Ahhh, the final fall days in Jackson Hole. They are nothing short of magical. The air is warm and crisp, the aspen leaves are bold with colors about to fall to the ground and everyone is anxiously awaiting the first snow to fall. If you are lucky enough for your wedding date to be on one of these rare days, you are in for a truly special treat. Megan and Brad's wedding was on one of these days and you can feel fall and their excitement coming through the photos. Thank you to Rocky Mountain Bride for publishing their wedding on your website and sharing how magical late fall weddings are in Jackson Hole! Read all about the wedding and see the full feature in Rocky Mountain Bride. Photos by Katy Gray Photography
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Dana and Kevin June 21, 2014
Dana and Kevin didn't need the luck of the Irish (a tribute to their days at Notre Dame) to get them through their wedding day! They had each other and the closest of their family and friends to help with that! These two spent a lot of time thinking about how to make their wedding day as important and enjoyable for their guests as it would be for themselves. They thought of even the smallest things like what the guests could do while they were waiting on dinner to be served...A cross word puzzle!! I think it was such a cute and creative idea, plus the guests loved it! Lots of thought and creativity went in to week's worth of activities and the day of their wedding. Dana and Kevin wanted to show their guests why they chose Jackson Hole for their destination wedding. The weekend included bringing guests to Spur restaurant and bar which Jackson Hole voted "Best Chef". This was followed up with an epic trip to Jenny Lake the next day and a hike to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. The day of the wedding continued with more fun things to do and see around Jackson. Dana and Kevin wed at Our Lady of the Mountains, a beautiful Catholic church in Jackson. The ceremony included a few readings, a responsorial psalm, an alleluia, and an Ava Maria. This was all topped and concluded with a final blessing of the Notre Dame Alma Mater, "Notre Dame Our Mother." Not to be missed was the thoughtful "Marry Like A Champion" sign! It was so awesome to watch guests put their arms around each other and sing the alma mater!! After the ceremony, guests took a ride up the famous aerial tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. While guests were enjoying the views from the top of the Rendezvous bowl, Dana and Kevin went off with their photographer Katy Gray to capture a few pics in some of Jackson's iconic locations. They met up with guests at Calico Restaurant for cocktail hour full of lawn games and photo booth opportunities! They sat for dinner, Dana's dad gave a tear-jerker toast followed by a toast from her brother. A lovely dinner with family and friends and a little cake (decorated with a beautiful view of the Tetons) closed out the evening and they shut it down like a champion...
Marry Like A Champion...They definitely did!
Congratulations Dana and Kevin! Thank you so much for letting us be part of your wedding day!! It was such a pleasure getting you know both of you and your families!! I hope to see you both here soon celebrating your anniversary!
Caterer: Calico Restaurant Ceremony: Our Lady of the Mountains Ceremony Music: Ron Fabry and Mimi Smith Dessert: Persephone Bakery Florist: MD Nursery Hair/Make-Up: Tanya Crocker Officiant: Childhood Priest Father Ed Obermiller Photography: Katy Gray Reception: Calico Restaurant Wedding Coordinator: Lovely Day Events (previously Events, Etc.)
Megan and Brad October 6, 2013
When you first hear about an outdoor wedding ceremony in October in Jackson, you immediately think I hope it doesn't snow!! So when I first met with Megan and Brad and started asking questions about any concerns they had about their upcoming wedding, I was relieved to hear that weather wasn't something they were stressed or worried about!! As long as it didn't pour down rain, this couple was tying the knot with smiles on their faces. Their goal was to have fun with their families and eat, drink and be married. The snow came just days earlier and on their wedding day Megan and Brad breathed a sigh of relief when the sun shone brightly and warmly on the lawn at Shooting Star!
As the wedding day started to come together, you could see all the personal touches Megan and Brad had put on their wedding. There were personalized glasses for the guests to use for drinks and to keep as a favor. Megan designed and put together the centerpieces, the bouquets and boutineers, aisle flowers, signage, table numbers and more. Everything looked so tasteful and creative. She was amazing DIY bride!! And an extra special touch was having their two dogs be part of the wedding!
The ceremony took place in the afternoon sun with the Tetons in the background looking down on them. Just as the sun went behind the mountains, guests put on their coats and enjoyed the view with a few cocktails and appetizers. Dinner, dancing and a good time followed. And let me elaborate on the dancing part of that. It was the first time I had heard of and got to see what is known as the "money dance"!! This is where male guests pay to dance briefly with the bride. The guests loved it and it was so much fun to watch!! This was one of those weddings where you could tell the bride and groom loved getting to celebrate and spend time with their closest friends and family and the guests were so happy to get to be part of such a special day.
This wedding was so much fun to be a part of. It was a beautiful day for two very amazing people who I was very lucky to get to know!! Thanks Megan and Brad for letting me be part of your big day!!
Ceremony: Shooting Star Ranch Reception: Shooting Star Ranch Alpine Barn Caterer: Cafe Genevieve Catering Dessert: Candlebox Bakery Florist: The Bride Hair and Makeup: Shooting Star Ranch Officiant: Reverend Paul Hayden Photography: Katy Gray Photography Reception Music: Jackson Hole DJ Transportation: Shooting Star Ranch Wedding Coordinator: Events, Etc.
We love fun, polished and good looking websites. Two of our favorite wedding world people recently launched new websites. Katy Gray Photography is a Jackson Hole photographer and her whimsical work is simply wonderful! Plus if you watch her promo video you can see me (Lindsey Nickel) in it and a few of our clients. Rocky Mountain Bride has been providing mountain brides with inspiration and resources since 1995! Be sure to check both of these new websites out for Jackson Hole wedding photos, mountain wedding inspiration and overall wedding goodness.
Hello! When I was working on my wedding planning last year, people were extra curious about my wedding since I am a wedding planner. Well, my wedding was just published on Style Me Pretty Montana and you can check it out with this link: http://www.stylemepretty.com/montana-weddings/2014/02/19/whimisical-wedding-at-chico-hot-springs-montana/ Here area few sneak peaks.
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