Megan & Kris: An Outdoor Mountain Wedding

Outdoor Mountain Wedding

Megan contacted me over a year ago to discuss wedding photography. From the beginning I knew she was a seriously organized bride. As soon as we met, I realized that Megan was a bride with as much warmth and enthusiasm as vision and foresight. I wrote this post to tell you more about their outdoor mountain wedding.

Post-it notes and  highlighters can certainly become more of a burden than benefit. Especially when planning a big celebration. Not in this case. Megan and Kris simply wanted the wedding of their dreams. In an attempt to do justice to the inspiration behind their wedding, I’m handing the mic over to Megan:

Details of an Outdoor Mountain Wedding

THEME OR STYLE:

All in all I wanted everyone to enjoy the beautiful views. So we tried to keep with a forest or mountain theme.

BRIDE’S DRESS:

I wanted a spanish style dress with a romantic feel. It took about three shopping trips before I found the one. Ultimately I fell in love with the designer Paloma Blanca and found my dream dress in their collection.

BRIDE’S SHOES:

I wanted my “something blue” to be in my shoes (I was inspired by Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahnik’s). I searched everywhere and finally found a sparkly pair at DSW. Once I found them I realized one of my favorite shoe designers Poetic License made them.

JEWELERY/ACCESSORIES:

I never wear much jewelry. Similarly, I wanted to keep the look simple on the wedding day. For this reason I only wore what my groom purchased for me. My diamond studs were the first jewelry he gave me, along with my engagement ring and wedding band.

 

GROOMSMEN:

Our groomsmen are our closest friends and family. They knew the groom during elementary school. Needless to say we were blessed to meet our best friends early in life.

WEDDING FAVORS:

We decided to donate to a cause near to our hearts. My brother is a marine who served our country for 8 years. For this reason we wanted to give to a charity that would help both the soldiers and their families during these deployments. The charity we chose was Operation Home Front.

Outdoor Mountain Wedding Vendors

THE FLOWERS AND CAKE:

Surprisingly, I found my florist through Craigslist. I wanted a fall look. Also, nothing that would take away from me or my girls. CG Blume did our cake and flowers. I loved the rustic look of my cake! Our flowers had just enough purple and orange to pull all my colors together at the wedding. On the positive side, with this company, the more you order through them the bigger discount they give you! Therefore I ended up paying less for my DJ, cake and flowers.

HAIR & MAKEUP:

I found a great hair and makeup team called Aphrodite Affairs. They were so kind. For example, they even fixed my botched manicure for me.

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY:

I found my invitations and save the dates online at magnetstreet.com. They sent me a package of samples. In fact, they were reasonably priced.  I love to craft so I made all the stationery myself. I definitely spent many hours and dollars at Hobby Lobby.

FOOD & DRINK:

We love to eat and drink. Consequently, we wanted our guests to be taken care of and feel at home. Jubilations Catering catered the wedding. Their food was delicious and they put a spin on everyday food. Jubilations is nearby- only a few minutes from the venue. Because of this they brought everything up fresh and hot. Our drinks were provided by Della Terra. Their staff did a great job of keeping everyone’s glasses full!

Outdoor Mountain Wedding Highlights

THE HONEYMOON:

We took our dream trip to Hawaii. First we started on Oahu where we stayed in the oldest resort on Waikiki Beach called the Moana Surfrider. We enjoyed the beach and ocean front dining at the Beach House. Then, we toured Pearl Harbor and soaked in the history. After Oahu we flew over to Kauai. On Kauai we hiked, kayaked, snorkeled and toured the island by helicopter. It was the best trip ever for both of us. By the time we came home, we started planning a trip back to the islands!

A MEMORABLE MOMENT:

Our most memorable moment of the day was toward the end of the night. Our friends started to make a circle while guests showed off their moves in the middle. When we busted into the middle of the circle to dance together we got a glimpse of each of our friends smiling and celebrating the new life we have begun. It was a priceless moment. We really felt all the love in the room!

 

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Bride and father of the bride walking down the aisle, outdoor mountain wedding.

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Father of the bride, outdoor mountain wedding.

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Wedding rings: bride and groom holding hands.

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