Wedding Wednesday is happening on Friday this week, because, well, life happens.
Don’t worry. The winners for last week’s giveaway will be announced soon, and because I’m bringing this blog post two days late, I’m bringing you the ultimate winter treat. If you’re not quite ready for spring to be here and wish cold weather would stay (or for me, come back, because it’s currently 76F outside), grab a cozy blanket and get ready to fall in love.
Alyse is the beautiful sister of one of my 2014 brides, Ashley (her wedding is here if you wanna see!). These two are part of an amazing family and we’ve stayed in touch through social media over the years. When Alyse and Josh got engaged, they knew they wanted a snowy wedding. Josh lived in Colorado for a little while and loves to ski, but they wanted to choose a place neither of them had ever been, to make it an even more fun adventure. Alyse began the planning process (I can only imagine planning a destination wedding to a place one’s never been, but I think she pulled it off pretty perfectly) and originally wrote me thinking she would just book for some local engagement photos. Well, my wanderlust-filled heart went all a pitter patter at the sound of Jackson Hole, so we made a date for Mexican and margs and chatted all the details. Turns out, it was going to work out just perfectly for me to go! And you guys. Trip of a lifetime. Not only was it so incredibly special to be a part of such an intimate ceremony with just Alyse and Josh’s family, but we got to see real mountains, real snow, eat elk, go on a sleigh ride with elk (not at the same time!), and take a minute to just breathe some (cold) fresh air. With where I’m at in my personal life, it was honestly just what I needed.
Another thing that worked out perfectly was that my photog bestie Bre of Say Bre Photography accompanied me on this trip! You’ll see a little bit of us mixed in, because I wanted to some shots from the trip to put things into perspective for you guys, instead of just wedding photos (but there are so many of those too, because we all know how hard it is for me to narrow down anything!). Her shots are mixed in here too!
My favorite wedding details include Alyse’s gorgeous dress, which she found on the rack at David’s Bridal for a steal! It complimented the snowy scenery so well (plus that fur, her boots, and red lips- her bridal style was on point). Josh looked pretty great too! I loved the “No Ugly Crying” handkerchief that was a special detail from Ashley’s wedding that was brought as well. The simplistic nature of an intimate ceremony was my favorite detail, if you want to call that a detail. Surrounded by the most important people in their lives and the snow, was all they needed.
My favorite moments of this trip and wedding… well, pretty much everything was a favorite moment. Seeing the excitement of the kids’ faces during the sleigh ride, having deer come right up to our hotel window, getting in the hot tub at night when it was 2F outside, and exploring a new town were all incredible. Seeing the love between two families coming together, Alyse’s sweet gifts to all the women in her family (personalized bracelets for each girl!) and their reactions when they received them, watching Josh open his gift from Alyse, seeing this beautiful couple laugh and cry together as they were married… the wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect, seriously.
Okay, I think I may start getting a little redundant because I loved everything so much. So I’ll stop myself from blabbering on. Word vomit tends to happen a lot for me when I start writing out blog posts, but honestly, I’m not mad about it. I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about this magical trip. Now, take a look at it! Little bits of more info written throughout the images as well.
And PS! We pretty much fell in love with destination weddings. I’ve done them before but never on this scale. So, if you’re getting married anywhere in the country (or world!), I’ve built two new collections just for destination weddings, nationally and internationally! I would love to share the info with you if you’re interested! Anyone else reading, feel free to share with your engaged friends, from all over.
Now, NOW it’s time for photos…
When we first arrived, we ventured to a few look out spots. I fell waist deep in the snow and it was pretty comical trying to get out!
Day two begins with a chair lift ride up the mountain!
Because when you’re on top of the world, you put a Pokemon in the gym… don’t judge me. I’m an avid PoGo player!
Later that day, we joined the Young and Colvard families for a sleigh ride through the elk reserve. It was SO amazing!
Standing up to try to take the photo on the left, and then nearly fell over when we hit a bump, thus Bre getting the photo on the right.
This handkerchief was first used at Ashley’s wedding. Love that this small detail got to be used for both sisters, even states apart!
This is the house that the families stayed in, had the ceremony in, and where Alyse and Josh stayed for the rest of the week for their honeymoon. It’s in Wilson, just outside of Jackson Hole. Isn’t it so dreamy?! I’m ready to go back you guys…
Josh’s mom pulled greenery and pinecones from outside to create this boutonniere and the detail on Alyse’s fur muff.
Alyse and her girlfriends went on a cruise to Mexico for her bachelorette party and found this coin one night randomly while they were there. They decided it was lucky, and it became the penny in her shoe!
Alyse did a boudoir session for Josh. She ordered a 5×5 album for his wedding day gift. Needless to say, he was completely surprised and LOVED the images!
At Ashley’s wedding, the first look with her dad was almost accidental, although you would’ve thought we planned it. His reaction was perfect. We had to have that again for Alyse! We planned on it this time. Such a sweet daddy daughter moment!
Thanks to Bre for trudging through the snow for that one! ^
By the time we ventured out for romance between the ceremony and reception, the visibility was so low. There’s actually a huge mountain line behind them. A snowstorm was on its way in and covered it all up! That snow though… all we needed.
A dinner reception at Local, right in the town square.
When the server asked Jay who was paying for dinner, his daughters gladly volunteered him! I just happened to be testing the light when this happened, haha
And we ended the wedding day with night romance in the town square. Those antler arches all lit up bring me life you guys. SO gorgeous.
Alyse and Josh, I don’t know if I can thank you enough for bringing us along for your wedding. We had such a wonderful time and are so so thankful we got to come. It was the trip of a lifetime, and I hope you cherish these photos forever. Let’s go back again soon! Much love to you guys and your families.