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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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HoneyBook 20 on the Rise Nominee, Event Professional - Lindsey Nickel

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“All the bridesmaids wearing the identical, solid color dress is less common as couples opt for more personal wedding party attire,” says Lindsey Nickel, a wedding planner at Lovely Day Events. “Couples are really embracing making the wedding feel like their own wedding and personalizing as much as possible. This is one of my favorite wedding trends because it allows people to pick a dress that flatters their figure and that they would realistically wear again.”

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Quoted in Reader's Digest: 22 Outdated Wedding Rules No One Follows Anymore

Lindsey Nickel

“All the bridesmaids wearing the identical, solid color dress is less common as couples opt for more personal wedding party attire,” says Lindsey Nickel, a wedding planner at Lovely Day Events. “Couples are really embracing making the wedding feel like their own wedding and personalizing as much as possible. This is one of my favorite wedding trends because it allows people to pick a dress that flatters their figure and that they would realistically wear again.”

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Quoted in Town & Country: How to Masterfully Pull Off a Destination Wedding

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Picking a location that has meaning to both you and your spouse-to-be will help provide inspiration for your planning and design. “Maybe that means the mountain town where you went for your first ski trip together, or wine country because you both love Merlot,” suggests Lindsey Nickel, Owner of Lovely Day Events. Being able to share a place that you both love with your friends and family will create extra meaning and a unique experience.

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Tanya & Richie's Wedding Featured on Brides.com

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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

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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 ClothiersTom 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 and DJ's Wedding Featured on Carats & Cake

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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.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Wedding Venue: Moose Creek Ranch | Photographer: Carrie Patterson Photography | Catering: Bistro Catering | Invitations: XOWYO Paper and Press

Liz and Brian's Romantically Chic Hillsborough Wedding Featured on Borrowed & Blue

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In May, we had the privilege of working with Liz and Brian to plan their spring wedding at a private residence in Hillsborough. This wedding was extra special because Liz and Lindsey are friends from summer camp. Liz and Brian were married at a family friend's farm home in the Hillsborough, CA. They included tons of personal touches such as wood coasters for favors, a carrot cake in place a a traditional wedding cake and groomsmen wearing socks supporting their favorite teams. The wedding turned out so magnificently, it was recently featured on Borrowed & Blue! We think the smiling photos of the happy couple below say it all.

Congratulations Liz and Brian! We wish you a life filled with love and happiness!

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Fogcutter SF | Wedding Venue: Private Residence | Photography: One Love Photography  | Hair & Make-Up: Alana Halvorsen | Caterer & Desserts: Fogcutter SF | Musician: Denon & Doyle Entertainment  | Tents, Rentals & Decor:  La Tavola Fine Linen Unica Party Rentals

Chelsea and Mason's Casually Elegant Wedding at Sylvan Lake Estate Featured on Borrowed & Blue

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"Casual" and "elegant" are the perfect way to describe Chelsea and Mason's wedding at Sylvan Lake Estate. We had a blast working with this down-to-earth couple and were excited to see their special day featured on Borrowed & Blue.

Chelsea and Mason's romance began working together on a political campaign. As Northern California natives, the couple has always loved the relaxed atmosphere and picturesque beauty of wine country. They selected Sylvan Estate as their venue because it still felt like an intimate destination within close proximity to their families.

EV Floral Design's lush green and white floral arrangements were breathtaking. Delicious gourmet pizza from Ca'Momi contributed to the elegant yet casual feeling of the day. The night ended with an unforgettable dance party to the sound of the Decades Band and a delicious treat from Johnny Donuts.  See the full details on Borrowed & Blue!

Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: EV Floral Design | Wedding Venue: Sylvan Lake Estate | Photography: Rahel Menig Photography | Hair & Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Dessert: Johnny Doughnuts | Rentals, Tents, Decor: Encore Events Rentals  | Catering: Ca'Momi | Ceremony Musician: Rob Michael Guitar| Band: Decades | Transportation: California Wine Tours

Anna and Derek's Dreamy Vineyard Wedding at B.R. Cohn Featured on Brides

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We were so excited to see Anna and Derek’s wedding featured on Brides! BR Cohn’s rolling vineyards were the setting for this dreamy, summer wedding in Sonoma, California. Bride Anna chose a stunning lace dress designed by Maggie Sotero that was complimented by her colorful bouquet of roses and ranunculus.

Anna and Derek love traveling was a theme throughout the day. Their guest’s tables were named after states the couple had visited together. Anna also handcrafted a seating chart using a map of the US to help guests locate their table.

The bride’s advice to anyone getting married is to hire a wedding coordinator, "it will make your wedding day so much more enjoyable and stress-free!" We are so glad Anna chose us to help make her wedding a “Lovely Day!”

Read more about the details of Anna and Derek’s special day here.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Photography: Christine Chang Photography | Floral Design: Anne Appleman Flowers | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Hair & Make-Up: Heart Amonos | Music: Patrick Connor Smith; DJ Dave Tutton| Wedding Venue: B.R. Cohn Winery | Photo Booth: Pro Studio Booths  | Catering & Rentals: Park Avenue Catering | Cake: Crisp Bake Shop

Lindsey and Florian’s Rutherford Wedding at Auberge Du Soleil Featured On Carats & Cake

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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.

The bride stunned in a delicate Monique Lhuillier gown. Pale pink accents were woven throughout the day from the bridesmaid's gowns to the Crème Anglaise cake and romantic floral arrangements.

Adriana Klas Photography and Reel Eyes Media captured the day so that none of these incredible memories will be forgotten!

Thank you Lindsey and Florian for allowing Lovely Day Events to be a part of your magical wedding day!

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Photographer: Adriana Klas Photography //  Venue: Auberge Du Soleil  //  Florist: Fleurs De France  //  Bands & DJ: AMS Entertainment LLC //  Cakes & Desserts: Sweet On Cake //  Videographer: Reel Eyes Media // Design: Rion Designs //

What Does a Wedding Planner Do on the Wedding Day?

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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!

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Here is a  general timeline of the day:

  • 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.

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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!

Our New Wedding Planning Service: Partial Planning

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Greetings! Since they day I decided to start a wedding planning company, I focused on ensuring that couples can enjoy their wedding day. Since that day we have offered one service and only one service: Day Of / Essential Coordination. Over the years people have asked us for help with their timeline, extra meetings and for more contact the month of the wedding. Of course we accommodated each of these requests with a smile. Now that we are  serving the two gorgeous locations of Jackson Hole and stunning Napa + Sonoma, it seems natural that this is the year we officially offer Partial Planning for weddings. I am excited to be working closer with couples and able to serve more couples. Details on Day Of / Essential Coordination and Partial Planning are on our website. So keep calm, hire a wedding planner and enjoy your wedding day. Partial Planning for weddings

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Disposable cameras are out. Photo sharing apps are in.

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This article was sent to my from one of my bridesmaids the Monday after my bachelorette party. I found WeddingSnap after some serious internet searching and we tested it out during the bachelorette weekend. I was pretty pleased with it, except for the fact that it sucks battery life (on the iPhone at least). I love the idea of guests being able to painlessly share their photos with us. Some pretty fabulous ones were taken on iPhones during the weekend. I can't wait to see what guests photograph at our wedding! Vying for a Shot of the Wedding

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To promote photo sharing at their wedding in Manchester, N.H., last month, Laura Bishop and Walter Carroll placed postcards on the tables with instructions for their guests on how to download an application called WedPics. After the reception, the couple immediately signed onto WedPics and found some 200 photographs.

“We didn’t have to chase anyone down to get pictures from our wedding,” said Mr. Carroll, 27, a sales manager for Sprint. “It was right there on WedPics for us to save right to our phones.”

Hilary Rosenman and Mo Koyfman opted for something older and more traditional, at least in social media terms, at their wedding in Dorset, Vt., last October. They created a hashtag on Instagram, an application that has been around for all of two and a half years.

As photo sharing and other forms of social media have gradually become part of the event, they have also become an opportunity for technology companies, and their investors, to capture a piece of a huge market.

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About 67 million people in the United States are between the ages of 18 and 34, making up the so-called millennial generation. They grew up with the Internet and are accustomed to planning and chronicling the most important events of their lives online. That, of course, includes weddings, and with the technology and those who use it becoming more sophisticated, new possibilities are emerging for everyone — from the person holding the smartphone to the app entrepreneur.

Aside from WedPics, other specialized photo-sharing applications include Wedding Party and Wedding Snap. One observer thinks that photo sharing has begun to change the dynamics of the celebration itself.

“The millennial generation is about community and everyone being involved,” said Anne Chertoff, an editor and writer in Brooklyn who often writes about weddings. “It’s not so much about the bride being the star of the day anymore. Guests are encouraged to take photos so the bride and groom can capture everyone’s special memories.”

Justin Miller, a co-founder and the chief executive of WedPics, which has its headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., said he envisioned his application, which became available last August, as a way to capitalize on content- and photo-sharing and apply it to a niche market. With a mobile format similar to Instagram’s, guests can download the WedPics application and enter a couple’s wedding identification number to upload images directly to the couple’s album.

Both WedPics and Wedding Party are free. The Wedding Snap application is free for guests, but couples first have to buy a picture package from the company’s Web site.

Rebecca Grinnals, the president and founder of Engaging Concepts, a bridal industry consultancy in Celebration, Fla., said her technology clients see the wedding business as a springboard.

Yet Mr. Koyfman, 35, who works for a venture capital firm in Manhattan, said that asking guests to download a new application might be inconvenient, compared with, say, Instagram, which many of them probably already have.

“You want them to do what they’re already doing,” he said. “You don’t want to create a new behavior for them.”

So does this wave of innovation, with its seemingly endless electronic picture galleries, threaten to inundate the professional wedding photographer?

The Koyfmans and the Carrolls both hired photographers. And Christian Oth, a wedding photographer in Manhattan, said he did not see the emergence of the new photo applications as a danger to his business but that they could hurt less-established photographers.

“The iPhone has a great camera for more static images, but you still can’t record any good action shots with it,” Mr. Oth said. “We work with $8,000 cameras. There’s a distinctive quality difference. A photographer’s skill goes beyond just operating the camera.”

At the ground — or aisle — level, some photographers say that their frames get cluttered with waves of smartphones, point-and-shoot digital cameras and iPads.

“We’ve photographed many weddings where we can count the iPhones and point-and-shoot cameras sticking out of the aisles,” said Trent Cobb, another Manhattan photographer. “Guests will get up during the wedding ceremony themselves.”

Heather Waraksa, a photographer in Brooklyn, said that her goal was to “provide images that are capturing people’s reactions.”

“If they have a device in front of their face,” she said, “it doesn’t have the same impact or timelessness.”

When she was married last fall, Ms. Waraksa said, guests were asked — on her wedding Web site — to turn off their electronic devices during the ceremony, the toast and the cutting of the cake.

Annie Lee, a wedding planner in Manhattan, said that such requests were becoming a bit of a trend in themselves — the unplugged wedding. Ms. Lee added that she encouraged restricting electronic devices, at least during the processional, and that doing so was a way for couples to restore a measure of sanctity to their ceremony.

View the original post at  Start-Ups Vie for a Slice of the Wedding Photo Cake - NYTimes.com.

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

Berkeley Faculty Club Photo Shoot | Style Me Pretty

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In honor of my visit to San Francisco this week, here is wedding inspiration post from a Berkeley photo shoot. I know Cal families are already getting excited about this!

We’re totally smitten with this raw elegance inspired photo shoot by Jennifer Skog Photographers. The juxtaposition of design elements is bold and in a word, stunning. Masculine and feminine mesh perfectly with leather accents and pretty florals, and weathered industrial elements are at home next to gold accented glassware. It’s insanely brilliant and so creative, we can’t help but spend the afternoon gazing at all the lovely in the full gallery. Join us, won’t you?

via Berkeley Faculty Club Photo Shoot from Jennifer Skog Photographers | Style Me Pretty.

The Spectrum of Flowers

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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!

First Stop Napa

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After months of eager anticipation to get the wedding planning started my fiancé and I finally made it up to beautiful Napa Valley to check out the reception site and potential ceremony sites. We first stopped at Meadowood Resort in St. Helena to meet with the weeding coordinator and visit the actual space the big party and feasting would happen at. Meadowood is a beautiful resort with a simple style that is complemented by outstanding service. As we expected, the reception space was perfect with lots of customizable options but most importantly, a Michelin rated kitchen.

Next, we visited the various Episcopal churches sprinkled about the valley. The first church we visited was a simple but beautiful traditional church surrounded by vineyards at the end of a dirt road. The exterior was adorned white shingled wood planks and the interior had dark brown wood paneling. The church was unique and not something one comes across often in the modern fast paced world. Built in 1913 the church was old and perfect except it could only pack in 80 people and that was pushing it. Unfortunately, we are expecting about 120 if not more.

As the 90 degree day went on, we stopped at a few other Episcopal churches, all modern and large (200+ seating). We wound up back at Meadowood to look into ceremony space at the resort. The resort, nestled in a canyon with natural beauty all around the property, had a few options for an outdoor ceremony- one of them being on the fairway between two ponds under a willow tree (very picturesque).

At the end of the day, we had a date and reception space but no ceremony space. And the predicaments of modern versus traditional, guest comfort versus accommodating all, arose. The more wedding details planned the more everyone had their opinion about how the wedding should be played out (whether they’re paying for it or not), but it comes down to the bride and groom and what they want. And so the wedding planning begins....