A Music Filled Mountaintop Wedding: Sarah + Tommy

bride wearing hair wreath

Continuing with our trend of outdoor rustic weddings this week, we have Sarah + Tommy’s sweet mountaintop wedding. Sarah + Tommy’s wedding was quite unique, they decided that they wouldn’t follow traditional wedding guidelines. They were married on top of a mountain and had their guests standing around them during the ceremony. Tommy is the lead singer/guitarist for Holy Water Buffalo, so music was extremely important to the couple and Tommy even surprised Sarah by singing a song he wrote for her during the ceremony – how romantic is that?! At the reception, there was no first dance, no formal toasts, no seating charts, they just enjoyed celebrating their love with their family + friends. Thanks so much to Sunny Brynn Jolley with Sunnydays Photography for sharing her lovely photos with us today!

old fashioned white booties

bridemaids in tights

groomsmen, holy water buffalo

mountain top wedding

It’s difficult to pick the most memorable moment, but I’d have to say walking up the “aisle” (in my case a barely-there path of rocks and dirt), looking at Tommy, arm-in-arm with my dad. Each step closer seemed so intense…so magical, I felt my love for Tommy grow tenfold at that moment. I didn’t even notice anyone else around me. My emotions were uncontainable… I was trying to hold back tears and couldn’t stop smiling. Definitely a feeling I will never forget.

mountain top wedding

mountain top wedding

mountain top wedding

Since Tommy is a musician, music was a very large and important part of our wedding. During the ceremony Tommy surprised me by playing a song he had written for me specifically for the wedding. It was incredibly beautiful and moving. Having music consistently throughout every part of our wedding was something we were very conscious of while planning the wedding. Our friend Grant played the acoustic guitar as guests were arriving to the ceremony and when I walked down the aisle. He continued to play when Tommy and I first walked away as husband and wife. During dinner and mingling time we had an ipod playing a playlist Tommy created. Tommy is the lead singer/guitarist for Holy Water Buffalo and we thought it would be a great idea if his band played at our reception. They put on an amazing show and had all the guests dancing and moving – the music really brought everyone together, especially since the groom was front and center on stage. We had a few other musician friends perform as well.

mountain top wedding

mountain top wedding

mountain top wedding

mountain top wedding

mountain top wedding

mountain top wedding

bride and groom

pink bouquet

tent reception

flowers in bottles

live music reception

white cake with fresh flowers

holy water buffalo

bride and groom

Have FUN with the planning (how often do you get to plan the best event of your life?!) It’s not worth getting stressed out or worked up about anything. The important thing is being married to the love of your life. Everything else is just the icing on the cake, it’s not the heart and soul. I made this a goal going into planning and I never once was stressed. Another bit of advice: DIY. It was very fun, not to mention less expensive, to make all the decorations by hand. My bridesmaids and the groomsmen helped me and I think that the labor of love added the perfect touch to the wedding.

vendors:
photography: Sunny Brynn Jolley with Sunnydays Photography // venue: Red Ledges in Heber City, Utah // floral design + hairpieces:  Joshua Knight with Five Penny Floral // wedding dress: Atelier Aimee hand beaded in Italy, found at Alta Moda Bridal in Salt Lake City; the shawl is from Turkey that I found on Etsy // shoes: vintage western boots // bridesmaid dresses: a mixture of ModCloth, eBay, TopShop and Copper Etiquette // hair + makeup: my friend Emily Conklin // groom suit: the embroidered western shirt is from Cavenders. The black jeans are from Levi’s. The Suitcoat is from Mr. Mac. To finish it off, he wore Ariat boots // catering: Red Ledges created a custom menu for us – it even included “Holy Water Buffalo Chili”// music: Holy Water Buffalo

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Rainy Day Engagement Photos

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There is something so romantic about the rain, right? I absolutely love that this adorable couple didn’t let rain on the day of their engagement photos stop them. I think it really just adds to the magic of the day + makes for an ultra romantic afternoon in the rain. Thanks so much to Rylee Hitchner for sending over these gorgeous photos and congrats to Joanna + Robbie on their engagement!

engagement photos in the rain

engagement photos in the rain

engagement photos in the rain

engagement photos in the rain

engagement photos in the rain

engagement photos in the rain

engagement photos in the rain

I also love that these photos really show all you need for amazing engagement photos is a great photographer + a couple in love. Right?!

Photos by Rylee Hitchner – Rylee is located in Tuscaloosa Alabama and available for travel worldwide. Be sure to check out her blog for more of her lovely work!

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A South African Fly Fishing Wedding in the Mountains: Monique + Craig

fish, wedding rings

Monique + Craig decided to have a fly fishing themed wedding in the Drakensberg in South Africa. They chose to have a 4pm service, going up the mountain on horses, coming down the mountain on a tractor and a reception arrival by boat. Such a unique + totally them wedding. Monique, Craig and all their guests just exude happiness. A truly perfect wedding day for a couple matched by the stars! And special thanks to Jacki Bruniquel for the gorgeous photos! Jacki is located in South Africa for all you South African readers – be sure to check out more of her work, she is super talented as you’ll see from these photos! :)

fly fishing wedding

fly fishing wedding

fish cuffs

bride holding fish

bride wearing headband

first look

bride and groom

groomsmen in suspenders

What an entrance, right?!

wedding ceremony

wedding ceremony

south africa wedding

south africa wedding

south africa wedding

south africa wedding

south africa wedding

south africa wedding

Such a fun idea for a boat ride before the reception! :)

fly fishing wedding

All the flowers were put together by the mother of the bride with help of the bridesmaids + family.

fly fishing wedding

japanese wishing lanterns

bride and groom dancing

Big congrats to Monique + Craig and thanks again to Jacki for sending this wedding my way!

vendors:
photography: Jacki Bruniquel // second shooter: Natasha Schoeman // venue: Sani Valley Lodge // wedding coordination: Angela Blythe // brides dress: San PatrickDe La Vida // brides veil: De La Vida // groom’s suit: Burger Brothers – Beyes Naude and Woolworths // groomsmen hats, suits, braces: Burger Brothers – Beyes Naude // dj: Paul Tavares // cake: Porterble Pantry – Mrs Rosebud Norton // videographer: Oliver’s Twist // wedding dance: Miss Texeira – Arthur Murray Studios

 

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