Our Story

 
 
Russ & Cate Wilkinson with their son Riley and dog Sam in front to the pasture in 1992

Russ & Cate Wilkinson with their son Riley and dog Sam in front to the pasture in 1992

It all started when…

Russ was just a boy when he first dreamt up Oakshire Estate & Airfield, he had a detailed plan for the estate that he wanted to build one day.  Years later, in the late 1980s, Russ got a call about some land for sale in West Yakima Valley. He and Cate decided to go check it out and immediately fell in love with the property and all the potential that it had to become the estate that they dreamt about. During their first trip out to the property, they had a picnic by the creek that runs along the property, there is a sign by the creek that makes the location of the 1st lunch that they shared on the property.  After they bought the land they put a mobile home on the property and moved in.  At the time the property was mostly sagebrush with an occasional oak tree and cottonwood trees lining Ahtanum Creek. Soon after purchasing the land they began starting the landscaping, building fences, and planting trees - they planted the trees along the driveway in 1991, the same year they had their first son.  They put in the airfield because Russ is a pilot himself and they have enjoyed seeing other families and companies be able to make use of the airfield as well. They built their home in 2000 and since then, Oakshire has become such a treasure to the Wilkinson family. They have enjoyed sharing the estate with family and friends over the years.  Three of Russ and Cate’s children have been married at the estate along with countless other weddings, fundraiser events, auctions, corporate retreats, and other events throughout the years.  The Wilkinson’s are excited to open up their estate and welcome more people to experience the magic that is Oakshire Estate & Airfield.  

We are excited to provide an exclusive, elegant, safe, private yet accessible event venue to meet the needs of every bridal couple, corporate planner or charity function. We look forward to working with you and providing a world class venue experience.


 
 
 

Meet Our Venue Specialists

Photo by Memory Montage Photography

Photo by Memory Montage Photography

Cate Wilkinson

Cate and her husband, Russ Wilkinson, own Oakshire Estate & Airfield and have dreamt up and built everything you see here today. Cate loves sharing this space that has become so special to the Wilkinson Family and will do whatever she can to make your wedding and event dreams come true! Her heart is to be a part of creating events that will be the beginning of a legacy and not just one big party.

Photo by Ashley Loyer Photoraphy

Photo by Ashley Loyer Photoraphy

Paige Wilkinson

Paige has been in the wedding industry since 2013. She loves working with people and is big believer in marriage. She believes that marriage often gets a “bad rap” but it has the potential to be the biggest blessing of your life as it has been for her. She loves being able to witness other people making that lifelong commitment and goes above and Beyond to make every wedding the best beginning of marriage possible.

 
 
 
Lisa & Sasha Weddings

Lisa & Sasha Weddings

Memory Montage Photography

Memory Montage Photography

Lisa & Sasha Weddings

Lisa & Sasha Weddings