Hilah Almog can thank her sister for introducing her to Benjamin Stahl at a Mika concert in 2012. They met and hit it off that night just as friends, and then they started dating in 2014. In April of 2017, on what Hilah thought was just a normal Saturday morning, Ben popped the question. “He’d added another page to the scrapbook I made him for his 30th birthday,” she recalls. "We celebrated by wandering Central Park, just the two of us, to soak it all in. And then he surprised me with an engagement party with both of our families!”
Though the couple fell in love in New York and now call Berlin home, they returned to Hilah’s family’s ranch in Jackson Hole for their wedding on July 7, 2018. “I was raised on Antelope Trails Ranch, and Ben has spent so much time with us there," she says. "It’s really a second home and it was so special to get married there.” (Bonus: The family’s ranch is available for wedding rentals!)
Ben and Hilah admittedly have a "funky, bold style" and wanted to infuse that into their mountain setting. “We were inspired by the patterns of Pendleton blankets and the stunning natural surroundings,” she explains. They turned to Jackson native Lindsey Nickel of Lovely Day Events to execute all the details—and they're glad they did. "We really had to build the venue from scratch, and having Lindsey’s help was invaluable,” admits the bride. Ultimately, they used a bold palette of jewel tones to create drama beneath their dinner tent and worked to incorporate personal details into every moment.
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Hilah’s colorful bouquet paired ranunculus, roses, scabiosa and orchids with eucalyptus and trailing grasses. “I knew I was going to wear an Inbal Raviv dress from the moment I saw her designs on Instagram,” says the bride. “My dress was easy and bohemian while still being stylish and bold.” She paired the boho wedding dress with her mother’s diamond pendant and her mother-in-law’s sapphire ring.
“I had 10 bridesmaids, so had two each in jade green, eggplant, burgundy, deep blue, and floral prints,” says the bride. “My sisters were my maids of honor, and one wore a blue floral and the other wore a burgundy floral to tie in with the rest of my bridesmaids.” The women carried petite bouquets of ochre roses and eucalyptus.
Hilah used to work for Bonobos so Ben and his groomsmen wore the designer down the aisle. “They had Pendleton-inspired pocket squares made from the fabric we used to wrap our save the dates,” the bride adds. The ring bearers wore navy blue suits and pulled wooden wagons holding the smallest flower girl and ring bearer, each only 10 months old.
Ben and Hilah took advantage of the family’s property, with the ceremony, photos, and reception all offering different views. Instead of a veil, Hilah tucked a petite half-crown of flowers beneath her braid.
A hand-painted leather sign led guests through the woods to the ceremony site.
“We got married on a levy overlooking the Snake River, with an aisle of hides and rugs leading to our chuppah,” says the bride. Hilah's father hand-built the chuppah, which was draped with talits belonging to Hilah’s brother, grandfather and husband. “We had a huge floral arrangement on one side, with roses and orchids and trailing greenery,” she adds.
Hilah’s brother officiated the ceremony, modeling it after a traditional Jewish ceremony while also incorporating Ben and Hilah’s love story. “We replaced the traditional seven blessings with seven of our favorite readings, poems, and song lyrics,”says the bride. They also chose to start the ceremony right at 4:15 pm in honor of Ben’s proposal on April 15th. Hilah’s sister-in-law, a professional violinist, played during the proceedings.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds posed for portraits and the bride added a new accessory. “I had the Stonework embroider our wedding logo—a bull’s head with flowers on it—on the back of a white jean jacket," she says. "It turned out so beautifully!”
Cocktail hour was held in various lounge areas, including near both the family’s teepee and a vintage Airstream set up with a fire pit. Passed hors d’oeuvres featured the couple’s favorite bites, from arepas and crab cakes to agnolotti on a spoon. “The biggest hit was the cold brew shots, served in shot glasses!” says the bride.
A black hide-like material was the perfect backdrop for the couple’s table assignment display. The evening’s dinner menu was displayed on another fabric sign with a Pendleton-inspired border across the bottom.
Bare wooden farm tables were topped with centerpieces of succulents, roses, peonies, and scabiosas. Light-colored woven placemats were topped with matte black dishes, and raw-edged napkins were tied with leather cord and feathers. “We used Pendleton blankets as tablecloths and chair covers,” says the bride.
Hilah and Ben sat on a love seat draped in a Pendleton blanket, which the guests used to lift the couple during the "Hava Nagila." “Our guests were having so much fun that the band just kept playing the song until we were worn out,” Hilah says with a laugh.
The couple chose an upbeat first dance song, “I Love You Always Forever” by Betty Who, and had a dance teacher in Berlin help them choreograph their first dance. “It starts slow, so our guests didn’t know what was coming, but then a big beat dropped and we struck a pose. People were going wild!” Hilah remembers. “At one point, Ben lifted me, Dirty Dancing–style, and almost threw me over his head. We were laughing so hard by the time it ended!”
Looking back on their wedding weekend, Hilah says that she is thankful that she and Ben took the time to make the event really thoughtful. “We wrote notes to every one of our guests on their place cards for our rehearsal dinner, thanking everyone for being there with us,” she says. “Making those details happen was worth all of the time and effort.”
Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events
Venue: Antelope Trails Ranch
Bride's Dress: Inbal Raviv
Bride's Shoes: Schutz
Bride's Jacket: The Stonework
Hair: Shara Buday of Champu Salon
Makeup: Greta Eagan
Groom's Attire: Bonobos
Groomsmen's Attire: Bonobos
Engagement Ring: Stephanie Gottlieb
Wedding Bands: Stephanie Gottlieb
Floral Design: Lily & Company
Paper Products: XOWYO Paper & Press
Calligraphy: Dotting the I
Catering: Bistro Catering
Ceremony Music: Rebecca Racusin Almog and Sarah D’Angelo
Reception Music: The Groove Merchants
Rentals: Canvas Unlimited
Transportation: Mountain Resort Services
Airstream Rental: The Silver Bungalow
Videography: Adam Grumbo
Photography: Carrie Patterson