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Leach Botanical Garden

Screen shot 2013-05-21 at 10.39.53 AMWhen looking for a site for your wedding ceremony you want something that makes you feel comfortable and excited to be there. Leach Botanical Gardens is an outdoor wonderland waiting for you. With lush greenery surrounding your every move, it’s no wonder it’s a such a gem in the community.

Here’s a little background about the site.

“Today the Garden welcomes you. Yearly it provides a beautiful and intimate setting for scores of events. The East Terrace, surrounded by lush garden displays, is a perfect counterpoint to the historic Manor House with its high beamed great room. The Manor House features hardwood floors, knotty pine paneling, natural light from the spacious windows and views of the surrounding trees and foliage. The dining room, including displays of artifacts belonging to John and Lilla and provides a perfect space for food and beverage service. No other place in the Metro area is quite like Portland’s Secret Garden.”

It may be Portland’s Secret Garden (that was my favorite book growing up), the ones who know about it will reserve it quickly. So plan ahead and contact them today for a visit.

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Farm Wedding Location in Oregon

Farm Wedding Location in Oregon

Sometimes you just need to get out of the city for a day or two. The hustle of daily life and take a toll and before you know it you find yourself yelling in your car at someone who is pushing your patience. When it comes to your wedding day the last thing you want or need is being stressed out. So take the advice of heading out of town and bring your family and friends with you!

We recently found this charming, rustic and perfect location for a farm inspired wedding. Miller Farm Retreat is located in Parkdale, Oregon, around 75min east of Portland. The amenities listed sold us right away. Can we go there now just to relax?! We love that there is lodging on site for you and your family/wedding party. We are sold! Contact them today to reserve your wedding date.

*A beautiful 18×38 ft, sparkling, maintained, solar heated pool (summer months only)
*2 Jacuzzi spas
*A unique outdoor Sauna
*2 firepits with plenty of chopped firewood available
*Acres of walking trails that meander thru numerous and beautifully maintained gardens
*A Bhudda Garden, with its tranquil waterfall and Koi pond is perfect for reflection and meditation Further down the trail you will find the Wood Fairy Garden, with it’s enchanting little hobbit houses and fairy fountain
*Sit in the tree swing and enjoy the “Enchantment” and Romantic and Amazing views of Mt Hood and the Upper Hood River Valley
*In the Spring there is a multitude of Azaleas, Rhododendrons, and a river of Daffodils, that wind up thru the Wooded Meadow, Dogwoods flower here and there, Tulips line the fence, and if you couple this with the Apple and Pear Blossoms at blossom time, and the many different kinds of birds that stop along their way, then you truly have had an Enchanting experience!!!

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New Business Directory!

We are always looking for new ways for our brides and vendors to connect. Whether it’s the annual swanky bridal show, on twitter, pinterest or facebook. The main place where we work hard to give you all love it right here, on the blog. With daily posts about fashion, DIY projects and write up’s about local vendors we want you to have fun planning your wedding day. You are making a big commitment and we want your Oregon wedding to everything you dreamed it would be.

We updated the vendor search area to now be an easy to use directory of wedding vendors. With all the categories listed out, all brides need to do it click on who you are looking for and it will take you to their listing. For vendors, simply click on “submit a listing” to add your information to the site for free. You can also choose to be the first listing in your submitted category by upgrading to a paid listing for a small monthly fee.

Thank you all for following The Art of Weddings blog. We appreciate you for taking a moment out of your day and spending it with us!

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2013 Wedding Trends: Camping Wedding

2013 Wedding Trends: Camping Wedding

Yes, you read that right. After the big marriage of Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves last year with a  camping theme, this has become a big wedding trend and is expected to get really big in 2013. Brides this year are loving the idea of a camping wedding ala summer camp. If it sounds like roughing it, don’t be so sure…a new term has developed from this wedding trend and is known in the wedding industry as “glamping”. A camping wedding or reception often involves high-end tents and lots of fun camping infrastructure.

Camping Wedding Ideas

  • A bourbon tent
  • A kids tent, they will love it!
  • S’more station
  • Several fire pits
  • Candles (also a big wedding trend this year)
  • Rustic blue camp dishes
  • A personalized Corn Hole set
  • Morning brunch
  • Hot cocoa and apple cider
  • Hammocks
  • Fancy lanterns
  • Have plenty of blankets for the cold evening hours
  • Give out monogrammed sporks as wedding favors

This is a very appropriate fit for Oregon weddings, although you should be sure that you are free and clear of rain. If you are hosting  a summer wedding in 2013 dig into this new wedding idea! There are a few places in Oregon offering help with camping weddings. check out Camp Colton, Lake Creek Lodge, or Horning’s Hideout.

Wedding Camping Inspiration

glamping for a camping wedding


This was found on An idea of what camping wedding tents entail.

ketchupThis is definitely ”glamping”! Found on Travelettes.

Glamping TentWhat “glamping” for kids looks like. A kids tent is a must! Found on You’ll Love It Too…

rustic-vintage-camping-themed-wedding-outdoor-dining-table-settingA camping wedding tablescape. Yes, you can still have a tablescape. Found on The Sweet Occasion.

modern-retro-outdoor-wedding-ski-jacket-wedding-dress-bird-cage-veil-plaid-580x435Also from The Sweet Occasion, consider what colorful and eclectic touches you can bring to the wedding day. I love the idea of the guys all in plaid flannel.

Are you considering a camping wedding or reception? Tell us your plans on Facebook, Tiwtter, or Pinterest. You can find all the links at the top of the page!





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