Have I ever told you how much I love Youngberg Hill weddings?! This Oregon Wine Country wedding venue is one of the most stunning EVER. The views are unreal, and the photo options are endless. It’s incredibly romantic, and just being up there is a breath of fresh air. Even if you aren’t going for a wedding - I highly recommend just doing a tasting up here sometime with friends or your significant other. Pro tip- their Pinot Gris is amaaaaazing!!
About Youngberg Hill
Youngberg is a 50-acre wine estate perched on a hilltop above McMinnville. Their vineyards are 30 years old and are grown organically! The wine is SO good, and like I already said, the view is next level. It’s definitely one of the most romantic vineyards I’ve ever been to.
Youngberg Hill has both indoor and outdoor wedding options! Their space accommodates 350 people outside and 200 inside so you can go BIG if you want. They also have a bed and breakfast so you can stay overnight and get ready there. I LOVE their getting ready space! The room has a large balcony that photographs so well - whether you want more traditional photos or more artsy shots.
Another cool thing about this venue is that they charge you for your actual beverage consumption, not wine purchase minimums! Perfect for all you wine-lovers (like myself haha).
Wedding Photo Locations at Youngberg Hill
There are several AMAZING spots for wedding photos on Youngberg’s property, depending on what you want and how far you feel like walking!
My go-to spots are the balcony in the getting-ready room, and the area surrounding the venue on the top of the hill. These are the most accessible spots to access. Even if you don’t venture further, you can get incredible wedding photos just from here! At this wedding, the couple didn’t want to leave their guests for a long time, so we took the majority of their photos close to the venue site. Easy.
Another spot you can access is this tree swing above the vineyards! It’s just above the parking lot, so it’s a little longer walk. Not everyone is into swing photos, but if you are, it is stunning!
I’ve also had success walking deep into the vineyards for photos, or even driving down the road for a few different views! This all depends on how much time you budget for pictures, of course.
About the couple
You might recognize this couple from their rehearsal dinner photos that I shared a few days ago too! Megan and Beau met in NYC while they were both at Columbia. Megan’s all about law, and Beau loves philosophy. They share a love for their cat, Mr. Biscuit, seeing movies together, and hanging out at cafes around the city.
Their ceremony was a unique blend between Beau’s Jewish faith and Megan’s Protestant background. One of my favorite moments of the day was when they did the Hora, immediately followed by Irish jig music. The dance floor was pure chaos! Everyone was spinning and laughing and being SO playful. It was an excellent way to bring Beau’s Jewish side and Megan’s Irish family all together. I love photographing fun moments like these between families and friends! So many of their guests came from ALL over the world and rarely get to see each other. It was beautiful to witness their reunion.
I have to mention that the decor by Blum Florals and coordination by Willaby’s was absolutely fantastic. It was a cooler day (despite being mid-August), and the pampas grass and Pacific Northwest florals looked SO good. I was majorly inspired by the look! Also, can we talk about the stunning green bridesmaids’ dresses and simple lavender bouquets?! So classy. It was a remarkably tasteful, fun, and beautiful day!
Venue: Youngberg Hill
Dress: Dear Heart dress from Lovely Bride in New York
Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: St. Rue in McMinnville
Rings: Catbird in New York
Florist: Blum Florals
Officiant Rev. Jack Hodges and Mr. Craig Dorfman
Caterer and Coordination: Willaby’s
Dessert: Lux Sucre and brides’ mother
DJ: Michael Blake from John Ross
Love this Youngberg wedding? Check out a couple more I’ve done there a few years ago!