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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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
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
Hillary Maybery and gorgeous weddings go hand-in-hand. And this Sun Valley beauty? Well, it takes lakeside romance to an entirely new level. Factor in pretty invites from Regas, elegant blooms by Tara Bella plus one jaw-dropping bride, and you’ve got a gallery that musn’t be missed. See every moment right over here!
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From the Bride… We allowed the lake to shape our colors and themes, choosing navy blue Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dresses, grey blue tablecloths, loose hanging vines and flowers, and mercury glass vases and candlesticks.
The flowers and decorations were exquisite, but it was the personal touches and little surprises that made the wedding memorable. To the astonishment of the wedding guests and wedding party, I was not waiting at the end of the aisle when Pachelbel started to play. Instead I came around the corner in the adjacent pond in a canoe rowed by my father. The entrance made for remarkable pictures and left a mark but it was the thirty minutes before, tucked behind trees sharing a bottle of champagne with my father that will remain the most memorable.
The lake also proved the best backdrop for a first dance that took place even before we went into the tent for dinner. Two band members played “Nobody Knows Me” by Lyle Lovett acoustically and Luke and I danced on the green grass with our guests circled around us cheering.
Inside the tent we began dancing as soon as our salad plates were taken away. Two tables were literally danced into the ground and the only way to encourage guests to leave was the promises of sliders and mini grilled cheese sandwiches served at the exit.
Almost six months later we are still in disbelief about how incredible the entire weekend was and it could not have been possible without our amazing wedding planner, Amanda Seaward, CK’s Restaurant, the Groove Merchants, and our extremely talented photographer Hillary Maybery.
Photography: Hillary Maybery Photography | Event Planning: Amanda Seaward | Floral Design: Tara Bella | Cake: The Sweet Crumb | Invitations: Regas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: CK’s Restaurant | Hair & Makeup: Danielle Lindsay Anspach