When surrounded by such incredible natural beauty, like the rugged windswept charm of the Pacific Northwest, it’s hard not to be inspired by nature, every moment of the day — especially on the Big Day! These 10 bohemian affairs took inspiration from nature in many forms, we adore their sweetness, charming details, and all-natural austere. Check them out below for a little local boho inspiration!
Maybe because I’m saying my own “I do’s” beside gorgeous mountains in only a mere couple of weeks, but these pics from Carrie Patterson have me practically jumping out of my seat. From the intimate ceremony scene to the detailed decor throughout the celebration, In Any Event created one beautiful bash weaving the rustic natural elements elegantly through it all (I’m taking notes!). More this way!
From the beautiful Bride… Sami’s first trip with my family was a ski trip to Jackson Hole, a place my family has enjoyed many a summer and winter vacation. It has always been a special place to me, and it didn’t take long for Sami to fall in love with Jackson as well. We met five years prior while Sami was in med school and I was in nursing school. We’d like to say we met thru some scholarly endeavor, but we met at a graduate school event in a bar in North Carolina. After a few bourbons (I’m a Kentucky girl afterall) and teaching Sami the pretzel, the rest was history. Our dog, Pup, joined us shortly thereafter, and the pack was complete. It was only fitting Pup attend our wedding as the flower girl.
The day of the wedding was cool and rainy, but it didn’t matter. The sun peeked out from behind the clouds for a short moment after we said our vows, and that was enough for us. We are forever grateful to our wedding planner, Elizabeth Kelleher of In Any Event, for arranging a back up tent for the ceremony just in case. Outdoor weddings can be risky, and you have to be just as excited about your rain plan as you are about your perfect weather plan. The weather also provided an excellent opportunity for Carrie Patterson to showcase her incredible photography skills. Enduring the cool temps was well worth the amazing photographs!
Although we decided to get married on a ranch in the great outdoors, we were hoping for an intimate, spiritual feel for the ceremony. What better way to accomplish that than church pews and classical music? Yes, under that intimate tent in the great outdoors, we had church pews to provide that sense of reverence and community. Beautiful classical music provided by my brother, an amazing cellist, was icing on the cake for what proved to be our perfect ceremony. At the reception, we kept the décor simple, but elegant and added a few local touches. We flew the Wyoming state flag atop the reception tent and used a moose icon on several items including the cocktail stirrers. Instead of a traditional guest book, we decided to frame two photographs by Tom Mangelsen, a local legendary nature photographer. Guests inscribed their well wishes on the matte border of the photographs. Both photographs now hang in our home, and are a constant reminder of the love and support we felt from our family and friends on our wedding day and every day. Many of our guests were traveling to Jackson for the first time. We were so excited to introduce them to all Jackson has to offer from rafting trips to bike rides to mountain hikes. A wedding day is special for any couple, but add in your best family and friends in your favorite place on earth, and it doesn’t get much better than that.
Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography | Event Planning And Design: In Any Event | Floral Design: Lily And Company | Invitations: The Lettered Olive | Jewelry: Margaret Elizabeth | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Bistro Catering | Hair & Makeup: Leslee Anne | Calligraphy: Claudia Engle | Groom's Attire: Armani | Ceremony Music: Richard Brown String Quartet | Ceremony Music: Harrison Bryant, Cellist (Bride's Brother) | Transportation: Alltrans | Venue: Snake River Ranch | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Reception Music: Party Crashers | Tent & Party Rentals: Canvas Unlimited | Veil: Family Heirloom | Wedding Cake & Dessert Bar: Persephone Bakery
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