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Featured Farm Wedding: Tim & Lily in Glide Oregon

This wedding was out of a story book, and it is fitting that it would be so poetic given that the groom Tim Sohn is an accomplished writer for Outside Magazine, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, and the New York Times. He also spends summers in Alaska in Bristol Bay working as a salmon fisherman and penning his first book. Very cool guy.

I first met Tim seven or eight years ago in Bend when I was playing at a martini bar downtown and he came in with a pack of friends he was driving across country with. They were very into the music and I guess I talked them into buying a few CDs. I definitely remember them because Tim told me he wrote for Outside that night, and I thought it was the best thing to meet an outdoor writer at a gig, and it made me happy to live in Bend.

Most of the gang from the cross-country trip was at the wedding, and I had the incredibly flattering experience of having the boys all come together and sing along with me to a song I wrote called “Backroads” that I suppose became their theme song for the trip.

The wedding itself took place on the Mont Alto Ranch, a beautifully maintained historic property on the North Umpqua River that belonged to Tim’s side of the family. I will let the photos speak for themselves, but I did not want to leave this magical place and these sophisticated, yet incredibly sweet people. I even got to catch up with an old acquaintance Corey Arnold, whom I’d met during some travels down in Panama who fishes with Tim in Alaska and is an amazing photographer of the ocean and its creatures.

They had some very cool choices for wedding songs including Lay Lady Lay, You Look Wonderful Tonight, and Diamond’s on the Souls of Her Shoes. They had a few requests for the reception too, including Romeo & Juliet which I’d always wanted to learn.

Lily works for Prada, and got an inside deal on her dress, which looked specifically stunning on her, and I have a hard time imagining anyone else pulling it off.

I played this gig with cellist Kieran McManus from Portland who not only put up with me for two days, but found us an awesome place to stay on the river when our first camping option was shut down due to forest fires.

Over all this Oregon farm wedding was an memorable and nostalgic experience on the banks of the North Umpqua River in Glide. Congratulations and thank you so much Tim & Lily!

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Ideas for Your Sustainable Central Oregon Wedding

Planning for a sustainable Central Oregon Wedding has gotten a lot easier over the years, as an influx of eco-conscious outdoor enthusiasts have flooded the scene. From woodsy and affordable outdoor venues like Skyliners near Tumalo Falls, to a host of caterers who are dedicated to locally sourced meats and produce, Bend has a lot to offer the eco-conscious couple. Here are a few ideas both local and online to get you moving in the right direction.

Reusable Cups:

Perhaps the most obvious, having reusable cups is also one of the most fun! Kleen Kanteen’s 16 oz. Steel Pint is probably the most popular choice for eco-conscious couples and it is easy to get these logo-ed with your own special design through their co-branding program. Another great choice is to stay way local and get Insulated Mugs from Hydroflask for everyone. Pretty spendy, but it is a gift for your guests they’ll treasure for a long time.

Paperless Invites:

Although it may be temping to create some really cool invites on recycled paper, evites are the way to go if you’re trying for minimal impact and waste. There are also an incredible amount of resources out there to make simple (and free) websites for your wedding. Given that some generations might not go online as obsessively as others, a simple SAVE THE DATE postcard with a link to the website to the wedding might be enough to get most folks on board. One other creative and optimistic choice is sending invites embedded with seeds (yes the actual paper embedded with actual seeds.) Check them out from

Wedding Wear:

Find your mom’s old dress and get it fitted. It will make a great story and a great statement. Specialty vintage stores and websites also carry a wide variety of used dresses handpicked for style and fit. Some recommended stores in Portland include Richele Kay Bridal Consignment and Xtabay Vintage Clothing. In Bend your best bet is to find something you want second hand or online and get it altered at Scissor Bird Sewing & Alterations.


This is kind of a no brainer in terms of what is sustainable and what is not, but the bottom line is if you must have meat, there are many options for locally sourced free range meet from a number of Central Oregon caterers. Consider working with Devore’s Good Food Store for organic salads, soups and wraps to compliment a high-summer rehearsal dinner. The owners of Joolz Restaurant in downtown also offer catering with a strong preference to supporting locally sourced everything.


Whether you adopt all of these ideas and make your wedding totally green, or just pick a few that suit your needs, your wedding day is a great time to make a statement about how you care about the environment, and some of your choices may influence your guests to do the same.

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.


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.