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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.

Around the World and Back Home

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Corinne and JonAugust 3, 2013

It's not very often I get to work a wedding at one of the most private, secluded, homesteaded ranches in Jackson. But when the opportunity came to work with Corinne and Jon on their wedding at Lake Creek Ranch near Teton Village, I was very excited! I knew as soon as I spoke with Corinne that she was going to be a blast to work with. Little did I know that her family would be just as fun, funny and easy to work!

Getting married on her grandparents ranch was something Corinne had always dreamed about. Turning a working ranch in to a sophisticated, elegant wedding venue is not an easy task but between her, her dad and the ranch manager, the dusty cow field was leveled and make to look like a wedding venue. Check off that box. Now we have to make the tent fit perfectly in between 2 very pretty trees that frame the Tetons, keep the moles from digging holes in the dirt, and find the most ideal spot for the ceremony so that guests (and bride and groom) are not getting blasted by the hot afternoon sun.  No problem right? Right!! It came together beautifully. The tent framed the most gorgeous view of the Tetons, we refilled the mole holes with dirt right before the guests arrived, and when it came time for the ceremony to start, the sun was positioned perfectly behind the trees to give the guests a respite from the summer sun. We honestly could not have planned it any better. Now let the party begin!

After the ceremony, guests were invited to the tent for cocktails and appetizers. The tent was decorated with beautiful wildflowers and had a feel that was young, modern, worldly and chic. The tables had maps as centerpieces to signify all the travel the couple has done together. Once guests got some food and a drink, people walked around taking pictures on a nearby buckrail fence with the Tetons in the background. It looked like a scene from a famous western movie.  Then came the toasts which were very personal and heartfelt and ended with Jon inviting Corinne to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife. Now it was party time. The music picked up and the guests took to the dance floor and the party continued well in to the night. What is a party without dessert you say? Well, to keep guests going, Corinne and Jon had a myriad of pies and coffee to offer everyone and they were a huge hit! The DJ's took over for the band around 10pm and the celebration continued.

Congratulations to Corinne and Jon!! Thank you for letting us to be part of your big day!

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Caterer: Chippy's Kitchen and Catering Ceremony: Private Residence Lake Creek Ranch Reception: Private Residence Lake Creek Ranch Dessert: Persephone Bakery Florist: Gild the Lily Too Hair/Make-Up: Friends Officiant: Photography: David Stubbs Photography Reception Music: Phil Round and the Snake River Band Transportation: Alltrans Wedding Coordinator: Events, Etc.

Vintage, Elegant, Artistic

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Maggie and AndyJuly 20, 2013

After my first phone call with Maggie and Andy, I knew this was going to be a fun wedding!! They had met miraculously on-line and fell instantly for each other. In the time since they met they hosted dinner parties, traveled the world, ate pounds and pounds of sushi and fine cheeses, and attended friends' beautiful weddings. With all this under their belt, it was time for them to throw a wedding of their own. They wanted a James Bond feel with a vintage, elegant, artistic flair. Could we make this happen in Jackson Hole...Of course!! Maggie and Andy specifically wanted lots of good music and especially good food (minus cake...they both hate cake). Maggie being an art teacher used her artistic talents to create fun, locally inspired welcome bags for all their guests and made cute horse shoe favors for all the guests at the reception. The week boasted of a welcome dinner at the Four Seasons, wedding party white water rafting trip, rehearsal dinner at the Kitchen, and reception at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis. This wedding would not have been complete without a western inspired photo booth, exquisite wine, and tactical Oscar style spoofing of both their brother's during their toasts. After an amazing dinner, the DJ turned it up and the dancing began (props included) and it only stopped because they hit the venue curfew. I think they would have danced the night away had they been allowed!! Both bride and groom wanted to show their closest friends and family a good time in Jackson Hole and their goal was accomplished!!

Their elegant yet adventurous wedding week would not be complete without a dream escape and honeymoon in Santorini, the Amalfi Coast, and Venice.

Congratulations Maggie and Andy!! Best wishes and thank you for letting us help coordinate your amazing wedding!!

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Caterer: Bistro Catering Ceremony: St. John's Episcopal Church Reception: Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Dessert: Persephone Bakery Florist: Gild the Lily  Too Hair/Make Up: Katie Kelly Officiant: Mary at St. John's Episcopal Church Photography: David Stubbs Photography Reception Music: Jackson Hole DJ Transportation: Alltrans Wedding Coordinator: Events, Etc.

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

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.

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: Rancho Alegre Lodge

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Reception Location (has space for ceremony also)- Ranch Alegre Lodge
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The beauty of Rancho Alegre Lodge is that you have the comforts of a home where you can relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, relax in the spa room or outdoor jacuzzi (that looks out at the Teton Mountain range), and enjoy a crackling fire.  Imagine a Jackson wedding here where your whole family could stay together in one charming house. This would also be the perfect place for a small destination wedding where all the guests could stay under one roof and still have the privacy of a bed and breakfast. Rancho Alegre is open year round so it is perfect for a winter or summer wedding. The also have friendly farm animals that are fun to interact with!  Raymond the steer, Leon the sheep, Cinco and Jack our Shetland Ponies.  Mid-stay housekeeping service (for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen), private concierge, and an ample breakfast served daily are all included in the rate.  For breakfast we make sure to provide you with as many homemade items as we can; oatmeal, granola, zucchini bread, banana bread, muffins, etc.  The Rancho Alegre home also has an upper and lower deck spacious enough for everyone to enjoy a relaxing sunset followed by the beautiful night sky.  The milky way and many constellations are easy to spot.  You are guaranteed to see shooting stars!  All of the Jackson Hole activities (rafting, golf, biking, hiking, Grand Teton National Park) are within close proximity (7-35 min drive) to the lodge and the amenities of town are just a 10 minute drive away.  Rancho Alegre Lodge and Jackson Hole offer a fabulous getaway for a mountain wedding and a most memorable Rocky Mountain experience!
Did you know? Rancho Alegre has fresh organic eggs each morning for guests its very own 24 chickens.
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Rancho Alegre Lodge Shanna Stegman
3600 S Park Loop Rd
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 733-7988
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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