WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Karilynn & Mark’s Red White & Blue Bash

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Thanks to Photography by Mike Roberts of Sheridan for sharing this wedding spotlight with us! Karilynn & Mark were married July 4, 2013 in Rock Springs in true patriotic fashion! Between the uniforms of those wedding party members who serve our great country (thank you!), and the awesome red, white & blue details, this is one wedding that is full of American pride. I also love the emotion in Karilynn & Mark’s faces, and WOW – what kid wouldn’t love to see a bouncy house at the wedding reception?! Brilliant! Scroll through to see more…

Thank you to Photography by Mike Roberts of Sheridan for sharing this beautiful wedding spotlight with us – -congrats to Karilynn & Mark!

FROM THE PROS: Planning Your Perfect Cake – from Sweets

Thanks to Jessica Romero of Sweets Cakes & Pastry in Laramie for this advice-packed guide on how to pick your perfect wedding cake — or maybe *dessert* is the best word…keep reading! Pics are from Sweets Cakes & Pastry and Liz’s Cakes, both of Laramie!

Planning your perfect wedding cake — tips to keep in mind when you’re making your choices:

 

#1 — Be inspired!

Don’t be limited by photos of cakes. Look at your wedding décor: flowers, venue, your dress, etc. What do you like? The colors? The structure? Vintage, modern, traditional, unique?

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#2 — Have a budget in mind!

Simply put: cakes are expensive. A wedding cake can take well over 20 hours to prepare. Keep this in mind when picking your design. Fondant and sugar work requires specific tools and skills. You’d be surprised by what aspects of a cake are the most time consuming – often the smaller pieces that are overlooked.  Good rule of thumb:  more intricate – more money.  So speak with your cake designer about cutting costs — some ideas:  use real flowers instead of sugar flowers; pick an ornate topper, etc.  

If you have a number you are willing to spend, your designer can work with you to get you a cake you love.

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#3 — Be flexible!

You may have an idea in your mind that is not ideal. For example:  a 4 ft tall, chocolate covered cake in August is not a good idea. If your designer tells you this is asking for a disaster, trust them. Work with them to find the best cake for your event. They probably know some things you didn’t think about.

If you don’t mesh with what they are comfortable designing, find someone who shares your vision. Cake design is an art and everyone has their own style. Most designers would much rather send you to another business than create a cake they aren’t comfortable doing.

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#4 — Get creative!

You don’t like cake? No big deal. Many brides are turning to dessert tables, cookie bars, pies, cake pops, cupcakes, and more. Above all — don’t be limited by tradition. Plan for the dessert that fits you!

Check out these pics of cake pops from Liz’s Cakes in Laramie – what a fun twist!

Liz’s Cakes, Laramie creation

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#5 — Think about your cake table!

Do you have a cake stand? A cake cutter? Forks? Linens? There are lots of personal designs available on etsy, and elsewhere online. Check out this idea on Etsy! Be sure to display your beautiful cake in a beautiful way!

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#6 — Don’t wait until the last minute!

Cakes should be booked months in advanced. Many designers book weddings a year before. If you picked a popular wedding date make sure to get a hold of your designer early.

Thanks again to Sweets Cakes & Pastry in Laramie for this informative tip-filled guide to picking your wedding cake!

 

 

 

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Meghan & Dan’s Lusk Shin Dig

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Thank you to Ardent Photography of Laramie for sharing this super fun western wedding with us! Meghan & Dan were married in a blaze of their style…and I’m totally digging it! Check out these shots – – I love Ardent’s attention to detail and emotion-capturing photography…here’s what Stephanie of Ardent has to say about their day…

Venue: Private Ranch/4-H Building – Lusk, WY

Dress: Mountain Valley Bridal – Laramie, WY

Floral: Fresh Flower Fantasy – Laramie, WY

Cake: Cakeworks – Cheyenne, WY

Photos: Ardent Photography – Laramie, WY

DJ: American Soundwave – Laramie, WY

There are traditions when it comes to weddings… While tradition definitely has its place we absolutely love clients who focus on making their day unique and special, a real reflection of who they are as a couple. We love weddings full of thoughtful little details as unique as the love that we are hired to photograph. When it comes to being unique, personal and about as untraditional as possible, Meghan and Dan have that down pat!

You might remember the awesome snowmobile engagement session we did with these two. Filled with snow, crazy jumps and bow hunting their photos were far from the normal engagement photos you can browse in our local paper. That is why we weren’t surprised when on their big day their personalities, likes and style shone right on through. We LOVE this wedding. Although Rick and I are self admittedly more of the city slicker type, seeing cowboy culture strewn throughout their decor, attire and atmosphere was an absolute pleasure to photograph. Highlights include their ‘Wyoming Whiskey’ cake, Meghan’s camo gown, the gorgeous way Ruth from Fresh Flower Fantasy incorporated antler sheds into the bouquet and of course who could forget Dan’s custom tux! Did I mention their gorgeous ceremony site which has been in their family for years? Ah I could go on and on but in this case I think it might be best to let their awesome photos do the talking.

PS: We dare you to try pulling off their ‘high five’ kiss… Now that is what you call awesome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again to Ardent Photography of Laramie for sharing this fabulous Lusk wedding! Congrats to Meghan & Dan – may you always live proud of your style!

 

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Derek & Kristi

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Thanks to David Huber Photography of Worland for sharing this spotlight with us! Derek & Kristi were married at Esterbrook, WY — a beautiful wedding locale — June 29, 2013. Both Kristi & Derek are from Douglas, which is near Esterbrook — what a great place for a wedding!

Thanks again to David Huber Photography of Worland for sharing Derek & Kristi’s day with us — beautiful wedding!

 

INSPIRATION: Just a little wedding wow…

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I love so many things that Ardent Photography in Laramie does…and on one of their ‘Wedding Wednesday Must-Do’ blog posts I saw this idea — must share!!! LOVE! Click on their linked name above to visit their blog post for more wedding love & inspiration…Ardent ROCKS!

This set of signs is available via Etsy…the bride & groom write a list of things that they love about each other, which is then converted into this misty-eye worthy bit of wedding decor…the picture is linked to the Etsy page…

This one was such a cute find…the flyer included details on the bride & groom so that when one is waiting for the wedding to start and ‘fighting boredom,’ they have you covered. They are so considerate!

 

found on everythingfunny.org via Pinterest

 

OK, so this isn’t flowers from Poppy’s Flowers in Downtown Laramie, but sometimes you just got to share something cute when the opportunity presents itself… Poppy’s also carries adorable clothes, and I have my eye on some scarves & candles down there…(can they make one of these for me with my Daisy dog on it?!)

And a little bit of inspiration from the fabulous Photography by Mike Roberts in Sheridan…this is from a very patriotic wedding held in Rock Springs July 4 — we’ll share more on this wedding, but had to share this pic — patriotic strawberries?! Fabulous and worthy any time of year, I say!

 

 

 

 

 

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Alli & Eric’s Casper Wedding

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Thanks to Beartooth Photography of Casper for sharing this spotlight with us! Alli & Eric’s beautiful June 2013 wedding was held at Red Butte Ranch near Casper…I love these details!

 

Thanks to Beartooth Photography of Casper for sharing this spotlight! Want to see your wedding or engagement on our site? It’s easy! Shoot us a line at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com — we’ll need the blessing of your photographer (who’ll receive kudos), and some details on your day!

 

 

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Amanda + Lane’s Casper Ranch Wedding

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Thanks to Alison of Travel Bug Fotos for sharing this beautiful Casper wedding with us! Alison shares a little detail about their day with us…

Amanda Mason and Lane Fischer of Casper, Wyoming held this beautiful wedding on a true working ranch. Amanda’s family works on the ranch where the wedding was held, with the added coolness factor that the decorations came directly from the ranch! The flowers used were wildflowers picked from the land. The table settings were elk antlers, that I assume were collected over the years. The backdrop to the head table were two big barn doors with the letter F in the center of it. The chairs during the ceremony were hay bails that came from the land as well. It was beautiful — and meaningful.

The ceremony was held out in the pasture under a big beautiful tree. She hung an old chandelier from the tree and under that was where they stood. Before the ceremony, we took group photos at a beautiful old barn on another side of the ranch. The barn had so much character but it only got better with this tiny old farmhouse that sat next to the barn. The porch was decaying and the paint was chipping.  There was even a dead snake in the farmhouse. (It made for some pretty memorable photos!)

The reception was held in a large arena on the property where the bride would work on her various rodeo skills. The ropes that the bridesmaids carried, instead of bouquets, were used by the bride in competition over the years.

Overall, this day was perfectly Wyoming. And I am so thankful to have been asked to be a part of their beautiful day.

Thanks Alison of Travel Bug Fotos for sharing this beautiful day! I’m in love with these truly unique Wyoming details!

If you want to see your wedding spotlight (or engagement!) on our blog, it’s easy! Shoot us a line at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com — we’ll need the blessing of your photographer (who will receive kudos for their work!) and a little bit of info on you.

Best!

Kati Hime, Editor & Owner

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INSPIRATION: SIGNS!

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I’m in LOVE with wedding signs! This hot wedding trend for 2013 is just too too cute. They don’t need more introduction than just that — they pretty well speak for themselves (cue drum set) — so I’m going to shut my yap and commence to drool over some lovelies…

from Rustic Wedding Chic

image by Justin Wright Photography – via Wedding Chicks

image by Christine Mac Photography, Rockhaven Farm Catering — via Ruffled Blog

image by Carmen Santorelli — via Style Me Pretty

available on etsy — click here

image by luminaire foto

seen on merrymarry.me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seen on iloveswmag.com

seen on Style Me Pretty

seen on Style Me Pretty

image by BHPimaging, Laramie, WY — seen right here on Wyoming Weddings!

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Meghan & Sean

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Thanks to Anne of Ludwig Photography in Laramie for sharing this beautiful ranch wedding… Here’s what Anne has to say about Meghan & Sean’s day:

This is one of our most favorite WYOMING true WEST weddings of all times, the wedding of Meghan and Sean Kennedy. Meghan contacted us a year before their wedding because she had heard about our Reflections album (an emotional story about them as a couple) that we create before each couple’s wedding day.  In her heart she really wanted a beautiful image of both she and Sean on horseback in an uncut hay meadow.  When we met with Meghan and Sean we fell in love with their relationship to each other and to the family ranch and their true western lifestyle.  Sean was the typical quiet polite cowboy and let Meghan do most of the talking.  It was so much fun seeing him open up over the year and tickle us with his Cowboy wit and sense of humor.  It was obvious how much he loves Meghan.  He may have been shy but around Meghan his eyes twinkled and his smile beamed.  It was a joy going out to the Kennedy Vale Ranch to capture the iconic image Meghan had described of them both on horseback.  And wow little did we know how good Meghan was with a lasso! Maybe that is how she won his heart when they first met at the University of Wyoming, by just roping him in.

The ranch was incredibly beautiful for the wedding.  Sean and Meghan had been fixing fence, painting, cutting hay and getting everything just so for months.  We had to laugh — everyone in attendance as well as the bridal party, family members and guests all had on their best cowboy boots and Meghan’s were to die for.

It seemed so fitting after the ceremony- two incredible horses were saddled up and ready for the bride and groom to make a getaway to a secluded aspen grove for some photographs as man and wife.  Then a quick Wyoming rainstorm blew through as they raced each other on horseback back to the ranch house and a beautifully decorated white tent for the reception. Upon their arrival the most amazing rainbow appeared out of nowhere to grace the meadow where the delicious chuck wagon dinner and dance were to take place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From time to time I chat with Meghan on Facebook as the phone service at the base of the mountain is poor and it is comforting to know (using a western phrase I’d heard old timers use when I was a kid) that the LATCH STRING IS ALWAYS OUT for me when I come to visit.

Thanks again to Ludwig Photography of Laramie & Portrait Artist Anne Brande for sharing this spotlight with us! I can visualize the story so well…this is truly a Wyoming fairy tale!

Would you like to see your engagement or wedding spotlight on our blog? It’s easy! We’ll need your photographer’s blessing (they’ll receive kudos for the work!) and a little bit of info on you two. Shoot us a line at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

ENGAGEMENT SPOTLIGHT: RaeLynn & Damien

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Thanks to Janelle Rose Photography of Cheyenne for sending in this fabulous engagement spotlight! Here’s what Janelle has to say about this fun couple…

“I love when couples want to do something fun and different for their photos. RaeLynn and Damien live in Rock Springs but offered to come my way for their engagement session. I always suggest we do something for the engagement session that reflects the couple’s interests. It just so happens RaeLynn and Damien have connections that allowed us to get on the UW field (alas, before the new turf). Those of you who know me, know what a big Cowboys fan I am. I jumped at the opportunity. We started at the Union for a few shots and moved to the field later on in the day. SO much fun. Thanks, RaeLynn and Damien. I had a blast with you! Can’t wait until August! Go Pokes!!”

This is AWESOME — and what a fun idea! Thanks again to Janelle Rose Photography of Cheyenne for sending this engagement spotlight our way — GO POKES!!!

If you want to see your wedding or engagement spotlighted on our blog, it’s super easy — shoot me a line at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com. We’ll need the blessing of your photographer (who’ll receive credits for their work) and a little detail (or a lot, if you want) about your day!

 

Best,

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Clay & Heidi

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Thanks to Stephanie of Grateful Heart Photography in Rock Springs for sharing this spotlight with us! Here’s what Stephanie had to say about this sweet couple & their special day…

“This is Clay and Heidi! They were married May 25, 2013 at Lakeside Lodge in Pinedale, Wyoming. They didn’t have a bridal party — but since this was both their second marriage, they had their children on both sides sitting by their sides for hte ceremony. The bride’s two sons gave her away. All together, they are a family of nine! Clay has three children and heidi has six (she had quadruplets!). Big, loving family — and I have to say they were all wonderful children & very well mannered. They should be very proud parents! I really liked this family. They are living in Nebraska, but the bride is from Rock Springs. 

Services were provided by… Hair: Kelly at JAK’s Boutique, Pinedale; Flowers: Jacee at JAK’s Boutique, Pinedale; Catering:  Lakeside Lodge, Pinedale; Cake:  Diane Alexander, Old Wyoming Catering

Thanks again to Stephanie of Grateful Heart Photography in Rock Springs for providing this spotlight! CONGRATS to Clay & Heidi and best of luck to you and your sweet combined family! What a beautiful thing to see.

 

If you’d like to see your wedding spotlight on our blog, it’s easy! Shoot us a line at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com — we’ll need the blessing of your photographer (who will receive credits for their images!), and a little basic info. We’d love to shine the spotlight on YOU!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com