“Our wedding was located in the meadow at my family’s home, which is within Grand Teton National Park,” says the bride. “When we landed in Jackson on October 12th, it was snowy and the parks were closed because of the government shutdown! Not only was our ceremony supposed to take place within the park, but the National Park was also the key attraction for our guests traveling thousands of miles from both coasts and Europe! Plus the freezing weather for our outdoor ceremony put me in a complete panic! But somehow, someway, the parks miraculously opened first thing on Thursday, October 17th, right as our guests were arriving for the long weekend and with this good fortune also came good weather… Saturday was 55 and sunny.”
The couple were wrapped in a shawl as part of their wedding ceremony.
All-white centerpieces including roses, hydrangea, and Queen Anne’s lace, were surrounded by white Glassybaby candles.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? I grew up going to Jackson. My grandparents bought a home there in the 60s, so I’ve spent my entire life visiting Jackson. They purchased the cabin before the National Park was established, so our home now falls within park territory, so it was perfectly secluded and completely romantic.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Jackson – the scenery speaks for itself, so I really wanted to embrace it.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Ha! I think that would be impossible to narrow down. But I guess the highlights were the first look in the meadow, getting ready with my sisters, and dancing with all of our friends. Oh and the late night grilled cheese and tomato soup that was passed around.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. I think our ceremony was one of a kind. We had a bluegrass band for our ceremony music, my older sister sang Ben Harper’s Forever, and my best friend, a writer, read an original piece about us and our relationship.
What advice do you have for other brides? Eat dinner! You planned it, so you should enjoy it. and you need to it to balance out the champagne (and tequila in our case).
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Jackson Hole Wedding from Carrie Patterson2 June 2014
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