INSPIRATION: Flower Girl Ideas

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Western Romance by Caiti Jackson

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Thanks to Caiti Jackson Photography of Gillette for sharing this beautiful wedding with us! When you live in Wyoming, a western-themed wedding is definitely appropriate. The thing that I love about western is that you can vary its influence to meet your style — either a pair of fab cowgirl boots on your attendants paired with a cute cocktail dress…hats on the gents or hay bales for the guests to sit on…the bride rides in on her favorite horse, or simply some Mason jars with lemonade and a big open dance floor… It’s romantic no matter what you do. Thanks Caiti for this sweet spotlight!

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INSPIRATION: Marilyn + Vintage by Ludwig Photography, Laramie

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Many thanks to Ludwig Photography in Laramie for sending this inspirational shoot our way! Here’s what Anne has to say about this Marilyn-inspired, vintage shoot…

Cassidy called one day and left a message that she had a deep desire, LOVE really, of all things Marilyn. Deep in my heart I could relate. But not just anyone could pull this off.  Marilyn was so natural, beautiful, and true in front of the camera.  Then I met Cassidy:  bubbly, energetic, beautiful both inside and outside — a sweet Wyoming girl as genuine as they come. The day was perfect and all the planning on my end paid off from the hair appointment to scouting around for weeks for the perfect car and location — yes, even nature provided Wyoming wind for that iconic moment. Cassidy could easily have been caught up in being a cliché — but something magical, beautiful and so empowering happened. She was simply stunning and completely the Cassidy we had come to know and love.

Photography- Ludwig Photography

Locations:  Historic WYO Theater- Laramie; Vintage Cafe — Born in a Barn Restaurant, Historic Downtown Laramie

1950 lovingly restored Thunderbird convertible provided by Ace Brummond

Hair-Grand Stylist, Laramie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again to Ludwig Photography in Laramie for sharing this fun shoot with us!

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COLOR INSPIRATION: PINK!!!

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PINK! Must be said in caps. I love it. It was my carpet in my bedroom when I was a kid. It’s a song by Aerosmith. It’s a kick-butt tough-as-nails female recording artist. It’s power & femininity all rolled into one. I love it. 

As much as I love it, I never even thought about it as a color for our wedding. Which is kinda surprising, I must admit. Perhaps it’s because I was afraid it would be too ‘girly’ for my husband? Perhaps…although the color pairings that one can combine with pink can put the guy factor into any shade that you choose. (And, after all, if Justin Timberlake was okay with it for his wedding to Jessica Biel…and while I’m on that topic, did you know that Justin proposed to Jessica in the mountains of Jackson?!)

Here’s my little ode to pink… As Steven Tyler said, it’s like red but not quite… 

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ENGAGEMENT SPOTLIGHT: Catherine & Clint Part II

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Click here to connect with part one of this engagement spotlight!

I’m so excited to feature this engagement from Dreaming Hollow Photography of Laramie! Catherine is a former Miss Wyoming, and her fiance, Clint, is just the most picture-perfect cowboy one could imagine… What a great set of images! But I’m going to quit yapping and share what Tessa of Dreaming Hollow has to say about these two…

When Clint and Catherine contacted us about their Engagement portraits, they mentioned right away that one of the angles of their love story that they wanted us to document was how they met in the soup kitchen of their church.  They asked if they could use our kitchen for part of the photo session.  Of course we said yes!

We asked Clint and Catherine if they would share a bit about their experience falling in love and how they met.  Here it is, in their words:

“Without God opening the doors and shining His light on their hearts, Clint and Catherine wouldn’t be where they are today: in each others arms. After numerous (secret) attempts by their mutual friends to set them up, Catherine’s dear friend and co-worker, Emily finally gave the situation to God and thanked Him for taking care of the rest. Soon after, Clint and Catherine locked eyes across the room at the High Plains Community Church soup kitchen, Sunday, 11/13/2011. They poured their hearts out to each other while serving pea salad and made plans to see each other again. The rest is history! Through Miss Wyoming experiences and adventures in Colorado and Wyoming, Clint and Catherine grew to be inseparable, despite their busy schedules. After a summer trip to Dallas to meet Catherine’s family, the deal was sealed. Clint proposed Labor Day weekend after a beautiful horseback ride in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The love, the moment, and the proposal couldn’t have been more perfect! With their friends and family by their sides, the couple plans to say, “I do” beneath Devil’s Tower on August 31, 2013.”

Thanks to Dreaming Hollow Photography of Laramie for sharing this great engagement spotlight — be sure to click here to see part one of their shoot, from the Snowy Range Mountains of Southeast Wyoming!

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ENGAGEMENT: Catherine & Clint’s Romance in the Snowies — Part 1

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I’m so excited to feature this engagement from Dreaming Hollow Photography of Laramie! Catherine is a former Miss Wyoming, and her fiance, Clint, is just the most picture-perfect cowboy one could imagine… What a great set of images! But I’m going to quit yapping and share what Tessa of Dreaming Hollow has to say about these two…

I had the very special privilege of getting to know {Catherine} after photographing her Miss America head shot.  Imagine how excited  we  were when we found out she was ENGAGED to a very handsome COWBOY and that they  wanted us to photograph their engagement session and their wedding coming up in August 2013.

“While discussing options for their engagement session one of the first things they mentioned is that they wanted something outdoors, something big and beautiful, and what could be better than our very own Snowy Range Mountains!  We are just so very fortunate to live in Laramie where gorgeous scenery such as this is just a short drive away and the creative photographic opportunities are just endless!”

A few from their Snowy Range shoot…I LOVE the things that they did with this — more than just Lake Marie (although the lovely lady is in there), but also the Libby Flats lookout and lots of great sunset shots (but I’m saving those for last…)

 

 

OK, there is just too much lovely for one blog post — yup, there’s MORE believe it or not… so I’m gonna make this into a two-parter!

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INSPIRATION: The Bride’s Assistant

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I have so many brides ask me this question: “Is there one thing I should make sure that I have on our wedding day?” While I can’t easily narrow it down to ONE thing, I can definitely name one thing that I would not have a wedding day without — a bride’s assistant. This is someone that is NOT in the wedding party. I know your knee-jerk reaction is to name your maid/matron of honor to this position, and she does have a position like this to a degree…but I still argue that a separate, independent bride’s assistant that is party-tie free is essential. This is the person who needs to be aware of all the ins and outs of your day — when the flowers, cake, catering, etc. will arrive – when the DJ will set up — where the musicians are supposed to be located in the ceremony space (for when they show up and are unsure)… and so on.

Why should this person NOT be your maid/matron of honor, or one of your parents or your groom’s parents/family members? Because. OK, just kidding — there is a reason, and it’s a doozy. Because they’re going to be busy enjoying your day. Your parents have waited your entire life (+9 mos) for this moment, so please don’t bog them down with worrying about details. They’re going to do that anyway. Let them know that you have someone responsible who is in charge of this, so that they can watch you as you get ready and walk down the aisle and let the tears of happiness flow unabashed. (OK, that was poetic. But you know what I mean.) Same with your groom’s family, and your wedding party — they’ll all want to join in your day without the stress of minute details.

In addition, remember that the rehearsal and wedding days are full of hair appointments, keeping track of tux pieces, saying hello to friends and family and being there to give you a hug in the moment. Having someone who doesn’t have to be sitting in a salon chair while frantically calling the caterer or someone to check on the cake is a HUGE benefit to the stress and flow of your day.

So we’ve defined this person, we’ve argued the reasons why they’re essential — now what should this person do? And how should you go about informing them of all that happens? I was blessed to serve in this role for a dear friend of mine — she’s one of the most organized people I know. We kept in contact every now and then over a series of months beforehand, then the week beforehand she really gave me the whole skinny on the day. Here’s what she gave me:

Ceremony outline

Reception outline

Reception table and decoration schematic

Where items of decorations would be located, who would be bringing them, and who would be setting them up on the wedding day

When the cake, catering, flowers, band, DJ, etc. would arrive, and where they would set up

Whether everyone had been paid, and if not, who would be expecting payment and where to find it (make sure you have those checks prepared and made out for the appropriate amount! Then it’s easy-peasy for your assistant.)

Names of people in wedding party (an added way super organized you’re a rock star bride bonus might be pictures of each member of the wedding party and their name!)

Who has the wedding rings — let your assistant know if this is someone they should regularly check in with, make sure they still have them (you never know who might enjoy the pre-wedding celebrations a little too much…)

The time that you want everyone lined up for the ceremony

When everyone should arrive for the reception; when bar & hors d’oeuvres should begin (keep in mind that everything is approximate, and remind your assistant of that too)

Now — when I filled in this role for my friend, I showed up at the decorating time, expecting I’d be orchestrating everyone. The friends of the mom were expecting they’d be orchestrating everyone — and to keep from causing a ruckus, I backed off a little bit and let them have that show. I figured that was important to them because they were close to her mother. I did make sure that nothing was left undone, but quietly and in an unobtrusive way. Be sure your assistant understands how to work with personalities and not cause tension — sometimes these things just happen. Everyone wants the best for your wedding day and those that they love — so no one does this to be unkind — they just simply all have their own ideas on how these things happen. Just remember that, remind your assistant and tell her/him to be flexible. All will be well in the end!

Can’t I just hire someone? YES! You absolutely can, and that is one of the great things about our awesome wedding planners who serve Wyoming! Many offer a day-of-the-wedding package. OR, you can hire them to help you coordinate AND serve in this role, and you get twice the benefits. Check our vendor page for planners for Wyoming!

Questions? I know we’ve left points unanswered here — so please email (brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com) or post on our Facebook page and we’ll be happy to expand upon this topic!

‘Til Next Time…stay inspired and keep going! It’ll be a beautiful day just for you!

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

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