Though Mateline Arndt and Dylan Baumann are both from the United States, they met thousands of miles away, on a boat on the Danube River. “We were on an academic trip to Budapest and Vienna,” she says. “Dylan spent two weeks trying to get me to have a drink with him, but it wasn’t until then that it happened.” Once they started chatting, they discovered they were both from the Midwest and had grown up visiting nearby areas in Northern Wisconsin during the summers, even hanging out in the same Chicago spots with friends.
Their romance began in Switzerland and followed the couple back to the states after graduation, where they spent a ski season working in Jackson, Wyoming. A few years later, in May 2016, Dylan got down on one knee.
Dylan’s family grew up visiting Jackson, and once Mattie spent a few months there with him, she was just as in love with the town as he was. “We’d always spoken of having a fall wedding there, hoping our family and friends could create lasting memories in one of our favorite places,” Mattie says. They knew getting married in the fall of 2016 would be too soon, so they set a date for September 16, 2017, and planned to walk down the aisle after a 17-month engagement. For the wedding, the couple envisioned the Grand Tetons in the background and fell hard for the wide, sweeping fields and spectacular views at Snake River Ranch.
“I knew, however, that I would get cold once the sun set, so we decided to have our reception indoors,” says Mattie. Thankfully, the Four Seasons Jackson Hole is only a few minutes away! “The hotel has a lodgelike feel, with a giant stone fireplace and leather treatments on the ballroom walls, so all we had to do was accentuate what was already there,” the bride says. Dylan, a Jackson local, recommended In Any Event to help design and produce the celebration, which made long-distance planning a breeze for Mattie, who lives in Chicago.
Keep reading to see more of the couple's rustic-chic celebration, which features a rich, fall-toned palette of jewel tones and metallic accents and cold-weather ideas like blankets at the ceremony site. Photographed by Carrie Patterson Photography, this fall wedding will serve as all the fall (and winter!) wedding inspo you need.
Though Mattie works in propane sales, she says she has a creative spirit and loved getting to work on the wedding’s details. “I created our welcome boxes from scratch, including hand painting a watercolor crest that included an elk, the Swiss cross, and the Teton range,” she describes. She then filled each welcome box with his-and-hers favorites, like chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies, homemade beef jerky, and a field guide detailing the weekend’s events.
Mattie’s Carolina Herrera gown was timeless and absolutely elegant. The silk Mikado design featured a plunging neckline, covered buttons, and a full skirt. “I knew it was meant to be when I realized that the designer’s initials are the same as Switzerland’s country code, where Dylan and I fell in love,” says Mattie.
Dylan’s Ralph Lauren Purple Label tuxedo was custom-fit, but his shoes were another story. “The ones he ordered never came, but thankfully my bridesman arrived with a suitcase full of dress shoes," the bride explains. "He and Dylan are the same size, so Dylan unknowingly wore his shoes instead of the new ones he thought I’d found him!”
The bride’s burgundy and blush rose bouquet was inspired by the bouquet carried by the Princess of Denmark.
Mattie’s bridesmaids wore black dresses of their own choosing, while the groomsmen each chose a tuxedo from The Black Tux. “We watched the weather all week, and the temperature kept dropping," the bride remembers. "When we woke up on our wedding day, it had snowed!” Instead of moving the ceremony inside, the couple's wedding planners found blankets in coordinating colors, the bridesmaids topped their dresses with leather and denim jackets, and Mattie pulled a cream cable-knit sweater on over her gown.
“It was the perfect casual complement to our formal attire, and our guests thought the rustic styling was planned,” Mattie says.
The ceremony took place on a bridge running over the creek, as the original ceremony spot was slick with mud (thanks to the snow). Cement urns were filled with pampas grass and pink and burgundy blooms, while the aisle was lined with arrangements of greenery, roses, and pomegranates.
Dylan’s nephews served as ring bearers, but don’t let the formal attire fool you: “They are very much boys, and ran up during the ceremony to try to pull down the microphone stand,” says Mattie. “They told us afterwards that they wanted to throw it into the river!”
Mattie walked down the aisle with her father as a bluegrass band played.
She and Dylan exchanged traditional vows, but they did write personal letters to one another that they shared in private. “That felt more true to who we are,” she says.
After their first kiss, the newlyweds exited to a round of applause.
A stunning arrangement of amaryllis, pomegranates, garden roses, and seasonal greenery welcomed guests as they arrived at the reception, surrounded by crisp white escort cards.
In the ballroom, tables were topped with black silk linens and cut crystal glassware. Colored taper candles added old world elegance, casting a glow over the centerpieces of roses, astilbe, artichokes, and pears. The dinner menu included a baby spinach salad, Dungeness crab cakes, and Durham Ranch buffalo tenderloin—a local twist on a traditional steak dinner.
“Our band, No Limits, was the hit of the evening,” says Mattie of the band. “They had everyone, young and old, dancing the entire night. It was like a concert!” The band performed a cover “The Weight” by The Band for Dylan and Mattie’s first dance.
The bride tossed her bouquet at the reception, and one lucky lady caught it.
The couple served two cakes: A five-tiered semi-naked cake, featuring layers of Swiss chocolate ganache, and a three-tiered groom’s cake, which had layers of carrot cake and pineapple jam decorated to look like an aspen tree.
“One of my favorite memories is of how much time Dylan and I spent together that day,” says Mattie. “More than anything, we wanted to be with one another, so we tried not to leave each other’s side at all.” They stole away after the ceremony to take it all in, then spent the entire night on the dance floor—getting their guests into the spirit, too.
As for what she learned from long-distance planning and all those DIY projects, Mattie has this advice for future brides: “Think about how you want people to feel at your wedding, then work backwards from there. We wanted to create a feeling of romance and companionship, like our guests had cozied up by a fire as the snow fell, so we made thoughtful choices to bring that into the design. Every element had a purpose, creating a lasting feeling that our guests took home with them at the end of the night.”
Wedding Planner: In Any Event || Ceremony Venue: Snake River Ranch || Reception Venue, Catering & Cake: The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole || Bride's Dress: Carolina Herrera || Bride’s Sweater: Ralph Lauren || Bride's Veil: Ultimate Bride || Bride's Shoes: Chloe || Bride's Jewelry: Dior || Makeup: Gloss Beauty Lab || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Purple Label || Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Dana Rebecca Designs || Floral Design: Lily & Company || Paper Products: XOWYO Paper and Press || Entertainment: PTO Blue Grass, No Limits Band, Jackson Hole DJ || Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen || Transportation: Buckboard Transportation || Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography