The Griffin House Venue Tour

Feb 13, 2021

Join NwWU host, Crystal Genes Photography, for our tenth feature, “The Griffin House Venue Tour” as she chats with Marlowe Griffin, one of the owners of The Griffin House. The Griffin House sits atop the cliffs of the Columbia Gorge and has been family owned for 30 years. Watch the episode to see The Griffin House venue tour.


In this feature, some amazing wedding vendors have come together to present their talents at the beautiful Griffin house.

We chat with the owner and family member Marlowe Griffin, about the space and what makes it so special. Our bride flaunts a gorgeous gown from Adorned in Grace, a local non-profit bridal dress shop. A team of some of our favorite wedding vendors has come together in this episode to give you a front seat in the action and show off what they do best!

We also get to work with Angela Hoyt of Bridge City Blooms. Once again her floral creations steal the show. The Dream Co. provided the delicious cake and dessert. Shirey Bukowski provided us with one of my favorite additions, The Swig Rig, a unique and adorable mobile bar, housed by a vintage trailer.

We get the opportunity to work with the talented Jamie Ta, of Jamie Ta Creative, to coordinate and style the shoot. We went with a summertime feel with accents of colorful citrus, channeling vibes from the Amalfi Coast.

The beautiful blue vintage china came from Setting the Table Rentals. If you need vintage and unique tableware for your event, you must check them out. They have goblets in every color and size you can imagine, bowls and stands, and other unique items.

The wood table and benches, as well as the linens came from The Party Place. I don’t know what Portland would do without these guys… there’s not a shoot that we do that they don’t have something we need!

And this time we even got a few specialty items from Riverhood Rentals in Hood River. They have a fun collection of vintage wooden boxes and other decor items.

All About the Visuals

Dane Casperson, of Casperson Productions, joined us once again to capture the day on film and helped coordinate the vendor interviews. His video work is truly stunning.

Blue Bonsai Printing designed a gorgeous invitation suite for our theme. And Letters and Dust provided us with the fun cocktail bar sign as well as the calligraphy for all the fruit place settings.

Katya Lapierre worked her magical make-up skills on the bride and also did her hair as well. Katya is quite literally a jack of all trades! Emma Rose with Emma Brooke Jewelry provided the beautiful earrings and necklace worn by the bride.

Finally, Portland Party Platters made us a very attractive fruit and cheese board to show off for “cocktail hour”. The citrus and honey theme was perfect.

Watch our tenth episode to get a closer look at the wonderful views of the venue and meet the talented team who collaborated with us.


The Griffin House is a magnificent venue perched on the cliffs above the Columbia River Gorge. The house has been family owned for 30 plus years, and you can practically smell the history of the house! Located in Hood River, about an hour’s drive from Portland, this breathtaking location has both the scenery and space to accommodate up to 200 guests for your wedding. The upscale Classic Grand Hotel, is located just miles away, perfectly located for traveling guests. The Griffin house itself can also be rented out for the weekend, up to 10 guests, providing a meeting hub for the wedding party.

The venue is nestled on a secluded acre overlooking the Columbia Gorge and is known for spectacular views. With views surrounding the whole venue, there are several options for areas amongst the property to hold your wedding events. The property includes a ceremony lawn, a welcome terrace for the guests to mingle on, the reception lawn, and the eastern lawn which has an adorable tree swing.

This venue can be as accomodating as you please. You can have the venue fully involved, providing catering, coordinating, managing, access to their wedding equipment such as tables, chairs, and even A/V equipment! Or take complete control and bring your favorite caterer or rentals for a fully customized dream wedding you desire. The possibilities are almost endless!


The views are absolutely breathtaking and the sunsets are truly mesmerizing.

There are plenty of tucked-away spots along the property allowing plenty of space for guests to explore and mingle.

The large outdoor venue can accommodate both intimate and large weddings of up to 200 guests and provides some housing on the property to keep things easy for the wedding party.

The small details! There is a cute tree swing located on the eastern lawn that provides an adorable photo opportunity and a great view. There are also some grass-covered stairs that are really unique and eye-catching!

The Griffin House boasts large windows offering plenty of stunning views from the inside.

The venue provides tables, chairs, lawn games, A/V equipment, lights, antique decor and more!


Leah Kennedy, the owner of The Dream Co. provided the cake and dessert treats for this event. She mimicked the delicate design from the china plates onto the cake flawlessly. Leah specializes in personalized hand-made confections using scratch based ingredients. She believes that her creations should not only look divine but taste as good as they look.

The Swig Rig was such a great addition to this event! Its retro style and unique concept fit into the event like the perfect puzzle piece. The Swig Rig rental includes a 2-keg kegerator, licensed bartenders, equipment set up and takedown, and more. It offers the couples signature cocktail, beer, wine, espresso, and even ice cream floats!

We got to know Jamie Ta, the owner of Jamie Ta creative and instantly fell in love with her upbeat personality. She is so personable and bubbly, we really had a fun time working together. Jamie is very efficient and communicative with vendors, so you really don’t have to stress about much. She really tries to have her clients involved in the process as much as possible and have their voices heard.


Katya Lapierre did both the hair and make-up for the bride. Katya believes in an eco-friendly approach to her make-up and hair artistry. She uses safe for skin products that are comfortable and last throughout the day or event- its a win-win for all! Katya likes to focus on natural beauty with subtle looks that elevates her client’s natural beauty.

Katya wants your day to be as stress free as possible by offering services to small parties and up to 20 or more people! If needed, she arranges and onboards other local artists she trusts and can offer suggestions for suitable get-ready areas.

Adorned in Grace provided a beautiful dress for the bride. Adorned in Grace is Portland’s only non-profit bridal shop, sourcing dresses from all over the country. This is a great place to purchase a lightly used gown as they bring awareness to human trafficking and exploitation while supporting survivors. They also have a location in Tacoma, WA.

Be sure to watch The Griffin House Venue Tour video and view the photos below!


Venue – The Griffin House

Event Coordinator – Jamie Ta Creative

Florals – Bridge City Blooms

Rentals – The Party Place & Riverhood Rentals

Paper Goods — Blue Bonsai Printing

Cake – The Dream Co.

Hair & Makeup – Katya Lapierre

Dress Designer – Adorned In Grace

Models – Bride & Groom

Mobile Bar Cart — The Swig Rig

Table Rentals — Setting the Table Rentals

Catering — Portland Party Platters

Calligraphy — Letters and Dust

Jewelry — Emma Brooke Jewelry

Videographer — Casperson Productions

Photography – Crystal Genes Photography 


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