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When your family home just so happens to be on a beautiful vineyard in Napa Valley, California, there is just no better place to say "I do”, which is exactly how Leah and Andrew celebrated their forever.
The brides family home was the perfect location for their laid-back, but ultra-romantic day in muted green tones. One of our favorite details? The reception! Which featured a huge family style table set between two vineyards + bistro lights above. ~ Wedding Chicks, Ashley
For more on Leah & Andrew's wedding, visit Wedding Chicks.
Vineyard weddings never get old! Especially on a sun-soaked day with a beautiful couple!
Lucinda and Lucky were together 7 years before Lucky popped the question with a romantic engagement in Cabo. Being from Colorado, they love being outside and embracing the beauty of scenery. On top of embracing nature, they also share a passion of wine, so when it came to choosing a place to get married, it was very clear that wine country in California was the perfect fit!
When they toured Gundlach Bundschu Winery there was an instant connection and they felt at home with it's secluded and breathtaking scenery surrounded by the vineyard and wine cave. Lucky and Lucinda's goal and inspiration was for the wedding to be elegant, romantic, fairytaleish, and as much fun as only one could dream. They loved the fact that having a destination gave them more time to be with their guests and took the pressure off at the actual wedding.
It could not have been a more gorgeous day and the backdrop was breathtaking! We love working with this couple, and they definitely achieved a fairy tale ending!
Read more on Lucky & Lucinda's wedding on Style Me Pretty here!
Photography: Milou + Olin Photography | Event Design: Lovely Day Events | Event Planning: Lovely Day Events | Floral Design: Wine Country Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Crisp Bakeshop | Invitations: Sweet Zion Paperie | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Officiant: Weddings of Heart | Transportation: Woody's Wine Tours | Wedding Venue: Gundlach Bundschu Winery | Hair and Make-Up: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals
We had sun, rain, hail, thunder and lightning on Kelly and Shane's wedding day making it extra memorable. Somehow this weather seemed fitting for a couple who loves adventures! Kelly and Shane met at a Crossfit gym in 2012 and from that day forward, it was obvious they were destined to be together.
Couloir Restaurant was the perfect venue for their special day with its amazing mountaintop views and delicious cuisine. Guests sipped huckleberry champagne as they rode up the gondola to the ceremony. A family member officiated the heartfelt wedding where there was not a dry eye in the house!
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails on the patio followed by a buffet dinner, speeches and dancing. As always, Jackson Hole DJ brought down the house.
For more on Kelly and Shane's Mountain top wedding, check out this recently featured article on Rocky Mountain Bride.
A little rain did not stop Katie and Farzad's wedding at the Harvest Inn from being featured on Borrowed & Blue! The rain actually made this one of the most unique, romantic and unforgettable weddings we've worked on to date.
The unbelievable peonies were styled by Rion Designs and featured pops of pink and blue which are on trend with this year's wedding Pantone colors. Although the reception was moved to a tent at the last minute, the end result was more beautiful than we could have ever imagined!
Another piece that made this wedding day extra special was the Persian wedding ceremony, including a traditional Sofreh. The Sofreh set up included foods, decorations, herbs and a mirror all representing a piece of the couple's new life together. This Sofreh was a labor of love and turned out beautifully.
See the full feature on Borrowed & Blue here.
Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers & Wedding Designer: Rion Designs | Wedding Venue: The Harvest Inn | Photography: Bustle & Twine | Make-Up: M.A.C. | Hair:Grasshopper Salon | Cakes & Desserts: Susie Cakes | Ceremony Musician: Rusty Strings Express | Reception Music: Greg Hester | Celebrants & Officiants: Nilou Nori
We were beyond giddy when we learned Lindsey and Florian’s wedding had been featured on Carats & Cake!
This past September, Lindsey and Florian celebrated the wedding of their dreams at Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford. The beauty in this spectacular wedding was truly in the details. Every special touch was thoughtfully planned including the vintage cake plates and mogrammed pillows.
Thank you Lindsey and Florian for allowing Lovely Day Events to be a part of your magical wedding day!
A common question that we get from brides and grooms-to-be is, "Why do you need to be at the wedding location for 12-16 hours, when my wedding and reception is only six hours long?" Fair enough, that might not seem to add up at first glance. The answer is it takes a lot of preparation to get the day ready for you and your guests. We arrive in the morning because it takes many hours to prepare and set up the ceremony and reception sites. Vendors start to arrive throughout the day and immediately look for the wedding planner because they have questions. Much of the job throughout the day is answering questions from vendors to ensure everyone is on the same page and handling last minute "surprises". No less than one hour before the ceremony begins, we want the ceremony site and dinner/dancing areas to be ready for the photographer, along with being fully prepared just in case any guests arrive early. Once ceremony time approaches we greet guests, get the ceremony happening, ensure a smooth reception and then clean up everything after the guests depart. Our main job is to worry about your wedding so that you don't have to. Of course, we do this all with a smile!
- 9:00 am - We (the wedding planner and assistant) arrive at the venue prior to other vendors. First we check in with a site contact to discuss any last minute changes and updates. We spend the next few hours setting up items provided by the client, handle last minute "surprises," oversee the rental delivery and set-up, answering questions from vendors, applying final touches to decor and tending to the bridal party. The list of responsibilities is really long and varies from wedding to wedding, but here are a few that are pretty common:
- A storm is blowing in and everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) on the dinner tables is getting knocked over and blowing away. We run over with the catering staff and secure all the items.
- The ceremony musician arrived and can't find the ceremony site, s/he calls for directions.
- The groomsmen are covered in lint, this is no good for photos! We grab our lint roller and clean them up.
- Two guests brought dates that you just found out about last night, yikes! We tell the caterer and make sure they have a seat at at table.
- Someone must do the daunting task of pinning boutineers to the groom and groomsmen. We are pros at that! For some reason the wedding party and family are always terrified of this task.
- Set up all the personal items that the client brought: table numbers, escort cards on welcome table, cute signs directing people around the venue, party favors at each seat, guest book, pen for guest book, basket for cards, family photos in frames (but the client forgot to take off the stickers from the front so we do that too) on the welcome table, place specialty drink signs on bars and more!
- Answer a stream of questions via text, along with calls from the vendors to keep everyone on schedule and the event rolling smoothly. Do you see a theme yet? Being the point of contact for vendors and keep the day on schedule are large parts of our job.
- 3:00 pm - The ceremony and reception areas are set and ready for guest arrival and for your photographer to capture all those details you worked hard planning for the last year.
- 3:30 pm - Guests start to arrive. We greet guests, assist with questions and check on the wedding party.
- 4:00 pm - Ceremony - We invite guests to their seats, line up wedding party for their entrance, cue musicians and cue bridal party entrances. The bride goes down the aisle and we can finally take a deep breath and enjoy how beautiful this day is and how grateful we are to be a part of it.
- 4:30 pm - Cocktail hour - Invite guests from ceremony to cocktails. Make sure that the wedding party and families have water during photos. Many guests ask where to find the bathroom and we point them in the right direction. We also collect the bridesmaids flowers and put them in vases, usually at the dessert/cake table, which saves you money on extra flowers.
- 5:30 pm - Dinner - Time to eat! We invite guests into dinner area for dinner. This takes a while, because guests always go straight to the bar rather than their seat. Next, we line up the bridal party for the grand entrance and make sure the MC has the correct entrance order and name pronunciation. Finally, dinner starts to be served, and five guests find the wedding planner because they have food allergies that they did not mark on their RSVP cards. We find out what they can/can not eat and work with the caterer to make sure they are appropriately fed. Don't forget about the toasts! We make sure each of the toast givers knows when the toasts are happening and who they are going after.
- 7:15 pm - Dance party - Let the fun begin! We coordinate first dance, father-daughter dance and mother-son dance. Later in the evening we cue the cake cutting , locate the toss bouquet for the bouquet toss and a chair for garter toss. These items are brought to the DJ so s/he doesn't have to run around locating the items. One person gets way too drunk and needs to go home early, we call the shuttle bus to come pick him/her up. While people are dancing we move the gifts and cards to a pre-determined location for going home at the end of the night.
- 10:00 pm - Event ends - Time for your guests to go to the after party, but no one ever wants to leave. I call this herding the drunk cats. We get guests onto transportation or direct them to their cars or assist people in calling taxi cabs. There is no Uber in Jackson Hole and it is sparse in Sonoma+Napa late at night. Clean up starts once all the guests have departed.
- 10:30 pm - Vendors strike/clean up/break-down - We clean up the client's personal items and decor, supervise vendor clean up and make sure the the venue is looking as good as when we arrived.
- 12:00 am - When the venue is cleaned up and everything is quiet, it is hard to believe that there was a huge dance party going on just three hours ago! Time to head home for a good night of sleep.
And just like that all of our hard work is over. We absolutely love what we do and are so lucky to be able to participate in all of these lovely weddings with these amazing couples!
I love, love, love seeing clients published after their wedding day. It usually happens in the quiet time of the wedding year, so it is a wonderful way to remember the fun, excitement and celebration of wedding season. We are flattered for Maddie and Riley's wedding being published today on Style Me Pretty. Below are a few screen shots, but you can see the whole blog here.
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- 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.
Photo by Kisa Koenig
Photo by Derek DiLuzio
Photo by Krafty Photos
Learn more Moose Creek Ranch Jeanette Beard, Manager and Customer Relations Victor, ID (208) 787-6078 www.moosecreekranch.com www.moosecreekranch.com/blog/
A couple of weekends ago I met with a few florists in Napa Valley and learned quickly the breadth of creativity that is out there. From the color scheme of the flowers, to the type of flowers, to the height and weight of the bouquet, all of these were just a few of the factors to decide on for yet another item on the wedding to-do list.
The hardest part of the whole decision process is that these flowers are only going to live and be apart of the big event for a few hours, and a day at most! It is very hard to weigh the price of this item on the wedding to-do list when this point is looked at. The florists I enjoyed meeting with the most were the ones that had creative ideas for how to transition flowers used in the ceremony and use them for the reception also, without losing any creativity.
My advice for floral consultations: 1. Don't meet with more than two florist vendors 2. Select those two florists based on recommendations (Yelp, Facebook, your venue's preferred vendors list, ask your wedding planner, etc.) and from there base it on the most attentive florists- for example, the ones that call you back in a timely manner (it's all about customer service and pleasing the bride!) 3. Ask questions and be creative!