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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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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- Oneilove Media

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Videographer- Oneilove Media

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At Oneilove Media, film maker Jared Wortley strives to deliver enriching experiences through visual storytelling.  Jared seeks couples who are dynamic and passionate and see value in having a professional film.   He encourages couples to be creative and spontaneous while allowing a guided and focused process to bring about the best film possible. Jared's work has been featured on the popular wedding blogs The Bride and Groom & Style Me Pretty.

Jared Wortley is an artist.  He is dedicated in every way.  Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Jared has always enjoyed being able to create and produce content of any kind that has an emotional connection.

Upon graduating in Art, Jared continued his work in digital media and soon found himself being drawn to another art form, film making. Coming from a different background than most, his capacity and approach to filming and editing brings value to every production.  Learning and applying new techniques, Jared has the experience and ability to help make your vision a reality.

In the relatively short time since Jared started Oneilove Media he was quickly recognized among his peers as an exciting new and upcoming film maker.

Did you know? Oneilove Media is based out of Salt Lake City but Jared loves to travel to weddings in the Jackson Hole area!!

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Learn more Oneilove Media Jared Wortley, Owner/Videographer Salt Lake City, UT (801) 971-9120 www.oneilovemedia.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- Hannah Hardaway Photography

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Photographer- Hannah Hardaway Photography

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Hannah Hardaway’s portrait and wedding photography is clean and refreshing. Her honest approach to bringing out the joy in life and in people reflects her background in narrative, documentary storytelling. Having traveled extensively in the world, both as a professional skier and as a lover of life and adventure, Hannah thrives in just about any environment with ease and magnetism. She lives by a cup-half-full way of being, and naturally sees the light in people and brings out the natural beauty and magic in everything – from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Her photography is both romantic and vibrant, while humble and natural.

“For me it’s about the little moments, the in-between spaces that tell the story. It’s the emotions of the day, the people who share in it, the relationships, and the details that make the character of each wedding unique and special. As the day unfolds, I capture the beauty of it all with minimal directing and instead focus on highlighting and enhancing the celebration.  My objective is to put people at ease in front of the camera and make the photography of the event a fun part of the whole experience,” says Hannah.

Did you know?  Hannah was a nine year member of the US Freestyle Ski Team and skied in the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.

Learn more Hannah Hardaway Photography Hannah Hardaway, Owner Jackson, WY (801)949-7915 www.hannahhardawayphotography.com www.hannahhardawayphotography.com/blog/

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- Moose Creek Ranch

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Reception Location- Moose Creek Ranch

Moose Creek Ranch provides a stunning and private setting for a wedding, nestled in the western flank of the Teton Mountain Range. The pond area just outside the Lodge is an idyllic location for the ceremony and reception.

If you’d prefer to have your reception indoors, the newly remodeled Lodge is spacious enough for 100 people and contains a full size catering kitchen. We also offer our historic barn for after dinner dancing.

Separate Bride and Groom dressing rooms, each with full size bath, spacious vanity with a seating area add to the list of amenities for wedding parties.

Did you know?  Moose Creek Ranch now offer 5 new large wall tents with queen size beds nestled along Moose Creek. Each tent has its own interior wood stove, an outdoor fire pit, shaded porch with reading chairs, and battery operated lanterns.

Wake up to the soft glow of sunlight. Cook breakfast on one of the designated firepits, head off for a trail ride or visit Grand Teton National Park, then return for sharing fireside stories with your friends and family. Finally, fall asleep on a cozy pillow to the sound of the creek. You may even hear an elk bugling in the Canyon.

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Learn more Moose Creek Ranch Jeanette Beard, Manager and Customer Relations Victor, ID (208) 787-6078 www.moosecreekranch.com www.moosecreekranch.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

The Best Way to Spend an Afternoon

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It has been really hot the past few weeks, the kind of hot dry days that almost makes you forget that it can be -20F in the winter. The kind of heat that demands that you get out on the water. I love these days. A few weekends ago I started off with the plan of one of my go-to summer activities and discovered a whole new go-to activity. I am not sure how I first discovered that anyone can rent sea kayaks from the dock at Signal Mountain Lodge. However, every summer for the past few years I have gone with Boyfriend, local friends and visiting friends to enjoy a day on the lake paddling around. This is a go-to summer activity for me for two reasons.

1) Easy. The boats are waiting for you on the shore, no getting the kayak on the roof of the car, no rushing back to return it on time and no awkward carrying the boat to the shore.

2) Relaxing. Nothing says summer like the sun beating down on you while paddling along, with the Tetons in the background.

Of course I am quite hungry after paddling around so I head over to Leek's Pizzeria for the best calzone in Jackson Hole. P.S. The pizza is also the best. I discovered Leek's when I was working as a river rafting guide in Jackson Hole during college, but that is a whole other blog post. Anyway, It's just the best way to spend an afternoon...

Or so I thought it was the best way to spend an afternoon, until two friends from college came along with Boyfriend and me and together we rented a motorboat! We arrived with our snacks, cold drinks and sunscreen (local's tip: always bring sunscreen on your outings). We opted for the upgrade to a boat with a steering wheel and off we went. Who knew that so much exploring was possible outside the small kayaking bay? First we went to Moran Bay where we turned off the boat and enjoyed the sun at the base of Moran mountain. Since we still had not eaten lunch we opened our snacks of cherries, grapes and guacamole and salsa from Pica's. We lost track of time basking in the sun, chatting and snacking. I can't remember the last time I was so relaxed. Once we were full and feeling toasty from the sun we turned on the motor and explored the lake, scouted potential hikes and took turns driving. This was the first time I drove a motorboat and it was as fun as it looks. Time passed quickly and before we knew it it was time to head back to the marina and return the boat. A funny thing about lakes, it is surprisingly easy to get disoriented and we found ourselves in a little bay surrounded by greenery. With our views of the mountains and other boaters blocked it was quiet possibly the most peaceful place on the lake. Unfortunately, we had to return the boat before closing and could not stay to linger. We quickly returned the boat and of course ended our day with pizza at Leek's.

Here Comes Summer

Lindsey Nickel

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Hurray summer is in the air. One of the best parts about living in Jackson Hole is how close so many wonderful camp grounds are. Of course I can not give away all the local secrets, but I can tell you that last weekend we went to the very popular Granite Hot Springs campground. As luck would have it we were the only ones there, apparently they do not actually open until Monday. The campground host was getting the grounds ready and gave us a warm welcome.

While relaxing by the camp fire that night I started thinking about summer.

There are 14 days until the first event, 49 days until the first and second weddings, 119 days until the last wedding, 133 days until the last event and so much in summer to enjoy in the middle. So I took a deep breath and looked around me, a reminder to why I moved to Jackson Hole.