Fires Be Damned!
Adrienne and James had originally planned to get married at Bridal Veil Lakes on September 15th, 2017. They had chosen Bridal Veil Lakes venue because the Columbia River Gorge was where they had spent the first of many dates traversing the woods around the Northwest, and wanted our friends and family to experience all that they love about Oregon. Unfortunately, on September 2nd, the Eagle Creek Fire started ravaging the heart of the Columbia River Gorge and the surrounding areas, including Bridal Veil Lakes.
Even though Adrienne didn’t see the estate in person until the wedding rehearsal, she trusted everything would fall into place. And it did.
In the span of just four short days, they rearranged the wedding design and notified their guests and vendors of the change in location, timing, transportation…all the event details that needed to come together.
Botanica Floral Design brought the grounds to life with a rich, vibrant array of floral and foliage arrangements. Botanica combines their passion for flowers with their passion for the environment to create designs that are both beautiful and gentle on our planet.
Josef, the owner of Botanica, is all about using local, sustainable and organically grown flowers whenever possible and creates in a chemical free environment. Not only do they compost and recycle everything possible, our favorite thing to note is they try not to use floral foam. (Floral foam is petroleum based and not bio-degradable.)
“Through this experience, James and I were reminded that a wedding isn’t about a venue, the backdrop or all the tiny details. Those things help, of course, but it’s really about the couple and the commitment witnessed by everyone they love. All we ever wanted was to celebrate and share with our family and friends all the beauty that is the Pacific Northwest. And we did just that, under a canopy of trees and twinkling lights. Fires be damned.” Adrienne said.
About the fire: The Eagle Creek Fire was a destructive wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon and Washington and was first reported on September 2nd, 2017. The fire burned 50,000 acres, and burned for three months, before being declared completely contained. As of May 29th, 2018 it was found still smoldering in some areas.
Best wedding advice ever in our opinion: James had the coordinates for Bridal Veil engraved on his wedding ring, and Adrienne had them engraved on a necklace. They briefly considered having them updated, but ultimately decided to leave them as they are – a reminder of the adventure that preceded their wedding, and of how important it is to remain focused on the important things in life.