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Awe Inspiring Beauty at Black Butte Ranch

Black Butte Wedding

Arriving at Black Butte Ranch can feel like an escape from reality. Slip away from the usual and experience a wedding of a different pace. Just northwest of the idyllic Western town of Sisters, Black Butte Ranch is nestled within Deschutes National Forest. For those who dream of escaping to luxurious cabins, waking up to mountains greeting your gaze and saying “I do” beneath the rustling of aspen leaves, look no further than Black Butte Ranch.

Black Butte Wedding
photo Boone Rodriguez

Where to say “I do”

Black Butte Ranch’s outdoor wedding venue provides a one-of-a-kind experience in the fresh, mountain air. Get married by a cluster of aspen trees with Phalarope Lake in the background and panoramic views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top and Mount Washington. Receptions take place on the lodge deck, which in the summer is surrounded by petunia flowers. Extra indoor space works well for buffet food service, a gift or cake table, or for weddings with a mix of an indoor and outdoor reception. Engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and luncheons are also welcome on-site.

Bride and horse
photo Ely Roberts


Guests can settle into the ranch at one of 120 vacation rentals. The various on-site lodging options can accommodate families and groups, with some rentals having up to six bedrooms. Ranch amenities and vacation rentals are all connected by 18 miles of walking and biking paths within the resort, keeping guests in close proximity to one another. On-site amenities include a full-service day spa, indoor and outdoor pools and a fitness center.


Culinary experts and banquet staff cater weddings at the ranch, with couples able to browse through a catering menu to make selections and customizations. Menu options bring a farm-to-table experience, with many seasonal and local ingredients incorporated. Meals can be served plated, family style or as a buffet, with menu options such as alder planked hot smoked salmon filets, charcuterie displays with locally cured meats or marionberry crisp dessert with vanilla bean ice cream. 


Guests will find plenty of ways to fill their downtime at Black Butte Ranch. Nearby trails are great for hiking and mountain biking and there are two award-winning golf courses and a putting course on-site. For the ultimate country experience, the ranch offers horseback riding, one of the best ways to explore all 1,800 acres of the property. 

Black Butte Ranch 

13899 Bishops Cap, Sisters, Oregon | blackbutteranch.com/weddings

Black Butte Wedding
photo Allison Harp
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