ENGAGEMENT SPOTLIGHT: Fawn & Glen

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Thanks to Dreaming Hollow Photography in Laramie for sending in this creative and fun engagement spotlight! For those of you familiar with Laramie, you’ll recognize our historic Train Depot on First Street in Downtown Laramie as part of these images. Here’s what Tessa had to say about Fawn & Glen…

“This couple requested one of our Fine Art stylized vintage sessions. We wanted a very romantic, dramatic 1940s feel. We enjoyed planning out the details together for the clothing, locations and the storyline!”

Thanks again to Tessa of Dreaming Hollow Photography for sharing this beautiful & creative engagement — you can find Tessa online at www.dreaminghollowphotography.com, email her at dreaminghollowphotography@gmail.com or give her a ring at 307.399.1295. And if you would like your wedding or engagement to have the spotlight on our blog, just shoot us at a line at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com.

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Megan & Sam

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Thanks to Ardent Photography in Laramie for sending us this gorgeous, AMAZING idea-filled wedding! Megan & Sam had a beautiful September 2012 wedding day full of personal touches. Read on for more information — and there were so many awesome shots, we had a hard time narrowing it down…

Here are the stats for the wedding — this is a great way to share this kind of information:

Ceremony Site: Curt Gowdy Ampitheatre, Curt Gowdy State Park, between Cheyenne & Laramie in SE WY

Reception Site: Hilton Garden Inn, Laramie

Floral: Poppy’s, Laramie
Photography: Ardent Photography, Laramie
Hair: Studio 220, Laramie
Makeup: Cassandra Garza, Laramie

Megan and Sam’s wedding was so thoughtful, from the intricate details to the care they put into planning their day to be so unique! This couple surprised each other with gifts before the wedding. Sam bought Megan a lovely necklace which was delivered to her in a handmade wooden box. Megan HOWEVER chose to surprise Sam with a MOTORCYCLE that he had his eye on for some time. She had it hidden at Hynds Lodge where he was getting ready and wrapped the key in the box presented to him as a gift. After that we had their first look which consisted of the couple concealed until first site by bunches of balloons adorned in their wedding colors. When the time was right they released their balloons and saw each other for the first time. Megan and Sam chose to say their vows privately to one another before their ceremony. This was such an emotional, heart felt and very touching moment. This couple chose to have their guests sign vintage skis in leau of a guestbook, which was a cute idea we have not seen. This entire wedding was well thought out, planned to perfection and just really screamed Megan and Sam.

Absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you to Ardent Photography for sharing this wedding, and Megan & Sam — my hat’s off to you for one personal wedding! Congratulations, and what a beautiful way to begin your life together as Husband & Wife. Many best wishes to you!

If you’d like to see your wedding or engagement spotlight on our blog, it’s super easy — email us at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com and voila! We’ll need the blessing of your photographer, but they’ll get the kudos for the images of course!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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WEDDING INSPIRATION: Rhea & Travis

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Thanks to Brian Harrington of bhpimaging for sharing this really cool wedding with us!  Rhea & Travis were married September 1, 2012 in Worland at the fairgrounds. But look at how they transformed a fairgrounds — and brought their own retro flair to the party! Here’s what Brian had to say… “This is a young couple with a lot of love and adventure ahead of them. Travis is in the Navy (as you tell by the blues…and the homage to the Sailor in Times Square image). Rhea’s family had a passion for classic cars, and their passion was laced throughout the entire day…sooooo many stinking cool cars there…” 

I have to take a moment to give Brian and bhpimaging a shout out, because I love what he says about his work:  “My images are simple, directive, fun, and youthful… My work tends to please the young couple looking for something different. I love working ALL OVER Wyoming, and destination weddings anywhere.” I love this. VERY cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to visit bhpimaging’s website and see more of Brian’s work…give him a shout at bhpimaging@live.com or 307-272-9903 and congrats to Rhea & Travis! If you want to see your wedding or engagement in the spotlight on our blog, email us at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com.

‘Til Next Time…I’m seriously digging that car…

Kati Hime, Editor

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INSPIRATION: Where to Begin?

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You’re newly engaged…or you’re just sitting down to plan your wedding…and the #1 question I hear is:  WHERE DO I BEGIN? When there are SOOOOOO many details to planning a wedding, the starting point may seem lost in the bunch. Here’s my advice:

Look at who will be the vendors with the least availability

There are vendors who will service only one to three weddings a day. Those typically are locations, wedding planners, photographers, videographers, florists, cake artisans, caterers, officiants and music professionals for example. This is usually limited by the number of staff that they have and their capability to provide an excellent level of service.  That means that these vendors must be booked EARLY — read as FIRST THING. Don’t worry about figuring out what flowers you want to order, or what photographs you want to have on your must-take list — this stuff can be figured out later. Right now, you’re simply securing their services for your event. (And that usually means down payments are involved, so be prepared!) This will make the next bullet point of importance…

Know your date & the size of wedding that you want to have

If your date is chosen for sentimental reasons (ours was August 12, 2000, exactly 6 months from when we started dating (February 12)) — then you want to act early and FAST. In Wyoming, limited venues and professionals = limited availability. We started booking our location, photographer and DJ two years ahead of time so that we could be sure that we got the date that we were dead set on. In fact, here’s a side story:  I was working in a flower shop when we were engaged, and one day we were doing a consultation for a wedding that was going to be held on August 12, 2000 (our upcoming wedding date). The bride started complaining that she wanted the same venue I had, and the same photographer I had, but “this chick booked this stuff like two years ago and now they’re unavailable!” I reached across the counter, stuck out my hand, and said “I’m that chick. Nice to meet you.” I told her I was sorry I caused her any grief, but that date was essential to us and I acted as fast as I could. She was SO embarrassed that she had been bad-mouthing me — but — she said that really, she knew I was smart about that and she couldn’t blame me. Funny story.

If your date isn’t as big of a deal, have a few dates in mind, and be prepared to fluctuate.

If your location is the big item, consider odd times of the week. My husband’s brother and his wife were married on  a Monday, because when they called the place that they wanted, weekends were all taken. Since most of their guests had to travel here for the wedding, they decided a Monday wasn’t a big deal for a destination wedding for their guests. Some guests that were locals complained about it, but overall, it seemed to work.  Same with if you have one photographer that you MUST have, or another vendor of limited availability.

Size of wedding is important. Are you going to have a big wedding? Make sure your venue can handle the load. A small, intimate affair? Do you absolutely have to have a giant venue then, or do you have some flexibility? There are so many options when it comes to picking your venue — be honest with yourself, your budget, plans and expectations, and move forward confidently! You never have to apologize for making choices that create YOUR special day.

Once those big and limited items are secured…

You’ve got the date set, the location booked, and the officiant, music (ceremony & reception!), photographer, videographer, caterer, cake artisan and florist booked… YAY for you! Now it’s time to go dress shopping. Give yourself plenty of time on this one — if alterations are needed, or if you’re having a dress specially made for you, you’ll want plenty of time. Another side story — I ordered my specially made wedding dress, then became very sick and lost 40 lbs while it was being made. I went from a size 5/6 when I ordered it to a size 2/3 when it arrived. But, because we had given ourselves enough time, we were able to have the massive alterations done to make it work out well.  If you’re planning on losing some weight before the big day, make sure you do it the healthy way, and make healthy lifestyle changes so that you can keep at your new desired size up until your wedding date. Visit with your wedding attire professionals about how to work weight loss into your wedding gown purchase process.  Some great selections:  Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie…. Hart’s Tux & Gown in Casper… and Special Occasions in Sheridan!

Now what?

Well, now that you have the big headaches out of the way, have some fun with picking colors, flowers, decorations, invitations, etc… Depending upon your time schedule, you’ll have a little wiggle room to look for inspiration and get ideas.  And if you’re looking for a list of those items to be done, visit our digital version of our wedding planning guide and our timeline checklist items — click here — and ask questions! We’re more than happy to help!

YOU CAN DO IT!!!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Amanda & Andrew

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Thanks to Kristy Cardinal Photography of Lander for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!  Amanda & Andrew’s wedding was held June 30, 2012 in Jackson at Snowy King.  LOVE these beautiful and emotion-filled images…I also love how the uniforms (Andrew is a Marine) – THANK YOU Andrew for your service & sacrifice, from all of us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again to Kristy Cardinal Photography of Lander for sharing this gorgeous wedding! If you’d like to see your wedding or engagement story featured on our blog, shoot us a line at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com — we’d love to shine the spotlight on YOU!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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