How We Met
Doug and I met through a mutual friend about six years ago at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Doug was in a serious relationship at the time, but I still had a crush on him.
During a speech at our wedding, Doug’s Dad, Gerry, recounted a conversation between the two of us wherein I matter-of-factly informed him that ‘Doug should get rid of that girlfriend of his.’ I knew that Gerry would tell his son that I was making my impression of Doug known. As a strong, independent woman with a lot to offer, I was not being coy with this guy. Fast forward three months to the end of the ski season. Doug and I met up with some friends at an event celebrating the last day of lift accessed skiing. I bought Doug a drink to celebrate the end of my first season as a season pass holder at Jackson Hole. Doug remembers the two of us standing outside in the snow, and thinking to himself, ‘If I wasn’t in a relationship, and if she wasn’t long distance, this one really would be great.’
After years of circling one another in a Old West shootout kind of way, I returned to Jackson Hole for another season of working remotely in between powder laps on the famous Tram. Both Doug and I were in a good place, and romance came on as the snow fell hard. What I thought would be another mountain date of aprés skiing grew into love.
How He Asked
Doug popped the question in Moab, Utah at sunset on a hike to the Delicate Arch. We were on a trip with his extended family (they all knew and I had no clue).
The story is actually a funny one. I was seriously hangry (hungry and angry) as we left on our hike. I was so hungry that my brain wasn’t functioning properly, and when he asked me to spend the rest of our lives together, I couldn’t process what had just happened. Doug laughs when he recounts that my initial response was, ‘What!?! Say it again! Say it again! What!?!’ He laughed then, as he laughs now, when he says, ‘Well, it would have been nice to have a more definite response, but I knew where you were going.’
We wanted a fall wedding and did not want to wait another year. Personally, I always wanted a wedding date close to my parents wedding anniversary. As a publicist and event planner, I knew we could pull it off, but it almost killed us in the process. Working a full time job, moving from San Francisco to Jackson, and planning a wedding in only a few short months was beyond nuts. In the end, it was spectacular day with all of the special moments and touches I had hoped for. From our own, personalized crest to the signature cocktails and mini grilled cheese and tomato soup shots, and my new husband and his five groomsmen dancing in storm trooper helmets, the day went off without a hitch. Everything was, and is, awesome!
Cake: Lauren Estay // Caterer: All Occasions Catering // DJ: Four4 Productions // Dress Designer: Jinza // Event Venue: Diamond Cross Ranch // Event Planner: Hitched // Hair Stylist: Millie Hallberg // Makeup Artist: Greta Eagan // Officiant: Marni Walsh // Photographer: Heather Erson Photography //