Winter Wedding Elegance in Sun Valley

December 21, 2022 BY: Bailey

“We met early on in our high school career. While it was not ‘love at first sight,’ it was the start of a long lasting friendship. After high school we went their separate ways but always stayed in touch until 2016 when our mutual love for the Rocky Mountains, and our hometown, brought us back to Sun Valley, Idaho. We went to what we thought was just us having dinner and catching up as friends, but quickly realized that after all that time the love we shared for each other was more than platonic. Fast forward 4 years and we got engaged on Christmas night while doing dishes and reminiscing about the day over a last glass of champagne before Christmas was over. There was nothing flashy or over the top about the proposal, but if you ask the groom he said the moment just felt right. We shared a long engagement (not by choice), and had to reschedule our wedding twice due to the pandemic. The second time the wedding had to be moved was somewhat of a last minute venue and date change. While this was extremely stressful, it was a testament to the love we share for each other, because everything was taken in stride. As long as we eventually made it down the aisle together, nothing else really mattered. What started out as very stressful wedding planning turned into a truly magical day…”

“On a cold, clear day in February, we said “I do” in Sun Valley. Getting married in Sun Valley was very special to us not only because it is where we are both from, but because it is an iconic landmark in the mountain west. Both being avid skiers, getting married in the home of the first chairlift, in the middle of the winter, was a special experience we will both cherish forever. When it came time to plan the wedding we both had the same three important things: winter, outside ceremony, and we have to ski the next day with everyone we love. We immediately went to all of the different resources we had to figure out the logistics behind a winter wedding in a ski resort community. Luckily I happen to own every issue of Rocky Mountain Bride since 2017. I am so passionately in love with all things wedding, and I have read every issue of RMB no less than 20 times each. We decided to pick three adjectives to give the theme of our wedding; timeless, romantic, elegant. After that it was easier to pick things based on if they fit into those adjectives or not. We ultimately ended up calling our wedding style “Rocky Mountain glamorous.” Our biggest planning recommendation is to make lists; lots and lots of lists! Using resources like RMB is really helpful to make a list of the things you need, want, your vision, what to talk with vendors about, etc. Our other recommendation is to prioritize your lists and what is most important to you. For us, location and photo/video was most important. So we started there and then filled in the other details…”

“One of our favorite moments from the day is immediately after the ceremony we exited to the dining area (which wasn’t open to the guests) while everyone else went to the cocktail hour. Our venue coordinator Megan brought us a small plate of appetizers and snacks and the bartender brought us two glasses of champagne and said he would be around the corner if we needed anything at all. It was such a small moment but it meant so much to us to have these two people do something nice for us to make sure we got to share a private moment before the festivities really began. The whole day was so fast and busy, but that 15 minutes lives so vividly in our memories as the first time we got to just enjoy being married. So for wedding day advice, we highly recommend scheduling in some time for just the two of you to enjoy a moment and take it all in. Our other day of advice, eat your food! We wanted to walk around and say hi to everyone during dinner but we were also starving, so we just carried our plates with us and ate on the move. That isn’t for everyone, but it worked for us as a solution to the wedding day dilemma everyone has when it comes to eating or socializing.”

– Quincy, the bride

Vendors
Photo + Video: Radion Photography Venue + Catering: Sun Valley Club Florist + Decor: Bloom Theory Studio Cake: Konditorei DJ: Rhodes Entertainment Makeup Artist: Chantelle Conway Makeup Hair Stylist: Colour and Co. Rentals: That's Entertainment Dress Designer: LaNeige Bridal Sunless Tan: Bare Sun Valley
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