Swanky Sun Valley Wedding Day

November 20, 2023 BY: Bailey

“Perhaps it would be poetic if there was one moment when Jen & Ben knew they were perfect for each other. But poetry is so often fleeting; this story is familiar, long-lasting and only just beginning. Starting as friends, colleagues, and even kickball teammates, they had no idea the next step in their relationship would be truly life-changing. Their first meeting took place in a conference room in Los Angeles, and their first date at a wine bar their relationship has now outlasted. Through the years, they have traveled the world, embarking on adventurous journeys both near and far, but soon realized they never felt more at home than when they were together. What was always clear to them was that being perfect for each other was never about a single moment, but rather the entire story they were writing together and all the pages left to fill. Throughout their relationship, the couple had many trips to Sun Valley, even an extended stay during COVID where their love for the place deepened. Sun Valley has always been a special place to Jen and her family, who have been spending time there since the 70’s. Ben joined the fun when the two of them got together and fully embraced the mountain lifestyle. It was no surprise that the couple chose to get married in their favorite place! When it came to wedding planning, the bride had a vision that mirrored her own personality. As a girl who loves to play dress up, but also is most comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, she pictured a black-tie formal wedding, but set against a rustic backdrop of a wide open field. She loved the juxtaposition of formal with rustic cowboy. Working for Pinterest, Jen had no shortage of inspiration, and found herself focusing mostly on the smaller details of the event, where she could infuse the couple’s personalities (and their weenie dog, Wallace!) into the entire weekend. The celebration kicked off with a Cowboy Cocktail themed Rehearsal Dinner at the River Run Lodge. Jen even handmade custom leather napkin rings that had been hand stamped with their wedding crest. That crest would make multiple appearances throughout the weekend, adorned on napkins, custom glassware, hats, and even a custom cornhole game! The wedding ceremony took place at a private ranch outside of Sun Valley, in a field against a beautiful fall backdrop of mountains & trees. Both Jen & Ben wrote custom vows to each other and asked their guests to participate in a Warming of the Rings, allowing each guest to feel a part of the ceremony itself. Of all the details, the couple’s favorite was the escort card display, which featured gold-painted horseshoes and handwritten notes to each guest thanking them for making the trip to celebrate. The notecards introduced the symbolism of a horseshoe (a horseshoe is considered a symbol of luck and good fortune) and how lucky they were to be surrounded by such loving friends & family!”


Planning: Heather Minor Photographer: Carrie Patterson Photography Florist: Floret Design Studio Rentals: Range By Xowyo Rentals: That's Entertainment Stationery: Xowyo Paper + Press Bar: Roadbars Catering: At Your Place Cake + Desserts: Hank & Sylvies Hair Stylist: The Feathered Flip Makeup Artist: Bare Sun Valley Band: Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra Venue: Sun Valley Videographer: Silverline Productions Live Music: Valley Ensemble Lounge Furniture: Studio Eleven Staging & Events

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