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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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An Evening Under the Stars

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Maddie and RileyJune 1, 2013

Within 15 minutes of meeting Maddie, I knew it was my sole mission to make sure that I figured out a way to get these beautiful star lanterns she had purchased hung for her wedding reception. I also learned that she was super organized and had an amazing vision for her wedding.

After their many travels (domestic and abroad), Maddie and Riley chose Jackson Hole as the location for their wedding and Shooting Star for its casual, rustic, relaxed atmosphere. It turned out to be the most beautiful spring day in the Tetons. The sky was blue, the sun was warm and the breeze was pleasant.

Maddie and her bridesmaids started their day getting ready at Frost Salon while Riley and his groomsmen got ready at his parents house. While getting ready, Maddie read a letter Riley wrote to her saying "I cannot put in to words how excited I am to see you." In return she wrote him a letter he read saying "I love you more deeply than I knew was possible." What an amazing and thoughtful way to start your wedding day!

The ceremony began with Maddie and her dad walking out of the beautiful doors of the Alpine Barn, being welcomed by friends, family and her husband to be. The I do's were said and Maddie and Riley went off to Snake River Ranch to capture the sunset and each other in all their glory. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed food and drinks out on the lawn looking at the beautiful Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Dinner and toasts ensued including a wonderful welcome speech from Riley and Maddie, a tear-jerker from Maddie's parents and a surprise slide show from Riley's brother and best man.

The night continued with dancing and a very special 65th wedding anniversary dance for Maddie's grandparents. It was beautiful!! The stars hanging from the ceiling twinkled as the night got darker and darker and the dancing began. It looked like a perfect night sky over the dance floor. You can't have a night under the stars without milk and cookies!!

And to finish it all off, guests sent them out in style to their mini cooper with sparklers. It was a sparkling end to a sparkling evening under the stars.

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Caterer: Maho Catering Ceremony: Shooting Star Ceremony and reception music: Phil Round and the Snake River Band Reception: Rancho Alegre Dessert: Persephone Bakery Florist: Gild the Lily Too Hair and Make-up: Frost Salon Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography Transportation: Limo Lounge Videography: Jared Wortley Films Wedding Coordinator: Events, Etc.

Keep the party going and keep the people happy

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Diane and Mark February 22, 2014

This was my first winter wedding and they were calling for snow, snow and more snow! Now if you live here this is always a welcomed forecast, but if you are traveling here for a wedding, this can sometimes rattle your nerves. But that was not the case for Diane and Mark. They were unbelievably laid back and calm (even when the linen company forgot to send the special order linens!!). Easy-going is the one essential word I would use to describe them, and in love. They were so excited to get married that they knew everything else would fall in to place.

The wedding day came and the snow continued to fall. Guests could not believe how much snow we were getting.  They all came in brushing snow off their coats and smiling. The ceremony started and the when Diane walked down the aisle, I don't think I have seen a bigger smile that the one on Mark's face when he first saw her. After the ceremony ended, it was time to take some pictures in the snow! The photographer and I were very excited to see how the pictures were going to come out as snow can make things look very romantic!! After the pictures and a little alone time, the couple joined their guests and the party began. Dinner was served and shortly after the dancing started. The Diane and Mark originally thought guest would be ready to settle in for the night by 10pm but when 10pm rolled around, the guests wanted more. I asked the couple if they wanted to wrap it up or keep it going and they both said they wanted the guests to be happy so crank up the music!!

It was a beautiful day for a wonderful couple! Thank you Diane and Mark for letting me be part of your day!

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Caterer: Hotel Terra Ceremony: Our Lady of the Mountains Dessert: Jaclyn at Hotel Terra Florist: Gild the Lily Too Hair/Make-Up: Shara at Champu Officiant: Deacon Doug Photography: Ashley Wilkerson Photography Reception: Hotel Terra Reception Music: Steady Jake Wedding Coordinator: Events, Etc.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow- A Winter Wonderland

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Alisa and Brayden March 1, 2014

If it is snow and skiing you want for your wedding in Jackson, then snow and skiing it is!! Alisa and Brayden wanted to put together a big ski trip for their closest family and friends and I think they pulled it off pretty well. It snowed and snowed and kept snowing. The day of their wedding was possibly the biggest snowfall all year. It was so good they even stayed for a few extra runs before the ceremony.

The wedding day was a day full of skiing for all their family and friends. Alisa and Brayden took a few extra runs at the resort then headed back to get ready. The guests finished up their runs and came back to hot chocolate, cold beers and much needed appetizers at the lodge. After a few refreshments, they all headed outside in their ski gear as requested by Alisa and Brayden. The violinist began and out walked a stunning ski bunny in her cute short dress, white down coat and super cute Sorel's!!! They met at the end of the aisle with snow and flower petals underneath their feet. With the snow covered trees surrounding them and with the blessing of their friends and family, they said "I do". It was truly a beautiful day with 2 wonderful people!!

After the ceremony, the bride and groom went to take pictures as guests moved inside and started getting ready for dinner. People started gathering around the fireplace and reminiscing about what a great ski trip this was and about what a great week they had had in Jackson. The chef started the food and the night of celebrating with the newlyweds began. It was a trip they will never forget.

It was such a pleasure getting to meet and spend time with Alisa and Brayden and both their close family and friends!! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your big day!! Congratulations!!

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Caterer: Incredible Edibles Ceremony: Rancho Alegre Reception: Rancho Alegre Dessert: Persephone Bakery Florist: Floral Art Officiant: Reverend Paul Hayden Photography: Adam J Howard Photography Wedding Coordinator: Events, Etc.

 

 

 

 

Meredith and Patrick's wedding published on Borrowed and Blue

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You might remember this couple from our blog post about their fun, carefree and classic Jackson Hole wedding. Meredith and Patrick's wedding was so wonderful that Borrowed and Blue decided to feature them on their blog. Here are a few sneak peaks, but hop on over to Borrowed and Blue to see the whole story and photos. Thank you Borrowed and Blue for featuring our clients' wonderful Jackson Hole wedding!Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 2.49.58 PM Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 2.50.10 PM Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 2.50.51 PM

 

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- Moose Head Ranch

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Ceremony and Reception Location- Moose Head Ranch

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Moose Head Ranch is unique. Unlike other guest ranches Moose Head Ranch is privately owned, family operated and completely surrounded by Grand Teton National Park, providing guests with a panoramic vista of the Teton Range. Imagine riding with your family and seeing elk, bison, mule deer and antelope up close. Picture meadows of alpine flowers such as lupine and fireweed as you gaze down at the legendary Snake River. At the end of each ride relax on your cabin porch or the Lodge deck with the ever changing vista of the majestic Tetons in the distance, with no blaring horns or city noises, just the sound of the babbling brook and the laughter of your children as they play with new found friends. Point out the Milky Way and track the numerous shooting stars seen crossing the evening sky. Bond with your children without the interfering sports schedules, meetings and social activities that crowd your family life back home. When was the last time you played cards or checkers with your kids? All of that and more is there for you at the ranch.

Did you know? Moose Head has a breath-taking wedding and special event site available during our off season (Prior to 6/5 and after 8/13). The owners hope you will consider them for your event and they will do all they can to make it memorable!

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Learn more Moose Head Ranch Louise Davenport, Owner Moose, WY (307)733-3141 http://www.mooseheadranch.com

Our rustic, colorful wedding client in Style Me Pretty

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We were so honored to be a part of this hand crafted, boldly colored, rustic wedding in Style Me Pretty today! We love working with small weddings, and this is why! Check out below for a peak. From Style me Pretty:

Question: What do you get when you cross a rustic setting with modern design, plus a mountain landscape that looks straight out of a postcard? The answer lies in this Wyoming destination wedding crafted at the hands of Events, Etc. It’s a super fresh take on a nature-driven affair with a slew of gorgeous details woven in along the way. Carrie Patterson made sure you didn’t miss a moment, and we pinky promise not to judge if you spend the entire day pinning away right here.

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See the complete post at Style Me Pretty.

We Found Love and a Flash Mob

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Quinn and AllenSeptember 29, 2012

Quinn and Allen met in Jackson, spent time traveling together, and decided to have their wedding in the beautiful town where Allen is from and where they live. It is always fun for us to work with local's on their big day!

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They knew they wanted to show friends and family a great time while they were here. It started with a Welcome Party and Pub Crawl to some of the favorite watering holes in Jackson. Friday took guests on one of Jackson's favorite activities, floating the scenic Snake River followed by a wonderful dinner in town.

This was all an introduction to how fun and amazing their wedding on Saturday was going to be. The ceremony at Our Lady of the Mountain Church set the mood for the beautiful, rustic scenery that was to come. And after the ceremony, guests were off to the beautiful views of Spring Creek Ranch for the reception. One of the first things we asked Quinn was how she envisioned her wedding day and the key words were laid back, good time, dancing... And so it was!  The band really set the mood that is was going to be a great night of dancing.  A flash mob even showed up before the night was over dancing to We Found Love by Rihanna.

The wedding day was so amazing they extended the party until the next day with a "Recovery Brunch" for guests. The guests and bride and groom were still smiling. What an amazing weekend!!

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Caterer:  Spring Creek Ranch Ceremony: Our Lady of the Mountains Church Reception: Spring Creek Ranch Dessert: Persephone Bakery and Moo's Gourmet Ice Cream Florist: Floral Art Hair and Make Up: N8V Beauty Officiant: Our Lady of the Mountains Church Photography: Arnica Spring Reception Music: Groove Nation Orchestra Transportation: Alltrans Wedding Coordinator: Events, Etc.

Lovely.

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Alexa and JakeJuly 28, 2012

Lovely, that is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Alexa and Jake’s wedding at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis and ceremony at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Everything was lovely. First off, Alexa is a young and joyous lady, you just feel cheerful being around her. She probably got that from her mom, whose primary goals for the day were not to be stressed out and to start dancing as soon as possible.  Alexa’s dress was lovely. Alexa and Jake are the cutest head-over-heels in love young couple and they were so lovely they looked like they belong  in J.Crew’s wedding catalog. The tent was romantically decorated in soft neutrals with lots of candles. It was lovely.

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I must admit, I was in disbelief and a bit worried when every time I check in with them they said “Everything is great.” Nothing more, nothing less always “Everything is great.” How can everything always be great? Well it can.  The whole wedding day can be great, even perfect. The day can be everything the bride wants and more (Alexa told me that is how she the day was for her via text the next morning). Perhaps the secret to lovely is to be carefree, and have a "love is in the air" attitude. Lovely.

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Caterer: Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club Ceremony: St. John's Episcopal Church Reception: Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club Dessert: Persephone Bakery Florist: Lily and Co. Hair and Make Up: Body and Soul Officiant: St. John's Episcopal Church Photography: David Stubbs Reception Music: Voo Doo Box Transportation: Limo Lounge and Alltrans Wedding Coordinator: Events, Etc.

Vendor Spotlight- Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club

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Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club continues to offer one of the most remarkable opportunities in all of Jackson Hole. With one of the best views on the globe, $15 million in Club improvements, and a newly-renovated Robert Trent Jones II championship golf course, this great Club will rank among the most reputable mountain golf clubs in all of North America. Eight years and $15 million later, the new improvements span the entire property and include the total renovation of the golf course by Robert Trent Jones II, a new tennis and pool complex, a new 12,000 sq ft. western lodge-style clubhouse and fitness center, and a private events patio. The JHGTC team can help you plan the perfect pre-wedding activities while offering JHGTC expertise on all the essential details for the ceremony and reception. The property offers some of the most spectacular views Jackson Hole has to offer. Choose from multiple locations for all of your wedding photo needs.

Did you know?  The JHGTC executive chef specializes in wedding cakes! They can customize an amazing cake for your tastes and budget.

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Learn more Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club Matt Souther, Director of Sales and Marketing Jackson, WY (307)733-7787 www.jhgtc.com

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

Vendor Spotlight- Four Seasons Jackson Hole

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Reception Location- Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

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Surrounded by the breathtaking vistas of Jackson Hole’s famed Grand Tetons and teeming with an inspiring array of wildlife, the Four Seasons Resort and Hotel offers the perfect mix of rustic adventure and luxury accommodations.  From Wild West receptions to alpine destination weddings, the array of venues at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole are sure to match your personality and the size of your wedding party.  They will assist you with menu design to entertainment and local transportation for your out of town guests. You can choose from a selection of beautiful spaces, with flexibility for any event. The Cottonwood Ballroom is an ideal Jackson Hole wedding site – perfect for wedding receptions and receiving lines in the pre-function areas. There are handsome venues for more intimate pre-wedding celebrations, dinners or parties, with outdoor terraces or garden spaces. A Four Seasons on-site expert will work with you or your wedding consultant to reserve your dates, plan the schedule of events, coordinate all food and beverage details, from menu design to linens, and assist with other aspects of your wedding experience at the Resort. They also have an in-house florist available for weddings.

The Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole a unique place for a wedding because it is the perfect combination of the amazing backdrop combined with unbeatable service. There isn't anything they cannot do! The culture at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole is to go above and beyond for the guests and really make it a special day the guests will never forget.  All of that combined with amazing venues from the Cottonwood Ballroom to the outdoor terrace make it an amazing wedding venue.

Did you know?  As a guest of the Four Seasons, you are able to use their on-site fitness facilities which include a whirlpool, steam room, cold plunge pool and more!

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Learn more Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole Michael Berk, Director of Catering and Conference Services Teton Village, WY (307)732-5060 http://www.fourseasons.com/jacksonhole/weddings http://magazine.fourseasons.com/weddings

Vendor Spotlight- Trail Creek Ranch

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Reception Location-  Trail Creek Ranch

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I must admit, we here at Events, Etc. are rather biased toward Trail Creek Ranch. We just love it. It is the first place that I worked a wedding and the first place that Lisa worked a wedding. Alex, the property manager is pretty much the nicest, super helpful and most down to earth lady you ever met. The property has amazing history and surprisingly not a lot of people know about this little gem. A bonus is that it has lodging. There is not enough lodging for the whole wedding (unless you are having a very small wedding), but there is enough space for the near and dear guests who will be in town the whole week of a wedding. Not everyone wants a rustic-chic wedding, but those who do fall in love with Trail Creek Ranch. There is a functioning barn to get married in front of and guests can sit on bales of hay during the ceremony. If your guests are less rustic then you can bring in chairs for them. The cabins are basic, but perfect for getting ready while sipping champagne. Many of the cabins have a porch too, and my guess is that most people spend their time on the porch enjoying the views and crisp mountain air rather than inside. The site for the reception tent has sweeping views of the valley and Sleeping Indian mountain. I am getting excited for the summer just thinking about it all! It would not be an exaggeration to call this place magical.

Did you know? Trail Creek Ranch also has a swimming pool. This is a huge hit for kids and adults alike. What better way to spend the day after a wedding than splashing around in the pool?

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Learn more Trail Creek Ranch Wilson, Wyo. Alex Menolascino, Ranch Manager (307)733-2610 trailcreekranch.com