Kristina and Jesse -- two lawyers who met at a nonprofit event at the suggestion of a mutual friend -- leave southern California for the magical mountain setting of the bride's family vacation home.
Nestled in the Teton Mountains, the property offers privacy, serenity, and stunning views from every angle. With ponds, pine and cottonwood trees, and lush pockets of vibrant wildflowers, the natural setting combines a magical woodland atmosphere with the Western mountain landscape.
Prior to the ceremony, Kristina and Jesse meet with their photographer, Yvette Roman, in the woods for their first look at each other on their wedding day. Not wanting to miss too much of their cocktail hour, they take a handful of portraits before the ceremony, including some snapshots of the bride in an old tepee on the grounds.
Kristina pairs a full-skirted Oscar de la Renta gown with Christian Louboutins for portraits, changing into ivory Frye boots for the woodside celebrations. Her mother's Art Deco ring and her stepmother's pearl earrings are her "something borrowed." Jesse designed Kristina's engagement ring himself, with help from 23rd Street Jewelers in Santa Monica, California.
The couple, who share an affinity for South African music, enjoy the spirit and emotion provided by a singing troupe. The groom's one "must have" for the wedding day creates a moving moment for the duo and their guests alike. The troupe's singing and drumming begin before the ceremony, and the bride walks down the aisle to an a capella song.
The African troupe leads guests from the cocktail meadow through the woods to the reception tent. Wooden directional signs line the path, and Mason jar lanterns hang overhead.
Twenty-foot tables are covered in ivory linen and wildflower-filled wooden vessels. Rustic barn wood painted with table numbers perches on the end.
Menus are tucked into neatly folded linen hemstitched napkins, along with a petite bunch of wildflowers and herbs.
Guests dine on mostly local and organic fare prepared by Bistro Catering. The dinner includes greens with truffle vinaigrette, roasted chicken with mushrooms, Moroccan-spiced salmon, and wines from California and the Pacific Northwest.
In honor of the bride and groom's favorite flavors, and as a metaphor for their marriage, the cake combines red velvet and carrot cake layers united by their classic topping, cream cheese frosting. A dessert buffet created by Pai's Place features homemade vanilla and caramel ice cream, as well as mini fruit pies and cobblers.