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Classic Southern-Inspired Northern Idaho Wedding

From exchanging vows underneath a tall tree, to the organic and elegant outdoor reception that followed, this classical affair has all the makings for one memorable evening. With Rebecca Hollis Photography behind the lens the gallery is overflowing with stunning shots and that oh-so-beautiful golden light and you call see it all here!

From the beautiful Bride… The entire day is this big beautiful memory, from the early morning hours setting the chair pads out (what only wedding planners do on their own wedding day…I wasn’t forced, I wanted to.), seeing the reception set up, seeing Austin at the end of the aisle waiting for me, to dancing the night away with friends and family… it was this whimsical glorious day, that piece by piece, put together this perfect celebration.

My family has been graciously given the use of a lake lot on Hayden Lake every summer since my childhood from a dear couple that over the years have become good friends. Their house property overlooks the same lake and lot. They were so generous to offer their home property as a wedding location for me, before I was ever even engaged! It gave a perfect feel of Idaho and northwest beauty, but still elegant and clean.

I have always loved the idea of an outside reception, but it wasn’t until we were offered such a beautiful location that I decided to have an outdoor ceremony as well. From the big tree that stood tall over us while we took our vows, to the pool reflecting all the lights while we danced the night away, it all came together as the most perfect formal outdoor setting for us.

My parents and their families are from Alabama/the South, which is where I met Austin. So I have always wanted to incorporate southern charm, as it’s been a huge part of my life, but still get married in my hometown in north Idaho. I have always loved the south, and that’s also where Austin is from. So from the beginning, we wanted the wedding to be a beautiful mixture of the northwest with southern traditional. We had huckleberry lemonade (for the northwest) and Sweet Tea (for the south). I made a heart shaped picture made from maps from my home town, Coeur d’Alene, and Austin’s- Birmingham.

I wanted everything to be elegant and tasteful, but still have a hint of an organic feel. My florist, Eden, did a wonderful job at accomplishing that.

We originally had rented a tent. But just a couple of days before the wedding, the tent plan fell through due to a sizing issue on the property. We scrambled for ideas as to what to do next. The weather looked like it would hold out for the weekend so we decided to go with no tent at all. My wedding designer and her team saved the weekend, and worked overtime to design and build a way for four gorgeous sparkling chandeliers to hang above the reception table area. It turned out so much better than the tent, and it opened up the views much more too!

Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography | Videographer: Hagan Robb | Event Design: Alisa Lewis Event Design | Floral Design: Garden Of Eden Florals | Wedding Dress: Anjolique | Cakes: Erin Blackburn | Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Satay Catering | Makeup: Terri Reece Studios | Hair: Studio CG Salon | Band: OH Horizon | Men's Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: KC Armstrong | String Quartet: Beaujolais 184 | Venue: Private Residence | Bridal Boutique: Bridal Bliss | Earrings: Kate Spade | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Invitation Design: Tracy Brabner | Invitation Printer: Southern Engraving | Photobooth: Haas Photobooth | Rentals: Event Rents | Rentals: The Attic

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Woodland Chic Outdoor Idaho Wedding

There simply aren’t enough words to express how much I adore this woodland fairytale wedding. Complete with a blush pink Vera Wang, an intimate ceremony amongst the trees, lush fern table runners, and too many adorable details to count (looking at you, little pups!), it’s the ultimate celebration of love and Alisa Lewis and Caravan Floral Design were behind every bit. More in the gallery by Rebecca Hollis and film below from Sure Shot Video.

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From Rebecca Hollis PhotographyWarm breezes through the fields, a ceremony under a canopy of trees, and so much love you just got lost in it all. Emily and Pedro’s fern inspired wedding was simply stunning. So many details were personal to the couple, but what made it the most memorable to me, was the pure joy that this couple evoked. It made me fall in love all over again.

Alisa and her team did an incredible job pulling together all the details and making this wedding every bit as spectacular as it was. Elements from all the vendors blended so well to make the fern vision come to life. The wedding was romantic with a nod to Northern Idaho.

From the Bride… We wanted the wedding to have a luscious, evergreen vibe – we went with a woodland elegance feel. I wanted a lot of greenery, with a variety of ferns, which are a favorite of mine. The florals were very romantic, with blushes and ivories as the predominant colors. I loved the fern runners down the center of the tables, and the gorgeous swags above the ceremony curtain.

Everything about the wedding was very personal and handpicked by Pedro and I when we worked with Alisa, our wedding planner and stylist. She was amazing and went above and beyond to create something beyond our imagination – I absolutely adore her. Alisa has such an eye for styling, and she truly puts her whole heart into making your day a dream. Her entire team was incredible and made the day run smoothly.

I did the lettering for escort cards, cake flavors, favors, and signs. I bought the little rabbits that held the cake flavor cards – we have a rabbit at home, and wanted to add that little personal touch.

My mom, dad, and I made the cedar bergamot soap with Alisa and her friend Mary, who is an herbalist. It was lovely, and there’s nothing better than a handmade touch – I wanted something people would take home and use, and remember the day.

My mom and I picked the fabric for the curtain, and she sewed it. She also cut the napkins for the tables by hand. My dad handpicked the wines, beers, and champagne for the reception. And we had bottled Izze sodas, which were colorful and perfect for the hot summer’s day!

The food was gorgeous AND delicious, which was important to us. I wanted something unique and tasty! PRLR did an awesome job, and it was so fun to have fresh food in the middle of a field. I also adored our cakes – we had five different flavors! They were completely from scratch and were delicious.

Finally, I cannot say enough about my photographer, graphic designer, and friend, Rebecca Hollis. She made Pedro and I feel at ease from the moment we did our engagement shoot with her. She’s funny and sweet, and works hard to really reveal the intimacy and love in a relationship. She’s also amazing at styling, and really sees the beauty in every moment. 

Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography | Videographer: Sure Shot Video | Wedding Planning + Design: Alisa Lewis Event Design | Floral Design: Caravan Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Erin Blackburn | Invitations: Rebecca Hollis | Bride’s Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Rings: Anna Sheffield | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vera Wang | Catering: PRLR | Makeup: Modern Apothecary | Hair: Studio CG Salon | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan | Bride’s Earrings: Kate Spade | Cellist: Christina Wu | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Nails: Christina Quinton At Pedi & Polish | Rentals: Event Rents | Rentals: The Attic | Venue: Private Residence

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Rustic Chic Ranch Wedding in Jackson Hole

Sharing a love of the great outdoors, this perfect pair packed their bags for one epic adventure. With the help of Mstarr Event Design their Big Day was complete with one glamorous barn dance party amongst stunning views. From their mountain top first look, to every leather and metallic accent, Hello Love Photography was behind the lens capturing it all, right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… My husband Erik and I were married near my family’s house in Jackson Hole at Moose Creek Ranch, where both the ceremony + reception took place, and where most of our friends stayed for a long weekend. Teton Valley is an incredibly meaningful place for me as I had been traveling there for ski and hiking adventures for the past 20 years. It’s an area that many of my extended friends and family had never visited, but for me contained hundreds of memories, and represented a place of seclusion and serenity. I had always dreamed of sharing this special place with my loved ones, and bringing people out of their everyday lives for my wedding day.

If there was a theme for our wedding weekend, it was to share our love of the outdoors and adventure. The stunning landscapes were naturally beautiful, so we were able to focus on more experiential details such as group hikes, fishing, BBQs, lawn games, yummy cocktails and a major barn dance party that was oh so glam. We also wrote a personalized note to every guest that he/she received at the place setting.

The decor, overseen by mStarr event design, was absolutely perfect: classy, simple and stunning. We brought in leather and metallic accents- my favorite was our leather luggage tag gifts that also served as escort cards!

My two favorite moments were our first look when we my husband and I drove separately up to the top of a mountain with the entire Teton Valley behind us. The peacefulness I felt in the wilderness, and in his arms, was unforgettable. Second was my outfit change: white leather and gold dance booties that I broke out when the DJ launched into our 90s Hip Hop hour during our barn dance party!

From Mstarr Event DesignAs the founder of Brideside, an online bridesmaid resource, Nicole knew enough about the wedding industry to know what she wanted, and didn’t want! Bringing in the mStarr team from Boston, where the couple resides, we were super excited to visit this part of the country and weave in the natural + personal elements so cherished by Nicole + Erik. The wedding was designed with what could be considered two different visions…the ceremony + dinner really focusing on the ridiculously beautiful surroundings and a super glam dance party in the barn… but they played off each other perfectly, and walking out of the barn under a clear black sky full of stars, it was exactly as we envisioned it. while it’s hard to top those mountain views and wildflowers around the property, the highlights were handmade leather “escort card” luggage tags and table signs with handwritten calligraphy, and a personal favorite was the disco ball in the barn decked out in cascading greenery…perfectly executed by Flowers by Chloe.

Photography: Hello Love Photography | Event Design: Mstarr Event Design | Floral Design: Flowers By Chloe | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Custom LHC Via Brideside | Catering: Dining In Catering | Hair & Makeup: Teton Springs Spa | Calligraphy: Hush Lettering | Groom's Attire: Blank Label | Groomsmen's Attire: J. Crew | Transportation: Jackson Hole Alltrans | Bridal Gown: Jenny Packham | Bridal Shoes: J. Crew | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: 460bread | Ceremony & Reception: Moose Creek Ranch | Dessert: Pendl's Bakery | Dessert: The Knotty Pine Supper Club | Select Rentals: Signature Party & Event | Tent: Signature Party & Event

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Weddings & Events by Meant2Be Events + A Discount!

If you are anything like me (and I know you are), there are three things your wedding NEEDS to be: personal, unique and, of course, unexpected.  Enter Meant2Be Events, a team of talented planners + styling superstars that will take all of those visions you can’t stop thinking about and make them a beautiful reality.  Check out their lovely work, in collaboration with Countryside Floral, below…

Meant2Be Events isn’t your standard event planning team.  Nope, they, along with their fabulous partner Countryside Floral, are an amazing group of creative minds that will craft an elegant + sophisticated experience for you and all of your guests.  Think custom linens, romantic lighting and crazy cool furniture that will make your wedding SING.  Even better?  Each and every detail of your big day will be meticulously organized with your personal style and personality in mind.  That means that everything, and I mean everything, will be a complete and total reflection of you and yours, from the florals to the place settings to the one-of-a-kind stationery.

Can’t wait to start planning your dream day?  We know you can’t.  Take advantage of this offer for new customers from Meant2Be Events and Countryside Florala complimentary design consultation, a personalized inspiration board AND a $100 credit towards your wedding floral order!  It goes without saying… call them ASAP!

Floral Design: Jon Throne at Countryside Floral | Event Planning & Design: Meant2Be Events | Photographer: Genesa Richards Photography | Wedding Dress: Cicada Bridal | Cake: Baked | Stationery: Songbird Paperie | Hair & Makeup: Urbanista| Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | Rentals:R&R Rentals | Venue: Vistas at Tolt Hill

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Rustic Sun Valley Summer Wedding

As a future fellow mountainside bride, my heart immediately beats a bit faster when a wedding like this one comes across my desk. Between the gorgeous natural backdrop and the talented Youngrens, every moment is picture perfect. As I continue to cross my fingers for this same sort of wonderful weather, I’ll also be keeping this gallery open for further note taking and photo pinning.

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From The Bride… Kevin and I officially met at a friend’s birthday party back in 2011. We went on a date the following Saturday and the rest is history. But before that night, we had a few run-ins throughout college and the couple years after. Kevin is a triplet, he went to Western Washington University and his two brothers were in the fraternity next door to me at the University of Washington. Every once in awhile Kevin would show up at UW events; I always thought he was the cutest Grimes brother. My now sister-in-law tried to hook us up a year before we officially met, but due to timing it didn’t work out.

The night of the friend’s birthday party in 2011 I knew there was something very special about Kevin and the butterflies haven’t stopped since. He proposed May 20, 2014, his birthday, at the place we had our first kiss. This, in one sentence, sums up Kevin – he is an incredibly selfless, thoughtful and loving person. It was a very special moment that I will cherish forever.

Sun Valley has always been a very special place for both of our families. My family has spent many Christmas’ skiing Baldy and Kevin grew up spending summers in Sun Valley visiting his aunt, uncle, and cousins who have been there for over 40 years!

We both have incredible memories of Sun Valley from growing up and always felt it was such a magical place that we decided, why not, let’s make even more amazing memories by getting married at Trail Creek! We also wanted to share Sun Valley with our close family and friends that have never been and it definitely proved a success. Many of our guests are already planning trips back to visit!

We felt that having a neutral palette and sophisticated details was very fitting for Sun Valley. The backdrop of the mountain and scenery is so spectacular we didn’t want to interfere with the natural beauty surrounding us, so we decided to keep our colors and style very simple and elegant.

We don’t have special wedding traditions in our family but Kevin’s uncle, John, was our officiant which was very special to us and our families. Having John up there with us meant the world and we could not image our ceremony any other way! We also wrote our own vows which was my favorite part of the ceremony.

Instead of wedding favors we had welcome bags waiting in each guest’s room. We included a bottle of wine, waters, sunscreen, snacks, chocolate, and an itinerary of events with things to do and how to get around the town. We thought this might be more fun to have a surprise bag of goodies waiting for our family and friends as they arrived!

From The Groom… My most vivid memory from the wedding day was our first look. So much work went in to the wedding day, and to have it all come together while seeing her in her dress on the mountain was unforgettable. Our photographers made the first look so special by picking the perfect location (on the mountain) and ensuring each of us were in the moment and able to enjoy this incredible time.

Photography: The Youngrens | Coordinator: Absolute Weddings | Florist: Sue Bridgman | Wedding Gown: Tara Keely | Cake: Sun Valley Resort | Ceremony: Trail Creek Cabin | Reception: Trail Creek Cabin | Shoes: Louis Et Cie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Sun Valley Resort | DJ: DJ Idaho | Rentals: Barbara's Party Rentals

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