Favorite Moments of 2014

What a year!  We kicked off the year with a new baby which made for an interesting 2014 wedding and rental season for me but with amazing Hitched in the Hood planners like Sara and Samantha things went as smoothly as ever!

Of course you knew I’d have to share a picture of Miss Ivy Maeve – she’s pretty amazing!


Ivy Maeve


Only three weeks after she was born we were tasked with putting on a wedding (with three weeks notice – they literally called me when I was in the hospital) for the Travel Channel TV show Hotel Impossible who transformed an event space at the Vagabond Lodge.






I’d say things turned out great given the inclement weather and last minute timing. You can check out the final show details here!

We spent 2014 concentrating on full service wedding planning couples and taking on fewer clients – it’s made a big difference in our business model and provides us the time to really focus on each couple and getting to know them and how we can help create a wedding that truly reflects them.  The result has been great and we will continue to focus on just full and partial planning clients vs. day-of in 2015.

Check out some of our favorite moments from 2014!
























See you in 2015!


2013 Hitched in the Hood Weddings: Featured on Seattle Bride Magazine

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One of our favorite weddings from 2013 was just featured on Seattle Bride!

This Trout Lake, Washington wedding took place at the Groom’s family home. One look at the mountain view, and you can see why!


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The natural space at this family ranch allowed us to work with the Chrissy and Justin (though he goes by Brock) to create the ultimate rustic and romantic wedding.  From the wine barrels to the soft florals, to the debut of Riverhood Rentals hand crafted barn wood tables- take a few minutes to soak in all of the pretty details…




The wine barrels topped with sprawling soft florals created the most perfect altar against the mountain backdrop.


THE BARN. WOOD. TABLES. Can you believe these gorgeous tables were hand made with reclaimed wood from the Gorge? They are stunning in person, and need only florals as decor to pull of this rustic look. It really doesn’t get any more natural and beautiful than these!!

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These tabletops upon more wine barrels created another rustic platform for Boda’s Kitchen to display a charming (and delicious!) burger bar.


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With the last name of Wood, the couple chose to incorporate a wood theme throughout their wedding:

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This shot of the couple with the sun shining through is pure summer love perfection from Tonhya Kae Photography.



Congratulations again to Chrissy and Justin! We loved making your rustic and romantic wedding day special and beautiful!


Vendor Credits

Photography: Tonhya Kae Photography

Rentals: Riverhood Rentals

Catering: Boda’s Kitchen

Flowers: Trellis Fresh Flowers & Gifts

Invitations: Swash Letterpress + Design

{full vendor list on Seattle Bride)




Introducing Audrey! Hitched in the Hood 2014 Intern

We are excited to have Audrey join us this year as our new intern. She comes to us with experience in the events industry having worked for Phelps Creek Vineyards in Hood River as well as coordinating events for a non-profit. She is very talented, sweet and totally adorable- we are very lucky to have her! Read on to learn a little more about her.


Tell us about yourself!

I grew up in Eugene, OR and studied Journalism at the University of Oregon. While in college I worked in wine retail and decided I wanted to get more involved in the Oregon wine culture by working for a local winery. Eventually I moved up to Hood River to live and work at Phelps Creek Vineyards as their Hospitality Coordinator. This was one of the best experiences I’ve had and I gained valuable event coordinating skills while planning their Wine Club parties and events. It was while working at Phelps Creek that I discovered Riverhood Rentals and Hitched in the Hood.

After working for Phelps Creek I moved back to Eugene where I worked in the non-profit industry coordinating fundraising events for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. I learned a great deal about coordinating auctions and other fundraisers which has definitely shaped my abilities to manage larger scale events.

I’m now living in Portland and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to assist Hitched in the Hood this summer and see where it will lead in the future!

What fires you up?

If you asked my friends and family what I like to do, they’d probably tell you that I spend a lot of free time galavanting around local antique and thrift stores. I love seeking out vintage treasures, and anything really that has some sort of story or history that I find intriguing. Weddings are similar in a way that you get to discover each couple’s history; how they met, where they’re from, and often what obstacles they’ve overcome together. I’m definitely sentimental about a good love story.

What are some of your favorite things?

Decorating, spending time with my family and friends, my kitty, discovering new hobbies (crocheting, candle making, etc.), having tea parties, wine tasting, argentine tango, travel, music, vintage shopping, anything from England, and nature.

What are you most looking forward to about Hitched in the Hood weddings this season?

I am excited to continue working in events and helping to create beautiful weddings this summer with Hitched in the Hood. I love being creative and helping to give people a one of a kind experience that they will never forget, and weddings are the perfect outlet for both. I am excited to learn all about the wedding planning process and be a part of such a great team this summer!

Thank you for joining our team Audrey! We are looking forward to working with you and having another season of incredible Gorge weddings. Love, Debbie & Sara


2013 Hitched in the Hood Weddings: Featured on Style Me Pretty and Oregon Bride Magazine

It’s so exciting to see two of our 2013 weddings featured this past week both online at Style Me Pretty and in print in Oregon Bride Magazine!


First up – Molly & Peter’s pear orchard wedding was featured today on Style Me Pretty!  Head on over and check it out and the full gallery of beautiful images by Zoe Longeran here: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/02/10/hood-river-orchard-wedding/


Hood River Orchard Wedding
Next up was Erin & Kevin’s wedding in Oregon Bride Magazine.  If you haven’t picked up a copy yet grab it on newsstands today!  A full feature on E&K’s wedding coming up on the blog next week.
Hood River Wedding


Next up to be featured is Chrissy & Justin’s Trout Lake wedding from July. Look for it on another wedding blog this month!

We are hiring!



Hitched in the Hood is looking for a talented intern/assistant for the upcoming 2014 wedding and event season. With lots of weddings to plan you’ll be helping with various projects including:
• Assisting with logistics for upcoming weddings and photoshoots
• Assisting in set-up and tear down of décor on wedding/event day
• Participate in vendor and client pre-meetings (when available)
• Sourcing various items, vendors and decor for upcoming events (using existing Pinterest boards and setting up new ones for clients)
• Possibly assisting and writing for Hitched in the Hood social media outlets and blog
The ideal Hitched in the Hood intern:
• Must be available weekends and evenings of weddings and have own transportation (often late nights – done at 11PM)
• High level of organization/attention to detail
• Has a strong eye for design
• Loves to craft and make things!
• A positive attitude and creative spirit
• Desire to make wedding planning a full or part-time career
• Must have your own computer
This internship will receive a stipend for event days and lots of hands on experience working live weddings and events. Lots of opportunities for advancement for the right candidate!
Please email us at Debbie@hitchedinthehood.com with a resume and a little bit about yourself if you are interested!

Friday Favs: Local Gorge Wedding Features

I’ve been noticing lots of local weddings featured lately on a lot of national wedding blogs and publications.  It’s good to see the Gorge getting some wedding love since it is the most beautiful spot to get married after all!


This Mt. Hood National Forest wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty.  Reception was held at the Panoroma Lodge just outside of Hood River off Hwy 35 – a great spot for an intimate wedding.


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Wow…this waterfall elopement is stunning. Check out the full feature on Green Wedding Shoes.  Site: Wahclella Falls




This next wedding featured on Style Me Pretty features some of our favorite Gorge vendors – The Historic Balch Hotel, Lucy’s Informal Flowers and Cork & Bottle Catering.




Another venue we love is the Crag Rat Hut - understated but a blank canvas for someone with wedding vision and a killer view! We’re glad to see them featured on a Practical Wedding blog.


Crag Rat Hut


The always beautiful Mt. Hood Organic Farms never goes too long without being featured somewhere!  Here they were on Style Me Pretty.




We’ve never heard of this next wedding venue – Berry City Farms but looks like one we should know about. This rustic wedding featured on the Knot is adorable!




Keep em’ coming!  We’d love to see more wedding featured in the Gorge. Hood River or other Gorge photographers – submit your lovely work!

Hitched in the Hood 2013 Year-in-Review


2013 was quite a year! We are blessed to have completed 12 amazing weddings, some great editorial/styled photo shoots and took home the ”Best New Vendor” award (even though we aren’t really so new!) with Oregon Bride Magazine!

We were so busy this summer we really didn’t get a chance to recap all of the fabulous weddings we worked on so here we go with a photo gallery of our favorites from 2013!

We kicked off the season with Jen & Jenn’s wedding at the Gorge Crest in Underwood, WA.  It was a beautiful, clear and sunny late Spring day in June.  Folks are always scared of getting married in May or June but you never really know what the weather might be like in the Gorge!


Jen & Jenn Wedding


Jen & Jenn Wedding


Jen & Jenn Wedding


Jen & Jenn Wedding

The taco bar for Jen & Jenn’s wedding by Cork and Bottle Catering was one of our favorite food set-ups of the year!


Photo Credits: Blaine and Bethany Photography


In June, we were honored to be invited to the Best of Oregon Bride Awards and were presented the Best New Vendor of the Year (Valley).  This was a huge surprise and we are so thankful to all of our friends, clients, fellow vendors that voted for us.

Oregon Bride Best of Awards


Next was a quick trip to Daytona Beach, FL for a dear friend’s wedding - I was more a guest than anything but it was fun to help with and be a part of!


Quinn & Brian


Quinn & Brian

These two met at Starbucks so this picture might be my favorite!


Photo credits: Dede Edwards


July was by far our busiest month and kicked off with a completely gorgeous Trout Lake, WA wedding at the private residence of the groom’s Mom. Another absolutely pristine blue sky day!


Chrissy & Brock


Chrissy & Brock


Rustic Chic Wedding Decor


Chrissy & Brock

Photo Credits: Tonhya Kae Photography


We had a blast with Erin & Kevin’s wedding – so much so that it was the highlight of the Hitched in the Hood brand video we did this year.  You can see it here: http://vimeo.com/72858299  {video by: G. Kennedy Creative}

Springhouse Cellars is such a rad venue.  With the help of these San Francisco foodies we crafted a wedding that was equal parts rustic, urban, industrial and completely amazing!  You can see much more from this wedding in the upcoming January edition of Oregon Bride Magazine!

Erin & Kevin


Erin & Kevin


Erin & Kevin


Erin & Kevin


Erin & Kevin


Erin & Kevin

Who better than to cater a foodie wedding but Boda’s Kitchen - it was delish!


Erin & Kevin

You know it’s a party when even the baby is passed out on the table!


Photo Credits: Ashley Forrette Photography


Finishing out our weddings in July was a stunning private orchard wedding in the Hood River Valley.  The bride, Molly is a professional floral designer…it’s no wonder the florals were A-mazing! The photos are breathtaking but unfortunately we don’t have permission to post any on our blog or website but you can find them here on photographer Zoe Lonergan’s blog. 


August kicked off with Elyssa & Casey’s wedding at the Gorge Crest Vineyards!  These two busy doctors-to-be had the sweetest, simple but elegant wedding and we were truly blessed to be a part of their day.


Elyssa & Casey


Elyssa & Casey


Elyssa & Casey


Elyssa & Casey



Photo Credits: Byron Roe Photography


We were back at the Gorge Crest the very next weekend for Melissa & Ethan’s day.  I’m not sure how we got so lucky this year with perfect weather days, views and awesome couples but we did!

Melissa & Ethan


Melissa & Ethan


Melissa & Ethan


Melissa & Ethan


Melissa & Ethan

Photo Credits: FS Photography 


September was a break in our sunny streak and even though it rained the entire day for Patricia and Kris’ wedding at Bridal Veil Lakes it didn’t put a damper on the love and fun energy of the day!

Patricia & Kris

Patricia & Kris
Our favorite is this video done by G. Kennedy Creative!

Patricia + Kris | 9.22.13 from Giselle Kennedy on Vimeo.


We finished off 2013 in style at Caitlin & Alex’s wedding at the Gallery at 301! I just love these two!!!


Caitlin & Alex


Caitlin & Alex


Caitlin & Alex


Caitlin & Alex

This was the perfect moment captured pre-ceremony of Caitlin and her Dad enjoying a cold one!


Caitlin & Alex


Caitlin & Alex

The drum line leading folks down Oak Street to the cocktail hour!


Caitlin & Alex

Classic Gorge views (and kites!)


Caitlin & Alex

Photo Credits: Paige Jones 


Last but not least was the photoshoot for The Gorge Magazine – if you haven’t already picked your copy up you can find them all over Hood River in stores, restaurants, etc.  Make sure to check it out!


Gorge Magazine Wedding Guide


Gorge Wedding Guide




Photo Credits: Jen Jones Photography


We are looking forward to 2014!



Vendor Spotlight: Puddle Jumpin’ Cards

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We love Puddle Jumpin’ Cards!!  Sunny Sisson- owner and designer of Puddle Jumpin’ Cards- resides in Hood River, Oregon where she specializes in hand carved block printed stationery and customized wedding invitations. Her personalized designs and beautifully handcrafted invitation suites have won her the ‘Best Of: Invitations’ award from Oregon Bride magazine for the past two years! Check out her gorgeous work below and read up on her advice for couples selecting their wedding invites.



(photo credit: benjamin edwards, paul rich)

First off, congratulations on winning “Best Invitations” by Oregon Bride in 2012 and 2013! Can you tell us about yourself and how you got started with Puddle Jumpin’ Cards?

Thank you! I started in 2008, when I was working at at preschool. One of the mothers asked me to design her daughter’s birthday invitations. When I first started, my focus was on children’s stationery (which is where the name comes from!). After I designed my sister’s wedding invitations, the wedding side of my business quickly grew from there!


(photo credit: aniko productions)

How would you describe your aesthetic and process?

Much of my inspiration comes from the couple! I love the initial consultation where we talk about their style and dive into all things paper and design. Each invitation is custom, the sky is the limit, and I have so much fun creating something that is a reflection of the couple. The process of design is a little different every time as well. Sometimes I’ll carve a custom block print, paint, draw, or sew!


(photo credit: paul rich)

What are some of your favorite trends you are seeing or working on?

I’m loving all the hand lettering, metallics/foil, and luxe papers. Although Kraft paper has been around for a while, I don’t see the trend going away. There are so many possibilities with Kraft, and I’m perfectly fine with the trend staying put! Another trend that is coming up a lot with the couples I’m working with is creating an element of the invitation suite that their guests (or the couple) can keep, such as a poster or recipe card.


(photo credit: aniko productions)

What do you think are important pieces of signage at a wedding?

Picture yourself as a guest a wedding. What signage do you like seeing and think is necessary? Fun signs along the road that direct guests to the venue, bar and menu signs, seating charts, table numbers/names, possibly a sign for an instagram hashtag.


(photo credit: art of joy)

Lastly, what advice do you have for a couple for invitations and save the dates? What is your personal advised timeline for getting these things out to guests?

Book your invitation designer early, know your guest count, order extras, keep postage in mind, and have a wedding website for details like registry, directions, etc. Every website or book will tell you something different, but I personally think 6 months in advance is a good time to send save the dates, and 6-8 weeks in advance for invitations.


(photo credit: jen jones)

Fabric… glitter… personalized recipe cards!? I want it all!

Do you need some paper prettiness for your wedding? We recommend you get in touch with Sunny here:



Friday Favs: Baby Room

I know this is a wedding blog and I promise not to turn it into a baby blog just b/c I’m pregnant (if I want to I’ll just start another one!) but I just finished our nursery inspiration board and have been shopping around for complimentary items and wanted to share my favorites!

We decided on various shades of teal-y/aqua blues with splashes of gold accents throughout.  We love a woodland/mountain theme and if we had been having a boy would have been rocking the flannel checker board patterns and cuddly woodland creatures.  For girl we decided to add subtle touches like a sheepskin rug and wall hanging and canvases that scream adventure highlighting mountains and oceans. Maybe we’ll have to kick up the woodsy theme with a tomboy toddler room if we get a little tomgirl princess like I think we might!

Drumroll…here it is…what do you think?



Baby Room

Credit:  1) Aqua Glider/Rocker  2)  Canvas  3) Aqua Hamper  4) Sheepskin Rug

5) Gold Dot Crib Sheets  6) Babyletto Madison Crib  7) Venture Out Canvas

8) Shel Silverstein Wall Art  9) Confetti System 10) Life is a Great Adventure Canvas

11) Ocean Print  12) Aden & Anais Azure Beads Pattern 13) Gold Mirror  14) Not all who wander are lost Print 15) Roam Print


The good news is I think Keith and I can do most of this ourselves!  We may use existing photos we have taken in the Mt. Hood National Forest and here in the Gorge, put them on canvases and stencil our favorite copy over them.  We also have an existing mirror we are going to paint gold and a small metal nightstand that we’ll embellish with gold accents.  We have a great piece of wood we might use to stencil our favorite children’s book quote on – I really like the example of Listen to the Mustn’ts!  And we can certainly make our own confetti system in our colors.


A few of my favorite items to bring into the room:

I love these gold dot wall decals from Land of Nod and think we will adorn one wall with them.

Gold Dot Wall Decals


Every since discovering the Aden and Anais brand when shopping for another baby shower I feel in love with their soft bamboo and muslin materials.  Their Azure Beads collection is the perfect color for our teal/aqua room.


Aden and Anais Azure Beads


I think baby room should be all things soft and cuddly!  This authentic lambskin rug (much bigger than the small Ikea example in the inspiration board) will be the perfect center piece for this room.

 Lambskin Rug


The 3 month countdown is on and we’ll be nesting through the winter and preparing little Baby D’s room for her arrival.  Have a great weekend!



Friday Fav’s

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Happy Friday! We have a light dusting of snow this morning! Always such a welcome surprise to wake up to. It’s really feeling like winter now and the reality of Christmas sneaking up on me this year is kicking in! For our Friday Fav’s today I’ve gathered some of my favorite DIY inspirations from this last week.

First up- this ‘hot chocolate on a stick’! What a fun change from hot chocolate mix in a jar. This would be cute offered on a single plate or whole plates of them on a coffee bar at a winter wedding. A truly simple DIY project, the link even includes the printable labels!




I {still} love the use of wood rounds as table decor, however I have yet to see the use of stone… until now! So gorgeous and natural. I am pleasantly surprised to see that the stones don’t have a “cold” feeling once the foods are placed.




Speaking of the use of wood… these beautiful (and simple!) place card holders look beautiful with white birch of course, but I imagine that brown colored logs (maybe with a colored place card?) would be just as woodsy and natural.


Also on the same link, are these adorable place cards for individual place settings.




I love DIY floral arrangements in my home. In fact I had a good amount of  green stems and leaves left from my last bouquet that just made it into my holiday decor. I am obsessed with using plain twigs and sticks in these arrangements!

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That’s it for our Friday Fav’s today! Hope you are staying warm, I’m on to work on some holiday projects!