Sierra and Stephen’s ceremony at the Wedding Tree was emotional, powerful, and beautifully intimate. They wove into the tapestry of their wedding story, symbolism that included Sierra’s father, who passed away in 2015. From Stephen’s proposal on June 18, 2017 (Father’s Day), to getting married exactly a year later, to the honoring of Sierra’s father in the ceremony, it was one of the most beautiful things I have witnessed. Sierra’s dad’s presence was marked and honored during the ceremony as their wedding rings were carried in a gorgeous piece of pottery made by him. They then walked over to three of their close friends at the ceremony. The five of them joined hands in a moment of silence before the ceremony began. This sacred time was incredibly powerful and moving and many were brought to tears (including me, I can’t lie!)
The day brought a complete down pour and I was wondering how everything would shake out. I was hoping the rain would stop, or at least lighten up to allow the Tetons to provide a majestic backdrop for the wedding. It was raining when we left for the ceremony, but by the time we arrived at the Wedding Tree, it had stopped and the clouds lifted to reveal the majesty of the Tetons. This was one of the prettiest times I have ever seen at the Wedding Tree. The flowers were in bloom, and the grass was vibrantly green and fresh from all the rain. The snow that fell the night before in the higher elevations accentuated the beauty of the Tetons. It really was amazing.
Stephen and Sierra were married by their good friend, Tara, who beautifully chronicled their journey. They also read their own personal, eloquently written vows to each other. While reading his vows, Stephen sang sentences throughout- he would sing and talk, then sing again. It was so heartfelt and wonderful.
Although small in number, Sierra, Stephen, and their wedding planner Virginia, did an absolutely incredible job of planning a special and memorable day. They celebrated with a delicious eight-course meal prepared by Chef Michael of Little Red Cafe at the Jackson Hole Winery. This gem of a location is surrounded by mountains and has a little creek that runs through it, adding to the magical ambience of the setting. Sierra beamed the whole day and the extent of newly married couple’s gratitude and love were truly evident.
Sierra and Stephen, as I stood watching you commit your lives together surrounded by some of your favorite people, my heart swelled with love. I said to myself “this right here is why I do this job. To witness and capture such vulnerability and beauty.” It truly was such a blessing to capture your intimate and perfect day.