The Big Question
The lovely weekend getaway was attributed all to Whitney's planning and secrecy. And it was absolutely wonderful! Whitney booked a weekend stay at Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park as a surprise for Jenn. She had flowers and chocolates waiting in the log cabin upon arrival that Friday night with the sweetest note, as well. The whole weekend was full of delicious and elegant meals provided in the main lodge, including four course breakfasts and treats.
On Saturday, Whit and Jenn biked around Jenny Lake and the national park in the morning. In the afternoon, Whit scheduled a guided horseback ride around the other glacier lakes of the park. The views were incredible with lakes mirroring mountains and leaves changing a crisp autumn yellow.
Whit and Jenn had discussed having a fall photo shoot this year for Christmas cards, and Whit thought the autumn colors with the backdrop of the Tetons would be perfect. Jenn was ecstatic! Unbeknownst to Jenn, Whit was planning an even bigger surprise. Once the photographer arrived, Whit got down on one knee and proposed. All the while, the photographer was catching the perfect moment on film.
Shop 'Til You Drop
Whitney went dress shopping with her mom and sister-in-law the weekend before Jenn went with her mother. Whitney went to a couple boutiques, but fell in love with a dress at Alta Moda Bridal. Ironically, she mentioned to her family that although she thought one of the dresses she tried on was beautiful, she couldn't buy it because she thought it would be Jenn's dress.
The next weekend, Jenn went with her mother to Alta Moda Bridal. After a few dresses, Jenn fell in love with her bohemian lace wedding dress. After the final decision to say yes to the dress, the consultant divulged the secret: it was the same dress Whitney thought she would choose!
The Perfect Day
Our wedding took place on September 24, 2016 at Schmid Ranch just outside Telluride, Colorado. Patricia Eagle, a spiritual and wholehearted woman, officiated our ceremony in a small aspen grove down the path from a log cabin overlooking Wilson Peak. Our brothers were our attendants, and Jenn's niece and nephew were the flower girl and ring bearer. Both brides were walked down the aisle by their fathers.
The small wedding of about 40 people included mostly family and a few close friends. Guests sat on hay bales and the brides stood under a beautiful floral arch. The reception took place in a tent by the log cabin.
The wedding theme was travel, since Jenn and Whitney have travelled extensively together. Jenn made all of the decorations including a seating chart that was a map with tables named after countries that signified important times in their lives. The guest book was a globe, and cards went into a small suitcase. Jenn did all of the calligraphy including the introduction mirror and menu boards. Cocktail hour included beer and wine, along with a popcorn bar. Catering was buffet style BBQ by Oak, the New Fat Alley BBQ. The dessert table had a beautiful cake by Susan Johnston of Sweet Creations Telluride, pies and caramel apples.
Even though it seems to be inevitable, try not to worry or stress the small stuff. Everything will fall into place just like it's supposed to. Delegate tasks to trusted friends and family, as trying to do everything on your own can be a recipe for disaster. And don't forget to enjoy the whole process, beginning the day of the engagement. The whole engagement period and the day of fly by, and before you know it, it is only a memory. Bask in the still moments, laugh as often as possible, and remember the beauty of love that is the force behind the whole event.
Dress: Bespoke Daphne
Location: Schmid Ranch, Telluride, Colorado
Stockist: Alta Moda Bridal