Mt. Hood Oregon Resort Wedding | Cody & Michelle

When the little sister of your childhood best friend gets engaged, you drop everything to make sure she has the wedding of her dreams.

Resort-at-the-mountain-wedding-1Rewind. I met little Michelle when she was maybe 8 years old? Her older sister and I grew up going to summer camp together and soon became inseparable; meanwhile, little Michelle was always somewhere in the background, running cross country or doing some charity league work.

Fast forward. Michelle now lives in Texas with her fiancé where she is a teacher and he works in the tech industry. No longer a little girl. Tear.

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Michelle met Cody while on vacation and they kept in close contact – eventually he moved to Texas to be with her {how romantic!}. They’ve traveled all over the world together but ultimately, when initially planning their big day, they decided to have it back “home,” in Oregon, where Michelle was born and raised. Knowing that a good number of guests would be traveling for their wedding, we instantly suggested venues that are our go to “wow your pants off” locations. These mostly consist of venues in/around Mt. Hood thanks to the stunning view and close proximity to Portland. Sight unseen, they booked a stunning venue {that shall remain nameless due to their lack of help during this incredibly stressful time} in the Columbia River Gorge. Planning was a breeze and vendors were secured pretty quickly and easily.

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The week leading up to their big day, a   horrible fire broke out in the Gorge   thanks to a young teen, a firework, and a very, VERY dry forest. We kept an eye on the situation but quickly realized that we needed to consider a PLAN B in the off chance that we would need to relocate the wedding in case the fire jumped the river {sparks were jumping the river and starting mini-blazes not far from their venue}. While still accessible, public access was limited and the smoke was horrendous. If we were going to move the wedding, we needed to make the decision quickly mostly because the hotel they had their room block with wasn’t willing to be flexible with cancellations and their guests, many of whom were already paying significant amounts to travel, were going to lose out on a lot of money. With that and the warning of dangerous air quality, we {Michelle , Cody, her parents, and myself} made the hard decision to relocate.

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Relocation: We were able to source and secure all new vendors and/or move current vendors in 9 hours. It was an insane day of non-stop phone calls, emails, and a ton of emotion. Our wedding community is awesome! So many people were posting online offering their venues or services and anything else they could to help each other out. We had 5 venues lined up as possibilities. FIVE! To find that many available and willing at such short notice is crazy…. and many of them were pro-rating their normal pricing. Ultimately, we decided that the   Mt. Hood Oregon Resort (formerly Inn at the Mountain)   was the best option so they could work with the majority of their original vendors.

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The Day: Every single person was AMAZING! The caterers picked up the cake and the decorative rentals (only to find out later that several of the catering staff had been evacuated from their own homes), a new photo booth company jumped in to cover for someone else who couldn’t make it, and everyone else just stepped up to make sure the day was extra special. But the best of all was the beautiful venue and their hospitality. They allowed outside catering (which they don’t normally) and significantly reduced their fees.

The wedding and day itself was beautiful! There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and not a trace of smoke on that side of the mountain. Michelle was radiant in her dress, the florals were stunning, the food was divine, the dance floor was packed, and the company was great! It was perfect and our little Michelle and Cody were married surrounded by love and nature – an amazing ending (their beginning) to a week that brought so much destruction and stress.

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Recap: We have an amazing network in the northwest; vendors and venues were coming out of the woodwork to offer their help and support for couples/weddings being affected by the fire. But above all, these two have what it takes to live a long, happy, and full marriage. Cody was calm and cool. He carried the stress so Michelle didn’t have to and Michelle acted “go with the flow” even though she was stressed out. Insert corny line here – “their love is like a fire, burning for all to see.” Too soon? Yeah, too soon.

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Love you guys! Wishing you so much happiness and continued adventure for a lifetime!

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Vendor Team:

Photography:   Sweetlife Photography

Venue:   Mt. Hood Oregon Resort

Hair & Makeup:   Blossom & Beauty

Dress Designer & Shop:   Essense of Australia   from   Signature Bridal Salon

Bridesmaids’ Dresses:   Bill Levkoff   from   Bella Bridesmaids

Menswear:   The Black Tux

Florals:   Heirbloom Design

Rentals:   Riverhood Rentals,   Barclay Event Rentals

Invitations & Paper Goods:   Minted

Handlettering:   Letters & Dust

Ceremony Music:   Columbia River Strings

Catering:   Celilo Restaurant and Bar

Cake:   Windflower Cakes

DJ:   DMoe Funk Mobile DJ

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