WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Jackie & Nick

JACKIE & NICK’S CASPER WEDDING

photography by Ardent Photography

Thanks to Ardent Photography for sharing Jackie & Nick’s beautiful wedding with us! Their beautiful wedding took place at the Casper Country Club June 24 – and we are in <3 with these beautiful pics, including of their pooch Toby!

COLOR INSPIRATION: Burgundy/Marsala (Pantone Color of the Year 2015)

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 was Marsala, which I’m sure someone will say is different than burgundy, but I can’t see it. I do have to admit that when I saw that, I kind of had a moment to struggle with that choice. I’m a child of the 90s, and burgundy was all the rage when I was a teenager & in college. I had one of those dresses from Maurices in burgundy with the shoulder pads, the heavy fabric and the heart-shaped cut-out below the neckline with a little pearl dangling. I believe it was my husband’s brother’s first wedding (1995) that had burgundy as the main color. I guess I reflect on burgundy with the same conflict of emotion as I do when I see a teal suggestion, or the oh-so-popular-in-the-mid-2000’s black & red wedding (which was another husband’s brother’s wedding, in 2006). Funnily enough, when the first brother’s second wedding was held in 2009, their color was also red, and when my own brother was married in 2008, their color was black. Struggling to not have a moment again … What I would have given to have had a sister of my own to have some fun with color!

But don’t take my moment as a reason to have one yourself. The beautiful thing about colors and fuddy duddies like me is that we have a much broader ability now than we did 20 years ago to pair colors with variable neutrals and make them new again – and much, much more desirable. So with that in mind, I forced myself to pick up the study of burgundy and see what had evolved.

I was pleasantly surprised. Burgundy is being treated with the respect it deserves, yet the temperance it requires. Burgundy is a very color-rich jewel tone. It carries weight and, because of that, it screams ‘elegance’ – which I think is why it was seen as a perfect tone for formal gowns and weddings in the 90s. Weddings & elegance go hand-in-hand. But it can become too somber, *too* heavy, if one doesn’t pair it with some lighter colors. Enter today’s treatment of burgundy – and where it’s winning me over again … Scroll on, and click on the image for the website from whence it originated. (And thank God for Pinterest!)

Elegance personified with this heavy use of burgundy ... but I like the way their lightened it through their minty green greenery, repeated in the stationery, and the hints of light, light pink & purple.
Elegance personified with this heavy use of burgundy … but I like the way they lightened it through their minty green greenery, repeated in the stationery, and the hints of light, light pink & purple.
Now I LOVE this! Who would have thought the whimsy of sunflowers with the solemnness of burgundy?! It makes the effect light yet sophisticated, perfect for an outdoor wedding. Bravo on the choice of burgundy in the full tie on the gentlemen - the grey tux is a perfect major color player!
Now I LOVE this! Who would have thought the whimsy of sunflowers with the solemnness of burgundy?! It makes the effect light yet sophisticated, perfect for an outdoor wedding. Bravo on the choice of a grey tux to counterpoint the burgundy gowns!
This was a Pinterest find that clicked through to coukgarden.blogspot.sn but didn't really go anywhere. Again, though, the use of burgundy is lightened with pale pink and a little cream. I wish we had thought of this in the 90s!
This was a Pinterest find that clicked through to coukgarden.blogspot.sn but didn’t really go anywhere. Again, though, the use of burgundy is lightened with pale pink and a little cream. I wish we had thought of this in the 90s!
Now this is a fascinating combination, and would be smashing for a fall wedding! Navy and burgundy are both heavy colors, although navy is a beautiful neutral and really lends masculinity to the elegance of burgundy. The rich brown and greens are crucial to tie the two colors together ... the thing that I especially love, though, is how these colors combined make white just absolutely pop! The bride's gown, the groom's shirt and the white of the cake look crisp and fresh - what a way to make your whites really pop!
Now this is a fascinating combination, and would be smashing for a fall wedding! Navy and burgundy are both heavy colors, although navy is a beautiful neutral and really lends masculinity to the elegance of burgundy. The rich brown and greens are crucial to tie the two colors together … the thing that I especially love, though, is how these colors combined make white just absolutely pop! The bride’s gown, the groom’s shirt and the white of the cake look crisp and fresh – what a way to make your whites really pop!

 

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Taylor & Breanne

Thanks to Casper’s Beartooth Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding! Taylor & Breanne were married June 20, and I love their details … a little rustic chic combined with elegance. Love the gorgeous backdrop too… Great pick!











WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Meggan & Nate

Thank you to Janelle Rose Photography of Cheyenne for graciously providing us with these beautiful images from Meggan & Nate’s June 6, 2015 wedding, the first wedding to be held at the new University of Wyoming, Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.  This facility is a beautiful place to hold your wedding, special event, or simply stroll through and enjoy. This beautiful couple has the support of many friends and family members – guests included Governor Mead and First Lady Carol Mead, and the couple’s family presence, on both sides, is strongly felt throughout Janelle’s images. Meggan’s maiden name is Hathaway (many Wyomingites recognize that name!), and Nate’s father is a long time member of the Wyoming legislature. Personally, I adore Nate’s mother, Karen Nicholas, who was my second grade teacher (and first teacher I had after moving from a two room, rural Wyoming schoolhouse to Laramie public schools in 1986. Nate’s sister Kim is an OB/GYN and I enjoy working with her every week when I scan the future of Laramie’s citizens. I love how small Wyoming can be sometimes!

But I digress … and I haven’t even touched the topic of the bridesmaids’ shoes yet! (J’adore!) I recall Kim sharing with me the work Meggan & Nate put into finding their perfect wedding location, and we discussed just how beautiful the UW Gateway Center would be for their event. I personally think it was a home run — the warm lighting & graceful ambiance, with a powerful hint of Wyomingesque flair fit for families with strong and long-term ties to the Cowboy State … a romantic and touching way to celebrate the joining of two lives and families.

Congratulations to Meggan and Nate, and may your lives continue to be full of beauty, light and love!






















WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Kali & Kord’s 4th of July Wedding

Thanks to Charity & Ricky  for sharing Kali & Kord’s beautiful 4th of July wedding in Cheyenne! Kali is a bride after my own <3, with LOTS of DIY elements in the flowers & American-inspired decor! The Big Day was held at Kali’s parents’ home, and a friend provided the cake & food. LOVE it – what a great way to celebrate a beautiful story…

I have to also share Kali’s story of Kord’s proposal… See if it gives you the response I had…

“We actually met at Kord’s brother Brandon’s wedding. Brandon married my best friend Sara, I was a bridesmaid and Kord was the best man. Kord’s proposal was soo funny! He had planned a romantic date at the Melting Pot, and as we were getting seated the host said, “So I hear we are here to celebrate an engagement!!!” Kord was furious because his surprise was ruined. I simply replied, “Well we are now!!” Both of us cracked up laughing. It ended up working out, because it took the stress of Kord and it was hilarious because nothing is very serious with us.” 

(And for those who will appreciate this last part, as I did … the Melting Pot did make up for the mistake by paying for their meal that night and giving the couple a healthy gift card…)

Check out these lovely details, patriotic decor & emotional images captured by Charity & Ricky



















 

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Brittany & Wade’s Magical Mountain View Day

Thanks to Grateful Heart Photography of Rock Springs for sharing Brittany & Wade’s beautiful Mountain View wedding … I love the effects in these images & sweet expressions …











VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody




Looking for a beautiful wedding facility with charm, class and also more than a touch of Wyoming history & folklore, all packaged in a welcoming community that is also really really (really!) close to a world-class travel destination? Then Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody, Wyoming, a hop, skip & jump from Yellowstone National Park, is perfect for you! Custom Events Manager Josie Hedderman takes pride in constructing show-stopping events & weddings, and she’d love to help you create your dream! Below is just a little information on the amenities the center provides, and keep reading on for a look into the care that Josie takes into each & every day …

About Buffalo Bill Center of the West…from Josie Hedderman:

Looking for a unique location to host a private, intimate dinner? Business luncheon with board room seating and smart screen presentation access? Planning a wedding for your special day?  Whether your group is 25 or 250, please give me the opportunity to customize an event for you. We are five museums in more than seven acres of world class collections with artifacts from the original wild west to exhibits of present-day culture, art, and ecosystems. We have indoor and outdoor options with flexible pricing. events@centerofthewest.org

 

A Day in the Life of Organizing a Showstopper Wedding at Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody – by Josie Hedderman, Custom Events Manager for Buffalo Bill Center of the West …

It was a Sunday early in September. For many moons, I had been planning a beautiful outdoor wedding reception in the garden. With six hours to set up and prepare the magic, I looked to the skies to make a judgement call. A dark mass had been accumulating over Cedar Mountain and the deep, mottled gray extended through much of the visible sky.

We spent the next several hours dressing the tables with linens, name cards, glasses and delicate china. We arranged the fragile crystal centerpieces. In neat rows, champagne glasses lined up near the three-tiered, velvet cake. The band plugged in their sound system and tested their instruments. All the while, the sky continued its ominous, ever-threatening approach. “It’s NOT going to rain,” I said again, this time with just a hint of fear wrapped around the tip of the final word. It was 6 o’clock. Guests were on their way from the chapel. I half scolded and half pleaded with the rain gods and refused to allow myself to picture the kind of damage a Wyoming rainstorm could inflict on our delicate, intimate garden dinner.

As the bride made her way to the garden, the sun came out and chased the storm clouds away. It was a moment of perfection. The timing couldn’t have been better.

Wedding guests indulged in delicious food, and champagne glasses clinked to a touching toast before they danced the night away.

It was a gamble worth taking.

About Josie Hedderman…

Josie Hedderman is the Custom Events Manager for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. She is passionate about providing outstanding service and customizing memorable events for her guests in a unique, world-class setting. When she is not juggling details for events, she enjoys pursuing her love of travel, taking her horses to the back country, spending time with friends and family, and discovering new novels. Both sides of Josie’s family have been proud to call Cody, Wyoming home for as many as five generations.

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: FLOODING DIDN’T STOP THIS BEAUTIFUL WEDDING…

 


Thanks to Lacey Dale Photography of Lusk for sharing this wedding with us!
 

So imagine this … Anne and Andrew were married June 6, 2015, right after the Thursday flash flood in Lusk that took out the overpass on the north side of town (the side heading to Andrew’s family ranch where they planned to be married). THEN, the Niobrara County Fairgrounds were taken over by the Red Cross, National Guard and unfortunate families who lost their homes in the flood took over the reception site … so needless to say, they had to improvise. The Niobrara Country Club, in Lusk, became the new location, and the couple and their families pulled it off beautifully!

 

Here’s what the bride, Anne, had to say about the rushed change in plans … 

“Although the flood caused havoc and destruction, it really showed what the community is about. We had planned to have our wedding at the fairgrounds in the beef barn. Being the planner I am, we set up a lot on Wednesday hoping the rest of the week could be relaxed.  Then we woke up on Thursday morning to find half of the town underwater.  We worked Thursday and Friday, alongside others, cleaning up the town and pumping out basements, and Friday decided we had better figure out where the wedding was going to be.  All roads around Lusk were closed, with no power and no potable water. Nevertheless, we knew we wanted to have our wedding in Lusk, even if our expected 500 weddings guests would only be 50.

“Friday afternoon we found the country club was open, and after a little tweaking with the power, we were set.  Saturday morning we set up for the wedding. We tore everything down at the fairgrounds that we had set up previously, and with the help of many, many family and friends, we set up a tent that a group had lent us.  Our table and chairs and flower people went around road closures signs to get here.  For some unknown reason I decided to do my own flowers (which I had NO experience doing), and a woman that I barely knew, along with some amazing family members and friends, came out of the woodwork to create the centerpieces and bouquets. Our band went around booms and convinced highway patrolmen to let them through. And our guests form Casper (which is where I am from), Nebraska, North Dakota, Colorado, Hawaii, Wisconsin, and everywhere in between traveled different routes and, once again, through road closures to come celebrate. My hair and makeup person spent Saturday morning helping us set up, and hurried to make all of my bridesmaids and myself feel amazing without being a minute late.  People simply showed up to help, my family (which is quite large) all made it, and spent the days leading up, with what we thought would be filled with massages, pedicures, and golf, working their tails off.

“Our photographer was a dear friend of ours, and we were her first wedding experience. She wowed us with her skill, as you can see in the amazing photographs. It turned out to be the best day, and although we had a little rain shower after the ceremony, it brought a double rainbow, which made for a beautiful night. I just really wanted to share our story not necessarily because I want to talk about our wedding, but more I want people to know about this community, our family and friends that helped pull off a day we will never forget.”


Keep scrolling down for lots of gorgeous pictures…

Being the planner I was too when it came to our wedding, I am shuddering at the thought of what Anne & Andrew had to go through! This is an incredible story. Way to improvise guys – the moral of the story is they celebrated their love & marriage, no matter what happened to the best laid plans. Thanks to Lacey Dale Photography for sharing this event with us – and congrats to Anne & Andrew! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!












‘Til Next Time … Keep Sending In Those Weddings!

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Kasie & Ethan’s Casper Wedding

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 Congrats to Kasie & Ethan, married June 6 at Casper’s Methodist Church, with their reception at the Ramada Plaza Casper Hotel & Convention Center! Beartooth Photography of Casper was there to capture their moments …







INSPIRE ME: Polka Dot Weddings

Want to wax creative for your wedding? Color is one thing, but patterns are yet another … and whether subtle or all out in-your-face, they can provide a lot of textural oomph to your day. Check out little snippets of inspiration from below, and always, always, always, be sure to tune in to our Pinterest profile, where we’re always adding more inspiration!

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Ellen & Ben

 

Venue: Vee Bar Ranch | http://veebar.com/
Band: 6 Grand | http://www.6grand.com/

Ceremony music:  Kent Swanson

Makeup:  Natalie Abdul

Cake: Sweets Cakes & Pastry
Flowers: Poppy’s

Photography: Ardent | http://www.ardentphotographyinc.com/


Ellen and Ben planned this beautiful wedding all the way from their home in San Francisco, CA! Her dress was purchased from a vintage shop in California. I love the beautiful light, scenery & most of all, the EMOTION in these gorgeous shots from Ardent Photography of Laramie… Congrats to Ellen & Ben…


























Unique Personalized Wine for your Reception! Poke Country Wine Shop

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Check out Poke Country Wine Shop – located in Southeast Wyoming, and able to provide you with personalized wine bottles to give that unique spin to your wedding reception! Visit their website & find them on Facebook…links below!

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