Step into the enchanting love story of Max and Ben as they embarked on their second celebration with a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon. Yes, you read it right – two celebrations! The first, an intimate San Francisco wedding an intimate gathering in the heart of the Mission District, focused on their nearest and dearest. How fantastic is that? Two celebrations, double the joy!

Their decision to spread these celebrations over time added a layer of profound meaning. We found ourselves in awe of the incredible community that surrounded Max and Ben, comprising both family and friends.

But let’s talk about the week leading up to their Griffin House wedding day – a series of festivities right here in Portland that set the perfect tone. This wasn’t just about a single day; it was an immersive experience, a cascade of events that allowed everyone to forge connections, engage in great conversations, and deepen their relationships.

Max and Ben shared with us that these connections were the essence of their Griffin House Wedding. It wasn’t just about saying vows; it was about creating a fresh bond among their loved ones.

Now, let’s dive into the itinerary that perfectly captures the spirit of Northwest Portland:

Day 1: Portland Wanderings Explore the charming Portland cafes (Cafe Umbria), savor a quintessential Portland breakfast (Broder PDX), and lose yourself in the literary haven of Powells Books & Chinese Gardens.

Day 2: McMenamins Kennedy’s School Welcome Gathering A warm welcome at McMenamins Kennedy’s School set the tone for the days ahead.

Day 3: Sokol Blosser Winery Tasting Adventure Indulge in a tasting adventure at Sokol Blosser Winery, setting the stage for a night of dancing at the lively Crush Bar.

Day 4: Group Hike along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Connect with nature on a group hike along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, followed by a delightful welcome at Ferment Brewing Company in Hood River.

Day 5: The Griffin House Wedding Day The much-anticipated wedding day at The Griffin House, where love took center stage. And some of the most unique and ecstatic dancing we’ve seen! We used our critical Geekoto speed lights and gear along with our MagMod tools to light up all of the action with the best drama possible. And Aftershoot helped us edit with blazing precision.

Night 5: Whiskey Tango Late Night After Party Wrap up the celebration with a late-night afterparty at Whiskey Tango.

And oh, have we mentioned the mesmerizing view from The Griffin House cliffs? It’s a sight to behold, overlooking the majesty of the Columbia Gorge River. We’ve been lucky to photograph weddings at some the most beautiful places in the world (see Anne-Marie & Riley’s Villa Cimbrone wedding in Amalfi, Italy), and the Griffin House view is undoubtedly also one of the best.

Catherine Nguyen with Luxe Event Productions designed and coordinated everything flawlessly. So impressive! Together with the team at The Griffin House, everyone was showered with thoughtful care, ensuring that every moment was as magical as the love shared between Max and Ben.  Here’s to a love that’s as boundless as the Columbia Gorge River!

Cheers to Max and Ben!

Groom and groom exchanging vows at The Griffin House on the Columbia Gorge River near Hood River, Oregon

"Grooms to be" toasting with bursting champagne bottles at Sokol Blosser Winery leading up to their Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

A drone photo of "Grooms to be" walking in the vineyard at Sokol Blosser Winery leading up to their Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

A drone photo of "Grooms to be" walking in the vineyard at Sokol Blosser Winery leading up to their Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

Friends enjoying wine tasting at Sokol Blosser Winery leading up to a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

Friends enjoying wine tasting at Sokol Blosser Winery leading up to a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

Creative photo of a womans reflective sunglasses while enjoying wine tasting at Sokol Blosser Winery leading up to a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

Two "grooms to be" at a wine tasting at Sokol Blosser Winery leading up to a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

Two "grooms to be" holding hands in the entrance of a Portland Gay Bar called Crush leading up to a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

Two "grooms to be" being comical at a Portland Gay Bar called Crush leading up to a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

Two "grooms to be" holding hands in the bar of Portland's McMenamin's Kennedy School leading up to a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

Two "grooms to be" on a hike in the Columbia River Gorge with friends and family leading up to a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

Two "grooms to be" walking hand and hand in the Columbia River Gorge near a waterfall with friends and family leading up to a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

A drone photo of friends and family hiking in the Columbia River Gorge leading up to a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

A drone photo of friends and family hiking in the Columbia River Gorge leading up to a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

A fun and dramatically lit photo of a groom showering while getting ready for a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

A fun and dramatically lit photo of a groom showering while getting ready for a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

A creative photo of two grooms getting ready for a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

A creative photo of two grooms putting bow ties on for a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

A gorgeous perspective photo of two grooms sharing vows during their Griffin House wedding looking out over the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

A fun moment with two grooms sharing vows during their Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

A comical moment with two grooms sharing vows during their Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

Two grooms kissing during their Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon.

A gorgeous perspective photo of two grooms embracing at sunset during their Griffin House wedding looking out over the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Two grooms walking into their Griffin House wedding along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Two grooms reacting with laughter to a speaker during their Griffin House wedding along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Two grooms laughing and embracing each other during their "first dance" at their Griffin House wedding along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Two grooms laughing and embracing each other during their "first dance" at their Griffin House wedding along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Wild ecstatic dancing with a groom and best friends at a Griffin House wedding along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

A drag queen pointing with swirling light everywhere during a Griffin House wedding along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

A drag queens dramatic entrance into the dance party during a Griffin House wedding along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Two grooms playfully walking into their reception dance party during a Griffin House wedding along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

A groom dramatically spinning with a cape and jewels during a Griffin House wedding dance party along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

A groom dramatically walking with a cape and jewels during a Griffin House wedding dance party along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Two grooms holding hands up while walking through everyone at a Griffin House wedding dance party along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Two grooms holding hands while walking through everyone at a Griffin House wedding dance party along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Two grooms holding hands with a drag queen while walking through everyone at a Griffin House wedding dance party along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Two grooms holding each other while laughing and dramatically singing at a Griffin House wedding dance party along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Two grooms embracing each other in a quiet moment surrounded with pink swirling light during their late night Whiskey Tango party following their Griffin House wedding along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon.

Details:

Be sure to checkout the KIND WORDS Max and Ben shared about their experience with us.

Photographers: @josandtree JOS & TREE + 2 dedicated off-camera lighting assistants
Portland Wanderings: Cafe Umbria, Broder PDX, Powells Books, Chinese Gardens
Portland Welcome Gathering: McMenamins Kennedy’s School
Portland Night Club: Crush Bar @crushbarpdx
Wine Tasting Adventure: Sokol Blosser Winery
Day Before Hike: Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
Welcome Drinks in Hood River: Ferment Brewing Company
Wedding Venue: The Griffin House @thegriffinhouse
Ceremony Location: bluff | Cocktails: Eastern Lawn | Reception: Tent
Design & Coordination: Luxe Event Productions @luxeproductions
Day of Lead:  Catherine Nguyen @cathythin
Max Suit: Alexander McQueen @alexandermcqueen
Catering & Bar: Devil’s Food @devilsfoodcatering
DJ: Jess the Ripper @jesstheripper | Band: Stumptown String Quartet
EntertainmentDrag Performer Jay Colby @itsjaycolby
Rentals: Arden collective @ardeneventcollective
Floral: swoon floral @swoon_floraldesign
Dessert: Lauretta Jeans @laurettajeans
Signage/Calligraphy: Hey Halle @hey.halle
Shuttle: Blue StarFacebook
Lighting: Greenlight Creative @greenlightpdx
Late Night After Party Bar: Whiskey Tango @whiskeytangohrv

Accolades: The image of Max and Ben getting dressed in reflections was awarded by the International Society of Portrait and Wedding Photographers during their recent June 2023 contest.

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