Oct 2013

Jessie + Dale

Cowboy Wedding in the Mountains

It’s been a while since I last posted a cowboy wedding! And I am happy to share this one with you: not only is it a beautiful wedding with an outdoor ceremony, but it also takes place in the middle of the mountains (the bride & groom’s wish) in a wonderful setting! These two got married at the exact same place the groom’s parents got married, how sweet is it? Photography by Alyssa Wilcox.



The wedding took place on July 13th, 2013, at the reese Ranch in Stanley, Idaho, USA. From the bride:

The ranch is a few miles from the headwaters of the Salmon river and buried in the heart of the Sawtooth mountains. We were blessed to share the same wedding ceremony place that Dale’s parents were married some moons ago almost on the day. The goal of the wedding was to reflect who we are and what we love. We’re simple folk, we love: God, one another, our family & friends, flying and the Sawtooth Mountains. It was important for us to keep the mountains as our main décor and only complement as needed.


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Name one thing you regret…

Not following my photographers direction and making a list of everyone we wanted pics with / of.


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And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

Spending the week prior to the wedding getting ready and enjoying the mountains with our immediate families. The feeling of 2 families becoming one and genuinely loving one another is incredibly awesome. – No drama. We have some of the best friends in the world who stood up and supported us as our wedding party. We went white river rafting a few days before and – Stanley could be considered a destination wedding, it is not an easy place to get to. We had people come from all over the United States and Europe there to celebrate. Having everyone there was the best gift we could ask for.


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Aug 2013

Shannon + Shaun

Wonderful Farm Wedding in Texas

I am so thrilled to share those pictures with you today. First of all, as me, you’ll probably drool a little bit when going through these (and I promise I had to resign myself to leave tons of equally perfect pictures on my computer that couldn’t fit in this post). Second, rocking chairs, cowboy hats… this wedding just woke up the cowgirl inside me! And what about those Star Wars inspired cufflinks?? :-) Photography by Nirav Patel.



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The word of the photographer.

It was absolutely an honor to photograph Shaun and Shannon’s intimate wedding in Texas. Shaun is a star wars loving, music playing, wedding photographer which means we’re practically the same person.  All of our email exchanges ended with “may the force be with you”. Shannon is something else let me say… and I mean that in the best possible way. She’s incredibly sweet, down to earth, fun, and can definitely bust a move on the dance floor. The wedding was certainly everything they had hoped for it to be… a relaxed celebration with their closest family and friends.

A shout out to the man Bradford Martens for helping me capture this day.


Jan 2013

January + Jay

Canadian Cowboy Wedding with Fun Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Shots

You already discovered Shari and Mike through our “Bridesmaids and Groomsmen” post—and you’ll see I was not being exhaustive. Here’s a full reportage by these guys: a “cowboy wedding” 100% not fake; no futile accessory, just two people and a wedding reflecting their day-to-day.



January and Jay both grew up in the country (their parents are ranchers and farmers) and chose to have the wedding ceremony at Jays’ parents ranch — Tom & Wanda Clark’s Ranch. During the ceremony, Jay wore his boots, wranglers and cowboy hat and January chose not to wear a veil or carry a bouquet. From January:

We really wanted the ceremony to reflect us – I fell in love with Jay looking like this (Jay wearing his every day western attire… I can’t imagine walking down the aisle and seeing him look any other way – and I wanted Jay to see me for who he fell in love with too).




Name one thing you regret…

The day truly passed too quickly – although we tried to make it to each table to visit with each guest we were unable to greet everyone that was there… this still hurts my feelings.  Our family and friends mean so much to us that I wanted them to know how much it meant to us that they made it to our wedding… I wanted to be able to visit with everyone there, but we weren’t able to… this will always be a regret in my mind.




… And one thing you’re really proud of / happy about.

This is my pride and joy… the one thing I get the most excited about when talking about our wedding – our Cookie Buffet. We decided to have a cookie buffet at our reception as a thank you to our guests for attending our special day. We show-cased the cookies with a note saying “Grab a bag and help yourself to the Cookie Buffet. It is our way of saying thank you for sharing our memorable day. Love the Newlyweds”. Everyone loved the idea… and we even had a cousin incorporate this idea into her wedding – it was the ultimate compliment.


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