About

Christina with Bride JJ

I Love Planning Events!

“I guess you could say that I’ve been planning events for most of my life. I started going to running races with my mom before I could barely walk. Handing out cups of water and directing traffic was my first look at the event world.

When I was a teenager, I attended my cousin’s wedding. Somehow I ended up setting tables and doing last minute details that had been overlooked. I remember sweeping the steps just minutes before the bride walked down the aisle.

I stepped into the role of Event Coordinator for the Gorge Games (back in its heyday) and have been coordinating weddings, social events and fundraisers for the last 15 years.

I’ve always enjoyed planning parties and events. I love the details, the organization, and seeing it all come together.  And the beauty of working in the Gorge makes the joy all the better… there are so many spectacular places to get married or hold events and so many exceptionally talented individuals offering services and products.

I feel lucky to get to do what I enjoy! I look forward to helping you make your event simply perfect!”

Christina McGhee
Owner, Simply Events, LLC

The Simply Events Team

I have a wonderful team of gals working with me to ensure availability on your special day. After initial contact, we will determine the best fit for your style and needs and team you up with the appropriate associate who will see you through your event! I am excited to have the following wonderful group of women working with me… Each gal has a special talent and together we make a great team!

Christina McGhee, Wedding CoordinatorChristina McGhee, Owner

People ask me, “Don’t you get stressed out putting on an event?” The answer is, “No!” Sure, there are plenty of moments of excitement, but I pride myself on being a level headed, calm, and at ease wedding planner. After 15 years of planning events in the Gorge I have gained strong connections with the local community which allow me to provide a depth of service unrivaled here in the Gorge. And still after all these years, I still love being witness to every couple’s magical moment. It is truly an honor.

My husband, our two kids, and I live on a little farm in Parkdale where we grow blueberries. Coming from “city” backgrounds, we laugh that we now have 2 pigs, 11 chickens, 3 cats, and 2 dogs! When I’m not chasing kids and chickens, I spend as much time as possible hiking, biking, running, and doing yoga with my awesome group of gal pals! I’m pretty sure the time on the trail and doing yoga are what help me stay calm and centered in life!

April Lara

I was born and raised in Southern California. I moved to the Columbia Gorge in 2011 with my husband and two kids. I fell instantly in love with every aspect. There is no other place that I want to raise my kids than somewhere with such beauty, both in the surroundings and the people. We live on a couple acres of land with an outstanding view of Mt Hood. I have always been drawn towards party planning and event organizing. I volunteer with various nonprofit organizations around the Gorge. I find a lot of satisfaction in being part of a successful and memorable event.

Shannah Goe

Shannah brings abundant creativity to the world of event planning. From designing her own jewelry line to delicious cupcakes, Shannah exudes beauty and a splash of fun to everything she does. I am excited to have Shannah on board!

 

Mission

To create genuine experiences which enrich your heart and soul.

Authentic Weddings – I love down-to-earth weddings that embrace the natural beauty and local resources of the Gorge.

Fundraisers for Good – It is an honor to work for local charitable organizations. There are so many people doing good work, I consider myself lucky to be a part of this incredible community.

Wellness Retreats – My personal passion is fitness. I teach several classes in Parkdale and now will be offering wellness retreats around the gorge.

 

Keep it Simple!

We hope to take away the stress and bring on the fun! Our goal is to offer fresh, creative events that exceed your expectations. All while remaining effective and affordable.

 

Green Events

We recognize the need to be earth friendly and offer “green” options whenever possible. We work with local agencies and resources to offer alternative products and services that will help to reduce our impact on the earth.

attractive recycling options

biodegradable service ware

reusable decorating materials

locally grown food

sustainably grown, local flowers

 

“Christina executed every detail of our wedding day to perfection, and she did it all inconspicuously — not drawing an ounce of attention. She did as we wished, she contributed great ideas and she was a crucial part of making it a day we’ll never forget.”  –Ann and Matt