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About the Wedding

From the Photographer, Clint Bargen

“‘…She is simultaneously what I need and what I want.’ -Jared, our groom.

Allysa and Jared, the quintessential modern couple, understand the importance of balance. When they talk about each other, they mingle the spiritual along with the quirky, the adorable along with the sincere.

‘Jared is the best person I know, and it amazes me every day that I get to love him.’ -Allysa, our bride.

This sense of balance shone through on the day of their wedding in an old-hollywood-meets-contemporary-chic event. It was classic old hollywood in its timeless qualities–the classic color palette and romantic flair. Allysa, in her soft curls and sweet lace, was our Grace Kelly, and Jared, with his debonair charm, our James Dean. The contemporary details, however, made this event accessible and completely of the moment.

‘[Jared] points me to Christ and reminds me who I am.’ -Alyssa.

The day began in cozy spaces with close family and friends, setting the tone for a delightful event unique to Allysa and Jared’s candid love. The lush Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, British Columbia was the location for the first look between these two dashing lovers and for the formal photos with their handsome party, clad in navy blue, cheeky smiles, and old hollywood glamour. Westminster Bible Chapel set the scene for their vows; and 100 Braid St. Studios brought the day into perfect harmony with its innovative setting and fresh look set off by white and gold accents and twinkling lights–truly honing in on what a modern setting can offer a trendsetting wedding such as this.

‘Not only does she love God, but she is quirky and goofy like me.’ -Jared.

Working with Allysa and Jared on their wedding day was a delight as a photographer. The give and take of this couple came through on every level. It was a day where everything truly came together, from the smallest details to the greatest. Their wedding day was the perfect state of equilibrium, where the couple could enjoy their day with open hearts and full smiles, and I was just the guy lucky enough to capture it on camera.”

Catering: Re-Up BBQ // Ceremony Venue: Westminster Bible Chapel //
DJ: Connor Jones at DJs 4 Everything // Florist: Sharon Ginter // Hair & Makeup: Save the Date Beauty // Photography: Clint Bargen Photography // Reception Venue: 100 Braid St. Studios

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Inspiration Behind the Shoot

From the Photographer, Aldabella Photography

 “Piney River Ranch is home to some of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain vistas, and in collaboration wonderful vendor team, we had the chance to really show off what a rustic and romantic autumn wedding could look like here! Haley Hyman withPlatinum Weddings and Events designed and conducted the entire shoot. She had an idea of how she wanted it to look, but didn’t want to limit her vendors’ creativity. After all, the goal was to really showcase what each of these wedding professionals can do. The models, Mary and Trask, are an actual couple that are tying the knot next year! Their dog, Sadie decided to join in, and the pictures were just beautiful. We went with purple hues, creams and greenery for our color palette, and the result was almost magical!”

Bridesmaid Dresses: Dora Grace Bridal // Dress Designer: Mori Lee // Event Planner: Platinum Weddings and Events // Floral Designer: Petal & Bean // Invitation Designer: Platypus Papers // Makeup Artist: Megan Cary Artistry // Photographer: Aldabella Photography // Reception Venue: Piney River Ranch LLC // Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals

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About the Wedding

From the Bride

“We never really had a specific theme in mind, but looking back, I suppose ‘natural beauty’ is the best way to describe what we wanted to convey. Living in Colorado, we are surrounded by natural beauty, so an outdoor ceremony was a given. For the reception, we let gorgeous flowers and natural wood set the tone. We used soft colors and gold accents to bring a certain level of elegance to the reception. My mom and I had a great time dreaming up the little details that brought it to life. She did so much by hand—from sewing lace table runners to building a huge seating display out of wood, chicken wire, and clothespins. I could hardly believe how beautifully it all came together.

Our ceremony was held at the top of Vail Mountain in Colorado.  It was raining when 3pm came, but we decided to move forward with having the ceremony on time. Like magic, the rain started to let up a little more as each bridesmaid, then the flower girl, made her way down the aisle. When it was my turn to walk with my dad, the rain stopped, the clouds broke, and the sun burst through.  It was one of those once in a lifetime moments that I never, ever want to forget.”

Cake: Megan Joy Cakes // Catering: Blackbelly Catering // Ceremony Venue: Vail Wedding Deck // DJ: A Great Time DJ // Florals: Cori Cook Floral Design // Photographer: Jennifer Ballard // Planning: Calluna Events // Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion // Rentals: Colorado Tents & Events and Event Rents
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About the Wedding

From the Bride

What was the favorite part of your wedding day?

Getting married! The whole day was amazing so it’s hard to pick a favorite part. But going up the tram for photos with our wedding party after the ceremony was pretty amazing. Having so many friends and family in one place was a great feeling.

What advice would you give to other brides who are planning their wedding?

It turns out wedding planning was a little more stressful than I imagined. But it was all worth it. My advice is to relax, do your best to enjoy it and remember what is important to you and your fiancé and keep that in mind to help make big decisions.

What inspired you to choose Jackson Hole or Teton Valley for your wedding?

This is home! We are lucky to live here and were excited to share this great place with friends and family.

Anything else you’d like to share about your wedding day? Or any other tips to pass along?

Jamye was awesome. She was great to work with and easy to be around. She understood what was important to us throughout the day and did a wonderful job capturing everything. Take advantage of having your close friends and family in town, not just for you wedding day but for the days before and after. Keep in mind you don’t have to pack everything into the wedding. If there is a favorite activity, or part of Jackson that is important to you spread them out with family and friends throughout your wedding week.

 Band: Whiskey Mornin’ // Ceremony & Reception: Hotel Terra // Dessert: Cake du Jour // Dress: BHLDN // Flowers: Heide’s Fresh Cut Flowers // Hair: Jackie Harmon // Officiant: Rev. Steve Weber // Photography: Jamye Chrisman Photography // Wedding Planner: Grand Teton Weddings

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How He Asked

From the Bride-to-be

“Matt custom ordered my ring in February. We were in the process of building a home together, so marriage was most likely inevitable, but we decided to put it off until after the house was finished. Anyone who has gone through the process of building a home knows that things never go as scheduled. His original plan was to propose at the building site, but because of the lag in progress, he switched up his plans. We had a trip planned in June to Rome, Italy. And of course all of our friends expected us to come back engaged.
He Youtubed how to hide an engagement ring in his carry on without TSA spilling the beans in case they questioned it. Our first day in Rome, we were fairly exhausted from traveling, so we took a quick power nap and decided to explore a little after. We went to dinner with some friends (who were in on everything) at a cute little outdoor restaurant near the Colosseum. Since we were so close, we decided to check out the Colosseum under the lights at night before heading back to our hotel for the night.
As we were walking around, Matt stopped me and motioned to our friends he “wanted to take a picture.” (Those who know Matt know that he is not the type to stop me for a picture opportunity. That’s my job.) So this was somewhat out of the ordinary. As we posed for a picture, I put my hand on his chest and noticed his heart racing, so I asked him what was up. After a couple pictures, Matt stepped down off the rock and explained to me how much he loved me and how happy I had made him. He dug the ring out of his pocket, and asked me to marry him. Shocked, but still coherent, I reminded him that he needed to get down on one knee when asking… So second time being the charm, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and I of course said YES!”

Photography: Elizabeth Ann Photography

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