An Intimate Wedding in a Historic Chapel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Elizabeth and Scott
Elizabeth and Scott tied the knot two years after first meeting in Houston, Texas. Opting for a small, outdoor, homespun destination wedding in Jackson, Wyoming, the couple wanted to share a spot they love with their guests.
Letterpressed and edged stationery by XOWYO Paper and Press boasted an antler arch motif on the invite and a buffalo on the reply card. "The end result was a distinct Jackson Hole invitation that conveyed both the rustic and elegant feel of the event without being overly Western-y," Elizabeth said.
Elizabeth wore an eyelet silk organza gown with strapless corset bodice and modified A-line skirt by Christos. She paired it with Jimmy Choo shoes, pearl earrings she received for her 21st birthday, and a veil made by Arlene Gamble of Beautiful U Bridal Veil and Accessories in Houston, Texas.
The Bridal Bouquet
Elizabeth clutched an understated bouquet of ranunculus and garden roses accented with white clematis and seeded eucalyptus.
The Ceremony Location
With a guest list of only 35, the 90-year-old Chapel of the Transfiguration was a great spot for the intimate service. Though the couple had been to the bride's family's home in Jackson multiple times, it was during a drive through Grand Teton National Park that they discovered the rustic log building and went inside. And even though the couple wasn't engaged yet during this trip, Scott proclaimed that they should get married there.
Inside the chapel, a large window frames Teton Mountain Range, providing a picturesque backdrop for the couple. During the late afternoon service, each of the couple's two siblings did a reading. The couple recessed to The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," which was fitting as it poured rain hours prior to the ceremony and cleared up just in time.
The Cocktail Hour
The celebration continued with the reception at Elizabeth's family's home. A bit of nontraditional entertainment ensued, with Roger Smith from the nearby raptor center showcasing one of the reasons that the area is so special courtesy of a hawk demonstration.
Round tables covered with patterned green-and-white linens were set near the water and surrounded by shepherds' hooks holding candles.
A Special Touch
The bride and groom's chairs were decorated with burlap signs stenciled with "Mr." and "Mrs." by Butterfly Above.
Guests dined on a feast by Bistro Catering of watercress and butter lettuce salad with granny smith apples, marcona almonds, manchego cheese, and a sherry vinaigrette; pan-seared halibut with beurre blanc, corn, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and basil relish; and whole-roasted bison tenderloin with chimichurri, oven-roasted fingerling potatoes, and haricot vert.
The Wedding Cake
The wedding cake, made by Persephone Bakery, was filled with Champagne-flavored cake with layers of fresh raspberries and lemon curd topped with a merengue icing.
The Sweet Favors
Everyone received a tasty treat to take home: s'mores kits from the same bakery that made the wedding cake.
After ending the reception with a solo dance to Van Morrison's "Crazy Love," the newlyweds exited the reception surrounded by loved ones. Attendees had grabbed unlit sparklers set out in planters with a sign that read "Let Love Sparkle" before lighting them for the dramatic sendoff.
The Getaway Ride
Originally, there was no plan for a getaway, but when friends of the bride's parents offered to loan their golf cart for the occasion, they were sold. What they weren't expecting, was that the lenders would also decorate it with flowers, streamers, and a poster. "It was such a wonderful surprise," Elizabeth said. "And a perfect ending to a perfect evening!"
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