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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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Vendor Spotlight- The Hatchet Resort

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Ceremony and Reception Location- The Hatchet Resort

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Uniquely situated near the gateways to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the Hatchet Resort combines western charm with full-service amenities to create the perfect base for exploring Jackson Hole and its wild surroundings.

A self-contained resort with a friendly atmosphere, the Hatchet features out-the-door access to outdoor adventures like hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, bicycling, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and hunting. It’s also perfect for simply relaxing surrounded by views of the magnificent Teton Range.

After a multi-million dollar renovation, the Hatchet Resort is prepared to handle your every meeting need and requirement. From the newly remodeled & rustic, guest rooms, to a log-hewn, sparkling-new conference center with incredible Teton Mountain Range views, to gorgeous grounds bordered on all sides by national forest, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, they offer the finest food and beverage services and accommodations - all nestled in the Buffalo Valley region of western Wyoming.

Did you know? Coming Soon to the Hatchet Resort... Condimiums

The Historic Hatchet Lodge at the base of the most coveted deep powder snowmobile terrain in the lover 48, Togwotee Pass, Wyoming. Now taking reservations for 2,3 and 4 room condotel units.

The Hatchet Lodge is a condominium property that offers the facilities and amenities of a hotel. This unique blend of condominiums with hotel amenities and services offers an exceptional ownership opportunity. Buyers purchase a condominium and receive short term rental revenue whenever they are not in residence, this helps to offset the cost of ownership. The professional property management company handles renting out the units during the times you don't use your residence. The management company also maintains the condotels and the property's common areas, operates the amenities and provides all guest services. Ownership is 100% hassle-free with year round maintenance handled by the management company.

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Learn more The Hatchet Resort Patrick O'Gara, General Manager Moran, WY (877)543-2413 www.hatchetresort.com

 

15 Years and A Road Trip Later- Anne and Dominic June 3, 2013

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Pratically highschool sweethearts, Anne and Dominic had been dating for almost 15 years when they finally said "I Will!"

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After reading a letter Anne had written to Events, Etc. describing herself and Dominic and their background, I knew I wanted to be a part of their wedding as it had been years in the making!!

Anne and Dominic both love music which brought them on a trip to the deep south last year from the Smokey's to Kentucky and finally Nashville. They enjoyed this road trip so much that it made them want to come back for another road trip to experience the western part of the US. They started in San Francisco and traveled to Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce National Park, and Death Valley all on their way to visit and exchange vows here in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks!! All their friends thought they would do it in Vegas so this was a successful attempt to fool inquiring minds!!

Anne and Dominic chose Mormon Row as the setting for their special ceremony and chose the Reverend Paul Hayden to conduct the ceremony. The ceremony was beautiful as it was only Anne, Dominic, Reverend Paul Hayden, photographer Katy Gray and myself. It was quiet, peaceful and just the right setting for this couple of 15 years. The reverend spoke of many things in the ceremony but the one that sticks in my mind most was of the 3 types of love necessary for a marriage to work. The first is Philia, the mental love. This type of love has give and take. It is a dispassionate virtuous love. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity. The second type is Eros, the physical, passionate love with sensual desire and longing. It is a romantic, pure emotion without the balance of logic. The third and most important type of love is Agape,  which means love in a spiritual sense. It often refers to a general affection or deeper sense of true unconditional love rather than the attraction suggested by "eros." This love is selfless; it gives and expects nothing in return.

These words brought tears to their eyes and mine while the Tetons looked on in awe. The couple said their I Will's as Katy and I stood as witnesses to this great moment in their lives, they kissed and it was official! 15 years and a road trip later, Anne and Dominic were married. After the ceremony, Anne and Dominic invited us to a picnic with sandwiches and lemonade to celebrate this special day in their lives. They told us of their travels, their family and Holland. After a few more pictures at Mormon Row they were off to dinner at Signal Mountain Lodge and to start their honeymoon! And all their friends thought they would do it in Vegas!!

It was an honor and privilege to get to be part of their wedding day!! Good luck to the happy couple and we hope to see you again someday! Happy Trails!!

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Vendor Spotlight- Heather Erson Photography

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Photographer- Heather Erson Photography

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Heather Erson and Drew McElwee of Heather Erson Photography are a husband and wife team with a passion for photography, nature, art, love {and each other}. They enjoy everything about photography and seek to continually grow as artists, exploring new avenues that push their creativity to new levels. Being able to combine their creative visions with their clients personalities is why they love doing what they do. Heather and Drew are not just about great photography, they are about creating a great experience for the clients. They make efforts to create an environment that allows spontaneous and real moments to unfold, and then are there to capture it.   They are inspired by families, by relationships, by a longing glance, good lighting and amazing sunsets. Heather and Drew feel so lucky to be invited to each wedding they photograph. It’s a very personal moment and they never take that for granted.

Did you know? Heather Erson worked for photographer Annie Leibovitz and Drew McElwee won an underwater photography contest when he was only 14.

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Learn more Heather Erson Photography Heather Erson, Owner Jackson, WY (307)690-6797 heather@heathererson.com www.heathererson.com http://heathererson.com/blog/

Vendor Spotlight- Turpin Meadow Ranch

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Reception Location- Turpin Meadow Ranch

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At the gateway to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the historic Turpin Meadow Ranch sits at the very end of the Buffalo Valley Road, the edge of the most remote area in the lower 48. With the Buffalo Fork lapping at your cabin door, and unhindered views of the Teton range down the valley, Turpin Meadow Ranch is one of those unforgettable places.

Spend your days on horseback far above the valley, wade in some of the best fly fishing waters in the West, or simply relax. Reconnect with your family, as only a stay in the mountains can do. Turpin Meadow Ranch never ceases to inspire a sense of adventure and an appreciation for wild places in all of our guests, for both the young and the young at heart.

Turpin Meadow Ranch boasts twelve guest cabins of various size, which can accommodate up to 45 guests. They generally have only 30 guests at a time, allowing for a more intimate experience.

Turpin Meadow Ranch is open summer, fall and winter. They have summer activities from horseback riding, hiking, and fly-fishing to winter activities like nordic skiing and snowmobiling. You can also come visit in the fall which offers many of the same summer activities and hunting options!

Did you know?  Now under new ownership, all of the ranch buildings have been restored to their original beauty, while being updated with touches of contemporary comfort. In addition, they have added a bar, sauna, pool tables, wireless internet, and many other amenities that guests are sure to enjoy.

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Learn more Turpin Meadow Ranch Nancy Johnstone, Owner Moran, WY (307)543-2000 turpinmeadowranch.com

Giddy Up!

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About two years ago Kim from Mill Iron Ranch invited me down for a site visit. I never made it down there back then, you know how summer passes so quickly. So I was super excited when she gave me a call after reading about my blog launch and not only invited back for a site visit, but also invited me to join a group for a horseback ride. Giddy up, I love horseback riding! I was literally counting down the days until I got to spend time working by horseback riding, since most days I spend siting at my desk. To make the situation even better it was on a Monday morning. What better way to start the week than on a horseback ride through the Bridger Teton National Forest? Mill Iron Ranch is located in Hoback Junction, which is about 20 minutes from the town of Jackson Hole, so it was a quick and easy drive. For years I had seen their sign on the highway up to Jackson Hole, so I am confident that any tourist can find the ranch. I followed the signs to the ranch, got checked in and met my horse.

Sadee was our guide. She is a legit cowgirl rock star. When I asked how long she has lived in Jackson Hole she said "I was born and raised on this ranch." Wow, it is not everyday, or even every year that you meet someone born and raised in Jackson Hole. She is on the professional rodeo circuit, in her spare time she participates in the Jackson Hole Rodeo and also works on the family ranch leading trail rides. Plus the Mill Iron Ranch has been in her family for four generations. It was clear immediately that this trail ride was not her first rodeo. She talked to everyone, was full of information about the area and genuinely enjoyed being out with horses and people. I could go on and on about how gorgeous the scenery was, that we didn't see any other people buildings or sign of civilization or how the horses comically kept farting, but instead you can look at these photos.

About two hours later we were back at the barn. I tipped Sadee (local's tip: pretty much all Jackson-ites work on tips) and headed up to the lodge to meet Kim and learn about the event options. The lodge is a large room decorated with authentic western items, a stage and a bar in its own corral. Kim showed me where they cook their tasty steaks (my boyfriend claims they are the best in town) in an open kitchen, the stage and lawn for wedding ceremonies. Since they are not located in the town, there is not a 10:00pm curfew, like other locations. The prices are certainly competitive so this is an option for many types of wedding budgets. I can imagine a group using this facility for a trail ride and then rehearsal dinner or a wedding with a western touch and dancing all night long.

As I drove home from the Mill Iron Ranch with dust in my hair, I thought about how hungry I was from the morning ride and how unique it is to find a ranch that has been in the same family for generations. For a two hours got to feel like a cowgirl.