Griffin House Wedding in Oregon | Jenica + James

This Griffin House Wedding in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge was unforgettable! Huge shoutout to Lauren Miles Photo for sharing the gallery. This day was pure magic!

Jenica & James’s Love Story

How they met

Like many couples nowadays, they first noticed each other on a dating app. Unlike most online first dates, they spent 7 hours together! It all started with a friendly challenge to ping pong (yes, James’s competitive spirit didn’t let Jenica win haha!). The ping pong portion of the evening only lasted 45 mins… the remaining 6 hours were spent sharing life stories, interests, laughs; it was like they had known each other for years. James wasn’t willing to waste any time – before parting for the evening he made sure to secure a second date. And then a third, and a fourth. 

Fun Fact: On the third date, James came clean about his plan to quit his job, purchase an RV and hit the road to compete in Professional Disc Golf in three short months. To his pleasant surprise, Jenica didn’t shy away from the adventure. Instead, six months later, Jenica quit her job and joined him in the RV. Right then they knew; if they could live on the road in 100 sq. ft. together, they could do anything!

couple standing in front of door

The Proposal 

In this section, we let James tell this story himself!

“After my first attempt to surprise Jenica didn’t work out according to plan – I struggled to come up with a Plan B. It was the night before we were leaving to drive to Montana (6 weeks later) when Jenica made a comment about being back on the road together. We joked about how simple life was living in an RV and that’s when it hit me….the road was such a big part of our story, that’s where I had to propose!

The next morning, I grabbed a fake ring out of her jewelry box (couldn’t ring shop because of COVID) and we hit the road. Twelve hours later, I convinced Jenica (currently driving) to pull off the road so we could switch drivers. Unbeknownst to Jenica, I directed her to take the same exit we took a year prior to attend my sister’s wedding; the place she met my family for the first time. And now it would become the place we became a family. 

Fun Fact: I had it all planned out; a nice romantic setting near a river with mountains in the background. Instead of listening to my fantastic co-pilot directions of where to go, Jenica decided to take a quick left and pull into a gravel parking lot that belonged to the county dog shelter. “Right here is fine – we’re just switching drivers” she said. There we stood in a gravel parking lot with dogs barking around us. I couldn’t believe this is where I was about to propose but I wasn’t going to let another plan fail. So, after a bout of cottonmouth and calisthenics, I mustered up the courage, cleared a spot in the gravel and got down on one knee…”

Watch their wedding video by Alesia Films

Videography packages at the Griffin House in Oregon

Firstly, our elopement packages for 2022-2023 start at $4000 and our wedding packages start at $5500. Although, our prices can vary according to season and whether or not you’re getting married on a weekday too! Therefore, please inquire on our contact page to learn more about how we can make you the wedding video of your dreams!

The Venue

Where it’s located: 

The Griffin House is located in Hood River, OR. It sits on a high cliff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

Why the Griffin House in Oregon is our favorite venue: 

Our overall experience with the Griffin House was phenomenal. Their team truly provides care for not only the wedding party and the couple, but for the vendors as well. We were constantly given timeline updates and given spot suggestions around the venue for more epic footage. As a result, we were able to catch an amazing variety thanks to them. And with their new addition of the tent/reception area, we can tell that they plan to keep growing and improving as a wedding venue. We’re excited to see what the future holds with them and we’re happy to come back anytime! 

Getting ready in the Griffin House

First Look Spot

Wedding Party Photo Spots

Ceremony Spot

Sunset Spots – what a Griffin House Wedding is known for!

The Reception Spot

The Vendors

All photographs were taken by Lauren and the video was made by yours truly, Alesia Films! In addition, if you like this post, please comment and share what you think! In conclusion, we saved the best for last: the amazing vendor team!

Photography/Videography

Lauren Miles Photo & Alesia Films

Details/Stationary

Florals

Small Yard Flowers

DJ

Pure Pulse Entertainment

Rentals

Riverhood Rentals

Catering

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Mobile Bar

The Swig Rig

Dessert

The Mobile Scoop Shop

Photobooth

Smirk Photobooth Co

Finally, one last shoutout for this amazing vendor team!

Venue: Griffin House

Photography: Lauren Miles Photo

Videography: Alesia Films

DJ: Pure Pulse Entertainment

Rentals: Riverhood Rentals

Florals: Small Yard Flowers

Photobooth: Smirk Photobooth Co

Catering: Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Bar: The Swig Rig

Dessert: The Mobile Scoop Shop

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