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Outdoor Sun Valley Wedding

Woodsy weddings have this way of striking the perfect balance between elegance and simplicity. Especially when they’re as thoughtfully planned as this intimate Idaho affair from Hugh Forte. With a bride who made certain no detail went unnoticed, and Heather Minor planning behind-the-scenes, there’s more than enough reason not to miss the gallery + film from Eric Hires below!

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From the Bride… Max is from Seattle and I grew up in South Carolina. We met in LA, moved to Michigan for grad school, but recently settled in Seattle. In short, deciding where to have our wedding was the hardest part! We knew we wanted a whole weekend with all of our loved ones together — Sun Valley was the perfect place for that. Max grew up spending summers there with his family and we’ve been fortunate enough to spend a month there every year.

I had a clear vision of how I wanted the day to look and feel like a garden party Max and I were holding at home. We started there, knowing we wanted to spend our wedding day outside and have it be as intimate as possible. After visiting and not falling in love with all of the standard venues, Max remembered a nearby bridge he learned to fly fish on. That was it! Being very detail-oriented, I loved that we got to bring in every chair, plate, and glass we used. We had a few dear friends who lent us their personal collection of china and silver, in addition to the three rental companies we used for linens, chairs, and glassware. Heather Minor, our planner, was a saint for orchestrating all of that! I collected small vintage bottles to use for escort cards, tying gold scripted tags to them with velvet ribbon. We had friends and family take Polaroids of themselves and sign our guest book (in addition to the portrait they drew on their RSVP cards!) With a deep love of gold, I found brass stencils to use as table numbers (or letters, in our case) and my mom commissioned a friend to make the stands to hold them. To keep our drinks festive, I collected ribbons in cream and gold, and used them to top drink stirrers.

We decided to have only a best man and maid of honor, keeping things intimate. But Max and I both come from big families and wanted to honor them too, so we asked everyone to wear shades of cream. We also wore things very special to us that day – Max had his grandfather’s gold pocket watch with him and an MB stitched into his suit, while I had a lace handkerchief my mom made when we got engaged, a bracelet borrowed from my mother in law, and our initials and wedding date stitched into my dress by my mom.

That afternoon, as the nearby forest fires worsened, we were lucky they only made the light a beautiful pink hue, instead of dampening the day. Our amazing photographer, Hugh, and videographer, Eric, walked outside for portraits, stopped, looked at each other, and said “Is this real?” The light was wild!

That day we were both bubbling over with excitement – so ready to see each other! A devoted letter-writer, I wrote Max a letter for our wedding day and every big anniversary until 50 (though hopefully that won’t be our last!). My dear friend and pen-pal, Victoria, delivered them to Max to ease his racing heart. I think it might have had the reverse effect, though! Seeing Max as I walked down the aisle was the most exciting moment. Our eyes welled up and he waved while I strode towards him on my dad’s arm. We handcrafted our ceremony together, but our officiant had us write down why we loved each other and keep it secret. It was both amazing to hear and to share that moment with everyone we hold dear. The ceremony was definitely our favorite part of the day – it filled the entire party with a sense of joy and love. I’ve never seen so many happy people!

After the ceremony, the whole wedding party paraded back for cocktail hour amongst the rustling trees and later, dinner and dancing (our DJ was the best!) under the stars. We also got particularly lucky on that front – it was the first night of the rare Perseid Meteor showers. That night, after we ran through our own shower of sparklers, we walked back out to the bridge where Max learned to fly fish, where we got married, where I would learn to fly fish the next day, and watched the stars as they fell, with full hearts. That was really the most remarkable thing about the entire day – you think your heart is as full as it can be, but it gets a little more full with everyone’s love.

Best Man's Bow Tie: High Cotton Ties | Bridesmaid Dress: ASOS | Catering: Ketchum Grill | Cocktail Music: Spare Change | DJ: Nathan Hudson | Flowers: Ketchum Flower Company | Groom's Bespoke Suit: Isaia | Groom's Bow Tie: Nordstrom | Guest Book: Velvet Raptor | Handkerchief: Sutherland Handweaving | Photography: Hugh Forte | Save the Dates , Invitations, & Website: Melissa Blume | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Videography: Eric Hires | Wedding Cake: Cristina's | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier: Marcella's La Boutique | Wedding Planner: Heather Minor

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Winter Wedding Inspiration from O’Malley Photographers

O’Malley Photographers has the right idea with this photo shoot. Winter Weddings are some of the most romantic affairs ever. The snow, the cozy details by Ira & Lucy Vintage Rentals, the winter white florals by Taylor’d Events mixed with pops of color for an unexpected palette – all those beautiful bits are driving that most romantic ever point home. Grab all the inspiration your little hearts desire right here in the full gallery.

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Rustic

This shoot is inspired by the glamour and winter wonder of Sun Valley, Idaho and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. We married the themes of classic elegance and natural beauty by shooting at the historic Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, and incorporated lots of elegant, classic furniture and decor from Ira & Lucy. We created the color pallet of mint, emerald, gold and cream, accented with copper, a mix of the natural winter colors that spread over the local landscape. Dress Designer, Daci Johnson, created a swoon-worthy, gatsyby-esque gown with lace sleeves and a fur balero to keep our bride warm. In creating this shoot we imagined a couple that love the outdoors and want their wedding to be the perfect blend of natural, yet high-class. This would be the perfect setting for city dwellers wanting to escape with friends and family to one of the most gorgeous places on earth.

Locally grown fare and iconic people of Sun Valley inspired our menus. Sun Valley was home to the infamous Ernest Hemingway and in trying to incorporate masculine elements, Sally Balt from La Happy calligraphied amazing menus to include the E. Hemingway Special and a Whiskey Old Fashioned, his drinks of choice. Local cake artist, The Sweet Crumb, crafted a classic ombre cake and locally grown huckleberry milkshakes were offered. Guests could participate in an excess of winter activities including ice-skating, skiing, and snowshoeing around the grounds of the ranch or cozy up fireside with a mug of hot cocoa. Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch (as seen in Sunset Magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings) made the perfect location for this shoot.

Cake: The Sweet Crumb | Calligraphy + Stationery: la Happy | Ceremony Location: Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch | Decor Elements: Bellissimo | Dress: Wedding Gowns by Daci | Event Design: Ira & Lucy Vintage Rentals | Female Model: Andra Johnson | Flowers: Taylor'd Events | Hair and Make-up: Danielle Anspach from Vertu Hair Dressing | Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Tux Rental: Tuxedos Now

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Sun Valley Wedding from Hillary Mayberry

Happy Monday, SMPers! We’ve got a morning full of fun announcements that have us giddy as can be. Besides being nominated for InStyle’s Social Media Awards (totally blushing!) we’re thrilled to announce our 2013 Fashion & Beauty e-mag is right around the corner. That’s right – a SMP mag devoted to all things style. And in light of such exciting news, we thought – what better way to celebrate than this fashion-heavy lovefest from Hillary Mayberry? With a bride rocking the prettiest lace Lanvin gown you ever did see, it’s exactly what the #SMPfashionmag is all about!

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From the Bride…Keith and I had little doubt about where we wanted to hold our celebration. For as long as I can remember, my family has spent time nearly every summer and winter in Sun Valley, Idaho, so it was an easy call for me. And after seven years of dating, Keith (a born and bred New Englander) had grown to love the location as much as my family. But most importantly, we associated Sun Valley with memories we had made together, a quality that made this picturesque mountain town a slam dunk, so we checked location off our list. Next was setting a specific date. Each season in Sun Valley has its distinct qualities; in the winter, there is downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or for the less adventurous, simply cozying up inside before a roaring fire. Then there’s the summer—mountainsides filled with wildflowers, a vast system of hiking trails, fly fishing, outdoor symphonies and gallery walks, and an overall peaceful pace of life. However, the main concern was that our friends and family, most of whom live in New England or the San Francisco Bay Area, would be able to make the long trip out from opposite coasts. Although arriving at our venue in a horse drawn carriage had its appeal, we settled on a summer wedding so that more people could hopefully join us. And join us they did…

After al fresco dining on Tuscan fare for wedding party and family on Thursday night and a laidback pool party for the younger folks the next afternoon, all 165 guests piled onto two yellow school buses for the short drive north to Galena Lodge the evening before the wedding. Everyone was blown away by the location of the log day lodge, so much so that you would have been hardpressed to find someone not donning either cowboy boots or a jean jacket! As the sun began to set behind the surrounding mountains (and the temperature dropped 30 degrees), we mingled around picnic tables covered with red and white checked tablecloths and pitchers filled with bright sunflowers. There were mounds of chicken and pork barbecue, cornbread, coleslaw, etc., followed by wagon wheels (ice cream sandwiches made with freshly baked cookies), and we washed it all down with Sam Adams Summer Ale and a local IPA—a blend of our two worlds, Boston (the city we currently call home) and Sun Valley. Late Saturday afternoon, everyone gathered for our wedding at the historic Trail Creek Cabin, one of Hemingway’s haunts back in the day. Our officiant was a close mutual friend, my two uncles and dear friend contributed carefully chosen readings, and the secular ceremony was filled with laughter, and even a few tears. The sheer majesty of the ancient mountains and the cloudless blue sky gave a certain serenity to the occasion. Keith and I chose traditional vows and exchanged our wedding bands under a rustic wooden arbor. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were brilliant orange, yellow, and purple cut flowers, and I carried a more classic bridal bouquet of loosely arranged cream, delicate whites, and greens that complimented my lace wedding dress.

For the wedding party, we chose khaki, tan, and other natural hues, all of which worked well with our mountainous backdrop. After the ceremony, we crossed the footbridge over the cabin’s namesake, Trail Creek, to a cocktail hour with huge old wooden wagons laden with antipasto and copper buckets filled with even more sunflowers. Then it was on to dinner and the reception in a huge white tent on the Trail Creek Grounds. Keith and I were honored by everyone’s toasts and touched by the sentiments therein (there were very few dry eyes following their words), then we cut our cake layered with strawberries and butter cream (dropping our first piece but eating it anyway!), and finally danced the night away to a perfect playlist by our Seattle-based band. My mom’s aesthetic, classic but creative, was apparent in every detail of the evening, from the delicate tumbleweeds hanging from the chandeliers to the wooden pitchfork marking the aisle to the sprigs of rosemary tucked into each napkin to the antique copper vessels filled with blackeyed susans. It all came together to create a rustic, chic ambiance. One favorite moment may have been wowing the crowd during our first dance to Adele’s “One and Only” with moves hard-earned from our ballroom dancing classes. Another was the dance floor packed with guests of all ages, especially during Keith’s favorite wedding song that drew everyone out of their chairs to “kick their heels up and shout”! Yet another was the outdoor brunch on Sunday, where we all recuperated from the previous evening’s festivities over quiche, churros, fruit salad, and lots of much needed coffee. I could ramble on forever about countless other special moments, as well as the beauty of the setting itself. However, what I will remember most about our wedding is an incomparable feeling of contentment from the most beautiful aspect of all—Keith and me together, surrounded by our family and friends.

Photography: Hillary Mayberry | 2nd photographer: Kristin Cheatwood | Wedding Planner: Amanda Seaward | Floral Design: Tara Bella Flowers | Ceremony + Reception Location: Trail Creek Cabin | Wedding Dress: Lanvin | Bridesmaid Dress: Kate Spade
Sun Valley, Idaho Wedding from Hillary Mayberry Photography

I’ll admit it…I get a little case of the giddies every time a Wedding Wednesday rolls around. But it’s not without good reason. Wednesdays are a one-way ticket to real wedding swoon-ville with morning-til-night “I dos” in every shape and size. And to start off today’s festivities is this Idaho affair from the ever-so-talented Hillary Mayberry. It’s a twist on the traditional with nautical details sprinkled in along the way. So without any further adieu, let the #WW party begin!

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Summer
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From the Bride…I never imagined getting married any place other than my hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho. We were so excited to share this special place with friends and family from all over the country and most importantly wanted everyone to enjoy the scenery and have a great time. For the look and feel of the wedding I wanted something sophisticated and classic, but that fit into the somewhat casual surroundings. While navy and kelly green are often seen as very nautical, I knew that with the right touches it would be the perfect combination for a summer wedding in the mountains. I’m a sucker for stripes, and found subtle and fun ways to incorporate them consistently throughout the day – in my shoes, the bouquet (which is three pieces of ribbon sewn together), the flower girls’ dresses, and the cake. While the guys didn’t get stripes, navy, white, and green Jack Spade argyle socks added that extra pop of color.

The ceremony took place at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, an extremely special place to get married, since it was built by my dad and designed by a family friend. Following the ceremony guests preceded to Sun Valley’s famous Bald Mountain, for a ride up the gondola to the historic Roundhouse Lodge. Perched at 7,700 feet, and sipping refreshing pomegranate and 44 North Idaho potato vodka cocktails, our friends and family enjoyed breathtaking views of the Wood River Valley.

The Valley Club’s patio was the perfect place to round out an incredible day. Seated at D.C.- named tables, to bring a little bit of where we met and now live to Idaho, and drinking wine from custom bottles made just for the event, guests experienced the splendor of a warm summer Sun Valley evening. Ending the night with a New York Jets groom’s cake (Brian is a New Yorker), crazy photos in front of a striped backdrop (I ordered the fabric online from Mood), and an epic dance party – we, and our guests, celebrated just as I’d always envisioned. It was pure perfection.

Wedding Photography: Hillary Mayberry Photography | Second Photographer: Kristin Cheatwood | Wedding Planning: Heather Minor Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Botanica, Kurt McAuley | Fashion Styling: Cardigans & Couture | Reception: The Valley Club | Hair + Makeup: Tara Bell and Jamilynn Smith | Cake: The Sweet Crumb | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Jewelry: Great Grandmother | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Flower Girl’s Dresses: Jacadi

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Sun Valley, Idaho Wedding from Hillary Maybery Photography

I bet you a million dollars that one of the first things you notice about this wedding is the dresses. They are undeniably gorgeous so it’s no wonder that the Bride is a graduate of Parsons Design School and is now a stylist. Yes, it’s all making sense. Captured by Hillary Maybery, this wedding is taking Sun Valley, Idaho and infusing it with a good dose of love and fashion from the likes of J. MendelAmsale and Lela Rose. Get your pinning fingers ready for some envious fashion inspiration and a pretty party too, right here in the full gallery.

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From Hillary MayberyBoth the bride and groom grew up in Pacific Palisades, California. The bride attended Boston University then Parsons School of Design in NYC. After being an associate designer at a couple labels she is now a stylist and Designer buyer at Elyse Walker in Pacific Palisades. The groom went to USC Film school and has worked for many years on set a camera operator and now Director of Photography for motion pictures. They have known each other since the age of 9 and had mutual friends and used to play sports at the same park. They began dating in January of 2010 and were engaged in August of 2011. They decided to have their wedding in Sun Valley Idaho as the groom’s  family has a home there and the bride fell in love with the location after visiting one summer.

Photography: Hillary Maybery | 2nd Photographer: Kristin Cheatwood | Photo Assistant: Adelaide Mason | Floral Design: Ketchum Flower Company | Wedding Planner: Heather Minor Events | Wedding Location: Private Home in Sun Valley, Idaho | Accent Furniture: My House Furnishing | Invitations: Bella Figuera via Ubanic Paper | Caterer: Cristina’s | DJ: Nathan Hudson | Wedding Bands: Broken English  | Wedding Dress: J. Mendel | Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale + Lela Rose | Hair + Makeup: Jamilynn Smith and Danielle Anspach from Vertu Hair Dressing

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Sun Valley Wedding by Hillary Maybery Photography

Don’t you just love Wedding Wednesdays?!?  I sure do.  Seven uber-stunning soirees, bundles of gorgeous inspiration and galleries filled to the brim with lovely…. It all makes for one very fine way to spend a Wednesday, don’t you think?  Not to mention that we’re bringing the pretty and then some with a fabulous lineup that includes a little something for everyone… and it just doesn’t get much better than that.  So, sit back, relax and add some gallery gazing time to your itinerary.  It’s going to be a wonderful day.

Up first is a charming Sun Valley, Idaho affair that has me feeling all sorts of giddy this lovely morning.  Oh yes, I am loving the sparkly heels, the gorgeous blue, orange and pink hues, that gown and those adorable flower girls dressed in the cutest little ballet flats I ever did see.  All planned to perfection by Absolute Weddings and captured by the oh-so-amazing Hillary Maybery Photography and second shooter Kristin Cheatwood, this is one seriously swoon-worthy affair.  Plus, the gallery is literally overflowing with delightful details just waiting to be adored.  Join me there for even more and then stay tuned for a fabulous film from Max Monahan Productions below!

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The fabulous doesn’t stop there.  You don’t want to miss this ah.ma.zing film from Max Monahan Productions.  (Psst… Prepare yourselves for some happy tears!)  Enjoy!

From the Bride… Alex and I knew that we could have been happy with a number of different types of weddings- from a traditional church wedding similar to those that were familiar to our families, a casual beach wedding in Malibu where we both attended college, or a rustic vineyard wedding to reflect our love of all things Italian, the country where we met and where Alex proposed three years later.

What our wedding eventually became was a collection of all of our favorite things, and it couldn’t have been more perfect for us. We chose beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho, as our location, a place that has always been special to my family that we wanted to share with all of our guests. We wanted the details to reflect our personalities and the things that we loved. After scouring over Style Me Pretty, friends’ weddings, magazines, and other blogs, we found our favorites of everything and put our own spin on them. We used our favorite colors, our favorite foods, and our favorite songs. We played lawn games at cocktail hour and had a photo booth running all night. Our wedding party was introduced with a choreographed dance that kicked off the party, and a good friend sang “That’s Amore” during dinner while Alex and I toasted each table with wine. By the time the DJ could invite everyone to the dance floor, it was already full and never lost its momentum.

We wanted the members of our wedding party to know that their roles were each unique and personal as well. The bridesmaids chose their own dresses from three shades of blue at Priscilla of Boston, and the groomsmen each wore unique cufflinks- Superman, cowboy hats, cassette tapes, wine openers, and more. Alex and I found the cufflinks and the bridesmaids’ jewelry on Etsy and surprised them with it on the day of the wedding.

Because we planned most of our Idaho wedding from Los Angeles where we live, the most important thing that we did was hire the right vendors to help us. We started with Hillary Maybery, who we knew would capture our day perfectly, then secured our favorite wedding planner, florist, and DJ. We could not have planned our long distance wedding without them or without the help of our fabulous families and friends who were there from the time Alex proposed to the time we closed down the party with a magical sparkler exit. The day turned out to be exactly what we wanted and a perfect reflection of the two of us.

Wedding Photography: Hillary Maybery Photography / Second Photographer: Kristin Cheatwood / Wedding Planner: Amanda Seaward of Absolute Weddings / Wedding Reception: Trail Creek Cabin / Wedding Videography: Max Monahan Productions / Make-up + Hair: Jamilynn from Vertu / Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers / Suits: Marc Echo / Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta / Photo Booth: Funny Face Photobooth / DJ: Lenny Joseph / Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / / Wedding Planner: Amanda Seaward of Absolute Weddings

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