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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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Jackson Hole Winter Engagement from Amy Galbraith Photography

Santa may have officially packed up his sleigh for another year, but that doesn’t mean the gift giving has to end. Especially when that gift is a breathtaking Jackson Hole engagement session captured perfectly by Amy Galbraith Photography and features two ski loving cuties and one of the most stunning mountain backdrops you will ever lay your eyes upon.  (Literally.)  It’s a magical winter wonderland wrapped up in a whole lot of pretty and you can see every last love-filled moment right here.

From Amy Galbraith Photography… Annie & Chase are two awesome people that I’ve met during my time living in Jackson Hole. They met here, got engaged here, and are getting married here! Their wedding is this summer but we decided to do some engagement photos during the winter. Since the two of them are amazing skiers, running around in the snow for a few hours didn’t seem to bother them much. We took these classic Jackson Hole engagement photos in Grand Teton National Park at Mormon Row, and had so much fun! I love these barns. They are so rustic, and provided the perfect background for this wintery photo session. With the crazy blizzards that have been rolling through this December, we got super lucky with cloudy skies, light snow, and no wind. Love these two!

Photography: Amy Galbraith Photography / Location: Mormon Row, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Jackson Hole Wedding from Carrie Patterson Photography

I’m going out on a limb here when I say Jackson Hole might be the ideal spot for a wedding. It’s perfect – beautiful weather, beautiful scenery, and some of the most beautiful couples in the world. No wonder Carrie Patterson Photography captures utter gorgeousness every time she clicks her shutter. This wedding is no exception to the beauty rule of Jackson Hole, but on top of the stunning, there is so much heart and laughter, I simply cannot force myself to leave the pretty, pretty gallery!

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Tim and I probably crossed paths long before we actually met.  We both went to the same college but never met while we were there.  Years later we were set up by mutual friends in New York who happened to be getting married in Jackson Hole shortly after we started dating.  Little did we know at the time but many of the same guests would be headed back to Jackson for our wedding just a few years later.

I grew up in Jackson Hole and Tim may love Jackson even more than I do so there was no question where we were going to get married.  We also wanted to share with our friends the outdoors and western hospitality that we love.  Our ceremony was held in a small chapel in Grand Teton National Park where my parents were married.  I think my favorite memory of the entire day is walking up the steps to the church and seeing Tim looking at me from the end of the aisle.  Carrie Patterson, our photographer, took a great picture of this moment.  We had our reception in the backyard of my parents’ home.  The weather was perfect so we were able to have the cocktail hour outside as the sun was setting over the mountains.

As the evening got cooler we gave out pink pashminas to all the ladies and had Too Haute Cowgirls popcorn (so delicious!) sent home for the guys.  It could not have been a more perfect day for us.

Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography / Flowers: Lily & Co. / Event Planning: Elizabeth Kelleher, In Any Event / Ceremony Location: Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Grand Teton National Park / Reception Location: Bride’s parents’ home / Invitations: Soho Letter Press / Gift Bag/Menus/Wedding Program/Weekend Program:  Jane Carter-Getz, Belle Cose / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Dress Designer: Rivini / Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo / Hair & Makeup:  Shara Buday + Jenny Putnam-Hickey, Goodie 2 Shoes / Cake: Atelier Ortega

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Jackson Hole Wedding from Carrie Patterson Photography

What if I were to tell you I had a fabulous fête to share with you that was going to blow your wedding-loving mind? Would you believe that the natural beauty of Jackson Hole, Wyoming was matched and exceeded by a fine bit of nuptials? Could you believe that the cool color palette went perfectly with amazing flowers and the slightest, chicest hint of The Old West? It might be hard to take that all on face value, until I tell you Carrie Patterson Photography was behind the day. Now it’s easy. It’s easy to see the sweet charm in every gorgeous image. It’s easy to feel the relaxed elation in every smile. It’s oh so easy to fall in love when you check out the gallery!

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My husband and I met six years ago on April Fool’s Day. He had just left a blind date and I was out with a girlfriend celebrating her birthday. My eye caught his gold-buttoned blue blazer and his my smile. Over the next three years, we dated, traveled and enjoyed our life together. During the week of Thanksgiving 2008, we vacationed in Florence, Bruges and Paris on our first whirlwind European adventure. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Chris hired an undercover professional photographer to follow us around the enchanting streets of Bruges in an effort to capture each moment leading up to and during the proposal. On bended knee on the city square, he asked me to marry him and then subtly pointed out our secret follower.

The decision to get married in Jackson Hole was an easy and an obvious choice. We refer to our 2006 encounter with Jackson Hole as our first grown-up vacation and it was simply love at first visit. Our families and friends live all across the country and Jackson Hole became not only the wedding location, but also an endless source of inspiration during our planning process. Once engaged, we visited JH and finalized our plans with a powerhouse list of vendors. Carrie Patterson topped the list with her breathtaking photography and endless guidance to ensure our wedding was the perfect balance of beauty and entertainment.

Inspiration for the style of the wedding played homage to a comfortable weekend getaway with our closest friends and family. Our primary goal was to ensure that each of our guests had the opportunity to fall in love with Jackson Hole, just as we did. From each detail from our save-the-date postcards with Wild West old time photos to line dancing to The Devil Went Down to Georgia, we hoped to indulge our guests with a relaxed western experience. Two weeks prior to the wedding, we mailed a custom stamped local map along with a detailed itinerary of the weekend’s events. Thursday we met as a group for Snake River Lagers and Friday’s rehearsal dinner took each of our guests up the Bridger Gondola for cocktail hour and then back to Nick Wilson’s Cowboy Bar for BBQ, dancing and a photo booth.

The day of the wedding was pure magic. I spent quality time with my sisters and two best friends and while getting ready, I experienced a tremendous, indescribable closeness with my mother. Chris and I had a “first look” with our bridal party and I remember a quiet excitement that rushed over me as I took those last steps towards him. The moment he turned around and looked at me was one of the most special moments in my life. During the entire day, I felt so absolutely beautiful and loved and Carrie captured that exact essence in each of her photographs.

Carrie’s photography of our wedding tells a story of love and life and happiness. There are moments caught on film that were easily and unintentionally overlooked. Her ability to seek out an oasis of emotional purity is unlike any other photographer I have ever encountered. She loves her art so much and it shows in each smile and tear and glance.

Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography / Flowers: Lily and Co. / Venue: Shooting Star Ranch / Band: Judd Grossman Band / Cake: Jaclyn’s Cakes / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Bride’s Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Entertainment: Judd Grossman / Invitations: Trendy Treasure

Jackson Hole Wedding by Christian Oth

Bonfires and gorgeous tulle gowns, pine trees and peonies; it’s combinations like these that completely redefine the idea of rustic. AND it’s weddings like this gem that merry those rustic details with a gorgeous layer of elegance that fits right at home with the backdrop of Jackson Hole. It doesn’t get much prettier than saying “I Do” out in the landscapes of Wyoming and seen through the lens of Christian Oth, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s art in the form of breathtaking wedding images. Click here for so much more.

Snuggle in for a wee bit more with this moving snapshot of the day captured by Ryan Hinman Films. It’s goose bump inducing, heart pitter-pattering goodness and totally brings to life all that love swirling around the day…

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From the Bride… Jackson Hole has been important to my family ever since my dad headed out west in 1969, at age 16, to work on a ranch as a cowhand. Over the years, he convinced the rest of us to love it as much as he does (it wasn’t hard!). Garrett and I first met during our freshman year of high school in Philadelphia. After being best friends for the first two years of high school, we finally dated for our junior and senior years. It was after our college graduation on a trip to Jackson Hole that we rekindled our romance. Since that time, Jackson has become our home away from home. Over the years, Garrett and I have enjoyed countless adventures there and could not think of a better place to start our life together.

Sharing Wyoming with our closest friends and family brought us so much joy. We knew that planning a wedding out west would be a logistical challenge because we live in New York City, and my parents live in Philadelphia, but we were determined to make it happen. It has been my dream to have a wedding at my parents’ home for years, so my mom, sisters and I worked together, and in the end, all of our ideas came together to make an event that felt personal, warm, and reflective of Garrett and me as a couple. Even my dad chipped in to the design by creating that awesome sign post and our Just Hitched signs! Our wedding weekend was everything we imagined it could be, and most of all it was about family, friendship and the authenticity of young love.

Wedding Photography: Christian Oth / Ceremony: St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson, Wyoming / Reception: The Bride’s Family Home in Jackson, Wyoming / Floral Design: Valley Forge Flowers / Cinematography: Ryan Hinman Films / Catering: Bistro Catering / Wedding Cake: Jackson Cake Company / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Ceci New York / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, style: Eliza / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bridesmaid Dresses: Tadashi Shoji / Bride’s Earrings: Ippolita / Hairpiece: Leah C Couture

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Jackson Hole Wedding by Leslee Mitchell

Welcome back to another wonderful Wedding Wednesday, SMPers!  Yep, it’s that time again… time to fill your weekday with pretty, pretty details and fabulous inspiration, all courtesy of EIGHT gorgeous weddings that are guaranteed to make you swoon.  And we have quite the fabulous lineup in store for you lovelies today… from rustic chic affairs to backyard soirees, there’s a little something for everyone!  So, prepare yourselves for all of the pretty and be sure to join us in the galleries for even more!

We’re starting off our day in the sweetest of ways with this gorgeous Jackson Hole wedding by Leslee Mitchell.  There’s just nothing I adore more than a fabulous mountain affair… and there’s absolutely no denying these breathtaking views.  With a stunning ceremony overlooking the Teton Mountains, vibrant purple and red florals by Lily and Company and a gorgeous bride in boots (LOVE), this Wyoming fête has my heart singing one very, very happy tune.  Click here for all of the lovely!

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From Leslee Mitchell Jennifer and Jonathan’s wedding was a celebration encompassing the many things they cherish about their beloved Jackson Hole. Their laid back, adventurous souls and love for their community was evident in the planning of what their wedding day would include. The ceremony took place atop Snow King Mountain, overlooking the gorgeous Teton Mountains. Guests took the ski lift up the mountain to the ceremony location and rode the alpine slide back down the mountain when the ceremony was over.

Jennifer and Jonathan made their way back down the mountain on a ski lift decorated with a Just Married banner Jennifer made from old quilt patches, card board, ribbons and twine. Once they arrived at the bottom of Snow King, they hopped on their custom cruiser bikes and headed for a victory ride around Jackson Hole Town Square along with several guests who had arrived by bike to the wedding. Owners of Grizzly Country Wildlife Adventures, Jennifer and Jonathan knew some of the most spectacular spots for their day after portraits. 

Wedding Photography: Leslee Mitchell / Floral Design: Lily and Company / Wedding Ceremony Location: Snow King Mountain / Wedding Reception Location: 43 North / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm

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