We are getting ready to kick off our Hitched in the Hood wedding season just inside of two months! First up – two gals with the same name who’ve fallen in love and are getting married on June 8th, 2013 at the Gorge Crest Vineyards. These two are a hoot – I love the relaxed, laid back and totally FUN nature of this wedding. Can’t bust out all the little awesome details right now but some fun surprises are in store including a pretty rad getaway car and a special champagne toast!
Random tidbits about these two Jenn’s:
-Wedding colors were inspired by Jen’s VW thing, which is a teal color and matches her custom Bark stand up paddle board.
-Jenn loves cake and since they couldn’t decide on just one flavor, there will be lots of amazing cupcakes at the reception thanks to Frosted in Hood River.
-Like a lot of folks who are into outdoor sports, Jen loves her GoPro. They aren’t hiring a wedding videographer, but are tempted to equip a few members of our bridal party with some GoPro’s – what could be more Gorge-wedding than that?!
-They both love Mexican food and are excited about the custom menu that Cork and Bottle Catering has created for them, which includes a swanky taco bar – not your average food truck fare by any means!
-Because Washington state voters approved same-sex marriage last fall, and they are getting married on the Washington side of the Gorge, they plan to sign their Washington state marriage license as part of their wedding ceremony. They are eternally grateful to everyone who voted to make this moment legally possible! Woohoo!
Image on the left: engagement overlooking Mt. Hood; Image on the right: brand new matching rings!
How did you two meet?
We met over 10 years ago in Seattle, since we’re part of similar social circles. However, while we thought highly of each other, we were living separate lives and never shared more than a passing hello. Then at the wedding of a mutual friend, we were able to sit down and talk about many things we share in common. At the end of the night we parted and went our separate ways. Months passed before we saw each other again at a social gathering. This time, we made plans to get together for brunch. That brunch turned into an all-day date. We’ve been sharing dreams and scheming about our future ever since!
How/where did you get engaged?
Jen has a cabin down in Hood River and last October we went down for a weekend get-away. Unbeknownst to the other Jenn, she had a ring and was planning to propose. Saturday, we packed a picnic and took a hike to a ridge overlooking Hood River, the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. This spot is special to Jen, as it is where she has made all her major life decisions. It is at that place that she proposed to Jenn. Of course, the answer was YES!
Why did you choose Hood River/Gorge area for your wedding?
Hood River is important to both of us because it is a beautiful place that has a lot of the activities each of us love to do – skiing, hiking, biking, swimming, SUP and for Jen, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Jen has been windsurfing in the area since her teens. It also reminds each of us of aspects of our native California – the rolling hills, wineries, breweries, fruit orchards and farm-to-table experience. We chose Gorge Crest because of the amazing view of the Gorge and Mt. Hood, as well as the well-appointed indoor event facility.
What are you most looking forward to about your big day?
Being surrounded by everyone we love and who loves us all at once! We feel completely blessed to be in each other’s lives and are excited to explore new adventures together. Our friends and family mean the world to us, so we are thrilled so many of them can join us to celebrate.
Their wedding colors are inspired by the ocean and Jen’s teal VW Thing! There will be lots of seaglass blues and greens and some purple hues mixed in. The theme for this wedding is both relaxed and a ton of fun – reflecting these dynamic gals personalities. Check out their inspiration board. Can’t wait to share this wedding with you in the near future – this is going to be so much fun!