Karina and Christopher chose one of the most beautiful locations in the northwest for their destination wedding: The Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa. Its architecture has an old Hollywood feeling and beautifully transports guests back in time. This historic hotel is seated in the center of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Karina and Christopher fell in love with the views over Hood River and surrounding areas filled with sublime cliffs, waterfalls and epic vistas of the vast Columbia river. Mt. Hood glows in the distance along with thousands of acres of farmlands, vineyards and magnificent Hood River terrain. Hood River is known as the “windsurfing capital of the world” and everyone who visits fall in love with endless sightseeing options and recreational adventures. Exquisite wine, food, and in-depth history is everywhere. We took them on an “adventure engagement shoot” exploring waterfalls, wandering along the Columbia Gorge river banks, and an unforgettable pink-red autumn sunset. Visit their engagement shoot here.

On their wedding day, Karina and Christopher were surrounded by 135 of their closest friends and family. Their fall themed wedding was held on the Columbia Gorge Hotel Point Lawn. Christopher and Karina’s personal vows moved everyone. Christopher wrote some of the most poetic vows and remained so understated and private about it. So moving! We will never forget the priceless look on Karina’s face when sharing vows. Cocktail hour was outside followed by dinner and dancing in the Benson Ballroom. We loved how the Columbia Gorge Hotel offers a wide range of settings to usher guests in and through. This is paramount because it manages everyone in one location eliminating logistical chaos and providing a diverse experience throughout the entire experience. From dozens of historic rooms, hallways, staircases, lobbies, living rooms, and multiple courtyards not to mention the romantic dining and ballrooms. Check out the Columbia Gorge Hotel spaces and wedding page. Everyone loved it! And a very special thanks to Greg Hastain who joined our team as a dedicated lighting assistant help to capture this wedding in the best creative light possible.

Venue: Columbia Gorge Hotel | Photographers: JOS studios
Dress: The White Dress Portland | Lighting Assistant: Greg Hastain
DJ: Bust A Move DJ Services | Flowers: Flowers By Diana
Pumpkins: Quail Flats Farm | Videographer: Progressive Movement Productions

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