It’s three days instead of three hours. It’s on a river not in a church. And you can bring dogs and kids or nobody at all. But most importantly, there will be good friends, good music, good beer and plenty of love to go around.
Since this isn’t your typical wedding, we want to prepare you for the fun times ahead.
What’s this all about?
Love. Chillaxin’. Having a good time. We simply want to celebrate with a few of our closest friends and family members in one of Oregon’s oldest fly fishing towns. We don’t care about the gifts or formalities of proper weddings, we simply want to come together for some respite and revelry in the mountains. Hike through the Fall leaves in the forest. Drink some good wine and feast on seasonal Oregon cuisine. Dance to live music every night. And throw the biggest party of our lives.
September 25th: Back Deck Bender BBQ and Hat Party
Check-in begins promptly at 4pm in the main lodge with cocktail hour to follow. Chillax at the Back Deck Bender BBQ with live music from the delta blues duo Musky Buskers. This is a HAT PARTY folks, so everyone is strongly encouraged to bring and wear your favorite fedora, Stetson or hat (think circa 1930’s). An evening performance by the Franson sisters will require audience participation and could be quite embarrassing for all those involved (we call this foreshadowing).
September 26th: Ceremony and Celebration
Take the morning to explore the headwaters of the Metolius River, climb Smith Rock, participate in a yoga class or just kick back at the lodge. Mark will lead a morning hike up to Black Butte. Leighann will be hyperventilating.
Ceremony and cocktails will commence around 3pmish with more spirits and hor d’oeuvres to follow. After dinner, Mass Transit, Portland’s funk and jazz band will get the joint jumpin’. DJ Apple, aka the iPod, will wrap things up with a little late night dancing session in the lodge.
September 27th: The After-Party Brunch
We’ll wrap things up with a mid-morning brunch to help soak up the sauce for all those late-night revelers. Take one last walk through the wetlands and play one more game of ping pong before we say our final goodbyes and check out by 11am.
We’ve rented 18 modern, but rustic cabins on the Metolius River. These aren’t mangy forest service cabins folks; we’re talking your own little five-star oasis in the woods. Since each cabin sleeps between four and seven people, you’ll have the unique opportunity to spend some quality time with our close friends and family members. If that scares you, we’re sorry. But we promise, we only invited incredibly intelligent, down-to-earth people who practice proper hygiene.
Each spacious cabin comes with a fully equipped kitchen, one-to-three bathrooms, a cozy living room with a fireplace, a screened-in porch, a deck and a view that can’t be beat. If you’re a duo, you’ll have the privacy of your own room with either a double or two twin beds. If you’re going solo, most likely, you’ll be sharing a room (not a bed, unless you’ve had a few too many drinks) with someone you already know.
Because we will be in a relatively remote area, food will be provided for the entire weekend. But feel free to bring your own snacks or diet-specific foods. Camp Sherman Country store is just down the road.
Since we’ve rented out the entire Lodge and all surrounding cabins for the weekend, we simply ask that you pay for your accommodation. We understand that we’re in a tough economic time, so we want to make this weekend affordable for everyone. Therefore, we simply ask that each person pay $95 for the entire weekend. This will be paid with your RSVP. Unless you are bringing small children who do not require a bed, kids will be the same price as adults. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t be afraid to ask.
For more information about the resort visit www.lakecreeklodge.com.
For those that would like to camp, there are a few campgrounds located five miles (or further) from the lodge. For more information, visit: http://www.hoodoo.com/Deschutes_National_Forest/Metolius_River_Area.htm Since you will not be staying at the lodge, you will be responsible for your own meals (except for the Friday night BBQ and Saturday Reception).
Kids, Dogs and Accompanying Guests
Untraditional weddings call for untraditional methods of organization. Since we’re in the middle of the forest, we’re not only limited by the number of beds, we’re also limited by the number of people we can host in the lodge. This means a few things:
• If you’re invited, you’re special.
• If you’re flying solo and want to bring someone, please let us know ASAP. We have limited space and might not be able to guarantee space at Lake Creek Lodge for additional guests. But there are plenty of lodging and camping options within Camp Sherman and nearby Sisters, Oregon.
• Kids and dogs are welcome. The first eight cabins are dog friendly. Please let us know well in advance if you plan on bringing your canine so we can make appropriate arrangements. If you do bring your dog, they must be dog and kid-friendly.
Yourself, your party hat for Friday night, a musical instrument and some warm clothes. Plan for a pleasant 70-degree fall day and a crisp 45-degree autumn night. Since Camp Sherman is just above 3000 feet in elevation, weather can change quickly. Prepare for rain and bring a rain jacket or umbrella just in case. We recommend sunscreen; warm fleece jackets and hats; a fly fishing rod; climbing, hiking or biking gear if that’s how you roll; something comfortable to dance in, and whatever you feel like wearing to Saturday’s celebration. See you there!
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Portland Monthly Magazine’s recent article on the Metolius River and Lake Creek Lodge: