Rocky Mountain Bride Idaho Fall 2020

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elzo + fred - Cascade


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abby + austin - Rexburg



alyssa + michael - Sun Valley



tia + alex - Stanley


karina + josh - Bogus Basin


macarah + adam - Stanley


ashley + nate - McCall


mei + jacob - Boise

the night before Tropical rehearsal dinner at MADRE


textured terracotta Femenine & industrial inspiration


leather & lace Rock n’ roll foothills elopement


palouse winter elopement Cozy & intimate inspiration

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kylie morgan photography captured by christina clarisse rae photo & video brie thomason photography koryn rice photo and film cimbalik photography

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to see karina & josh’s wedding, visit page 89 photographer: redbar photography @redbarphotography |

on shelves starting november 16, 2020:

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What a year it’s been! I remember my first time driving to Stanley, Idaho. I had landed in Boise that afternoon and the sun went down as soon as I hit Grimes Pass. I finished the rest of my drive in the dark, and I had no idea what I was going to wake up to. The Sawtooths took my breath away and they still do. The beauty in Idaho is unlike anywhere else - the mountain ranges, the lakeside views and everything in between. I hope the contrasting beauty this state holds and that is represented in this magazine helps inspire your upcoming celebration - no matter what size it might be! One of my favorite love stories we’ve ever featured lies within these upcoming pages, Fred and Elzo’s anniversary session in Cascade. Anyone who reads their story will feel the love and devotion these two have for each other and that’s what matters. The authenticity in all of the love stories within this magazine is what makes Idaho so special to us here at RMB. A lakeside wedding with 360° views, an elopement in the foothills filled with laughs + red wine and so much more - this magazine has it all. While looking back at the creation of this magazine, I can only hope that you all are greatly inspired by the pages that lie ahead, as so much love was put into each and every one.

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In order from top left to right: hannah mann | karli elliott photography | jake anderson | rmb original | keeley mckay photography robin sassi | amanda crean photographers | kate osborne photography | lisa teuscher photos

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STYLE ta i l o r e d wed d i n g day tr e n d s

Kate’s Bridal Cottage

Located in Meridian, Idaho, Kate’s Bridal Cottage offers a one-of-a-kind, intimate wedding gown shopping experience. When you book your appointment, you have the entire space for your wedding party and yourself, which allows you to be fully present in the moment as you search for your dream dress. Try on gowns from numerous designers, including Eddy K, Morilee by Madeline Gardner’s Blu Collection, Madison James by Allure, Fairy Tale Weddings by Allure, and Wilderly Bride, as your family and friends woo and awe over the stunning designs.

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Kate’s Bridal Cottage now offers hand-selected gowns as part of the boutique’s Private Label collection. Shine like a diamond in this capped sleeved gown with a full beaded bodice flowing into a swirling crepe skirt with satin-covered button detailing down the back all the way to the hem.

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S I M P L E S O P H I S T I C AT I O N Feel demure in this Allure Bridals gown. The crepe sheath instantly adds an air of sophistication with a subtle empire waist and statement cathedral train. The plunging v neckline and daring low back also gives this gown a sly sexiness.

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O L D H O L LY W O O D G L A M O U R Standout and shimmer in this fit and flare Allure Bridals gown. Sequined lace covers the entire silhouette of the gown as it drifts into a long tulle train. Keep your hair loose in romantic soft waves that add a hint of Old Hollywood glamour to your look.

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BOHO PRINCESS If you are torn between a more bohemian style and a vision of a princess, the Sloan gown by Eddy K is the perfect combination. Illusion loose bell sleeves are covered with a romantic floral lace and a dotting of sequins. The keyhole back to the dress shows off a bit of skin, while the full satin skirt creates the classic ball gown silhouette.

C R E AT I V E T E A M Venue & Bridal Boutique: Kate’s Bridal Cottage | Photographer: Radion Photography | Hair & Makeup: BA Makeup Company | @bamakeupcompany Model: Skye

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BEG INNING S t h e sta rt o f for e v e r


Rosie + Ryan / Boise

While Rosie and Ryan attended the same high school, the pair ran in different circles and didn’t really know each other well. Fast forward to college, when both attended the University of Idaho, the pair reconnected over Christmas break and started dating! After six years together, Rosie knew Ryan was planning to propose, but she had no idea when or his plan. Ryan did his best to throw Rosie off to ensure the proposal came as a complete surprise! To celebrate buying their first home together, Rosie and Ryan planned a fun couple’s shoot to commemorate the accomplishment. During the shoot, their song came on, “Cover Me Up” by Morgan Wallen, and Ryan started to share his feelings for Rosie then dropped to one knee and proposed! The surprises continued with Ryan secretly having Rosie’s family come into town to celebrate!

Photographer: Kylie Morgan Photography |

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Angie + Alex / McCall Angie and Alex met via a dating app when she was visiting her families’ home in Idaho, but it was actually a summer camp connection from 15+ years prior that made her swipe right! Alex recalled, “When a cute girl messages you and says she knows you from somewhere, you most definitely, always agree with her.” The two bonded over a shared love of family, music and cats, and just a month later, Angie moved back home to Idaho! Around a year later, Angie and Alex set off for a vacation to Kauai, Hawaii. Alex knew this was the perfect time to propose, and he had already had a rough-cut diamond set in a custom band. After a hike near Waimea Canyon, Alex popped the question. Angie nearly blacked out before excitedly replying, “Yes!”

Photographer: Katie Wilke | Engagement Ring: Ann Elizabeth Jewelry

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Emily + Brock / Boise Emily and Brock met when Brock invited himself along on a snowboard trip with his friend, who worked with Emily. Little did Brock know that this one decision would completely change his life! The two started out of friends, and then their relationship slowly blossomed from there. About a year and a half later, the duo booked a spontaneous trip to Hawaii with just three weeks until the departure. Brock knew he wanted to propose with a custom ring that just so happened to have a three week turnaround, and he knew it was meant to be. During a sunset walk along the shores of Lahaina Beach on Maui, Brock asked Emily to be his forever!

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Photographer: Caporale Captures Photo + Film Engagement Ring: Hendrickson’s Fine Jewelry

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I NSPIRATION f rom r e h ea r sa l d i n n er s to el o p eme nt s a nd e v e ry t h i n g i n be t we e n

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t h e n i g h t b e fo r e Kick off your wedding weekend at MADRE Boutique Taqueria, just west of downtown Boise. The restaurant instantly transports you to a tropical oasis with colorful tile floors, rattan wicker chairs, blue striped booths and mercury glass mirrors. Inspired by the space and the relaxed vibe, Sprout Design created this vibrant rehearsal dinner with Brie Thomason Photography on hand to capture all the moments and details.

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From inside to outside, MADRE Boutique Taqueria offers a restaurant buyout option to have the place all to yourself. Florals of peach roses, bright red parrot tulips, ombre French Doll dahlias and coral ranunculus from Just So. Event Floral add pops of color to the night, while hanging ferns from Growing Wild give the setting that hidden tropical oasis feel. Mix and mingle with your closest family and friends before officially becoming husband and wife!

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TA C O S & T E Q U I L A Indulge in his and her cocktails and Mexican-inspired bites crafted by the restaurant. The Bride’s Lime is a classic margarita made with fresh lime juice, and the MADRE’s Serrano Pineapple combines spicy and sweet for a tantalizing libation. Pair the drinks with house made tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole bar, a trio of tacos and potato taquitos.

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C R E AT I V E T E A M Venue & Caterer: MADRE Boutique Taqueria | Planning: Sprout Design | Photographer: Brie Thomason Photography | Florist: Just So. Event Floral | Plants: Growing Wild | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen |

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T E X T U R E D T E R R A C O T TA The white-washed brick walls at Coffee Paint Repeat set the stage for this modern shoot filled with soft muted colors of terracotta and coral mixed with bold black accents. Textured elements of crushed velvet ribbons, swiss-dot linens and funky tassels added extra layers of interest. Ivory & Sage Events created this feminine wedding inspiration against the industrial backdrop, while Captured by Christina caught every detail and special moment on camera.

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KEEP IT CLASSIC The bride and groom kept it classic in their attire. The groom donned a black suit with peak lapels and a peach satin tie that paired perfectly with the color palette of the day. Adding a hint of whimsy and free-flowing fun, the bride shined in an a-line gown with intricate lace applique dotted with shimmering iridescent sequins on the bodice flowing into a swirling full tulle skirt from Kate’s Bridal Cottage.

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Say “I do� in front of a mod-inspired backdrop painted in ombre shades from light creamsicle to dark ginger. Abstract florals of waxy white laceleaf, cappuccino-colored roses and black palm fronds by Lae Event Floral accent the backdrop and transition from the ceremony to the reception.

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CLINK & CHEERS Treat your guests to a one-of-a-kind bar experience with craft cocktails artfully created by Craft Lounge. Cheers to forever with his and her cocktails like The Boarding Pass made with bourbon, simple syrup and pecan bitters rimmed with smoked sea salt for him or Sweet Dreams made with gin, pamplemousse liqueur, amaro and campari for her.

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FUNKY & FUN Cozy up at a farm table for two from Blush Creek as you relish in the joy of being a newlywed. Long tables draped with white linens topped with slender blush taper candles, matte onyx flatware, terracotta chargers and white plates from Lemon+Co seamlessly meld the day’s color scheme together. Funky semi-circle menus and tasseled place cards designed by Roar Design Co finish this fun modern concept.

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C R E AT I V E T E A M Venue: Coffee Paint Repeat | Planning: Ivory & Sage Events | Photographer: Captured by Christina | Sweets: Cakes by Cam | Florist & Ceremony Backdrop: Lae Event Floral | Invitations, Paper & Calligraphy: Roar Design Co | Bridal Boutique: Kate’s Bridal Cottage | Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Bride’s Jewelry: Tash Collection | @tash.collection Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Hair & Makeup: TSG Artistry | Bar: Craft Lounge | Rentals: Blush Creek | Tabletop Rentals: Lemon+Co | @lemonandcoboise Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Ribbon: EmmaLinh | Etsy: emmalinh Bride’s Spray Tan: Spray Tans By Kinsey Benjamin | @tanzbykinz

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leather & lace i d a ho f o o t hi l l s elo p ement Set near the Swan Falls Dam on the Snake River just south of Boise, this rock n’ roll couple shows how to elope in style. Inspired by the desert setting, Dreamer Events incorporated masculine elements into the day with leather accents and a motorcycle as the getaway car. The rad couple set the tone for this casual cool elopement with the groom opting for an open collar look and the bride in a stunning, curve hugging lace gown from LaNeige Bridal.

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LOVE NOTES Exchange handwritten vows held in custom leather booklets with only the blue sky and jetting rocky hills as witnesses. Add an air of tradition to the day with a copper arch covered in white hydrangeas, sunburst orange and creamy pink roses intertwined with rustic branches and an abundance of greenery created by Petal Works Design Studio as your elopement altar.

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SWEET DELIGHTS After the I dos, lounge on the cozy crushed velvet couch from Blush Creek paired with a cowhide rug and Moroccan-inspired poofs and relish in the moment as you are officially Mr. and Mrs.! Once you have soaked in the scene, it’s time to indulge in the three-tier cake with intricate black lace fondant details crafted by Dulcerella Cakes.

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C R E AT I V E T E A M Planning: Dreamer Events | Photographer: RedBar Photography | Sweets: Dulcerella Cakes | Florist: Petal Works Design Studio | Invitations: Mercy Letters | Bridal Boutique: LaNeige Bridal | Gown Designer: LaNeige Exclusive | Hair: Lindsey Anderson | @lindsey.thechair Makeup: Siraj Makeup Artistry | Rentals: Blush Creek | Wholesale Flowers: FiftyFlowers | Models: Erica & Aaron

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palouse winter elopement

Set amongst the Palouse hills in northwestern Idaho, Wildwood Co. created this cozy and sweet elopement. Spanning for miles, the picturesque rolling hills set the stage to exchange vows with only the wind as your witness. After the intimate I dos, celebrate with friends and family on a later date!

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cozy cool Keep warm with an oversized cream coat paired with a sleek, crepe fit and flare Nora gown from Hyacinth featuring a dramatic train. The modern minimalistic style stands out in contrast to the cool winter surrounding of the landscape. Complete the look with undone waves, a loose side braid and felt chocolate-colored hat. Stay with the casual vibe, suiting your groom in a brown and black houndstooth sports coat, leather boat shoes and a one-of-akind bolo tie from Hells Canyon Bolo Co. As the sun sets and shines across the hills, Heather Woolery Photography perfectly captures every moment and emotion of the day.

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creative team Planning & Design: Wildwood Co. | Photographer: Heather Woolery Photography | Sweets: Goose House Bakery | Invitations & Paper: Ardent Design Co. | Bridal Boutique & Gown Designer: Hyacinth | Bride’s Jewelry & Groom’s Accessories: Hells Canyon Bolo Co. | Hair: Marigold Hair Design | Makeup: Tesea Duke Makeup | @tesealaise Models: McKayla & Johnathan

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Abby + Austin rexburg

Abby and Austin “met” in a very 21st Century way. He slid into her Instagram DMs with a simple, “Hey,” and that gesture sparked a connection between the pair! Austin convinced Abby to be his girlfriend, and the rest is history! After one year of dating, Austin told Abby they were going to a formal event and for her to get all dolled up. Little did she know, she was getting ready for their engagement! Austin led Abby to a garden that was lit up with twinkle lights and rose petals scattered everywhere. Right there, Austin asked Abby to be his forever, and she excitedly accepted! Abby and Austin planned an industrial boho-inspired wedding for August 2nd.

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Abby stunned in a Justin Alexander gown with full lace sleeves, while Austin looked classic in a black suit paired with a modern skinny tie and boutonniere. Abby’s bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses in shades of dusty rose to pale pink and pops of clementine in the bride’s bouquet completed the autumn palette.

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SIGNED & SEALED “The best part of our ceremony was the talk given to us about becoming married, a team, and how we’re now one. It was so surreal and exciting after all the planning and stress that this moment we’ve been waiting for was here!”

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-VENDORSCeremony Venue Rexburg Idaho Temple Reception Venue The Venue | Photographer & Videographer Koryn Rice Photo and Film | @korynphotoandfilm Sweets Nothing Bundt Cakes | Florist A Bloom Studio | @abloomstudio Bridal Boutique & Veil The Perfect Dress | Gown Designer Justin Alexander | Bride’s Jewelry Free People | Groom’s Attire Freeman Clothing | Groom’s Shoes Men’s Wearhouse | Makeup Kenzie Martindale Bride’s Ring Main Street Diamonds | Music & Entertainment Grant Waters Honeymoon Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas


“Just enjoy every moment because it goes by so fast!”

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Alyssa + Michael s u n va l l e y

While Alyssa and Michael (MJ) officially connected on the dating app Hinge, the two quickly realized they shared a handful of mutual friends because both are from the Pacific Northwest. Three and a half years into dating, the couple set off for an annual summer trip with Alyssa’s family to Sun Valley. Alyssa’s brother and sister suggested the group go for a gondola ride to the top of Mt. Badly. When the crew got to the top, MJ pulled Alyssa aside for a quiet moment with just the two of them and proposed! The surprises didn’t stop there. MJ’s entire family had secretly flown in to celebrate with the couple, and MJ booked Alyssa and him a room at Knob Hill Inn for the night! Alyssa and MJ planned a mountain chic wedding for August 24th.

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Both Alyssa and MJ are pretty particular about music and felt the whole vibe of their wedding day would stem from the music being played. The tone was set when Alyssa walked down the aisle to Dixie Chicks “Cowboy Take Me Away” performed by a string quartet. To kick off the reception, the couple entered to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” MJ started to sprint to the dance floor but Alyssa was struggling to keep up, so he simply picked her up and twirled into the party!

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H A N D - FA S T I N G

“We did a ‘hand-fasting ceremony’ with a lei from Hawaii brought by MJ’s Godmother. The whole premise is that we fast our hands together with this lei and make promises to each other, and we are bound to our promises even when the lei is removed. As our hands were fasted, we had some of our best friends give us blessings based on different themes love, family, community and humor.”

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-VENDORSVenue, Lodging & Transportation Trail Creek Cabin, Sun Valley | Wedding Planner & Florals Taylor’d Events | Photographer Jenna Bechtholt Photography | Videographer Killer Creations | Caterer & Sweets Sun Valley | Invitations Linen & Leaf | @linenandleaf Paper & Calligraphy Sam Allen Creates | Bridal Boutique & Gown Designer Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Gown Designer: Flora Bridal | Bride’s Shoes Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Attire Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Attire Suit: Hall Madden | Shirt & Bowtie: Eton | Accessories: Paul Stuart | Shoes: To Boot New York | Groomsmen Attire The Black Tux | Hair & Makeup Hair: Danielle Anspach Hair | Makeup: Britt Davis Beauty | @britt_davis_beauty Bride’s Ring Margulis Jewelers | Linens La Tavola Fine Linen | Music & Entertainment Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Lodging Limelight | Hotel Ketchum | Rehearsal Dinner Knob Hill Inn | Honeymoon Le Taha’a Island Resort | Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora |


“If planning a destination wedding, we would highly recommend getting your family and friends together for events before the wedding to build chemistry with the group. You’ll notice the chemistry the day of the wedding with how comfortable everyone is with each other.”

Tia + Alex s ta n l e y

Tia and Alex met at a hospital gala. Tia was in healthcare, while Alex’s company was building the hospital’s new ICU tower. For their first date, Alex took Tia backcountry skiing, and from there the pair’s relationship evolved into a series of teaching each other new things and being adventurous! After five years of dating, Tia and Alex had known from almost the beginning of their relationship that they would spend their lives together. On the way to meet their families for Thanksgiving, the two agreed to get married and celebrate in a small ceremony with just their families. Tia and Alex tied the knot in the Sawtooth Mountains on August 24th.

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“We had a full wedding week with our immediate families. We spent three day’s backpacking, one day rafting, one day boating on the lake and lots of time fishing and soaking at the hot springs. It’s hard to capture a favorite moment as we both have thousands of micro-moments where we turned to each other full of gratitude for our people, the time, and the outdoors.”

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F A M I LY V O W S “Our favorite part of the ceremony was the vows we made to our families. Alex wrote vows for Tia’s family, and Tia wrote vows for Alex’s family. It was incredibly intimate and a tribute to the ones who loved us first.”

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-VENDORSWedding Planner Emily Aitken Events | Photographer & Videography Jay and Mack Films | Caterer & Sweets Chef Yogi | Florist Wildflower Floral Co. | Invitations Allie McRae of Tilt Creative | Bridal Boutique & Gown Designer Reformation | Bride’s Accessories Shoes: Anthropologie | Jewelry: Nashelle Jewelry | Groom’s Attire Indochino | Hair & Makeup Kimber Hair Co | @kimberhairco Bride’s Ring Alexis Russell | Rentals Joni | @joni_smallhands Music & Entertainment Caleb & the Homegrown Tomatoes FB: calebandthehomegrowntomatoes Lodging Sawtooth Vista Rentals | Officiant Cameron Young Rehearsal Dinner Redfish Lake Lodge | Honeymoon Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora |


“Hire Jay and Mack films. We were so nervous to have additional people around with the wedding being so intimate but they captured everything without us even realizing they were there. They gave us the gift of videos and photos that will last forever.�

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Karina + Josh BOGUS BASIN

Karina and Josh met while playing intramural soccer at Boise State University. While they were simply acquaintances for a number of years, the two kept running into each other and after numerous attempts by Josh to ask Karina out, she finally said yes! Three years later, Karina and Josh were back in California for Thanksgiving. As a tradition in Karina’s family, they go around the table and say what they are thankful for. When it got to Josh, he stood up and asked Karina to stand as well. He then proceeded to drop his fork as a sly way to get down on one knee and completely surprise Karina with a proposal! Karina was more than a little surprised and initially said, “No, no, no” because she couldn’t believe it was happening before realizing and saying, “Yes!” As an added surprise, Josh presented Karina with her dream ring, which was a family heirloom that had been in her family for five generations. Karina and Josh planned a relaxed bohemian wedding for October 5th.

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“The forecast was indicating snow the Friday before the wedding and a chance of snow on the wedding day. Our venue was outside with no indoor options. We had to order tents and heaters last minute. We had to start from scratch as far as the layout and set up of the reception. It ended up snowing two inches the day before our wedding, which in the end made for beautiful photos and scenery!�

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GENUINE EXPERIENCE “Josh and I did not do a first look. We both wanted to genuinely experience seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day at the altar. It was such a powerful and overwhelming feeling of love. Everything was blurry at that moment but him, my future. We both didn’t hear a word the officiant said until we were cued to read our vows.”

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-VENDORSVenue & Lodging Pioneer Inn Condominiums | Photographer RedBar Photography | Caterer H&M Meats & Catering | Sweets Whole Foods Market | Wholesale Flowers FiftyFlowers | Invitations Minted | Bridal Boutique B.B. Bridal | Gown Designer Allure Bridals | Bride’s Accessories Shoes: Lucky Brand | Earrings: Olive + Piper | Necklace & Hair Vine: Etsy Bridesmaid Attire Lulus | Birdy Grey | Groom & Groomsmen Attire Men’s Wearhouse | Groom & Groomsmen Accessories Tie: Tie Bar | Suspenders: Natural Leather | Bride’s Ring 5th generation family heirloom Hair & Makeup The Style Market Boise | @thestylemarketboise Rentals Idaho Tents & Events | Music & Entertainment Sapphire Mobile Music Rehearsal Dinner Tin Roof Tacos | Honeymoon Italy excursion


“Don’t forget to have fun during this whole process. It is so easy to get caught up in the details of things, when in reality your guests probably won’t even notice or care.”

Macarah + Adam s ta n l e y

Macarah and Adam had a “meet cute” for the digital age when they met on Tumblr through their mutual love of an indie band. At the time a relationship didn’t seem possible, as Macarah lived in Orange County, California, and Adam lived in Boise, Idaho. Fast forward to college, when Macarah was studying film and posted about it. This restarted the duo’s conversation from years earlier and before they knew it, they were Facetiming every day. Macarah finally flew out to meet Adam, and they instantly knew it was meant to be! Two years later and a move to California, Macarah and Adam were participating in a styled shoot at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Amongst the baby redwoods, Adam got down on one knee and asked Macarah to marry him! Macarah and Adam planned a lakeside wedding for October 6th.

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“The first time I ever saw the Sawtooth Mountains, I knew I’d be getting married there even if it was just in a field with the two of us. The Idaho mountains feel like home, and they always reset and refresh us. They’re our favorite place in the world, and it made sense to get married there!”

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TEARS OF JOY “Both of our favorite moments from our wedding day was the ceremony itself. It started getting chilly and fog set low on the mountains. It was just so perfect. Our officiant was hilarious and so personal. I thought I would be nervous about reading my personal vows in front of everyone, but I absolutely loved it and cried through the whole thing.�

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“Make sure your wedding is what YOU want. Other people can make it about themselves, but stay true to what y’all want. Also, don’t get caught up in the small details and get stressed - you got it!”

-VENDORSVenue, Caterer & Lodging Redfish Lake Lodge | Wedding Planner Thistle & Pine Creative | Photographer Clarisse Rae Photo & Video | Videographer Wild Oak Films | Sweets Guru Donuts | Florist Wildflower Floral Co. | Invitations Minted | Bridal Boutique LaNeige Bridal & Tuxedo | Gown Designer & Veil Daci Gowns | Bride’s & Bridesmaid Jewelry Fluff Hardware | Bridesmaid Attire BHLDN | Groom & Groomsmen Attire ASOS | Hair & Makeup The Style Market Boise | @thestylemarketboise

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Ashley + Nate mccall

Although Ashley and Nate went to the same high school, they ran in different crowds and didn’t truly get to know each other until they both went off to college at Boise State University. After their reintroduction, the two instantly became best friends but didn’t start dating until eight years later! Ashley and Nate dated for two years, when they bought their first home together. On the day they got the keys to their home, Ashley was greeted at the couple’s new house by her sister all dressed up. There were roses on the floor and music playing as Ashley’s sister escorted Ashley to the table as she played waitress for the night. Nate was also dressed up along with the couple’s dog, Boo! Halfway through dinner, Nate proposed, and they celebrated their first night in their new home as an engaged couple! Ashley and Nate planned a simple and organic wedding for October 19th.

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“I loved having so much time to plan! Having a year and a half allowed us to get exactly what we wanted, who we wanted, etc. I would gradually get things done as the months went by, and I was lucky to have my mom as a sounding board. She was able to help me with my overall vision, and it was so fun seeing it all come together in the end.�

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FAV O R I T E M O M E N T “If I had to choose a favorite moment, it would probably be when I walked down the aisle. I kept the song a surprise from Nate, and I was really excited for him to hear the lyrics, of “To Build a Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra, on how we were building a home together. We had a first look and Nate teared up, so I wasn’t expecting him to get so emotional as I walked down the aisle, which then also made me emotional! I felt like that moment was in slow motion for me, and I can still remember it vividly. I have never felt so loved by him, and that memory is more than I could’ve ever hoped for.”

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“Enjoy your day because it goes quick! Focus on the big things and let the small things go. In the end, you are still marrying your person, around all your family and friends and that is what’s most important.”

-VENDORSVenue & Lodging Tamarack Resort | Photographer Angie Heuring Photography Sweets Flour Child | Florist Rust + Thistle Floral | Invitations Alex Suggs Bridal Boutique & Designer Elizabeth Dye | Bride’s Jewelry BHLDN | Bridesmaid Attire Birdy Grey | Vinibelle | Groom & Groomsmen Attire The Black Tux | Groom’s Shoes Generation Tux | Hair & Makeup TSG Artistry | Bride’s Ring Simmons Fine Jewelry | Rentals Bliss Events | Music & Entertainment DJ Dave Officiant Pauline Downey | @officiant_pd Honeymoon Maui, Hawaii

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Mei + Jacob boise

Mei and Jacob were introduced by Jacob’s sister. While Mei didn’t take the date too seriously at first due to a bit of an age difference, Jacob completely changed her mind, and they have been together ever since! Six and a half years later, it was a seemingly ordinary night when Jacob returned from a work dinner with fancy leftovers and an expensive bottle of wine for Mei to enjoy. As Mei was surrounded by her gifts, she exclaimed, “I’m so happy, this night couldn’t possibly get any more perfect. You might as well propose right now.” Without missing a beat, Jacob did just that, and the two celebrated with their wine and some cheese! Mei and Jacob planned an intimate elopement for November 8th.

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I N T I M A T E & H E A R T F E LT

For their wedding, Mei and Jacob originally planned a private ceremony followed by a big reception for the summer, but after ironing out most of the details they realized that they just wanted to be married. After almost seven years of dating, the two chose to elope in an intimate, heartfelt and boozy ceremony officiated by one of their closest friends in the foothills outside of Boise.

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“Everyone always says this, but I can assure you it’s true: make sure the day looks like what YOU want it to look like. When we stopped focusing on pleasing family and friends, and started honoring how we wanted to celebrate our wedding day, we were happier and completely stress-free. We got to focus on each other and what we’ve built, and we have absolutely zero regrets!”

-VENDORSVenue Bogus Basin Foothills Photographer Rosie Nary Photography | Videographer Rebecca Gubitosi | Florist The groom! Gown Designer Bride’s Top: Express | Bride’s Bottom: Lulu’s | Groom’s Attire Bonobos | Hair & Makeup TSG Artistry | Lodging The Grove Hotel | Officiant Brady Strodtbeck

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Elzo + Fred cascade

Elzo and Fred met in a very serendipitous way. Fred had just moved to Boise and was looking for an apartment within walking distance of downtown. After searching the newspaper, he came across an apartment and set off to take a look. When he knocked on the door, Elzo answered and Fred was immediately taken by how pretty she was, even though she had just been vacuuming. He inquired about the apartment, and Elzo mentioned that the landlady was gone but would be back soon. Elzo invited Fred in to wait, and the pair started talking and realized they both attended the University of Idaho and even had a few friends in common. When the landlady returned, Fred immediately rented the apartment right below Elzo.

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Every morning, Fred would wait until he heard the click clack of Elzo’s shoes as it was the last thing she put on before leaving her apartment. He would then exit his own apartment and casually bump into Elzo, and they would walk to work together. Over the course of these walks, the two became close, and Fred knew he had found his forever. Fred ended up asking Elzo to marry him almost 20 times before she finally said, “Yes!” Elzo and Fred were married on October 22, 1960, and they are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in 2020.

VENDORS Photographer: Cimbalik Photography Bridal Boutique: Sarabeth Bridal | Vintage Car: Fred’s grandfather’s car


“Putting him first and caring for him. He also does the same, which works out very well.”


“Always bow to the other’s needs. If they need sympathy, give it to them. If they need love, give it to them.”

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GUIDE TO THE BEST RING SELFIE Rmb’s favorite insta tips for making your big announcement!


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Getting a manicure will ensure your nails and fingers are looking their absolute best as you show off your new engagement ring.

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Having a professional photographer on hand to capture the moment you say “yes” gives you a keepsake to cherish for a lifetime.

This is a great time to show off your partner as well as your new ring. Cheers, you have officially been upgraded to fiancé.

While the bling is the number one focus of a #ringselfie, the background view is also important. Try a few different angles to get the ultimate shine from your bling.

To cast those stunning prisms all around, you need bright direct light. Move your fingers back and forth to create these dashing rainbows.

Add a filter from VSCO or Instagram to brighten any shadows and keep the focus on your ring. Our favs are Lightroom, KiraKira+ and Instasize!

Keep tagging @rockymtnbride in all your frosting photos for your chance to be featured on IG!

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t h e u lt i m a t e

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12-16 months out:

2-4 months out:

Announce Engagement Optional: Throw Engagement Party Set a budget Book venue and/or church (set date + time) Begin researching vendors Setup meetings/send emails on availability Book bridal salon appointments

Reserve hotels (if applicable) Bridal shower(s) Bachelor/bachelorette party Choose wedding bands Purchase wedding favors Take engagement photos (check out PDF) Send out invitations + RSVPs Check in with bridal party about attire

8-10 months out: Create guest list Select and order a wedding dress Create a skincare routine/prep for wedding day Book vendors: - Officiant - Photographer - Videographer - Florist - Caterer - Music (Band/DJ/Ceremony Musicians) - Cake - Invitations/Stationery/Calligraphy - Rentals (if needed: chairs/tables/linens) - Hair and Makeup Artist - Transportation - Bartender, if not provided by venue

6-8 months out: Register for gifts Send save the dates Select wedding party Create a wedding website Pick out attire for bridesmaid and groomsmen Order invitations and RSVPs

1 month out: Write vows Rent groom’s attire Purchase gifts for wedding party Purchase gifts for family Finalize details w/ all vendors Create seating chart and escort cards Create day of itinerary with coordinator Complete final dress alterations Hair + Makeup trial

1 week out: Prep any toasts or speeches Book mani and pedi’s for before wedding Ceremony rehearsal

1-2 days out: Get marriage license Enjoy!

Serrano Pineapple Margarita

By MADRE Boutique Taqueria

Ingredients • • • • •

2 cans 10 Barrel Brewing Pineapple Serrano Margarita ½ oz fresh lime juice ¼ cup sugar ½ tsp cayenne Charred pineapple slice for garnish

Serrano pepper slice for garnish


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Rinse the glass with fresh lime juice. Mix together sugar and cayenne in a shallow plate. Rim glass with spicy-sugar mix. Fill glass with ice and pour the margarita in. Garnish with charred pineapple and serrano pepper.

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