One Couple's Enchanted Forest-Inspired Backyard Wedding in McCall, Idaho

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Enchanted Forest Backyard Wedding in Idaho, Bride and Groom Portrait

Photo: Isaac Alongi

Kate O'Shaughnessy and Grant Mitchell practically grew up together — they attended all the same schools, just two grades apart! In fact, Grant has been a close friend of Kate's older sister for years before the pair finally started dating in the summer of 2008. "I was starting my second year of college at the University of Notre Dame and Grant was heading off to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania," she says. Despite the distance, the pair made their relationship work, and just four years later on Christmas Eve of 2012, Grant popped the question.

Kate and Grant spent two years planning their August 9, 2014, wedding in McCall, Idaho. "My family has a vacation home there and we wanted to have the reception on the property and a ceremony nearby," the bride says. They chose to exchange vows at Whitetail Golf Course, followed by an elegant and romantic bash where the couple and their guests could enjoy the nature surrounding Kate's family home. "The view of the lake has always been one of my favorites in the world, so we loved having it as a backdrop for our dinner reception." With the help of Taylor Sturges of Taylor'd Events, Kate and Grant pulled off their classic ceremony and "enchanted forest"-inspired reception. Keep reading to see all of the photos, as captured by Isaac Alongi and Christine Marie Photography.

Enchanted Forest Backyard Wedding in Idaho, Bride in Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress with Bridesmaids in Jenny Yoo Gowns Enchanted Forest Backyard Wedding in Idaho, Groom and Groomsmen in Black Tuxes

Photo: Isaac Alongi

The bride found her Monique Lhuillier wedding dress at New York City's Mark Ingram Atelier. Complete with an illusion neckline, sheer floral lace, and reflective beading, the A-line style was exactly what Kate had always imagined wearing. "It was the very first dress I tried on," she says. "My sister had picked out this very dress to show me before we ever went shopping!"

Her bridesmaids wore convertible blush gowns from Jenny Yoo. "I loved that the girls had a fun way to customize their look for the reception after being uniform during the ceremony," she says.

Grant and his groomsmen all wore standard black tuxedos. "I've always loved this timeless look," Kate says. "My motto is don't mess with a good thing."

Kate's bouquet was a mix of white and green flowers, including garden roses, wax flower, dahlias, spray roses, and eucalyptus. Her bridesmaids carried similar arrangements with pop of pink. Grant's boutonniere was simple and classic, featuring pink wax flower, white spray roses, and a touch of eucalyptus.

The couple wanted to stick with a green and white color palette for their open-air ceremony. "We lined the aisle with birch logs, hydrangeas, and maidenhair ferns," the bride says. Beneath an altar of olive branches, bay leaf branches, lilies, roses, and hydrangea, Kate and Grant exchanged traditional vows.

After the pair was pronounced husband and wife, the party moved back to Kate's family home for a lakeside reception. In keeping with their enchanted forest vibe, the couple chose to display calligraphed escort cards on a moss-covered table that was decorated with urns filled with lush greenery.

Kate and Grant chose to have cocktail hour in a wooded area of the property where guests would get a true taste of the North West landscape. Elegant lounge furniture was arranged around the lawn and vintage lanterns were strung between trees, creating a dreamy space to sip cocktails, including the bride and groom's signature drinks — a lemon ginger-tini and a spiced cucumber margarita.

Reception tables were arranged on the sprawling back deck. Colorful centerpieces including hydrangeas, roses, eucalyptus, bells of Ireland, dahlias, and ranunculus popped against the all-white linens. Green table numbers and menu cards were accented with gold foil details.

The couple needed a six-tier wedding cake to feed their 265 guests! For loved ones that weren't fans of sweets, Kate and Grant also opened up a late-night scotch and bacon bar.

Enchanted Forest Backyard Wedding in Idaho, Tented Dance Space Enchanted Forest Backyard Wedding in Idaho, Bride and Groom First Dance

Photo: Isaac Alongi

After dinner and dessert, the party moved once more: this time to a nearby tent for dancing. There, the couple shared their first dance to Van Morrison's "Crazy Love."

Enchanted Forest Backyard Wedding in Idaho, Bride and Groom

Photo: Isaac Alongi

Kate and Grant, who honeymooned in Sun Valley, tell other couple's to have fun while planning their own wedding. "Trust your intuition and enjoy the ride!"

Ceremony Venue: Whitetail Golf Course || Reception Venue: Private residence || Wedding Planner, Designer & Flowers: Taylor'd Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Invitations & Paper Products: Sarah Allen Preston Designs || Music: Entourage Band || Catering: Judith McQueen Entertaining || Cake: The Sweet Crumb || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals || Videographer: Two Bird Studio || Photographer: Isaac Alongi; Christine Marie Photography

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