April 28, 2022
The Central Oregon area is so up and coming for all natives and tourists to the Pacific Northwest. You will find everything you need in the towns of Bend, Sunriver, Redmond and beyond. The closest airport to fly into for a Central Oregon Wedding would be the Redmond Airport or Portland which is about a 4 hour drive away. The most ideal time to plan your central Oregon wedding would be within the months of May – October in order to truly experience all the the area has to offer before the winter snow rolls in. Couples who love the outdoors, high desert and the full wedding weekend celebration are the ones who choose to say “I do” in Central Oregon because you truly cannot absorb the beauty in only one day. Plan for a week to golf, check out the breweries, go on a hike and bring your puppies everywhere. Many central Oregon wedding venues double as resorts so your guests have a place to stay when they come into town. You’ll fall in love with the panoramic mountains, the endless lakes and food trucks that are everywhere. Some might even say it’s camp meets upscale elegance because the venues in this area of Oregon have it all. This blog is meant to provide you with all the information you need when you are planning your Central Oregon wedding.
*images pulled from websites and google search to showcase locations, not all/sometimes any were taken by Emily Vandehey Photography*
Ranch at the Canyons is a one-of-a-kind venue that is just a short drive from one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders – Smith Rock State Park. The 1,700 acres owned by Ranch at the Canyons also includes a private, gated residential community that is set along the Crooked River and feels like you have been transported to Tuscany with the whole feel of the property through the balconies, columns and archways. This venue only hosts 10 weddings a year so your big day will feel special to you and unlike anyone else’s. The property provides you with 2 different venue options, and access to lakeside mountain views.
Old Winery Clubhouse
The perfect for an intimate indoor ceremony/elopement hosting up to 49 guests.
The Tuscan Stables
Known for hosting multiple outdoor configurations for up to 200 guests. The stables present a beautiful pergola, grassy lawn alongside Stable Lake, and a woven willow corral.
Ranch at the Canyons will attract couples who love a Tuscan-inspired, whimsical feel, picturesque natural beauty, and earthy tones. Featuring European pillars, terracotta floors, archways, and incredible balconies, there are endless opportunities for awe-inspiring photo-ops throughout the property. Offering 2 sensational venues, Ranch at the Canyons has a number of configurations for your special day depending on your guest count, style, and budget. It’s also possible to combine the two venues for those looking for a particularly grand event.
Voted the “#1 Wedding Venue in Oregon” by the Oregon Bride publication from 2016-2020, Brasada Ranch offers a romantic, rustic, year-round wedding venue fit for anything from an intimate elopement, to a full wedding weekend celebration. The incredible team personalizes each and every wedding celebration and welcomes all demographics. They commit to an exclusive experience for all couples, offering just one wedding per weekend and typically a one-midweek wedding. Brasada Ranch seamlessly blends a modern and rustic feel with the high desert landscape. Depending on your style and vision for your unique day, this ranch hosts a number of award-winning venues; which include the Rustic Barn, Range Lawn, Trestle Bridge, and Trestle Pond. Each of the venues has a magical feel and truly inspiring views from every angle. Check out one of their lovely couple’s wedding videos here!
The couples who book this central Oregon wedding venue are fans of details big and small, like: old rustic bridges, insanely beautiful mountains, cozy campfires and awesome old trucks set up perfectly for a photoshoot. A moody styled bridal party, a simple white bridal dress, cream linens to brighten the space and earthy dried elements for design, will give you the ultimate modern meets rustic feel in this phenomenal space. End the night with some romantic twinkle lights around a campfire and enjoy the stars that wide open sky has to offer. Just imagine enjoying some s’mores with your favorite people as you look at the stars on your wedding night!
The most versatile and infinitely customizable wedding venue on the property, the Barn offers a chic-rustic feel; resembling an idyllic western outpost hosting gorgeous views of the Cascade Mountains. With a spacious grass terrace, the Barn is perfect for a rustic indoor/outdoor ceremony and reception. The size and space allow you to choose if you’d like all indoor, all outdoor, or a mix of both for your unforgettable day. The Barn is listed among the best wedding venues in the Pacific Northwest and their award-winning staff and preferred vendors will help you bring your dream wedding to life right before your eyes.
With panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains, from Mt. Bachelor to Mt. Hood, a picturesque year-round ceremony spot at The Range is Brasada Ranch. The Range Lawn is their largest outdoor ceremony venue and is perfect for outdoor receptions, boasting multiple fire pits and ample space for intimate or large gatherings.
Located next to the rustic Trestle Bridge and towering deciduous trees, Trestle pond is a gorgeous, outdoor, high desert ceremony venue. This mid-size location is ideal for moderately sized wedding parties and a remarkable destination for wedding pictures. Walk over the rock bridge to a ceremony under a massive cottonwood tree and enjoy the cool breeze coming from the pond. Known for large, summer weddings, Trestle pond is the perfect ceremony backdrop to combine with an indoor reception at The Barn.
Let your guests soak in the views of the high desert while enjoying cocktail hour, an intimate reception, or rehearsal dinner at the most unique and historical venue on The Ranch, Trestle Bridge. Trestle bridge used to be a fully operational irrigation trestle that carried water to livestock – it is now the most historical landmark on the property featuring reclaimed wood from the original aqueduct. Photographers and couples alike, absolutely LOVE the natural wood, breathtaking backdrop, and individuality the bridge has to offer. Click here to see an engagement session I did featuring this part of the property.
Pronghorn Resort Community has taken inspiration from everything that brought them to Bend, Oregon. Bend is a bike town, a beer town, a dog town, and pretty much everything to love about the town. Hosting beautiful golf courses, luxury homes and amenities, personable and professional services, and recreational conveniences designed to highlight the incredible high-desert landscape views; Pronghorn Resort is the perfect stage for your happily-ever-after! Pronghorn designed their space so the experience of fun is built in at every turn to create priceless memories for you and your guests!
Pronghorn Resort has cultivated a highly experienced wedding team to help guide you through every step of your special day. Their goal is to bring your dreams to life and make your day utterly unforgettable. Boasting 5 incredibly different spaces, Pronghorn is guaranteed to fit any style you’re after.
Large or small wedding, this couple is here for the intimacy factor. Lanterns that light up the night, moody caves to explore, and different types of stone give this venue a texture and vibe you can’t get anywhere else. Softly accentuated with eucalyptus, amber, golds, browns and macrame, Pronghorn Resort will give your guests all the feels to go with an experience of a lifetime.
This truly magical 2,446 square foot indoor setting portrays modern elegance and ambiance. This setting is perfect for a black-tie affair or a soft casual evening. In Chanterelle, the doors can be opened to the outdoors for an impeccable terrace view of the panoramic Cascade Mountains, and to bring in soft breezes throughout the evening.
Their most desired outdoor venue, Event Island is a beautiful place to say “I do” with your loved ones to witness. With a breathtaking 360-degree view of the golf course, Cascade Mountain Range, and picturesque bridge, the 7,000 square foot private island is a local “destination” wedding spot for good reason.
The Event Lawn is an incredible natural accompaniment to the Event Island. This space is designed perfectly for reception festivities, cocktail hour, or a more casual summer evening ceremony. With views of the Golf Course, Cascade Mountain Range, and Pronghorn itself, the Event Lawn is ideal for any kind of celebration.
Looking for a one-of-a-kind, intimate, and unforgettable backdrop? Look no further than Pronghorn’s Ancient Lava Cave! This incredible space will WOW your guests; hidden underground, the cave offers complete privacy and flexibility to accommodate large or small groups. This area features open spaces for sitting and a serviced dining/cocktail reception. With plenty of room and natural acoustics, your DJ, band, or musician will create a sound out of this world.
Fireside is the most cherished space offered at Pronghorn central Oregon wedding venue. This beautiful, round room is perfect for small elopements, rehearsal dinners, or a remarkably personal wedding ceremony. With seating for up to 30, this space creates an intimate, elegant feeling found in very few other places.
Surround yourself and your guests with elegance while being nestled in the mountain at the Sunriver Resort Central Oregon Wedding Venue. This magical place provides incredibly clear skies and views that you may think go on forever. The resort boasts professional staff ready and waiting to bring your dream day to life. Whether you are looking for an intimate indoor ceremony or a large outdoor party, Sunriver has the accommodations for any style! With outdoor activities and resort amenities, this resort is truly a vacation regardless of the amount of time spent on the property. Hosting 10+ venues, Sunriver resort has the variety and ability for anything from a grand ceremony to an intimate vow exchange.
The couple who resonates with Sunriver Resort is romantic and earthy with a modern twist. With a lake nearby, cabins galore for your guests, and a hobbit house to explore, this property is adventurous and sleek. The different venues within the resort allow for bright, lighthearted, and fun evening. With a twinkle lit dinner under the PNW stars, this resort is everything you’re looking for and more.
The newest outdoor venue to be established at Sunriver Resort is the Cove Meadow. Located just behind the cove pool, this outdoor venue offers open spaces and incredible views of the Pacific Northwest Mountains. A meadow of bright green grass surrounded by towering pines is an ideal backdrop for a classic PNW wedding.
The Cove Event Yard, located adjacent to the Aquatic Center, is a beautifully manicured, natural landscape with a cascading water feature. This 12,000 square foot yard is a private space and allows for a night of celebration under a clear starlit sky.
Located directly behind the Great Hall, Mt. Bachelor Lawn is situated along the Little Sun River and features breathtaking views of the Meadows Golf Course as well as the Mountain itself. A gorgeous stone patio just off the lawn with a large private fire pit brings your guests right to the historic Great Hall.
This Historic Great Hall furnishes two floors of event space with incredible river-rock fireplaces on each level and a gorgeous floating spiral staircase in between. This exquisite building presents a dramatic hand-peeled timber high-beam ceiling perfect for the ever-so-popular barn wedding.
The Homestead Lawn is a captivating outdoor setting located adjacent to the Heritage Room. This professionally manicured and landscaped lawn surrounded by old-growth ponderosa pines and aspen trees provides breathtaking views of Mt. Bachelor and offers a more intimate park-like setting.
The newly transformed Heritage Room offers dramatic views of the meadows as well as Mt. Bachelor. With natural wood paneling and a wall of windows, this space delivers a rustic barn-like feel that naturally blends into the historic surroundings.
Found adjacent to the Main Lodge, Besson commons is an outdoor venue ideal for a more casual evening. Surrounded by lush green grass and towering trees, this space features paver stone patio areas, two large fire pits, and bocce ball courts. This is a perfect space to accommodate all of your wedding day festivities, from the ceremony to the reception.
Caldera Springs Lakeside and Lakehouse provides you and your guests exclusivity during your ceremony and reception. Perfect for a small, intimate celebration, the lakeside features fire pits, a sandy beach, a stone patio, and a grand fireplace. The lakehouse features shuffleboard, billiards, and numerous other games for evening entertainment.
The most intimate venue on the property tucked right inside the Great Hall, is the Fireside Room. This warm, inviting room features a breathtaking rock fireplace, natural wood floors, and paneling for a memorable, cozy, and intimate affair.
Looking for an epic view? House on the Metolius is the place for you with a view of a lifetime. From the Metolius River to Mt. Jefferson, you can enjoy picturesque sceneries from almost anywhere on the property. There are two primary wedding sites, the lawn at the Main House and the meadow by the Metolius River, with both indoor and outdoor spaces available for a cocktail party and reception. House on Metolius works very closely with its network of preferred caterers and suppliers to give you the most professional and successful experience.
The Main House can host either indoor or outdoor events with its connected lawn looking directly over the river. If indoors, the Grand Room features a breathtaking river view through big picture windows and is perfectly designed for small, intimate weddings.
The Meadow features a gorgeous outdoor patio and a freshly manicured lawn looking directly over the river.
All Day Adventure Elopements start at $5000
Tiny Weddings start at $4000 for 5 hours
Full-Size Weddings start at $5500 for 8 hours
Based in the stunning high-desert of Bend, Oregon, AE Creative is a full-time paper goods, planning, design, and installation collective; available for local, destination, and travel events! These ladies take an incredibly fresh approach with their techniques and are sure to think of every detail from logistics, to design, guest experience to execution. Not only is this team going to put your dreams at the forefront of their performance, but they are also going to bring your vision to life in a sustainable and eco-conscious way!
Their service style is relaxed and calming so you don’t have to worry or stress about any of the day’s details. This team’s passion for their work truly shines through at each event as they are certain to bring the fun to the party. AE Creative sees and values unique experiences and believes your wedding day should be a reflection of your love and affection for each other. Forewarning; the token question their team will ask you is “what will your guests learn about you from your day?” They ask this question because if your guests are able to learn something new about you as a couple, make a new connection, and relate feelings when they walk away from your day, the experience ends up being that much more memorable for all who attend!
If you are in need of a style and design guru led by an intentional, creative, authentic bad a**, look no further than Megan, owner, and creator of Curated Mess Company. Megan is a true romantic who looks to surround herself with beauty in any situation. Her passion is to host love and authenticity in each event she plans and to curate the most inviting, moving, and captivating spaces in doing so. This woman truly makes magic happen. She is unique, kind, genuine, and will literally bring your dreams to life right before your eyes with her warmth and nurturing demeanor. She was truly meant to create spaces for those to Love in. Based in Bend, Oregon, Megan has many talents and a custom package to fit any need you may have for your special day.
Looking for a stress-free, magic-making, outdoor-loving team? Look no further than Emily and her team at Ponderosa Planning! Located in Bend, Oregon, Ponderosa Planning takes a sustainable, authentic approach to their event planning and management strategy. This team is committed to curating a day that is truly a representation of YOU and YOURS, no matter where you are in your planning process! Ponderosa Planning is passionate about you being a guest at your own wedding instead of having to stress about the details – they endorse investing wisely and enjoying your special day to the fullest! Emily and her team will cater to your needs and create a custom package that fits each detail of your dream day. From intimate elopements to grand ceremonies, this team has you covered from all angles.
Professionally Crafting intimate, one-of-a-kind, and high-end weddings, stateside to abroad, Mae & Co. is ready to make you drool over their visions. This team specializes in creating purposeful, unique, timeless events for each of their couples all across the globe. Mae & Co. are pros at curating personal, luxurious, captivating, and intentional designs while always making sure their clients have the time of their lives. It is obvious in their work how much love they have for not only their jobs but their clients! You can sense how special it is for them to create the day of your dreams and truly bring the entire “feel” of the day together seamlessly while giving you all of the support you need. Depending on your style, vision, and personality, this team has every service to make your dreams a reality.
With 13 year of wedding industry experience, Heather comes into your day ready to crush and make you feel like the absolute best version of yourself. She has created a dream hair and makeup team that specializes in soft/natural looks with that touch of glamor a bride deserves on her special day. For ideas, inspiration, or just to literally gawk at their talent, check out her instagram.
Looking for a true Oregonian girl to rock your wedding day look? Look no further than Kelsey at K&Co Bridal and Hairstyling. A born and raised high desert, Oregon girl, Kelsey has dedicated herself to learning everything there is to know about hair over the last 10 years. Her goal is to always provide the best possible service to her clients so she continues to study others in the field and stays up on the latest trends and new techniques. Sound like Kelsey might be the one for you? Check out her website at K&Co Bridal for details and examples of what her talented hands and mind are capable of!
Founder of Edge Hair & Makeup, Lori Marshall, has been a licensed esthetician since 2003 and found her passion for weddings in 2010. Her goal: to see the joy on her clients face when they see their finished look! Lori loves knowing she is an integral part of your big day and wants to be sure you look and feel like the queen you are.
Voted “Best of” by Oregon Bride Magazine from 2012 – 2020, Lori has assembled a dream team of hair and makeup artists with precision skills and eyes for detail. To learn more about this incredible team, just read the reviews their brides have left! You won’t doubt for a second if you choose them to style you and your tribe on your special day.
The mission? Simple. To provide high-quality street food at an affordable price and in a sustainable way! El Sancho has made quite a reputation for themselves in Bend, Oregon, and surrounding areas. With multiple locations, private event taco carts, and food that will make you dance in your chair, El Sancho will bring the mouth party to each and every one of your guests! Regardless of your guest count, these taco connoisseurs have 3 different options for you to bring the flavor to your celebration
Take advantage of one of Bend’s hidden gems with Picturesque views! With Curbbq ’s mobility they can literally make any beautiful backdrop your dream reception! With options to serve right out of the truck or Buffet style this team will customize your menu to reflect your budget, style and most importantly, tastebuds. With more offerings than just barbecue, Curbbq has beautiful fruit displays, appetizer platters, complete salad bar, and a mobile carving station. Have a special family recipe that’s important to your day? No problem, this team welcomes family recipes or special requests to ensure your event is exactly what you want it to be.
Slinging pies around Oregon for over 9 years, The Pizza Cart is Central Oregon’s Pizza Oven On Wheels! This team specializes in 10” thin crust personal artisan pizzas, always making their dough from scratch using less than 7 ingredients and sourcing locally grown, organic products whenever they can. The heart of their operation is their locally designed and built cob oven when at its peak, allows the team to crank out over 90 pizzas an hour! WOW! With their dynamic team, delicious ingredients, and passion for ‘za, The Pizza Cart team will amaze your guests with their diverse backgrounds, caring personalities, and of course, crushing pizza-making skills!
Locally owned and committed to crafting the highest quality products along with best-in-class service, Sunriver Brewing Company is one brewery hosting 3 pubs across Oregon for your pleasure. Their brewers’ dedication to crafting and experimenting with quality ingredients, makes for award-winning, consistent, quality craft beer to enjoy year-round and state-wide. With pubs located in Sunriver, Galveston, and Oakway, this brewery will satisfy your tastebuds, not only with their delicious beer but with a variety of artisanal high-quality food as well. If you’re around for a few days and want to explore, go grab a pint and enjoy the staff at any of the Sunriver Brewery pub locations!
3 dudes, 1 mindset – Brew Beer, Drink Beer, & Have Fun doing it! 10 Barrel Brewing Co. came to life in 2006 with one main goal, to make killer beer and enjoy the process. These guys have created an empire and their culture hasn’t changed in the slightest. With locations in Bend and Portland Oregon, as well as Boise Idaho, and Denver Colorado, this team is ready and waiting for your arrival. Take a day, have an adventure, and drink some quality beer with the staff and patrons at 10 Barrel Brewing Company!
Established in 1995 at Mirror Pond off the Deschutes River, Bend Brewing Company is the second oldest brewpub in all of Oregon. Their rich history will have you at the edge of your seat while you sip their award-winning craft beer and munch on some savory snacks. The beer will get you in the door but the friendly service and comfortable atmosphere will have you lingering for hours on end. It’s the perfect place to spend the day enjoying a laid-back atmosphere, catching up with friends, watching your favorite sports, and of course, drinking their highly-acclaimed beer!
With a belief that good beer brings people together, Gary fish established Deschutes Brewery in downtown Bend Oregon back in 1988. The oldest brewery in Oregon, Deschutes is named after the iconic waterway flowing through the town of Bend. Fish’s goal was to bring the community together; to build a place where friends, family, and strangers could get together over some delicious food and hand-crafted beer. Originally opening a small, locally run brewery, Deschutes now operates nationwide and sells more than 225,000 barrels of beer each year! Through the expansion, the brewery has maintained quality and individuality, remaining a staple in the Oregon community and a “must-visit” place for those near and far.
Crafting brews that are uniquely Oregon and uniquely worthy, is Worthy Brewing Company’s year-round goal. This company creates seasonal and staple beers for your enjoyment through any season or life event. Founded by Roger Worthington in 2012 and opening its doors to the public in February of 2013, Worthy Brewing is always one of the top breweries in Bend. This brewery not only cares about the beer they make but the community they are a part of! Worthy is a sustainable, solar-powered brewery, looking out for Earth First, and brewing your favorite beer second. Worthy Brewing Co. will deliver on high-quality craft beers and exceptional guest experiences.
Snow, sun, rain or wind, Bend Oregon has an option with a dream backdrop for your wedding day, regardless of what Mother Earth has in store.
While spring tends to come a little late in Central Oregon, come April, wildflowers begin to bloom in the Badlands, mountain bike trails start to open up near town, and rivers start to rise. Be prepared for all kinds of crazy weather in the spring, from snow to sunshine to high winds and rain, Mother Nature is all about the unpredictability of this beautiful season while she brings back the green and lets the waters rise.
Summer days in the high desert mean exploring the outdoors, enjoying the breathtaking views, and of course, kicking back with a refreshing drink. These hot, sunny days are the perfect opportunity to grab your tribe and float in the cool waters of the Deschutes River, explore the lakes on the Cascade Lakes Highway, and relax on the incredible patios the brewery’s have to offer
The shorter days of fall are lit up by brilliant yellow, orange, and red leaves on the trees covering Southern Oregon. Solitude is easy to come by, and layering is highly recommended as cool shadows will most likely cast a chill. Sip a Bend ale by the warmth of a fire pit while the sunset creates a once in a lifetime backdrop behind the Cascades.
I hope this has inspired you in your Central Oregon Wedding planning journey! When I say this is my favorite place in the PNW I mean it because there truly is something so magical about it. That’s why it holds one of the seven wonders of Oregon in it. Many couples’ attraction of the area leads them to plan yearly trips to try new breweries, hikes and even the river floats as concerts take place in the Old Mill District. You truly will be amazed at what we can do as vendors to make your wedding day dreams come true when you pick from the lists provided here. If you have read this and are ready to move the needle in your journey please fill out one of my forms here so we can start to dream together!