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Lovely Day Events is a boutique wedding planning company serving Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Napa + Sonoma, California. Founded by Lindsey Nickel, the company provides services for all wedding styles from elopements to galas. Lovely Day Events specializes in working with stylish, hands-on couples. Their friendly, professional and attentive planning approach enables couples to relax, have fun and enjoy the wedding day. Lovely Day Events is a winner in The Knot Best of Weddings since 2014 and has been published extensively, including Style Me Pretty, Brides, The Knot and CNN.com

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Leah & Andrew's Wedding Featured on Wedding Chicks

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When your family home just so happens to be on a beautiful vineyard in Napa Valley, California, there is just no better place to say "I do”, which is exactly how Leah and Andrew celebrated their forever.

The brides family home was the perfect location for their laid-back, but ultra-romantic day in muted green tones. One of our favorite details? The reception! Which featured a huge family style table set between two vineyards + bistro lights above. ~ Wedding Chicks, Ashley

For more on Leah & Andrew's wedding, visit Wedding Chicks.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Floral: EV Floral Design | Photographer: Gipe Photography | Catering: A La Heart Catering | Invitations: JennyLew Design

Natalie and Jason's Wedding Featured on Carats & Cake

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Natalie & Jason's late summer Napa Valley wedding was filled with everything you could possibly want out of a wedding fun, laughter, and a few happy tears. The soft color palette blended with the natural surroundings and gave an almost ethereal feeling to the whole event. As always, the Harvest Inn provided the perfect backdrop for everyone to celebrate and have the time of their lives while also providing amazing views. It was our honor to be a part of this beautiful couples most perfect day!

For more on Natalie and Jason's wedding, visit Carats & Cake.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Monkey Flower Group | Wedding Venue: Harvest Inn | Photographer: White Ivory Photography | Catering: Harvest Inn | Band: Lucky Devils | Hair & Makeup: It's a Date at the Powder Room

Kayla and Matt's Elegantly Relaxed BR Cohn Winery Wedding featured on Chic Vintage Brides

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Kayla and Matt's wedding was a held under the olive trees at BR Cohn Winery which was the perfect landscape to represent Kayla’s growing up as her family owns an olive farm. The wedding was a perfect blend of elegant and relaxed, with lush florals, which incorporated a special something from home, in the most romantic palette of soft pinks and deep reds; marquee & bistro lighting, gold vintage frames and Vineyard worthy details like a wine barrel altar and cork table numbers. This beautiful couple took our breath away, and we are very thankful to have been a part of their special day.

For more on Kayla and Matt's wedding, visit Chic Vintage Brides.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Tori Patocchi | Wedding Venue: BR Cohn Winery | Photographer: One Love Photography | Catering: Park Avenue | Cakes & Dessert: Your Sweet Expectations | Band: Lucky Devils | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride's Gown: Lauren Elaine

Maureen & Doug's Romantic Wine Country Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

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Maureen and Doug's wedding was like no other we've ever worked on before! What really set this wedding apart from the rest was the incredible personal details added by the bride, a visual merchandiser for Pottery Barn.

The wedding was held at the bride's childhood home in Napa which was the perfect setting for this unforgettable day! To read more about this wedding, visit Style Me Pretty's recent article which describes all of the stunning details. 

"Our wedding planner, Lindsey, was the best decision we ever made. At first we wanted to try and pull the wedding off on our own but as the day neared we realized we were in way over our heads. I reached out to her, late one night, and thankfully she was able to fit us into her busy schedule. She was literally a life saver and the sole reason the day went off without a hitch."  -Maureen, Bride

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Revel Floral | Wedding Venue: Private Residence | Photography: Suzanne Karp Photography | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang  | Bride's Shoes : Kate Spade NY | Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew | Groomsmen Attire:  Al's Attire | Catering: The Oyster Girls | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Tent: Peak Tent and Event Rentals

Lucky & Lucinda's Sunny Vineyard Wedding

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Vineyard weddings never get old! Especially on a sun-soaked day with a beautiful couple! 

Lucinda and Lucky were together 7 years before Lucky popped the question with a romantic engagement in Cabo. Being from Colorado, they love being outside and embracing the beauty of scenery. On top of embracing nature, they also share a passion of wine, so when it came to choosing a place to get married, it was very clear that wine country in California was the perfect fit!

When they toured Gundlach Bundschu Winery there was an instant connection and they felt at home with it's secluded and breathtaking scenery surrounded by the vineyard and wine cave. Lucky and Lucinda's goal and inspiration was for the wedding to be elegant, romantic, fairytaleish, and as much fun as only one could dream. They loved the fact that having a destination gave them more time to be with their guests and took the pressure off at the actual wedding. 

It could not have been a more gorgeous day and the backdrop was breathtaking! We love working with this couple, and they definitely achieved a fairy tale ending!  

Read more on Lucky & Lucinda's wedding on Style Me Pretty here!

Photography: Milou + Olin Photography | Event Design: Lovely Day Events | Event Planning: Lovely Day Events | Floral Design: Wine Country Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Crisp Bakeshop | Invitations: Sweet Zion Paperie | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Officiant: Weddings of Heart | Transportation: Woody's Wine Tours | Wedding Venue: Gundlach Bundschu Winery | Hair and Make-Up: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

Liz and Brian's Romantically Chic Hillsborough Wedding Featured on Borrowed & Blue

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In May, we had the privilege of working with Liz and Brian to plan their spring wedding at a private residence in Hillsborough. This wedding was extra special because Liz and Lindsey are friends from summer camp. Liz and Brian were married at a family friend's farm home in the Hillsborough, CA. They included tons of personal touches such as wood coasters for favors, a carrot cake in place a a traditional wedding cake and groomsmen wearing socks supporting their favorite teams. The wedding turned out so magnificently, it was recently featured on Borrowed & Blue! We think the smiling photos of the happy couple below say it all.

Congratulations Liz and Brian! We wish you a life filled with love and happiness!

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Fogcutter SF | Wedding Venue: Private Residence | Photography: One Love Photography  | Hair & Make-Up: Alana Halvorsen | Caterer & Desserts: Fogcutter SF | Musician: Denon & Doyle Entertainment  | Tents, Rentals & Decor:  La Tavola Fine Linen Unica Party Rentals

Chelsea and Mason's Casually Elegant Wedding at Sylvan Lake Estate Featured on Borrowed & Blue

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"Casual" and "elegant" are the perfect way to describe Chelsea and Mason's wedding at Sylvan Lake Estate. We had a blast working with this down-to-earth couple and were excited to see their special day featured on Borrowed & Blue.

Chelsea and Mason's romance began working together on a political campaign. As Northern California natives, the couple has always loved the relaxed atmosphere and picturesque beauty of wine country. They selected Sylvan Estate as their venue because it still felt like an intimate destination within close proximity to their families.

EV Floral Design's lush green and white floral arrangements were breathtaking. Delicious gourmet pizza from Ca'Momi contributed to the elegant yet casual feeling of the day. The night ended with an unforgettable dance party to the sound of the Decades Band and a delicious treat from Johnny Donuts.  See the full details on Borrowed & Blue!

Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: EV Floral Design | Wedding Venue: Sylvan Lake Estate | Photography: Rahel Menig Photography | Hair & Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Dessert: Johnny Doughnuts | Rentals, Tents, Decor: Encore Events Rentals  | Catering: Ca'Momi | Ceremony Musician: Rob Michael Guitar| Band: Decades | Transportation: California Wine Tours

Katie and Farzad’s Peony-Filled Wedding at the Harvest Inn Featured on Borrowed & Blue

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A little rain did not stop Katie and Farzad's wedding at the Harvest Inn from being featured on Borrowed & Blue! The rain actually made this one of the most unique, romantic and unforgettable weddings we've worked on to date.

The unbelievable peonies were styled by Rion Designs and featured pops of pink and blue which are on trend with this year's wedding Pantone colors.  Although the reception was moved to a tent at the last minute, the end result was more beautiful than we could have ever imagined!

Another piece that made this wedding day extra special was the Persian wedding ceremony, including a traditional Sofreh. The Sofreh set up included foods, decorations, herbs and a mirror all representing a piece of the couple's new life together. This Sofreh was a labor of love and turned out beautifully.

See the full feature on Borrowed & Blue here.

Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers & Wedding Designer: Rion Designs | Wedding Venue: The Harvest Inn | Photography: Bustle & Twine | Make-Up: M.A.C.  | Hair:Grasshopper Salon | Cakes & Desserts: Susie Cakes | Ceremony Musician: Rusty Strings Express | Reception Music: Greg Hester | Celebrants & Officiants: Nilou Nori

Anna and Derek's Dreamy Vineyard Wedding at B.R. Cohn Featured on Brides

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We were so excited to see Anna and Derek’s wedding featured on Brides! BR Cohn’s rolling vineyards were the setting for this dreamy, summer wedding in Sonoma, California. Bride Anna chose a stunning lace dress designed by Maggie Sotero that was complimented by her colorful bouquet of roses and ranunculus.

Anna and Derek love traveling was a theme throughout the day. Their guest’s tables were named after states the couple had visited together. Anna also handcrafted a seating chart using a map of the US to help guests locate their table.

The bride’s advice to anyone getting married is to hire a wedding coordinator, "it will make your wedding day so much more enjoyable and stress-free!" We are so glad Anna chose us to help make her wedding a “Lovely Day!”

Read more about the details of Anna and Derek’s special day here.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Photography: Christine Chang Photography | Floral Design: Anne Appleman Flowers | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Hair & Make-Up: Heart Amonos | Music: Patrick Connor Smith; DJ Dave Tutton| Wedding Venue: B.R. Cohn Winery | Photo Booth: Pro Studio Booths  | Catering & Rentals: Park Avenue Catering | Cake: Crisp Bake Shop

Addie and Jeff's Napa Wedding at Winter Creek Estate Gardens Featured in Borrowed & Blue

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A beautiful homegrown garden wedding in Napa Valley? We can't think of many things more picture-perfect than that! Take a look at Addie and Jeff's wedding day at Winter Creek Estate Gardens, which we were honored to recently have featured on Borrowed & Blue! The pictures are so gorgeous and if you're looking for more details on this purple and yellow homegrown garden wedding, read the full feature now at Borrowed & Blue!

June weddings are just the best! The weather is gorgeous, everything is warm and refreshing and it's the perfect time to get married, which is exactly what Addie and Jeff did! We loved the elegant, yet intimate backyard feel for their wedding vows, along with their reception. And the complementary yellow and purple color palette screams warm and fun-loving for the big day!

What a picturesque location, with the lush greens, white drapery and flowers that finished the look. Everything was so down-to-earth, with a homegrown wedding ambience all around. It was exactly what this couple was looking to achieve! And the rustic vibe came shining through with the great chalkboard wedding signs that were used for guests to see what was happening around the event. Nailed it!

How "sweet" is this sweetheart table for the happy couple! What a great way to start your marriage with just a little bit of privacy and fun for the two of you during the reception! How cute!

Photographer: JSL Pictures  //  Venue: Winter Creek Estate Gardens  // Florist: HEW  //  Bands & DJ: All Ears DJ //  Cakes & Desserts: Fleur de Lisa Cakes  //  Catering: Big Boy's Bar-B-Que  //  Invitations & Calligraphy: Twinkle and Toast  //  Tents, Rentals and Decor: Bright Event  //  Hair and Makeup: Nicolette LaFranchi

Lindsey and Florian’s Rutherford Wedding at Auberge Du Soleil Featured On Carats & Cake

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We were beyond giddy when we learned Lindsey and Florian’s wedding had been featured on Carats & Cake!

This past September, Lindsey and Florian celebrated the wedding of their dreams at Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford. The beauty in this spectacular wedding was truly in the details. Every special touch was thoughtfully planned including the vintage cake plates and mogrammed pillows.

The bride stunned in a delicate Monique Lhuillier gown. Pale pink accents were woven throughout the day from the bridesmaid's gowns to the Crème Anglaise cake and romantic floral arrangements.

Adriana Klas Photography and Reel Eyes Media captured the day so that none of these incredible memories will be forgotten!

Thank you Lindsey and Florian for allowing Lovely Day Events to be a part of your magical wedding day!

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Photographer: Adriana Klas Photography //  Venue: Auberge Du Soleil  //  Florist: Fleurs De France  //  Bands & DJ: AMS Entertainment LLC //  Cakes & Desserts: Sweet On Cake //  Videographer: Reel Eyes Media // Design: Rion Designs //

Lauren and Patrick's Napa Wedding at B.R. Cohn Winery Featured On Borrowed & Blue

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We here at Lovely Day Events were lucky enough to be a part of this quintessential California Wine Country Wedding for Lauren and Patrick, which we are so proud to say has been featured in Borrowed & Blue! Thank you! Everything about this wedding, that was hosted at B.R. Cohn Winery, was exquisite. Chic and elegant features were found throughout the wedding and if you are dreaming of your wedding at a gorgeous winery, than you have to read all about this wedding in the full feature on Borrowed & Blue! What could be better than having a wedding ceremony overlooking the vineyard in Napa?! It is an essential part to any Wine Country wedding!

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The bride's peachy-pink bouquet of garden roses, along with ranunculus, complements the greenery around the winery absolutely perfectly! The white base palette that was used during the reception also complements the touches of color that was brought in from the flowers and the greenery. And we absolutely adore this unique take on a guest book. Instead, the couple opted to have all of their guests sign a wine crate from B.R. Cohn Winery that will forever hold a special place in their hearts! What a great idea!

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Photographer: onelove photography  //  Venue: B.R. Cohn Winery  //  Florist: Anne Appleman Flowers & Plants  //  Bands & DJ: Silverado DJ  //  Cakes & Desserts: Crisp Bakeshop  //  Catering: Park Ave Catering  //  Celebrants & Officiants: Kevin Tripp Weddings  //  Tents, Rentals and Decor: Bright Event  //  Accomodations: Flamingo Resort

What Does a Wedding Planner Do on the Wedding Day?

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A common question that we get from brides and grooms-to-be is, "Why do you need to be at the wedding location for 12-16 hours, when my wedding and reception is only six hours long?" Fair enough, that might not seem to add up at first glance. The answer is it takes a lot of preparation to get the day ready for you and your guests. We arrive in the morning because it takes many hours to prepare and set up the ceremony and reception sites. Vendors start to arrive throughout the day and immediately look for the wedding planner because they have questions. Much of the job throughout the day is answering questions from vendors to ensure everyone is on the same page and handling last minute "surprises". No less than one hour before the ceremony begins, we want the ceremony site and dinner/dancing areas to be ready for the photographer, along with being fully prepared just in case any guests arrive early. Once ceremony time approaches we greet guests, get the ceremony happening, ensure a smooth reception and then clean up everything after the guests depart.  Our main job is to worry about your wedding so that you don't have to. Of course, we do this all with a smile!

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Here is a  general timeline of the day:

  • 9:00 am - We (the wedding planner and assistant) arrive at the venue prior to other vendors. First we check in with a site contact to discuss any last minute changes and updates. We spend the next few hours setting up items provided by the client, handle last minute "surprises," oversee the rental delivery and set-up, answering questions from vendors, applying final touches to decor and tending to the bridal party. The list of responsibilities is really long and varies from wedding to wedding, but here are a few that are pretty common:
    • A storm is blowing in and everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) on the dinner tables is getting knocked over and blowing away. We run over with the catering staff and secure all the items.
    • The ceremony musician arrived and can't find the ceremony site, s/he calls for directions.
    • The groomsmen are covered in lint, this is no good for photos! We grab our lint roller and clean them up.
    • Two guests brought dates that you just found out about last night, yikes! We tell the caterer and make sure they have a seat at at table.
    • Someone must do the daunting task of pinning boutineers to the groom and groomsmen. We are pros at that! For some reason the wedding party and family are always terrified of this task.
    • Set up all the personal items that the client brought: table numbers, escort cards on welcome table, cute signs directing people around the venue, party favors at each seat, guest book, pen for guest book, basket for cards, family photos in frames (but the client forgot to take off the stickers from the front so we do that too) on the welcome table, place specialty drink signs on bars and more!
    • Answer a stream of questions via text, along with calls from the vendors to keep everyone on schedule and the event rolling smoothly. Do you see a theme yet? Being the point of contact for vendors and keep the day on schedule are large parts of our job.
  • 3:00 pm  - The ceremony and reception areas are set and ready for guest arrival and for your photographer to capture all those details you worked hard planning for the last year.
  • 3:30 pm - Guests start to arrive. We greet guests, assist with questions and check on the wedding party.
  • 4:00 pm - Ceremony - We invite guests to their seats, line up wedding party for their entrance, cue musicians and cue bridal party entrances. The bride goes down the aisle and we can finally take a deep breath and enjoy how beautiful this day is and how grateful we are to be a part of it.
  • 4:30 pm - Cocktail hour - Invite guests from ceremony to cocktails. Make sure that the wedding party and families have water during photos. Many guests ask where to find the bathroom and we point them in the right direction. We also collect the bridesmaids flowers and put them in vases, usually at the dessert/cake table, which saves you money on extra flowers.
  • 5:30 pm - Dinner - Time to eat! We invite guests into dinner area for dinner. This takes a while, because guests always go straight to the bar rather than their seat. Next, we line up the bridal party for the grand entrance and make sure the MC has the correct entrance order and name pronunciation. Finally, dinner starts to be served, and five guests find the wedding planner because they have food allergies that they did not mark on their RSVP cards. We find out what they can/can not eat and work with the caterer to make sure they are appropriately fed. Don't forget about the toasts! We make sure each of the toast givers knows when the toasts are happening and who they are going after.
  • 7:15 pm - Dance party - Let the fun begin! We coordinate first dance, father-daughter dance and mother-son dance. Later in the evening we cue the cake cutting , locate the toss bouquet for the bouquet toss and a chair for garter toss. These items are brought to the DJ so s/he doesn't have to run around locating the items. One person gets way too drunk and needs to go home early, we call the shuttle bus to come pick him/her up. While people are dancing we move the gifts and cards to a pre-determined location for going home at the end of the night.
  • 10:00 pm - Event ends - Time for your guests to go to the after party, but no one ever wants to leave. I call this herding the drunk cats. We get guests onto transportation or direct them to their cars or assist people in calling taxi cabs. There is no Uber in Jackson Hole and it is sparse in Sonoma+Napa late at night.  Clean up starts once all the guests have departed.
  • 10:30 pm - Vendors strike/clean up/break-down - We clean up the client's personal items and decor, supervise vendor clean up and make sure the the venue is looking as good as when we arrived.
  • 12:00 am - When the venue is cleaned up and everything is quiet, it is hard to believe that there was a huge dance party going on just three hours ago! Time to head home for a good night of sleep.

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And just like that all of our hard work is over. We absolutely love what we do and are so lucky to be able to participate in all of these lovely weddings with these amazing couples!

Taylor and Jon's Wedding at Sylvan Lake Estate Featured on Style Me Pretty

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What could be more picture perfect than a Romantic Napa Valley Estate Wedding? If a Napa wedding is something you've always visualized, than you have to take a look at Taylor and Jon's picture perfect day at Sylvan Lake Estate! Talk about being absolutely beautiful! Every little detail just comes shining out through the pictures. Thank you to Style Me Pretty for publishing their wedding on your website and sharing how absolutely stunning everything about this wedding was! Read all about the wedding and see the full feature on Style Me Pretty!

A gorgeous palette of peachy blooms and blush ‘maids, combined with personalized details featuring their rescue pup, Frankie, make this Britt Rene-captured family-friendly affair one for the books. See the full gallery here!

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From the beautiful Bride… We originally met at UC Berkeley on a football game day. Jon was a Senior and I was a Freshman, but we didn’t start dating until after Jon had graduated. So countless BART rides to and from San Francisco were the start of our relationship.

Jon proposed at my parents’ house, in the backyard. I was completely shocked because I had planned a big rafting trip with all of our friends the next day — so on Friday afternoon my mom & I were making enchiladas getting ready for the party, when Jon called me outside because he had a question. I was in my bathing suit and covered in chicken (from the enchilada prep) — so needless to say I wasn’t prepared! It was the perfect proposal for us though, we came back inside and my family was waiting with champagne, and the next day all of our best friends were there to celebrate.

We wanted our wedding to feel like you were at our house. Jon and I (and my parents) LOVE entertaining and having people over for dinners and parties, so we wanted this to feel no different. My family is Italian, so the family style dinner played into that, as well as the long connecting tables. Essentially our goal was to make it a family affair. From Jon’s mom officiating the wedding to our little toddler cousins kicking off the dance party, it turned out exactly how we wanted.

I can never pull off surprising Jon, but he made it so easy for me with the first dance. For the last 8 months about every week he would come up with a new song he wanted to dance to. I didn’t really have a strong preference in the song, so I thought it would be fun to create a mix of all his favorites for the first dance. I sent all the songs to his friend who blended them all together and started it off with the song Jon thought was our first dance song. Before the wedding we took dance lessons, and learned a dance to the “fake song”. Jon kept wanting to practice it, but knowing that we weren’t actually dancing to that I kept pushing it off. Worried since we NEVER practiced, the day of we decided to just prom dance. Which turned out to be a good thing (despite looking very awkward) because once the song switched Jon was so surprised I don’t think he could have handled a choreographed dance! Ha!

The last “little” detail is our pup, Frankie. We rescued her almost 4 years ago, and our lives haven’t been the same ever since. She was a strong theme of the wedding — wine labels, thank you cards, signature drink, and also our ring bearer. She’s a wild woman so we weren’t sure how she would handle the ring bearer role, but she got it together (aside from eating part of her flower collar) and gave a perfect bark of approval once Jon’s mom announced we were married.

Photography: Britt Rene Photography | Coordination: Lovely Day Events | Floral Design: Susan Garden | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Make-Up: Rose Rosales | Makeup Artist: Rose Rosales | Hair: Krista Howell | DJ: Brad Kinney | Wedding Venue: Sylvan Lake Estate | Photo Booth: Pro Studio Booths