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A Mountaintop Homespun Wedding: Allison & Scott

Allison & Scott were married at 4,629 ft, at their favourite place – the top of Max Patch Bald, NC. They hosted their reception in their own home. “The décor of the ceremony was the panoramic view of the Smokey/blue Ridge Mountains and the wild buttercup flowers”, they began. “At the reception, drinks were served in mason jars, farm tables were used for dining, and the flowers were roses and hydrangeas mixed with sunflowers in mason jars. Vintage plates and napkins were used and little jars of local Tennessee wildflower honey and dippers were at each table setting as favors. Our home was built in the 1800s and we wrapped the columns in garlands and roses.”

The whole wedding had a really personal feel and everything they included was significant.  A keen hiker, the groom and his best man camped out the night before near the ceremony site, and the bride and her bridesmaids stayed at a cabin just a mile up the road. The groom, his best man and all the guests were already on top of the mountain the morning of the wedding.

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A Big Sur Wedding at The Henry Miller Library: Sabeena & Ryan

Ahh Big Sur. In the early part of my wedding blogging career I had no idea what this ‘Big Sur’ was… a magical sounding place that all the other wedding bloggers spoke of so often. And then finally I realised the obsession.

These Californain mountains are picturesque. And overlooking the Pacific ocean. Is it any wonder they’re such a popular spot for weddings? Come on English mountains… step it up a bit…

Sabeena & Ryan were married at the Henry Miller Library, a memorial and not-for-profit bookstore in the heart of the region. The couple planned a truly personal wedding, employing as few wedding vendors as possible. The lucky pair were able to call upon the talents of their nearest and dearest to lend a hand with every aspect. “We were engaged on a gorgeous beach on an island off the coast of Panama, at the beginning of a 16 month adventure that took us across the world… so we didn’t even begin thinking about a wedding until almost two years after Ryan popped the question”, explained the bride. “When we finally settled in San Francisco, we knew we wanted to get married somewhere that represented our sense of adventure: somewhere outdoors, non-traditional, a little off the grid. The Henry Miller Library was the perfect place.”

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A Mountain Lodge Wedding with the Ceremony in the Middle of a Lake: Jane & Jesse

When Jane & Jessie started planning their wedding they knew exactly where (in the country) they wanted to be, they just had to find the perfect venue. After a long search they found The Hideout, near Lake Tahoe, which was the perfect place for their laid back June wedding.

“We searched long and hard to find a venue in Sierra because we’ve both spent a lot of time there and just love it, and identify with it in a way you can with your hometown (though neither of us have lived there, just visited frequently)”, began the bride. “Anyhow, we wanted a venue up the mountains with natural surroundings. There are plenty of venues near Lake Tahoe that are very much ‘manicured wedding venues’ but that’s not what we wanted. They come with lots of rules about noise and how late you can party, etc. It was a long search to find The Hideout and we were ecstatic when we found it. It was better than we had expected from the pictures – including the little lake. Also they had no noise restrictions and very few rules which meant we could pretty much do what we wanted and party as long as we liked.”

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A Dramatic Alpine Wedding: Brie & Leonard

With a penchant for the dramatic, is it any wonder that I went a little gaga over Brie & Leonard alpine wedding? The black wedding dress, the intimate ceremony, the epic mountain top photographs…I love it all! The bride even had a rams skull (yes really!) instead of a bouquet.

“Basically our story goes like this,” the bride began, “Leonard and I are not really conventional people and despite a few failed ideas to do things more traditionally we quickly discovered that your wedding is not the time to be what you are not. So we followed our hearts to our dream wedding in New Zealand. Leonard proposed to me on the top of a New Zealand mountain in the snow, which was just magical, so we decided that a snowy mountain would make the perfect place for our wedding. We had no guests so we decided to use a helicopter to travel to a completely isolated place with no road access.”

The bride wore a black wedding dress which she made herself. She also made her own headpiece and even her shoes! “I had tried on about 100 different white/cream/ivory dresses but regardless of the style or how beautiful they were they just didn’t feel right,” Brie continued. “Black is what suited me so I ignored tradition. I had a design idea and I wanted my dress to be unique so I decided to make it myself. The only problem was I didn’t know how to sew! I had a sewing machine and a lovely lady in the local fabric shop with advice, somehow I stumbled my way through the rest. A strapless dress in the snow probably wasn’t wise but I put heat pads in my shoes and gloves, wore three pairs of stockings and survived on adrenalin.”

With such an intimate wedding (just the two of them!) it was important to the couple that they had an amazing wedding photographer to capture their day. That way all their friends and family back home could see how wonderful their wedding was. “Other than us, the most crucial thing about our wedding was our photographer. We chose to use Anna from Alpine Images because her work stood out as art rather than mere photography. When we asked if she would do our photography for us, we asked that she ignore the fact that it was a wedding and look at creating individual pieces of art. We gave her a few guidelines about the mood we wanted to create and left the rest to her. We are so glad we did because combining her imagination and talent we ended up with magnificent photos. It also gave us a fantastic day, sneaking up to Sunday church sessions to pose with a rams skull, down dirty alleyways, in concrete car parks, and in the back doors of unattended bars – all Anna’s ideas! Everyone who has seen our photos asks about the rams skull and why we had it.”

“Our wedding was all about us and our love for each other,” Brie concluded. “It was very romantic and I’m so glad we rocked it out in our own way!”

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‘Love on the Rocks’ – A Rock Music Themed Winter Wedding: Beatrice & Johann

Beatrice & Johann are true rockers, so what better theme for their winter wedding that the ultimate rock music party!?

“Laughter, Party, Music…and a lot of Love” was how the newlyweds described their wedding theme. With  music being such a huge part of their lives and love story, it was an obvious choice. They chose a hotel on the Bavarian Alps as the venue for their wedding and so their ‘Love on the Rocks’ wedding slogan we created.

“Even though rock music was a big part of the wedding, Beatrice & Johann still wanted a day full of romance – a rock glam winter fairytale, that would perfectly combine their modern lifestyles and their love for traditional Bavarian mountain ambience,” wedding planner Kerrin of Hochzeitskonzept (Weddings and Events of a Lifetime) explained. “As guests boarded the shuttle to the ceremony, they received a ‘Love on the Rocks’ festival wristband. The wedding ceremony was held in a tiny romantic mountain church, where soft blankets were laid out for the guests to keep them warm. Beatrice’s amaryllis bouquet was personalized with her great-grandmothers heirloom brooches, as she walked down the aisle to the couple’s favourite love song: ‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters.”

“After the ceremony family and friends were greeted at the venue with the couple’s signature drink, a ‘Love on the Rocks’ cocktail and vanilla crescents baked by the bride’s Grandmother and a Bavarian version of Tarte Flambée. Once the sun had gone down, the crowd transitioned to the main location: A 300 year old mountain pasture, beautifully restored and full of antique details. The lighting design turned the pasture into a winter wonderland, beautifully iluminating the crystalled branches and amaryllis centerpieces.”

“For the decor, we chose a colour palette that would combine rock, winter and glamour: vintage grey, silver, black and crystal-white. Little bottles of whiskey were used as escort cards, and the tables were named after a mash-up of whiskey blends and the bride and groom’s favourite rock heros. In lieu of a guestbook, family and friends were asked to sign the groom’s guitar. At midnight ( the traditional time in Germany for the bride and groom to cut the cake), their ‘Love on the Rocks’ wedding cake – a pyramid of whisky tumblers – was shared by the cheerful crowd before the partying continued until the early hours.”

“I could not imagine a more beautiful wedding day,” the bride Beatrice took over. “The whole wedding was a snow princess fairytale and a rock concert at the same time. I think it beared very deep feelings in each and every one of us. And also I’m sure, I will keep the memories of this day in my heart for ever and ever: Everlong.”

Oh doesn’t it make you feel all warm inside?!

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A DIY Wedding with a Mountaintop View: Larry & Chelsea

Have you ever seen anything as beautiful as Larry & Chelsea’s mountaintop wedding? Just look at that view! The lucky couple we’re married at the bride’s parents home (OK I’m now officially jealous) and although it doesn’t look like it, they had a small budget to work with.

“Although we had financial limits, hand making everything not only saved us money, but it made everything much more personal and special,” Chelsea told me. “I will cherish every hilarious moment I spent crafting and to finally see all our hard work come together was awesome. I never thought I could pull it off and I got it all done in time and I am damn proud of myself!! The essential item to a DIY wedding? Get a dang glue gun girl…Oh and start early!!!”

The bride wore two dresses, the first, from David’s Bridal for the ceremony, and the second, a one of a kind custom made dress by Deborah Lindquist.

“I don’t think we had a specific theme in mind, we definitely wanted to incorporate Larry’s love for skating but we just wanted everything to have a romantic old school vibe to it,” Chelsea continued. “My husband and I are old souls and our love of things with throwback flair came out a little bit. We still wanted it to look like a wedding though so I think that it made all the fun things pop. So we kept that in mind when picking everything out. We got lucky last minute on our cake table. My stepdad had planned to make a distressed and rustic table but didnt have the time with all the last minute stuff. He ended up working a job where the property owner was getting rid of a 1922 Wedgewood Oven. The thing weighs a ton but we got it moved in time. My husband then spent several hours grinding rust off of it and we realized that it was manufactured on our wedding day 90 years ago!”

“Skateboarding has been my husbands first love for the last 20 years, and if it hadn’t been for a taste of the good weather and skatespots in southern Cali, I never would’ve met him. In fact he used to give skateboarding lessons to little kids at one of our big local parks and he conned me into a date by having a 6 year old ask me out! What a cheat. I ended up taking a ton of his old skateboarding magazines and used a scalloped puncher to create all the paper flowers in the wedding. His boutonniere was a flower that I made out of an old photo of a Rob Roskopp Santa Cruz board that I found. It took forever to make everything but it turned out awesome. We also used a board deck as our guestbook which is now mounted up on our living room wall. Who really ever looks at the guestbook every again?”

“I think the most Rock n Roll thing is being true to yourself despite the norms or cliches,” Chelsea concluded “Never compromising your day for what others think it should be. So many people give into the hype and structure of what a wedding should be like. Between the stacks of magazines and where to seat your crazy Uncle its really easy to lose yourself in the process. Truth of the matter is that you found the one amazing person to commit to you through every crazy moment of forever. Who cares if the dress isnt white or if your first dance song was “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin. Your day should scream ‘you!’ and no Mom I will not be covering my tattoos!”

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