WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Jade & Michael in Evanston

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Thanks to Lacee of Leather-N-Lace Photography in Evanston for providing us with today’s engagement & bridal spotlight!  Meet Jade & Michael — a couple of ‘crazy Wyoming fans,’ as Lacee puts it! 🙂 (Hey we’re with you guys! Wyoming ROCKS!) Here’s what Lacee shared with us about these two lovebirds:

“Jade & Micheal are engaged to married July 24th 2011 at the Machine Shop in Evanston, Wyoming. We had to wait to do pictures until he arrived off the plane from Okinawa Japan where he is stationed as a Corporal in the US Marines! Both of them were raised in Evanston and graduated from Evanston High School. Jade has been attending Weber State University in Utah and just transfered to finish her bachelors in science at Western Wyoming.”

 

Check out Jade & Michael’s engagement pics, and Jade’s AWESOME bridal shots! I really love the unique way Lacee incorporated the US flag — very emotional and meaningful given Michael’s service in the US Marines… I love seeing how you all incorporate the things that are important to you in your images.  THANK YOU to Michael for your service, and to Jade and both of your families for the service he provides to preserve our freedom.

 

We’ll be sharing some of their wedding images as soon as we see them — what a cool couple! Thanks to Lacee of Leather-N-Lace Photography in Evanston for sharing these! Best of luck to these two!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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INSPIRATION: Entertain the Kiddos!

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Thanks to Abbydell Photography of Jackson for sharing this image with us — it inspired me to create a little inspiration piece on things to do to entertain the kiddos at a wedding!  Now, this piece is going to be a bit of an ongoing project, as I’d love to get some feedback from all of YOU and add it to this blog! Post here or on our Facebook page and share your ideas!

–Here is a great post on The Knot with a LOT of fun and creative ideas:  http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-guests/articles/wedding-guests-with-kids-what-to-do.aspx?MsdVisit=1

–The theme at many of the birthday parties my kiddos are attending lately is the BOUNCE HOUSE. There are many companies in Wyoming that rent bounce houses.  Check with your reception facility for size, insurance liability, etc., and see what the red tape might be — but what a better way to both burn off steam AND keep them out from underneath the tables and guests’ feet?!

–Balloon artists & face painters:  I’ve been to many Wyoming functions where they’ve hired a balloon artist and had face painting.  At our Laramie farmers’ markets, we’ve had groups doing face painting as either a fundraiser or a publicity opportunity.  Do you know a group looking to make some money?  Consider hiring them to do a little face painting for tips or a small fee — it’d be a great chance for them to get some exposure as well!

–I love the idea of hiring someone to entertain kiddos and create a “kids’ area” during the reception.  Need to make some speeches? Time to cut the cake? Coordinate with your kids’ entertainment and have story time conveniently start at that time — or a fun activity that will keep them entertained! One thing to keep in mind — starting an activity that generates great parental photo ops might not be the best idea. The parents will be torn on where to go and what to see! Also, if you want to entertain the kiddos during speeches, consider something that’s a quieter activity, or perhaps far away from the action. A fun activity that generates lots of noise may not be the most welcome distraction during speech time!

–No matter what you do, be sure to keep common childhood food and other allergies in mind.  Crafts that involve food items, or things like latex balloons for those with latex allergies, can be dangerous to some kiddos — as well as special snacks.  If you intend to have food items or other allergen-laden items made specifically for kiddos, consider putting a note in your invitation that notifies parents and asks them to share any concerns/special requests they may have. They’ll appreciate the heads up, and you’ll be relieved to not have a small crisis on your hands at the reception!  Nothing worse than being down an activity at the last minute because you weren’t aware that there was an allergy! Most parents of allergic kiddos will take the initiative to ask first, but sometimes there’s a breakdown in communication and it’s not discovered until the day of — think ahead to alleviate as many small problems as possible.

–What did we miss? We’d love to hear! Post here, on our Facebook page or Twitter handle (@wyoweddings), or email us at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com! We’d love to add your ideas and feedback to this blog post!

Til Next Time…Keep up the Inspiration!

Kati Hime, Editor

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Laramie Hilton Garden Inn

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Looking to make your wedding dreams a reality? Visit the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie and tour their fabulous facility — you’ll see just why the Hilton is a beautiful location for your dream wedding!  From their Grand Ballroom to their intimate Garden Ballroom, there is space for any size event.  And with a dedicated staff of professionals there to assist you in every step of the process, you’ll rest easy knowing that your Big Day is in the hands of experts!

“{At the Laramie Hilton Garden Inn} you’ll find the ideal setting for the day you’ve always imagined, with delectable cuisine and superior service,” says the facility’s website. “Whatever enchanting details your dream day includes, our dedicated staff of professionals will assist you in planning and executing a flawless event. No task is too great or considered too small. Allow us to handle all the details!”

 

 

Consider their space not only for your reception (even ceremony!), but also for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding guest accommodations, and the farewell brunches.  With beautiful and comfortable rooms, lounge, restaurant, indoor pool, the facility offers a wide variety of amenities.  Even better?  Simply walk across the parking lot to the nearby shopping plaza, where you’ll find more dining options (including Laramie’s own Coal Creek Coffee!), a wonderful bookstore, and more! Or hop in the car for a short few minutes’ drives to downtown Laramie for wonderful shopping and dining options.  The Hilton Garden Inn is also conveniently located close to the University of Wyoming campus — visit the art museums, stroll the picturesque campus, or perhaps catch a game depending on the season!

For all your wedding needs, contact the Laramie Hilton Garden Inn.  See what they can do for you!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Love on Two Wheels…

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Thanks to Abbydell Photography of Jackson for sharing today’s wedding spotlight! These mountain top, mountain bike lovers chose to begin their married life on the same hill where the proposal took place… Not only do they love their mountain bikes, they love their sunglasses and DEFINITELY chose to incorporate their favorite things into their day.  What a super cute couple!  Check out Abby’s awesome photos…and thanks to Abby for sharing!








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Til Next Time…Remember to submit your Wedding Wednesday engagement and/or wedding story to us at editor@wyolifestyle.com!

Kati Hime, Editor

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INSPIRATION: Guest Book Ideas

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Ardent Photography, Laramie www.ardentphotographyinc.com

We asked for some feedback from our fans and wedding vendors on our Facebook page on fun guest book ideas and signature ‘thingies’ — technical term — you know, those things that you ask people to sign that attended your special day…  And BOY, did they deliver! Below, the suggestions from fans and vendors, as well as some great suggestions that we found along the way:

From Wyoming Photobooth in Casper:  “A lot of people are replacing their guest books with the scrapbook that they get from the photo booth!!! Every guest is encouraged to get their photos taken in the booth and then we put it in the scrapbook and they sign a message to the bride and groom! It is a lot of fun!”  Kelsey Holloway added:  “We are using Wyoming Photobooth for pictures and a guest sign in. It’s going to be so fun!”

From Nicole Lewis:  “Our guest book is a book put together of our engagement pictures done by Ardent Photography {in Laramie, see next paragraph}. Guests are then encouraged to write and sign their names on the pictures themselves!”

Ardent Photography in Laramie added some details about the books that they provide — and the picture you see on this blog is an example of their nifty guest book creation:  “Our books are 20 pages and custom designed to leave white space and photos with a lower opacity to allow for people to sign right on the book. This allows for both an album of their engagement photos AND a guestbook. Because of all the space and absence of lines guests tend to write personalized messages vs just signing their name. The cover is made of a hard laminate material featuring the couple’s favorite photo; the pages are a thick postcard material, making it pretty durable. The pages lay flat allowing us to span an entire photo over a two page spread.”

From Kathryn Palagonia Holloway:  “In my recent wedding I had a bare tree and guests left a finger print (leaf) and signed their name. Now they are gorgeous canvases to hang on my wall!”

From Ashley Wilkerson Photography in Jackson:  “One of my brides had the great idea to have guests write well wishes on post cards for all the places that the couple hopes to visit someday! At my own wedding, we had a photobooth and scrapbook for all the great and goofy photos our friends took and their messages-LOVE IT!”

Fresh Flower Fantasy in Laramie added an idea similar to Wyoming Photobooth’s:  “A bride last year did one I had never seen….She had a photo album with sticky pages and a Polaroid-type camera…She had costume type things such as play cowboy hats , sheriff badges, mustaches…the guests could put those on and have their pic taken.  They were given a pic and one went in the photo album and then they wrote a message to the bride and groom in the photo album! I really liked this idea.”

Sandsational Sparkle Wedding Sand added a fun idea! “So funny, we just posted a great link we found on this exact topic! We can’t claim it but happy to share 🙂 Love the puzzle piece idea!”  Check out the link that they shared — OH MY GOSH, it’s a treasure trove of fun ideas — thanks Sandsational Sparkle Wedding Sand! http://ohamanda.com/2011/0​4/12/creative-wedding-gues​t-books-top-ten-tuesday/

Sandsational Sparkle Wedding Sand also shared another great idea — check out this link!  An AWESOME idea on Wedding Channel!

Check out this link from Martha Stewart Wedding — TONS of clever ideas!

A couple of things we did for our own wedding:

We planned to make our own scrapbook, so we printed lined pages for the guests to sign. We decorated a clip board with flowers, and had the loose pages on the clipboard for guests to sign. Very easy, however, if you don’t plan to make a scrapbook that these pages could be incorporated into, it could get a little cumbersome.

Besides the blank pages, the most important thing that we did (that I LOVE still, eleven years later), was a blown up copy of our favorite engagement photo, with an extra wide mat for our guests to sign. The frame was made by my father-in-law, who has since passed away, so that makes it even more special.

ONE NOTE that we learned from our wedding day… My husband and I grew up in Laramie, and we’ve been together since we were 12. (Yes, I know — we’re weird.) 🙂  So when we got married, we had teachers from way back in sixth grade through college who wanted to come see our wedding!  It turned out that we had a LOT more people attend than had RSVP’d — so when it came to the guest book and signing our picture, people took their time. A LOT of time. Our wedding started 45 minutes late, due to the volume of guests who wanted to leave a personal message at our ceremony! It was so sweet, but WOW that really delayed our entire day… So if you’re doing something that takes a lot of concentration on your guests’ part, think ahead and plan for how to move people through the process quickly.  Can they sign at the reception? Can you ask them to sign after the ceremony and set up a special location? Any other suggestions you have? I’d love to hear them!

Here’s a new suggestion from Abbydell Photography: “A Guestbook LIVE photobook! Instead of writing a message in a book, you have a few whiteboards or chalkboards that approaching guests right a message on. The photographer then snaps a cute photo of the guests holding the board and pass it along to another guest or family waiting. Have a few boards to keep the guests in line on their feat with the message. Afterwards you’ll have a photobook complete with faces and a message instead of just a signature! I love making these for my brides! Hope you enjoy!” (LOVE!!!) 🙂

‘Til Next Time…if you have a great guest book idea that we’ve missed, please share! There are so many fun and unique ways to incorporate a fun idea into your day — which makes for a special keepsake!

Kati Hime, Editor

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ENGAGEMENT SPOTLIGHT: Afton Engagement

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Thanks to Nicole Martin Photography of Evanston for sharing this engagement spotlight!

 

Meet Monte & Kelsea — two lovebirds from Afton…thanks Nicole for sharing this spotlight, and for sending along their story:

“Monte Hill was born in Provo, Utah and grew up in Green River, Wyoming.  He is a 2004 graduate of Green River High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a bachelors degree in Animal and Veterinary Science.  Kelsea Gardner was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Afton, Wyoming.  She is a 2010 graduate of Star Valley High School and is currently finishing an Associates of Science degree in Medical Technology.  Monte and Kelsea met hunting last September.  After a date at a University of Wyoming Cowboys football game they knew it was meant to be!  They spent every single day together from there on out.  Their wedding will take place on August 2, 2011 at the Logan, Utah LDS Temple.  There will be an open house in Green River, Wyoming on August 12, 2011.  A reception will follow in Afton, Wyoming on August 13, 2011.  They plan to reside in Afton, Wyoming.

Thanks to Nicole Martin Photography of Evanston for sharing Monte & Kelsea with us — congrats to them both, and best of luck for a very happy day and life together!

‘Til Next Time…we love seeing these happy Wyoming couples!

Kati Hime, Editor

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Huber Photography + Red Reflet Ranch

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When I think about the Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, I think of Wyoming Elegance. Beautiful, elegant establishment, picturesque location with breathtaking scenery, but that special Wyoming flair for hospitality that is all at once welcoming, rustic and refined.  You can truly have a dream day, no matter your theme.  Destination or local wedding, the Red Reflet Ranch is a beautiful choice!

Meet Jason & Marcee — their day was captured by David Huber Photography of Worland, Wyoming. David has been in the business for over 20 years, and he brings a special flair to his photography.  Capturing emotion and the fine details of the day, David works well with his clients, bringing him lots of word-of-mouth referrals.  I can’t say enough good things about his work…but I’ll let it speak for itself…

‘Til Next Time…We’d love to see YOUR Wedding Wednesday story…wedding or engagement, email us at editor@wyolifestyle.com!

Congrats Jason & Marcee!

Kati Hime, Editor

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MEET A WY VENDOR: BEST WESTERN CASPER RAMKOTA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER

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When you’re looking for a hotel conference center for your beautiful wedding, the Best Western Casper Ramkota is a great choice!  If you’re having a large wedding, they ready to work with you:  buffet or plated meals are available for up to 450 guests!  The hotel features an amazing 6000+ square feet of ballrooms with a portable dance floor — they strive to make your occasion beautiful and memorable!  {All photography by Casper Ramkota}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great feature of the Casper Ramkota is its ability to not only host your event, but to provide lodging to all of your guests!  Make your event comfortable for everyone involved, and set aside a block of rooms for your guests.  Special rates may be available — be sure to check with the sales staff!  Comfortable rooms offer a pleasant experience for your guests — and check out the fun pool facilities for the kiddos! Another fun idea for your guests!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While you’re at it, ask about a room for yourself — wedding packages include features such as a complimentary guest room for the bride and groom!

Contact the Casper Ramkota today for more information on their rates and services.  They provide a fabulous service in central Wyoming!

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Kati Hime, Editor

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FROM SARAH MERRILL: ALL OUT VS. BUDGET

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Thanks to Sarah Merrill of Suite Blooms in Cheyenne for the newest addition to her blog series!  I appreciate Sarah’s real-world approach to wedding floral design and advice — this is another gem! Thanks Sarah!

Price Line Guide:

*          = $100 – $149

**        = $150 – $199

***      = $200 – $249

****    = $250 – $299

*****  = $300 +

Price line guide is only an approximation.  Actual costs will vary with different regions and seasons.

Comparison # 1: Pink Hand Tied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.floraldesignsbyjacquelineahne.wordpress.com

Price: ****

This beautiful mix of color, pattern and texture is created using Phaleonopsis & Cattleya Orchids, Sweet William, Cocks Comb, Gomphrenia, Ti Leaves, and feathers.  This arrangement’s expense would stem from the high cost of its main flowers – the orchids.  Additionally, orchids grow with several blooms on one long stalk and therefore do not have stems long enough to reach the handle of the bouquet.  Each bloom must be wired into the arrangement by hand, which is time consuming and labor intensive.  The charge for the labor is then passed on to the client resulting in an almost shocking price tag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.thefrenchbouquettulsa.com

Price: **

This sweet bouquet is much simpler than its more expensive counterpart.  However, notice that the colors are similar, and this one is also rich in pattern and texture.  The white Sedum in this grouping has a similar affect as the Sweet William in the other.  It creates the balance between large focal flowers, and simple supporting flowers.  Zinnias provide an intricate pattern with their unique layers of petals, and the deep pink roses add elegance.  The price here is kept down by limiting the selection of flowers to three.  These flowers are also available to your florist from growers that are close to Wyoming, which cuts down on the cost of shipping them in.  Choosing flowers that are in season and from local or nearby growers is both economically smart and environmentally friendly.

COMPARISON #2:  CLASSIC WHITE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.marthastewartweddings.com

Price: *****

A classic all white bouquet… kept simple with just two beautiful types of flowers.  Many people have fallen in love with the bouquet that Princess Kate carried at her wedding to Prince William just weeks ago.  Her bouquet was mainly Lily of the Valley, and she took her style cue from Hollywood icon (and Princess) Grace Kelly.  Although this bouquet of Lily of the Valley and Gardenias looks simple, be assured that the accompanying price tag is not.  Here are a few reasons why:  Lilly of the Valley is one of the highest priced wedding flowers due to the care and attention required in growing and in caring for them.  Its growing season is very short, usually only available in May.  Gardenias are also very expensive flowers.  They require warm weather and a large amount of attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.heavenscentfloralshop.com

Price: *

This bouquet of Baby’s Breath and Freesia is comparably beautiful, simple and is richly fragrant like the Gardenias in the previous bouquet, but this one will not break the bank.  The flowers on the Baby’s Breath are white and delicate like handmade lace.  These are often overlooked as a filler flower; recently however, they have gained attention as a flower to use by themselves en masse or as a collar or border for a main flower.  The Freesia is a heavenly scented flower that has a unique growing flower budding pattern – growing up one side of the stalk and curving from medium sized open blooms to tiny unopened buds.

COMPARISON #3:  SPICY YELLOW


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.brides.com

Price: ****

A Bright Yellow Calla Lily & Orchid bouquet is given a unique spicy feel with Navy Peppers, and is finished with Yellow Ranunculus, Silver Brunia, Tiny Yellow Chrysanthemums, Dusty Miller and Fiddlehead Ferns.  Its main cost comes from the Cymbidium Orchids, and the Callas.  These pricey blooms are the main flowers, and give this bouquet its size.  Additionally, the large number of different fillers add to the cost.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.mmdevents.blogspot.com

Price: **

This bouquet is a bit smaller, and a bit simpler, but offers the same color palette and feel.  Notice that the Calla lilies are in this bouquet as well, but the main flower is a bright yellow tulip.  Tulips are an inexpensive option throughout a large portion of the year.  The fillers have also been simplified by limiting them to the Peppers & the Dusty Miller.

 

Thanks Sarah for a great column!  Sarah Merrill of Suite Blooms in Cheyenne is a great resource — we appreciate her contributions!

 

Kati Hime, Editor

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*Opinions expressed in guest columns are not the opinion of Wyoming Weddings, LLC.

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