Today we’re giving you the scoop on Carrie Patterson, Kate Headley, and Christina McNeill’s rustic-glam photography retreat in beautiful Jackson, Wyoming. If you missed Part 1 of the story, head here to catch up!

The Rendezvous Retreat experience came full circle with an incredible farewell dinner in the middle of a spacious pasture, planned and designed by Sami from Magnolia Ranch.

Photo: Karen Hill


Sami’s mission was to create a truly special experience for the talented guests attending the farewell dinner. As professional wedding photographers, these ladies shoot the most beautiful table settings and decor in the industry, but they rarely get to sit down and enjoy them as guests.


Photos: Christina McNeill, Carrie Patterson


Inspired by Jackson’s lush foliage and striking sunsets, Sami opted for a design centered around farm tables, gold ombre, and fun details. Each place setting included a custom napkin embroidered with that guest’s initials by Huger Embroidery. The tablescape was tied together perfectly with tapered white candles and glamorous accents.


Photos: Carrie PattersonChristina McNeill, Q WeddingsJen Fariello


While the evening included several highlights from the retreat overall, it also gave everyone an incredible bucket-list-worthy experience that was surely a favorite for each guest: seeing the horses run wild. Turpin Meadow Ranch does this every evening, and the experience is worth every minute of travel time and more.


Photos: Laura MurrayCarrie Patterson, Karen Hill


The lounge area was a labor of love by Magnolia Ranch and The Wedding Pew – they wanted to provide the Rendezvous Retreat photographers with a place to relax while enjoying the amazing setting. With a custom rustic arbor, lush florals, and fur pillows, it was the perfect spot for a group of creatives to hit the “reset” button.


Photos: Carrie Patterson, Olivia Leigh, Christina McNeill


We know everyone here loves a good bar setup, and this one by Magnolia Ranch,  The Wedding Pew and XOWYO does not disappoint. Magnolia Ranch and The Wedding Pew designed this custom bar specifically for this space, along with the backdrop that held a handwritten menu from XOWYO.


Photos: Carrie PattersonChristina McNeill


It’s not a Jackson party without a little whiskey, right? Don’t worry – Wyoming Whiskey came to the rescue by sponsoring libations and bringing a fun cadillac along with them!


Photos: Carrie PattersonChristina McNeill, Jen Fariello


A little Wyoming Whiskey kept everyone warm, but it didn’t hurt to cozy things up with special throws from Rocky Mountain Bride!


Photo: Jen Fariello


One of our favorite jewelry designers, Vrai & Oro, gifted each guest a pair of gold line earrings (hello, bridesmaid gift idea)!


Photos: Jen FarielloChristina McNeillCarrie Patterson


Priscilla Foster sourced Pendleton fabric swatches to make beautiful custom photo albums.


Photo: Karen Hill


Jackson was the perfect spot for a group of creative professionals to kick their feet up, but it would be an incredible vacation spot for anyone who loves the great outdoors! With the endless number of escapes and activities, Jackson would be a great place to host your next family reunion, work retreat, vacation, or a wedding!


Photo: Yvette Roman


See part one of the Rendezvous Retreat right HERE.  

Venue: Turpin Meadow Ranch in Moran, Wyoming / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design:  Magnolia Ranch / Styling, Throws: Rocky Mountain Bride / Flowers: Mayesh / Flatware, Plates, Chargers, Glassware: Montana Party Rentals / Farm Tables, Chairs: Canvas Unlimited / Lounge Furniture, Bar:  The Wedding Pew / Embroidered Napkins: Huger Embroidery / Albums: Priscilla Foster / Menu: XOWYO Paper / Logo Design: Elizabeth Hummert / Film Processing: Fast Foto

Carrie Patterson, Christina McNeill and Karen Hill are Snippet & Ink Select vendors. 

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We had a feeling you would love yesterday’s Jackson Hole Mini-Moon feature from Carrie Patterson, so we thought it would be the perfect time to share all the pretty details from our recent Rendezvous Retreat in Wyoming’s most beautiful wedding destination!

Photo: Kate Headley


You may have seen some sneak peeks on Instagram, but here’s the scoop: select vendors Carrie Patterson, Kate Headley, and our very own Christina McNeill combined their incredible talents to design and host a 3-day retreat for seasoned photographers, and the outcome was even better than we could have imagined. After seeing Jackson’s iconic scenery, local sponsors, and rustic-glam venue united for such an inspiring event, it’s no surprise that people come from all over the world to experience the town’s charming character.


Photos: Olivia Leigh, Karen Hill


To give everyone a taste of the mountain town lifestyle, the Rendezvous Retreat kicked off with a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by Hotel Jackson. Later on, the ladies found themselves cutting a rug at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy bar – home to the best live western music and dancing in the Tetons! In case that wasn’t enough of an authentic mountain town experience, the retreat headed over to Jackson’s town square to take a peek at this year’s prize antlers, which are handpicked annually by the local Boy Scouts!


Photos: Christina McNeill, Leah McCormick


As a group of creatives who have seen some of the best lodgings in the US and beyond, they could not have asked for better accommodations than Turpin Meadow Ranch, an elegant dude ranch tucked away outside of town. The ladies were hosted for the duration of the retreat and went the extra mile to make them feel at home.  On the first day, the ladies hiked to a lookout point and Turpin Meadow Ranch brought pillows and chairs to add a dash of comfort to the outdoor group discussions! After a relaxing lunch surrounded by sweeping views, everyone hiked backed down through the aspen trees feeling both pampered and energized.


Photo: Yvette Roman


The cabins at Turpin Meadow Ranch were straight out of a rustic fairytale! You can find interior shots here in Carrie’s mini-moon post, but beware… you’ll want to book a trip immediately.


Photos: Gayle Brooker, Carrie Patterson, Karen Hill


It’s no secret that wedding photographers are totally awesome, but High Caliber Women helped drive that point home by adding Tomahawk, Archery, and Blow Dart lessons to their repertoires. Wouldn’t you rest easy knowing one of your key wedding vendors can also throw a tomahawk?


Photos: Gayle Brooker, Kate Headley


Turpin Meadow Ranch also introduced us to fly fishing and horseback riding surrounded by views of the Teton Mountains. This may seem unbelievable at this point, but in all honesty the Rendezvous Retreat gets even better from there.


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Photos: Jen Fariello, Carrie Patterson


The “Styled by the Scout” dinner (hosted by Meagan from The Scout Guide) was complete with expert wine pairings from Jackson Hole Winery, a delicious meal from Genevieve Catering and stunning florals by Fleur de V. Summertime in Jackson means the sun doesn’t set until 9pm, which gave the group a wonderful chance to relax and enjoy every moment of such a beautiful evening.


Photos: Carrie Patterson, Christina McNeill


The signature cocktail of the evening was a Lavender and Peach Bellini. Live music was provided by PTO Bluegrass.


Photos: Kate HeadleyLaura Murray


After their cozy, candlelit meal on the porch, the Rendezvous Retreat ladies felt pampered and prepared to expand on their creativity the next day!


Photo: Karen Hill



Be sure to stop by later for Part 2 of the Rendezvous Retreat!

Venue, Lodging, Activities: Turpin Meadow Ranch in Moran, Wyoming / Event Planning & Design: The Scout Guide / Catering: Cafe Genevieve / Floral Design: Fleur de V / Wine: Jackson Hole Winery / Bluegrass Band:  PTO Bluegrass / Tomahawk, Archery and Blow Dart Lessons: High Caliber Women / Film Processing: Fast Foto / Welcome Bag: XOWYO, Stio, Persephone Bakery, Trilipiderm / Videography: Apres Visuals / Antler Necklaces: Padgett Hoke / Bronco Glassware: Made / Rentals, Decor: Hunter Gatherer, Home Again

Carrie Patterson, Christina McNeill, Karen Hill and Leah McCormick are Snippet & Ink Select vendors. 

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I love our Select vendors – they produce some of the most wonderfully creative events! Like this fun Vienna-inspired birthday party from Allison Jackson of Pineapple Productions and photographer Kate Headley.

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From the guest of honor’s wife:

“After living in Vienna for four years, I wanted to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday and our homecoming by sharing some of the charm of Austria with our family and friends. I loved it when friends came up to me and said they felt like they had walked into a Viennese cafe! From the welcoming Austrian folk music and drinks served by a lovely young lady in an Austrian dirndl, to the schnitzel and pastries, to the schnapps bar, everything had the warm, lively feel that I was hoping for. And the cigars were a huge hit with the guys! The cake, though, was really the highlight – the entire family depicted on an Austrian alp (even the dog). Add a fantastic dance band and it was the perfect evening.”

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From Allison: “We were inspired by highly decorative motifs and graphic patterns from the Vienna Secession Movement. Cheree Berry created a brilliant custom invitation suite in a forest green, orange, warm red and gilded gold palette.”

Europeans traveling to Washington D.C. for the party were welcomed with all-American treats, like mini Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies packaged in kraft brown pie boxes and tied off with red and white pastry string.

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Guests were sent home with take home breakfast treats – homemade Austrian breakfast rolls and Austrian jam and kakao (cocoa) from Julius Meinl. The rolls were packaged in custom pastry bags foil stamped with the wording “Essen! Essen!” (Eat! Eat!), and rolls, jam, cocoa and wooden knives with red linen napkins were placed into simple muslin sacks.

“We turned the library of the Meridian House into a Men’s Hunting Lodge with handsome tufted leather furniture, fur and woolen knit throws, natural animal hide rugs and wooden furniture,” says Allison. “In this room, we offered grilled to order Austrian sausages and a schnapps bar. Mountain foliage, herbs, candles and antlers were placed on the tables and fireplace mantle.”

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The signature cocktail for the evening was an Aperol Spritz – served by ladies wearing dirndls of course!

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“Under a grove of European linden trees we placed café tables and wood chairs with a variety of cable knit and woolen throws for an après ski feel. Large bulb café lighting was strung through the trees, and outdoor heaters kept everyone comfortable. A cigar station was set up on a rough hewn wooden tavern table. Vintage standing ashtrays were placed nearby. Oversized wooden lanterns were placed around the perimeter for a magical Alpine glow.”

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“We turned the dining room of the Meridian House into a Viennese Coffee House, complete with an authentic pastry case filled with traditional Austrian tortes and treats. Made to order Viennese coffee drinks were prepared for guests who lingered at marble topped tables with bentwood chairs. Servers prepared crepes with raspberry jam, apricot compote and Nutella, with ice cream and whipped cream garnishes. Candles and thin bud vases adorned table and the fireplace mantle to complete the café look.”

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Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Espresso Crusted Smoked Venison on Black Bread Crisp / Foie Gras with Raspberry and Brioche / Salmon and Sole Pinwheels / Curried Carrot and Zucchini Pancakes / Olive and Goat Cheese Beignets / Spring Pea Soup Sips //

Traditional Beef Goulash over Egg Spaetzel
Charcuterie, Smoked Fish and European Cheeses
Bistro Leek Tart

Assorted Grilled Austrian Sausages with Homemade Pretzel and Kaiser rolls and a Variety of Mustards / Hot Apple and Potato Salad / Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Classic Austrian Wiener Schnitzel Served with Green and White Asparagus with Hollandaise and Six Spring Vegetable Chopped Salad

Desserts: Sacher Torte / Apple Strudel / Opera Cake / Hazelnut Linzertorte / Charlotte Russe / Crepes with Nutella, Raspberries, Apricot Preserves, Caramelized Bananas, Whipped Cream and Ice Cream


Kate Headley and Pineapple Productions are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

Photography: Kate Headley / Event Planner: Allison Jackson, Pineapple Productions / Venue: Meridian House in Washington, D.C. / Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper / Floral Design: Dragonfly / Music: Big Ray and the Kool Kats via East Coast Entertainment, Austrian Duo – Liab Und Schneid / Cake: Charm City Cakes / Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies: Pie Sisters / Austrian Breakfast Rolls: Wagshals
  • Vienna Birthday Party from Kate Headley

    10 June 2014
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    Calder Clark is one of our wonderful Select vendors, and she sent over this delightful bridal brunch which is full of sweet details and thoughtful design – plenty of inspiration for any party, big or small! Photos by Tec Petaja.

    From Calder: “It was a gorgeous crisp Fall day in the high country when 15 ladies gathered to toast Sarah Hess’s approaching marriage to Dave Mackenzie. The rooftop terrace at the Old Edwards Inn was the perfect little nook for an intimate group to sit fireside and sip bubbly.”

    “Sarah loves cobalt blue and since we hadn’t utilized that palette in her wedding designs, we thought it only fitting to use it as an anchoring color here – especially with the royal blue chiavari chairs!

    “All good Southern affairs need a monogram or two, and we made sure to personalize her bridesmaids’ gifts to a tee: each bag had a cobalt monogram on a blue and green patterned tote, and inside was tucked a sweet note from Sarah and a monogrammed pompom throw that doubled as comfort at the luncheon if it got chilly.”

    The signature drink was a Pom Fizz: champagne and pomegranate juice with fresh pomegranate seeds.

    Menu: Roasted Cornish Hen on Acorn Squash Purée with Strawberry Balsamic Vegetables / Fall Salad Bouquet with Passionfruit Tupelo Honey Vinaigrette / Fresh Fruit Tartelette with Campari Sorbet and Vanilla Mousse

    Photography: Tec Petaja / Event Planning & Design: Calder Clark / Venue, Catering: Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina / Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper / Floral Designer: Blossom Events / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: DC Rental /
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    Let’s kick off the week with a gorgeous two-part feature from the incredible talented Jonathan Canlas! Molly and Thomas’s wedding three-day wedding weekend included a Friday night clambake dinner for all of their guests, held at the same venue in Newport Beach where the wedding took place the next day…

    Says the bride: “Our rehearsal dinner (we didn’t call it that – we called it a welcome dinner) was a clambake and all of our 200 guests were invited to the Friday event. The theme was ‘Sweden Meets New England Clambake Celebration,’ and the invite was in both English and Swedish.”

    “A great moment Friday night was the Swedish Snaps sing-a-long,” shares Molly. “Every one had a shot of snaps and had to sing together to ‘Hej Lang Gore’ – we had the phonetic, English version on screens which was quite humorous. Americans loved it.”

    The clambake dinner was followed by ice cream novelties (ice cream sandwiches, Eskimo pies, fudgesicles, etc.), and a bonfire for s’mores.

    The tables reflected the seaside location without being overtly nautical: blue and white runners with a coral-inspired pattern, blue water glasses, and simple bud vases filled with foliage.


    Says the bride:  “Having a traditional New England Clambake was a wonderful experience for our overseas guests and a great way to showcase the best of New England. We had 100 overseas guests, mostly from Sweden and the UK. We worked with Compton Clambakes who were wonderful and gathered all of the guests around the pits to explain the tradition of this feast before we all sat down and ate.”

    Photography: Jonathan Canlas / Venue: private estate in Middletown, Rhode Island / Event Planner: Stasia Anthony / Floral Design: Flowers by Semia / Bride’s Jumper: Emilia Wickstead / Music: Antoine Drye & Jazz Quartet / Catering: Compton Clambakes / Desserts: Plantation Catering / Wine, Spirits: Del’s Lemonade / Stationery: Paper Moss / Calligraphy, Maps: Daley Ann / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Farm Tables: John Orton Events / Historical Newport Trolleys / Hair: Hoa Thai / Makeup: Jane Sincere
  • New England Clambake Welcome Dinner

    10 March 2014
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