Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Earthy Ashland: Wine, Sun & Sky

My plan was to post this on Wednesday BUT alas, I Googled too much about "Mel Gibson" and in my quest to hear more and more of his psychotic tendencies, I fell into a Trojan virus and my comp wasn't usable... until tonight. Thank God for IT nerds in my life!!! Thank you for the Virus Scanner.

Anyway! My beloved best friend computer is well again and so I'm ready to take you on a quick, quick trip to Ashland, Oregon (just like the trip I took there last Friday).

{Me en route on the 5 hour solo ride to Ashland. I take pics when I'm bored (or just on days that end in "Y")}

Ashland is the last respectable town in Oregon before the California border (just 14 miles from it). It's quite literally, one of the happiest places I've been. Why was I there? It's The Boy's hometown and his Mother was getting married. That meant a weekend of his family which may have left many Girlfriends running for the door. But with his family? No way.

They are so laid-back, so down-to-earth and ridiculously happy. Everyone that I encountered who is a resident there either makes wine on their land (for instance: his Mom lives on a vineyard) or works with a friend to make wine from the grapes on their property. On top of that… they're cultured. Small town without the stereotype. The city is about art, wine, the earth and… Shakespeare. Yes it is the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival which sells more tickets to more performances of more plays than any other theater in the country.

In a nutshell: it's a beautiful place full of people who are just happy living their lives. While I was there I witnessed Irish dancing, got a pedicure, saw horses, cows and goats, trolled an old book store, dipped my feet in the pool... it was just a happy, simple place and the wedding fit right along side that.

Here's a bit of my 1.5 days before I rushed back to Portland for another wedding. And yes, in case you didn't catch my drift... the town is a bit on the "Hippie" side... but isn't that nice to visit every now and again?:

Here goes it...
The night started with a casual Rehearsal Dinner at a family friend's. It was a very unique house with manicured deck and a pool but also full of unique intricacies.

{View at the Rehearsal Dinner}

{Me and The Boy at the Rehearsal Dinner in our Ashland finest. It was about 95 degrees and my hair doesn't handle that well}

{The Boy and Me enjoy the earthy swings on the porch}

{In the game room of the house}

{I always wear my earthy Maxis in Ashland: they fit, I think they're pretty and they're comfortable!}

{View from dinner}

The next morning: the Bride (The Boy's Mom) wanted to start her day with a Yoga session at her house. Not just Yoga for her but for the entire family to enjoy. So The Boy and I drove up the pastures to her home where we grunted and contorted between child's pose and warrior alongside her Stepmom, Brother, Mom, etc.

{Right before our morning Yoga- When in Rome do as the Ashlanders do...}

{The boy looking at the view from his' Mom's deck}

{Got my Yoga clothes on}

Then... it was all about the wedding:

{Time to get ready for wedding}

{The Venue: The Boy's Mom's house in Ashland}

{The Boy's Aunt, The Boy's Mom (the beautiful Bride) and The Boy, watching the Sunset at the wedding}

{Had to lose my heels at some point...}

But now it's late and I'm tired (per usual) so I will leave you a parting shot of Ashland. As the Sun set over the hills, the entire reception stopped to watch it. That's when the bagpiper from the service, picked up where he left off and played to the Sun as it headed West. It was a touching moment and the perfect nightcap to a beautiful wedding and ceremony... full of all things weddings are supposed to be: Love, Peace, Harmony... and family.

{My view}

I plan on catching up on Blogs all weekend. I miss you all dearly when I can't read your blogs and I ain't just sayin' that.

In other news, I think I fit in too well with the Hippie look.. time for a hair change! Yay!

Happy Friday!

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LadyBugSays ... said...

Looks like an amazing 1.5 days!! How many games are in that games room?! I looks like a shop!! Love your maxi dress :)

FashionJunkie123 said...

I love your maxi dress and the hot pink one! love it! looks like your having tons of fun! xx

Alicia said...

such cute pics, as always! and that game room is so cool! i bet that house was so neat! i love the maxi dress, so summer chic!

Unknown said...

Wonderful Sites, What a dinner room view, so many games, superb wedding pics and you look so beautiful in those maxis :).
I have to visit Ashland when I go to California next time...Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures.

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so beautiful!

this free bird said...

This sounds so incredibly relaxing and fun. Your pictures are excellent and I think your hair looks amazing.

That's one major games room!!

Hey, I'm hosting a cupcake challenge on my blog. The draw's not announced until Tuesday so I totally want you to come and enter. It's super fun and you could get to show a little cupcake around OR, document its journey on your blog and then send it onto the next...HILARIOUS!

You have just the right amount of wit to have some serious fun with this. Hope you check it out...and ps - what.the.hell.is.wrong.with.mel.gibson???


Sara Luxe said...

Great Post –
I’ll be back !

Please check out my blog with style updates/ fashion shoots

Slamdunk said...

Looks like a great event at an amazing place. Now that is a game closet in the one photo.

Have a good weekend and glad your computer is back to running.

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

5 hrs alone- yikes! Ashland looks beautiful though! Love the pics of you and the boy- he's a cutie! :)

Love your earthy maxi too- Happy weekend!!

Joie de Viv said...

Hi Caitlin! New to your blog! It looks like a very lovely weekend and you are beautiful! Great pics!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

Leia said...

Hi gorgeous girl! It looks like you had an awesome weekend. And you and the boy make SUCH a cute couple!

Also, can't wait to see what you do with your hair. I thought it looked great in the photos but I'm sure whatever you do to it will be just as pretty!

Leia's Delights

Vanessa said...

Wow, these pics are gorgeous! Especially the one from dinner? That view is breathe-taking!

Even though the drive seems crazy, it looks like you had fun! & let me say how jealous I am that you get along with the Boy's family. Totally jealous. 8)

Happy Weekend!

Sher said...

How beautiful! I adore that picture of you in the red dress with the sunset behind you! Absolutely stunning! Glad you had a great time with the boy and his family:)


Unknown said...

Check out that game room! Geez!

Rhiannon Bosse said...

Your dress is beautiful and you looked just gorgeous in it :) Great photos lady! xo

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

Gorgeous! Happy weekend

bananas. said...

ashland is BEAUUUUTIFUL!!! i mean i always kinda knew through word of mouth but wow...really pretty.

love the picture of your boy toy and his mom. too cute.

looks like a blast! hope you have fun this weekend as well.

Kim Axani said...

What a beautiful location for a wedding! And your pics are gorgeous as per usual. Love that photo of your shoes and purse.

Kara said...

This post made me sooooo happy and warm-fuzzy inside! Seriously, I'm a total hippie at heart and I'd fit RIGHT in there. Looks like you had a beautiful time with beautiful people. You look GORG in that maxi dress, omg. Seriously, I'm jealous of your life. Can I borrow it?

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous shots girlie! Loving the little photo shop of the boys flower, very artsy fartsy! ; ) Love the bagpiper picture too. Looks amazing! LOVE Ashland!

Alison Kinsey said...

Oh my gosh Caitlin! This place is soo beautiful. I love the view from the porch with the mountains as a backdrop. I can't believe that game room! And you look so pretty in every photo, I love the one of you in the coral dress at sunset holding your wine glass! Glad you had fun, it looks like a charming little place.

Claire Kiefer said...

Now that's my kind of wedding! I'd take a laid back, smallish, family-centered wedding any day over a big, traditional, grand affair. And on a vineyard??? Amazing! It looks so gorgeous there . . . really opens my eyes to the fact that there are towns all over the country that I never even think about that might be wonderful to live in, you know? And you look perfect, as usual. :)

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are stunning! You looked fab as well!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Caitlin you looked fantastic in both the darker printed dress and this coral-peach colored fitted one!! I think those are my favorite dresses on you so far, seriosuly, you looked just FLAWLESS!! Other than that, I ahve to say you've been lucky to get to attend so many beautiful events and weddings lately! Or more like ever since we started talking via the web haha

Scrummys said...

You are a wonderful photographer! I love all of the pictures. Looks like you had a great time!

o said...

what a gorgeous area and wedding! congrats to the boy's mom:) i love the pic of u against the sunset! so pretty! we've missed ya, too!:)


p.s. wow...they have quite the collection of games!! that's awesome!