There’s always something so special about weddings at home. Fred and Martine knew from the get go that they wanted to get married at the bride’s childhood home. Martine put on her wedding gown in her childhood bedroom, beverages were served out of the playhouse that her father built for her when she was little, and the ceremony was held in the field with a beautiful view of Mount Hood behind them. Says Martine:
“My parents designed and built the log home that I grew up in, so the house has a lot of history and meaning for our family. Fred loves it there (he’s a city kid by birth but a country boy by nature), so we agreed that that was the place. Once we decided on that, we tried to go with details that made sense. When you’re getting married at a ranch, hay bales with vintage blankets to sit on just seem natural. So do mason jars, bunting on the barb wire fence, Bundt cakes, and a country band for a barn dance!”
Says Martine: My future mother-in-law and my good friend were my floral designers. I wanted very simple wildflower-esque arrangements and had the good luck to have peonies in season so it wasn’t too tough. After the rehearsal dinner all my friends came back to the house and pitched in to finish up the last centerpieces and everything turned out beautifully.
I bake Bundt cakes for all sorts of occasions, so I made three caramel apple and three double chocolate for the wedding. My family thought I was crazy for baking the morning of the wedding but it was actually quite soothing. Our caterer also made a small traditional wedding cake, and Fred made the cake topper of crossed wrenches since we are both engineers.
Deciding on music was tough – we didn’t really think a DJ would fit in at the ranch, but hiring a wedding band conjured up images of a bunch of guys in tuxes with trumpets which was also scary. One night during our engagement, we went dancing at the local roadhouse to hear our favorite band, Knut Bell and the Blue Collars, and I had the revelation that we could probably hire THIS band. I gasped and looked up at Fred, and I could see he had the same thought. Right there, we decided! They were a highlight of the wedding – the dance floor was full all night. My parents are big country dancers, so my father and I did the wagon wheeler’s waltz, a beautiful pattern dance, for the father-daughter dance.
Venue: family ranch in Hood River, Oregon
Wedding coordinator: Wedding Love Notes
Parasols: Bella Umbrella
Country band: Knut Bell and the Blue Collars
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