the Rainbow at the beginning. This is just one of those “perfect” songs.

A Thousand Years

Again this was Sunriver Wedding in the winter, so the candles and the lights inside the cozy lodge reminded us all of the video. A lot of bridge request this song and it has really grown on me. While it may be more of a “pop” choice that everyone will recognize, there is a reason it is such a famous song. I always get it stuck in my head after we play it.

 

Top Central Oregon Outdoor Wedding Venues

When you are planning your wedding in Central Oregon, it is more than likely that you’ll want to showcase the epic beauty that defines the area. The following Top Central Oregon Outdoor Wedding Venues are places that the Ashlings have recently performed that highlight the natural environment.

Skyliners Lodge near Tumalo Falls

One of my favorite “low-key” wedding venues in Bend, Skyliners lodge is about a fifteen minute drive from down out towards Tumalo Falls. A favorite with recovering raft guides, the backdrop for the ceremony is Tumalo Creek nearby and Tumalo Mountain in the distance. The lodge itself can seat about 100 or more, but ideally dinner would be outside under a tent in a hardened surface to the right of the lodge. The price is right on this one, and although the managers frown on it a bit, having a few friends set up tents in the surrounding woods could be one option for accommodations nearby, as well as three luxurious cabins nearby on Tumalo Lake.

Brasada Ranch

I can’t say enough about this place. You know when you walk into a business and everyone working there seems guenuily happy and well-cared for? This is the vibe here. It is the perfect place for couples who are willing to spend some money to have everything done right. Stunning views of the Cascade Mountains will create a great backdrop for photos, and the well-maintained grounds are just right for outdoor receptions.

Suttle Lake

Suttle Lake is quintessential Oregon at it’s best. Although it is just minutes off Highway 20, it still feels secluded. This is a great choice for those with friends and family in both Bend and Portland as it is in-between the two. These guys are pros at running weddings, and the large lawn overlooking the oval shaped lake looks like it was made for ceremonies and receptions.

Riverhouse on the Deschutes

Who doesn’t want to get married on the banks of the Deschutes River? The ceremony area is on lush green grass overlooking the river surrounded by old growth pine trees and volcanic rock. Then move the reception to one of the patios also overlooking the river or in one of the large conference rooms. There’s plenty of room for the whole family to stay at the resort.

Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards

Named for the Three Sisters Mountains in the distance, the vineyards also offer breathtaking views of Smith Rock. Accenting the perfectly manicured property is a pond and waterfall. A great spot for those looking for elegance and country charm.

Best Oregon Eco Wedding Venues

Oregon is known as a hotbed of sustainability and environmentalism, so it is no surprise that is was easy to make a list of the the best Oregon eco wedding venues. Check ’em out and let me know what you think.

EcoTrust Building

Located in the heart of downtown Portland, nothing says eco wedding louder than the EcoTrust building. You and your guests will enjoy views of the city skyline from the gardened rooftop terrace. When the sun sets, move the party downstairs to the conference center for dancing or dinner. The building is LEED Gold Certified, Earth Advantage Certified and manages 98% of storm water with bioswales and a eco roof. Your guests can arrive by streetcar and there is tons of bike parking.

Sokol Blosser Winery

From the company that not only was one of the first to champion Oregon wine, but one of the first to do it sustainably, Sokol Blosser’s list of eco-friendly practices are too long to list, but here are few: They use biodiesel in their farm tractors and trucks, they use 100% renewable power including 30% from their own solar panels, and their underground barrel cellar was the first winery building in the country to receive the LEED certification. They take only a few reservations for weddings a summer, so contact them early to get on the list.

 

Eugene’s BRING Recycling Center

One of the nation’s oldest recycling centers, the Garden of Earthly Delights is not only enchanting, but filled with tons of ideas on reusing materials. There are unusual edible and drought-resistant plants, rainwater harvesting and a large gathering place. This location is not for everyone, but just right for a quirky couple passionate about the environment.

Lake Creek Lodge

One of my personal favorite wedding venues in Central Oregon, Lake Creek Lodge in on a tributary of the Metolius river and has a few dozen rustic cabins connected by pathways and darling footbridges over Lake Creek. The owners are proud of it’s 90 year history and seek to protect the environmental integrity of the Metolius Basin. These guy walk the talk: in 2004 they partnered with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service to restore fish and wildlife habitat in Lake Creek by replacing their swimming hole with the free flowing stream. This is one of the most important tributaries of the Metolius for the reintroduction of Chinook and Sockeye Salmon.

These guys also only take a limited number of reservations a year.

FivePine

One of Central Oregon’s most popular wedding venues, FivePine was founded on sustainable practices, and they are not just doing it because it’s trendy. They use third-generation recycled paper, tankless water heaters, and energy-efficient lightbulbs, and the whole campus was designed using a minimal impact approach. We’ve played a dozen weddings here and a ceremony among the towering pines behind the conference center is nothing short of enchanting.