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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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Sun Valley Classic Winter Wedding

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

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Burlap Letterpress Wedding Invitation

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

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