Alison & Josh
Lake Chelan, Washington
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The view from the venue is breathtaking! I will go out on a limb and say its the best in the Lake Chelan area! I knew right away when I started planning our wedding, that I wanted a place that had amazing natural beauty, ambiance and a romantic feeling. I looked at indoor venues, and some outdoor before finding Benson Vineyards, but, none could compare to the feeling I got when we were there. It felt like ‘us’.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I put a lot of thought into my guest tables and centerpieces. I figured that while I didn’t want huge, expensive centerpieces, I wanted them to be memorable. I had seen an idea online to cut the bottoms off of wine bottles, and put candles in them. My dad cut all the bottles for me and we learned pretty early in that real candles were not going to work, so, flameless ones were used. I love the way candlelight, even outdoors, creates such a romantic ambiance. Each place setting was saved with a menu and a wine charm attached that I had hand beaded, with the guest’s name on it.
Another detail very special to me was our wine box. We wanted to do something unique and personal during our ceremony. Our officiant, pastor Craig, suggested a wonderful idea. A box that would hold a bottle of wine, two glasses, and two letters written each by the bride and groom to each other. We would lock the box together during the ceremony, and open it together on our 5th anniversary. How perfect for a winery wedding! Our moms held the letters we had written to each other, and gave them to us, along with a hug, and we locked the box together.
One of the most important parts of the day for me, was the memory of my friend, Heidi. She was one of my best friends since college, and had tragically passed away a few years ago. I wanted her to be part of my day though. I had saved a bridesmaid spot for her, which made our numbers uneven, but, I couldn’t fill it with anyone else.