After a few years in the wedding business, you find out that there are weddings, and then, THERE ARE WEDDINGS! Priscilla and Dominic’s wedding was one of the latter. Taking place on a breezy summer afternoon at the Meduri Farms family compound just a stone throw away from Willamette Valley Vineyard, this wedding was AMAZING!
It all started months earlier when Priscilla’s mother-in-law surprised her with an early christmas present- Taking her to the big apple to pick out her wedding dress from the world renowned Kleinfeld Manhatten, which has recently been made even more famous by the TLC Show “Say Yes to the Dress“.
This wedding was oppulent! The Meduri family started by creating a wood burning pizza oven by the pool so the folks over at Salem’s finest “DaVinci Restaurant” could make fresh homemade pies for the more than 400 guests. DaVinci’s didn’t stop there. They shut down there entire restaurant plus hired extra staff members so they could cater Priscilla and Dominic’s special day. I have to say that my wife and I love DaVinci’s and the owner Mo Afshar is a true character in the very best way. This is what they made for the girls why they were getting ready!
The food looked incredible. DaVinci’s chef’s started the evening out with a salad of chopped Romaine and Watercress, with oven roasted Beets, pickled Red Onions, bacon crumbles, hard boiled egg, and a Sherry Vinaigrette. The Meduri’s gave the guests 3 options for entrées. The first was a Misty Isle Farms Beef Filet with Hama Hama Oysters and wild Oregon mushrooms. The second was a serving of the delicious Copper River Salmon with blood Orange and Fennel Pollen. Last, but CERTAINLY not least was the Porcini Sacchetti Filled mini pasta pouches. These included Porcini mushrooms topped with Parmesan and drizzled with one of three sauces; Roasted Tomato, White Truffle cream, or olive oil. I personally buy my olive oils from Mo and his restaurant and I guarantee that they are some of the very best. All entrées were served with roasted potatoes and mixed veggies. Priscilla picked a yummy cake from Lovin’ Oven as well with Fresh Strawberry white cake filled with fresh strawberries and whipped filling, along with a Chocolate Fudge Cream Cheese cake that had the moist chocolate cake filled with a cream cheese filling.
For the elegant theme of the day, The Meduri’s picked Oregon Bride Magazine’s 2010′s Best Rental company, West Coast Event Productions, Inc. to deliver the goods on the décor, tables, linen’s, flowers, and lighting design. The team at West Coast EventsProductions Inc created a truly elegant and beautiful setting for Priscilla and Dominic. It all started in the family barn, which West Coast Events Productions Inc. made into a ballroom, with Chiffon ceiling treatments lit underneath with hundred’s of lights. The perimeter of the barn also had chiffon treatments uplit with PAR lights. The floral design featured iron trees with clear glass cone votives along with a large floral spray with ruscus leaves. The chairs, which were my favorite were Mahogany Clavari chairs with ivory roses and cone votives.
The reception area had a more contemporary style, and featured the rustic-chic “Louisiana Bayou” look of the elevated dance floor with chiffon treatments around floor with willow and cafe lights acting as the centerpiece to the whole yard. The tables featured Mocha Shantung linens with Kiwi Lime Shantung Napkins (Shantung is a pure raw silk for us guys). I loved the way the tables looked and our film captured them nicely. The plates were a Taupe Earthenware with a Kiwi square glass swirl salad plate sitting on top of a wood grain charger. The centerpieces were small iron trees with votives, along with ivory roses with Ruschs leaves and more cone votives with key lights at the base. Other centerpieces near the cocktail tables and Prosciutto bar included the famous iron trees with simple centerpieces of Limes in a cylinder with floating candles.
Salem’s own and very talented Tara Haney of Tara Francis Photography was the photographer and took just incredible images of the entire day. Megan Ward from Red Pearl Designs created the invitations, programs, and menu’s, as well as our friends from Distinctive Designs by Denise (bouquets and boutonnieres), Crossroads Fine Linen’s and Party Rentals (Arbor in Ceremony), Lovin’ Oven (Wedding Cake), Music Express (DJ), Ania’s Collection (Bridesmaid dresses), A Formal Affair (Suits), and incredible restrooms-yes super cool restrooms by All American Waste Service helped round out the incredible list of vendors.
The ambience, the food, the guests, the families, and most importantly, Priscilla and Dominic enjoyed what turned out to be a spectacular wedding. This is only a tease, with the best yet to come.