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LOVE STORIES & W E D D I N G I N S P I R AT I O N

SUMMER 2021

DISPLAY UNTIL 11.15.21 $5.99 U.S. & Canada


VINTAGE MCCALL, MODERN VENUE

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Idaho 2021

THREE PEAKS EST. 2013

DRI

GGS, IDAHO

editor-in-chief Mackenzie Stevens

copywriter Lauren Phillips

graphic designer Jessica Goldy

u.s. editorial

& sales staff

COLORADO & NEW MEXICO Brit Tucker-Kline UTAH Heidi Zeh UTAH & IDAHO SALES Hannah Wollenzien

canadian editorial

& sales staff

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Celynn Bowman ASSISTANT Carly Cooper

COPYWRITER Lily Harris

digital team

DIGITAL EDITOR - Laura Osborn SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER - Bailey Jameson STYLE EDITOR - Tasha Tagliani DIGITAL PUBLICATION EDITOR - Savannah Reynolds

operations ACCOUNTING Lynn Kieffer PUBLISHED BY RMB Media, LLC

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STUNNING, EMOTIONAL, AND REAL MEMORIES You should be able to look back in 60 years and remember exactly how you felt on your wedding day. You've found your person – why jeopardize your memory of this day? Too often, couples regret getting a photographer that only took pretty pictures that didn’t show emotion and robbed them of the moment. They didn’t think about their legacy. I want to give you something better. A mixture of magazine worthy images that actually tell your story to keep your love strong for the rest of your life. You don’t deserve anything less.

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OF CONTE NTS

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44.

88.

62.

100.

10.

LOVE STORIES

LOCAL FINDS

beginnings

a lway s

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savannah + zeb -

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heather + kevin

Stanley

Bruneau Dunes State Park weddings

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jules + vlad - Coeur d’Alene

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liz + jake - Preston

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sami jo + chase - New Meadows

elopements

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kaci + grant - McCall

I N S P I R AT I O N

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alexis + eric - Garden Valley

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leah + dorian - Coeur d’Alene

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emily + douglas - Sun Valley

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kelly + jeff -

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madeline + tyler -

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kalli + aj -

Nampa

Ririe

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pretty in pink

let’s get tipsy Celebrate with Bee’s Knees Whiskey Bar

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meet weave gold A peek at their new Bridal Collection

I N E V E RY I S S U E 6.

editor’s letter

Brunch bridal shower at Ste. Chapelle

PHOTO CREDIT

mountain modern

Above, clockwise from top left:

Clean and sophisticated wedding weekend 44.

bohemian beauties Ethereal elopement along the Snake River

Sun Valley

10.

kylie morgan photography alex colberg photography montana lee photography katie wilke photography nicole catherine photos corrie butler photography


E l o p em en t & wed d i n g p h o to g r a p h er

kelseyperkinsphotog raphy.com

@kelseyperkinsphotog raphy


EDITOR’S LETTER

HEATHER WOOLERY

alicia & co

Elopement + Micro Wedding Photography

Oh, Idaho! What a year it’s been. With limited traveling and staying close to home, I’ve been lucky enough to rediscover all of the beautiful places that neighbor my home state of Montana. A road trip to Coeur d’Alene during the fall as the colors were changing throughout Lookout Pass is one of my favorite memories. It’s almost as though I was seeing everything for the first time perspective is everything and sometimes it takes life slowing down to realize how lucky we all are. To you all; wedding vendors, brides + grooms, our team here at RMB, I’m so proud of everything we have conquered over the past year and a half. A true sentiment to what this is all really about - love. The upcoming pages showcase the beauty of Idaho and all it’s wonderful places and people. The real love stories featured in this magazine prove to us all that love is never canceled. From an intimate elopement in Sun Valley to a fun-filled fare in Garden Valley - there is so much beauty throughout the Gem State. Not only will you be meeting Idaho brides, just like you, but you’ll also be introduced to the vendors who brought their dreams to life. So, take notes of the couples’ advice and be inspired by the creativity within the pages ahead. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

www.heatherwoolery.com

@heather.woolery

xo, Mackenzie Stevens

@mackenzie_rockymtnbride


sta Congrats to our cover winner! summer

to see more of this real wedding, visit page 62 photographer: corrie butler photography corriebutlerphotography.com

find the best wedding vendors + venues in the u.s. & canadian rockies

winter

to see more of this styled wedding, visit page 34 photographer: danica shea photography danicasheaphoto.com

BLUSH SKY PHOTOGRAPHY


katie wilke photography


LOCA L FINDS idaho artisans to include in your wedding


The B e e’s K ne e s W hi s key B ar Since opening their doors in 2015, the owners of Up North Distillery & The Bee’s Knees Whiskey Bar, Randy and Hilary Mann, pride themselves on producing genuine small batch craft spirits from farm to flask using fresh ingredients such as locally sourced honey, grains and syrups made from scratch. Located in Hayden, The Bee’s Knees Whiskey Bar features an extraordinary cocktail experience with both their Up North Distillery craft spirits as well as over 140 rare and hard to find bottles of whiskey.

Photographer: Katie Wilke Photography | katiewilke.com


- local finds -

O L D FA S H I O N E D

ingredients •

1.5 oz Up North’s Barrel Reserve Honey Spirits

.5 oz elderflower liqueur

2 dashes Angostura bitters

2 dashes orange bitters

Orange peel for garnish

directions - Combine all ingredients together in a glass carafe

- Add ice and stir until cold - Strain into a cedar smoked glass with a large ice cube - Serve with an orange peel for garnish

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F I R E S I D E C H AT

ingredients •

.75 oz Up North’s Barrel Reserve Honey Spirits

.75 oz Up North’s Barrel Aged Apple Brandy

.5 oz lime juice

.75 oz apple cider

1 oz spiced raisin syrup

Rosemary sprig for garnish

directions - Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker - Add ice and shake well - Place rosemary sprig in a rocks glass with a small amount of green chartreuse - Ignite rosemary and pour over flamed rosemary

To include Bee’s Knees Whiskey Bar or Up North Distillery craft spirits in your wedding plans, visit: upnorthdistillery.com


weave GOLD

In 2011, Kyra Bernauer designed her first pair of handmade beaded earrings. Kyra’s passion for art and craftsmanship started at a young age with sewing, embroidery and painting. But it wasn’t until Kyra’s friend introduced her to bead weaving that her heart truly ignited. From there, while ‘Wizard’ by Mariee Sioux played in the background, Weave Gold was born. Kyra heard the lyrics, “Wizard, weave gold,” enthralled and inspired with the idea that there is beauty in imperfection similar to flaws in handcrafted art. These aesthetic errors are the key to originality and represent a sense of weaving gold to the owner and designer of the popular jewelry brand. Every piece of jewelry is delicately crafted and handwoven in Boise by Kyra, herself.


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THE BRIDAL COLLECTION The Bridal Collection pieces were designed with brides in mind while still prioritizing everyday use time and time again even after the special day. Kyra created Crystal, a whimsical statement earring handmade with crystal white glass seed beads, accented with 22 karat gold beads for the perfect finishing touch. Each element, from the shape to the color, manifests pure artistry and fashion.

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To see Weave Gold’s entire Bridal Collection, visit: weavegold.com Photographer: Kendra Elise Photography | kendra-elise.com


andra krista photography


BEG INNINGS t h e s ta rt o f yo u r f o r e v e r


Savannah + Zeb / Stanley

Savannah and Zeb attended the same high school, Zeb was an upperclassman, while Savannah was an incoming freshman. The high school crush didn’t blossom into a relationship until later that year when the pair won homecoming court and claimed their titles as king and queen. Since that day they have been inseparable, or as they say, the rest is history.

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B R E A K FA S T F O R T W O

One morning, Zeb planned a sunrise breakfast overlooking the Sawtooth Range to ask the big question before heading home, something totally normal for them to do. Doing his best to weave the surprise into ordinary activities, he suggested bringing a tripod to capture photos, Savannah a professional wedding photographer, happened to have her equipment with her. As they parked the car along the dirt road, Savannah ventured out into a quiet field, Zeb followed closely behind carrying a handmade wooden box, crafted by his grandfather. He pulled Savannah aside saying, “There’s a little something I want to do before we make breakfast,” and dropped to one knee. Zeb proposed with the help of Kylie Morgan Photography capturing the blissful utopia.

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Photographer: Kylie Morgan Photography | kyliemorganphotography.com


Heather + Kevin / Bruneau Dunes State Park

After meeting in college through a mutual friend, Heather and Kevin began dating but physically spent a period of time apart, due to the distance between Idaho and California. Kevin lived in Boise, while Heather was finishing school on the West Coast. Fast forward to the summer of 2019, Heather moved to Boise to be with Kevin permanently. The college sweethearts were destined to have a proposal story that would rival those in the greatest romantic movie scenes. About two and a half years later, Heather had returned from California after visiting family, as she walked outside to be picked up, she was greeted by Kevin and their dalmatian puppy. Written in paint on the car windows read, “Hey Mom, can we keep him?” Initially confused by the question, it was there that Kevin got down on one knee and asked Heather to marry him!

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Photographer: Andra Krista Photography | andrakristaphotography.com


I NSP I RAT ION from bridal showers to your wedding day a n d e v e ry t h i n g i n b e t w e e n

quincy’s photos


pretty in pink Among the sweeping orchards of Southwestern Idaho in the Snake River Valley, Ste. Chapelle Winery overlooks thousands of acres of vineyards and farmland. Ste. Chapelle provides a timeless oasis to host your bridal shower brunch. Let The Little Gem on Wheels set the tone by arriving in true chic style. Ruby, the adorable vintage bar on wheels, will delight your guests with six taps of your choice, ready to pour and enjoy.

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I T ’ S A L L I N T H E D E TA I L S

Chosen Events Boise created this fashion forward occasion. From the invitations and paper designed by Something Lettered to the posh floral arrangements by Flower Farm Boise, fill your day with feminine elements and a pastel color palette. Tying into the pops of the pink theme, ask your girls to wear blush dresses for a gorgeous and girly look. For the bride, stick with tried-and-true traditions of wearing white, but make it fun! Now is the time to really go for the glam with a trendy party dress.

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S T R AW B E R RY S U G A R

Finish the afternoon with signature cocktails and sweet treats while mingling around the table. Sip on a freshly crafted mixed drink made with fine spirits from Nampa’s Craft Lounge paired with pink chocolate-covered strawberries. Perfectly presented by Dulcerella Custom Cakes, indulge your sweet tooth with this white almond cake layered with strawberry swiss meringue buttercream and decorated with edible sequins.

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C R E AT I V E T E A M Venue: Ste. Chapelle | stechapelle.com Photographer: Quincy’s Photos | quincysphotos.com Planner & Designer: Chosen Events | choseneventsboise.com Sweets: Dulcerella Custom Cakes | dulcerellacakes.com Florist: Flower Farm Boise | flowerfarmboise.com Paper: Something Lettered | somethinglettered.com Rentals: The Little Gem Co. Details | thelittlegemdetails.com Linens: Nüage Designs | nuagedesigns.com Jewelry: Timber & Tine Co. | timberandtineco.com Hair: Hair by Rachel Walker | @hairbyrachelwalker Makeup: SD Artistry | sdartistry.net Mobile Bar: The Little Gem on Wheels | thelittlegemonwheels.com Floral Supplier: FiftyFlowers | fiftyflowers.com Rentals: Blush Creek | blushcreek.com Champagne Wall: Prosecco Problems | @proseccoproblems.eventrentals Craft Cocktails: Craft Lounge | craftlounge.com Cocktail Sticks: Pursuit of Cocktails | thepursuitofcocktails.com Gifts: Hunt & Gather Gifts | huntandgathergifts.com


mountain modern Found in the heart of the beloved mountain town, McCall, allow yourself to be swept away with this vintage inspired wedding at The Scandia Inn captured by Danica Shea Photo. Thoughtfully curated by Idaho’s natural elements of mountain greens and wood tones, Ira + Lucy created a stylish, modern atmosphere showcasing blissful romance between the bride and groom.

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A N O T E W O RT H Y W E L C O M E

Keep things relaxed and laid back by welcoming out of town guests on the property with handwoven gift baskets. Assort each basket with locally sourced snacks, everyone is sure to find a favorite treat to devour. Include a schedule of events and a list of restaurants and activities to enjoy during their stay. Your loved ones will appreciate the thoughtful gesture.

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LOVE STRUT

Say “I do” in front of an eye-catching garden inspired floral wall embellished with crisp yet classic lisianthus and anemones by Just So. Event Floral. The picturesque pine forest accents the backdrop adding a rustic and earthy touch to the ceremony setup.

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S I M P LY B E A U T I F U L

Long tables draped with natural colored linens for a minimally clean look topped with abstract shaped candlestick holders, smoke cut rocks glasses, mango wood chargers and gold rimmed china from A Fine Fête enhance the simple light space. Finish the night with a two-tier black and white cake crafted by Boise Cakery, topped with delicate florals to compliment the elaborate details.

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C R E AT I V E T E A M Venue: Scandia Inn | thescandiainn.com Planning, Design & Rentals: Ira + Lucy | iraandlucy.com Photographer: Danica Shea Photo | danicasheaphoto.com Videographer: Jones Co. Creative | jonescocreative.com Florist: Just So. Event Floral | justsoeventfloral.com Paper & Calligraphy: Something Lettered | somethinglettered.com Sweets: Boise Cakery | boisecakery.com Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | latavolalinen.com Bride’s Veil: Sarabeth Bridal | sarabethbridal.com Beauty: Shawna Hines | hairplusmakeup.com Floral Supplier: FiftyFlowers | fiftyflowers.com Chair Rentals: Blush Creek | blushcreek.com Tabletop Rentals: A Fine Fête | afinefete.com Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | themrsbox.com Idaho Cutting Board: R Wood Works | idahochair.com Candles: The Little Gem Co. Details | thelittlegemdetails.com Models: Daidree and Ryan


Bohemian Beauties

Nestled along the Snake River just 40 miles south of Boise you will find natural beauty at Swan Dam Falls. Photographer Alex Colberg and planner Foxx and Fern worked together to showcase an inclusive exchange of vows that is both enduring and tender. This breathtaking styled elopement captures a little slice of heaven and authentic charm. A timeless and contemporary Kenneth Winston gown with lace detail adds classical romantic style to any vintage setting. The earth-tone floral design accentuates the natural burnt orange and browns while including organic fresh elements of dried orange slices, pampas grass and soft blooms in shades of ivory and blush to brighten the mood.

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PERSONAL TOUCHES

After you say ‘forever I’m yours’ share custom gift boxes curated by Hunt & Gather Gifts. Hand-tie silk velvet ribbon around the locally-made, pine keepsake box finished with a personalized note. Include your beloved furry companion with a flower collar to give them that garden appearance. Adorned with twisting vines, muted green leaves and rust colored florals your dog is dressed for the affair.

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T O H AV E & T O H O L D

Forgoing overflowing guest lists and stripping everything back to its essence speaks loudly to the passionate at heart. Soak in your love story and stay warm by having intimate moments wrapped in a throw blanket standing among the crisp mountain scenery.

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CHARCUTERIE FOR TWO End the evening with a well-arranged meat and cheese board on a wood platter garnished in rosemary from Savory n Sweet that can also serve as an edible piece of decor. Celebrate being newlyweds with a bottle of bubbly and clink glasses to a dazzling future together. Finally, satisfy any sweet cravings with a two-tiered white wedding cake made by Sweet Eats Boise, add dried orange slices and greenery to top it off.

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C R E AT I V E T E A M Venue: Swan Falls Dam Planning & Design: Foxx and Fern | foxxandfern.com Photographer: Alex Colberg Photography | alexcolbergphotography.com Videographer: WISPP | wispproductions.com Charcuterie: Savory n Sweet | savorynsweets.com Sweets: Sweet Eats Boise | @sweeteatsboise Florist: Flower Farm Boise | flowerfarmboise.com Paper & Calligraphy: Abbergail Design | abbergail.com Rentals: Blush Creek | blushcreek.com Linens: Lemon Tree Linens | @lemontreelinens Bridal Boutique: Sarabeth Bridal | sarabethbridal.com Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston | kennethwinston.com Hair: Erin Clancy | @erinshairshow Makeup: Blush Artistries Beauty By Julianna | blushartistries.com Gifts: Hunt & Gather Gifts | huntandgathergifts.com Cake Stand & Chargers: WoodLab | woodlab.co Floral Supplier: FiftyFlowers | fiftyflowers.com Models: Jadie and Svet


Meet Ruby,

the adorable bar on wheels!

LITTLE GEM ON WHEELS

Get Your Tickets Today! www.IdahoDreamWedding.com


TRUE

LOV E

au t h e n t i c w e d d i n g s a n d e l o pe m e n t s t o i n s p i r e yo u r b i g day


karli and david photography


Kaci

+

Grant MCCALL Kaci and Grant have the trendy, sought after In-NOut Burger to thank for their fated union. One of Grant’s best friends introduced the pair, which led to a first date months later. After a year of dating, Grant planned a quintessential proposal at Ashton Gardens in Utah. What started out as an enchanted walk through Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point, surrounded by festive lights, the couple’s new chapter began. Grant suddenly dropped to one knee and proposed. Kaci and Grant planned a formal, lakeside wedding for July 11th.


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SWEET CEREMONY

“The whole day was so amazing it’s hard to pick a favorite part, but I would say that the ceremony was probably my favorite. It was such a tender and sweet moment that I will never forget. My husband’s favorite part was also the ceremony, but more specifically it was seeing me walk down the aisle with my dad. It was a ceremony that we had always dreamed of. It could not have turned out more perfect.”

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-VENDORSVenue, Caterer, Rehearsal Dinner & Lodging Shore Lodge | shorelodge.com Wedding Planner Michelle Leo Events | michelleleoevents.com Photographer Megan Robinson Photography | meganrobinsonphoto.com Videographer Jared Wortley Films | jaredwortleyfilms.com Sweets Greg Marsh Designer Cakes | marshcakes.com Florist Urban Chateau Floral | urbanchateaufloral.com Bridal Boutique, Bride’s Veil & Jewelry Alta Moda Bridal | altamodabridal.com Gown Designer Alexandra Grecco | alexandragrecco.com Bride’s Shoes Jeffrey Campbell | jeffreycampbellshoes.com Ring Designer Rocky Mountain Diamond | rockymountaindiamond.com Bridesmaids’ Attire ASOS | asos.com Groom’s Attire True Gentleman | truegentlemansupply.com Groom’s Shoes Magnanni | magnanni.com Groomsmens’ Attire The Black Tux | theblacktux.com Beauty BA Makeup Co. | bamakeupcompany.com Rentals Diamond Event & Tent | diamondevent.com McCall Party Rentals | mccallpartyrentals.com Music & Entertainment Life of the Party | life-of-the-party.com Officiant Nathan Emery Ceremony Music Utah Live Bands | utahlivebands.com Honeymoon Dana Point, California


ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “My best piece of advice for newly engaged couples is to communicate with one another. Communication is the key in every aspect of a relationship whether it’s wedding planning or not.”


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Alexis +Eric G A R D E N VA L L E Y

Alexis and Eric met while both living in Georgia; Alexis was in dental school, Eric in medical school. Their story began when Alexis went on a date with a friend of Eric’s, but she found herself being drawn to Eric. A month later, Alexis came across Eric’s Facebook profile and sent him a message asking, “Backstreet Boys or NSYNC?” Thankfully, Eric knew the right answer, and responded by saying, “Backstreet’s Back.” Four and a half years later, Eric planned an intimate and darling proposal. As they were cooking dinner for Alexis’ birthday weekend, Eric got down on one knee and popped the question. They planned a rustic chic wedding for July 18th.

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “When the wedding shows up, take a deep breath and just relax. At the end of the day, this day is about y’all. You are marrying your best friend!”

LOCATION , LOCATION , LOCATION “Why would you not get married in the Rockies?! The views, the weather, and no humidity. The weekend of our wedding was so fun. We went white water rafting, floated on the Boise River, and enjoyed all things Idaho.”

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-VENDORSVenue Sixty Chapel | sixtychapel.com Wedding Planner Sprout Design | sproutdesignwedding.com Photographer Corrie Butler Photography | corriebutlerphotography.com Videographer Boise Wedding Films | boiseweddingfilms.com Florist Wildflower Floral Co. | wildflowerfe.com Caterer Horsewood Catering | horsewoodcatering.com Sweets Greg Marsh Designer Cakes | marshcakes.com Invitations Kinship Letter Press & Design | etsy: kinshipletterpress Bridal Boutique Elsca Bride | @elsca.bride Dress Designer Theia Couture | theiacouture.com Bride’s Veil Etsy | etsy.com Bride’s Shoes Badgley Mischka | badgleymischka.com Beauty Erica Aryana | @muahsalonboise Groom’s Attire Bonobos | bonobos.com Groom’s Shoes Allen Edmonds | allenedmonds.com Rentals Idaho Tents & Events | boisepartyrentals.com La Tavola Fine Linen | latavolalinen.com Lemon+Co | @lemonandcoboise This and That Rentals | @thisandthatrentals Music & Entertainment Eric Henderson Music Officiant Ben Wheeler Transportation Diamond Limo | diamondlimoboise.com Lodging The Grove Hotel | grovehotelboise.com Alcohol & Beverages Boise River Catering | boiserivercatering.com Honeymoon Jackson Hole, Wyoming


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IN ORDER FROM TOP LEFT TO RIGHT @carlybutlerphoto | @haileylarsonphoto | @crystalcousinphoto | @carrie_patterson @mathildebresson | @lesleeuribephotography | @annaclairebeasley | @jacdodgephoto | @forthewestandwildphoto


Leah +Dorian COEUR D’ALENE Leah’s brother brought Dorian and her together. Dorian began his college career playing football at the University of Idaho with Leah’s brother, Zach. The two were convinced they would never develop feelings for each other, however much to their surprise an authentic love story sparked in 2015. To propose, Dorian recruited the help of family and friends. Dorian played off the fact that his grandparents had a photo gallery wall and needed a picture of the couple to add to the collection, Leah happily agreed, not thinking anything of it. Leah’s friend even took on the role of photographer. The pair found themselves back at the same golf course where they first spent time together, five years earlier. As they strolled down the fairway to a nearby pond, their friend Alyssa, began capturing photos. Dorian turned to Leah getting down on one knee and asked her to marry him. The group returned to the house to find family and friends had gathered to celebrate. Leah and Dorian planned a classic black and white wedding for August 1st.


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L O V E F L O AT S

Leah and Dorian tied the knot on Lake Coeur d’Alene with shimmering waters reflecting in the distance and views of North Idaho forests. The couple followed an elegant black-tie theme, accented by white roses, lush greenery, and romantic globe string lights. Leah and Dorian’s first dance to “Be Enough” by Alicia Keys, set off a night of non-stop dancing and partying. “Dance-offs took place, not one person was in their seat,” recalls the bride and groom. The reception ended when the boat arrived back at the dock, to which Leah and Dorian made a grand exit under a human tunnel created by their guests.

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C O C K TA I L S + C A K E C R U I S E

“We had a cocktail and cake cruise, so no traditional dinner and it was great! The cruise took off from the resort and butterflies started flying. The ceremony was short and sweet, encapsulating everything that our love stands for. Guests mingled and admired the scenery with a drink and some sweets. We danced the night away on the lake with our closest family and friends.”

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Do a cruise wedding! Skip dinner, allow for more time to party! Don’t get so caught up in the little decor details, it’s about the people, the place, and the love!”


-VENDORSVenue Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises | cdacruises.com Wedding Planner Kendal Stopher Photographer Heather Woolery | heatherwoolery.com Sweets Just American Desserts | justamericandesserts.net Florist Costco Wholesale | costco.com Bridal Boutique Cloud Nine Bridal | cloudninecda.com Bride’s Jewelry Sam Dial Jewelers | samdialjewelers.com Ring Designer Kay Jewelers | kay.com Groom’s Attire Jos. A. Bank | josbank.com Groom’s Shoes Coach | coach.com Rentals Swish & Co. | swishandco.net Officiant Dean Walker Lodging The Coeur d’Alene Resort | cdaresort.com


Emily +Douglas S U N VA L L E Y

Emily and Douglas met in Sun Valley at a local historic live music venue called Whiskey Jacques over ten years ago. The two went their separate ways, however life has an interesting way of making things work out in the end. After reconnecting through friends, Emily and Douglas’ love story truly began.

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THE PROPOSAL

It was December 2019, right around Christmas time, while living in Park City, Utah that the couple embarked on a sunset hike accompanied by their two Labrador Retrievers, Luna and Hutch. As they trekked up the wintry terrain at one of their favorite locations, Douglas asked Emily to marry him. A few days later, the newly engaged pair traveled to Sun Valley to celebrate the holiday and engagement with family. Emily and Douglas planned a timeless garden wedding for August 14th.

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S U N VA L L E Y S E N T I M E N T

“Sun Valley means so much to us which is why we knew we had to get married there. We first met in Sun Valley. Idaho is a special place to both of us separately and together.”

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Enjoy the moment! Even if things don’t go perfectly, you still get to marry the person you love the most.”


-VENDORSVenue Trail Creek Cabin | sunvalley.com Wedding Planner Silver Summit Events | silversummitutah.com Photographer Heather Nan Photography | heathernanphoto.com Caterer + Sweets Sun Valley Resort | sunvalley.com Florist Artisan Bloom Design | artisanbloom.com Invites Scribbles, Ink by Leslie Simon Gown Designer Anne Barge | annebarge.com Bride’s Shoes Valentino | valentino.com Bride’s Jewelry Cartier | cartier.com ERTH | erthjewelry.com Bride’s Ring Designer Del Edwards Groom’s Attire Corneliani | corneliani.com Groom’s Accessories Bruno Magli | brunomagli.com Hairstylist Danielle Anspach Hair | danielleanspachhair.com Makeup Artist Ashley Hurley | ashaesthetic.com Ceremony Music Valley Ensembles | valleyensembles.com Music & Entertainment Ryan Innes | ryaninnes.com Rentals That’s Entertainment | thatsentertainmentsv.com Officiant John Insinger Transportation Sun Valley Resort | sunvalley.com Rehearsal Dinner The Valley Club | thevalleyclub.org


Kelly + Jeff N A M PA

Kelly and Jeff met while attending medical school in North Carolina. After graduating, the two medical students were matched into residency programs together in Boise. Five years into dating, Jeff planned a summer hike at Bogus Basin with two of their close friends. Kelly was post call from a 24-hour shift, not knowing the pair’s greatest adventure was about to unfold. The group took a chairlift up to the green and wildflower filled trails. Once at the top, overlooking the beautiful scenery that Boise had to offer, Jeff got down on one knee and proposed. Kelly and Jeff planned a romantic outdoor wedding for September 5th.

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L I G H T + A I RY

Kelly and Jeff said “I do” in an intimate, intentional setting at Deer Flat Ranch surrounded by close friends and family. The day was filled with bliss and dreamy memories that will last a lifetime. From the florals designed by Rust & Thistle to the invitation suite from Paper Culture, light and airy elements set the tone for a beautifully romantic celebration. With colors of soft pink, gold flatware, and wood farmhouse tables under natural light created a relaxed space for the bride and groom to interact with those around them.

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HOME SWEET HOME

“Boise has been our home for 3 years. It is Kelly’s favorite place in the country. We love the foothills, the food, and the people. There is no better place to call home, this is where we wanted to start our lives together as husband and wife.”

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-VENDORSVenue Deer Flat Ranch | @deerflatranch Wedding Planner Sprout Design | sproutdesignwedding.com Photographer Karli and David Photography | karlianddavid.com Videographer Boise Wedding Films | boiseweddingfilms.com Caterer Madre | madrerestaurant.net Sweets Greg Marsh Designer Cakes | marshcakes.com Florist Rust & Thistle | rustandthistle.com Invites Paper Culture | paperculture.com Bridal Boutique Elsca Bride | @elsca.bride Gown Designer & Bride’s Veil Theia Couture | theiacouture.com Bride’s Shoes Loeffler Randall | loefflerrandall.com Bridesmaids’ Attire Birdy Grey | birdygrey.com Groom’s Attire J.Crew | jcrew.com Groom’s Accessories & Groomsmens’ Attire Dazi | daziusa.com Beauty Shawna Hines | shawnahines.com Music & Entertainment Sound Wave Events | soundwaveevents.com Officiant Stefan St. Marie Lodging Inn at 500 Capitol | innat500.com Transportation Diamond Limo | diamondlimoboise.com


ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Write your own vows, it is so sweet and your guests feel so much closer to you both after sharing that time with you.”


Madeline +Tyler S U N VA L L E Y

Like many modern-day love stories, Madeline and Tyler met on an online dating app. A swipe right eventually led to a life-long partner, and the rest is history! Two years later, the adventurous couple took off for a nature viewing drive in the Sawtooth Range. The element of surprise unfolded when Tyler asked Madeline to step outside the car for a picture with the soaring jagged mountain peaks. Right there in the middle of the open road Tyler popped the question. They planned an earthy neutral wedding for September 12th.

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R O M A N T I C A L LY R E M O T E The ceremony took place at a remote valley north of Ketchum, nestled in the Rocky Mountains set against a backdrop of towering pines and vast landscapes. Madeline and Tyler wrote their own vows, that included heartfelt words bringing them to tears. They showed their most vulnerable selves, vowing eternal love in front of ten close family members and friends. Madeline made the last minute decision to ditch her traditional white gown for a wildly beautiful powder blue dress.

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-VENDORSVenue Ceremony - North of Ketchum Reception - Knob Hill Inn | knobhillinn.com Photographer Montana Lee Photography | montanaleephotography.com Florist Two Hands Floral | twohandsfloral.com Bridal Boutique Free People | freepeople.com Ring Designer Rocky Mountain Diamond | rockymountaindiamond.com Groom’s Attire Tailor Cooperative | tailorcooperative.com Lodging Sun Valley Lodge | sunvalley.com


ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Don’t take yourself too seriously. Your wedding shouldn’t be about ‘being selfish’ or having ‘MY special day.’ I believe the day should be about honoring your union and focus on love and celebration.”


Kalli +AJ RIRIE

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I T ’ S A L O V E S T O RY

Kalli and AJ met in junior high and dated through high school. The pair continued dating long distance for two years while AJ was attending college in Florida. Kalli soon made her way down to the sunshine state to continue her career as a hairstylist and of course be reunited with her high school sweetheart. Fast forward seven years, the couple was living in Idaho. Kalli and AJ planned a trip to Clearwater Beach, Florida for a relaxing weekend getaway. One evening before their dinner reservation, AJ suggested taking a walk along the water. As they were reminiscing about their relationship, Kalli caught a glimpse of a small flower arch accompanied by two chairs and blankets surrounded with roses. Right as they reached the darling set up, AJ asked Kalli to marry him, and she happily agreed! Suddenly, a photographer, AJ’s parents, and Kalli’s best friend appeared from the bushes, who AJ had secretly flown out for the occasion to celebrate with. Kalli and AJ planned a modern boho wedding for September 24th.

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-VENDORSVenue & Lodging 7N Ranch Resort | 7nranch.com Photographer Jaiden Richan Photos | jaidenrichanphotos.com Florist Lisa Jane Co. | lisajaneco.com Invitations Falls Printing | fallsprinting.com Bridal Boutique Margene’s Bridal | margenes-bridal.com Bride’s Shoes Lulus | lulus.com Hair Davian Whitaker | @davian_hairstylist Bride’s Ring Alpine Jewelers | alpinejewelers.com Groom’s Attire Ferrell’s Clothing | ferrellsclothing.com Groom’s Shoes Kenneth Cole | kennethcole.com


ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Enjoy the moment because it’s gone in a blink of an eye. It’s true when people say you almost have a blackout experience on your wedding day because it goes by so fast. Everything will turn out perfect and hire the photographer! You most likely won’t have time to enjoy all the details on your big day.”


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Jules + Vlad / Coeur d’Alene

Jules and Vlad first met unexpectedly at a local Starbucks. Weeks later, they had a second encounter, this time at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, known for its idyllic landscape, year-round activities and friendly downtown lakeside atmosphere. The duo instantly hit it off and quickly became inseparable. As they bid summer adieu and moved into the autumn season, their friendship evolved into a darling relationship. That same year, Vlad gifted Jules a lovely promise ring. Nine months into dating, Vlad organized a scavenger hunt for Jules, the kind that involves intimate memories and reflects romantic nostalgia. After three different locations the night came to an end with a note, “If you’d like to spend the rest of your life with me, make your way up the stairs and join me.” Without hesitation Jules dashed to the top, catching sight of Vlad standing in the center of a heart shape made from rose petals and beaming candlelight. In that moment, Vlad proposed. Jules and Vlad celebrated six years of marriage with a breathtaking anniversary session at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Open communication and honesty is key. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable with each other and share your deepest thoughts. There is something so special in doing that. Put the other person first. And never stop dating each other. It’s the little things that paint the bigger picture.”


Photographer: Nicole Catherine Photos | nicolecatherinephotos.com Location: The Coeur d’Alene Resort | cdaresort.com


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Liz + Jake / Preston

Liz and Jake met through mutual friends at a rodeo. Over the next six years, patience and persistence kept Jake on his toes as he asked Liz out regularly. Looking back he remembers thinking, “Man, usually I can take a hint, but there was just something about her.” After years of resisting, Liz finally caved and agreed to a first date and never looked back. A year into dating, Liz headed up north to Riverdale from her Salt Lake City, Utah girls’ trip to help Jake and his family friends with branding cattle. Deciding to surprise Jake, Liz arrived earlier than expected. Jake seemed a little disconcerted at the early arrival, but that didn’t stop Liz from jumping right in to lend a hand. The branding was coming to an end when the couple’s friends urged Liz to help doctor one of the calves. As instructed, Liz checked the twine around the calves neck and noticed a green ear-tag attached with writing. She read, “Liz, will you marry me?” Jake walked up behind her and got down on one knee to propose. Liz and Jake will celebrate five years of marriage in September. The pair celebrated this special milestone with an anniversary session in the place that means the most, their home in Idaho, along with their two dogs and ten horses that pasture on the property.

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “It takes work for a healthy relationship to flourish. Be patient with one another, work together, listen to each other. Be there for him or her.”


Photographer: Ashleigh Kenny Photo | ashleighkennyphoto.com Photo Editing: Liz Ruth Photography | lizruthphotography.com


Sami Jo + Chase / New Meadows While Sami Jo and Chase grew up in a true western environment, their lives took different turns. Sami Jo was deeply involved in the rodeo scene and Chase embraced the cattle and ranching industry. Fast forward to a triumphant rodeo, the pair officially connected after Sami Jo placed in her event. A year and a half later, Chase planned an intimate proposal at home surrounded by their beloved dogs. Sami Jo and Chase celebrated four and a half years of marriage with the help of photographer, Lemon & Honey. The couple commemorated this sweet milestone at Chase’s family ranch in New Meadows letting their love and roots shine.

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Take time to do the little things. Work will always be there, but your time won’t. Also, travel as often as you can, it doesn’t matter if it’s to the backyard with a tent and a stack of cards, just make memories!”

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Photographer: Lemon & Honey | lemonandhoneyphotos.com Attire: Ace’s Arrow Western Store | acesarrow.com


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More than 112+ pages of Idaho wedding inspiration from the best local pros in the states. From styled shoots to real weddings, your resource...

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