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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 Events Etc 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 Events, Etc., 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

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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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