WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: British + American = One Lovely Wedding

Thanks to Mandy Carroll-Bell of MC Picture Company in Sheridan for sharing Mr. & Mrs. Caywood’s beautiful, July 16, 2017 wedding day! The lovely bride is from England, and I love the joining of their homelands in these images. The groom and his mother, Sonja Caywood, are both talented Wyoming artists from Dayton, Wyoming. It’s not surprising that these two had a beautiful wedding full of artistry and love.

 

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Jackie & Nick

JACKIE & NICK’S CASPER WEDDING

photography by Ardent Photography

Thanks to Ardent Photography for sharing Jackie & Nick’s beautiful wedding with us! Their beautiful wedding took place at the Casper Country Club June 24 – and we are in <3 with these beautiful pics, including of their pooch Toby!

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Tim & Steph by Virginia Ruth Photography

Tim & Steph

Tim & Steph were married on May 27 in a gorgeous wedding full of personal details. Riverton’s Virginia Ruth Photography captured these beautiful images of their day … I’m in love! <3

 

 

 

Meal Service 101 from A-One Weddings & Events of Cheyenne

Meal Service 101

by Carol Thomas, PWP — A-One Weddings & Events, Cheyenne

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You may know the difference in the cocktail hour (small appetizers and beverages) and the reception dinner (full meal), but did you know there are other options? Let’s take a look at the most common and a few trending styles too!

 Cocktail Reception:

Typically this is a formal alternative to a dinner reception – think a step above business casual so a suit jacket with slacks or a stylish dress. This style of food service encourages guests to mix and mingle so there is limited seating. Food is served in bite-sized portions and can be passed by waitstaff or on buffet style service tables.

 Buffet:

In this style guests to leave their seat and serve themselves. This can allow for a wide range and variety of foods to be served. You can still assign seats to your guests if you would like and we recommend that you have the DJ or another appointed person excuse tables so that you do not have a rush of people standing at the buffet.

Plated Service:

This style is where waitstaff serves pre-selected entrees to each guest. This style offers a more formal feeling as your guests will be waited on throughout the dinner service. There are a few ways that you can have plated service: single entree, duet entree , or plated entree choice. With single entree you select one entree choice that is served to every guest, so every one receives the chicken and veggies. A duet is two entree choices served to every guest, perhaps you selected New York Strip and chicken with veggies to give your guest a variety. Plated choice is when you allow your guests to select their entree on the RSVP card (you know where you check beef or chicken). When choosing plated meal service make sure you allow guests that are vegetarian or have food allergies to let you know so that the caterer can prepare a meal that fits their restrictions.

Buffet:

In this style guests to leave their seat and serve themselves. This can allow for a wide range and variety of foods to be served. You can still assign seats to your guests if you would like and we recommend that you have the DJ or another appointed person excuse tables so that you do not have a rush of people standing at the buffet.

This is a unique food service option where platters of entrees and side dishes are set on each guest table and the guests serve themselves. This style allows for guests to select from the variety offered, but can be a bit tricky as there may not be room on the table for all the platters.

Food Truck:

A unique and delicious way to serve food to your guests. Food trucks are a bit like buffets in that your guests will leave their table to select their food, and is typically a little more made to order for each guest than a plated meal would be – think of a main option like pizza and then guests choose their toppings! If that idea grabs your attention you may want to check out Bella Fuoco Pizza here in Cheyenne!

Late Night Bites:

From simple snacks like chips and dips to more elaborate mini hamburgers  or wrapped burritos served to-go, Snacks or even a second mini meal after an evening of dancing and perhaps drinking can be an amazing addition to the end of night festivities!

Dessert Only:

This is a fun twist if you are having a ceremony that doesn’t align with lunch or dinner service consider serving your favorite desserts and enjoy all the best endings to celebrate your sweet beginning! Make sure that you let guests know that they are going to be enjoying a variety of sweets so they know what to expect.

Consider your personality, the style of the wedding, and the venue when deciding on which style of food service you would like to provide for your guests. There are an infinite combination of ways to make your day unique, and food is just one of your options so have fun and enjoy all the details!

Next month’s FOOD! blog will circle out of the kitchen to discuss what the differences are in a catering manager and wedding planner.

Thoughts, suggestions, or questions? I would love to hear from you email me BlogComments@AOneWeddingsAndEvents.com or comment in the box at the bottom of the page. When commenting please put the blog title so that we all know which topic you are interested in. Thanks!

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Lisa & Brent’s 3 Forks Wedding

LISA & BRENT’S 3 FORKS WEDDING

Thank you to Hilary & Kel of Seedhouse Photography of Steamboat Springs, Colorado for sharing Lisa & Brent’s Big Day with us! They were joined in marriage June 11, 2016 in The Lodge & Spa at 3 Forks Ranch of Savory, Wyoming, a luxurious & elegant destination that you have to see in these pictures to believe! Their day included an emotional reveal, a gorgeous outdoor ceremony surrounded by God’s handiwork, and a fun, elegant reception. We have lots of beautiful images here to enjoy — what a day, and what a beautiful couple!

Congrats, Lisa & Brent! And thanks to Seedhouse Photography for the fantastic images!

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COLOR INSPIRATION: Burgundy/Marsala (Pantone Color of the Year 2015)

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 was Marsala, which I’m sure someone will say is different than burgundy, but I can’t see it. I do have to admit that when I saw that, I kind of had a moment to struggle with that choice. I’m a child of the 90s, and burgundy was all the rage when I was a teenager & in college. I had one of those dresses from Maurices in burgundy with the shoulder pads, the heavy fabric and the heart-shaped cut-out below the neckline with a little pearl dangling. I believe it was my husband’s brother’s first wedding (1995) that had burgundy as the main color. I guess I reflect on burgundy with the same conflict of emotion as I do when I see a teal suggestion, or the oh-so-popular-in-the-mid-2000’s black & red wedding (which was another husband’s brother’s wedding, in 2006). Funnily enough, when the first brother’s second wedding was held in 2009, their color was also red, and when my own brother was married in 2008, their color was black. Struggling to not have a moment again … What I would have given to have had a sister of my own to have some fun with color!

But don’t take my moment as a reason to have one yourself. The beautiful thing about colors and fuddy duddies like me is that we have a much broader ability now than we did 20 years ago to pair colors with variable neutrals and make them new again – and much, much more desirable. So with that in mind, I forced myself to pick up the study of burgundy and see what had evolved.

I was pleasantly surprised. Burgundy is being treated with the respect it deserves, yet the temperance it requires. Burgundy is a very color-rich jewel tone. It carries weight and, because of that, it screams ‘elegance’ – which I think is why it was seen as a perfect tone for formal gowns and weddings in the 90s. Weddings & elegance go hand-in-hand. But it can become too somber, *too* heavy, if one doesn’t pair it with some lighter colors. Enter today’s treatment of burgundy – and where it’s winning me over again … Scroll on, and click on the image for the website from whence it originated. (And thank God for Pinterest!)

Elegance personified with this heavy use of burgundy ... but I like the way their lightened it through their minty green greenery, repeated in the stationery, and the hints of light, light pink & purple.
Elegance personified with this heavy use of burgundy … but I like the way they lightened it through their minty green greenery, repeated in the stationery, and the hints of light, light pink & purple.
Now I LOVE this! Who would have thought the whimsy of sunflowers with the solemnness of burgundy?! It makes the effect light yet sophisticated, perfect for an outdoor wedding. Bravo on the choice of burgundy in the full tie on the gentlemen - the grey tux is a perfect major color player!
Now I LOVE this! Who would have thought the whimsy of sunflowers with the solemnness of burgundy?! It makes the effect light yet sophisticated, perfect for an outdoor wedding. Bravo on the choice of a grey tux to counterpoint the burgundy gowns!
This was a Pinterest find that clicked through to coukgarden.blogspot.sn but didn't really go anywhere. Again, though, the use of burgundy is lightened with pale pink and a little cream. I wish we had thought of this in the 90s!
This was a Pinterest find that clicked through to coukgarden.blogspot.sn but didn’t really go anywhere. Again, though, the use of burgundy is lightened with pale pink and a little cream. I wish we had thought of this in the 90s!
Now this is a fascinating combination, and would be smashing for a fall wedding! Navy and burgundy are both heavy colors, although navy is a beautiful neutral and really lends masculinity to the elegance of burgundy. The rich brown and greens are crucial to tie the two colors together ... the thing that I especially love, though, is how these colors combined make white just absolutely pop! The bride's gown, the groom's shirt and the white of the cake look crisp and fresh - what a way to make your whites really pop!
Now this is a fascinating combination, and would be smashing for a fall wedding! Navy and burgundy are both heavy colors, although navy is a beautiful neutral and really lends masculinity to the elegance of burgundy. The rich brown and greens are crucial to tie the two colors together … the thing that I especially love, though, is how these colors combined make white just absolutely pop! The bride’s gown, the groom’s shirt and the white of the cake look crisp and fresh – what a way to make your whites really pop!

 

Alex & Chelsea’s Lusk Wedding by the Creek

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Thank you to Lacey Dale Photography of Lusk, Wyoming for sharing Chelsea & Alex’s day with us! A few details …

Chelsea wore a pleated, strapless, empire waist gown from David’s Bridal — with POCKETS!! SOO COOL! Her shoes were a pair of navy blue Converse Chuck Taylors. Earrings were something borrowed from one of her bridesmaids, and she also wore a bracelet from Alex’s grandmother who passed away. Her sash on her dress was handmade by Alex’s sister Kari Dickson. Alex wore a pair of grey Carhartt pants, a white shirt and pink tie. The location was north of Lusk, Wyoming, on Gravel Pit Road. Donna Ruffing, from Lusk owns a ranch and the couple got married on a creek bottom with a grassy meadow, sandstone wall background and surrounded by cottonwood trees. Alex used to live there, and still likes to go elk hunting on the ranch. Chelsea’s mother walked her down the aisle, with the service performed by Joel Richardson. The reception was held at the well-known Pizza Place in Lusk, owned & operated by Brad and Melissa Wagner — the couple had their first date there, and it’s where Alex proposed to Chelsea.

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Heather & Dustin’s Wedding in the Snowies — part 1

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Dustin & Heather’s Wedding in the Snowies

Captured by Ardent Photography, Laramie, Wyoming

Thanks to Ardent Photography of Laramie for sharing this beautiful wedding with us! Heather & Dustin were married in a beautiful and sunny summer ceremony at Snowy Range Livestock & Ranch. Their bridal party and wedding attire came from Laramie’s Mountain Valley Bridal, Laramie’s Party Pros Entertainment provided their rocking party afterward, and their cakes & cupcakes were made by Dustin’s sister, Christy … Congratulations Heather & Dustin!

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Congrats on your Beautiful Wyoming Wedding!

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WYOMING ENGAGEMENT: Katie & Zach w/Pickrel Art & Photography

 

Meet Katie and Zach. She’s a student at Sheridan college (part time vet clinic employee, part time Starbucks Barista), he’s a ranch hand at the Padlock ranch. They met in Jackson Hole while working on a dude ranch in 2014. These really sweet & hip engagement photos were taken at Rapid Canyon Ranch outside of Sheridan at the base of the Big Horn mountains, and their wedding will also be at the ranch (I like the date pic!). Thanks to our super cool friend Becky Picrel of Pickrel Art & Photography of Gillete for sharing!


WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Taylor & Breanne

Thanks to Casper’s Beartooth Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding! Taylor & Breanne were married June 20, and I love their details … a little rustic chic combined with elegance. Love the gorgeous backdrop too… Great pick!











WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Meggan & Nate

Thank you to Janelle Rose Photography of Cheyenne for graciously providing us with these beautiful images from Meggan & Nate’s June 6, 2015 wedding, the first wedding to be held at the new University of Wyoming, Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.  This facility is a beautiful place to hold your wedding, special event, or simply stroll through and enjoy. This beautiful couple has the support of many friends and family members – guests included Governor Mead and First Lady Carol Mead, and the couple’s family presence, on both sides, is strongly felt throughout Janelle’s images. Meggan’s maiden name is Hathaway (many Wyomingites recognize that name!), and Nate’s father is a long time member of the Wyoming legislature. Personally, I adore Nate’s mother, Karen Nicholas, who was my second grade teacher (and first teacher I had after moving from a two room, rural Wyoming schoolhouse to Laramie public schools in 1986. Nate’s sister Kim is an OB/GYN and I enjoy working with her every week when I scan the future of Laramie’s citizens. I love how small Wyoming can be sometimes!

But I digress … and I haven’t even touched the topic of the bridesmaids’ shoes yet! (J’adore!) I recall Kim sharing with me the work Meggan & Nate put into finding their perfect wedding location, and we discussed just how beautiful the UW Gateway Center would be for their event. I personally think it was a home run — the warm lighting & graceful ambiance, with a powerful hint of Wyomingesque flair fit for families with strong and long-term ties to the Cowboy State … a romantic and touching way to celebrate the joining of two lives and families.

Congratulations to Meggan and Nate, and may your lives continue to be full of beauty, light and love!






















WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Kali & Kord’s 4th of July Wedding

Thanks to Charity & Ricky  for sharing Kali & Kord’s beautiful 4th of July wedding in Cheyenne! Kali is a bride after my own <3, with LOTS of DIY elements in the flowers & American-inspired decor! The Big Day was held at Kali’s parents’ home, and a friend provided the cake & food. LOVE it – what a great way to celebrate a beautiful story…

I have to also share Kali’s story of Kord’s proposal… See if it gives you the response I had…

“We actually met at Kord’s brother Brandon’s wedding. Brandon married my best friend Sara, I was a bridesmaid and Kord was the best man. Kord’s proposal was soo funny! He had planned a romantic date at the Melting Pot, and as we were getting seated the host said, “So I hear we are here to celebrate an engagement!!!” Kord was furious because his surprise was ruined. I simply replied, “Well we are now!!” Both of us cracked up laughing. It ended up working out, because it took the stress of Kord and it was hilarious because nothing is very serious with us.” 

(And for those who will appreciate this last part, as I did … the Melting Pot did make up for the mistake by paying for their meal that night and giving the couple a healthy gift card…)

Check out these lovely details, patriotic decor & emotional images captured by Charity & Ricky