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Rustic Moose Head Ranch Wedding

I’ve swooned my fair share of rustic nuptials, but to be totally honest? This is probably my new fave. It’s the wedding that lets the stunning landscape do all the talking, with a few well-edited nods of color and style infused along the way. Of course, the straight-from-a-magazine images by Carrie Patterson only add to my obsession and if you’re looking for more, you can find it right here.


From the Bride…

What was your “perfect wedding” vision?

Outdoor wedding with a rustic feel. We love nature and the outdoors and wanted to share that love with our friends and family. We also wanted to have a fun and casual environment for our guests where they felt like they were as much a part of the wedding as we were.

What are three unique details that you infused into your decor?

Well first and foremost, the entire backdrop of our wedding (the Grand Tetons) is where we got engaged (we got engaged on top of the Grand Teton), so that was important to us. We loved the idea of having a table as our “alter” and having items placed on it that are important to our heritage – Bible passed down from great ancestors and a Ganesh (Hindu god).

What was your most memorable moment?

Our ceremony. Our siblings were our officiants and our ceremony was comprised of friends and family reading poems and passages that we love. We also had a good friend sing “this must be the place” by the talking heads that was fantastic. It was sunny, there was a great breeze and seeing our friends and family sitting before us, having our siblings at our side and friends and family come up and read and hug us throughout the ceremony was amazing.

What song did you do your first dance to?

Scarlet Begonias by the Grateful Dead – totally nontraditional but a blast to dance to and a meaningful song for us.

What was on your menu?

Bison! We also had a million appetizers because our cocktail “hour” was two hours long. We also served pie instead of cake

What – if anything – did you DIY?

My girlfriends created a collage of old photos of Viraj and I together and of us growing up that we displayed at our “dinner the night before”. We also created programs with all of the readings from our ceremony with recycled paper on the outside. Other than that I completely trusted our wedding planner and florist!

Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography | Event Planning: In Any Event | Floral Design: Lily And Company | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Invitations: I DO INVITATIONS By Sue Coe Designs | Catering: Bistro Catering | Hair: Jenifer Jeffers Hossack | Location: Moose Head Ranch

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

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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.

Al Fresco

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.

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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

Cheyenne Depot Museum Wedding

This wedding right here?  It’s the perfect way to kick off 2014.  That is, if you are the type of person who likes to start the new year surrounded by pretty, pretty details (hello beautiful blooms from Rachel at Poppy’s + crazy fabulous chevron linens) and an adorable couple who happens to know a thing or two about throwing an amazing party.  It’s rustic stylings meets romantic touches meets all kinds of awesome from Luke And Cat Photography.  See it here in the full gallery.

From Luke And Cat Photography… The historic old-West town of Cheyenne, Wyoming served as the perfect backdrop for Kassi and Ian’s romantic and stylish wedding day.

Both Kassi and Ian come from cattle ranching families, so the day had plenty of nods to their western heritage, such as cowboy boots, vintage cattle trophies, and of course, the western rolling hills of Wyoming.

In addition, there were DIY projects all around the day, such as custom built (by the groom) wooden planters that adorned the head table and were fire-branded with their own custom cattle brands, chalkboard signs, and hand-painted table décor.

The colors of the day were soft pastels, and the tables featured found vessels such as antique milk vases, silver saucers, platters, and vintage trophies from a rich family history of showing cattle, and DIY hand-painted chevron print table runners.

A special area in the reception was set up, appropriately named “Caden’s Clubhouse,” (in honor of their son, Caden) especially for kids, with coloring, toys, snacks, ice cream, and take home bags.

Hand-painted chalkboard signs directed guests through the reception and cocktail hour. As guests arrived, they grabbed an individual succulent favor to take home. During cocktail hour, guests casually snacked on the chips and salsa bar and two signature cocktails. This included an original cocktail, “Tonka Juice,” which is sentimental to the brides’ family as it has historically been the drink served in celebration of a win at a major cattle show.

For dinner guests were served fajitas with all the fixin’s. After dinner, the wedding cake was served along with homemade cream-mints straight from Kassi’s grandma’s kitchen and Blue Bell ice cream. The gold sequin chevron table runners at the sign in table and the cake table were a favorite conversation piece of the night.

As sunset approached, the couple decided to take to the most famous landmarks of their beloved Cheyenne for their portraits, including the state capitol and of course, Cheyenne’s most famous landmark, the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo arena.

Photographer: Luke And Cat Photography | Florist: Poppy's | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Cathedral | Reception Venue: The Cheyenne Depot Museum | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Etsy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor | Catering: Nana's House Of Goodies | Bride's Gown: Wtoo Bridal Via Ellyne Brial Of Omaha, Nebraska | Cake Artist: Stacy Broda | Getting Ready Venue: The Historic Plains Hotel | Hair And Makeup Artist: All That Jazz Salon Of Cheyenne | Linen And Chair Rental: Dan-D Rentals | Music: Complete Music Of Denver | Planning And Design: Embellish Productions | Sequin Table Runners Rental: La Tavola Fine Linens

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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.

Country Club

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