I’ve recently begun a quest to compile a nice long list of wedding vendors that I can, without any reservations whatsoever, recommend to my brides. My goal is to find and create relationships with vendors (caterers, venues, florists, coordinators, DJs, videographers, cake makers, make-up artists, etc…) who are honest, hard working, love what they do, and are good at it. As my list develops I’ll be featuring my vendor friends on both my blog and on the new vendor page of my website .
So… welcome to my first vendor spotlight!
Not long ago Corey and I made the trip up to the small community of Helvetia (northish of Beaverton in Portland’s West Hills) to check out the Helvetia Winery as a wedding venue. The drive was a gorgeous one as we made our way through the green rolling hills on one of the most perfect spring days in Oregon history. We turned down the long gravel road toward the winery and immediately fell in love with the place. The hundred year old farmhouse, the open grassy spaces, the winery building complete with casks of aging wine, and the beautiful grape-vined hills all seemed to shout in unison “HAVE YOUR WEDDING HERE!”
We got to meet John Platt, the cheerful, friendly, and very wine-passionate owner of the vineyard who hooked us up with our own personal 4×4 tour of his 70 acre establishment. I had a glass of one of the best white wines I’ve ever tasted (don’t ask me to remember the name of it), and rode around on the back of a four wheeler with camera in hand, taking in the amazing scenery. The winery is very spread out and the ceremony and reception possibilities are endless. John’s also got a monstrous tent that cen be rented out for events for shade or rain cover.
So if you happen to be looking for a country chic wedding venue close to dowtown, you just may be looking for the Helvetia Winery. And even if you’re not in the market for a wedding venue, a weekend tasting trip up to the Helvetia winery is very well worth it.