Hilah & Benjamin’s boho inspired wedding was exquisitely chic with a perfect blend of natural elements mixed with rustic charms, and stunning jewel tones. They incorporated the gorgeous mountain surroundings, of Antelope Trails Ranch, into every aspect of the wedding while still keep it fun and funky with the vintage airstream that was used during the cocktail hour. No detail was spared and that created a day filled with love, laughter, and a happily ever after. I am honored to have been a part of such a beautiful celebration of two amazing people.Read More
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Kate & Phil’s summer wedding was filled with love and set in the stunning backdrops of Jackson Hole, WY. The soft hued whites and pinks were classic and elegant while the the decor had a charming and down home feel. They blended rustic with romantic beautifully in every single detail! Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club was the perfect location to take their vision and make into a reality and we are thrilled to have been a part of such a lovely day.
For more on Kate and Phil's wedding, visit Carats & Cake.
Tanya & Richie’s fall western inspired wedding was low-key elegant with hints of their love of down-home aesthetics. This day was all about family from the family-style buffet dinner to them inviting three couples in different stages of married life (5 years, 38 years, and 56 years) to do readings where they shared their thoughts and advice on marriage, you can tell this amazing day was more about the people who surrounded Tanya and Richie and not just about them. They also beautifully brought the fall season indoors with the gorgeous floral arrangements including the bouquet, blush ballgown, and feathered shawl that Tanya wore. The Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole made for the perfect backdrop to this extraordinary event and I am so happy to have been a part of it all.
For more on Tanya & Richie’s wedding, visit Brides.com
Venue: Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole || Day-of Coordinator: Lovely Day Events || Bridal Gown: Legends by Romona Keveza, purchased at La Jeune Mariee || Bride's Shawl: Linda Richards || Bride's Veil: Toni Federici || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fame & Partners || Bride's Hair: Mandi Hartman || Groom's Attire: Threadwell Clothiers, Tom Ford || Groomsmen Attire: Menguin || Flower Girl Attire: US Angels || Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Floral Design: Lily and Company || Paper Products: Ink & Ivory || Calligraphy: BP Invites & Calligraphy || Ceremony Entertainment: Kate Skinner || Reception Entertainment: Steady Jake || Rentals: Montana Party Rentals || Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen || Production: Hughes Productions || Photography: Pen Carlson
Loreley & DJ's spring wedding was gorgeous from start to finish. The soft hued whites, creams, and pinks were classic and elegant while the huckleberry smoothies on offer were fun and unique. They blended rustic with romantic beautifully in both the alter, trays, and cake stand and let's not forget the stunning photographs in front of the barn. Moose Creek Ranch & Magnolia Ranch were the perfect locations to make their dream wedding into a reality and we are thrilled to have been a part of such a lovely day.
For more on Loreley and DJ's wedding, visit Carats & Cake.
Greetings! Summer is in full swing and the heat here in Napa is perfect for weddings. Hot, but not too hot during the day. The the evenings are simply magical and the perfect temperature for dancing under the stars. For those of you who are already planning for next year, here are a three very places near downtown Napa to consider for your wedding. It seems that people zip right past downtown Napa to head to the wineries when looking for a Napa wedding venue. The truth is there is a range Napa wedding venues in the town of Napa, plus they are all unique and fit a range of budgets. The three I am writing about today all have lodging options at the same place as the reception location, but beyond that they are as different as cake and pie. Staying near downtown Napa is convenient for guests, because they can take taxis to easily explore downtown Napa and tasting rooms. I had the pleasure of touring each of them. The Westin Versa is located in downtown Napa. It is a hotel and so that means no driving for your guests- yahoooo! There is a darling courtyard for your dinner too! All of their details are on their website in the weddings section. There are a combination of options at Silverado Resort and Spa. If you someone is a golfer, check this place out. Details about weddings at Silverado Resort and Spa are in the wedding section of their website. The Meritage Resort and Spa is another stunner in Napa. This location is close to downtown Napa, but still has a vineyard for your wedding ceremony. My personal favorite feature was the bowling alley. Can you think of a better after party location?! Check out the details of their wedding services on their website. To sum it up, there are wonderful options for a range budgets and visions that are close to downtown Napa. A few snapshots I took from the site visits are below, enjoy!
Napa Westin Versa
Silverado Resort and Spa
Meritage Resort and Spa
Pratically highschool sweethearts, Anne and Dominic had been dating for almost 15 years when they finally said "I Will!"
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!!
Photos Katy Gray Photography
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo by Taylor Glenn Photography
Learn more Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club Matt Souther, Director of Sales and Marketing Jackson, WY (307)733-7787 www.jhgtc.com
Reception Location- Turpin Meadow Ranch
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.
Learn more Turpin Meadow Ranch Nancy Johnstone, Owner Moran, WY (307)543-2000 turpinmeadowranch.com
Reception Location- Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
Cottonwood Ballroom set up for formal function. Photo Peter Vitale
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!
Private dining in the Cottonwood Ballroom. Photo Peter Vitale
Formal table setting. Photo Peter Vitale
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
Reception Location- Trail Creek Ranch
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?
Learn more Trail Creek Ranch Wilson, Wyo. Alex Menolascino, Ranch Manager (307)733-2610 trailcreekranch.com