Somewhere over The Megler…
With less than two months till their wedding day, Emily & Trevor received the unexpected news that no engaged couple wants to hear as plans are coming together. An unforeseen construction issue was canceling their Astoria wedding venue plans, and we had to start from square one to find a new location.
Following a few internal screams and some quick thinking, we swiftly rerouted the initial plans and landed safely over The Megler Bridge at the Historic Chinook School Community Building and Event Center, in Chinook, Washington.
Managed by the Chinook Community and located on the Long Beach Peninsula, WA, The Historic Chinook Event Center offers a welcomed list of onsite amenities. My wedding planner’s heart beamed over the impeccable state of the venue, clean and equipped with a full-service kitchen, tables, chairs, overhead lighting, theatrical stage, professional sound system, restrooms for a large group, and ADA accessibility. As a bonus, a green room is available behind the stage with garment racks, vanity bulbs, and natural lighting for an ideal get-ready space.
A weekend rental allows for a relaxed setup and the opportunity to pick up a few items following the wedding day.
A Family Effort
With April showers in full effect, we once again had to reroute Emily & Trevor’s outdoor ceremony plans. The Historic School Building provided us with a charming last-minute wedding ceremony space.
Along with the help of their encouraging friends and family, Emily and Trevor navigated through the big changes of the wedding weekend with grace and a sense of humor.
Emily’s sister arranged floral bud vases with peach and orange-hued roses and ranunculus to arrange down the guest tables.
The bride’s cousin and local Astoria, Oregon artist, Autumn Eve Montgomery Hurd added creative touches to the wedding with hand-lettered welcome signage, a selfie mirror, and a bold ceremony backdrop.
Exploring the Wild Long Beach Peninsula
The couple snuck away for a few photos together at the nearby Chinook Park. With a spectacular view of where the Columbia River meets the Pacific, the quiet park provides an unmatched photo backdrop.
Once again, the weather swiftly shifted plans, but Emily & Trevor’s wedding day smiles endured.
A surprise rainbow appeared just after their ceremony adding to the magic of the day (my wedding planning heart once again nodding in approval over the unexpected…yes, of course I ordered that rainbow and it arrived just in time).
A few other destinations for guests to explore during a visit to the Long Beach Peninsula include the Port of Ilwaco, Cape Disappointment State Park, and Oysterville Sea Farms for a weekend full of adventures.
A Very Astoria Affair
With Trevor’s connection to the brewing industry and Emily’s background in bartending, crafting a wedding day bar menu was a priority. King Tide Mobile Beverage Co. arranged a thoughtful bar menu featuring local Astoria breweries and signature cocktails, a Blood Orange French 75, and Old-Fashioneds.
Astoria, Oregon Chef, Evan with That Food Cart designed a flavorful BBQ Dinner Menu with beef brisket, BBQ pulled pork, collard greens, mac & cheese, baked beans, apple slaw and fresh fruit salad.
Following dinner, Emily & Trevor cut a classic custom cake by Gathered Bakes of Astoria adorned with orange and rust flowers and polaroid cake toppers. The bride’s aunt arranged a full coffee station with signature blend favor bags by Columbia River Coffee Roaster.
Weathering the Wedding Planning Process
An experienced wedding planner will do their very best to avoid major wedding day disruptions but sometimes, they are inevitable, and here on the Coast may be caused by an undeniable force of nature.
Working with Emily and Trevor I was grateful for their welcomeness to consider different paths during the planning process. Plans will always come together and when we work together I’m ready to provide a plan B, C, D and beyond as needed.
Overcoming major wedding day obstacles makes those wedding day smiles even more triumphant.
As your trusted planner I’m here for it all, the rainbows, reroutes, and revisiting ideas till plans come together just right.
Bakery: Gathered Bakes Astoria
Bar & Beverage: King Tide Mobile Beverage. Co
Catering: That Food Cart
Custom Hand Lettering: Autumn Eve Montgomery Hurd
Photography: Leslie Montgomery Wedding Photography
Planner: J. Rickey Events
Venue: Historic Chinook School & Event Center