Casual Elegance At Sun Valley ~ Wedding From Tana Photography
December 31, 2010
By: eddye

We've shared hundreds of weddings with you here on The Little Black Book Blog this year. We want to thank ALL of our amazing wedding vendors and ALL of our delightful couples and most of all ... ALL of our readers! We feel very blessed and privileged to share in your wedding planning process and hope that 2011 will be an even bigger and better year for everyone!

And so, hand in hand we'll lead you into the new year with another stunning Sun Valley Resort wedding from the ever-fabulous  Tana Photography ...

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From Tana Photography:

This was a stylish and casually elegant wedding that brought friends and family from all over to famous snow ski destination, Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s a gorgeous place to hold a wedding and give guests a true taste of the Pacific Northwest.

Natalie’s an outdoor Idaho girl at heart, who works as a stylist for Ralph Lauren in NYC. Natalie really wanted to bring her NYC businessman fiancé, (whom she met on a blind date) to her home state to share it’s rustic, outdoor beauty at their nuptials.

As the photographer, I was really excited to see how Natalie would combine her designer style with her laid-back outdoorsy attitude for this event. I know she wanted to bring the couple’s personalities together and show their guests an unforgettable time. The night before, the couple hosted a cowboy-themed costume party at the local “saloon” for their guests and on the wedding day, the ceremony gave everyone from NYC to Florida to Boston a breathtaking view of Sun Valley’s famous ski resort mountains.

Natalie’s co-workers custom made her Ralph Lauren wedding shoes, covered in Swarovski crystals, which the bride wore dancing up until the end of the reception. The groom wore a navy RL suit and groomsmen sported navy suits with purple ties. Natalie wanted bright, fun and colorful flowers in the bouquets and decor. She used mock ski-passes, with quirky facts about the couple, hanging from small evergreen trees to guide guests to their tables. Mini vintage SV posters showed the table numbers, and SV chocolate bars with colorful orchids were at each place setting. Local birch trees were placed inside the reception tent to bring the natural beauty indoors.

A sweet gesture (and great idea) came at the end of the evening when Natalie presented her grandmother a special gift bouquet before the official “toss”.

From Natalie, the bride:

“East meets the Pacific Northwest”. That would be the perfect description of our wedding. More that half of the wedding guests traveled from the East Coast to celebrate with us on our big day. Growing up in Idaho, I have always loved Sun Valley and for my family, it's very special. Getting to share this magical place with our closest friends was the best part of our event! Many of our friends are looking to return to Sun Valley again!

Venue: Trail Creek Cabin, Sun Valley Resort / Photography: Tana Photography / Décor: The Sun Valley Company / Coordination: Bliss Events / Accessories: Ralph Lauren / Gown: Angel Sanchez / Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale / Bride’s Shoes: Ralph Lauren / Cake: The Sun Valley Company / Florist: Sue Bridgman / Music: The Big Wow Band / Makeup: Gabrielle Marcantonio for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.