From the bride, Lauren: As a photographer by trade, having our wedding day documented was extremely important to me! In fact, I started planning our entire wedding on the basis of two things, the photographer and a national park. We knew that we wanted to get married in a National Park, but we also needed our ceremony location to be accessible for all family members and myself, in a big white dress! The accessibility of Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park was perfect, and the area would accommodate our small wedding party perfectly. It all started as a dream to get married with the mountains as our backdrop, but with a little planning, our dream came true!
My favorite part of our wedding day was our first look, leading all the way up to the ceremony.
I was really nervous getting married outside in September without a back up plan, but I couldn’t envision us getting married anywhere other than Schwabacher’s Landing in Grand Teton Nation Park.
Although extremely simple, our ceremony was perfect and although the weather was unseasonably cool, it didn’t rain!
We both read our own personal handwritten vows (which I was terrified of doing, but knew I wouldn’t regret it) and it was one of the most beautiful experiences that my husband and I have ever shared. My husband is a writer by trade — his vows were eloquent, unique and they are incredibly special to me. Let me share, “Falling in love with you was watching a storm form on the horizon. Seeing the landscape ahead of me blanketed in snow, and all I could do was wait for it to happen to me, too. And when it came over me, my entire view changed. Everything I saw was different, but it was the same. It all was pristine. And in my life, I promise that every fresh footprint I lay will be with you. I vow to love you like the mountains love the snow. I promise to quietly miss you like the flowers do the rain. And I swear to keep you forever like the canyons hold silence. So before our friends and people we love, I hope you feel the same and ready for the next part of our adventure as husband and wife. You are the compass that helps me through this land and I know our life will be one full of things deep, sometimes dark, but always lovely”.
Looking back, having a small wedding was the right fit for us, it saved a lot of money and allowed us to spend more on our guest accommodations.
My advice: Plan your wedding to be exactly what you and your partner want it to be — try not to stress and don’t let the pressure from others sway how you plan your wedding. This day is yours, and it’s a celebration of you coming together as a married couple. Everyone who matters will respect and enjoy your wedding day exactly as you have it envisioned. Overall, just try to relax, enjoy the day because it’s over in the blink of an eye!
Lauren’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Jamye Chrisman Photography // Flowers: JH Flower Boutique // Dress: Blue by Enzoani // Hair & Makeup: Tanya Crocker Hair & Makeup // Ceremony: Schwabacher’s Landing, Grand Teton National Park
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