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Perfect Venue for our August 13th Wedding!!.
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There is not enough I can say that would do justice to how amazing our wedding was here in August of this year. The view was breathtaking and the staff was courteous and helpful. We were able to have our entire bridal party stay in the nine rooms of this beautiful B&B the night of the wedding and they couldn't stop saying what a great time they had. My husband and I came back for breakfast the next morning and the food was fantastic! Crisp waffles with fresh berries and whipped cream, hot scrambled eggs and sausage, as well as fresh coffee and orange juice was the perfect start to our married lives and spend some time with the bridal party. If you're looking to have the most perfect outdoor wedding in Oregon's wine country, this is the place to do it!!
Nazi - Owner takes over Wedding.
As seen in another review from an unhappy couple in (2008) we also had a VERY similar experience happen with the owner and operator (Joan) of the Wine Country Farm.
We had booked the venue almost a year in advance after going a visited the grounds and absoulutly falling in love with view, greenery and rustic feel. It was PERFECT or so we thought.
Leading up to our Big day I kept in touch with Joan, peeking in every once in awhile to see the grounds, show a family member or even ask a question or two. Everything seemed to be right on track.
As the day grow near and I needed more details about timing, vendor set up and so... Joan became unaccomidating to work with, making me feel as the CUSTOMER (we did pay her over 6,200) like I was in the wrong for asking for simple things like table measurements, lighting and when my set up lady could arrive. Of course I was put off by this, but didn't realize at the time that this was minor in comparison to was to come.
The week before the wedding we had our "final" meeting going over layout and timing details. My now Husband and his parents came to see the grounds and be of support. When arriving Joan the owner was making "freezer jam" and continued to make us wait as our appointment time was now being delayed. This didn't bother me until she on a few instances got up to get the phone, only to return and ask us to wait again. The Mother in-law was less than please with this behavior and what should have taken 45 minutes tops, was an hour and half.... we were late for our dinner reservation.
As I'm sure your getting the picture by now... The night before rehearsal was INTERESTING.... Joan instructed all of the adults in the wedding party like we were 5 and even yelling at one of my guest for not closing the bathroom door when exiting. That was not only uncalled for, but super shocking to see! I felt so bad....and over the course of the next two days this type of behavior continued and even got worse. I'm still apologizing for the Wine Country Farm's staff's poor treatment to my guest and vendors! It's sad when as the Bride you hear two things about your wedding, 1) the food was GREAT and 2) What the hell was with the Nazi- owner? Yeah.... thank's Joan!
Needless to say after many interactions like the following, we were not impressed and if we had to do all over again we would have gone with another place. The lack of professionalism was completely uncalled for and sadly outshine what could have been a REALLY special day for alot of people. Brides...do your research... as I wish I would have had someone warn me before dropping a years worth of saving into a place that was beautiful but overbearing!
Rooms were nice, Grounds were breathtaking, food good and plentiful, DJ - REALLY SUCKED!!!!, Owner - RUDE, Wine - good. Overall Just ok, but not worth the trouble!
I'm so sorry that you felt this way.
Rain can cause so many stressful last minute changes for any outdoor event. In your specific case, with an event like a wedding causing emotions to already be running hot, it is easy for tempers to flair and feelings to be hurt.
Although our staff did everything we could to help keep your day special, I can understand your frustration and disappointment.
In recent months, an on-site event coordinator was hired to oversee the planning and achievement of all events. As a result, our 2011 Summer Wedding season proved to be beautifully successful with many happy couples and their families, enjoying their weddings at Wine Country Farm.
Again, I am terribly sorry that your experience did not turn out this way however, please note that we took your concerns to heart and have made all sorts of changes to our operations as a result.
On behalf of the Wine Country Farm Team, I send you and your husband our best wishes.
Interesting experience, both very good and very bad..
My wife and I got married at Wine Country farm in August of 2008. We did a lot of hunting around for a winery location in the Northern Willamette Valley, and had been to Wine Country Farm before for wine tasting. We chose them when we found out that renting it for the wedding meant that we rented all nine rooms of the B&B, and for a few hundred more also rented this really cool house a mile or so down the road for our wedding night, and the place was amazing, beautiful romantic, private, wonderful. The package included breakfast for everyone who stayed (our entire wedding party) and the use of their baby grand piano and their DJ.
The facilities were beautiful. The views were wonderful that day. The breakfast was amazing - belgian waffles w/fruit and real cream, a variety of sausage, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, different kinds of juice, and fresh coffee served with raw sugar and real cream. Their facilities for the caterer were functional but nothing special. Their wine (you have to buy theirs) is not bad... not the best stuff, but not the worst.
Their DJ was a nightmare. He did not listen to us when we handed him play lists. If he didn't have the music, then we were stuck with what he had, and that was not ideal. He was rude and inflexible, and after all of his blathering about having been a DJ for thirty years or so, he screwed up the music during the ceremony and wanted extra money at the end of it, which we refused to pay. He was that bad.
The worst part of our experience was the woman that owns and runs the place. Austere and unfriendly, she has absolutely no concept of what is appropriate in the way of customer service for a wedding that cost the client over 5000.00. She insisted on controlling every aspect of the event except the ceremony its self. She even controlled the rehearsal, and was pushy and rude to everyone. Now, I know that what she was doing was trying to keep things rolling so that our rehearsal didn't disrupt her other guests, but jeez! We paid her a pile of money, and as far as I am concerned, she can just suck it up. She gave us the bum's rush after the rehearsal, too. Real class.
Then, on the wedding day, she continued her assault by being just as pushy as we were preparing for the ceremony, by trying to direct when each of us in the wedding party headed into the ceremony area! She was absolutely inflexible about the timing and made everyone very uncomfortable. We had exactly five hours to do everything - the wedding, the reception, the dancing, and she made sure we stuck to it, to the minute. At exactly 9:00 pm, an hour before our time was up, she made the bar tenders pull the taps on kegs that we brought with us (they do not provide beer or liquor). When our time was up, she stood in the middle of everyone, clapping her hands together, announcing in a loud and certain voice that it was time for everyone to leave. Unbelievable! She was SO rude! I didn't hear a single good thing about her from anyone at our wedding except that breakfast was really good. Otherwise, she was a nightmare, her DJ was an arrogant creep, and the food, the wine, and the accommodations were nice but not nice enough to make up for dealing with the owner and her austere, nazi-like manner.
If I had to do it again I might book the place on a day when she was out of the country or otherwise occupied a great distance from the event. The food was great; the wine was serviceable; the rooms were lovely; the view and grounds were outstanding. None of that made up for dealing with the woman that runs the show. No matter how much you pay for the place, you can be sure that you are not in charge.
One star is generous, after dealing with her.
User review by emilyida. If you are not a hardcore Christian than you might feel uncomfortable here. This place was totally weird. There was flag hanging outside our room that read "Wise men still seek him." It was really creepy and quiet the whole time and we peeled out of there before check-out time. It was quite expensive too. My boyfriend and I enjoyed laughing about how ridiculous wine country farm was but we would NEVER go back.
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