For Drew and I, a love for getting outdoors, pushing each other's limits, trusting our strength together, and conquering new goals has been a theme of our relationship. Within our first month of dating we had hiked Montecito Peak (a local peak in my hometown of Santa Barbara), ridden ATV's in the Sand Dunes of Pismo Beach, driven down at 4am to run my favorite 10k in Santa Monica, and biked 100 miles from Santa Barbara to LA (Drew had never clipped in on a road bike before! and I had never ridden over 10 miles on my road bike!).
For us, marriage is an adventure of a lifetime. Our "key-words" when dreaming up our big day were "fun" and "love." We wanted our wedding to embody our deep love for each other, our love for adventure, and our love for the people who have helped shape us into the people that we are today.
We ultimately chose to plan our destination wedding week in the magical mountain towns of Jackson Hole, WY and Victor, ID because we felt them the perfect place to bring everyone together for an intimate, majestic, fun, and adventurous experience.
With Drew's family and friends primarily from Missouri and mine from California, we saw our wedding week as an opportunity for our closest people to truly get to know each other. We just knew that they would all have a blast together once they were in one place. So, with this in mind, we planned a cocktail and S'mores welcome party, a white water rafting trip down the Snake River, a BBQ with a backyard feel at The Knotty Pine, a golf tournament, and ultimately the wedding of a lifetime at Teton Springs Resort. Everyone stayed at the resort, so it almost felt like we were all at a big, luxurious summer camp!
Our wedding ended up being even more than what we had dreamed of. On 7.7.2017, in a fairytale setting of a sacred aspen grove, surrounded by our closest friends and family, we officially began our very own adventure story.
For the overall look of the wedding, I wanted everything to feel romantic and effortlessly elegant to match the surroundings. I wanted mostly neutral tones with very subtle hints of color. My bridesmaids were dressed in long, flowy pale blue dresses and carried free-form bouquets, while Drew and our groomsmen wore deep blue suits. Drew even eventually convinced me to let him wear his new Lucchese cowboy boots, which were my early wedding gift to him. For the reception, we used a ton of greenery, subtly colored flowers, candlelight, crystal chandeliers, and a large wooden farm table draped with eucalyptus leaves, candles, and roses positioned down the center of our wedding tent at which our entire wedding party sat to create the romantic feeling that we wanted. Outside the tent, we created a few seating areas with stylized furniture, sheepskins, and cowhide rugs to create comfortable spaces for our guests to drink, socialize, take in the views, and rest from what we knew would be the dance party of a lifetime.
We all danced that magical night away until the very last song. I can confidently say that our band, No Limits, was the best party band anyone had ever experienced. No one left the dance floor the entire night and we all jammed and boogied until the very last beat of the very last song. People are still coming up to us 3 months later commenting on how epic the wedding and band were! Friends keep sharing that when certain songs come on the radio, it brings them right back to that night. Our wedding week and wedding day were a perfect reflection of what we value most: our love for each other, our love for our family and friends, and our love for fun, adventure, and the outdoors.
~ Bride, Alexandria