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The bride’s planning guide to a perfect rocky mountain wedding

Spring 2015

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“The mountains are calling and

I must go.” -John Muir



Spring + Summer 2015


WYOMING FINDS 12 The Art of a Thank You Note 14 Horseshoe Wedding Inspiration 16 Summer Sippers STYLE & BEAUTY 30 Left Hand Looks by Essie 33 Spring Awakening - RMB Flower Guide


INSPIRATION 57 66 69 76 79 80

Town and Country Get The Look Table - Four Seasons Jackson Hole Native Love Hey Sugar! Sweets Cakes & Pastry Anniversary Gift Guide Explore - Dude Rancher’s Association





Clockwise from top: XO WYO, Adam J Howard Photography, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Lori Kennedy Photography, The Rancher’s Wife Photography

82 Honeymoon - The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain 85 Staymoons 86 The Bentwood Inn 87 Spring Creek Ranch


I n E ve ry I ss ue 8 Meet the RMB Team 95 The Wyoming Marketplace

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Let your journey begin amidst Five Star, Five Diamond luxury while we personalize every detail.

7680 Granite Loop Road Teton Village, WY

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Spring + Summer 2015 Southeast Weddings 19 Jessica & Mark Laramie 24 Audrey & Chris Centennial Northeast

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Weddings 45 Amy & Kelly Yellowstone 49 Camille & Casey Jackson Get The Look 54 Four Seasons Jackson Hole

RMB Planner Guide


Clockwise from top: Joseph Haeberle Photography, Alissa Ferullo Photography, David Stubbs Photography, Katy Gray Photography, Carrie Patterson Photography

Weddings 39 Ashley & Zach

Introducing the Rocky Mountain Bride Wedding Day Organizer - All the resources you need to help plan your perfect Wyoming “I Do!” 91 RMB’s Wedding Cheat Sheet 92 Monthly Wedding Planner Checklist 93 Wedding Budget Tracker

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A Note From the Editor

Meet the RMB Team Hooray for summertime and wedding season in the Rockies. Find out which parts of summer weddings are the RMB ladies’ favorites!

Erika Oltmann Publisher

Rene Tate Photography

“Celebrating gorgeous nuptials over an al fresco dinner with fresh local food and refreshing beverages, lots of laughter with friends and family, and endless love!”

Hello Brides, Spring is in the air! While we all adore the frosted white Rocky Mountain landscape, there is something so refreshing and renewing when the warm weather returns. It’s a perfect time to get married and to celebrate the love you and your groom share. Wyoming continues to amaze me with its vast beauty, welcoming communities, and blushing brides who hold this state so near-and-dear to their hearts. It is what inspires us to create beautiful inspiration and to find the best vendors Wyoming has to offer - all for you and your big day! We have put together inspiration, love stories, and delightful details to help make your summer wedding perfect. We hope you enjoy each and every page of RMB Wyoming. Thank you for letting us be a part of your love story! Happy Planning, Taylor Chamberlain


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Abby Turner Publisher

The creative colors palettes! Anything goes, and I love a unique, gorgeous color combo. From muted pastels to bright and bold originals. Each wedding can have a different take on classics or trends.”

RMB Favorite Finds

There’s nothing like summer in Wyoming! The warm days, wildflowers, and mountains are the perfect backdrop for your Rocky Mountain “I Do!” Check out our seasonal favorite finds.

· JACKSON HOLE DJ · Jackson Hole’s premier provider of destination wedding entertainment

Unforgettably Perfect Weddings


We adore this sweet summer strawberry, hand-bound journal from Peels and Posies! It’s a great pocket notebook for ideas, inspiration, and lists of all kinds!

Native Necklace


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A summer statement necklace is a wardrobe must. This hand-crafted Copper Arrowhead necklace and gold chain from The Art of Simplicity will be your favorite embellishment.

Featuring an all-star lineup of the valley's best musicians, they play songs from artists like Adele, Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Blondie and more, as well as all your favorite wedding hits. Led by national recording artist Wendy Colonna on vocals and guitar, they're a killer combination of musicians who are guaranteed to make your event unforgettably electric!

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Nothing hits the spot on a warm summer day like a cold beer especially one of Snake River Brewing Company’s canned concoctions. We love their Pale Ale!

Major Zephyr is the valley's premiere Americana wedding band. Comprising the valley's best and most experienced players, they play songs from a wide range of genres, such as classic rock, country, jazz, funk, blues, motown, reggae and more. Whether the moment calls for high-energy dance music or a slow love song, Major Zephyr delivers. Rocky Mountain Bride Wyoming


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Spring Cover Cassie Rosch Photography

Jesse and Kelly were married on August 30, 2014 at Saratoga Resort and Spa, with photos taken at the gorgeous Medicine Bow Peak. They felt that their “Wyoming Destination Wedding” was the perfect way to share one of their favorite places with family and friends. Kelly tells us their favorites during the day was the quite moments spent together at Medicine Bow Peak, their personalized ceremony, written and preformed by their amazing friend Ben, and showing off the West Coast Swing they learned for the first dance, which was to Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.”

Bride’s Dress: The Green Bride - Sue Wong | Bridesmaids’ Attire: J. Crew | Caterer: Saratoga Resort and Spa | Choreography: Dance Spirit Dance Studio | Floral: Poppy’s Flowers | Groom’s Attire: J Crew | Hair: Lindsey Weber, La Ti Da Salon | F: La Ti Da Nail & Hair Salon Hairpiece: Darla’s Blooms | Invites: Designed by the Bride! | Jewelry: Sarah Walsh Bridal | Music: David Capozzoli | 307.321.5996 Photography: Cassie Rosch Photography | Rings: James Allen | | Hurdle’s Jewelry | Save The Date Cards: Designed by the Bride! | Sweets: Tee and Cakes | Veil: Dora Grace Bridal | Venue: Saratoga Resort & Spa | Videography: Cinepro Studios |


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Summer Cover Amy Galbraith Photography Allie and Anthony had a truely magical day full of love, laughter, and celebrations! They were married on August 30th, 2014 at the Grassy Knoll, and partied the night away at The Granary, at the gorgeous Spring Creek Ranch. Allie tells us that “marrying your best friend is so special, and we were beyond lucky to do that surounded by family, friends, and the Teton Mountians. We are eternally grateful for our dream team, who helped to make everything personalized and perfect!�

Beauty: Kody Bedford | Caterer: Spring Creek Ranch | Ceremony Music: Buckley Willis Floral: Flowers by Chloe | Music: Rocky Vertone | f: DJ VerT-OnE Officiants: Mac Willis & Richard Henry - Grandfathers of the bride & groom! Photography: Amy Galbraith | Sweets: Persephone Bakery | Venue: Spring Creek Ranch | Wedding Coordinator: Lizzy Clark - Director of Events |

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Wyoming Finds

Thank You Notes After the wedding, brides and grooms are always so grateful for all of the love and gifts given, and to show your appreciation, send the perfect thank you note. Use these five tips to make writing your thank you notes a breeze!


Choose a thank you note that reflects your wedding theme, like this one designed by Card Amour out of Cheyenne. We love how the style is simple and sweet and can compliment an array of wedding styles.


5 tips for writing wedding thank you notes


Preparation is key! Create a wedding guest list that includes not only the invited guests contact information, but what gift they gave you as well. This allows for easy recall!


Categorize your thank you list into manageable piles: your family, his family, and friends. Small stacks are much more practical and less daunting. Also, start with the hardest and most important notes first so they are out of the way! Rocky Mountain Bride Wyoming


Create an enjoyable workspace for writing your thank you notes. Sip on your favorite tea and have music in the background - you’ll breeze right through each letter!


Don’t procrastinate! The rule of thumb is: for gifts received pre-wedding, a thank you note should be sent within a month; for post-wedding gifts, three months.

Your Destination For Your Dream Ranch Wedding. Kraft Photography

Jayme Chrisman 208.787.6078

Wyoming Finds


The horseshoe’s uses are endless. Perfect for chair signs, place settings, a wedding monogram or cake topper, the horseshoe can transform your wedding day fixtures!


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We love the use of horseshoes for your Rocky Mountain wedding decor. They are iconic symbols of of the west, and with a little design, can be a stylish part of your wedding!

Paper Perfect

For the Gals

Marquee Sign

Wall Art

Exit Sign

What RMB Loves

The horseshoe is a Rocky Mountain classic. We love its real world use, as well as when it gets an upgrade for a


Painted, lace-wrapped, or used as a logo, the

horseshoe is a versatile design

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Clockwise from top: XO WYO (, Olive Yew Handmade Jewelry (, The Rustic Barn (, The Rustic Texan (, Dabble Designs (, St. Pierre American Presidential Horseshoe Set (, Red Maple Run (, Crow Bar D’signs (

element with country flair!

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Summer Sippers For your summer wedding, treat guests to a refreshing signature cocktail. RMB tested out its bartending skills and came up with three sensational drinks for your big day!

Huckleberry Mint Julep

Spiked Rosemary Lemonade

Summer Lemon Shandies

Makes 4 Servings 1/2 cup mint leaves - extra for garnish 1 pint huckleberries 5 tablespoons of sugar 6 oz. bourbon Club soda

Makes 8 Servings 10 sprigs of fresh lavender - extra for garnish 2 8 oz. cans of frozen lemonade 1 3/4 cup of vodka

Makes 8 Servings 1/2 cup of sugar Juice of four lemons Lemon slices for garnish 8 pilsner or wheat beers

In a large pitcher, combine both cans of frozen lemonade with water and mix until dissolved.

Create a simple syrup by combining the sugar and 3/4 cup of water. Heat and stir the mixture on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until cool.

Chop mint leaves and puree in a blender with the sugar and huckleberries. Press juice through a sieve. Fill four short glasses with ice. Combine 2 shots of bourbon, a splash of club soda, and the huckleberry-mint puree. Mix the ingredients together in a glass, add mint garnish, and enjoy!


Add the lavender and vodka to the lemonade. Mix well. Evenly fill eight tumbler glasses with ice and the mixture. Garnish with a lavender sprig, and toast to the new Mr. and Mrs.

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Combine lemon juice and simple syrup into a measuring glass. Pour the eight beers into eight frozen mugs. Add 1/4 cup of lemon simple syrup to each mug. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Real Wedding

Jessica & Mark Laramie

8.30.2014 Jessica, a self-proclaimed Wyoming girl, and Mark, a boy from Ohio, whose parents always joked would become a rodeo clown and would move to Wyoming, were married on a gorgeous August day ten years after they met. Jessica was the first person Mark met from Wyoming--how fitting is it that she was meant to be his wife? The two celebrated their love in their own unique style with friends and family at the Laramie Train Depot. With finger-lickin’ good BBQ, the all night dance party, and wonderful memories made, Jessica and Mark’s wedding perfect!

The Theme: Jessica is a Wyoming girl at heart, so of course she wanted her wedding to reflect her western roots! Their wedding theme was western chic with a color palette of various gray and gold hues. The Flowers: Jessica and Mark had their ceremony at Moen Ranch. Mark and Cathy Moen are longtime family friends of Jessica’s family. The Ranch is located along the OverlandTrail and was homesteaded in 1874 by Mark’s relatives who came from Norway. Mark’s grandparents bought the ranch in1903 and began raising Hereford cattle. Jessica wanted the beauty of the land to be seen in her ceremony, so she opted out of flowers! Her sister, Robin, created the bouquet out of brooches that were collected from family, friends, flea markets, and antique stores. Robin also attached a photo of their mother, Lori, on the bouquet since she wasn’t able to be at the wedding. It was a very special detail to Jessica! For the decor at the reception, Jessica chose an eclectic mix of vintage props, western decor, and flowers to create her western chic theme. The Dress: After a custom dress gone wrong incident, Jessica ended up at

Mariel Boutique in Colorado, where she found two amazing dresses! She wore one at the wedding and the other was her party dress. They were both amazing and really showed off her spicy sense of style.

The Favorite Detail: Mark’s favorite detail was the location of the ceremony

and Jessica’s favorite detail was the bouquet...although it is hard to pick just one since every detail of the day was very special. Jessica wanted her wedding to feel like it was happening “at your grandmother’s house” and hand-picked every item to ensure it. The couple also loved that a close friend, Melanie Stachelski, was able to officiate. “She wrote the absolute most impressive, sincere, funny, sweet ceremony and told some of the best stories from our relationship and 10 years together.”


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The Reception: The location of the reception also had history. Jessica’s father, Steve, retired from Union Pacific Railroad this past summer after 35 years of service. It was very important for Mark and Jessica to host their wedding events at places so special to their story. The Food: Guests enjoyed smoked pork and buffalo from a local buffalo rancher and friend of the bride’s family. Another family friend catered, and even brought his smoker to The Depot so guests could experience his amazing BBQ! It was served with traditional fixings, including banana cream pie and a variety of homemade BBQ sauces. Mr. and Mrs. Moment: After the ceremony, Jessica and Mark celebrated their marriage with a very old bottle of Dom Pérignon that Mark’s Aunt Carol had been saving for him to have on his wedding day.“Low and behold, the champagne was AWFUL, but the photos that came from toasting with it are absolutely hysterical.” Advice for RMB Brides: “Oh geez, I feel so strongly about this: Plan your wedding for your husband and yourself. If you plan a celebration that you would want to attend, then it will be great! We had so many fun nights with my sisters and my dad brainstorming and daydreaming up all the details that made the whole day full of tidbits and surprises. So many of them occurred when we were all just having fun, and not being stressed and crazy.” Three Words: Creative, Personal, FUN! Rocky Mountain Bride Wyoming


Color Palette Bride’s Dress: Mariel Boutique - WTOO | Bride’s Shoes: Custom designed cowboy boots | Caterer: Family friend, Bob M Ceremony: Moen Ranch (Private) Floral: Bouquets and boutonnieres handcrafted by the bride and her sister, with brooches collected from friends and family Groom’s Attire: Marc Ecko | | Steve Madden | Honeymoon: Sandals Grande St. Lucian | Jewelry: Pearls from the 1920’s from the bride’s Grandma Ruthie Lodging: Holiday Inn Laramie | Music: Music Unlimited | Officiant: Melanie Stelche Photography: Janelle Rose Photography | Reception: Laramie Historic Railroad Depot | Transportation: Fort Collins Charter Service |


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Real Wedding

Audrey & Chris Centennial

7.20.2014 Audrey and Chris were high school sweethearts who dated for ten years before he asked her to marry him. Chris asked with the same ring he bought her at the age of 17 when Audrey stole his heart and he knew she was the one. Talk about true love! The two decided to plan a fabulous picnic wedding in Centennial. Audrey works with Sweets Cakes & Pastry in Laramie and sees lots of gorgeous weddings, so she knew she wanted her wedding to reflect her and Chris, not current trends. Their wedding was the perfect blend of charm, natural beauty, and love!

The Theme: Audrey works in the wedding industry, so she

had a lot of time to think about her special day. She described her theme as “mountain charm simple,” with all the natural beauty we could have wished for.” She chose a color palette of blush, peach, mint, emerald, nude, gold, and sequins wherever possible.

The Dress: Audrey tells us that her dress was “simply

perfect, and it was perfect for our theme and overall feel of the day.” She bought a short dress, but decided she would feel much more romantic in a long gown. Her boho white and sequined gown was fate, which she found and bought on an online final sale on a whim. She fell in love with it immediately, and it fit perfectly!

The Flowers: Audrey had a romantic bouquet filled with

peonies (her favorite flower), which she accented with ranunculus in her colors and hanging greenery. She also chose to have a floral crown that complemented her gorgeous bouquet. The crown was inspired by the quote, “ I would rather have flowers in my hair than diamonds on my neck.”

The Favorite Detail: Audrey loved the arch Chris built for thier wedding day! She created the gold and glittered “arily” sign which was accented by floral arrangements that the bridesmaids placed on the arch. The word “arily” has special meaning to Audrey and Chris; when they were dating in high school, they would tell each other “arily” which stands for “always remember I love you.” To this day, it holds near and dear to their hearts!

The Sweets: When you work for the fabulous Sweets Cakes &

Pastry, cake is a must! Audrey and Chris chose a s’mores cake with a graham cracker flavored cake, chocolate ganache, and marshmallow fluff!

The Food: The couple wanted their reception to be a picnic in

the meadow where they got married, so guests enjoyed a July picnic feast of watermelon, cantaloupe, chips, and BBQ beef sandwiches.

Mr. and Mrs. Moment: Audrey tells us that after they were announced as husband and wife, they got on a horse to take a ride into the woods together! Audrey tells us, “she was terrified, as she had not been on a horse for awhile, but it was still so exciting and romantic.” Advice for RMB Brides: “When you are planning your wedding, sit down and talk about what both of you want. It’s YOUR day, there is never going to be another one like it—so make it about your love and what you both want.” Three Words: Bride - Magical, Love Adventure! The Groom’s Take - Unconventional, Unique, Laid-back


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Bride’s Dress: David ‘s Bridal - DB Studio | Bride’s Shoes: Jax - Bjorn | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Gabriella Rocha | Bridesmaids’ Accessories: Urban Outfitters | Floral: Created by the Bride Groom’s Attire: Shirt - Roper | | Jeans - Cinch | Groom’s Boots: Ariat | Groomsmen Attire: Wrangler | Hair: Becky Wilson Jewelry: BHLDN | Lodging: Saratoga Resort and Spa | Music: Jason Burge Officiant: Jon Jansen - The Groom’s Brother Photography: Joseph Haeberle Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Backyard Picnic Sweets: Sweets Cakes & Pastry | Venue: A Wyoming Mountain Meadow

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Style & Beauty

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Left Hand Looks

Nail Care & Advice from Essie We teamed up with the experts at Essie to bring you tips and products to get your left hand ready for the big day! Find products and more tips from the pros online at How to get the perfect essie manicure 1. Hydrate with Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil 2. Remove old nail polish and file nails *Essie tip: always file nails in one direction to a smooth and clean shape. Filing back and forth can cause splitting.Try to match the cuticle shape. 3. Prep nails with an Essie base coat or treatment 4. Apply two coats of color 5. Seal + shine with an Essie top coat

How to maintain your manicure Use a top coat every 2-3 days to protect the polish color and try to avoid using harsh chemicals, like certain household cleaning products, which strip the nail polish and cause chipping. Massage Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil into cuticles daily to help keep them soft and moisturized.

How to fix smudges, chips, etc? Quickly dab the tiniest drop of nail polish remover over the smudge using the tip of another finger. The remover thins out the surrounding polish to help cover the smudge. Wait one minute, and then reapply with a thin layer of color. Let dry, then finish with your favorite top coat.

How do i keep my nails from chipping? A base coat suited to your nail type helps polish to adhere. Alternatively, try waiting longer in between applications so the polish can set. Reduce the frequency of chipping by wearing gloves when doing chores and avoid using nails as tools.

Bride advice from Essie!


No matter what your style is, essie has the perfect color for you! We chose our favorite shades for your wedding day!

The Classic Bride For the bride who likes to keep it simple and classic with natural colors, Essie’s “Allure” color will complement everything on your wedding day!

The Romantic Bride We think all brides are pretty in pink! We love the “Adore-a-Ball” color from Essie -- the blush tones will pair great with your dream little white dress.

The Modern Bride

The big day is not about wearing what’s on trend. It’s about what’s right for you. Wear what you like – find the color that makes you feel radiant and beautiful. Go with your heart.


F i n d Yo u r

For the bride who isn’t afraid to go bold, Pantone’s color of 2015 is “Marsala.” This rich hue works wonders in weddings, and we thought Essie’s “In Stitches” captured the color of the year perfectly!

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Spring Awakening

The RMB Flower Guide to this Season’s Fresh and Romantic Florals

The Dahlia A lace-wrapped dahlia, complemented with green hellebores.


Summer through early fall


With over 30 varieties of dahlias, ranging from the honeycomb-patterned Ball Dahlia to the luxe Dinner Plate Dahlia, these blooms are sure to add the wow factor.

What we love

With its delicate petals and style varieties, the dahlia is the perfect versatile and romantic flower to choose for your wedding day!


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The Peony Season

Late spring through summer


Peonies come in a variety of shades ranging from white, yellow, coral, and all the way to a rich burgundy hue.

What we love

There’s nothing more spring-like than a bouquet of cotton candy-colored peonies accented with White Ginestra. Their soft and billowy petals are ideal for a garden wedding. Plus, peonies have some of the most fabulously fragrant blooms in the flora world!

A blush peony and genestra, wrapped with lavender velvet ribbon.

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The Anemone Season

Winter through spring


Also known as the “wind flower,� the anemone comes in over 100 color varieties. The Poppy Anenome, is the most common variety and is known for its dark center.

What we love

Looking to make a statement? We love the bold redcolor of this anemone - the petals set the tone for a vibrant summer wedding!

A black twine bow around a poppy anemone, paired with pennycress.


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The Garden Rose Rope-tied, pale peach garden rose and Privet Berries.


Year-round, but with high demand affecting availability


Not all roses are created equal. The garden rose is the full bloom relative, and has over 70 varieties to fall in love with. The color can range from white and ivory, to peaches, pinks, and purples.

What we love

To get the lush, full bloom look, the garden rose is the perfect substitute for the traditional English rose. We love its fullness and vintage feel! Rocky Mountain Bride Wyoming


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Real Wedding

Ashley & Zach Big Horn 7.26.2014 Ashley is a fabulous wedding planner out of Sheridan, so when we found out about her wedding, we were so excited to feature her special day! Ashley and Zach grew up 30 minutes from each other, but didn’t meet until after college when mutual friends introduced them. After a couple of dates, they knew it was forever. Zach proposed at Ashley’s grandparent’s home in Big Horn, which was a special moment to share. Their wedding day was perfection, filled with love, laughter, and memories that will last a lifetime.

The Theme: Ashley tells us, “as a wedding planner, I’ve seen so many different wedding themes!” She wanted her wedding to be classic elegance. She chose a palette of white, gold, and pale pink.

The Dress: “I knew I wanted the ultimate ‘princess’ dress. I had picked

out my dream dress online, and I was so excited to try it on! After trying a few dresses, they finally put me in my pick. I was shocked that I didn’t love it on me! I started to panic a little bit, thinking there was no way I would find ‘the dress’ in such a short period of time (we had a four-month engagement!). Luckily, the gals at Belle en Blanc knew what they were doing; they put me in a different dress by the same designer, and I knew it was my dress! It was simple, yet so classic – just what I was looking for! It had LOTS of tulle and just a touch of sparkle. Fit for a princess!”

The Flowers: Ashley chose white flowers with just a touch of pink to

make the arrangements more interesting. Since peonies were out of season, she chose garden roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas, white orchids, dahlias, freesia, and lisianthus to create her elegant look.

The Favorite Detail: “My favorite wedding details were my some-

thing old and something borrowed. Both of my grandfathers have passed away, my maternal grandfather just a few weeks before our wedding. For my ‘something old’, I wore diamond earrings made from my paternal grandfather’s wedding band. For my ‘something borrowed,’, I carried one of my maternal grandfather’s bolo ties with my bouquet. It was so special that I got to have a part of each of them with me.”


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The Sweets: Ashley and Zach’s five-tier cake,

designed by Cakes by Rusty, was a stunner! Guests enjoyed lemon, white, and chocolate cake, along with a candy bar!

The Food: The couple chose to keep the food simple, but tasty! Guests enjoyed beef brisket, along with summer salads, from Catering with Class.

Advice for RMB Brides: “ Being a wedding planner, I know how much work goes into setting up, decorating, and coordinating a wedding. I couldn’t imagine worrying about trying to get everything done the day of my wedding and still being able to enjoy myself. I knew that the ONE thing I wanted to do for myself was to hire a day-of wedding coordinator! I did all of the planning and styling of the wedding myself, but I entrusted the day of set-up and coordination to Rachel from Embellish Productions. I truly could not have done it without her! So, my advice to Rocky Mountain brides is to HIRE A WEDDING COORDINATOR! I promise you it is the best thing you could possibly do for yourself and your family. Even wedding coordinators need help from their friends!” Three Words: Elegant, Romantic, Daydream

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Bride’s Dress: Belle en Blanc - Tara Keely | Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridemaids’ Accessories: Tiffany & Co | Caterer: Catering With Class | 307.751.7397 Engagement Ring: Zales | Floral: Babe’s Flowers | Groom’s Band: Adzias Jewelry Atelier | Groomsmen’s Attire: One Step Closer | Hair: Philosophy Hair Studio | Honeymoon: Sandals Grande St. Lucian | Invites: Birchcraft through Weddings & Events by Ashley Marie | Jewelry: Family Heirlooms | Poetry Jewelry | Makeup: Makeup & Skincare by Natalie | F: MirrorMirror Sheridan Music: 2 Partyhounds Mobile Music Source | F: 2 Partyhounds Mobile Music Source Officiant: Fr. John Inserra – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church | Photography: Alissa Ferullo Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Big Horn Smokehouse | Rentals: Weddings & Events by Ashley Marie | Sweets: Cakes by Rusty | F: Cakes by Rusty Transportation: The Sheridan Trolley | Veil: Belle en Blanc - Sara Gabriel | Venue: Private Ranch Wedding Planner(Day-of): Embellish Productions | Wedding Planner(Design): Weddings & Events by Ashley Marie |


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Wyoming’s full service wedding planning & event rental company.

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Real Wedding

Amy & Kelly Yellowstone 10.3.14 Amy and Kelly met briefly in 2007 when Amy was home from New York to visit her family in Texas. Their paths didn’t cross until 2013 when friends were visiting Amy in Dallas, and Kelly came along - the rest was history! On a trip to wine country to visit Kelly’s family, he popped the question! The two wanted to plan an intimate ceremony that was focused on their love of nature. They couldn’t have imagined a more perfect place to say “I Do” than Yellowstone National Park!

The Theme: Being avid hikers and nature lovers, Amy and Kelly knew they wanted to get married in a national park, so they decided on our country’s first--Yellowstone! Their main goal was to keep the wedding simple and small, focusing on their love and the beauty that was surrounding them. Their color palette was the backdrop Mother Nature provided!

The Dress: Amy tells us that as soon as she saw the “Arabella” gown from BHLDN, “it was love at first sight.” It was the only wedding dress she tried on! She tells us that once she ordered it, she kept it a secret because she wanted to make sure the dress she chose reflected her style, and not be swayed by others opinions. Once it arrived, she lovingly kicked Kelly out of the apartment, put it on, and then confirmed it was the one. The Flowers: Amy only had one requirement for her

bouquet: there had to be sunflowers! She wanted a “wildflower” look that incorporated her favorite bloom,and Briar Rose did a great job making her vision a reality. To honor her Grandmother Norma Craig, who passed away a couple of weeks before the wedding, she had two ladybug earrings placed in the bouquet. Amy tells us it was “the perfect way to incorporate her being there with me.”


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The Beauty of Yellowstone Bride’s Dress: BHLDN -Tracy Reese“Arabella” |

Bride’s Shoes: Frye Boots | Caterer: Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins | Ceremony: Moose Falls,Yellowstone National Park |

Floral: Briar Rosec | Hair:Tanya Croker | Jewelry: Family Heirlooms

Lodging: Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins |

Officiant: Judge Tom Jordan Photography: Katy Gray | Reception: Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins | Rehearsal Dinner:The Kitchen | Transportation: Mountain Resort Services | Rings: Zales |

The Favorite Detail: One of Amy’s favorite details was the way the sunlight was reflected off of the stream running by in the background of their ceremony - so beautiful! Mr. and Mrs. Moment: “After the ceremony, we walked down to the bottom of the waterfall and stood in awe. Our wedding was somewhere neither of us had ever been before until we walked up and the ceremony began. It was crowning to be able to stand in such a beautiful place, with the sun shining down, and thinking ‘this is real.’ ” Advice for RMB Brides: “Do not be afraid to break away from tradition. We want-

ed to do something different, and at times, it was challenging because everybody has an opinion, but it was so worth it. At the end and beginning of everyday, it is your spouse next to you and theirs is the opinion that matters the most. Do what makes the two of you happy. It can never just be about what one person wants.”

Three Words: Natural, Ethereal, Intimate

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Camille & Casey Jackson 8.24.13 Camille and Casey met at an Irish Pub on St. Patrick’s Day. Camille was out visiting her brother, who was in his surgical residency in Detroit. Casey, a trauma surgeon, was the attending physician for him. Camille and Casey started to date, and the rest was history! Casey proposed to Camille while at a private dinner he arranged at Amangani, complete with a custom chocolate dessert to hold the ring! The two decided to have a mountain wedding in Jackson, where Camille grew up. From the gourmet food, to the breathtaking views, and to the bride’s gorgeous gown, Camille and Casey had an idyllic wedding day!

The Theme: Camille and Casey chose to have an elegant mountain wedding theme. Camille tells us that “It was a natural choice considering the area and my upbringing in Jackson. We used the Tetons in our invites and my father’s collection of antlers in the décor.” They used a color palette of ivory, pale pink, and peach. The Flowers: Camille chose soft, textured florals in colors that matched her mountain-themed wedding.

The Dress: Camille described her Lazaro stunner as “besides gorgeous? It has a lace, drop-waist bodice with a BIG multi-layer skirt. It is a little bit elegant, sweet, and sexy all in one gown!”

The Favorite Detail: “So many fabulous details! All the serving

ware is my mother’s china and crystal; my dad built a huge antler centerpiece for the buffet table; my brother built a barn wood table for our guest book. Maybe my favorite detail, though, was that we had a beautiful team of Blue Rhone Quarter Horses pulling a wagon that brought the mothers, then the bridesmaids and flower girls, and then my dad and me into the ceremony site.”

The Sweets: Guests enjoyed a four-tier hazelnut cake (Camille’s

mother worked on the recipe) with vanilla buttercream and a crispy, French hazelnut spread. Camille discovered the spread in a Chicago bakery, and she begged them to pass along the recipe so she could re-create it for their wedding.


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The Food: “This is my other favorite part. My amaz-

ing caterer and I put together a very unique menu. My family has a restaurant, where I am also the consulting chef, so food was VERY impor tant. Our caterer made little pizzas from his wood-burning oven (that’s built into a horse trailer) for hors d’oeuvres. Being Italian, we had to have an entire wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano out on a table near the bar for people to enjoy, just like they do at weddings in Italy. We had a spread of anti-pasti waiting on the tables when guests were seated, which included Italian salumi and cheeses with roasted tomatoes, olives, zucchini scapece, and some amazing bread that the bakery made just for us. Dinner service included my mother’s meatballs (the best!), braised buffalo short ribs, quinoa and green chickpea salad, watermelon and shaved summer squash salad, among other things. It was amazing.”

Advice for RMB Brides: “Describe your vision as clearly as possible to your vendors. Don’t assume they automatically see your vision as you do. Get a list from you photographer of the family photos they intend to shoot so that you can make sure you have what you want. And don’t forget to look at your loved ones after you say your I dos before heading back down the aisle.” Three Words: Western, Elegant, Natural The Honeymoon: The newlyweds jetted to the

South Pacific, where they visited : Bangkok, Siam Reip (Cambodia), and the Maldives, which Camille said was heaven! Rocky Mountain Bride Wyoming


Color Palette

Bride’s Dress: Macy’s Bridal - Lazaro | Bride’s Sash: Tati’s Hotties Bridal Room | Bride’s Shoes: DSW - Caparros | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bella Bridesmaid - Occasions by Jim Hjelm | Caterer: Rosewood Kitchen | Floral: Creative Botanicals | Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply - Custom Suit | Groom’s Shoes: Gucci | Groomsmen’s Attire: Briar Rose Flowers | Hair: Jenifer Jeffers - Evolve Hair Studio | Invites: Smitten Boutique | Jewelry: Family Heirlooms Linens: High Country Linens | Lodging: Anvil Motel | Lodging: Wort Hotel | Lodging: The Lexington of Jackson Hole | Makeup: Lydia Carroon & Kristine Bentler - Bride’s Friends Music: Groove Nation Orchestra Officiant: Joseph Moore Photography: David Stubbs | Rehearsal Dinner: Nani’s Cucina Italiana | Rentals: Canvas Unlimited | Sweets: Persephone Bakery | Transportation: All Trans | Veil: Fascinating Creations | Venue: Moose Head Ranch | Videography: MTN Media | Wedding Planner(Design): Parker Thomas Events | Wedding Planner(Day-Of): In Any Event |


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Rustic romance, elevated to something simply divine. This was the inspiration behind this breathtaking look at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole! The bride’s ethereal gown from Celestina Agostino blends perfectly with the upscale backdrop and wildly enchanting rich floral hues!

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The Wyoming countryside, two lovebirds, and a party complete with goats, chickens, a shetland pony and a potbelly pig - what could be better? We love the idea of a farm wedding and decided that the Tetons would be the perfect place to host this delightful affair. The look drew inspiration from the colors and farm animals located on at the Lodge. The pot-bellied pig shaped the theme of farm-to-table, the pony was the ideal flower candidate, and the goats were included because they were just too adorable to leave out! We invite you to fall in love with country living and this Wyoming wedding!

Garden Variety

Incorporate local crops into your wedding design. We love the use of radishes and kale to brighten up the bistro-styled pig invites!


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I Spy...

Look closely and you will find our four-legged feline who decided to be a part of this look!

The Farmer

Be playful with your groom’s attire! The pop of red in the socks and bow tie, paired with overalls, is the ideal look for a farm inspired day.


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Teton Tales

What’s more of an iconic backdrop than that of the tetons? Let the wow

fator for your guests be in the landscape.

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A Charmed Love

Inspired by countryside living at its best, this table blends both old-world charm, and the vibrant colors and textures of the landscape.

Strawberry Short Cake Trifle with sponge cake, macerated strawberries and white chocolate whipped cream

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Love Marley - “Penelope” |


Floral Art |


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Makeup: Katie Kelly


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Paper & Welcome Bag:

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Après Visuals | Fresh Peach Panna Cotta with grilled peaches and a cinnamon sugar crisp


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The Kitchen Pantry

We love the idea of displaying desserts and sweet treats in a buffet! It’s the perfect decor piece to make your guests experience country living at its finest!

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Four Seasons Jackson Hole Table

Bright, fresh, and in bloom - we love how this table captures the vibrant feeling of summer! The rich red, burgundies, and pinks are the perfect complemtnent to the modern wood aesthetic at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

VENDORS Beauty:Tanya Crocker | Dress: anna bé | Floral: Magnolia Ranch | Jewelry: Goodie 2 Shoes | Menswear: Wool & Whiskey | Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography | Rentals: Canvas Unlimited | Shoes: Macy’s | Venue: Four Seasons Jackson Hole | Wedding Planner & Designer:Vibrant Events of Jackson Hole

Sensational Ceremony

We adore this natural outdoor ceremony set-up! The floral pops in the green space combined with wooden benches make for the perfect seating for wedding guests in your outdoor chapel.

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Native love

When it comes to your wedding style, draw inspiration from your surroundings.The Saratoga Resort & Hot Springs has a preserved Native American history. Ikat, airplants, and wildflowers are the perfect style cues to play up for your wedding day!

Ikat Inspiration

The natural stone formations at Saratoga Resort & Spa complemented the ikat patterns and colors we incorporated throughout this style. From the bride’s dress, to the ikat napkin and linen, the pattern played an integral part in this design inspiration.


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Ancient Adventures

The sweetheart table is comprised of a blend of eclectic vases, lanterns, airplants, greenery, and moss - a refreshing twist on traditional wedding flowers. The loose and wild nature of the centerpiece is meant to blend with the natural rock and ancient history of this surreal location.

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Challenge your wedding guests to a game of chess! The large Native American chess pieces are a fun and interactive way to engage guests. Other lawn games which come in life-sized pieces are Jenga, checkers, and tic tac toe. Looking for a unique sign-in? Place colorful Sharpies by the Jenga so your friends and family can write well-wishes and advice on the blocks. Every time you play, it will be a sweet reminder of your wedding day and of those who care about and love you!


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TeePee Talks

Saratoga Resort and Spa has gorgeous, handmade teepees that house the natural hot springs. Plan your party around them! They make for a great backdrop and add a pop of summer color!

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Boho Buttercream

The eclectic combination of purple and orange florals, fruit, and greenery is the perfect way to accent this delicious creation from Sweet Marie’s Bakeshop! The copper wiring tied in the earthy stone wall and ikat color palette used in the design.

Beauty: Ambience Hair Design | Dress: BHLDN - Catherine Deane “Wing” Gown | Floral: Poppy’s Flowers | Menswear: Banana Republic | Models: Veronica Lincoln & Marshall Hill Photography: The Rancher’s Wife Photography | Sweets: Sweet Marie’s Bakeshop | f: Sweet Marie’s Bakeshop Table Setting: World Market | Venue: Saratoga Resort & Spa |


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Hey, Sugar! Cakes & Pastry The story of Sweets is a delightful one. In culinary school, it only took one baking class for owner, Jessica Romero, to know her passion is found in flour, sugar, and baked goodness! For brides planning a wedding, Sweets needs to be on the top of your vendor list! We invite you to learn a little more about what makes this bakery so special!


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Tell us about your cake philosophy What inspires you? From the start, my goal has been to create products made entirely from scratch, with whole, fresh ingredients, and love. I believe working in food is an artistic expression, just as paint or pottery, fashion or writing, cosmetology or architecture. Every baker or chef has his or her own style, just as any other artist does. For me, I love organic movement and lines, colors, and shapes. I love contrasting textures. I love fresh fruits and flowers. I love classic pastries: maca- roons, eclairs, dacquoise, tartlets and such. I love desserts that trigger memories: classic chocolate chip cookies, creamy chocolate mousse, birthday cake, and apple pie.

Bake! Sweet’s New Adventure When you’re in the business of love stories, you find yourself wanting to keep each one alive. That’s why Jessica and Sweets Marketing Director, Audrey Jansen, created The BAKE Creative: an outlet for the inspiration they find in the love stories they get to be a part of at Sweets.

I draw inspiration from anything and everything: nature, fashion, graphic design, art, food – savory, sweet, cocktails, fruits, vegetables, whatever – seasons, moods, so many random things. Sometimes I see a page in a magazine, or a cute sweater, or I hear someone talk fondly about how much they love a certain treat from their childhood, and it makes the wheels start spinning, and I pull ideas together.

What makes Sweets so special? Ultimately, I can’t say that Sweets is specifically one way or another, as much as I can say that Sweets is determined to simply be special. I don’t want to make a carbon copy of a cake you saw on Pinterest.There are so many insanely talented cake artists and pastry chefs out there, and I respect their work; I don’t want to copy it. I want to get to know a couple, develop a relationship with their design, and create something just for them. Maybe their guests only see it as the cake in the back of the room, or a little slice of cake on a plate that signals the end of the evening is coming. To me, it is an expression and a labor of love.

What fabulous things are on the horizon for Sweets? As for up and coming, we are always thinking of new things. We would love to stick our hands in so many different pieces of the industry. Who is to say what is next? We have discussed decorating classes, e-courses – particularly on baking at altitude -- rentals, possibly cake accessories (toppers, servers, stands, etc.). We recently began offering styling services for dessert tables, meaning we will do the leg work on making a table look special with linens, stands, menus, statement pieces and such. We are always working on partnerships; we focus a lot of our attention on working with other folks in this industry and outside of the wedding world. Wyoming is a state of small towns, and we want to work with everyone we can and lift one another up. Besides that, we are just gearing up for the wedding season. We are all over the state this summer (and in Colorado), and we couldn’t be more excited.

This design is for lovers. Display your sweet tooth on a throw pillow or t-shirt!

Let’s celebrate! This fun saying is perfect on a tote or to give your morning coffee cup some motivation!

Sometimes you just have to shut up and kiss! We love this design on an IPhone case or wall art prints!


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Th e R M B A n n i v e r s a ry G i f t Gu i d e Though anniversary gifts have changed over the years, the idea of celebrating love is still strong! Have fun with your wedding anniversary gifts and try celebrating with one of these traditional or modern takes!

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The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is located northwest of Tucson, Arizona, in the scenic town of Marana. Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains, the resort features a destination spa, adventure programing, world-class hiking, adjacent to Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf, and richly-appointed guest accommodations in a striking canyon setting. This picturesque retreat is the place where adventure and a gracious spirit of hospitality comes to life for your perfect honeymoon escape. Inspired by the richness and beauty of its lush desert surroundings, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain provides panoramic views as it creates a luxurious, yet authentic, desert experience. The geologic make-up of the Tortolita Mountains served as inspiration for the architecture, with a variety of natural materials used to emphasize the structure’s connection to the high desert landscape. Stone and metal are two elements key to the design with intricate steps taken to preserve the materials as closely as possible to their natural state. This celebration of Arizona’s geology continues with an interior design that showcases natural quartzite floors, raw steel fixtures, copper accents, and historical artifacts, such as geodes and quartz crystal. The many natural elements at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, are complemented by luxurious service in a relaxed and casual setting, create an authentic Arizona experience, for which the Tucson area is known for, and is ideal for honeymooners. In this refined desert oasis, guest facilities reflect the local landscape and culture, featuring natural elements of dark mesquite woods, richly-hued fabrics, light stones and a taste of Southwestern flair. All rooms offer views of nearby mountain ranges, the Tortolita Foothills, and Wild Burro Canyon. Some of the many fabulous guest room amenities include feather beds with down duvets, 400-thread count linens by Frette, separate shower and marble bathtub, high-speed wireless Internet access (included in resort fee), and 24-hour in room dining. Guests can enjoy true Southwestern desert experiences with more than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails winding through spectacular mountain terrain. The resort features twelve fire bowls and nine fire pits which provide a unique setting to take in a picturesque desert mountain sunrise or sunset. Unlimited recreational opportunities include authentic old west cattle penning, horseback riding, tennis, golf, stargazing, swimming, flora and fauna adventures, and a 235-ft water slide along with children’s programs led by the Dove Mountain Rangers. RMB sent a honeymoon couple out to The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain to experience what makes it the best. Karen and Doug Schafer spent a weekend at Dove Mountain and raved about how memorable their trip was, and about the special team members who went out of their way to make sure they were taken care of. Karen tells us that“the Concierges at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain will make sure your honeymoon is perfection. TJ Hill is fabulous! From running out to purchase socks that forgot to make the trip, to stocking our room with candy that I was craving, she made sure that our honeymoon was divine. Executive Pastry Chef, Daniel Mangione, sent a beautiful chocolate-covered strawberry display to us - it was amazing!” Rocky Mountain Bride Wyoming


The Spa The spa experience is designed around the balancing elements of air, fire, earth, and water, honoring the indigenous outdoor Sonoran lifestyle. Guests can choose from a selection of treatments reflecting natural, peaceful surroundings, including wellness counseling, body and anti-aging therapies. For honeymooners, we recommend the Desert Gemstone Ritual for Two, which is even better when shared. Enjoy of a cup of tea together during a calming foot soak, followed by a relaxing bath. This treatment concludes with a Together Massage using the healing qualities of the gemstones, deepening your sense of relaxation and strengthening your bond. Marysell Diaz-Garcia, Spa Director, will make sure that any treatment or service you choose will be the best spa experience ever!

The Dining Experience The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain offers guests multiple dining choices to enjoy. Options range from the hotel’s signature restaurant, CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar serving contemporary American cuisine, and Ignite Lounge & Bar, an innovative gastro-pub, to the poolside Turquesa Latin Grill and Cayton’s CB2 Burger Bistro at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, presenting American comfort food with a Southwestern flair. Each outlet boasts a menu featuring tempting culinary options that highlight sustainable, regional, and organic cuisines to complement the overall guest dining experience. Our honeymoon couple raved about CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar. This stunning new restaurant has a contemporary design inspired by the vibrant colors of the earth. CORE features six dining options, a menu focused on regional sustainable cuisine and local growers. The citrus grove directly adjoining CORE offers the freshest of Arizona oranges, Minneola tangelos, and red grapefruit. Karen shares that “Lynette Ramirez was our sweet server every morning at CORE. She knew exactly what we liked and went out of her way to make sure we had a memorable stay. She even sent a surprise snack to our cabana at the pool spa! Stephen Derrick was the wonderful bartender at CORE. He entertained us every evening - we highly recommend him!”

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Staymoon The Bentwood Inn

The Bentwood Inn is centrally located near everything you will want to do during your Jackson Hole staymoon. The Inn is just six miles from the world-famous Jackson Hole Ski Area at Teton Village and the south entrance to Grand Teton National Park; this proximity is perfect for the couple looking to explore the Tetons during their Wyoming staymoon! The Bentwood Inn, built in 1995, was constructed using massive 200-year-old logs brought in from Yellowstone National Park after the great fire of 1988. There are approximately 6,000 square feet of luxurious space, including five bedrooms. The craftsmanship is remarkable throughout. The three-acre property has large decks for relaxing and socializing in warm weather. The majestic old growth cottonwoods and pines offer privacy and solitude year round. Upon arrival, rose petals and chocolate-covered strawberries will be waiting in your room. For those wanting a romantic vacation, the staff at The Bentwood Inn will do anything they can to make your stay truly special! Start your day off at The Bentwood Inn with their famous Bentwood Breakfast! Chef Bob Schrader prepares a gourmet breakfast each morning using locally sourced and organic ingredients.Try their locally roasted and organic coffee, followed by one of the many breakfast entrees like as Eggs Benedict, Praline French Toast, House-Cured Gravlax, or Apple Cinnamon Pancakes. Indulge in breakfast in bed! The Bentwood Inn will deliver your food right to your room - talk about service! If your adventures for the day start early, the chef at The Bentwood will provide you with a packed meal to-go. Summertime in Jackson Hole offers endless outdoor activities: hiking in the Grand Tetons or Yellowstone National Park, horseback riding and covered wagon outings, canoeing, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, and kayaking on the winding Snake River. The innkeepers at The Bentwood Inn will help you plan any and all excursions during your stay! After you return from a day in Jackson, enjoy nightly hors d’oeuvres served in the early evening every day! Choose from a selection of cheeses from near and far, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, and other special treats Chef Bob creates. Enjoy with a glass of wine, it’s the perfect way to relax together. The Inn has also garnered a great reputation for playing host to events and weddings! Each wedding is treated with undivided attention; whether it is a group of two or two hundred, know that your day will be perfect at The Bentwood Inn.

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Staymoon Spring Creek Ranch

Wake up newly wedded to an amazing view! Spring Creek Ranch sits atop East Gros Ventre Butte, high above the valley floor, looking out at unsurpassed views of the Teton Mountain Range. This breathtaking ranch offers a luxurious spa for rest and rejuvenation, endless activities, and delicious dining! Rejuvenate after your wedding by enlisting the experts at The Wilderness Adventure Spa. Try an in room couples massage or indulge in one of their Signature Spa Experiences - RMB recommends the Divine Detox Wrap consisting of 90 minutes of fabulous pampering during which you enjoy a juniper-cypress target massage, rosemary citron scrub, which concludes with Sicilian Bergamot moisturizer that leave you feeling heavenly. Once renewed, experience everything Spring Creek has to offer for adventures. USA Today ranked the Ranch’s Wildlife and Natural History Safaris within the “Top 10 Wildlife Safaris” in North America! Pick from an array of options including Photography Workshops, trips into nearby National Parks Yellowstone or Grand Teton or just explore all the wildlife that Jackson Hole has to offer. Whether your partaking in a safari, on a trail ride, rafting down the Snake River, hitting the slopes, or just enjoying your time at the Ranch, Spring Creeks staff will ensure your experience is wonderfully memorable! Delight your palette at The Granary Restaurant! They boast floor-to-ceiling views of the Grand Tetons along with cuisine that Bon Appetit called “upscale mountain-man cooking.” The Granary has received the prestigious DiRoNA Award, Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, and honor of Best Hotel Chefs of America series at The James Beard House. For a romantic night out, we suggest starting with the Elk Tips and Cheese Fondue, followed by the Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque. For the main course, indulge in the Painted Hills Angus Beef Filet Mignon or Skuna Bay Coho Salmon Filet - simply divine. Located in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, The Rising Sage Café is your spot for a quick lunch paired with Wyoming-inspired art exhibits. Located just five minutes north of Jackson, they also offer several unique spaces ideal for hosting a wedding! For the couple looking to indulge for their honeymoon, and experience the best the Teton’s has to offer, Spring Creek Ranch is your perfect staymoon.

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Budget Tips Best way to save on your dress? Buy your dream dress and then donate it to an applicable charity and deduct it from your taxes - double check with the IRS for the fine print The secret to sticking to your budget? Figure out what matters most to you and spend accordingly, cut costs on areas that aren’t as important to you. Make it worth what you put into it - Enjoy the day! Make use of your miles - pay for your wedding with a card that gives you perks and use them toward your honeymoon! Don’t play the numbers game with your guests. Choose to have a smaller, more intimate wedding with those you love. You’ll save some dough and get to have more time with your favorite folks! Use locals! Pick local talent to create your day. They know the area, won’t have excessive delivery charges, and can keep you from last minute issues that cost time and money to overcome.

Correspondence etiquette When it comes to announcing your wedding, there are so many timelines out there! Stick to these dates to make sure your guests know when to celebrate your big day!

Save the Dates - 1 year out

Invites - 8 weeks out RSVP - 3 weeks prior Thank You Notes - within 3 months of wedding


What Season are You?



For the bride who loves flowers, warm days, and spring colors.

For the bride who wants a laidback and sunny outdoor celebraton.

Wedding Elements: Flower crown for the bride soft pastel colors A garden party wedding Cupcakes, bundts, and petit fours Mint julips and mimosas A brunch reception Peonies, garden roses, and hydrangea

Wedding Elements: A shaded Creek-side ceremony Bluegrass music for the party Naked cake filled with berries mason jar mugs Picnic-style BBQ Lawn games for guests A sparkler exit for the newlyweds



For the bride who loves, warm colors, fall leaves, and candles.

For the bride looking for an intimate “I Do” in a winter wonderland.

Wedding Elements:

Wedding Elements:

Burgundy, mauve, amber, & ivory A farm-to-table harvest reception White pumpkin escort cards cafe lights over the dance floor Pies & tarts in lieu of a cake A sunset ceremony Rustic wood and farm tables

Matching scarfs & mittens for the ladies A s’mores station in lieu of a cake Candles, candles, and more candles Hot cocoa bar A frosty mountain ceremony The perfect faux fur cover-up Evergreen and holly

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Monthly Wedding Planner


One Year

Six to Nine Months

Gather a list of potential guests to get a ballpark number for guest your count

Select a photographer

Create a separate wedding email address to keep track of contacts & vendors

Have engagement photos taken Create a final guest list

Hire a wedding planner

Send out your Save The Dates

Determine a budget

Select a caterer

Choose a date & location

Select a florist

Research marriage requirements

Select a DJ, band, or live music

Choose your bridal party

Select an officiant

Design a fun wedding website

Purchase your wedding dress

Start to gather wedding ideas & inspiration

Select bridal party attire Register for gifts Decide on the colors & design of your wedding

Four to Six Months Reserve rental items Order wedding cake or desserts Get groom & groomsmen fitted Purchase wedding rings Order invitations & other stationery Reserve a room block for out-of-towners Start planning out your honeymoon & apply for any needed passports or visas

Two to Four Months Research activities available for guests Plan fun group activities Do a hair & makeup trial run

Four-Week Countdown

Send out formal invitations * The rule of thumb is to mail them out 6-8 weeks before the wedding day with an RSVP cut-off 3 weeks prior

Obtain marriage license

Book your rehearsal dinner Begin wedding dress alterations Finalize your menu and flowers Give your vendors a first draft event schedule

One to Two Months Pick up wedding rings

Pack for your honeymoon Break in your wedding shoes Confirm transportation & travel Confirm all wedding details with vendors Provide final guest count to your caterer Send a timeline to the bridal party - include everyone’s contact information Create final seating chart & escort cards

Purchase wedding attire accessories

24 Hours

Schedule the final dress fitting

Confirm all details with planner & officiant

Purchase wedding weekend attire

Gather & organize all the last-minute details

Finalize rehearsal dinner plans and mail out invitations

Create check and tip envelopes to be given to vendors the day of the wedding

Schedule spa services for the bridesmaids

Drop off welcome bags to lodging

Enjoy a bachelorette weekend with your ladies Discuss and finalize ceremony details with officiant Finalize your event schedule Confirm bridesmaids’ & groomsmen’s attire Confirm photo list with your photographer Purchase bridesmaid & groomsmen gifts Create guest favors & welcome bags

Wedding Day

Relax and enjoy every little detail of your fabulous Rocky Mountain Wedding!

Wedding Budget Tracker Wedding Workbook


Attire + Beauty Gown Shoes Veil Jewelry Pre-Wedding Outfits Hair Make-Up Spa Services Grooms Formalwear Pre-Wedding Engagement Photos Save The Dates Invitations Bridal Party Gifts Bridesmaids Luncheon Rehearsal Dinner Marriage License Wedding Consultant Newspaper Announcement Wedding Day Photography Videographer Transportation Site Fee Ceremony Reception Officiant Fee Ceremony Elements DĂŠcor Floral Bouquet and Boutonnieres Music Ceremony Cocktail Hour Reception Printed Paper Products Rental Items and Supplies Liquor/Beverages Caterer Cake/Dessert Gratuity


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Actual Cost

The Wyoming Marketplace = RMB Gem Vendors

Accomodations Anvil Motel | Fours Seasons Jackson Hole | Holiday Inn Laramie | Moose Creek Ranch |

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins |

Saratoga Resort and Spa |

The Lexington of Jackson Hole |

The Ranch at Ucross | Wort Hotel |

Beauty Ambience Hair Design | Champu Salon | La Ti Da Salon | Makeup & Skincare by Natalie f: Makeup & Skin Care by Natalie at Mirror Mirror

Philosophy Hair Studio | Tanya Crocker |

Dabble Designs | Goodie 2 Shoes | Hurdle’s Jewelry | James Allen | Olive Yew Handmade Jewelry | Poetry jewelry | Sarah Walsh Bridal | The Art of Simplicity |

More Dance Spirit Dance Studio | The Dude Ranchers’ Association | St. Peter’s Episcopal Church |

Music 2 Partyhounds Mobile Music Source | David Capozzoli | 307.321.5996 Rocky Vertone | f: DJ VerT-OnE Groove nation Orchestra

Snake River Brewing |

Jackson Hole DJ | Music Unlimited | The Foundation Band |



anna bé | Belle en Blanc | Briar Rose | Candy Boots | Darla’s Blooms | Dora Grace Bridal | Fascinating Creations | Jax Mercantile | Mariel Boutique | One Step Closer | Tati’s Hotties Bridal Room | The Green Bride | Wool & Whiskey |

Card Armour | Smitten Boutique |


Flowers Babe’s Flowers | Briar Rose | Creative Botanicals | Floral Art | Flowers by Chloe | Gild The Lily Too | Magnolia Ranch | Poppy’s Flowers |


Weddings & Events by Ashley Marie |

XOWYO Paper & Press |

Photos Adam J Howard Photography | Alissa Ferullo Photography | Amy Galbraith | Apres Events Photo + Video | Ardent Photographers | Ashley Wilkerson Photography | BHP Imaging | Carrie Patterson Photography | Cassie Rosch Photography | Caiti Jackson Photography | David Stubbs | Honey Bee Photography | Jamye Chrisman Photography | Janelle Rose Photography | Joseph Haeberle Photography | Katy Gray Photography | Lori Kennedy Photography |

The Rancher’s Wife Photography |


Anamnesis | Bake Creative | Crow Bar D’signs | Mountain Dandy | Peels and Posies | Red Maple Run | The Pink Owl | The Rustic Barn | The Rustic Texan |

4 Seasons Events | Embellish Productions | In Any Event | Lovely Day Events | Parker Thomas Events | Style Jackson Hole | Vibrant Events of Jackson Hole | Weddings & Events by Ashley Marie |



Adzias Jewelry Atelier |

Canvas Unlimited | Rocky Mountain Bride Wyoming

High Country Linens | The Silver Bungalow | Weddings & Events by Ashley Marie |

Savory Big Horn Smokehouse | Bistro Catering | Catering with Class | 307.751.7397 Nani’s Cucina Italiana |

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins |

Saratoga Resort & Spa | The Kitchen |

Sweet Cakes by Rusty | f: Cakes by Rusty Persephone Bakery | Sweet Marie’s Bakeshop | f: Sweet Marie’s Bakeshop Sweets Cakes & Pastry | Tee and Cakes |

Transportation All Trans | Fort Collins Carter Service | Mountain Resort Services | Rosewood Kitchen | The Sheridan Trolley |

Venues CM Ranch | Crossed Sabres Ranch | Eaton’s Ranch | Flat Creek Ranch | Fours Seasons Jackson Hole | Heart Six Guest Ranch | Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch | Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club | Laramie Historic Railroad Depot | Lost Creek Ranch | Lazy L&B Ranch | Medicine Bow Lodge & Guest Ranch | Moose Creek Ranch | Moose Head Ranch |

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins |

Paradise Guest Ranch | Rancho Alegre Lodge | Red Reflet Guest Ranch | Saratoga Resort & Spa | Spotted Horse Ranch | Spring Creek Ranch | The Historic UXU Ranch | The Ranch at Ucross | The Red Rock Ranch | Triangle C Ranch | Triangle X Ranch | Turpin Meadow Ranch | Vee Bar Guest Ranch |

Video Apres Events Photo + Video | Cinepro Studios | MTN Media |


Clockwise from top: Melissa Kelsey Photography, Green Blossom Photography, Melissa Kelsey Photography, Audre Rae Photography, Katherine Stinnett Photography, Yellow Feather Photography, McWed

Dev Khalsa Photography

B L O G b o a r d

It’s no secret that we love weddings in every season, but there’s something especially romantic about summer. Our favorite trends for 2015? Both neutral and unexpected color palettes are really catching our eye. We’re also loving skirts in lieu of wedding gowns and are thrilled that non traditional bridesmaid dresses are here to stay. Simple designs with an artistic flair and lush greens add that perfect finishing touch to any style of Rocky Mountain wedding.


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Where rustic elegance meets the great outdoors

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