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The Perfect Winter Vow Renewal

The only thing more beautiful than committing your life to the one you love is making that very same promise in a vow renewal. Set in the snowy mountains of Jackson, Wyoming, Callie and Brad recreated their wedding day, complete with a cozy outdoor dinner celebration. Simply Sarah photographed the day and you won’t want to miss a single second.

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Callie + Brad’s Love Story

Brad and I met in January of 2011, however, our actual first encounter is up for debate. Brad says we were introduced by our good friend at a concert at The Mangy Moose. I remember our first meeting being a couple weeks later after skiing one snowy Saturday. A friend and I had just finished skiing and were walking towards Nick Wilsons for a beer when I heard someone call my name. I turned around to see a very handsome bearded man walking towards me. He smiled familiarly, said hello and reminded me his name was Brad. I excitedly nodded and smiled back. He asked for my number and after he walked away my friend asked, “Who was that?” I laughed and said, “I have no idea.”

Brad called me a month later (nearly too long) and asked me on our first date, and because of the ever-changing facial hair of men in Jackson, I didn’t quite recognize him when he came to pick me up. That night we had one of the best times dancing at a friend’s birthday party in Jackson and knew this was something special. We immediately enjoyed doing all the things that come so easily to everyone in Jackson. We spent most of our time together skiing, biking, camping and floating the river. Over July 4th weekend 2015, the two of us hiked the Teton Crest trail.

The Teton Crest trail traverses throughout the Teton Mountains and is an absolutely stunning 40-mile trek. On our second day of backpacking which happened to be July 4th, we found ourselves at the Alaska Basin, a beautiful, peaceful, subalpine basin scattered with tons of little sparkling lakes, ponds, and boulders. It is a magical place. After a long, hot day of hiking, I went down to the water to take a dip and Brad said he would set up camp. As I was sunning myself on a big boulder next to the water, Brad quietly came up behind me and surprised me. I honestly thought he was trying to throw me in the lake. When I turned around he had dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes!

We both grew up on the East Coast, but we knew instantly that we wanted to get married in Jackson so all our friends and family from back home could come see this beautiful place. Jackson is where we fell in love with each other and the place we now call home. All the adventures we experience together here make our relationship and love stronger. When you are out in the mountains challenging yourself and pushing your limits, it gives you a deep sense of trust and admiration for the place and people around you.

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Floral Design: Magnolia Ranch | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Makeup by Stephanie Broom | Hair: Hair by Lela Hebard | Invitations + Calligraphy: Spurle Gul Studios | Venue: Open Meadows Ranch | Event Planning + Styling: Simply Grand Weddings And Events | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Plates, Flatware, Glassware: Montana Party Rentals | Rentals: Hunter Gatherer

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Rustic, Romantic Wedding for these High School Sweethearts

Some things are meant to be and the story of these high school sweethearts is a perfect example. When it looked like rain was coming, the sun came out and shined down on their big day so they danced and laughed and loved all night long and Moonstone Pictures got it all on film. And don’t miss the true little love bird that followed along on all the day’s moments… doesn’t get cuter than that!

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From the Bride… Just about a decade after meeting Mekki, I walked down a rose petal-laden aisle to an acoustic guitar to become his wife in an incredibly beautiful, special, and loving ceremony in our new home town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Flanked by our closest friends and family, with the beautiful Teton Mountains engulfed in fog in the background, the rain paused, clouds parted, and the sun shone as I walked arm-in-arm with my beloved father to meet my soon-to-be husband and we said our vows. It was the only time the sun came out that day! I had a Cindarella moment as a precious little bird followed me down the aisle and stayed with us the length of the ceremony, and even hopped over to be part of our pictures! During our reception we sipped spicy blood orange margaritas, dined on delicious short ribs, listened to the most thoughtful speeches, and danced the night away to the most incredible wedding band I have ever heard. I don’t think there was one person sitting down once the party got started, and I most certainly ruined my hair and makeup! From the miraculous change in weather, to the overwhelming love expressed and felt by everybody present, our day was nothing short of magical and the most fun, special way for us to begin our new chapter together as husband and wife.

From Moonstone PicturesJane and Mekki had been high school sweethearts, so there was an added specialness to the day as most of the guests had watched both of them grow up together. We were all prepared for rain and an indoor ceremony, but as often happens, the skies opened up just as guests arrived. With umbrellas ready, everyone stood for the ceremony, with the sun only beaming brighter, in the face of the Tetons at the beautiful Lost Creek Ranch.

Oh, and that bird!! You’ll see him in a couple of shots, but he actually was somehow part of the entire event, unexplainably connected to Jane and Mekki. He arrived just before start time, traveled up and down the aisle for the full ceremony, stayed close for pictures and even ventured into the tent for toasts and dancing. A true love bird!

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Photography: Taylor Glen Photography | Cinematography: Moonstone Pictures | Event Planning: In Any Event | Floral Design: Lily And Company | Wedding Dress: Mark Ingram Atelier | Catering: Bistro Catering | Makeup: Frost Salon | Wedding Venue: Lost Creek Ranch | AV Support: Hughes Productions | Desserts: Persephone Bakery | Music + Entertainment: Party Crashers | Rentals: Canvas Unlimited

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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 | 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

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