Barn + Beach

I was never a girl who planned out her wedding. All I knew was that I wanted to get married in a barn. I didn’t even really care where the barn was, just that it was a barn. I’d mentioned this to Mr. Gingham a few times but was never really being serious about it. Plus, we still had yet to figure out a town to get married in. My hometown was out—it was a great place to grow up but I wasn’t all that attached to it anymore. Mr. Gingham didn’t want to get married in Portland because he didn’t want our wedding guests leaving early and heading home. He (and I) want our guests to stay and celebrate all night long, which meant it would have to be somewhere that required a hotel stay.

We thought about Bend or Sunriver. There were barns and ranches there. Plus, that’s where we said, “I love you,” for the first time, and it’s definitely country out there. But, that seemed too far for guests to travel, especially some of our family who live in Seattle. Then we started thinking about the beach… it made perfect sense. That’s where Mr. Gingham grew up, and coincidentally, my family has a beach house in his hometown. His house and mine are only about a mile apart.

So, back to the beach.

There’s a great restaurant at the beach that has weddings out on their lawn and it became the number 1 contender. It would be big enough for our 200 guests with an indoor option in case it rained. We got excited… until we found out the price. To be honest, it wasn’t that expensive, and the people I talked to were super nice and accommodating, but we’re paying for our wedding ourselves basically with our tax returns, so we needed something a little more affordable. Imagine my surprise when one night Mr. Gingham decided to Google “Gearhart” and “Barn”. Now the funny thing is, Gearhart is a little town, one in which Mr. Gingham spent his entire life in, so the idea that he would get a hit on his search was crazy.

But he did. The Barn at Neocoxie Creek. There was no website, just a posting on Craigslist. So, I emailed the lady to get the info. Everything sounded great, except for the fact that it could only fit 125 people and we’re expecting 200. So, to rent a tent to seat everyone outside would eat a chunk out of our budget. But who cared—it was a barn, at the beach, in a place where both Mr. Gingham and I grew up! I’ll share the pictures with you now (we took these) and save our solutions to the above seating/price issues at another time.


Here’s where we’ll get married (unless it rains, which better not happen)


The outdoor bar


The guestbook table


The barn!! Did I mention it’s really old? 100+ years!


Inside of the barn. Can’t you just see this place all decked out in white lights?


Miss Gingham

Portland, OR
Wedding Date:
September 2010
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    Ms. Library 464 posts, Helper bee @ 9:48 am

    Pretty! I love the lights.

  2. maryjane Member
    maryjane 1971 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:07 am

    beautiful location! And, I LOOVE that guestbook table. Would look nice in my den… haha.

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    LovestheBear 1250 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:07 am

    What a beautiful site! I love that last picture, the tiny lights remind me of fireflies, so romantic.

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    missmountie 46 posts, Newbee @ 10:08 am

    loooooooooooove it :)

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    bearcub 1561 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:33 am

    <3 barn
    <3 beach!
    the lights inside the barn are sooo pretty :)

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    sewing 2649 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:51 am

    ooh. i like that barn! very cool, esp. with the little lights!

  7. quiche Member
    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:01 am

    Oh, it is really beautiful! Yes, I can definitely see it lit up with tons of white lights :)

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 11:11 am

    I love it! I’ve never been to a barn wedding though, but all the photos I’ve seen always look so gorgeous.

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    Kat, Guest @ 11:15 am

    Oh man, the best of both worlds! From one ‘country girl’ to another…I love our mountain ‘venue-to-be’, but *jealous*–always always wanted to do the barn wedding/reception (spent much of my teenage life in horse barns and stables–LOL) and by the beach too!! Ahhh–what a GREAT FIND! Excited to be able to watch your wedding journey as it unfolds!

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    ekittle 61 posts, Worker bee @ 11:37 am

    Wow!!! This is amazing, LOVE it!!!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:39 am

    Love love love love it!! One question: Will you be splitting the guests between the barn and the tent or how is that all going to work?

  12. cardigan Member
    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 11:44 am

    So pretty!!!! I love barn weddings!

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    redbullfanatic 489 posts, Helper bee @ 11:45 am

    WOW you hit the jackpot…that place is awesome…the white lights are going to look amazing in pictures!

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    miss_ranuculus, Guest @ 12:09 pm

    Love the barn! It’s going to be gorgeous!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:12 pm

    So cool! I think it would be so awesome to attend a barn wedding.

  16. argyle Member
    argyle 2519 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:33 pm

    Big puffy heart love! We have a great space like this an hour outside of STL that is very similar – although it’s definitely not by a beach.

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    marcam882 296 posts, Helper bee @ 12:35 pm

    Love it!! Gorgeous barn.

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:44 pm

    this place is going to look incredible lit up at night! I love that the bar is outside!

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    Curlysue 1703 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:34 pm

    You found my ideal location. Congrats! Too bad it’s not located in Colorado :(

  20. mouse Member
    Mrs. Mouse 5632 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:31 pm

    Oh wow, I love how rustic the inside of the barn is!

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    Ann, Guest @ 9:47 pm

    Awesome find! We’re having our post-wedding family reunion in Seaside/Gearhart.

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    KB 169 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:33 am

    ooh I love it! I’m a country girl too….grew up in Eastern Oregon. I ♥ Oregon. 😀 I hope to find an awesome place like that…but in the Seattle area, where we’re planning on having the wedding. We decided that’s the best medium place for our families.

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 5:07 am

    i love the picture of the interior with all the little lights. how lovely!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:44 am

    LOVE the barn – I am super jealous…I wish there were barns around here….

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:27 am

    Ooooh, pretty! Love, Love, Love this!!!!

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