Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect the correct day of the week. The event is on SUNDAY, Oct. 17.
By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
A local business has teamed up with a variety of other entrepreneurs to provide a free wedding to a couple.
The idea for a bridal show at Log House Gardens sparked the idea of a mock wedding.
“We thought if we’re going to do that … we might as well give back to the community and do a real wedding from someone,” said Lenora Blake, a co-owner of Log House Gardens at Willow Lake Nursery. “It just snowballed from there.”
Did it ever.
It’s Party Time Catering and Events, who spearheaded the idea, is donating $3,500 in food, drinks and services. There’s free tuxes and dresses, free photos and video, free jewelry, free cake – that’s not even all of it.
“It’s just kind of grown,” said Viki Dyrdahl, who owns It’s Party Time. “People who have heard about it have really kicked in. … These are all people who are 100 percent donating their services.”
All in all, Dyrdahl said, more than $20,000 in goods and services have been donated.
The bridal show will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Log House Gardens, located at 5655 Windsor Island Road N. [MAP: 4] The show is free to enter, and includes sample foods and beverages, a fashion show and more.
Now meet the lucky couple: Nick Fouche’ and Angie Besso of Newberg. They’ve been together for more than four years, and engaged for two. They each have three children. Angie’s oldest son, Ryan, is serving in the military in Iraq. Ryan, 21, will be waking up at 2 a.m. to watch the ceremony on Skype.
Dyrdahl had wanted to do a mock wedding so people could see what one would look like at Log House Gardens, a venue she frequently recommends to couples.
“The more I thought about that … why do a mock wedding when there’s so many people who want to have a wedding but can’t afford it?” Dyrdahl said.
Seven couples contacted her to be that couple.
“Our criteria was we wanted working-class, struggling families – people who are being responsible but couldn’t find it in their budget to have a wedding,” Dyrdahl said.
“It was just too good to be true – a phone call you never would have expected,” Besso said. “They’ve just been really giving in making this dream come true.”
Beso works in human resources for Safeway, while Fouche’ is a modelmaker for A-Dec in Newberg.
“It was amazing someone would be willing to give someone their dream wedding, you know?” Besso said. “… You’re not used to life paying you back like that.”
Having an on-site wedding, while a dream-come-true for Besso and Fouche’, serves practical purposes, Dyrdahl said: You see the venue in action and get to observe how the ideal wedding would flow.
“Lots of people don’t know how the flow of the day works – questions like when do you cut the wedding cake,” Dyrdahl said.