It Was All About Good Food and Drinks at This Outdoor Wedding in Wyoming

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Sep 122016
 

Katie Markstein and John Mardikian have one very popular dating app to thank for their introduction in October of 2013: Tinder! "After three months of dating, we were so in love and counting down the days until we thought it was okay for us to get engaged," says Katie. That day came just eight months later in June of 2014, when John popped the question on Solana Beach in San Diego, California, where the bride grew up.

As the couple started planning their August 1, 2015, wedding, they were sure of two things: One, the party would be held at the bride's family's vacation home in Wilson, Wyoming, and two, it would involve really good food. "I'm a pastry chef, my family is in the beer business, and John and I own a restaurant and beer garden in Oakland, where we live," Katie says. "Everyone expected it!" The duo tapped Jenna Lam Events to help bring their vision of an elegant dinner party in the Tetons to life, and the final result was nothing short of spectacular. Read on to see how they pulled off a thoughtful, lush, and elegant bash in the wild, as photographed by Carrie Patterson Photography.

"I'd always dreamed of getting married on our meadow in Wyoming," the bride says. "John had not even been there yet when I told him I wanted to get married out there, but he blindly agreed and instantly fell in love with it." As it turned out, the bride's parent's were secretly hoping Katie and John would chose the site of so many family vacations as the place where they would say "I do."

The bride found she loved working on her invitation suite, and even admits it was one of her favorite details to research. With the help of Jill from PS Paper, the couple invited 220 guests to their celebration with a stationery suite that included a watercolor rendering of a photograph of the family property that had been taken from a helicopter. "It felt like she always understood what I was going for and then made my ideas so much better," says Katie.

Guests got a warm welcome thanks to thoughtful pre-wedding favors. Since nearly everyone was flying into the area, Katie and John made sure to spoil their family and friends with lots of goodies they could use on the trip. Plus, the baker bride wanted to offer everyone a home-baked treat, so she whipped up 200 mini almond bundt cakes and 400 salted-butter shortbread cookies, which served as the anchor to each gift box. The couple included other treats like their favorite jerky from Sonoma, California, a pre-bottled cocktail, a pocketknife, and a "Field Guide" that was filled with useful information for the weekend.

Katie wore a beautiful Christos Costarellos lace wedding dress that she purchased at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier. The ornate fabric was balanced with a sleek silhouette, perfect for their elevated bash in the woods.

Her lush, textural bouquet was comprised of dahlias, garden roses, scabiosa, anemones, blushing bride protea, dusty miller, olive branch, and eucalyptus.

Katie's seven bridesmaids wore silk dresses in either a dove or stone color and carried seasonal bouquets of blush flowers, including café au lait dahlias, garden roses, and greenery.

John's groomsmen matched the formality of his Lanvin suit with similar dark-hued attire.

The couple's three adorable flower girls, Gigi, Izzy, and Emma, totally stole the show.

"The ranch was truly a blank canvas for us to run wild with," says the bride. "We knew we wanted to showcase some of the property's features, like the views of Grand Teton, the river running along the edge of our land, and the fishing pond." So they held the ceremony in the backyard of the family's home, overlooking Fish Creek, a tributary of the Snake River. Then, guests would move to a sailcloth tent in a beautiful meadow about 300 yards away.

Cross-back chairs faced the flowing water and guests passed by two huge arrangements of natural-colored blooms on their way to their seats. The bride's father (wearing an obligatory cowboy hat!) walked her down the aisle while a string quartet performed his favorite song, "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys. Other pre-wedding musical selections included Bruce Springsteen's hits "Born to Run" and "Thunder Road." "It was Jenna's idea to have the quartet play instrumental versions of some of our favorite music," Katie says.

Instead of writing their own vows, the bride and groom let their officiant personalize the ceremony with a food-related story, a nod to the couple's professions in the food business.

After the ceremony, guests walked along the river towards cocktail hour, which was held in a sectioned off area of the nearby meadow that had views of the Tetons, but wasn't quite near enough to see the reception tent. To make sure the party started off strong, the couple placed a station with mini Bud Light bottles midway on the path, encouraging guests to "hydrate" on their walk. Once they arrived in the meadow, waiters on hand served trays of specialty cocktails.

In addition to a standard bar, Katie and John also brought in a vintage airstream from Camper Cocktails. Guests also ordered their favorites from a "Mule Bar," where ginger beer and lime could be customized with vodka, rum, bourbon, or tequila.

As everyone enjoyed cocktails and snacks, a local bluegrass band provided the tunes.

Seating assignments were displayed on a calligraphed board. Above each name, friends and family found a mini copper mug with their table number. On their way to their seats, they had the opportunity to fill it up with a Moscow Mule shot. Talk about a fun cocktail hour!

Inside the sailcloth tent, tables were decorated with custom gray linens with a navy border on the bottom edge. Garlands of eucalyptus were studded with garden roses and dahlias, and dripped off of the tables onto the grassy floor. Tables were marked with large copper mugs.

Because they wanted an elegant feel for their outdoor party, Katie and John chose blue and white terra-cotta chargers for their table settings. Each guest found their seat thanks to a calligraphed dinner menu, which outlined the sit-down meal to come.

After dinner, the party moved into a second tent for dancing. "There was also a foyer with seating between the dance tent and the dinner tent, where people could sit under the stars, smoke a cigar, and where we later served BBQ late night snacks," the bride says.

The couple chose not to have a decorated wedding cake on display. "I wanted to bake my own cake, but since our guest list was on the larger side, I would have needed to make at least four tiers, and wouldn't have been able to do that without a commercial kitchen," says Katie. "I ultimately decided to outsource that project, which was a tough decision. Jackson Cake Company made the most delicious cakes, but we just served sheet cake since it would have broken my heart to have a decorative cake on display that wasn't made by me."

Venue: Private Residence || Wedding Planner & Floral Design: Jenna Lam Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Christos Costarellos || Hair & Makeup: Team Hair and Makeup || Groom's Attire: Lanvin || Stationery: PS Paper || Calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls || Rentals: Montana Party Rentals; Frances Lanes; Canvas Unlimited || Caterer: Bistro Catering || Cocktails: Camper Cocktails || Cake: Jackson Cake Company || Music: String Lake Quartet; Poot McFarlin; The Flashdance || Videographer: The Cana Family || Photographer: Carrie Patterson Photography

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An Intimate Wedding in Jackson Hole with Views of the Teton Mountain Range

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Aug 312016
 

After a year of dating long distance, Susan Gushard and Michael Patrick decided they'd both move to Boston, Massachusetts, the city where they first met. A few years after that, Michael surprised Susan with an unforgettable proposal after hiking through Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire.

Although their love story has roots around the city, it was immediately clear to the duo where they'd get married. "We both knew we wanted to get married in Wyoming," the bride says, and the pair wasted no time in booking the Chapel of Transfiguration for their ceremony and Snake River Sporting Club for their July 18, 2015 reception. Mother Nature offered a few surprises (including an impromptu hailstorm and rainbow!), and Taylor Glenn Photography was there to capture every magical moment.

Susan brought her mom, dad, and future sister-in-law along to several bridal boutiques while on the hunt for her perfect wedding dress. When she tried on a white Alencon lace and silk sheath from Marisa Bridal, they all knew it was the one. Susan accessorized with pieces that felt meaningful to her, including her mother's pearl earrings and a bracelet that Michael gave her on their first Christmas together.

Michael wore a navy suit, white shirt, brown shoes, and a soft peach colored tie. His groomsmen wore slightly darker suits with matching brown dress shoes.

Susan's bridesmaids wore flowing chiffon Donna Morgan dresses in the same blush color but in varying styles. "I wanted the bridesmaids' dresses to complement the natural beauty of Wyoming," the bride says.

The ceremony took place in a beautiful log chapel in Grand Teton National Park. To warm up the wooden exterior, the couple asked their florist to decorate the door with a wreath in tones similar to the bride's and bridesmaids' bouquets. Inside, guests were seated in wooden pews embellished with flower-filled mason jars that had been tied to the end of each row with blush ribbon.

"Moments before I walked down the aisle, the hail came," the bride says. "We heard it's good luck if it rains on your wedding day, so hail must be even luckier! A rainbow followed the storm and our photographer was able to get some beautiful photos of us."

Once the weather settled down, Susan and her father walked down the aisle to the classic Pachabel's Canon in D Major, which was performed by an organist.

Before making a grand entrance as husband and wife at the reception venue, Susan and Michael created an unforgettable moment together exchanging personal vows by the river. "It was a special moment for us to pause and reflect on the day together with a glass of champagne by the peaceful Snake River," the bride says.

At the reception, guests were served raspberry-peach prosecco punch, the couple's signature cocktail, along with appetizers like beef sliders and seared scallops with bacon lardon.

Susan created DIY place cards for her guests using seed paper, small fern leaves, and pink rice flowers. For dinner, guests were seated at rectangular wooden tables adorned with tall candles in gold holders and ivory flowers with a pop of peach. They were served zucchini spaghetti in a tomato white wine sauce or grilled tenderloin with a blue cheese cream sauce, mashed potatoes, and asparagus.

After a night full of dancing and toasts, the newlyweds cut into their three-tiered honeycomb-inspired wedding cake. Susan and Michael chose a Tahitian vanilla bean cake with raspberry mousse and cream cheese frosting, but also offered oatmeal cookies and pistachio, apricot, and vanilla bean macarons for dessert. In addition to being delicious, the sweet treats fit well with the couple's peach, rose, and dusty blue color scheme.

For this happy couple, wedding planning was all about focusing on the details. "Everything we chose, from the elements that made up the save the date and wedding invitation to the warm oatmeal cookies after dinner, had some kind of significance or meaning to us," Susan says.

Ceremony Venue: Chapel of Transfiguration || Reception Venue: Snake River Sporting Club || Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridals || Hair: Debbie Ferrante of L'Equipe Salon || Makeup: Stephanie of Frost Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan || Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Flowers: Lily & Co. || Invitations: Ceci New York || Other Paper Products: Of the Earth; Jan Boyd Calligraphy || Music: John Michael Haines and Bill Hummer; Jeff Eidemiller || Catering: Spoons Bistro & Bakery || Cake: Jackson Cake Company || Photographer: Taylor Glenn Photography

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This Wyoming Wedding Ceremony Featured Unreal Views of the Teton Mountains

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May 112016
 

After months of listening to mutual friends drop not-so-subtle hints that they'd hit it off, Brooke Stein and Adam Moss finally met — without even knowing that the other was the suitor their friends had babbled on about. Luckily, a friend spotted them sitting together and later connected the dots for the duo, and after the success of their first official date, the new pair couldn't help but agree with their friends' assessment: Brooke and Adam were a perfect match. Two years later, Adam popped the question. And about a year after that, on July 25, 2015, the pair tied the knot in Jackson, Wyoming.

It was important to bride and groom that their guests needs came first at this destination wedding, so Brooke and Adam dreamed up a weekend where family and friends could be together and celebrate in a chic, elegant, and fun outdoor setting. At the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club, nestled in the Tetons, it was impossibly easy for the couple to plan a dreamy celebration, and the only pre-wedding necessity was accentuating the venue's natural beauty. With the help of Amy Zaroff Events, they did just that. And lucky for us, La Vie Photography didn't miss a single stunning detail.

Brooke and Adam invited 200 friends and family members to join in the celebration. Their paper suite, which played up the mountain setting of the wedding, included invitations not only to the wedding but also to a welcome party, rehearsal dinner, and a brunch, making their big day a true weekend-long getaway.

With her mother and grandmother by her side, Brooke knew she had found The One when she slipped on her Monique Lhuillier wedding dress because she couldn't wipe the smile from her face. The strapless trumpet-style dress featured Chantilly lace and a gathered tulle overlay. "It was just so comfortable and fun to wear," Brooke says.

Brooke completed her bridal look with family heirloom jewels, including aquamarine earrings and a gold bracelet, and carried a wild bouquet of ranunculus, roses, eucalyptus, and other greens. Adam, who looked dashing in his classic black-and-white tuxedo, tucked a pocket square into his jacket and pinned a twine-tied boutonniere to his lapel.

While the couple's groomsmen mirrored the groom in classic tuxes, the bridesmaids wore convertible Jenny Yoo gowns, which gave them the freedom to each dress a little differently. "I chose this dress because my sisters loved it, and because I wanted each bridesmaid to be able to customize the dress so that they could feel gorgeous and fabulous on the wedding day," Brooke says.

The bridesmaids carried all-baby's breath bouquets, also tied with rustic twine.

"We wanted to be married in a location that was outdoors and embodied simple, stunning elegance," says Brooke. Since their ceremony held on the club's golf course (where views of the towering Tetons serve as a backdrop) the couple needed little in the way of decoration. But what they did add was almost as breathtaking as the natural views: Aged wine barrels covered in baby's breath and a birch branch chuppah that was draped in greens and flowers complemented the setting.

The couple's flower girls, dressed in gold shimmering tutus and cowboy boots, raced down the aisle at full speed. One even lost a boot along the way. "The youngest got stage fright and had to be carried down the aisle by her grandfather. They were adorable, funny and silly, and we wouldn't have had it any other way," says the bride.

During the ceremony, Brooke and Adam exchanged traditional Jewish vows. Their rabbi also read excerpts from their Ketubah, which was painted by the bride's grandmother.

The couple's favorite design detail? The custom bourbon and champagne displays, which were made from wooden ladders and boards and decorated with green wreaths. Drinks in hand, guests could lounge outside on vintage-inspired furniture or sit at cocktail tables topped with wild floral arrangements held in birch vases.

Guests found their seats on a calligraphy seating chart decorated with green garland. The bride and groom, however, chose to dine at a table set for two.

The couple's naked cake featured layers of almond cake with fresh raspberry, strawberry, and vanilla buttercream filling.

Brooke and Adam took their first dance as husband and wife to "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel. But they may have enjoyed another dance even more: "There was an out-of-this-world dance-off between two wedding guests to Michael Jackson's 'Beat It,'" Brooke says. "Everyone was going absolutely crazy!"

The couple honeymooned in Thailand for three weeks. "It was a dream," Brooke says.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club || Wedding Planner: Amy Zaroff Events
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|| Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Veil: L'atelier Couture || Hair: Sara Grimaldi || Makeup: Tanya Crocker || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss || Florist: Lily and Co. || Invitations: Gretchen Berry Design || Music: Ground Control || Catering: Bistro Catering || Cake: Jackson Hole Cake Company || Rentals: Canvas Unlimited; Wildflower Linen; Nuage Designs; Wyoming Party Rentals || Photographer: La Vie Photography

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The Rocky Mountains Were the Perfect Backdrop for This Couple’s Elegant Wyoming Wedding

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Jan 142016
 
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Photo: Laura Kleinhenz Docuvitae

As soon as Yubeth agreed to join a friend and her husband on a vacation in Hawaii, the fashion model wasted no time in jumping on a flight from her home in Tokyo to the island oasis. Little did she know, her pal's husband had invited a friend along too, and when Yubeth and Dennis first locked eyes on August 10, 2012, both felt a spark. By the end of the trip, it was impossible to deny that the two had feelings for each other, and after a few weeks of long-distance dating, Yubeth made the move to New York and the pair were inseparable ever since. So it's no surprise that Yubeth happily said yes when Dennis popped the question in September of 2013 while on vacation in the Maldives.

The future bride and groom knew exactly what they wanted their June 7, 2014, nuptials to look like: both Yubeth and Dennis felt strongly about hosting a simple and elegant ceremony and reception where they would be surrounded by just their nearest and dearest. So the two decided on a destination wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and invited 90 guests to join them for a mountain wedding at the base of the Grand Tetons. With the help of Laura Leonard of Lyndsey Hamilton Events, a classic wedding with the perfect hints of rustic glamour came together, and Laura Kleinhenz of Docuvitae captured every stunning moment.

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Ceci New York designed an elegant wedding invitation that included touches of gold foil and a whimsical Jackson Hole sketch, perfect for welcoming guests to the mountain retreat. Yubeth and Dennis also gave their guests a welcome bag packed with goodies, like locale Jackson Hole Dust Cutter Huckleberry Lemonade, energy bars, tequila, chocolates, and personalized handkerchiefs.

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Photo: Laura Kleinhenz Docuvitae

Yubeth stunned in figure-flattering lace gown designed by Inbal Dror, which she purchased at New York City bridal salon Mark Ingram Atelier. "After trying on many dresses, I realized that lace was the material that I preferred the most and felt like the best match for our location," she says. "Once I put this one on, it felt so liberating but also very elegant and very 'bridal.' I love the v-neckline, the top detailing, the ribbons on the shoulders, and the way they hang in the back. It's a very special and unique dress."

She accessorized with a pair of lace Valentino heels and diamond earrings that Dennis had custom-made for his bride-to-be by the same jewelry designer that designer Yubeth's engagement ring. Her classic updo was adorned with fresh white roses, and she carried a mostly-white bouquet of roses and greenery.

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The groom wore a bespoke peak lapel tuxedo from Turnbull & Asser, and finished his look with a sleek bowtie floral boutonniere.

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Yubeth and Dennis decided to hold their ceremony at the Chapel of the Sacred Heart located in Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyoming. "A chapel in the woods literally at the base of the Grand Tetons just felt like the perfect setting for the simple and elegant ceremony Dennis and I both wanted," the bride says. "Although it's over 80 years old, the chapel was renovated about ten years ago. It's still a very rustic and charming space."

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To soften the wooden interior, the couple added dozens of candles and lush arrangements of white blooms and greenery.

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Yubeth's brother, Irving, walked her down the aisle. The bride and groom chose to follow traditional Catholic wedding vows, but personalized the ceremony by selecting readings that resonated most with their story.

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The couple chose Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for their reception venue. "When Dennis and I first met he invited me to Jackson to get to know him better. It was a lunch on the terrace of Amangani where the true beauty of the area really struck me and I began to understand why he was so drawn to this place," the bride says. "It felt like the perfect place to celebrate our marriage." Although it's almost an hour from the chapel, the gorgeous scenery made the drive entirely worth it.

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As a nod to the bride's Mexican heritage, Yubeth and Dennis hired a mariachi band to perform during cocktail hour. "They looked fabulous standing around the pool with the mountains off in the distance," the bride says. "It was probably the most photographed scene from the whole wedding and their music was fantastic." As they enjoyed the music, guests nibbled on charcuterie, scallops, goat cheese fritters, and sweet onion tarts and sipped the couple's signature cocktail, the Caliente. Yubeth and Dennis created a habanero-infused tequila and huckleberry concoction for their friends and family to drink. "Huckleberries are a local favorite in Jackson Hole," the bride says.

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Everyone then moved inside for a formal dinner reception. The couple had a look in mind for their escort cards, and it took Yubeth quite some time to find the right elements to bring their idea to life. Simple calligraphed cards were wrapped in a lace handkerchief for a simple yet romantic escort card display. "It took forever for me to find those handkerchiefs online!" Yubeth says.

Once inside the reception room, guests were treated to a flower-filled space with the perfect mix of elegant and rustic décor. "I wanted to keep it simple but elegant, with an ethereal feeling," Yubeth says of the space. "We used candles around the room to create a cozy and intimate ambiance." Tables were dressed in patterned linens and decorated with low floral centerpieces comprised of roses, peonies, cosmos, heuchera, Queen Anne's lace, and greenery. To tie in the beauty of the outdoors, Aspen trees decorated with hanging candles were placed throughout the room.

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After a three-course dinner, which included an heirloom beet salad, braised bison short ribs, slow-roasted salmon, and chocolate covered strawberries, the couple cut into their three-tier wedding cake. Beneath layers of white fondant and edible flowers, layers of chocolate cake with Bailey's espresso buttercream and buttermilk spice cake with Kahlua brown sugar buttercream were waiting to be enjoyed.

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"Don't stress out on the day of your wedding," the bride says. "Just try and enjoy as much as you can. Time passes so quickly and you don't want to miss any of the details."

Ceremony Venue: Chapel of the Sacred Heart || Reception Venue & Catering: Amangani || Wedding Planner: Lyndsey Hamilton Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror, purchased at Mark Ingram Atelier || Groom's Attire: Turnbull & Asser || Invitations & Stationery: Ceci New York || Floral Designer: Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers || Cake: Jackson Cake Company || Ceremony Music: Cello Duo || Reception Music: DJ Jason Fioto || Photo Booth: Taylor Glenn Photography || Transportation: Alltrans, Inc. || Videography: Jackson Hole Wedding Video || Photography: Docuvitae

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This California Couple Headed to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a Destination Wedding with a View

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Jul 082015
 

When Sara and Aaron first met at the end of their junior year at Colby College in 2004, neither had any idea they had met their future spouse. Nine years later, while hiking in Big Sur, California, Aaron asked Sara to be his wife. The Mountainview, California-based couple spent the next year planning their June 29, 2014 destination wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

With 110 guests looking on, the pair made their union official at the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club in an event planned by Lisa Mack of Lovely Day Events. Photographer Kisa Koenig was on hand to capture every moment of their day, including the sweeping views of the Teton Mountains.

Sara fell in love with a strapless lace wedding dress from Allure Bridals. "It took a couple of trips," the bride admits of find her dream gown. "It just felt right and I loved that it was a bit peachy and off-white, which felt like it matched the location perfectly." She accessorized with earrings that her in-laws had custom-made just for her wedding day. "It was really special to be given a piece of jewelry that felt like it would one day be passed along to others," she recalls.

Lily and Co. created a loose, textural bouquet that included peonies, garden roses, and plenty of greenery. The most special part of her blooms was actually the handle! "I carried my flowers in a handkerchief of my late grandmother's," she says of the meaningful detail. "We also safety pinned a locked that was left to my by my other set of grandparents when they passed away."

With such a breathtaking backdrop, Sara and Aaron knew they didn't need tons of décor to make their ceremony feel special. They chose to wed under a wooden chuppah decorated with greenery and gauzy fabric. Sara walked down the aisle with both of her parents as an instrumental version of Christina Perri's "1,000 Years" played. After she and Aaron were pronounced husband and wife, the couple exited to "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."

The reception took place inside a nearby tent where tons of round tables surrounded the dance floor. The look fit perfectly with the bride's idea of a fun and casual bash. Each table was topped with pale blue linens and a variety of different floral centerpieces.

The bride DIYed all of her table numbers, along with the ceremony programs and place cards. "It was easy and totally worth doing on our own," she says.

The couple served Huckleberry Margaritas as their signature cocktail. The bright and fruity drink paired perfectly with a decadent dinner of cherry glazed salmon, rack of lamb, and grilled vegetable and goat cheese strudel.

Each guest was given a bottle of Vermont maple syrup straight from the bride's best friend's family farm. "It added a nice personal touch," says Sara. "It brought in a little touch of my Vermont roots!"

Sara and Aaron enjoyed another week in Jackson Hole, which served as the perfect post-wedding retreat. The bride's top tip for other engaged gals: "On the day of, make fun your top priority and know that when you're surrounded by amazing people, all of those little things really don't matter as much."

Venue & Catering: Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club || Wedding Planner: Lisa Mack of Lovely Day Events || Officiant: Judd Grossman || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Allure Bridals || Hair & Makeup: Champu Salon || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Shaftel Diamond Co. || Florist & Rentals: Lily and Co. || Invitations: Minted || Music: Steady Jake || Favors: Sherman Hollow Farms || Transportation: All Trans || Photographer: Kisa Koenig

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A Sophisticated Late Summer Wedding In the Mountains of Jackson Hole

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Jan 102014
 
Bride and Groom in Jackson Hole

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Though this New York-based couple met as teenagers in boarding school and were friends for years, it wasn't until they reconnected in 2009 that their friendship evolved into the romance of a lifetime.

When it came time to plan their wedding, Catherine and Brian knew that her family's home in Jackson Hole would be the perfect place to celebrate their union. "It's not only a special place for my family, but also a retreat that Brian and I have loved throughout our relationship," says Cate. "The grand scale of Jackson Hole, combined with the intimacy of our family's 'Elk Camp', really demonstrated why this place is so special to us."

Brian and Catherine's goal? "To create the best dinner party we'd ever thrown," says the bride. For their wedding on August 25th, 2012, the couple juxtaposed the casual beauty of Jackson Hole with the modern sophistication of an event planned by self-proclaimed die-hard entertainers. But with only six months to plan, the bride and groom turned to Carrie Sartor of Lyndsey Hamilton Events to bring all the details together. "She kept our perspective focused on the right place: each other," says Catherine.

Modern Invitations and Welcome Bags

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The couple's invitations were playful and modern, with an elegant twist. They used an elk's silhouette to decorate their guests' welcome bags, and carried the playful script throughout the printed materials.

Bride's Cameo and Blue Earrings

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Catherine's something old was her great-grandmother's cameo. Her something blue? "Brian gave me a gorgeous pair of aquamarine and diamond earrings as my wedding gift," she says.

Soft Bridal Bouquet

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The bride's bouquet was left in the hands of florist Matthew Robinson, who created something soft and unique for the mountain-top ceremony. Roses, flowering basil, scabiosa pods, and begonias gave the bouquet lush texture.

Bride in a Lace Vera Wang Gown

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Catherine chose her Vera Wang gown for the fabric. "There are five different types of lace and fabric used for the gown, and it's so incredible to look at. I fell in love with the texture," she says. A beaded belt added another layer of ornate detail.

Wedding Party in Blush Gowns and Tuxedos

Car in Jackson Hole


Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio


The bridesmaids wore blush gowns from Amsale, and the groom and groomsmen were outfitted in classic tuxedos. Before the ceremony, the wedding party drove out to the top of a butte for photos that took advantage of the incredible views.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Jackson Hole

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Jackson Hole

Rose Petals at a Wedding Ceremony


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The outdoor ceremony was incredibly simple, with two oversized arrangement of roses, hydrangeas, and greenery to anchor the altar. Guests were given soft pink rose petals to throw after the couple said "I Do."

Bride and Groom at an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

"Brian and I have loved E.E. Cummings since boarding school, so we had to use 'i carry your heart' in the ceremony," says Catherine. They also included readings from the Dalai Lama and Rogers and Hart.

Escort Card Display with Fresh Herbs

Unique Escort Card Display


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Catherine and Brian's florist used copper trays overflowing with fresh herbs as a unique, textural display for the escort cards.

Tented Wedding Reception in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Floral Wedding Centerpieces and Textured Linens


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The reception took place on the property's front lawn. "We tried to give guests a tour of the property throughout the day, moving from the ceremony's mountain views to riverside cocktails to the reception by the creek and woods," says Catherine. Textured linens contrasted elegantly with assorted vintage silver vases, lush blooms, and gray taper candles.

Floral Wedding Centerpieces and Textured Linens

Personalized Wedding Menu


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Dahlias, roses, hydrangeas, Andromeda, and fresh herbs like basil and oregano gave the centerpieces lots of visual interest and unique pops of color. Each guest's place featured a printed menu and sprigs of lavender.

White Wedding Cake with Sugar Flowers

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The couple's wedding cake was "perfect for both of us," says Catherine. Layers of Tahitian vanilla cake, chocolate ganache, and raspberry jam were enrobed in Tahitian vanilla buttercream and topped with sugar flowers.

Tented Wedding Reception in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

"One of my favorite parts of the evening was just before the reception," says Catherine. "We snuck away and watched as our guests excitedly filed into the tent. It was so touching to see them all come together for us." An evening full of laughter, delicious food, and lots of dancing was the ideal way for Catherine and Brian to begin their life together.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Bride's Family Home in Jackson Hole, WY || Wedding Planner: Carrie Sartor of Lyndsey Hamilton Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti, Vera Wang || Hair & Makeup: Edvina Sarukhanyan of Fekkai Soho || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Tuxedo: Paul Stuart || Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Florist: Matthew Robbins Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Mr. Boddington's Studio || Music: Cracked Ice || Catering: Bistro Catering || Cake: Jackson Cake Company || Rentals: Sperry Tents Seacoast, rEvolve, || Photography: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

—Jaimie Schoen

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They met on the set of The Loop nearly seven years ago—and it was clear to everyone that actor Eric Christian Olsen was smitten with Sarah Wright from the start. "We had been together for four years, and everyone knew that it was coming," Eric said. But the NCIS: Los Angeles star couldn't stand the thought of Sarah sniffing out his proposal and so, he threw her off his scent. "I spent the three months kind of talking about how I didn't know if I wanted to get married," he said. Finally, after a perfect day in Punta Mita, Mexico, Eric got down on both knees and proposed. And Sarah was completely surprised.

Nearly two years later, the couple wed in front of 75 guests at their property just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The couple wanted a "simple, classic style that would not take away from the beauty of the Teton Mountains that was already the backdrop for our wedding," Sarah said.

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Sarah described their wedding as "rustic, classic, homegrown and vintage." The couple used mason jar and antiqued crates throughout their decor.

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Reception tables were draped in white linens and accented with burlap table runners. Mason jars filled with candles and wildflowers—including rosemary, lavender, daisies and Billy balls—dotted the table tops.

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The bride used scraps of wood stamped with mason jars as the canvas for the couple's escort cards, pressing each guest's name and table number onto the wood with her own typewriter-style stamps.

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A country-inspired sign led guests past the couple's barn and toward the cocktail hour and reception tent.

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The bride's bouquet was a mixture of white and blush blooms—including lysimachia, tweedia, chamomile, asclepias and Queen Anne's lace—with just a hint of green foliage. "I wanted to use local flowers that were in season and wildflowers," she said.

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Paul Olsen, the groom's father, married the couple. The pair exchanged their own unique vows, which included the laughter-inducing "I vow to be nicer when I am hungry."

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Guests sat on hay bales covered with fabric and tied in place with twine. Jugs of wildflowers marked the beginning and end of the aisle. Shepherd's hooks hung beside each row, suspending floating candles in the air.


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The couple's 8-year-old Akita carried the rings down the aisle beside the ring bearer, 2-year-old Ever Rogel. He wore a J. Crew seersucker vest and pants paired with TOMS shoes.

Sarah wore J. Crew's tulipe bustier dress. 'I loved the light, airy feel," she said. 'It was timeless and had a beautiful sweetheart neckline." Around her forehead, the bride wore a crystal headpiece by Cecile Boccara, which she bought at BHLDN. Her soon-to-be husband also donned J. Crew—but he also added TOMS' loafers to his attire.


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The couple chose their country property as the site for their wedding because "we wanted to be married in a place that means something to us," the bride said. The site also gave Sarah the perfect excuse to know her new family better. "Eric, his mom, dad, brother and I turned the barn into a livable space. I had the chance to get to know his family while working side by side on this project."

The couple kept things casual—their eight groomsmen wore white slacks and blue collared shirts rolled up to their elbows.


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Six bridesmaids wore knee-length Monique Lhuillier and Ivy & Aster gowns, each their own shade of soft white or pale pink. They carried nosegays of white and blush blooms that popped with clematis—the perfect flower to match their magenta shoes.

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Eric worked with jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer to craft a custom engagement ring of yellow gold and diamonds for Sarah. The designer also made Eric's ring, a shiny rose gold band.

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Guests found spicy margaritas, lemonade spiked with vodka, and Leffe and Stella Artois beers at cocktail hour. The couple also served a smorgasbord of barbeque from Big Hole BBQ in Victor, Idaho. The restaurant "set up their smoker behind the tent and made their amazing BBQ served hot on a buffet for our guests," the bride said.


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A white tent covered guests from the cloudless mountain sky. Just beyond its edges, the couple set up games for guests to play—bean bag toss, horse shoe toss and Frisbee.

The couple asked local blue grass band Steam Powered Airplane to play Ray Lamontagne's "Hold You In My Arms" for their first dance. Guests especially enjoyed dancing to "I'm Going to Jackson" and "Sweet Home Alabama."

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After guests indulged on a buffet of beef brisket, fish tacos and pulled pork, they were treated to the couple's favorite ice cream—Whitney's Ice Cream, which had to be shipped in especially for the event. The couple also served gluten-free macaroons and s'mores by the fire pit.


Venue: The couple's property outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming || Event planning: Jackson Hole Event Company || Stationery: Minted || Flowers: Lily and Co. || Rentals: Canvas Unlimited || Catering: Big Hole BBQ || Ice Cream: Whitney's Ice Cream || Macaroons: Persephone Bakery || Band: Steam Powered Airplane || Transportation: Grand Targhee || Photography: Katy Gray Photography || Videography: Jenny Tunberg || Gown: J. Crew || Headpiece: BHLDN || Shoes: J. Crew || Bridesmaids: Monique Lhuillier and Ivy & Aster || Men's Formalwear: J. Crew || Ring Bearer Attire: J. Crew


—Jillian Kramer

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