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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!


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 | Groomsmen Attire: D. Jones | Officiant: Scott Coy | Transportation: Alltrans | Wedding Venue: Jackson Hole Golf And Tennis Club | Dessert: Jackson Hole Golf And Tennis Club | Photobooth: Teton Photobooth

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…


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 Company | 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 Books

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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.


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