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!
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.
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.
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.
photography: Sunny Brynn Jolley with Sunnydays Photography // venue name: Red Ledges, in Heber City, Utah // hairpiece: Joshua Knight with Five Penny Floral // bride's shoes: vintage western boots // bridesmaid dresses: a mixture of ModCloth // hair stylist: my friend Emily Conklin // makeup artist: my friend Emily Conklin // groom attire: the embroidered western shirt is from Cavenders // floral design: 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 // catering: Red Ledges created a custom menu for us - it even included "Holy Water Buffalo Chili"// music: Holy Water Buffalo