A Columbia Gorge wedding in the fall

January 19, 2023
Weddings

There’s nothing quite as magical as an early-fall wedding in the Pacific Northwest. I spent my Labor Day weekend with Cherie and Dylan at an iconic Washington venue, the Cape Horn Estate. Located in Stevenson, Washington, this wedding venue offers more than just scenic views making it a top choice for the Pacific Northwest. 

I am absolutely in LOVE with how their Columbia Gorge wedding turned out. It was a beautiful day full of sweet moments and natural beauty. Cherie and Dylan were surrounded by their closest friends and family as they shared their vows, popped the champagne, and celebrated all night. I felt so lucky to be spending our Labor Day weekend with these two and their loved ones at such a beautiful place. 

The Pacific Northwest provides a beautiful setting for your wedding, and in the fall it is at its peak. As one of the most popular times for weddings out west, the fall season inspires the style and design for many weddings. In a space like Cape Horn Estate, it’s easy to lean into the fall theme with the lush greenery, scenic views, and magic sunsets. As a photographer, I see the beauty everywhere and do my best to encourage my couples to take a moment and soak in each detail. It’s a surreal moment when you pause and breathe in the fresh air as you admire your wedding day. This moment is once in a lifetime, take it in.  

A fall-themed wedding

If I had to determine my favorite time of year for a Columbia Gorge wedding I’d have to say it’s the fall. Specifically, September. Early fall is an extremely popular time to get married in the Pacific Northwest. September is usually the month right before the rainy season and has a warm feel to its evenings as the golden light reflects off of the mountains. Because many people in the PNW have a passion for the outdoors we have a ton of outdoor Washington venues that set the perfect scene for a wedding.

Cherie and Dylan had the perfect location for their fall-themed wedding in Washington. I adore how they captured the essence of early fall perfectly and leaned into everything that makes a Columbia Gorge wedding so special. To dress up their Pacific Northwest venue, Cherie and Dylan incorporated half-dried hydrangeas, dark greenery, and neutral-colored fresh flowers. With shades of nude, terracotta, and burnt orange, Cherie and Dylan achieved the ideal Autumn theme design. All the flowers and decor they brought in helped elevate the natural beauty of this Washington venue and it was clear they had thought through every last detail. As the night crept in the twinkle lights lit up the dinner reception offering an organic touch and moodiness in true PNW style. 

Why I love Cape Horn Estate

Couples who are searching for their Pacific Northwest wedding venue should absolutely check out Cape Horn Estates. This venue has everything you could ever want in a Washington wedding. With breathtaking views around every corner, multiple locations on-site to host your event, and the ability to host up to 300 guests, Cape Horn Estate is an ideal wedding venue. 

Whether you’re wanting a micro Columbia Gorge wedding or a full-blown event this venue will host you with incredible hospitality. The venue offers three different elopement and intimate wedding packages, but also offers packages for couples wanting to host a large wedding reception! I love how versatile the space is and how it invites couples of any style to its property. 

Cape Horn Estate makes your Columbia Gorge wedding a breeze. They even set up and tear down tables and chairs for you! I love how passionate the owners and staff are about making their client’s experiences memorable – it reflects how I treat our clients as well! At this Washington venue, you are going to gain the ultimate PNW experience. Trust me, you should absolutely check it out for your big day!

Vendors

Venue | Cape Horn Estate

Photography | Michelle Allan Photography

Coordination | Peachy Keen Coordination

Florist | Wildflower Portland

Caterer + Bartender | Hoda

Rentals | Party Place

Lighting | Green Light Creative

Cake + Desserts | Tresbelle Desserts

DJ | DJ Rontourage

Photobooth | Party Cat Events

Wedding Dress | Aandbe Bridal Shop Aandbe Seattle

Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie

Makeup | Glow by Clo

Hair | Megan Alexander

Rings | Greenlake Jewelry

Groom Attire | Nordstrom

Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Invites | Minted

Transportation | Blue Star Bus

Hotel Block(s) | Hampton Pearl

Wedding Night | Woodlark Hotel

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