René and Jason in Sisters, OR

"There are many beautiful places to get married in Central Oregon," says René, "but none of them seemed quite right." When they visited Alder Creek Ranch, the couple fell in love with the parklike grounds and the setting on a 13-acre lake. Renting a big white tent, wooden chairs, linens, glasses and china added elegance to the rustic setting. Weather was a big concern as the wedding day drew near. "We did not have a plan B," explains René, "which is very risky for Central Oregon. It has been known to snow on the Fourth of July." Fortunately, the day was clear and warm.

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