From Jaclyn Watson Events:  In the midst of winter in Vermont, and with Kirsty Mitchell’s Daughter of Narnia in mind, a storybook design came together. The White Queen bride amongst the snowy birch in her stunning caped Alexandra Grecco gown. The grandiose feasts featured in A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin created this image of an over-the-top feast for a Queen and her King. The warmer temperatures allowed for glimpses of the soft browns and muted golds hiding beneath the white blanket of snow. The unexpected colors played off the tones hidden in our centerpieces, beautifully created by Apotheca Flowers, and the pops of color from the extravagant feast laid out by Let’s Pretend Catering. Our clean and crisp, woodsy cake was a perfect touch to this come to life adventure. Be Our Guest included unique china pieces that embodied the story  while Ferro Jewelers included beautiful vintage estate pieces that matched the era.

 

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The Style Team

Photographer: J. Harper Photography  |  Event Planner & Designer: Jaclyn Watson Events  |  Floral Designer: Apotheca Flower Shoppe  |  Linens: Be Our Guest Linen & Party Equipment Rental  | Caterer: Let’s Pretend Catering  |  Dress Designer: Sarah Seven from Everthine Bridal Boutique  |  Venue: Trapp Family Lodge  |   Cake Designer: Cakes By Ashia  |  Jewelry: Ferro Jewlery  |  Video: todd stoilov Video

 


From the Magazine: Krystle & Ben

From the bride: We had planned for a green spring May 1st wedding. Originally, it was supposed to rain all weekend, so I came to terms with it and bought 50 umbrellas for our guests and was going to try to make the most of it. Those umbrellas were later returned after the rain changed to snow, which was a very unexpected but great turn of events.
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The Wedding Team

Photographer: Chris McLaughlin Photography
Event & Floral Design: A Design Resource
Cakes: The Bundt Shoppe
Venue: The Manor House

Wedding Gown Designer: Mori Lee  |   Hair: Harrahs  |  Makeup: Krystal Washington  |  Groom’s Attire: Ted’s Clothiers

 


 

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From the little white chapel at the top of a hill to the horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow, this Idaho inspiration shoot showcases the magic of a winter wedding in the mountains.

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Photographer: Cimbalik Photography  | Event Designer: Sprout Design  |  Planner/Stylist: IDoWED |   Dress Store: Margene’s Bridal  |  Transportation: McCall Sleigh Rides  | Hair Stylist: Shawna Hines  |  Video: Silverline Films  |   Cake Designer: Stacey Cakes  |  Linens: Lemon Tree Linens  |  Chairs: Tates Tents & Events  |  Venue: The Arling Center at Tamarack Resort   |  Floral Designer: Wildflower Floral Events

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From the bride, Sarah: Daniel and I are both avid skiers. We knew we wanted to get married in the mountains, it’s our favorite place in the whole world. We wanted a luxurious après ski wedding with a warm holiday glow and our closest family plus a few friends who were crazy enough to make the trip.

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THE DAY OF
We had a blizzard the day of our wedding. The most beautiful thick white snowy blanket that fell steadily for the whole day and into the night, it was magical!!  A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah

THE RECEPTION
Our reception was filled with gold glittery candles, red holly berries, brown pinecones on deep green pine boughs, and aspen tree accents. I felt like I was outside in the mountains—but inside of the coziest lodge glowing with the most lovely holiday sparkle!

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ADVICE
Be chill. It’s your one and only dream-come-true day to celebrate the love of your life and the beginning of the rest of your forever together. At a certain point you let it go and just go with it because the day is going to be as wonderful as you allow it to be. Our day was wonderful and I did my best to soak up every moment

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Photographer: Logan Walker Photography  //  Event Designer: Silver Summit Event Design  //   Floral Designer: artisan bloom  //  Venue: Stein Eriksen Lodge

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Ski Resort Snowboarding Proposal aon a Mountaintop

From the photographer, Meredith Jane Photography: It was your typical day at Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort. Freezing cold temperatures, skiers and snowboarders bustling about and the fireplace roaring for those that are trying to gain a second of warmth. We headed up the mountain, cozy in the gondola, and friends laughed and cracked a few beers to get the day going. Even those in the group that weren’t skiing decided to hop on the gondola for a “group photo” at the top. I claimed you only get views like this once in a lifetime and it was necessary to bring my camera along for the ride. We all knew Joelle’s life was about to change, but we all acted as normal as humanly possible. We started with that group photo and then quickly peeled away to those that, Joelle didn’t realize yet, were going to be part of her new family. As they pulled away Alex dropped to one knee and Joelle tried to pull him up. Apparently he’d “tied his shoes” in front of her a few too many times! But when she realized what was in his hand, her face was priceless…The first thing Joelle did after saying “yes” and giving Alex a huge kiss was ask, “Do my parents know?” We all pretended to play dumb as we quickly made our way down the mountain for a champagne toast.. where her parents were waiting. Alex made a toast and we all shared our videos and pictures of the excitement that that just unfolded (millennial generation style). After everything winded down we went on one last run to cap off the day.
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Pulled from the print edition of Luxe Mountain Weddings, this editorial shoot was inspired by marsala, the 2015 Pantone color of the year. The talented team of Rachel Havel,  Pink Paisley Events & Lale Florals pulled inspiration from the deep shades in pomegranates, blackberries, and burgundy to contrast against the powder snow in the Rocky Mountains. For the tablescapes, the team incorporated seasonal fruits, berries and walnuts. The florals included hot pinks, burgundy, currant reds and soft subtle blues to bring out the marsala hue. Lots of pretty to inspire the mountain bride.

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THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer: Rachel Havel  //  Styling & Planning: Pink Paisley Events  //  Floral Design: Lale Florals  //  Venue & Cake: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch  //  Rentals: Colorado Tents and Events  //  Stationery: Four 13 Designs  //  Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes from Emma and Grace Bridal  //  Hair: Erin Ferris Designs  // Makeup: Steele the Spotlight

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From the bride, Kwany: We wanted a winter wedding in Utah because we love skiing in Utah.

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My bouquet was soft and slightly rustic. I had white/ivory roses and peonies with some dusty miller and mini pine cones, finished with a burlap wrap and twine overlay.

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We played Chinese door games. This tradition originated from ancient times in Chinese culture – it implies that the bride’s family and friends do not want to marry the bride away. So as the groom sets out to the bride’s home, he will have to pass a series of tasks as a way to demonstrate that he really loves her. My girlfriends had the boys dress up in ridiculous outfits (tutus, butterfly wings), do yoga poses, push-ups, and eat the flavors of marriage (spicy, sweet, sour, bitter). It was definitely a good time for our friends and family to watch!

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Even though it took a long time to write, I’m really glad that we wrote each guest a personalized note on their name cards. It was a nice way for us to show appreciation to our friends and family who came from all over the world to celebrate our happiness.

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Looking back, I can’t imagine not having a day of wedding planner. On the day of our wedding, I was relatively stress free because I had her taking care of all the details!

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My advice: Don’t drag out your wedding planning. We had a long engagement (1.5 years) which allowed for a lot of time to plan, look at Pinterest, wedding magazines, etc. And while it was initially a lot of fun, I was a little fatigued with the process and choices (there are always more options!). At some point, you just need to know where to cut yourself off. So, I would recommend doing wedding planning in sprints – do a lot of work and then set it aside from a while before you have to pick it up again. Otherwise, it will take over your life!

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 Kwany’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue, Caterer & Lodging: Sundance Resort. Sundance was just magical and we couldn’t imagine having our wedding anywhere else. Plus, I loved that everyone stayed in one place so that it was easier for our guests to hangout before/after the wedding.

Photographer:  Pepper Nix Photography  //  Event Planner: Soiree Productions  //  Floral Designer: Blossom Sweet  //  Cake Designer: One Sweet Slice  //  Musicians: Echo Talent Management  //  Video: Lumineux Films

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From the bride, Audrey: We decided to have a simple and intimate mountain wedding in Jackson. We didn’t want anything over the top just a nice wintery celebration.

 

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An Intimate Winter Wedding in Jackson. Wyoming

 

I wore white snow boots with my wedding dress and found a white fur coat and custom designed handmade gloves for my outdoor photos to stay cozy warm! I also used a beautiful brooch bouquet for the pictures outside to save my fresh flower bouquet from the below freezing temperatures.

 

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Even though the temperature dipped to around 10 degrees, we had a blast modeling taking pictures. We felt as if we were in our own personal winter wonderland fairytale.

 

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The ceremony was held in a cozy wooden chapel with a stained glass cross for a backdrop with only 45 of our closest friends and family in attendance.

 

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We couldn’t miss taking a few photos under the iconic antler arches all lit up with Christmas lights at twilight.  

 

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Looking back, I would allow more time at the reception, 2 1/2 hours was not enough!

 

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Ceremony Site: Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole // Reception Site: National Museum of Wildlife Art // Photographer: Jamye Chrisman Photography // Florist: Fleur de V //  Wedding Gown Designer: Allure  //  Brooch for bouquet: Amanda Jerkins Design  //  Snow boots: Roxy