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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.

Garden Venue

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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Country Bridal Inspiration Photo Shoot

It doesn’t get much better than sunshine, bright personalities, and sun-yellow flowers. Which is why we’re happy the lovely Hannah from Simply Stellar Photography capitalized on a good sunset and her charming sister-in-law for the inspirational photo shoot below. You can find more images from the quirky and fun session here.


From Simply Stellar PhotographyHere is Caitlin, my beautiful, up for anything sister in law. She is so much fun and has so much love to share with anyone who wants it! We thought it would be fun to dress her up in a very casual bridal getup for a quick, very DIY bridal shoot during golden hour.

All of the pictures were taken in her grandmother’s field and backyard. Everything is a little overgrown and organic looking, which made for some fun adventures together! I made the flower crown just from a few silk bouquets from Michael’s and some lace ribbon. The yellow really reflects the sunshine that she emits when she is around others. We used just some wild flowers we found in the field to make a fun, natural bouquet, and the dress we found at goodwill, of all places! It’s not a bridal gown, but for a rough country wedding, it would definitely be a fun quirk to have such a casual sun dress.

We had such a great time, and I hope that these pictures can spark some inspiration in other brides and photographers!

Photographer: Simply Stellar Photography

Rustic-Glam Blush Pink Wedding

To me, it simply doesn’t get more romantic than a glammed out winter wedding. Period. Especially when it happens to include a palette of pinks and golds plus sparkling chandeliers everywhere you look. Dylan & Sara Photography and PenWeddings are to thank for the gorgeous captures of the day, and you can swoon the gallery plus find the film waiting down below!


From the Bride… From the proposal to the ceremony, everything was truly a complete fairytale! Brian proposed to me at sunset on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas. With his dad, sister, and sister’s family already in Cabo, Brian flew my family and his mother in to surprise me at dinner. He also had a secret photographer which I learned about later at our engagement party (yet another surprise!) Which leads me to believe that yes, ladies, if you pin a pin on Pinterest enough times your pin dream may come true!

I immediately had a vision of exactly how our wedding would look. I would describe my style as vintage shabby chic glam (with anything & everything old and chipped and distressed in between). After years of dreaming of the perfect wedding, I thought I had it all figured out. But, I was far from that! I was lucky to have my wedding planner Brandi from Soiree weddings & events. She just “got” me.  I had such wonderful ideas and thoughts that only she seemed to understand. Our invitations for example… what I would explain to the graphic designer would come out looking like a baby shower invite. Then I’d tell Brandi and she knew exactly what I wanted! Poor Brian just wanted me to decide before our wedding day arrived.

My main focus for the wedding was always the chandeliers.  That was the first thing I told Brian when he asked me how to describe the perfect wedding. I replied, “Chandeliers, Chandeliers, Chandeliers. Everywhere!”.  There is something so elegant and classy about them, and the charm they bring to photos is perfection!

My color palette was blush pinks along with creams and gold.  All the girls had blush pink one shoulder dresses along with white fur shawls.  My Daughter Brielle, the flower girl, had a dress from Etsy which was meant to mirror my dress. I chose a simple mermaid dress with a sweetheart neckline and a “wow” bottom.  I went with a vintage brown fur shawl I snagged at an antique mall while shopping with my grandmother.  

Our ceremony room at the beautiful Shore Lodge was already full of chandeliers (not the sparkly kind) and we decided to fill them with flowers draping with strands of pearls.  The first two rows of seating were old white and distressed church pews which really finished off the look.  It was like a shabby dream drenched with flowers.  Our reception took place at the Whitetail Fish & Swim Club a few minutes down the road.  We had shuttles to escort all of our guest while Brian & I rode in a horse drawn carriage… which didn’t last long due to the brisk weather! Haha!  Inside the reception space, which was tented in and draped, is where the chandeliers were on display. It truly was “Chandeliers, Chandeliers , Chandeliers! Everywhere!” I loved it.  

Our head table was a beautiful rustic farm table, topped with flowers galore.  All the details at the reception were absolutely  perfectly done and I could never fully explain them… so I’ll let the photos and video finish for me.  All in all we were so fortunate to have worked with such great teams the day of our wedding. Especially our wedding videographers, PenWeddings, which we were lucky enough to build a special friendship with. This is one expense I would advise every bride & groom to budget for.  You have so many amazing things going on your special day, that you don’t have time to even realize just how special the moments really are.  We were lucky to have videographers to capture the special smirks and cries we could so easily forget. I hope you enjoy our special day as much as we did.

Photography: Dylan & Sara Photography | Cinematography: PenWeddings | Floral Design: Boise At Its Best | Cake: Greg Marsh Designer Cakes | Makeup Artist: Blush By Jamie Rose | Hair Stylist: Deco Hair & Makeup Design | Band: Groove Merchants | AV Rentals: Integrity Audio Visual | Ceremony Musician: Ben Burdick Trio | Club: Whitetail Club | DJ/MC: VCI Audio | Guest Transportation: Harlows Bus Service | Horse Drawn Carriage: Carriage For Hire | Invitations & Stationery: Paperie + Pen | Lodge: Shore Lodge | Planning & Design: Soiree Weddings & Events | Rentals : Event Rent | Vintage Rentals: Ira & Lucy Vintage Rentals

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