A lovely tidbit from the bride, June: Will and I met in 2010 while he was visiting a friend in Honolulu, who happened to be my roommate's cousin. We both remember that first moment really clearly; he just barged into my room and introduced himself, and we hit it off immediately. Since Will lived in San Diego, we didn't start dating right away, but when I was in southern California for work six months later, we were able to reconnect. We eventually decided to try a long distance relationship. It took two years, but Will and I moved to Kauai island together and have been inseparable every since!
There were several factors that led us to choose Jackson for our destination wedding. When we first got engaged, we knew right away that we were either going to elope or have a very small wedding. We decided that we did want the chance to bring our immediate families and closest friends together. Will and I also love our national park system and we typically camp and/or do a roadtrip for almost every vacation, so we knew we wanted the ceremony in a national park. Since we'd met, I'd been telling Will about my family vacations to Jackson when I was little, and how much I knew he would love it. When we got engaged at Lake Cuyamaca, Will's childhood happy place, it seemed to fit that we would get married in my childhood happy place. We came to Jackson in January to plan our October wedding, and Will was in love with Jackson the minute we stepped on the tarmac. It was obvious that we'd made the right decision. With regard to where in GTNP we chose specifically, that was due to many a Google image search. We never visited Schwabacher's Landing until the week of the wedding!