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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.’

The Wedding

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 //

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The Couple

Kirsten and Sean decided to tie the knot in Kelowna, British Columbia—known for its hot summers and bountiful orchards. But, for contrast, they selected an oceanside haven for their engagement session. Photographer Caity McCulloch captured the couple’s love perfectly at Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The adventurous couple wandered into the waves, scrambled across rocks, hiked through weeds and went out on a limb (literally) for the shots, showcasing their personality and their adoration for one another. These pictures will surely be keepsakes for the rest of their lives.

Photography: Caity McCulloch Photography

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How He Asked

From the Bride-to-be

“James and I began the ride towards our wedding day long before the actual proposal. We met and fell in love on a whirlwind trip to South Africa at a wedding for our closest friends, and were then separated in different countries for majority of the next two years. In the summer of 2013, James came to Colorado for a visit, he asked my dad permission to marry me the first day he met him. A full year and a half later, I finally saw him again at the Boston airport, after what was honestly the longest wait of our lives. His flight from England and mine from Denver had us arriving within minutes of each other and as we finally reunited, he was in a suit and down on one knee. The wait was over, and we promised to marry each other in front of a cheering crowd at the Boston Airport—so symbolic of the different airports we had been to together to say hello and goodbye. It was the most wonderfully indescribable day.”

Photography: Amy Caroline Photography

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The Wedding

From the Bride

Our wedding took place in August of 2014 at Genesee Mountain Park just outside of Denver. My dress was by Sarah Seven and my veil was by local designer Sara Gabriel , both from a & be bridal shop in Denver. I wore a customary silver and gold Norwegian wedding crown called a brudekrone and matching earrings to honor my heritage as my something borrowed.
My custom, vintage, postcard invitations were designed by Oh What Love Studios! Jon and I were engaged in Paris (on Lover’s Bridge), so I wanted some invitations to honor that spot and others that meant a lot to our relationship.
I loved the flowers that Stephanie of Lalé Florals designed. One of my bridesmaids, Anna, makes flower crowns and Stephanie allowed her to collaborate and create the bridesmaids’ flower crowns. We used Anna’s Custom Pews  as seating for our outdoor ceremony with an aisle made of Persian rugs for the perfect boho touch. We were battling afternoon thunderstorms, but the rain clouds parted just as I began my walk down the aisle. The rain started again at the moment we were pronounced husband and wife, causing everyone to run for shelter. It was a memorable moment to say the least!
Dress Designer: Sarah Seven // Dress Shop: a & be bridal shop // Floral: Lalé Florals // Invitations: Oh What Love Studios // Seating: Anna’s Custom Pews // Veil Designer: Sara Gabriel
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Only You

A marriage is between two people who love each other. So why not design your wedding around that concept? With so many breathtaking backdrops, the Rockies are the perfect place to elope with your love and create special memories together.

Surprise!

You said “I do” in private, but share the good news with all of your friends and family with a photo in the moment letting them in on the secret!

Morning Snuggles

Forget rushing to hair and makeup. Slow down the traditional wedding day pace and start your morning off with breakfast in bed and moments together talking about the future. We are in LOVE with this idea. Give gifts to each other, let your groom bring you flowers, or take the time to handwrite your vows. They are all marvelous things to do together!

Table for Two

Just because you are not hosting a large wedding doesn’t mean that you have to forego a fabulous tablescape. Spoil yourselves with a swoon-worth sweetheart table and make each moment of your day exciting!

Afternoon Stroll

After the ceremony and dinner, take a moment together to capture the end of an unforgettable day. This orchard was a lovely place to capture the happiness of the newlyweds.

Westcoast Rocky Mountain Elopement from handsomefilmsco on Vimeo.

Decor: Spruce Collective // Design & Planning: Sweetheart Events // Dress: Pure Magnolia // Floral: Floralista // Hair: Victoria Jane // Jewelry: Olive & Piper // Makeup: Katie Elwood // Models: Natalie & Reuben // Paper & Calligraphy: Maurelle Calligraphy & Design // Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography // Rentals: A & B Partytime Rentals // Venue: Fraser River Lodge // Videography: Handsome Films

This shoot originally appeared in RMB V1.

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