Friday
Sep282012

Oregon Couples: Renew Your Vows for Free on this Gorgeous Bridge

This one is for all of those married couple out there!  The ones who still stalk wedding blogs :)  What are you and your sweetie doing October 14th?  If you're in Oregon, you should sign up to be one of a group of couple to have a complimentary Wedding Vow Rededication as a part of the re-opening ceremony of the gorgeous bridge that "weds" Oregon City and West Linn.  Here's more info from the Willamette Valley Festival:

"You are invited to participate in a very unique opportunity to re-new your wedding vows as part of the Willamette Falls Festival on the bridge before it is re-opened to motorized vehicles.

A wedding vow renewal ceremony on the bridge will be a featured part of the bridge re-opening festivities, to commemorate the 1922 ceremony that originally took part on the bridge. Ella Averta Parker, of West Linn, married Louis E. Hartke Jr, of Oregon City, during the first dedication of the bridge on Dec. 28, 1922. The wedding "symboliz(ed) the union of two communities," according to a 1922 article in The Oregonian.

You and your spouse will be joining a select group of other couples at 12:00pm that day at nearby Pacific Crest Grand Ballroom in Oregon City to rehearse and address questions. From there you will all walk together in a processional to the bridge for the 1:00pm ceremony conducted by Beverly Mason, Radiant Touch Weddings, and to the sounds of the Willamette Falls Symphony Brass Ensemble. There is no cost to participate but you must pre-register no later than October 1st.

After the ceremony and the bridge re-opening event, there will be a reception back at the ballroom at 3:00pm. There, you (and up to two guests) can continue the celebration.Complimentary cake and sparkling cider will be served and no-host appetizers and a bar will also be available through Portland Catering. Wearing period wedding attire is welcomed."

Of course, if you go for this, you simply MUST share photos and your story with us!  To get you further into the mood, we snagged a great image from Heather Bayles Photography of a cute engagement shoot with the falls as a backdrop!

Photographer: Heather Bayles Photography

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