Claire & Jamie had a classic wedding in the mountains with a touch of country as captured by ASHLEY MERRITT PHOTOGRAPHY. Kendra, planner and stylist from SIMPLY GRAND WEDDINGS & EVENTS tells us; “When Jamie and Claire were packing up their moving truck, getting ready to move to Boston, no ring on her finger, we all knew it was only a matter of time before we got the call. But the call didn’t come. For a while. A long while. But Claire was patient and trusted Jamie knew the right thing to do, make this girl his wife [already]! Finally, one morning in late April, I got the call from both Jamie and Claire who could barely speak they were so excited. They had just taken a walk to the lighthouse where Jamie proposed and they couldn’t wait to start planning their big celebration. It set in quickly that we only had four months to plan the perfect September wedding. We quickly chose the Mead Ranch as the venue. Jamie and Claire fell in love with its wide open green hay fields surrounded by the mountains they had so many adventures in together while living in Jackson. We wanted to capture the couple in every detail of the wedding day. September 6th was blanketed in warm sunlight and framed by dramatic storm clouds exiting above the mountains. Due to a rainy August, the fields were still spring green!“
“Claire, a classic beauty, wore a lovely lace BHLDN dress with pearl flower earrings and cowboy boots. Her bridesmaids wore light pink lace fit and flare dresses with the same boots as Claire. They carried bouquets made with vibrant pink, white, and green flowers. The groom and his groomsmen wore Jamie’s Jackson staples, Mountain Khakis and cowboy boots paired with crisp blue and white shirts, blue wool vests, and ties. Leisurely waiting for the wedding day to begin, Jamie and his groomsmen hung out in the shade of a vintage Airstream trailer sipping some of the Mead Ranch’s own whiskey, Wyoming Whiskey. The bride arrived at the ceremony in an old turquoise Ford truck with her dad behind the wheel, his eyes a little misty. The truck, a reminder of Jamie’s old, loud, beat up truck that he drove when they first met, later acted as their getaway vehicle. The couple stood under an arch made of old pine fence posts from the ranch adorned with pink and white roses, sweet peas, and hydrangeas creating a sweet femininity.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers in the warm sunlight in the hay field while seated at a remote lounge space. Inside the tent, the tables where adorned with chunky blue and white striped table runners and natural linen napkins that lent an east coast texture to the natural wood farm tables. The vintage mix and match china in turquoise and floral patterns were carefully picked by Claire and her Mom at Flea Markets and Antique shops in Claire’s hometown of Macon, Georgia. Each centerpiece was different from the next with lovely pink and green flowers arranged on vintage found tea cups, brass chalices, cake stands, and amber glass. Aged deer and elk antlers were used throughout giving a nod to Jamie’s love for hunting out west. An old blue writing desk was placed a the tent entrance holding pictures of Jamie and Claire’s parents, grandparents, and siblings on their wedding days as a reminder of the wonderful marriage legacy that led to them.
As the night sky pushed the sun over the Tetons, the bride and groom took a sunset walk on a ridge above the ranch with champagne in hand. An important moment alone before the party really got started. Down below, guests dined in the tent lit by warm candle light, toasting the bride and groom as they entered and intermittently during dinner. Jamie and Claire’s comfort, warmth, and evident joy was echoed by every one of their family and friends. Huge grins, roaring laughter, and happy tears flooded the reception tent throughout the entire night. The party came to a close as Jamieand Claire exited through a glowing tunnel of sparklers held by their cheering friends.”
Photography Ashley tells us; “Claire & Jamie utilised a friend’s old turquoise truck for their wedding, and Claire surprised Jamie by having her dad drive the truck from the house they were waiting in to the beginning of the aisle. It was a perfect surprise for Jamie and all the guests! At the end of the evening, the plan was for the truck to be the getaway vehicle as well. But as it turns out, the truck died 10 seconds in to their exit! Not to be deterred, Claire and Jamie hopped out of the truck and ran, hand in hand, back to the house where they were changing to really leave.”
This gorgeous wedding from CLAYTON AUSTIN and stylist DAWN KELLY has me super excited to visit Nantucket later this year! It might not have been a case of love at first stroke when Kate and Jamie met on the water as coxswains for their university rowing teams, but it didn’t take long for their boathouse friendship to turn to romance. After Jamie proposed on the ski slopes with his grandmother’s ring, the couple started planning a waterside wedding, inspired by the natural beauty of Nantucket in the autumn. Lush eucalyptus and lavender garlands draped archways and railings from church to reception, where guests enjoyed sea-view cocktails on the lantern-lit lawns of The Wauwinet, before sitting down to dinner at tables resplendent with verdant greens, mercury glass, candles and white roses. Kate’s gown was just as luxuriant – her brother Jeff Todd, a designer for Calvin Klein, created an incredible couture dress for her, hand sewing over 150 individual vintage lace flowers into the seven layers of organza and tulle over five months of design and creation.
“Taking pictures alone with our photographer, Clayton Austin, by an abandoned boat during cocktail hour, we were able to look back on the party and hear our friends and family laughing and the music from our band drifting into the night. It was special to take that time alone to appreciate each other and the details we put into planning this special weekend with family and friends.”
Every now and again we like to mix things up a bit – just to keep you on your toes – and feature weddings that are more documentary in style. It keeps things interesting and offers those of you searching for the perfect photographer different styles to compare. This New Zealand wedding by PETAR JURICA was held at THE LODGE AT THE FRENCH VILLAGE which whilst accessible to towns, makes you feel like you’re a million miles away from everything. Being reasonably private people, Abigail & Tim wanted to keep their wedding very simple and it was important that the venue offered up accommodation and had a remote and cosy feeling to it. The final choice definitely dictated the style of the wedding.
TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS:I was looking for a not-too-weddingy wedding dress. I knew the general style I wanted and happened to see the Bo & Luca dresses at the Department Store in Auckland – they didn’t have quite the one I wanted so I ended up ordering it online. I liked it because it was simple but beautifully detailed, with silk and hand-beading, made to order.
ANY DIY ELEMENTS?Tim is a graphic designer so he did all the invites and stationery – the save-the-date was a lenticular print that moves as you turn it. The tablecloths and linen napkins were all made for the event by Abigail and some friends, and the oldest flower girl (Flower Lord)’s dress was made by Tim’s sister. The brass vases are all second-hand, the candle-holders are simply driftwood that we gathered up and drilled candle-sized holes in, and the green foliage for the tables was cut from a friend’s garden.
DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS:The idea was wild-looking but with just enough special touches to make it romantic. Feathery and whimsical, with some boysenberries and unripe citrus fruit giving it an earthy quality.
FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY? The flower girl nieces did really well – a three year old and a four year old guided by a eleven year old (who we called the Flower Lord). We were quite prepared that they might be too shy to come out, in the end, but they were perfect. And so cute and touching. A really special detail.
WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING? Try not to worry too much about expectations – just do what feels right to you. Like any creative expression, people it will enjoy it more if it feels true to who you are. It should have sincerity.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? We had meant to eat outside and had set up all the tables downstairs, ready to be carried outside after the afternoon drinks. The weather turned really windy which scotched that plan, but while we were out getting photos everyone back at the lodge worked together to carry all the tables upstairs to the hall, set them up how we wanted, even lit their own candles at their tables — a real group effort. It worked out perfectly, and it’s funny how the wrinkles in the plan become the fun things you remember.
ANY OTHER DETAILS THAT HELP TELL THE STORY OF YOUR DAY?Tim’s mother is a minister and a celebrant, and so it was lovely to be able to have her perform the ceremony. His father is also a folk singer from way back, so he and his partner sang me down the aisle (“Bright Morning Stars”) and then sang us both back up the aisle at the finish.