Mesmerized by Love in Jackson Hole- Part II

June 21, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by Kisa Koenig

From the bride Kara:
Planning this wedding was great insight on how Scott and I will tackle the life ahead of us.Although it wasn’t his idea of fun, he was right next to me as we created our own wedding invitations, table names, and place holders.He assisted in addressing invitations and making decisions on the big day.The planning process brought us even closer and was less stressful than I imagined possible.

With the reception in full swing, Scott and I took a minute to slip away from the party and returned to the ceremony site.  We stood in the exact spot we had stood in hours earlier and laughed about how ridiculously perfect this day was.  We couldn’t take our eyes off one another as we soaked in everything going on around us.  It was the definition of a perfect moment. The smile never disappeared off the faces of Scott and I as we looked around us. We whispered to ourselves several times that evening we were so lucky to have so many people join us for our destination wedding. PERSONAL TOUCHES
We wanted our guests to know how much we appreciated them being there, this started the moment they each arrived in Jackson Hole.  They were greeted with a “Welcome to Wyoming” basket that was an upside down cowboy hat full of goodies.  The hat also contained a 4-page newsletter that contained a schedule of the week’s events, a rundown of who’s who in the wedding party, the history of each of our parents and how they met, as well as the background of Scott and I.

 

We made time during the reception to speak to each of our guests and reiterate how much we appreciated them being there to support us. Walking across the courtyard with both of my parents, I wasn’t sure if we would make it to our spot without exploding with delight.  I had never seen my parents so happy as we walked under the blue skies of Wyoming, on this perfect day, to join me with my future husband.  We laughed almost the entire way, but for the life of us, we cannot remember what we were talking about!

 

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{Luxe Collection Member} Venue & Food & Lodging:Jackson Lake Lodge
Photographer: Kisa Koenig // Musicians: Phil Round //  Cake: Jackson Cake Company

 

THE HONEYMOON
We stayed at the Bentwood Inn Bed and Breakfast in Wilson, WY.

Mesmerized by Love in Jackson Hole – Part I

June 20, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by Kisa Koenig

From the bride Kara:
In the shadow of the magnificent Tetons as the sun slipped behind the rugged mountain range, I looked into the sparkling blue eyes of my fiancé (Scott) and said “I do.”  After a year of planning, Scott and I drove 1,500 miles West to become husband and wife in front of our friends and family in Grand Teton National Park.Walking down the aisle with my mother and father on either side of me, family and friends smiling from their seats, and my amazing husband-to-be standing in front of me, framed by the most beautiful mountains in the world, I wish I could have frozen time as it was the most perfect moment imaginable!  As our officiate announced us as husband and wife, I wanted to ask her to perform the ceremony all over again as it was a moment I wanted to relive over and over again.Our handwritten vows as well as creating the wording for our entire ceremony made the event much more personal. MEMORABLE MOMENTS
As I was walking towards the terrace for the beginning of the ceremony, I walked through the great room at {Luxe Collection Member} Jackson Lake Lodge .  As it was the middle of summer, the room was full of tourists.  They stood and clapped as I walked past, many saying encouraging words and wishing congratulations.  It was absolutely magical that these kind strangers were witnessing our day and wishing us well.

Walking across the courtyard with both of my parents, I wasn’t sure if we would make it to our spot without exploding with delight.  I had never seen my parents so happy as we walked under the blue skies of Wyoming, on this perfect day, to join me with my future husband.  We laughed almost the entire way, but for the life of us, we cannot remember what we were talking about!

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Read Part II, the Reception.

Color Inspiration: Sunny Sunflowers

June 18, 2011 / 0 Comments

The cheery and happy sunflower – you can’t help but smile. On a warm and sunny summer day, these flowers actually rotate to follow the sun, hence their name.  It was the American Indian who first domesticated this single headed plant. The flower and seeds were used for cooking, to make purple dye, body paint for ceremonies and as a cure for snake bites.  We are so very happy this amazing flower is a popular choice for modern day weddings!

 

Winter Wonderland Vows at Keystone Lodge

June 16, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by IN Photography

From the bride, Talia:
We live in Little Rock, Arkansas and began planning our wedding in Arkansas, but we were so overwhelmed with the large guest list, we chose to make our day more of an intimate event with just close family and friends.  We decided to have our wedding in beautiful Keystone, Colorado.I loved my dress.  While we were taking pictures, a little girl passed by and asked her mom, “Mommy, can I take a picture with the princess?” It was so sweet.We wanted a Christmas wedding, but we didn’t want the typical red and green scheme, so my mom created a “winter wonderland”.  As I stepped into the room filled with our guests, I lost my breath and started crying. I looked back at my dad and his eyes were filled with tears too. For the reception, my mother made each guest a name plate the hung from the back of the chairs at dinner. By the end of the night, everyone was wearing the name plates around their necks. MEMORABLE MOMENTS
I am such a crier and I was prepping myself all day to try to keep my emotions together. I was doing really well until I saw my future hubby for the first time. My heart was filled with so much emotions, the tears started rolling!

As I walked down the aisle, the lace trim on the bottom of my dress got stuck to a pin in the floor that was holding down the runner. I realized that I was stuck and there was no way of just brushing it off.  As one of my guests tried to get me unhooked, I said “everyone can laugh now!” a sigh or relieve fell on the room. Everyone laughed and we moved on.

 

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Photographer: IN Photography //  Venue, Food  Cake:  Keystone Lodge, Keystone Resorts //  Wedding Gown: Oleg Casini //  Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group //  Men’s Attire:  Men’s Warehouse

For the reception, my mother made each guest a name plate the hung from the back of the chairs at dinner. By the end of the night, everyone was wearing the name plates around their necks.

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