Destination weddings not only give couples the chance to bring their family and friends together to rejoice in their union, but it also provides a unique experience for those visiting the location for the first time. Jackson, Wyoming, is one of the country’s most awe-inspiring and distinctive areas, and guests attending a wedding weekend here often enjoy immersing themselves in the culture as much as possible.
Rocky Mountain wedding planner Kaylen, who owns Sara Judith Events (named after her beloved rescue calf, Sara Judith!), recently planned a rehearsal dinner that perfectly ties together rustic romance inspired by the wild landscapes and history of Jackson Hole. The couple’s goal was to immerse their guests in the local culture through the wedding weekend, and this rehearsal dinner kick-off set the perfect tone for the festivities to come.
As an event planner, Kaylen loved paying homage to the local area. The historic town at the base of the Teton Mountain Range is different from your run-of-the-mill wedding location. Surrounded by family ranches that span over one hundred years & are rich with stories of the wild west, Jackson Hole was one of the last true frontiers in America. Many couples getting married in Jackson Hole incorporate the cowboy history, whether that be by attending a local rodeo or integrating intricate details into their wedding weekend events.
This particular wedding, which occurred on the bridge between spring & summer, aimed to include accents of the changing season. The transition between these seasons in Jackson Hole is something special. The unique ecosystem here is lively, colorful, and brings life to the valley after long, harsh winters. Spring is a time of color, blooming wildflowers, and migrating wildlife. The most important aspect of their rehearsal dinner was that the changing seasons beyond the walls were reflected on the interior.
This sophisticated and bright rehearsal dinner at the Snake River Grill did just that. Wanting to provide their guests with a local experience, the bride and groom rented out one of the most historic Jackson landmarks for their guests to experience. The grill, which has been a staple in the community since 1993, features historic wood beams and details that speak to Wyoming’s past.
Wyoming is rustic & elegant, but also rugged. A true ode to Jackson must complement each element individually while tying them together seamlessly. Doing this in a limited space is no easy feat, but when pulled off correctly should be celebrated.
Utilizing the western & historic bones, Sara Judith Events framed the head table in cascading floor-to-ceiling florals that complimented the colorful wedding palette inspired by the transition between spring in summer in the high alpine range. On open tables, she places lush greenery, a nod to the surrounding valley rich with nutrients and rolling green fields. Romantic candlelit accents placed around the room ad depth and warmth, providing the feeling of a warm mountain cabin on a cool night.
These attentive details utilize the cozy dining area and elevate the space to feel warm, sophisticated, and welcoming. It keeps the couple and their big day as the center focus, while allowing guests to integrate themselves & experience local culture. This balance, which should be at the center of every destination Rocky Mountain wedding, is a specialty of Sara Judith Events. And one that reminds her time and time again why providing these experiences to her clients is her heart & soul.
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