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About the Wedding

Jessica & David traveled from the Woodlands in Texas to entwine their lives together at the beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge in Field, British Columbia last fall. The mountains were pretty hazy during the day because of the forest fires that were burning nearby, but the smoke actually created a unique effect that made the atmosphere of the day even more special. The bride looked stunning in her vintage ecru gown from Gossamer, and the couple incorporated sweet DIY details into the celebration. One such detail was a locket with a picture of their dogs (they wanted to include their furry friends somehow!).

How He Asked

From the Bride-to-be

“David and I met when we were neighbors. David got the courage one day to finally knock on my door and ask if I’d like to sit outside and play a little guitar with him. From the moment we met, I knew we would eventually get married.

 David rented us a cabin in Wimberley, Texas about six months after we began dating. One morning I was surprised to see a limo outside of our cabin, and he explained that we were going on a wine tour. As we were ordering a glass of wine at our first stop, I turned around to find our friends were suddenly there and that they were holding signs that said ‘And so today, my world it smiles’ (from our favorite Led Zeppelin song ‘Thank you’) and when they turned them over it said ‘Will you marry me?’ He was on one knee holding a box with the most beautiful ring I’d ever seen, which he had designed just for me.”

Flowers: DIY by Bride // Gown: Gossamer // Groom’s Tux: JC Penney // Hair: Botega // Photographer: Kim Payant Photography // Venue: Emerald Lake Lodge

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How They Met

Amanda and Charlie met at a friends birthday party. There was also a ‘not-so-nice guy’ there that Amanda was trying to evade, so she asked Charlie to be her ‘bodyguard’ and pretend to be her boyfriend. They ate sushi, laughed and danced the night away in Boulder. Soon, pretending wasn’t all they were doing. Amanda walked Charlie to his fire-red bicycle that night, exchanged numbers and the rest is history. They were together from that point forward.

Just over two years later, Charlie proposed. Amanda was getting home from a business trip. Charlie picked her up from the bus station and when their dog, Sandie greeted Amanda at their door she noticed Sandie had a small black pouch hanging from her collar. Amanda opened the pouch to find a wooden ring Charlie had designed and made, when she turned back to Charlie to see if it was her 30th birthday present, Charlie proposed. They left the next day for Amanda’s 30th birthday weekend and only told a few close friends and family their big news. It was exciting to keep it a secret and celebrate with their closest family in Moab.

About the Wedding

Charlie and Amanda wanted intimate wedding photography of their ceremony with their closest friends and family in Aspen, Colorado at Maroon Bells. They wanted their wedding photography to capture their love for each other and showcase their their unique DIY details. The wedding ceremony was performed by the brother of the bride. They invited immediate family and a few close friends to join them for a weekend in Aspen, Colorado. Amanda’s parents rented a house in El Jebel where the reception was held.

Cake: Sister of the Groom, Laura Holt // Cardigan and Shoes: ModCloth // Cufflinks and Groom’s Wedding Band: DIY by Groom, Sandbox Designs // Dress Designer: Ted Baker // Dress Store: Nordstrom // Flowers: Whole Foods // Hair and Makeup: Cousin of the Bride, Eleni Maltas // Photography: Kayla Feldman Photography

 

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About the Wedding

From the Photographer, Roxana Albusel 

Sarah and Scott met through mutual friends and, after falling in love, were engaged on a beautiful night on the beach in Cancun. To change it up a bit from the beach scenery, they chose to be married on a beautiful June day at the Fraser River Fishing Lodge. The mountain backdrop provided a majestic setting and Sarah’s choice of decor complemented it beautifully.Sarah and Scott chose beautiful rustic decor, happy sunflowers, forest greens and a country theme to express their love. The next door cornfields, rustic country roads, visiting bison and neighboring orchards added to the immense romance of the day. Finally, who doesn’t love a good pair of cowgirl boots to finish off a very elegant wedding?

From the Bride

Our wedding day was absolutely beyond our dreams and expectations! Everything came together so beautifully, and to top it off, the venue and scenery were so stunning. We couldn’t have been happier! It was such a wonderful day with our family and friends, filled with so much love, emotion and joy. It was the best day of our lives.

Bakery: Spiritual Ingredients // Design and Decor: Spruce Vintage Rentals // DJ: Phat Boyz Mobile DJ // Dress Store: The Bridal Gallery // Linens and Coverings: Valley Weddings // Makeup Artist: Babes About Beauty // Photographer: Roxana Albusel Photography // Reception Venue: Fraser River Lodge

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How He Asked

From the Bride-to-be

“Living only three hours from Glacier National Park, it has always been one of our favorite spots. Exactly one year ago, we planned a weekend get away in Glacier. We got to the park around 5pm on Friday, quickly dropped off all of our gear, and decided to drive the ‘Going to the Sun Road’ to see the sunset. We arrived at Logan Pass and decided to take a small hike so we could get the best view. There was no one else on the trail at this hour, and it was beautifully serene. We stopped along the hike for what I thought was a sip of water (little did I know). But, as I turned around, Ben was down on one knee. He told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and asked if I would marry him. Of course I said, “YES!”. As we both looked up from this wonderful moment, we noticed that we were surrounded by a herd of mountain goats, including a mom and two babies. On our way down the road, the sun began to set, and we stopped at Lake McDonald Lodge to watch. After that, we returned to our campsite for champagne and antipasto. We enjoyed the next few days of hiking, paddle boarding and enjoying all that Glacier has to offer. It was truly the most wonderful weekend.”

Photography: Jeremiah and Rachel Photography

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How He Asked

From the Bride-to-be

“Jace and I had known each other for quite a while before we started dating. We went to the same high school together, but he was a sophomore while I was a senior so of course I wouldn’t give him the time of day. Several years after we both graduated, we started hanging out and skiing together with a group of mutual friends. Jace started to pursue a relationship with me but I wasn’t interested. I had always thought he was cute, but I was dating someone else (plus he was younger than me)! I broke up with the guy I had been dating, and five months later, I texted Jace to hang out.

Things moved very quickly for us after that. I’ll never forget the first time he told me he loved me. We took my dad’s off-roading Rubicon Jeep and drove to the top of one of the highest mountain peaks in Ogden, UT. We hiked out to a lookout point and sat and watched the sunset. Jace was acting so nervous and I knew exactly what he was trying to do but I wasn’t going to help him out at all. We sat there forever and I kept saying are you ready to go and he would say wait just a few more minutes. This happened two or three times before he finally built up the courage to tell me he loved me. Of course I was so excited to say it back.

Jace and I knew we wanted to get married. However, he was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan so we decided to wait until he got home to get engaged and married. That didn’t stop me from planning the entire wedding while he was gone though.

The time apart for us was very very difficult. At times, we didn’t know if our relationship would last. It did, thank heavens, and Jace proposed to me at the airport right when he got off the plane from Afghanistan. We were surrounded by all of our friends and family and his brother had even called the local news station to come and video the entire proposal. As soon as Jace came down the escalator I ran and jumped into his arms. His mom ran up behind my back and handed Jace the ring. When he put me down I leaned in for a kiss but instead he got down on one knee and proposed. It was perfect and I was completely surprised. I kept telling him we needed to get engaged quick after he got home so I could move forward with the wedding planning but I had no idea it would be that quick.”

Makeup: Nicolette Fratto // Planning: Wildflower Weddings and Events // Photography: Jessica Janae Photography // Rings: S.E. Needham

 

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