From the planner: Sam and Nicole contacted me in late November about a mid-February wedding. They were a young couple from Denver with hectic schedules and a 16-month-old daughter. Sam took a leading role in the planning (which I love) as both he and Nicole were in school and she had her hands full with a toddler.
Nicole had a vision of soft winter wedding in a rustic setting with sweet, simple details. The couple and her family came to Jackson Hole for Christmas and we visited several locations, but when we arrived at the barn it was obvious that the decision was made. It is a retired working barn, where the hayloft has been converted into an event space. With dramatic high ceilings and a plexiglass window looking right at the Grand Tetons, it was everything she wanted.
Nicole and Sam were planning an afternoon wedding with a cocktail party reception for about 40 people. With the venue decided, we started looking at the logistics of creating a warm, inviting and lovely reception space at a time of year when temperatures in the unheated space could drop as low as 10 degrees below zero. We started setup and heating in the barn the day before, pumping warm air into the barn with propane heaters in each corner, and stringing lightings. Guests began to arrive around 3:00pm, enjoying cocktails and the cozy barn space. Hay bales draped in sheepskin created ceremony seating, and scattered tables draped with ethereal tulle created a lounge atmosphere. Simple florals of white accented the rustic space, and snowflake themed cupcakes served as a wedding cake (on Nicole and Sam’s insistence, guests dug in before the ceremony).
Once everyone was present, and Nicole and Sam had had the opportunity to greet most of their guests and socialize a bit, and guests were seated for the ceremony. Sam’s father performed the hilarious and heartfelt Jewish ceremony, under a chuppah of tulle in front of the window with the Grand view. Nicole and Sam toasted at the conclusion of the ceremony with glass goblets handmade by the bride’s sister. Heavy hors d’oeuvres were served post ceremony, and several family members gave touching speeches.
After the cocktail party, the entire group headed to downtown Jackson and the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The guys got rowdy, taking shots of fireball whiskey, and Nicole’s father teared up as the newlyweds had an impromptu first dance to a song that no one knew, played by whatever band happened to be donning the stage that evening.