“The beauty of a wedding day often starts with a wonderful couple made happier by sharing the new beginning of marriage with their family and friends. But if you’re greatly fortunate, beyond the essential couple, there is the beautiful atmosphere that surrounds them, making the ceremony and celebration move from magnificent to magical.
Such was this Dad’s experience with Molly Gunn’s “Gorge-ous” weddings, in Stevenson Washington.
Molly was not only professional throughout the process, but more importantly helpful and caring at every step, with every question, and in every conversation. Plans upon plans, specifics upon details, and back-ups and fall-backs were all part of making the event as close to fool-proof as possible, so the day can be as near perfect as one would wish for.
Vows on the Green Grass, framed by the moving river, surrounded by powerful mountains, and a reception space that sets it easily to accommodate all those wanting to share in the Bride and Groom’s Joy.
It’s wonderful when someone like Molly knows the value beyond cost of what they are sharing, and who also wants every wedding that follows to be as good or better than the one that precedes.
I feel lucky that my daughter found a good man to be happy with in life, but beyond that, glad she found a wonderful wedding venue and someone like Molly to make the wedding of her dreams not just a hoped for possibility, but a total reality.
Thank you Molly and Family, for the place that made my daughter’s day one of the best of my life.”
Father of the Bride
“Gorge-ous Weddings went above and beyond in our expectations! There is no more beautiful site, the grounds are gorgeous, and our guests all commented on the beauty! From every angle the pictures captured the lush green surroundings and the
Columbia River in the background.
Molly’s attention to detail showed through in her recommendations for vendors, venue set-up, restrooms, lighting, etc. Parking was a breeze, the use of the electric golf cart a must, and even a vintage car is available for rent to bring the bride to her groom.
If you are thinking of an outdoor venue for your wedding or celebration, you will not be disappointed with Wind Mountain Ranch!”
“I don’t know where to begin this review. Everyone at Wind Mountain Ranch was a delight to work with. Molly and her team are extremely responsive, considerate, and generous. They have thought of everything in order to make the venue utterly amazing for the couples. It’s worth every penny.
About 4 days before my wedding, the ranch house, where about 12 of our guests were staying, caught fire and was no longer available for guests. Molly’s husband called me and guaranteed that they’d find another solution for us. We looked for other nearby rentals, but nothing seemed right. Within a day, Molly and her family offered her dad’s house which very close to the venue property. It was such an amazing place and actually ended up being an upgrade from the ranch house. The view from the front patio has an incredible view of the Gorge and was actually where we ended up taking all of our pictures.
This just goes to show how much Molly and the Wind Mountain Ranch team care about their couples. I can’t stop thinking about how great our wedding day was. It was made even better by the relationships we made. Thanks, Molly and team!”
Mary & Jake
“Working with Molly at Gorge-ous Weddings was a dream. Not only is the venue location absolutely stunning, but Molly clearly takes pride in the property because the grounds are very well kept. Not only is the venue site incredible, working with Molly was so easy because she is incredibly organized. As a coordinator, my job was made so much simpler because she has constant contact with the bride & groom, with a 60 day, 30 day, final venue visit and a week before check-in. She also created a helpful packet of frequently asked questions for couples and planners to reference, which really covered everything you could need to know about the venue. I had my first wedding at the Wind Mountain Ranch on July 1st, and it went off without a hitch. Molly checked in with us the morning of the event and even stopped by mid-day to make sure all was well.
This venue is absolutely stunning and very well thought out. The additional perks of this venue include the use of the Ranch House for the bridal party to use for the day, and the ability to rent the house over night, as well as adorable cabins that family & friends can rent for the night of event!
The Gorge-ous Wedding venue is a slice of paradise in the Columbia Gorge and any couple looking for a rustic, yet elegant location for their special day should definitely contact Molly at Gorge-ous Weddings!”
Sasha Konell | Wedding Coordinator at SK Weddings & Events
“Wind Mountain Ranch was the first and only wedding venue we looked at when we started planning our wedding. If it wasn’t the breathtaking view of the gorge and the mountains in the background, the onsite tent with all tables, chairs, linens and bar included, or the cabins and ranch house being available for our bridal party to stay in that made up our mind on this venue then it was the venue coordinator, Molly. It was a dream working with Molly. She is very organized and lays out all the information and answers before you even have any questions. Molly was very quick to respond and lend a helping hand if we needed anything; especially checking in multiple times within the week of the wedding to make sure all was covered and have back up plans in place, just in case. Also knowing that she was only a phone call away on the wedding day set my mind to ease. We could not have chosen a better backdrop for our wedding, everything was beyond perfect. Our guests are still talking about how beautiful the property was! Thank you Molly and Wind Mountain Ranch for helping us create a day we will never forget!!”
Allison & Bradley
“Wind Mountain Ranch is truly gorge-ous! It was the last venue we looked at, which we clearly saved the best for last as my now husband very assuredly said, “This is it!” Common words used by our family, friends and vendors to describe the venue were “gorgeous,” “beautiful,” “amazing,” and “magical.” The property is a lovely setting with amazing energy, as well as incredible views and scenery that gave us a beautiful backdrop for our photos! The venue also has a great layout and is well-maintained. There were many options and conveniences to help make the planning and day of go easily and smoothly. We were also able to use the newer and super cute cabins in addition to the ranch house. Molly was exceptional to work with as she was clear, direct, organized, professional, helpful and personable. She also seemed to care and showed enthusiasm about our wedding. It was a pleasure getting to know and work with Molly and her family. It really was a wonderful place to create memories for a lifetime! We hope to come back and visit!”
Bria & Joey
“Best wedding venue ever! All of our guests commented on how gorgeous the venue was; it doesn’t get better than having the mountains as your backdrop! Besides the amazing landscape, WMR had so many extra features we simply couldn’t find anywhere else – Our wedding party stayed in the ranch house that’s included as a part of the venue contract, while we stayed in one of the private cabins. Also, if you’re looking for an outdoor venue, you might’ve noticed it’s difficult to find one without porta-potties – WMR does not have that problem! Their restrooms are beautifully done, and we actually had guests comment to us how beautiful the restrooms are (not even joking). Most importantly, Molly is one organized lady – She had prompt answers to our many questions, and with the venue being family property, she knows it extensively and is able to provide the best advice based on her years of experience in the area. Thanks for everything, Molly!”
Eliza & Jake
“I want to thank you both for everything you did to make Kat and Tyler’s wedding absolutely perfect. Your venue is such a special place. The reception area is the perfect size, ceremony site is beautiful and the ranch house is so perfect for the wedding party. I cannot tell you enough how beautiful the venue looked on Saturday and in photos.
It was such a pleasure to meet you both. Thank you for your hard work. Kat, Tyler, Kat’s brother, Garrett, and I are truly grateful to both of you for offering us the opportunity to celebrate at your perfect wedding venue.”
Debbie S. | Mother of the Bride
“We chose Gorge-ous Weddings at Wind Mountain Ranch because it is, hands down, the most beautiful venue in the Gorge! With Wind Mountain hovering in the background if you face one direction, a beautiful wooded area as the backdrop of another, and an overlook of the always beautiful Columbia River while facing the sunset, everywhere you look is absolutely stunning! The venue itself leaves few options, if any, unavailable. With most every variation of indoor/outdoor you can imagine, you are able to enjoy good weather if you want to, but can also be completely concealed in the event of inclement weather.
As if the venue itself wasn’t enough to make your mind, Molly (the venue coordinator) is simply incredible. Molly is extremely easy to work with and helps alleviate so much stress during your planning process. She is very organized throughout the process, and there were never any surprises with decisions, deadlines, or costs.”
Rikki & Tom
“I chose the ranch because of the beautiful open space that the ranch provides as a wedding site. It had everything I needed all in one place. A house to get ready and stay in. Many optional spaces for the ceremony and one amazing tent to have the reception. There was a huge parking area and it had a great area for the caterer to have everything they needed.
Also, getting married in the Gorge was an amazing experience. There are beautiful views of the Columbia River and the Oregon greenery across the river. It made an amazing backdrop for our wedding pictures.
What I loved most about my wedding day was that all my family and friends were able to be together in once place for the ceremony and reception because of how big and accommodating the site was. And being able to have everything I needed on my big day in one place was so convenient. I would say the number one thing though was the view and scenery. Being out on the mountain in the beautiful sunny weather with my husband and to have it captured at sunset was my favorite part of my day!”
Stephanie & Michael
“Where do I begin to describe how wonderful my experience was with wind Mountain Ranch from start to finish! Molly was a dream come true and made the whole wedding process much easier for me. I was planning our entire wedding with the help of my amazing mother. After my husband’s proposal in January of 2014, I knew the date and the venue were the first things to decide. My husband and I are outdoor people and started our relationship hiking in the Gorge. We looked at 4 other outdoor options. We needed a place that could host as many as 200 guests. As soon as I arrived I knew I wanted this to be our venue. It had the most stunning landscape with wide open spaces, a stunning backdrop of the wind Mountain and the Columbia River. It had many of the perks that we were looking for since we were planning ourselves. I loved the fact that she gave us some free rentals as part of an early sign up package she had going on (we booked a year and a half ahead of time). She also had a beautiful silver car we could rent that went with our colors and antique theme so wonderfully! Their bartenders were amazing, and Olive Bartending did a superb job! Stephanie at Olive was also so supportive and helpful through the whole process. It just goes to show you that Molly works with the best and will be open and honest with you on all that she knows. Molly, being so helpful, was the deciding factor. I knew that I wanted someone in my corner since we weren’t using a wedding planner in this once in a lifetime experience. Her suggestions of hotels, caterers, and rentals, as well as answering my multiple questions throughout the process, were extremely helpful in pulling off our event smoothly.
The day came and it was a whirlwind! People are right when they saw that it really goes by fast! Molly was there to check on us a few hours after we checked into the rental house. This gave us some time to settle and to start decorating the tent for our wedding. The rental house was amazing to have. We loved getting ready and spending the evening there. It has plenty of room to allow our entire wedding party to spend the night with their spouses while my husband and I spent the evening at a hotel in Stevenson. It was a relief to have the air conditioning since we were married on the hottest day of the summer at 104 degrees!
The property gave us a perfect place to have our Hawaiian Barbeque Caterer come out and set up for the dinner. The bar set up is in a great spot – out of the way but easily accessible for guests. The outdoor bathrooms for guests are beyond wonderful and gave my mother a place to shower and get ready after she spent the day decorating the venue for us. The day was so hot! Molly was wonderful to set up a huge Swamp Gator to ease guests from the heat although the shade from the tent did help as well. We even ran out of ice! Molly is amazing and supplied a HUGE freezer full of ice for the day with charge. Due to the heat we actually ran out shortly into dinner service. Due to this we frantically called Molly, and she sent her awesome husband (who was also my amazing chauffeur) to run into town and buy everything they had. This thankfully got us through the rest of the night.
We are thrilled we picked Wind Mountain Ranch and had the opportunity to meet and work with Molly and her family. My family and friends can’t stop commenting on how beautiful the venue was and how extraordinary the day was. I am thankful to have found my dream place for my dream wedding. It was a magical day that I will remember and cherish forever.”
Meghan & Jeremy
“When I got engaged I had no idea what all went into planning a wedding. Hence why I chose a date that was exactly seven months from our engagement! However, after finding “a dream come true” location I felt assured that things would all fall into place since this to me was the biggest and most important part of it. I came across Gorge-ous Weddings while doing a Google search of wedding sites in the Gorge. Not only is the Gorge one of my favorite places to go to if I’m looking to be amongst nature and pristine serenity but I wanted those that attended our wedding to come to that realization as well; especially because so many attending would be from out of town I wanted them to have a true Pacific Northwest experience. And that they did! To this day I still get compliments on the wedding site and how beautiful it was. When choosing this site I loved the tent most as I wanted an indoor/outdoor reception. There are so many options for where you can have the ceremony as well and that is really neat since you have all varying “all natural” backdrops to choose from. Anyone who is lucky enough to get married here will truly have a day that will stay with them forever; and their guests! There’s so much space for games, a band, and ice cream cart for the reception. It didn’t feel crowded at all and we had 200 guests. I’m very thankful to say that I feel as though we had our wedding at one of the most beautiful wedding sites anyone could ever ask for!”
Emily & Ronnie
“Wind Mountain Ranch is an incredible find! We were so lucky to have stumbled upon it while searching the internet for venues near Portland. It was the first and only venue we visited – we knew right away that this venue was for us. The open space, incredible views, natural beauty, amenities (tent, tables & chairs, house, ceremony site(s), bathrooms), and the personal feel of the venue sold us over immediately – even on a cold and rainy day in late February. What we did not know at the time, but quickly discovered, was that the beauty and personal feel of the venue were just the beginning of our positive experience.
Molly was hands down the most responsive and helpful person we dealt with during our planning process. I cannot stress enough how critical this was to the success of our wedding. No matter how small the detail, she responded quickly and clearly so that I could move forward with planning. She was helpful with suggestions and open and flexible to working with us to make our event special and successful. The package also allows for personalization and flexibility to work with your budget and theme. We felt that we had most exceptional event – it was a resounding success and we could not have been happier. Our friends and family kept asking where we found out about Wind Mountain Ranch. It is a unique and special place. Molly and her family have worked to preserve the personal and family feel and this is felt in the warm and welcoming energy that fills the entire venue. We are so thankful that we came across Wind Mountain Ranch in our search – it was perfect! I highly recommend going for a visit if you are looking for an event venue, you will be sold the moment you drive up the driveway.”
Molly & Khari
“We were married this past August at Wind Mountain Ranch. We knew we had found our venue after our first visit. We obviously loved the amazing setting but were equally impressed with Molly as the site coordinator. She had a calm flexible attitude and truly seemed to want to help us create the celebration that felt right for us. We wanted the option of choosing our own caterer but loved having the other details taken care of (tables, chairs, linens, tent, lighting, bar, restrooms, ranch house for getting ready). It was fun seeing both the Portlanders and out of state guests enjoy this spectacular gorge setting. We were able to have just the kind of ceremony and party that we had hoped for and feel lucky to have found Molly and Wind Mountain!”
Thomas & Natalie
“Our family would like to say a heartfelt thank you for all that you did to make sure Marybeth and Jake’s wedding day went smoothly. The property looked gorgeous and our celebration was everything we hoped it would be. It was wonderful working with you. I appreciate your organization, thoroughness and attention to detail, all key elements to a successful event. We highly recommend Gorge-ous Weddings at Wind Mountain!”
Diana DeLand | Mother of the Bride
“Gorge-ous Weddings at Wind Mountain Ranch was one of the last venues we looked at, and immediately after taking the tour and speaking with Molly, we knew it was the one. Whereas all the other venues seemed to be lacking an element that we were looking for, or there was something we would have to make-do with, Wind Mountain Ranch had literally everything we were looking for and more. Molly seemed super organized and on top of things, which was comforting. The grounds were immaculate, the views stunning, and the ranch house was beautiful and a perfect, comfortable place for everyone to get ready before hand. With tables, chairs, and linens provided, and additional decorative items available for use, we didn’t even have to get any outside rentals which was awesome. On the day of the wedding, the venue was even more beautiful than the first time we saw it, and our guests were raving about what a gorgeous location it was. Molly was fantastic to work with and we couldn’t have chosen a better backdrop for our big day.”
Emily & Andy
“Molly thank you very much for having us at the Wind Mountain Ranch. The property is beautiful and our wedding was everything we wanted it to be. Thank you for all of your hard work, flexibility and willingness to work with us. We are extremely appreciative of everything you’ve done to help us make our special day and amazing.”
Sharz & Phillip
“Every parents dream is to give their daughter the perfect wedding. On August 31, 2013 with the help of Wind Mountain Ranch (Gorge-ous Weddings) our dream came true. In the beginning of the wedding planning process we knew we had to find a venue right away. After looking in the Portland, Oregon area without success, our daughter found Wind Mountain Ranch & it was love at first sight. Molly was amazing to work with from the very start. She handled the planning process with outstanding professionalism but yet she made you feel that you had known her for years. Molly made sure that she kept us up to date on our timeline, vendor options, weather change possibilities, options that you could use if it rained & anything else we needed. The Venue is so breathtaking & the care they maintain truly shows in all of the beautiful wedding photos. The atmosphere had a sense of awe to all that attended. We are very thankful for finding such an all around GREAT experience. Thank you for making our Daughter & Son-In-Laws special day a day they will always remember!”
David & Jackie Licht | Parents of the Bride
* Lindsey Rose Photography
“Jesse and I dated for five years before finally tying the knot. We got engaged in December 2012 and immediately started looking for venues, hoping for a 2013 wedding. We thought we wanted an urban wedding and looked at a handful of venues in the Portland area, all of which were really expensive and each lacked that special something we were looking for.
We knew about Gorge-ous Weddings through a family friend and Molly was able to get us in for a tour right away. It didn’t take us long to figure out that we found our wedding venue and we really lucked out booking a summer Saturday.
Gorge-ous Weddings is so accommodating! They don’t nickel and dime you for everything you want and they have a plethora of on-site items to use like tables, chairs, wine barrels and decorative items to rent as well so you don’t have to order too many things from an outside rental company. Also, a big expense for us at other venues were chairs. Gorge-ous has beautiful white chairs and at other venues, we were looking at a few thousand to cover the ugly brown chairs or rent nice white ones… big money and headache saver! From start to finish, they made our planning process so easy and our day was beautiful! The sun was shining, the venue was amazing, and we wouldn’t imagine a better way to start our life together.”
Lacey & Jesse
“Wind Mountain Ranch was the first venue that we looked at for our summer wedding. As we drove away, I realized that it was ‘the place’ and that I didn’t want to look any further. We even took a Friday date, as no Saturdays were open. That is how much we loved it. The view alone is spectacular. The tent, ranch house, grounds and restrooms were meticulously clean and well kept. Molly was awesome during the planning of our wedding. She answered countless emails and phone calls for months on end. I was impressed with her professionalism and promptness. She was very organized and helpful, making suggestions when needed. I can’t say enough about how much we, and our guests, all loved Wind Mountain Ranch!”
Nicole & Andrew
* Daniel Stark Photography
“We had our wedding at Gorge-ous weddings on August 18th 2012. The venue was absolutely gorgeous. The wedding consultant called and emailed with all the updates and deadlines as our date got closer. She was descriptive and helpful whenever we had a question. The family owned business offers REAL scenic views in the heart of the gorge. It doesnt get any prettier than this. All of our guests commented on the beauty of the venue and the tranquility of the ceremony site. My pictures captured all the site had to offer and it had multiple locations for photographs. It was spacious and the ranch house was a great place to get ready. Thank you for making our day SO special. We looked at many other outdoor venues and this one took the cake. Im so happy we chose this venue.”
Nicole & Joshua
“Molly and Steve, Thank you for all the help with Amy’s wedding. You really went above and beyond to help her – from giving her advice/ideas to helping set up the place as she had been dreaming about for so long. It was beautiful! You guys are the best. Thank you again.”
Carol and Gail Collins | Parents of the bride
“Our wedding was the last weekend in July and it was absolutely perfect. The venue itself is just breathtaking; so many sweeping views and space. Molly and Steve take such great care of the grounds to make sure your day is just right. My husband and I look at our photos and continually wish we could do it all over – and it all started with us choosing this venue! Molly is amazing and so easy to work with. She was always quick to respond and flexible with meetings. I recommend everyone get married here because we love it so much! “
Sarah & Jeremy
* Powers Photography
“Our wedding took place the 26th of June 2011, and it was the most magical day we could have ever asked for. And we mean MAGICAL. The breathtaking venue with the sun hitting the green mountains behind us, a soft breeze rolling through, the white tent filled with laughter and celebration. Thats all the guests could talk about. We bet there were a million pictures taken that day. The vastness of the property allowed us to do an outside grill and it turned out delicious. We also had the chance to set up yard games and a photo booth and both helped our large guest list to relax and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere the ranch created. Thank you to all the help we received from Molly and the team… you guys made it happen for us! We could go on and on about Wind Mountain Ranch, but that might take forever. We recommend this venue 150%!”
Julli & Oleg
* Micah Weber Photography
“Gorge-ous Weddings is an amazing place, the scenery as well as the property itself. The drive up there is amazingly beautiful to everyone. We had guest from all over the u.s and they were taken away by the beauty. It’s also perfect for pictures! I cant wait to see how ours turned out! I honestly would not have changed anything about our wedding, it was perfect! Thank you gorge-ous weddings!”
Kasey & Bryan
* Dantas Photography
“We couldn’t have chosen a more perfect location for our wedding day. We were thrilled with every single aspect of the ranch, from the spectacular setting to the beautiful tent and ceremony site to the ultra-comfortable ranch house. Our guests — even the Northwest locals — were blown away by the sheer beauty and dramatic views at every turn. And the venue management’s support, advice and flexibility were invaluable as we worked our way through the planning process. We feel incredibly lucky to have found the Wind Mountain Ranch; it made our wedding day truly unforgettable.”
Shannon & Mac
* Dantas Photography
“We knew this was the place for us as soon as we visited Wind Mountain Ranch. The views are breathtaking and very scenic since there the site is surrounded by Wind Mountain and the Columbia River. We rented the entire site for the weekend of our wedding and loved the fact that our families were able to stay at the ranch before the wedding and that we can have the ceremony and reception all at one location. Molly is very professional and we feel that we could not have found a better place for our special day.”
Megan & Norene
“We had the wedding of our dreams at Gorge-ous Weddings. All of our family came from out of state so we wanted to show them the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and Gorge-ous Weddings provided the perfect location. Our family was blown away by the beauty. Molly was wonderful to work with and always very friendly and helpful. We had everything we needed from the moment we got there until the moment we left the next morning. The entire day was perfect! Thanks for everything!”
Kira & Jarred
*Witzke Lane Photography
“I discovered Gorge-ous Weddings online when I was searching for a unique venue for my wedding. I immediately gave Molly a call to set up an appointment. Not a week later we were given a tour and fell in love with the property. My husband and I knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony in the Northwest, and Wind Mountain Ranch fit that bill. As with many couples, our budget was very tight. Aside from the catering and photography, the venue was a big deal financially. We were ecstatic to discover the competitive pricing by Gorge-ous Weddings! As for the day of the wedding, the atmosphere could not have been better. The site was ready to go as promised, the staff were friendly and the guests are still talking about it. Molly was an excellent contact in the months prior to the ceremony and even left a welcome bouquet the day of! We could tell she was very invested in all of the details in an effort to make our day perfect. The photos are stunning and I am so pleased to have those tangible reminders of our special day. I would recommend Gorge-ous Weddings to any couple looking for a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere.”
Melissa & Andrew
*Alyssa Jul Photography
“Our wedding day was everything we could of hoped for! Wind Mountain Ranch was the perfect setting for our outdoor wedding with our friends and family. Molly was extremely accomodating to our questions and the few concerns that we had… everything went off without a hitch! I am especially happy how our photos turned out with the beautiful scenery. Many of our guests said it was the most beautiful wedding venue they had been to! Thank you Molly and family for everything, our big day was perfect!”
Diana & Russel Wurzer
*Mary Fox Photography
“Wind Mountain Ranch far exceeded our wishes for an outdoor wedding with beautiful scenery and a giant awesome reception tent. On our big day, I burst into tears the moment we rounded the corner and saw the chairs set up for our ceremony facing the mountains. The forecast for our late September wedding was rain – an anomaly. We kept our ceremony outside and watched as the clouds rolled around us and sheets of rain came down across the river. We breathtakingly beheld a miracle. The sun shined on us when our officiant pronounced us married. Our photographer took over 5,000 photos and guests commented all day about how gorgeous the setting is, one comparing it to a mountainside in Ireland. The whole day was full of magic. We really enjoyed the ranch house for getting ready and staying overnight with close family and friends after the reception. Molly was an incredible help for months of wedding planning, answering tons of questions and accommodating us for our visits to the venue to figure out all our little details, including a variety of lawn games. Molly was so open and helpful. She even changed the wording in the contract to honor us as a same-sex couple. I could talk for hours about all that is amazing at Wind Mountain Ranch!”
Alicia & Elysia