Bryce & Ceira Lander Engagement — Virginia Ruth Photography

BRYCE & CEIRA’S LANDER ENGAGEMENT

Captured by Virginia Ruth Photography

Perhaps it’s because Ceira (the bride) was one of our former dance teachers at our Laramie Dance & Arts Center that we also own … perhaps it’s the historical flare she and Bryce chose when they selected their engagement shoot venue to be the Pioneer Museum in Lander … perhaps it’s the emotion Virginia Ruth captured in this beautiful shoot … or yeah, maybe it’s just all of that. Whatever it is, I LOVE these images … I can’t wait to see their wedding pics!!

Congrats to these two lovebirds, and thanks to Ginny of Virginia Ruth Photography for sharing!

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Jenelle & Clay

Congrats to Jenelle & Clay!

Congrats to Jenelle and Clay, who were married May 27, 2017 in Douglas at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds! Thanks so much to Lacey Dale Photography in Lusk, who shared this gorgeous wedding with us. She had a lot of fun with Jenelle’s desire for black & white photography (although she threw in some color too for us, which I LOVE!), and she loved the emotion in their day. “Clay was the cutest groom ever!” Lacey exclaimed. “He was like a little kid when he saw her for the first time by the river.” (Say it with me — awwww!) 🙂 “They were so family oriented throughout the whole entire day,” Lacey added. “Their friends and family meant everything to them.” LOVE!

Wedding Rentals – Make Sure You Have All the Needed Items!

Thanks to Carol Thomas of A-One Weddings & Events in Cheyenne for providing us with this handy little checklist!

Wedding Rentals – Make sure you have all the needed items!

Having an outdoor event or using a venue that doesn’t provide every item needed (or the
items that they provide don’t meet your style)? Well let’s talk rentals!

The starting point:
● Check which vendor provides what –
○ venue to see what they include in the price.
○ caterer to review what they include in their price. If you need to provide rentals for them, what do they need and will they unpack and repack the rentals?
● Contact a rental company with your total guest count, the budget you would like to work within (be realistic and honest, as a truly professional company will guide you to the best options), and if you have examples of styles that you like, provide those too!


Some items you may want to consider and discuss with your wedding rental company:
● Outdoor wedding:
○ Do you need a tent? Is it the main venue or will it just be your backup plan if the weather is unpleasant?
■ Will you want fabric draping, chandeliers, or other specialty decor?
■ You may also want to consider heating or A/C depending on the season and weather forecast.
○ Will you need power? Will you need generators to provide electricity for the DJ, band, caterer, and lighting? (These are a few suggestions that will need power, it’s not an exhaustive list!)
○ Restrooms? If you’re outdoors will you have adequate restroom facilities? Estimate around 4 stalls for women and 3 stalls for men per 150 guests.


● All venues:
○ Tables and chairs:  You will also want to check if they are provided and meet your expectations at any venue you choose. Remember to include ceremony seating and any special situations like musicians that need seated while playing. In addition to tables for your guests you may need
tables for buffets, cake, and gifts.
○ Dance floor. If you are outdoors this may be a necessity, and if your
venue doesn’t have one or you dislike the one they have you will want to
make sure you have this in your list of rental items.
○ Linens and napkins. There are an array of fabrics, patterns, and colors to choose from, and linens are a wonderful way to customize your wedding and showcase your style! Renting linens ensures that they arrive clean and pressed and that you won’t have to deal with the hassle of cleaning/storing/selling them after the wedding.
○ Dinnerware, flatware, and barware. The best way to figure out what you need here is to start with the venue, caterer, and bartenders to see what they provide and any recommendations they will provide. Your wedding rental professional will answer any questions and assist you with
recommendations and suggestions.

— There are other rentals that may appeal to you depending on the look and atmosphere you would like to create from lounge furniture to ceremony decor like archways. Check with your local wedding professionals to learn about the options you have available.

Tips:
● If your caterer is placing an order with the rental company, see if they will add your items to their order so that the wedding rentals are all delivered at the same time. This will keep you from having to pay multiple delivery fees, and if all rental items are from the same company you won’t have to keep the orders separate to make sure that they are returned to the correct rental company.
● Inquire if the company charges damage waiver fees and what these fees cover and, just as importantly, what is not covered.
● Review cancellation policies, deposits, retaining fees, and payment arrangements.

Written by & images provided by:
Carol Thomas, Professional Wedding Planner with A-One Weddings & Events event
rental specialist providing rentals throughout Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Jessica & Matt August 5, 2017

I am in love with this gorgeous Casper wedding, full of color & bling and captured by Riverton’s Virginia Ruth Photography! Jessica & Matt had a lot of elegant + colorful touches … totally digging the coral + navy combo, the Blessing Tree and the paper lanterns! Their ceremony was held at Casper Plant Company, with their reception at The Gaslight Social, flowers by Keefe’s Flowers and their DJ was Dynamic Sound & Light of Casper. Thanks Virginia Ruth Photography for sharing!

 

 

 

 

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: British + American = One Lovely Wedding

Thanks to Mandy Carroll-Bell of MC Picture Company in Sheridan for sharing Mr. & Mrs. Caywood’s beautiful, July 16, 2017 wedding day! The lovely bride is from England, and I love the joining of their homelands in these images. The groom and his mother, Sonja Caywood, are both talented Wyoming artists from Dayton, Wyoming. It’s not surprising that these two had a beautiful wedding full of artistry and love.

 

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!

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Tim & Steph by Virginia Ruth Photography

Tim & Steph

Tim & Steph were married on May 27 in a gorgeous wedding full of personal details. Riverton’s Virginia Ruth Photography captured these beautiful images of their day … I’m in love! <3

 

 

 

Meal Service 101 from A-One Weddings & Events of Cheyenne

Meal Service 101

by Carol Thomas, PWP — A-One Weddings & Events, Cheyenne

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You may know the difference in the cocktail hour (small appetizers and beverages) and the reception dinner (full meal), but did you know there are other options? Let’s take a look at the most common and a few trending styles too!

 Cocktail Reception:

Typically this is a formal alternative to a dinner reception – think a step above business casual so a suit jacket with slacks or a stylish dress. This style of food service encourages guests to mix and mingle so there is limited seating. Food is served in bite-sized portions and can be passed by waitstaff or on buffet style service tables.

 Buffet:

In this style guests to leave their seat and serve themselves. This can allow for a wide range and variety of foods to be served. You can still assign seats to your guests if you would like and we recommend that you have the DJ or another appointed person excuse tables so that you do not have a rush of people standing at the buffet.

Plated Service:

This style is where waitstaff serves pre-selected entrees to each guest. This style offers a more formal feeling as your guests will be waited on throughout the dinner service. There are a few ways that you can have plated service: single entree, duet entree , or plated entree choice. With single entree you select one entree choice that is served to every guest, so every one receives the chicken and veggies. A duet is two entree choices served to every guest, perhaps you selected New York Strip and chicken with veggies to give your guest a variety. Plated choice is when you allow your guests to select their entree on the RSVP card (you know where you check beef or chicken). When choosing plated meal service make sure you allow guests that are vegetarian or have food allergies to let you know so that the caterer can prepare a meal that fits their restrictions.

Buffet:

In this style guests to leave their seat and serve themselves. This can allow for a wide range and variety of foods to be served. You can still assign seats to your guests if you would like and we recommend that you have the DJ or another appointed person excuse tables so that you do not have a rush of people standing at the buffet.

This is a unique food service option where platters of entrees and side dishes are set on each guest table and the guests serve themselves. This style allows for guests to select from the variety offered, but can be a bit tricky as there may not be room on the table for all the platters.

Food Truck:

A unique and delicious way to serve food to your guests. Food trucks are a bit like buffets in that your guests will leave their table to select their food, and is typically a little more made to order for each guest than a plated meal would be – think of a main option like pizza and then guests choose their toppings! If that idea grabs your attention you may want to check out Bella Fuoco Pizza here in Cheyenne!

Late Night Bites:

From simple snacks like chips and dips to more elaborate mini hamburgers  or wrapped burritos served to-go, Snacks or even a second mini meal after an evening of dancing and perhaps drinking can be an amazing addition to the end of night festivities!

Dessert Only:

This is a fun twist if you are having a ceremony that doesn’t align with lunch or dinner service consider serving your favorite desserts and enjoy all the best endings to celebrate your sweet beginning! Make sure that you let guests know that they are going to be enjoying a variety of sweets so they know what to expect.

Consider your personality, the style of the wedding, and the venue when deciding on which style of food service you would like to provide for your guests. There are an infinite combination of ways to make your day unique, and food is just one of your options so have fun and enjoy all the details!

Next month’s FOOD! blog will circle out of the kitchen to discuss what the differences are in a catering manager and wedding planner.

Thoughts, suggestions, or questions? I would love to hear from you email me BlogComments@AOneWeddingsAndEvents.com or comment in the box at the bottom of the page. When commenting please put the blog title so that we all know which topic you are interested in. Thanks!

White Pine Resort

Website — www.whitepineski.com

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307.367.6606 / 307.367.2319

Robyn Blackburn
White Pine Resort
robyn@goark.com

White Pine Resort is a gorgeous location for your wedding just 10 miles outside Pinedale, WY. A winter ski resort but in the summer transforms into 350 gorgeous acres of green, wild flowers and trees set at the base of Fortification Mountain in the Wind River range. We allow brides to choose the location on the mountain for your wedding; beside the pond with the trout jumping is breathtaking.  Arrive on horseback, carriage or by any means that you choose. For 2017 summer, we have availability in June, July, September and October.

Food

Ask us to send you our wedding menu ideas or simply tell us exactly what you have in mind. Our chef will be keen to meet with you to cater for any of your guests’ food allergies.  We have meal options to cater to every budget.  Share your color theme with us and we will order napkins to compliment. We invite brides to come and help decorate the dining room by providing table centers, tulle and fairy lights adding your own personal touches.

Cake

Our chef is happy to make your wedding cake, cup cakes, cake pops or brownies and sweet bites. Ask to see our cake options which will guide you through your cake design.

Alcohol

We have a full Wyoming Liquor license and offer everything from a cash bar  to an open bar. We are happy to order in your favorite beers, wine or champagne.

Lodging

We have lots of accommodation options for you and your guests.  From stunning mountainside cabins, RV parking, Tipis, Tents with beds and bedding as well as places for guests to erect their own tents.

Local Vendors

We are happy to share with you information on other local vendors to help with your wedding planning.

 

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Lisa & Brent’s 3 Forks Wedding

LISA & BRENT’S 3 FORKS WEDDING

Thank you to Hilary & Kel of Seedhouse Photography of Steamboat Springs, Colorado for sharing Lisa & Brent’s Big Day with us! They were joined in marriage June 11, 2016 in The Lodge & Spa at 3 Forks Ranch of Savory, Wyoming, a luxurious & elegant destination that you have to see in these pictures to believe! Their day included an emotional reveal, a gorgeous outdoor ceremony surrounded by God’s handiwork, and a fun, elegant reception. We have lots of beautiful images here to enjoy — what a day, and what a beautiful couple!

Congrats, Lisa & Brent! And thanks to Seedhouse Photography for the fantastic images!

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re you! Kati Hime, Editor 

 

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!