Brides for a Cause: Dress Dash



Over 500 Wedding Dresses On Sale for Only $150 Each!

WHAT:           WIILD 1077 has teamed up with Brides for a Cause to host a special “DRESS DASH” event on Saturday, October 11 from 7am-11am at FivePine Lodge & Conference Center in Sisters.  The “DRESS DASH” will feature more than 500 wedding dresses in sizes 0-24 all priced at just $150!  This “DRESS DASH” event gives local brides in the Bend area a chance to find an affordable dress while supporting a great cause!  Central Oregon area brides are encouraged to show up early to “dash” for their wedding dress, while supporting a great cause!


Proceeds from the event will support Wish Upon A Wedding to help the organization grant free weddings for couples who are faced with a terminal illness or life altering circumstance across the country.  Last September, Wish Upon A Wedding granted a free wedding for an Oregon couple Heather & Chris.   Since it was founded in 2010, the charity has granted more than 70 weddings for deserving couples across the country.  Brides for a Cause has raised $236,000 since partnering in 2012 for Wish Upon  A Wedding by re-selling donated wedding dresses at its Portland boutique and off-site road shows along the west coast.  This is the first time the organization is bringing its wedding gowns to Bend!!


Already married?  Wedding dress donations from 2008 and newer will be accepted during the event.  Past brides are encouraged to donate their wedding dress after their wedding, not only for a tax write-off, but also to recycle their wedding dress to allow another bride to wear it, all while supporting a great cause.  Volunteers are also needed at the event.  For more information, please visit


WHEN:          Saturday, October 11 from 7am-11am
Free admission, open to the public, brides are encouraged to show up early!  The line starts at 5am!


WHERE:      FivePine Lodge & Conference Center
                        1021 E. Desperado Trail
                        Sisters, OR 97759

CONTACT:   For information about the DRESS DASH, please call 503-282-4000 (Portland boutique) or 503-348-1108 (on-site cell phone), email or visit


Headquartered in Portland, OR, Brides for a Cause is a commercial fundraiser for Wish Upon A Wedding, a national non-profit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.  Brides for a Cause collects and resells donated wedding dresses on behalf of Wish Upon A Wedding to raise funds for the charity.  Wish Upon A Wedding will receive about 50% of the proceeds. Since partnering with the charity in 2012, Brides for a Cause has raised $236,000.  To learn more about Brides for a Cause, please visit


Wish Upon a Wedding is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.  The organization was created to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes and for the chosen recipients to inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength.  Wish Upon A Wedding was founded in 2010 and is based in Santa Clara, CA. The charity has granted 70 wedding wishes for deserving couples.  The organization grants weddings for individuals anywhere in the US, including urgent wishes.  To learn more about Wish Upon A Wedding, please visit

Rustic Chic Fall Wedding in Sisters, Oregon

This past September, we had the pleasure of hosting Channy & Jesse’s rustic chic wedding.  The bride was absolutely stunning and they were both so great to work with.  Channy even made her own wedding cakes!



Visit Sara Lucero’s blog to see some amazing pictures from the wedding.  We can’t wait to see this couple for many years to come.


FEATURE: Eugene Weddings Magazine “Into the Woods”

We were absolutely thrilled to be featured in Eugene Weddings Magazine 2012 issue “Into the Woods” with the fabulous couple, Barbara and Joel Stock who were married this past July. 


Central Oregon Fall Wedding . . . Kimberly Kay Photography

Here in Central Oregon we are truly blessed with gorgeous weather all year round.  With 300 days of sun, Sisters, Oregon is a wonderful choice for an intimate destination wedding anytime of year.  Last weekend we were honored to be a part of Lisa & Trevor’s special day.  Congratulations to you both!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

For more pictures visit Kimberly Kay’s Blog!

Wedding Catering

One of the biggest decisions couples have to make after choosing the venue for their destination wedding here in Central Oregon is what to serve their guests at the reception.  Should it be a formal or intimate wedding with a sit-down dinner, a casual buffet, or just cocktails and hors d’ouevre?   Whatever the choice, first consider your guests.  Are there a lot of children or elderly guests?  Are there guests with special dietary needs?  Carefully planning a menu will make sure all guests enjoy their meal.

After an initial discussion with our Catering Manager/Chef, she will suggest sample menus and help with the decision.  A formal, sit-down dinner is the most traditional style.  The more casual buffet allows the guests to have more of a decision in what they eat, but still retain the formality of beautifully decorated tables and a seating plan.  A slightly more informal reception is to have cocktails and hors d’ouevres with stylish presentation and tasty bites.  Just make sure you serve a substantial amount of food, as your guests will expect enough to substitute for a full dinner.  There’s really no limit to what you serve, it’s your wedding after all.  Barbecues, brunch, picnics, are all great for indoor and/or outdoor weddings.

Those who choose a sit-down dinner usually send the wedding invitees a response card that includes not only whether they will attend, but also a dinner selection.  Usual selections are poultry, fish or red meat and some include a vegetarian option.  Your guests may expect to be served a salad course and a main course.  Dessert is usually the wedding cake.  But we’re seeing lots of cupcakes, pies and self-serve ice cream or yogurt bars for dessert rather than a traditional wedding cake.

If your budget is of concern, we would suggest skimping on expenses other than the food in your wedding preparations.  You can save money by creating your own centerpieces and decorations, having a DJ instead of a live band, and serving only beer and wine.

There is no right or wrong way to serve your guests on your wedding day.  Your personal preference and tastes should determine what you decide for a menu or style.  Most important, try to relax, enjoy the anticipation of getting married, and let the professional staff at FivePine Lodge help you create perfect  memories for your destination wedding in Oregon.

Let us know what you’d like to hear next and we’ll continue with our Wedding blogs.

August Wedding FivePine: Byron Roe Photography

This summer has been full of wonderful weddings with amazing couples.  Each and every wedding is unique in its own way and it is so fun to see the couple’s creative side come out.

Click HERE to see more pictures from Byron Roe Photography.

Our summer Saturdays in 2012 are quickly booking up.  For available dates and reduced site fees for winter and midweek, contact our Events Coordinator, Tricia Maxson at or (541) 585-2647.

Style Me Pretty Feature


Wedding Photography

Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions regarding your special day.  The right photographer captures the most memorable moments and emotions of your new life as husband and wife.  Start the process of finding the perfect photographer early, as the best ones can easily fill their schedule a year in advance.

Good photographers have a reputation of success, so personal references are a great resource.  Usually, the venue you choose will have a list of preferred local photographers that know the property, know the great locations on site for the best photos, and usually have great examples of their photography on the venue’s own website.   Hiring a local photographer can save you a significant amount of money if you don’t have to also pay for their travel expenses.    Asking your other vendors may also provide you with great options, since being in the same industry, they often work events together.  So ask your DJ, baker, caterer, florist, etc.  Vendors love to refer other vendors.  FivePine has a detailed list of photographers in the Central Oregon area that we would be happy to provide.

Once you have a list of photographers, check out their websites for sample photos.  Each photographer has their own style so it’s important to match theirs with your vision.  Think about the tone you want your photos to express.  Are you and your fiancé serious and traditional, or more light-hearted and playful?  Try to narrow your choices to no more than 3 photographers, set up appointments to interview them, see sample wedding albums, and talk about what might fit within your budget.  Pay attention to the photographer’s ability to capture the emotion of the day; are people comfortable and happy, or do all the photos look staged and stiff.  Get to know the quality of the photographer, the overall style, and the ability to adjust to your individual taste.

Often couples will choose to ask a friend to take their photos, usually to save money.  But….not all amateur photographers are created equal.  Having a professional, seasoned photographer will ensure that you will have quality photographs that will forever remind you of the perfect day.  Once you feel you’ve found the right photographer, be sure to review their contract carefully so there are no questions as to what is expected.  And feel free to negotiate.  Everything is negotiable, including pricing, packages, proofs, etc.

In the end, your decision will be largely a matter of faith.  For many, price ends up being the determining factor, but keep in mind, there are no second chances to do this again.

Stay tuned for the next chapter on Weddings….what to have for dinner??

July Wedding at FivePine: Kimberly Kay Photography

Having a destination wedding is one of the best ways to share this special occasion with all your family and friends.  FivePine offers so many wonderful “things to do” without having to leave the property.  This allows everyone to spend quality time together for a few days rather than just a quick conversation at the reception.  The kids can play in the pool, go to a fun movie, or play lawn games.   The girls can spend the day at the spa, getting pampered and relaxed.  The boys can play golf or have fun on the Micro-Brewery Tour along the Bend Ale Trail.  The family can enjoy a relaxing rehearsal dinner on the patio or a small intimate dinner at Thyme restaurant.

FivePine offers a stress-free style of wedding plans where we do the work, and the bride, groom, and family can spend time together.   When we meet with wedding couples, we get a sense of which photographer might work best for them, or how elaborate or simple the perfect wedding cake might be, or which florist can match their vision of how their flowers would look.   There are many decisions that make the day perfect and our staff can offer recommendations for some of the best vendors in the industry.   We’re always honored to be part of these special events that are full of love, excitement, and new adventures.

Click HERE to see pictures from our most recent wedding at FivePine from Kimberly Kay Photography.

Summer Weddings at FivePine

Stay tuned for the next segment:  How to choose a photographer for your wedding.

Wedding at FivePine: Kimberly Kay Photography

This past 4th of July weekend we had a wonderful wedding with an amazing bride and groom.  Kimberly Kay captured some amazing moments . . .

“Katherine and Todd were married on a gorgeously sunny day at Five Pine Lodge, in Sisters, Oregon, where deer could be seen within the Ponderosa pine forest.

I got some wonderful photographs of Katherine donning her cream, strapless gown while Chris photographed Todd preparing for the ceremony. The theme of the day was Western-style elegance. Katherine wore cowboy boots with her dress and Todd topped his classic black suit with a cowboy hat. As Katherine was about the put on her jewelry, her father came into the room and, in an incredibly touching moment offered to put it on for her. The maid-of-honor was standing next to me and she began to tell me the story of the delicate pearl chain and earrings. Her father had wanted to buy her something for her wedding and desiring to find the perfect thing to match Katherine’s taste and personality; he had invited the maid-of-honor along. It was a beautiful moment and such a testament to their enduring love. I feel incredibly honored to have been there to capture it.”

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