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Rustic + Romantic Jackson Hole Ranch Wedding

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!

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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 | 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: Harrison Bryant, Cellist (Bride's Brother) | Ceremony Music: Richard Brown String Quartet | Transportation: AllTrans | Venue: Snake River Ranch | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Event Planning And Design: In Any Event | Reception Music: Party Crashers | Tent & Party Rentals: Canvas Unlimited | Veil: Family Heirloom | Wedding Cake & Dessert Bar: Persephone Bakery

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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!

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

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Weddings & Events by Meant2Be Events + A Discount!

If you are anything like me (and I know you are), there are three things your wedding NEEDS to be: personal, unique and, of course, unexpected.  Enter Meant2Be Events, a team of talented planners + styling superstars that will take all of those visions you can’t stop thinking about and make them a beautiful reality.  Check out their lovely work, in collaboration with Countryside Floral, below…

Meant2Be Events isn’t your standard event planning team.  Nope, they, along with their fabulous partner Countryside Floral, are an amazing group of creative minds that will craft an elegant + sophisticated experience for you and all of your guests.  Think custom linens, romantic lighting and crazy cool furniture that will make your wedding SING.  Even better?  Each and every detail of your big day will be meticulously organized with your personal style and personality in mind.  That means that everything, and I mean everything, will be a complete and total reflection of you and yours, from the florals to the place settings to the one-of-a-kind stationery.

Can’t wait to start planning your dream day?  We know you can’t.  Take advantage of this offer for new customers from Meant2Be Events and Countryside Florala complimentary design consultation, a personalized inspiration board AND a $100 credit towards your wedding floral order!  It goes without saying… call them ASAP!

Floral Design: Jon Throne at Countryside Floral | Event Planning & Design: Meant2Be Events | Photographer: Genesa Richards Photography | Wedding Dress: Cicada Bridal | Cake: Baked | Stationery: Songbird Paperie | Hair & Makeup: Urbanista| Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | Rentals:R&R Rentals | Venue: Vistas at Tolt Hill

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Yellowstone National Park Anniversary Shoot

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From O’Malley PhotographyI’m convinced that there’s nowhere like the West. Full of snow-capped mountains in the winter and lush, green valleys in the summer, it’s no wonder visitors fall in love and never leave. We ventured into this beautiful landscape from Paradise Valley, Montana into Yellowstone National Park, where bison were slowing passing by and snow was falling all around. The day was a magical mix of natural beauty and the true love between these two gems.

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Hair And Makeup: Sarah Ashley | Location: Yellowstone National Park

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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…

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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 Co | 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

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