Live Blogging From The Home of Rustic Weddings: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Good morning from Jackson Hole! This place is truly home of rustic weddings. If you are looking for a destination wedding location with beautiful, natural scenery, outdoor activities and family-friendly fun then Jackson Hole would be a perfection choice for you.

Photo by Lesley Cohen 

 

Safari Sneak Peak: Jackson Hole Weddings

Annnnd we’re off! Tomorrow I head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a wedding…as a guest! Yes! As planners we are usually working at weddings…running around, cuing dances and toasts and chasing down buses and limos and such that we truly savor our time as wedding guests. We get to sit in the chivari chair, eat the adorably, delish desserts and sip those gorgeous, brightly colored signature drinks from the bar!

Jackson Hole is where rustic weddings are at home with mountain backdrops, cowboy-boot-clad-brides, rodeos and natural beauty as far as the eye can see. Between attending the wedding of my dear friends… who will likely be the most gorgeous bride and groom ever… I will be checking out the Hotel Terra and Four Seasons Jackson Hole‘s wedding ceremony and reception spaces.

Stay tuned!

XO,

Lesley

And as always, we love ourselves a great wedding video. Here is a fun one of a Jackson Hole wedding:

Jackson Hole Wedding // Brittany + Dave’s Highlights and post image from Elysium Productions on Vimeo.

Advice on Choosing A Wedding Date & Wedding Colors, Plus Loads of Gorgeous Gowns

modern balloon wedding ceremony decor
It’s round-up time! Your chance to peek at our gorgeous wedding finds… international wedding dress designers, unique wedding venues and more…this week on the Safari:
Photograph by Gina Zeidler

Re-Run: Inclement Weather… Hosting a Wedding During Hurricane Season

weddings during snowstorm dc

This is a very tricky topic…. of course anytime of the year your event could face rain and heavy storms but hurricane seasons in the Southeast  is of particular concern.According to the National Hurricane Center the season, “in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th.”  Sometimes it cannot be avoided if you only have a certain window of time when you can get married but if you can avoid hurricane season in the southern coastal areas and the Caribbean I would highly recommend it.

Many times hotels and wedding professionals will offer heavily discounted rates for wedding events and hotel accommodations during hurricane season. These deals can make a huge difference in your budget and sometimes allow you to use a venue that you might have not otherwise been able to afford. It can be especially tempting when it comes to hotel room rates for your guests, you might have your heart set on a lovely destination setting but the prices might be daunting (particularly when it comes to asking guests to pay for airfare, hotel accommodations, etc)

I have attended and worked out a ton of weddings, in the MidAtlantic, South and Caribbean/Bahamas…. some of which took place during hurricane season. Sometimes (MANY times) everything goes fine, just as planned but other times the weather takes over the event. I am actually a big fan of rainy weddings, they are gorgeous, romantic and memorable but weddings with dangerous weather change everything. Aside from safety my biggest concern is the out of town guests that have airline and hotel reservations. If you are planning a wedding somewhere that is easily accesible to most of your guests and you do not expect out of town guests than the weather concerns might be less of an issue.

Here is a story for you: My brother-in-law and sister-in-law planned their wedding for October 2005 on Jupiter Beach in South Florida. They planned an outdoor ceremony and reception. Wedding ceremony on the beach, dinner & dancing  under hanging twinkle lights on a patio looking over the ocean. Beautiful, right? Well, the wedding was still beautiful, amazing, incredible and SO fun but a few days prior to a hurricane was projected to hit there ON THEIR WEDDING DAY. We crossed our fingers and hoped it would turn a different direction, but it didn’t. Plans had to change (as sometimes they do) and the rehearsal dinner was canceled and the wedding was moved to Friday. Luckily, the wedding vendors they hired happened to all be available for Friday evening and everything took place Friday. It was fantastic and still a perfect day BUT many friends and family were unable to come because of the weather… dangerous driving conditions, canceled flights and in some cases just fear of the hurricanes arrival.

So, the moral of the story is this: as much as we plan and plan and plan we never know what the weather will be and my greatest advice is to consider the consequences for your guests. When deciding if you should plan your wedding during hurricane season (or during other possible inclement weather).. consider their ability to travel, recoup costs, and most importantly reach the event so they can witness your wedding day.

Happy Planning!

Photograph of DC wedding during a blizzard by K.Thompson Photography via United With Love 

New York Public Library Wedding With Unique Decor

We have featured the New York Public Library in the past and I talked about my disappointment with the lack of imagery from Carrie’s wedding in Sex & The City (the one that later only took place in the courthouse).

Here is a fabulous video of a modern Indian wedding at the New York Public Library (where Carrie’s wedding was supposed to take place). Tantawan Bloom is an incredible floral design company based in New York City that is definitely a go-to designer if you are looking for trend-starting, unique wedding decor.  Golf Srithamrong is a floral visionary in the wedding industry and has done incredible designs… my favorites are his hanging wedding decor pieces. Take a look at this video tosee the Tantawan Bloom team in action as they set up for this gorgeous Indian wedding at the New York Public Library.

The New York Public Library is an incredible space for a wedding. They have various rooms that can accomodate between 40 and up to 450 for a seated dinner. To find out more info and the cost to rent out the New York Public Library visit their website for more info.

Video by Tantawan Bloom, Photograph by Danny Weiss Photo