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Elegant Jackson Hole Summer Wedding

This elegant Jackson Hole affair is about as genuine as they come. The setting, the personality-packed details a la Lovely Day Events, the sweet Floral Art blooms - it’s all perfect. But what I really love is this couple. Their love is so obviously genuine, making not gushing over this gallery from Ashley Merritt Photography practically impossible. See it all for yourself, here!

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From the beautiful Bride… I moved to Dallas from New York in 2009 and we both worked at JP Morgan, but we worked in different divisions and didn’t know each other. We met three years later and discovered that we had several mutual friends and knew all of the same former colleagues. We dated for several months, but our work schedules were so radically different that we didn’t have time to see each other and ultimately decided that it wouldn’t work. Several months later, I changed jobs and fate brought us back together. We literally bumped into each other on the street one Sunday afternoon in the winter of 2013 and knew that we had to try again. We went to dinner the following week and were both lamenting about the fact that neither one of us had time to ski much that season. That Friday morning Brad called to tell me it was dumping powder in Taos and we needed to chase the storm. Three hours later we were at the airport. The rest is history.

We both share a passion for the outdoors and adventure, which was one of the major qualities we liked about each other. Skiing is our favorite activity. I grew up in Michigan skiing every weekend, and Brad spent summers at Mt. Hood race camps. When we started dating, we were each so excited to finally have a partner in crime and began chasing powder together – literally booking trips on Friday mornings during ski season and leaving work hours later to find the freshest snow. Brad proposed on top of the mountain in Vail last winter, and we knew we had to incorporate the mountains into our wedding. Jackson Hole is our favorite ski town so it was an easy choice!

The weather was critical for us because the whole reason we were in Jackson Hole was to share the beauty of the mountains with our friends and family, but unfortunately it was cold and rainy all week. We chartered a rafting trip for all of the guests and could not cancel, so we made everyone raft the Snake River in 48 degree weather in the pouring rain. Even with the rain everyone thought it was really fun and of course memorable. Our wedding day was the first day all week that you could see the mountains and the clouds parted dramatically right before our ceremony. In the end we were so thankful for the weather because it created the most beautiful lighting and backdrop for photos.

From the handsome Groom… The reception featured elk and trout as local fare and had a whiskey and rye bar, but the big hit of the cuisine was a key lime pie that was served in lieu of the customary wedding cake. I’m a key lime pie connoisseur and thoroughly approved. We also had custom suits from D. Jones made which made the wedding extra special for the groomsmen. Whiskey, elk, key lime pie and Phil Round in the shadow of the Tetons sky is pretty hard to beat.

Photography: Ashley Merritt Photography | Event Planning: Lovely Day Events | Floral Design: Floral Art | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Jolly Edition | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Jackson Hole Golf And Tennis Club | Hair & Makeup: Champu Salon | Band: Phil Round Band | Groom's Attire: D. Jones | Officiant: Scott Coy | Dessert: Jackson Hole Golf And Tennis Club | Groomsmen Attire: D. Jones | Photobooth: Teton Photobooth | Transportation: Alltrans | Wedding Venue: Jackson Hole Golf And Tennis Club

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Rustic Jackson Hole Wedding

One thing I know for certain: Carrie Patterson totally rocks.  And the weddings she captures? Always, always some of my favorites.  Take for example this sweet Jackson Hole affair, aka, the perfect mix of rustic and romantic with a big ol’ dash of elegance thrown in for good measure.  See all of the gorgeous details (including seriously stunning paper goods from Chick Invitations) right here

And an amazing film from Moonstone Pictures for even more lovely…

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From The Bride… Mountain towns and skiing have always held a special place in our hearts. Shortly after learning to walk, Nick and I both learned to ski. What united us after our graduation from Vanderbilt University was our career goals in medicine, our love of the outdoors, and of course our love of skiing. In early spring of 2011, Nick proposed while skiing at Beaver Creek Mountain with photographers in tow. This location was carefully chosen, as it is where I learned to ski. With this epic proposal, I knew that we would have to wed amidst the beauty of the mountains. Nick’s grandparents’ home in Jackson Hole, a destination where he skied as a child, provided the most incredible backdrop for our rustic and elegant wedding. Instead of fine paper invitations it was wood thanks to the design of Chick Invitations, instead of a ballroom it was a finished barn and a tent among the Tetons, instead of table numbers it was ski trails, and instead of crystal glassware it was ski boot shot glasses. Growing up, my mom and I used to say that my style was Shabby Chic. I wanted my wedding to portray this style, polished yet rustic.

Most of our guests were traveling from the East Coast, so we decided to make their long journey memorable. The weekend started with a cowboy themed welcome dinner at the Four Seasons and welcome bags put together by Jackson Hole Marketplace which included locally sourced items; huckleberry jam, buffalo jerky, and Kate’s Tram Bars Friday night, the rehearsal dinner was held at the Couloir. At the top of the Gondola, the views are unparalleled and the food was just divine. We envisioned our wedding day as one full of family and friends, a mountain backdrop, sunshine, colorful florals, plenty of libations, and an energetic band. We danced until we dropped and all aspects far exceeded our expectations and our day was absolutely magical.

The most memorable moment of our beautiful day was seeing Nick for the first time as I walked down the aisle. I had kept all of the details of my dress, veil, hair, and makeup a secret. His face was truly priceless and I am so lucky that my amazing photographer captured this moment.

We danced to Nizlopi’s “Love Is”. When Nick and I first started dating we were obsessed with this British band and would listen to their CD on repeat for hours. Although it is a song that not many people know, it held a lot of meaning for the two of us.

The menu featured Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Haricot Vert, Tarragon Chimichurrin paired with Seared Steel Head Trout with Chipotle Corn and Napa Cabbage Veegetable Slaw. Probably the biggest hit from the evening was the Pig Candy – a Bistro Catering secret: spicy candied bacon. Our friends are STILL talking about this and the band, Party Crashers. For any party in the west, Party Crashers knows how to make everyone put on their dancing shoes and sing their hearts out. What we wanted was an epic evening in a magnificent place-we truly couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day and are so thankful to all of our vendors, friends, and family for making our day perfect.

Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography | Videography: Moonstone Pictures | Event Planning: In Any Event | Floral Design: Lily And Company | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Jackson Cake Co | Invitations: Chick Invitations | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence - Tucker Ranch | Reception Venue: Shooting Star Golf Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Bistro Catering | Hair & Makeup: Frost Salon | Band: Party Crashers | Bride's Jewelry: AR Morris | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Padgett Hoke | Wedding Album: Priscilla Foster Handmade

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Jackson Hole Wedding at Shooting Star

Jackson Hole ranks high on my list of places I want to visit, and after fawning over this beauty captured by Carrie Patterson and planned to perfection by Lovely Day Events I’m ready to book my tickets for tomorrow. With its gorgeous vistas, picture perfect details and stunning couple – this wedding makes Jackson Hole look like the most stylish place around. See even more here.


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From the Bride…Our wedding day was absolutely magical. From the beginning, Riley and I knew that we wanted our day to be an elegant mix of modern and rustic, with playful touches, amazing food and great music. It was also important to us to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all of our guests, where everyone could relax and enjoy themselves. On a trip up to Jackson Hole to visit Riley’s parents, we fell in love with Shooting Star, with it’s beautiful modern barn and gorgeous view of the Tetons.

Because Jackson was quite a trek for most of our guests, we decided to make our wedding into a weekend getaway. We kicked off the wedding festivities with a cowboy-themed Welcome Party the night before the wedding, and held what we lovingly referred to as the Recovery Brunch the day after. On the wedding day, guests were greeted with Arnold Palmer’s before the ceremony, and we had galvanized buckets full of pashminas in case anyone got a little chilly.  We also placed an overview of the evening at each table that highlighted the special things we had planned. No one missed the milk and chocolate chip cookies during dancing or the sparkler send off at the end of the night!

From the programs to the horseshoe escort cards, the table numbers to the organza bags filled with lavender for guests to toss as we walked down the aisle, we did the vast majority of wedding projects ourselves, wanting to put our own spin on the details. Riley and I designed the invitations, balancing the formal design with playful copy. My mom even handmade each of the table runners. I wore broaches borrowed from my grandmothers, one in my hair and one on my bouquet, and had a piece of lace from my mom’s dress sewn into my own. One of my favorite elements had to be the star lanterns we hung above the dance floor. They provided a little bit of sparkle that was absolutely gorgeous. All of these little touches created a very personal, intimate feeling.

Our wonderful vendors also helped us bring everything to life. Pastor Ben set the perfect tone with a ceremony that was funny, thoughtful and incredibly meaningful.  Maho Catering made the most amazing food and provided an incredible level of service to our guests (one of my favorite quotes from the evening was a friend who said “It was like we were at a 5-star restaurant and a wedding broke out!”).  Phil Round and the Snake River Band played fantastic music that everyone enjoyed. Carrie Patterson and Jared Wortley each captured the day in breathtaking detail. And Lisa, our day of coordinator from Lovely Day Events, made sure I didn’t have to worry about a thing.

 At the end of the night, the band played  “Hey Jude” as the final song, and all of our guests surrounded Riley and I in a circle as we danced. It totally spontaneous and was absolutely magical. It was the perfect way to end the perfect day. We could not have asked for anything better.

Photography: Carrie Patterson | Videography: Jared Wortley Films | Wedding Planner: Events Etc | Floral Design: Gild The Lily Too | Reception Venue: Shooting Star | Caterer: Maho Catering | Ceremony And Reception Music: Phil Round And The Snake River Band | Dessert: Persephone Bakery | Hair And Make-Up: Frost Salon | Tent Company: Canvas Unlimited | Transportation: Limo Lounge

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Finding Love In The Aftermath of a Storm

When this groom signed up as a volunteer with Medishare after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he knew that his experience would be moving and gratifying. What he didn’t know was just how much of an impact it would have on the rest of his life. He wrote, “Not only did I learn how resilient and appreciative Haitian people are, but I found out what great types of folks take time out of their lives to help after such disasters.”  And thus began this couple’s love story – captured so beautifully by Carrie Patterson. See more in this gorgeous gallery.

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From the Bride…Ed and I met in 2010 after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. We were volunteering at a tent hospital near the airport and it was love at first sight. Although the days (and nights) were long, we found a little time to learn about each other over warm Imperial beers. Back in the states, we were both quickly accruing frequent flyer miles commuting between San Francisco and Houston before deciding to co-habitate in the Bayou City. (More on our story here) Two and a half years later (and a 12 hour assent) he proposed to me on top of the Grand Teton in Jackson, Wyoming. It was one of the best and most exciting, days of my life. Although the view at 13, 775 ft is breath taking, I could not wait to get down (which took about 8 hours) so I could wear my ring!

Having our wedding in Jackson Hole was a no brainer as we love vacationing there and we consider it our “special” spot. Of course we wanted the main attraction at our wedding to be the jaw dropping views of the Tetons, so picking out our venue was the most important. Choosing the Jackson Hole Golf and Country club was perfect for the view we wanted.

Little details were very important when planning our wedding. Some of my favorites were using a part of a climbing rope to tie a “love knot” (or a figure 8 and fisherman’s knot to us climbers) during the ceremony, using a special letter we received from a family member as part of our vows and our cocktail recipes that we crafted ourselves.

One of our other favorites from our wedding that we think gave it a unique touch was the choice of our transportation, a 1948 Chrysler Windsor highlander edition. It was such a classic, beautiful car but what we loved most was the interior, Scottish tartan. With Ed’s Scottish heritage, that car was even more special for us.

We wanted to treat our guests to an amazing meal and we wanted to have a slightly more modern reception so we decided on Hotel Terra. Hotel Terra definitely blew us and our guests away with delicious food and spectacular service. We were very detailed with how we wanted our dishes prepared (some were inspired by our favorite restaurant in Houston) and they executed every detail perfectly.

Through out the whole day, I was just stunned by all the beautiful peonies, hydrangeas, garden roses and other flowers. The moss monogram used for the reception really added a unique touch. Sami of Magnolia Ranch definitely went over the top, turning what I could only dream of, into reality. It was absolutely breath taking!

Our guests were given parting gifts of stainless steel water bottles with a traditional Jackson Hole logo, a bucking bronco with a cowboy. Attached to the bottle was a small red carabiner with our names and wedding date. The carabiner was an important touch I wanted to add since Ed proposed to me with the ring on a red carabiner.

Even though the wedding was 6 months ago, we are still getting complements over and over again from friends and family on what an amazing day our wedding was. Ed and I are thrilled that the day turned out the way we wanted with our family and friends, full of love and beauty. It truly was a day I never wanted to end and I am so happy that we can re-live it through the photography that captured our day perfectly.

Read more of their story on Project MediShare!

Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography | Event Planning: Alison Kyle - Destination Jackson Hole | Floral Design: Sami Volcansek Of Magnolia Ranch | Wedding Dress: Watters | Invitations: Xowyo | Ceremony Venue: Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club | Reception Venue: Hotel Terra | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Grooms Attire: Hart Schaffner Marx | Cowboy Boots: Old Gringo | Groom Boots: Lucchese | Hair Makeup: Tanya Crocker

Jackson Hole Wedding from Carrie Patterson Photography

Question: What do you get when you cross a rustic setting with modern design, plus a mountain landscape that looks straight out of a postcard? The answer lies in this Wyoming destination wedding designed by Kari Andersen with decorations crafted at the hands of the bride herself. It’s a super fresh take on a nature-driven affair with a slew of gorgeous details woven in along the way. Carrie Patterson made sure you didn’t miss a moment, and we pinky promise not to judge if you spend the entire day pinning away right here.

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From the Bride…With a gorgeous place like Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as our wedding backdrop, nature did most of the heavy lifting when it came to decor. Since the setting was taken care of, Kevin and I decided to put our hearts into the small, special details that really made our wedding uniquely us. During the planning process, we kept one thought in mind: we wanted this wedding to be as beautiful and special for our family and friends as it would be for us. Here’s how we made our personalities shine through while playing off of our amazing surroundings. After scouring the Internet for pictures of possible locations, we chose Jackson Hole as the setting for our beautiful day. Kevin likes modern, simple and unique elements while I am a full-color girl at heart, so incorporating natural elements while adding some fun,fresh accents was a must. We found a great website that printed some of our wedding suite on wood, including our save the dates and wedding invitations.

Twenty of our closest family and friends were able to make the journey to Wyoming. We knew that we wanted to provide them with a classy yet relaxed atmosphere, so as guests arrived at their hotels, they received a welcome bag printed with the same mountain from our invitation. The bag was filled with a number of custom-labeled goodies, including trail mix we made ourselves, a small beverage set and information on Jackson Hole restaurants and activities. We also hand-wrote thank you cards to guests to express our gratitude and emphasize their importance in our lives. They were included in the bags along with directions to the wedding and reception. To ensure that everyone felt relaxed and enjoyed themselves, our cocktail hour included lawn games with beanbags that were sewn with the same material used on other wedding elements. The boards for the game were painted by Kevin and my mom and featured the same moose that were on our invitation.

I learned how to sew from my grandmother, who is a very important person in my life, and wanted to infuse that love and creativity into as many wedding details as possible. Together, we spent months sewing a variety of projects for the wedding using bright, modern fabrics. I created a quilt for the cake table that included a mountain, our names and the date on the back. I also made napkins for the dining tables that featured a different appliquéd heart for each person’s setting. We tried to incorporate the nature-inspired decorwhenever possible, so the tables featured a number of natural textures such as centerpieces in wooden boxes, handmade linen napkins and burlap chair sashes. Even the butter pats were moose-shaped!

Dinner was the perfect place to add a bit of Wyoming flavor – literally! For the more adventurous guests, we offered a moose medallion entrée. For those who wanted something more familiar, we had pork (an Iowa favorite). We also used a Jackson Hole staple to create a fun twist on my favorite drink as our signature beverage: huckleberry margaritas! Huckleberry was also a filling in our cake. We opted for a non-traditional guestbook. Each guest was invited to sign their name on a heart “to wish the couple a happy start.” Our favorite signatures were those of our young nieces. It will be fun to look back on those scribbly signatures in a few years! Instead of writing our own vows, Kevin and I exchanged cards and gifts that we opened when we were apart. Kevin gave me a simple but beautiful pearl bracelet. I wore this along with special earrings that I had custom-made using diamonds from my late (and very special) uncle’s wedding band and pearls that were a gift from my cousin. For Kevin, I used our invites as the inspiration for custom-made metal cufflinks shaped like small mountains with a heart in the middle. He loves tequila, so I wanted to find a special bottle I remembered him mentioning when we were first dating. I quickly discovered that the tequila had been discontinued, but that didn’t stop me from calling every listing I found online. My determination paid off: he was surprised with a bottle of Milagro Romance on our wedding day.

While some people may think that having such a small number of guests might impact the overall experience, we enjoyed all the perks of a big wedding, including a cocktail hour, our first dance as the sun set, a traditional cake cutting, a toast and dancing with our guests. Some folks headed home early, but the younger crowd ventured out with us to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar where we spent the rest of the night sitting on saddles, sipping drinks! And throughout the next couple days after the wedding, we were able to participate in activities with family, including river rafting.

Now, more than six months later, it is so satisfying to have subtle daily reminders of our wedding. Our guestbook hangs on the wall in our home, we use the handmade napkins for dinners together, Kevin wears his cufflinks to other events and we even occasionally play the lawn games with our friends. Someday – though not anytime soon – maybe our cake quilt can be used for a little one. I am grateful for all these special little touches that we continue to appreciate. The day truly ended up being a beautiful affair with the focus on celebrating our love and the importance of our closest family and friends. Tip for brides with a tight budget: Have your wedding on a weekday or off day, especially if you are planning a destination wedding. Since everyone was traveling to the wedding, we decided on a Thursday, which allowed us to negotiate lower rates with some of our vendors.

Wedding Photographer: Carrie Patterson Photography | Wedding Planning: Lindsey and Lisa of Lovely Day Events | Wedding Venue + Catering: Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis | Floral Design: Lily & Co. | Wedding Stationery: Kari Andersen Design | Officiate: Judge Thomas Jordan | Guitarist: Judd Grossman | Handmade Items: Steph Moyer Handmade | Hair + Make-up: Frost Salon | Wedding Dress: KittyChen Couture

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