Love Story

I had always had a love / hate relationship with college. Something about it felt phony, like a bubble I didn't quite fit into. Though my conflicting relationship polarized even more when I met Andy. We met at a mutual friend's tailgate, our first 'date' was my sorority's formal, our first kiss was outside of the engineering building; it truly doesn't get more stereotypical (nor more magical). Andy graduated just a few weeks after we started seeing each other. I moved him down to his new home and we decided, though crazy, to begin dating long distance after only knowing each other a short while. A little over a year later we were engaged in Switzerland, and year after that we were finally able to say 'adios' to a long-distance relationship and begin our new life as Houstonians.

In approaching our wedding, we knew immediately our focus was to be on our faith and our family. Although I'm a designer in the wedding industry myself, we wanted the design details to come second to the true meaning of the celebration. Every decision was made to inspire relationship and camaraderie, make people feel welcome and comfortable, and allow the guests and staff to feel the true joy Andy and I feel in McCall and through our loved ones. Elements we focused on thoroughly were space layout, color, and texture. Each location was meant to encourage conversation and allow people to be immersed in the ceremony, speeches, and toasts. The warm rust tones, peaches, and golds aimed to emphasize the natural beauty of the surrounding wildlife, and bring that authentic warmth throughout the ceremony and reception. Textures in the florals, ribbons, and detail elements were chosen to emulate the texture of the mountains and forests while also adding to the comfort of the space. Ultimately, we made every decision with our family and friends in mind. We viewed the wedding as a new chapter for us, but also a massive 'thank you' to every one else in preparing us, guiding us, and encouraging us in our lives leading up to us as a couple!

Perhaps my favorite part of the entire day was saying our vows to each other privately before the ceremony. Getting this special time, immersed in the quiet and calm of the forest, to share our true intentions was crucial to setting the tone for our ceremony. Though the tears were endless, this was a special moment I will truly never forget!

I've known I wanted to get married in McCall for several years. I never fantasized about a future wedding, though McCall was the one detail I had figured out. McCall has been a meaningful gathering place for my family my whole life, so it only made sense to start ournew family in the same spot. We decided on The Shore Lodge for the ceremony and reception because that place has always been home to me! I worked there for a few years during my summer and winter vacations; the staff, scenery, and atmosphere of The Shore Lodge form some of my fondest memories! It truthfully didn't make sense to get married anywhere else.

~ Bride, Emma

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