It had been 4 years since we had seen an autumn in Oregon and it was enough to make us want to move back. Oh the leaves! the colors! the beauty! It made Tokyo seem even grayer and our wedding even more vibrant.
Our reception/party was held at the McMenamins Hotel Oregon in Downtown McMinnville, my hometown. We love this place--easy going atmosphere, great beer and a rooftop bar overlooking the town.
Each room is named after a person who holds some sort of historical significance to either McMinnville or McMenamins. Leslie just checked into Wayne's room, all the way from Vancouver, B.C.
Downtown McMinnville held it's annual Halloween trick-or-treat at the businesses. James is never one to let a wedding get in the way of a good halloween costume.
Before the party, we took a drive with friends and did some wine tasting in the hills surrounding McMinnville. The vines, the leaves, the open spaces and the taste of terrific Oregon wine was more beauty than I thought one afternoon could hold.
A new favorite in Carlton. We just finished the bottle for Thanksgiving dinner that we brought back with us.
Even the breakfasts were amazing Oregon style portions. This is at the Wildwood Cafe, a favorite spot for huge breakfasts, tacky walls and great coffee.