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Sun Valley Classic Winter Wedding

I’ve shared my love of winter weddings many times before, but when Patrick Moyer and Taylor’d Events sent along this snowy gem I remembered why they’ll forever be my favorite. Complete with mountain views, plaid accents and yummy mugs o’ cocoa, it’s a culmination of all things cozy and we’re only getting started. Get in the Christmas Eve spirit with much more right here!

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Winter
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Rustic

From The Bride…Chris and I both were born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. Our parents are lifelong friends and we’ve known each other almost our entire lives (I was 5 and Chris 10 when we met). Our paths went separate directions when we each left Santa Barbara for college and when we reconnected as adults (Chris then being the father of three beautiful children and having previously been married), I decided to move ‘home’ to be with them. But it was in Sun Valley that our love story really took a turn towards marriage. Chris’ family has long visited the area and had fallen in love with Ketchum in the late 1990s, so much so that they bought homes there and decided to split their time between Santa Barbara and Sun Valley. Chris and I and the kids began spending as much time as possible in Ketchum, and it was there we all fell in love. Chris and I were already” there” emotionally, but the kids were so much in their element on those trips, whether on the mountain during winter or on the river during summer, and we truly became a family on those visits.

So when Chris proposed to me on the Big Island of Hawaii in March of 2013, we knew that our wedding wouldn’t and couldn’t take place anywhere else but Ketchum, Idaho. It was truly a wonderful week and perfect day, and we loved that we had the opportunity to share our favorite place with all of our loved ones. We brought in about 105 guests and now each and everyone of them understands our love for the small, quaint mountain town that we love so very much. It’s been almost a year since, and now we as a family can’t wait to share this city (in December as we celebrate our anniversary) with our new little addition, our son Hayes Ketchum.

Photography: Patrick Moyer Photography | Wedding Planner: Taylor'd Events | Florist: Taylor'd Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Kathleen Cooper | Stationery: Taylor'd Events | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG Max Azria | Catering: The Valley Club | DJ: Nathan Hudson | Groom's Attire: Armani Collezioni 'Giorgio' Trim Fit Peak Lapel Tuxedo | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: The Valley Club

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Burlap Letterpress Wedding Invitation

With an elegant mountainside wedding in my near future, I instantly fell in love with this beautiful burlap wedding suite by Blue Magpie Invitations. They took inspiration from the natural rustic elements and infused the most perfect amount of polish and style. Keep reading for the full story behind this invitation!

From Blue Magpie Invitations… Andrea and Cole were getting married in Sun Valley, Idaho, in a formal church wedding followed by an elegant tented reception with views of Bald Mountain, the iconic peak of this picturesque ski town. Andrea, her mom, and I worked together over several months to design all of the wedding stationery to blend the rustic charm of Sun Valley with the formal, elegant ceremony and reception they envisioned.

Andrea fell in love with our burlap invitations, and we knew that this would be a perfect starting point for designing her wedding stationery suite. Our burlap folders feature an elegant white silk ribbon band accented with handmade pearl wax seals that are tied on with white raffia. We designed a custom monogram for Andrea and Cole, which we used on the wax seal. The paper pieces inside her burlap folder were letterpressed in a matching taupe ink, with the main invitation card printed on double-thick cotton paper. Her welcome reception card featured a sketch of Bald Mountain, which was also repeated on a second wax seal that we used on her pearl-lined inner envelopes.

The Bald Mountain sketch reappeared on their wedding menus, but perhaps my favorite part of their day-of stationery was the lovely crest we used on their wedding programs (and thank you notes). The fun details continued with monogram stickers, straw flags, signature cocktail signage, and more!

Their amazing wedding celebration was coordinated by Heather Minor Events , and you can see beautiful photos on Hillary Maybery’s blog.

Photography: Blue Magpie Invitations | Invitations And Event Stationery: Blue Magpie Invitations | Wedding Coordination: Heather Minor Events

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Vibrant Private Garden Wedding at Sun Valley, Idaho

Bright, vibrant, and full of love – it’s hard to look at this wedding and not be overcome with joy. Every single image sitting in this gorgeous gallery from Kirsten Shultz is overflowing with pure happiness and style, making me one seriously happy wedding blogger today. See it all here.

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Summer
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Elegant

From The Bride…Our “perfect wedding” vision was to create a contemporary, elegant, colorful, and whimsical event that would focus on family, close friends, and our perspectives on what being in a relationship, and in love, encompasses. These were the guiding elements that played into every facet of our wedding.

We felt fortunate to be able to celebrate our day in my aunt and uncle’s magnificent garden. A wildfire had broken out the week before and was raging close by, and there had been evacuations in the area that week. We knew our wedding day would be threatened by smoky skies, but we hoped nothing worse. Miraculously, our day was completely clear; vivid sunshine and azure skies. We exchanged our vows surrounded by our closest family and friends in this beautiful family garden that bordered dramatic cliffs along the Big Wood River.

We chose a vibrant poppy orange as our main accent color for flowers, bridesmaid’s dresses, groomsmen’s ties, and table décor to match my Aunt Jane’s garden that had many amazing elements including a “wishing well” where guest could leave ” well wishes” for the two of us.

Other personal elements to our wedding décor included a “guest tree” where guests were asked to sign and add their ” leaf ” thumbprint to our family tree that Jay and I had painted together. Also, all of our tables were all named after some of the many things that we find important in our relationship, including “Love,” “Play,” “Trust,” “Smile”, and “Dance”.

There were far too many memorable moments just to pick one, but some of the highlights were my “reveal” to Jay before the ceremony that we had planned in advance so we could have a special moment together before our friends and family arrived. Jay waited in the garden by a stone bench overlooking the river, and I walked up behind him and had him turn around – it was an incredibly exciting and emotional moment.

We also had written our own vows and during the ceremony read letters that we had written to each other before making them. The ceremony, we wanted something lively and fun so Jay placed bubble guns below the guests’ seats and had them raise their guns in a “bubble gun salute,” shooting bubbles as we exited to a classical quartet playing the Beatles, “All you need is Love.”

Our reception, set in a beautiful, three-peak, sailcloth tent in the garden, was more fun than anything we could ever imagine. We entered the tent to the band, the Groove Merchants (from Utah), playing Macklemore and Ryan’s “Thrift shop,” which set the tone for the rest of the evening followed by incredible food and drink, emotional speeches, and an amazing band. We chose Dave Matthew’s “You and Me” as the song for our first dance, and they nailed it! They kept all of our friends and family on the dance floor all night long, and at one point played the longest (and fastest paced) Hora ever. When the band took their one, short break my talented brother and cousins performed “Ho, Hey” by the Lumineers, which was touching and kept the spirit of the event alive. The energy and love from that night will forever be etched into our hearts.

Photography: Kirsten Shultz | Videography: The Story Is Told | Event Planning: Taylor'd Events | Floral Design: Taylor'd Events | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: The Sweet Crumb | Wedding Invitations: Willow Papery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: After Six | Catering: Judith McQueen | Hair & Makeup: Danielle Anspach | Entertainment: Groove Merchants | Grooms Attire: Vera Wang | Bridal Hangers: Hanger Design Center | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Robes: The Fancy Pigeon ( Etsy ) | Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmens' Socks : Hugo Boss | Tent Rental: Diamond Rental | Venue: Private Residence | Wedding Rings: Barry Peterson | Wedding Signage : Sweet NC Collective ( Etsy)

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