When Sara and Aaron first met at the end of their junior year at Colby College in 2004, neither had any idea they had met their future spouse. Nine years later, while hiking in Big Sur, California, Aaron asked Sara to be his wife. The Mountainview, California-based couple spent the next year planning their June 29, 2014 destination wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
With 110 guests looking on, the pair made their union official at the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club in an event planned by Lisa Mack of Lovely Day Events. Photographer Kisa Koenig was on hand to capture every moment of their day, including the sweeping views of the Teton Mountains.
Sara fell in love with a strapless lace wedding dress from Allure Bridals. "It took a couple of trips," the bride admits of find her dream gown. "It just felt right and I loved that it was a bit peachy and off-white, which felt like it matched the location perfectly." She accessorized with earrings that her in-laws had custom-made just for her wedding day. "It was really special to be given a piece of jewelry that felt like it would one day be passed along to others," she recalls.
Lily and Co. created a loose, textural bouquet that included peonies, garden roses, and plenty of greenery. The most special part of her blooms was actually the handle! "I carried my flowers in a handkerchief of my late grandmother's," she says of the meaningful detail. "We also safety pinned a locked that was left to my by my other set of grandparents when they passed away."
With such a breathtaking backdrop, Sara and Aaron knew they didn't need tons of décor to make their ceremony feel special. They chose to wed under a wooden chuppah decorated with greenery and gauzy fabric. Sara walked down the aisle with both of her parents as an instrumental version of Christina Perri's "1,000 Years" played. After she and Aaron were pronounced husband and wife, the couple exited to "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."
The reception took place inside a nearby tent where tons of round tables surrounded the dance floor. The look fit perfectly with the bride's idea of a fun and casual bash. Each table was topped with pale blue linens and a variety of different floral centerpieces.
The bride DIYed all of her table numbers, along with the ceremony programs and place cards. "It was easy and totally worth doing on our own," she says.
The couple served Huckleberry Margaritas as their signature cocktail. The bright and fruity drink paired perfectly with a decadent dinner of cherry glazed salmon, rack of lamb, and grilled vegetable and goat cheese strudel.
Each guest was given a bottle of Vermont maple syrup straight from the bride's best friend's family farm. "It added a nice personal touch," says Sara. "It brought in a little touch of my Vermont roots!"
Sara and Aaron enjoyed another week in Jackson Hole, which served as the perfect post-wedding retreat. The bride's top tip for other engaged gals: "On the day of, make fun your top priority and know that when you're surrounded by amazing people, all of those little things really don't matter as much."
Venue & Catering: Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club || Wedding Planner: Lisa Mack of Lovely Day Events || Officiant: Judd Grossman || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Allure Bridals || Hair & Makeup: Champu Salon || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Shaftel Diamond Co. || Florist & Rentals: Lily and Co. || Invitations: Minted || Music: Steady Jake || Favors: Sherman Hollow Farms || Transportation: All Trans || Photographer: Kisa Koenig
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