When we started planning the wedding our goal was to have an organic and local vibe. Thus we made it a goal to utilize people from our community and talented friends to help us with the big day. It all started with the dress, finding it at a local Boutique in downtown Boise. A few blocks away, Mike Rogers of Precious Metal Arts, crafted beautiful custom rings to match the ideas we presented him. Then we met Christina, owner of South Fork Flowers at the McCall Farmers market. Christina grows all of her own flowers on the banks of South Fork of the Salmon River. When we learned of her friendship with our Photographer, Autumn(who lives downstream from Christina on the Main Salmon River) our vision began to emerge. Everything else just fell into place. Clay’s Graduate professor from Boise State University was friends with a bluegrass band in Boise. We convinced the owners at Two Sisters, a local deli a few blocks from our house in McCall, to come out of retirement to make our wedding cake. The women of Clay’s family volunteered to make the cookies. We had a friend paint the Salmon River for the artwork on the printed materials. The only thing missing was the jewelry. With only a week before the wedding, I still had not found anything I loved. I went to the farmers market in Boise and met Angie from La De Da who had some beautiful earrings. She told me she could make me a matching bracelet in time and that was that!
Stanley, Idaho is a very special place. Spending most of our spring the last few years backcountry skiing in the Sawtooths and rafting on the Salmon River we wanted to share the beauty and all the fun things to do in the area with our friends and family. Redfish Lake Lodge offered the perfect setting. Guests could stay on-site and have access to all the recreation opportunities.
The snow of course! Who would have ever thought it would be blizzarding on June 20th? Getting ready that morning we could see a storm was imminent. The weather was going crazy. One minute it was sunny and beautiful, then gale-force winds, then a blizzard, then sunny again. This repeated itself several times. Finally, the time for the ceremony came and it was a full-on blizzard. The minute I got out of the car and started walking down the aisle the wind and snow stopped, the sun came out, the mountains appeared, I think the birds might have even started chirping. It was glorious. It stayed like this for the whole ceremony. After we were done the clouds came back, the wind started up and it started snowing again. I am still unsure how we got so lucky, but it was amazing!
– The Bride, Alison