WYO Wine for your Wedding?

When you’re considering something fun for your centerpiece, gifts, even favors … consider giving a beautiful bottle of wine with your own custom label!  We have some fantastic wine makers in Wyoming, and it’s worth a call to see what they have to offer! Can they offer special labels or a service to make your wedding wine unique?

One of our partners is Table Mountain Vineyards, located in Huntley, Wyoming.  Patrick takes pride in his work and enjoys supporting all things Wyoming — give him a call or shoot him an email to see how you can include Wyoming wine in YOUR event!  307-459-0233

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MEET ASHLEY WHITE!


Image by Ardent Photography, Laramie

As we expand our coverage and features, we’re bringing you a blog that will be packed with interesting tidbits, tips, trends, and of course, ADVICE, all from people in the know. And who more ‘in the know’ than someone who’s been there recently?! Your best wedding advice resource is quite probably that person who has just gone through it herself. Her memories are fresh and vivid, and she has a great deal of passion in sharing her day – and helping yours be wonderful!

So please help me in welcoming Mrs. Ashley White, our lovely recent bride who is bringing you her dew drops of wisdom. Ashley will be contributing to this blog, as well as our upcoming material, regularly — so keep checking back! We’ll let you know when we have new posts available on our social media — Facebook and Twitter — so come follow us and join in on the action! (Links on the home page!) Got questions for Ashley? Email us at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com, or post them on our social media!

Without any further ado, here’s Ashley…

On October 10th, 2010—my hair a tumbling mess of curls, the room around me sparkling with candlelight—I walked down the aisle of the Atlas Theatre in Cheyenne, crossing the threshold from “engaged” to “married” with a pair of glitter-dunked flats on my feet.

Eleven months prior, I was newly engaged, left hand all a-dazzle, and had absolutely no idea how to plan a wedding. All I knew was (1) the words “fiancé” and “fiancée” were incredibly weird, and using them made me feel like I was referring to my betrothed as some sort of exotic food; (2) my left hand had never before been as stared at or grabbed for by people I barely knew as it was in those first few months post-engagement; and (3) OMG GUYS I’M GETTING MARRIED I’M GETTING MARRIED OMG.

To start things off—hi, I’m Ashley! Born and raised in Cheyenne, I’m living the newlywed life with my husband Gus (and still dorking out every time I get to refer to him as such; “husband” is my new favorite word) and still trying to perfect my new signature. He’s a mechanic, I’m a copywriter, and we celebrated 11 years together just four days before we got married. (Yes, seriously. People always ask if we’ve been together “since, like, preschool,” and it takes them by surprise when I tell them we actually have a picture of us, together, from preschool. True story. It’s hanging in our living room.)

The first time Gus asked me out, I was 13 and he was 14; knelt down in front of me—untying my shoe, as per his usual manner of flirting— he boldly asked, “Would you go out with me?” My shoe still his captor, and an impish spirit coursing through my veins, I sassily replied, “What happens if I say yes?”

 

Without missing a beat, as though we’d rehearsed it a thousand times, he answered, “Then I’ll love you forever.”

 

Fast-forward to November 30th, 2009, and we were back in the same place we began; me, feet dangling from a stool in the woodshop classroom at our junior high school, and my husband to be, bent down on one knee in front of me with a diamond ring in one hand.

From picking the perfect vendors, to finding THE dress, down to the random family drama and tackling DIY projects…. I’ve been there. And now that I’m smack dab in the middle of life as a newlywed, I’ve also got plenty to say about the epic process of changing my name, finding a home for all our wedding gifts, writing thank-you cards until my hand’s about ready to fall off… like I said, I’ve got no shortage of topics to touch on, and I’m excited to get to know you all as we commiserate, trade tips and share stories.

Seriously, if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a talker by nature, and I would absolutely LOVE to hear about your wedding plans, help answer questions, see pics of your dream dresses… what’s Wyoming Weddings if not a place to settle in, kick back your feet and celebrate this gorgeous time in your life?

SO looking forward to getting to know everyone!

– Ashley White

Wyoming Weddings + the Outdoors…a Match Made in Heaven?

Wyoming has some of the most beautiful scenery — we can all agree upon that. Majestic mountains, gurgling rivers and streams, wildlife…and an endless sea of green in the summer, and golden brown in the fall. TRULY a sight to behold — and obviously we’re not the only people who think so, as Wyoming scenery is one of the most photographed subjects in the country.

 

Who wouldn’t want to stage their wedding in such glory and splendor?! First off, think of all the decorations you don’t have to spend money on — there is already plenty to look at! Adding in natural elements such as wildflowers and embellishments that pick up on the colors of nature make the transition between ceremony, reception and the outdoors seamless. The possibilities are endless!

 

The flip side of an outdoor wedding is that while the elements are beautiful and fun, they are still…the elements. Wyoming is well-known for its wind — which can sometimes bring havoc upon the most beautifully decorated reception tables. Candles can be extinguished, and perfectly sprayed hair can be blown — music can even be carried away from the ceremony site. The Wyoming summer afternoons can usher in terrific prairie thunderstorms, which can build and strike at any moment.

 

I know what you’re thinking — is all hope lost?! NO!!! People have beautiful Wyoming weddings outdoors every year — they just plan strategically. Make sure that for every plan you make, you form a Plan B — Do you have an indoor location available on stand by? Should you consider a tent? (Make sure to ask how they manage the wind — several companies have dealt with Wyoming winds and know just what to do!)

 

Be willing to negotiate your plans: Perhaps an outdoor chapel (such as the one at Esterbrook) exists nearby, where you can enjoy a beautiful ceremony and take pictures outside. A thunderstorm opens up in the afternoon? Many times, our storms pass quickly — be prepared to push back your schedule if need be. Make sure, though, to establish this with your vendors, so that you know what to do for the rest of your day if this occurs. Or, research venues that offer both indoor and outdoor facilities — several resorts in Wyoming have this capability. One such wedding took place at Snowy Range Ski Area’s lodge: the wedding ceremony was enjoyed on the massive patio, overlooking the Little Laramie River…the ceremony area was then converted to outdoor seating for the reception, and the crowd flowed easily from indoor to outdoor as they mingled, danced and ate. The bonus — a moose casually sauntered out of the woods to drink at the river during the ceremony!

 

Moral of the story: Wyoming is a beautiful state, full of majesty and priceless wedding opportunities. Be aware that with this majesty comes the elements of nature, and be prepared — plan ahead and have your back up plans in place. In the chance that something happens, you’ll be ready — and able to enjoy your day, no matter what happens!

 

‘Til next time — Keep making those beautiful Wyoming wedding memories!

 

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

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