Ride to Your Wedding in Style
BY BRIDGET TURRELL
Dec 27, 2019
Excerpt from article published Dec 27 2019
Yakima Valley Carriage Company's white Vis-à-vis carriage.
The horse team brings a couple of newlyweds to their reception at the Yakima Area Arboretum.
Alan Geho launched the Yakima Valley Carriage Company in 2015. At first, he did only wine tours, but he’s been doing a growing number of weddings and quinceañeras. He started getting calls from people who’d seen him on wine tours and realized there was a new market for his old-fashioned ride. “That’s the common denominator with brides, who say ‘I’ve always dreamed of a white carriage for my wedding,’” Alan said.
The carriage is pulled by two Morgan horses named Jack and Jill. It’s called a Vis-à-vis, which means “Face-to-face” in French, because it has two bench seats facing each other. “I’ve had the whole family go with the bride,” Alan said, “but typically, it’s just the groom and bride.” The carriage has a convertible top, for couples who want protection from Yakima’s summer heat or a rainstorm.
Though the ride itself can be as short as 20 minutes, couples usually book the carriage for the whole day. To accommodate a daytime wedding Alan has to get up to feed the horses at 6 a.m., brush them at 7, load them at 8, drive them to the location and then give them an hour or so to get acclimated. He decorates the horses and carriage to coordinate with the couple’s colors. “I enjoy weddings,” he said. I’m an eternal romantic. I’ve never seen a grumpy groom or bride.”
We were honored to arrange a horse drawn carriage ride during the 2018 Pioneer Power Show in August for the Grand Marshal, Patti Hirahara, at the Central Washington Agricultural Museum. This article on the Hirahara family's history and her visit to Union Gap was published in Pacific Citizen - the national publication of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). We are excited to see our white carriage featured on the cover!
The full article can be read here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d92895e1358a8c3a824a00b8c/files/bd82e0c0-ee61-4d6e-a199-0fdd6b3fbd05/Sept._7_27_2018Web.pdf
We were proud to be featured in the October/November 2018 Issue of 1889 Magazine - "Wineries With a View" article.
In 2016 and 2017 we have had the pleasure of driving for President Abraham Lincoln at the Union Gap Old Town Days held each year in June on Father's Day.
In 2017 we were delighted to provide Carriage Services to Benjamin Franklin Esq. for the opening of the Letterpress Museum located at the Central Washington Agricultural Museum in Union Gap Washington.