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Boise New Year’s Eve Wedding from Tana Photography

If there is one thing we love here at SMP, it’s a good sparkle. And a good sparkle is a given at a New Year’s Eve Wedding. Not only is there a little glimmer in the eyes of everyone looking forward to the new year (and a little on the ground at midnight) but there is a whole lot of glitter, glitz, and of course, sparkle in the way the love birds look into each other’s eyes. This wedding captures it all, and it’s all captured by Tana Photography. And you know what that means… the gallery is pure fireworks.


From the beautiful bride … I first met Shaun right out of college in 2003 when I moved back to my hometown of Boise, Idaho. Both of us worked briefly as retail managers at Abercrombie & Fitch. In fact, Shaun trained me when I first started. We quickly became the best of friends. Shaun was hilarious, witty and full of life. He was the one ‘guy friend’ I always wanted to be around. If Shaun was there, I knew I would have an amazing time. Shaun and I have shared a special friendship from the beginning, one of great respect, trust and humor. We had a spark between us always, but it wasn’t until we shared our first kiss on New Year’s Eve 2008 that our little spark exploded. That night we realized we were meant to share one very special path together and our close friendship would lead the way. And it did.

Four years later Shaun proposed. After years of dating we both were so excited to make our love “official.” Given that our relationship has always been very playful and fun, we knew we wanted to celebrate our wedding in such a way. We decided to get married on New Year’s Eve, the anniversary of our first kiss, and also reflective of our age… 31 years-old. We wanted our wedding to be a blend of traditional and modern, with a bit of sparkle. We had a vision of slate grey and white with a pop of magenta/eggplant for all our flowers. To keep things lively and fun we incorporated polka dots, which could be found on our invitations, wedding programs, groomsmen’s ties, and even our milk & cookie bar played off this theme.

Shaun and I both grew up in Boise, Idaho, so when it came time to select a location we opted for our hometown. This was a day we wanted to share with as many family members and friends as possible, so it made sense to keep things local. In keeping with tradition, we decided to have our ceremony at St. John’s Cathedral, where Shaun’s grandparents were married. We hired a string quartet, Silhouette String Ensemble, to play throughout the ceremony. I had goose bumps when the church doors opened and I could hear Des’ree’s “Kissing You” playing softly on the piano and violin. I can’t decide what was better, having both my parents walk me down the aisle (Grandma’s rosary wrapped tightly around my bouquet) or seeing Shaun’s smile as I approached him near the alter. It’s a moment I’ll never forget and cherish always.

For the after-ceremony cocktail and New Year’s party, The Adelmann had a swanky yet romantic feel we wanted. We loved the rich brick and hardwood floors, not to mention the great view of downtown Boise. The space was covered in candles, metallic vases and gorgeous flowers. The whole place glowed and sparkled. I’ve never seen a dance floor so full of life! Our guests enjoyed New Year’s favors, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, hot cocoa, many yummy sweets, and several took the opportunity to jump in our Crazy Booth, which became its own little event as groups posed for the camera.

New Year’s Eve and wintertime have always held a lot meaning for both Shaun and me. For us, they symbolize our beginning and now and forever our future. This year we kissed as husband and wife surrounded by family and friends, the same people who helped bring us together. It was the perfect way to celebrate our love for each other and a night we’ll never forget.

Photographer: Tana Photography | Assistant photographer: Yellowline Photography | Floral & Event Design: Bliss Events | Ceremony: St. John’s Cathedral | Dessert Display: Eye Candy Event Design | Invitations and Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas, BenGin, and Beleza Design | Music: Silhouette String Ensemble | DJ: Adam Eberle of Directly Driven Sound Productions | Video: Foreverlasting Productions | Crazy Booth: Matt Green Photo | Make-up: Jamie Rose Verner Makeup Artistry | Hair: Deco Hair and Makeup Design

Idaho Campground Wedding from Sara K Byrne Photography

Love knows no boundaries and the proof is in this Idaho wedding captured by Sara K Byrne Photography. Far from a church or a ballroom, this crazy cute couple exchanged vows in nature’s venue with friends and family and a canopy of trees to bare witness. And it’s gorgeous with hand-crafted details and an air of simple beauty that can only be found in the great outdoors. Who knows, campgrounds just might be the new venue du jour for 2013. Here’s to hoping. Catch even more of this natural beaut right here in the full gallery.

From Sara K Byrne Photography… Monica and Andrew were married in late July at Grayback gulch campground, about 15 minutes outside of Idaho City. The tall trees and wilderness served as a perfect backdrop for their ceremony and reception. Almost every part of this wedding was DIY with the help of their friends and family. Monica’s family cooked all the traditional Mexican food, her bridesmaids put together simple elegant bouquets, and their friends decorated with an eclectic style. When Monica and Andrew were separated for a time early on in their relationship, they each chose a special object to trade so they could have something of one another’s. Even though neither of them knew what the other had selected, they ended up trading small dolls that later became their cake toppers.

Wedding Photography: Sara K Byrne Photography / Wedding Venue: Grayback Gulch Campground in Boise, Idaho / Floral Design: DIY / Decor: DIY (Vintage and Eclectic finds) / Wedding Catering: Traditional Mexican made by Bride’s family / Wedding Cake: Homemade / Wedding Invitations + Programs: DIY by Monica + Andrew Mason / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Hair: Lunatic Fringe


Boise Wedding Inspiration from Tana Photography + Soiree

Anytime Tana Photography and Soiree team up, it’s wedding gold. The way they work together – creating a soiree so absolutely perfect, and capturing it exactly as intended – is one of my favorite things, EVER. This fall inspired shoot is no exception. They stepped outside of the traditional box and the result was absolute magic. With Yellowline Photography behind another camera, the gallery is the place to be this morning, so click here for that!

From Tana Photography + Soiree … When we were brainstorming ideas for a fall-inspired wedding style shoot, we knew we wanted it to be different than the typical fall colors and themes, while reserving the warmth that fall evokes (even with the cooler weather!). So we turned to fall style and makeup trends, loving this plummy color palette with greys, oyster pink, and mink mixed in. We were also inspired by anything hardware that’s currently dominating the style scene, and the idea of mixing metals, to ground the color scheme. The result was rich metals, edgy yet glam elements like fur and antlers, married in with a striking color palette of pinks, purples, and greys.

We mixed gold and silver at the table, letting the linen pick up tones of both. Pheasant feathers, antlers, and earthy spray-painted artichokes kept the look from getting too frilly, and our pumpkin place card holders added just a small touch of traditional fall. Rustic wood boxes held mixed floral arrangements with black calla lilies, purple kale, grey dusty miller, and white hydrangea. A masculine and a feminine vintage chair, painted gold, made perfect seats for the bride and groom, and pomegranate liqueur mixed with champagne added a little pop of color to the table.

Our spiky orbs were inspired from modern chandeliers gracing many of the current décor glossies, and were hung as part of the table’s backdrop. It was a nice juxtaposition against the soft, ivy-covered wall. We also thought the orbs could make a great back drop for a non-traditional take on an outdoor altar.

Our bride wore a mixed metal, chunky necklace with multiple silver chains and touches of sparkle wrapped around her wrist. We all loved the look of her full hair, simple studs in her ears, and smooth ball gown dress as the backdrop for her mixed accessories.

We photographed on private property with gorgeous, classic garden walls, and ponds created by the former owner, and 70s rock ‘n roller, Paul Revere. The perfect setting for an edgy-glam, fall wedding.

Our intent with this photo shoot was to inspire brides to be themselves and to let go of traditions that may not fit their style. It goes to show a wedding can be beautiful and even soft with edgier, less traditional elements mixed in. So many brides stop with their attire and bridal look. It was our hopes to show that high fashion, personal style, and earthy-meets-glam can work together.

Photography: Tana Photography and Yellowline Photography / Planning and Design: Soiree / Flowers: Boise At Its Best / Cake: Greg Marsh / Makeup Artist: Gabrielle Marcantonio for Bobbi Brown / Hair: Deco Hair & Makeup Design, Camilla Orosco / Stationery: Dear Ampersand / Vintage Furniture: Ira and Lucy / Shoes: Badgley Mischka from Piece Unique / Dress: Allure Bridals, Heartfelt Bridal / Tux: Heartfelt Bridal / Linens: La Tavola / Charger plates: Pottery Barn / Models: Sara Kelley and Ali A Tamimi / Bracelets: Kenneth Cole / Necklace: Jessica Simpson

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