Jaimie and Miles' destination celebration was a rustic Wyoming ranch wedding with a “Tuxedo and Boots” theme – all the groomsmen wore tuxes and the bridesmaids wore cowboy boots! Their ceremony was officiated by Jaimie's uncle; as they walked back down the aisle, guests tossed dried lavender and the ranch owners released the horses from the stables for a dramatic stampede. In lieu of a traditional program, they had brown bags (which held the dried lavender) printed with the program information. The reception featured beautiful, rustic details including antlers, wooden planters and vintage keys as escort cards. Hannah Hardaway Photography captured their day!
An elegant and rustic Wyoming ranch wedding
Miles and I met through mutual friends while living in Dallas. Right as our relationship started to take form, I was transferred to Houston for work. That was the beginning of a long distance relationship that spanned not only cities, but continents. Miles was pursuing his MBA at the time and it required him to spend time in both Peru and the Czech Republic. Fortunately, I had plenty of vacation time to visit him around the world. On June 9th, 2012 – his birthday – he proposed to me at my apartment. The best part was that my family and friends were all waiting to celebrate with us at one of our favorite restaurants nearby.
We always knew we wanted a destination wedding and that we wanted our guests to be removed from their everyday lives to enjoy the event. I coined the term, “Forced Fun.” We went to Jackson Hole, then Austin, then Mexico and still couldn't find the perfect venue. I kept gravitating to Jackson Hole because my parents were married in the Big Horn Mountains and I found the scenery to be simply stunning. Finally on another trip back to Jackson we found Lost Creek Ranch and knew we had found the spot. We were lucky enough to have sixty of our closest family and friends stay at the ranch with us for 4 days while the remainder of the wedding attendees stayed nearby at the Jackson Lake Lodge. Everyone enjoyed horseback riding, hiking, skeet shooting, swimming and early morning float trips. It was perfect. We were on a four day vacation with our best friends and family; what more could we ask for? – Jaimie