From the bride, Samantha: We are from Miami, Florida and got married in Sun Valley, Idaho – where we got engaged! It was so great to have all of our closest friends and family in the mountains together – so far removed from our everyday lives – with tons of activities to do together.
The whole day was really personalized to what Adam & I wanted. We’re very casual and laid back and we just wanted to party in a beautiful setting!
The weather wasn’t working in our favor all weekend. It didn’t rain all summer and of course, our wedding day was expecting rain. We had to order a tent for the ceremony last minute.
We held the ceremony outside underneath a clear tent with the ski mountain as the backdrop. We are Jewish so we were married by a rabbi, with a traditional Jewish ceremony under a chuppah.
When the rabbi asked if my husband takes me to be his wife, his response was “yes” instead of “I do”! It was so typical of him and lots of laughter ensued!
I loved the way the florals turned out. The chandeliers were outfitted with flowers and greenery to match our color scheme and gave the tent a warm feeling.
Most memorable moment: Our first dance! We took dance lessons, which is SO out of character for the two of us but the end result was pretty comical.
ADVICE: I would encourage everyone to make decisions together. Adam and I did a lot of the legwork ourselves and it was fun! Definitely stressful at times, but remember that it’s just one day in your life…and to have FUN with it.
RECOMMENDED VENDORS: Photographer: Dev Khalsa Photography // Floral Designer: Sue Bridgman Florist // Ceremony Tent + Rentals: That’s Entertainment // Cake: The Konditorei // Invitations: A Fabulous Fete // Venue: Trail Creek Pavilion, Sun Valley Resort // Band: The Salamanders // Wedding Gown Designer: Amsale // Makeup Artist: Britt Davis Beauty // Hair Stylist: Danielle Anspach, Mame Muse // Film: Calvin Brue Weddings // Honeymoon Location: Big Sur & Napa
From the photographer, Melissa Holland Photography: Shana and Chris came down from Phoenix last October for their small, elopement-style wedding with their parents at Windy Point on Mt. Lemmon and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Chris is a climber and they have both spent lots of time exploring all the nooks and crannies of this mountain. And boy did he find the ideal/intimate spot for their ceremony. Tucson is known for it’s beautiful, sunny, cloud-free weather, but on this day, we had clouds, wind, and even rain. That didn’t stop this couple from having the most beautiful, thoughtful, gorgeous celebration on this mountain EVER! The sun was setting through the dark clouds as they said their “I Do’s” and cast a warm glow on everything. We escaped the rain for the ceremony and had just enough time for a few shots of the newlyweds before the rain came.
This shoot was a revisit to Chantel & Jeremy’s wedding day incorporating their original elements and pastel color palette. Chantel wore her Stella York gown, which was too pretty to only be worn once. Prior to the storm rolling in, an unexpected visitor crashed the party.
CREDITS: Photography & Video: Victoria Blaire // Event Designer: Picture Perfect Wedding & Events // Floral Designer: DAHLIA FLORAL DESIGN // Cake Designer: Whippt Desserts and Catering // Linens & Coverings: Great Events Rentals // Invitation Designer: Pink Umbrella Designs // Venue: Buffalo Mountain Lodge // Dress Designer: Stella York // Groom’s Attire: Derks Formals
From the photographer, Randy + Ashley: David + Malia laugh when they tell the story of how they met because it’s definitely not something either one of them were expecting! If you ask David, he’ll actually tell you that he replied to Malia’s Craigslist ad! But the REAL story is that once upon a time, Malia was living in Long Beach and she and her roommate ended up needing to find a new roommate for the third room of their house. Initially, Malia wasn’t too enthused about considering having a guy roommate (because hello – that could be kinda awkward), but when David came over for the interview – he immediately won Malia over with his fun and outgoing sense of humor. After only a few weeks of living together and becoming good friends, they both realized they had feelings for each other and began to date … and now, here we are! They chose to have their engagement session at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway because it’s the spot where David proposed to Malia.