A Pixel Cowboy Wedding: Brittany + Dave

mountain wedding

You might remember this adorable couple from their amazing proposal or their wedding teaser film we shared a few months ago, well today is the day to finally share their wedding with all the details from Brit herself! Brit + Dave are both Silicon Valley geeks who grew up in “country western” places (Texas and Montana) and thus their “pixel cowboy” wedding was conceived. In fact, they are so geeky – those were Brit’s words! :) – that they even built their own wedding website complete with Facebook integration so that all their guests could meet and get to know each other before the big event. It was such a hit that Brit has spent the past few months building a version of the site that any bride or groom can use. The new site is Weduary, a more innovative wedding website creator, complete with themes and all kinds of social features for you and your guests. You can sign up to be part of it as soon as it is launched, which should be in early 2012 – can’t wait to see more of that!

DIY was key for this creative couple. Brit has always enjoyed being crafty and had so many ideas for their day. Brit personally hand-crafted almost all of the decor elements in her wedding. The remaining decor was created in collaboration with Jesi Haack Design.

Brit enjoyed planning her wedding so much that she decided to launch her brand new company, Brit (which launched today! so congrats to Brit on that!). It’s an online guide full of innovative ways for busy, but inspired people (sounds like GWS readers!) to get creative in and around the home without spending too much time or effort.

mountain wedding invite

wood rose and white bouquet

Brit did all the bouquets and boutonnieres for her wedding. They are all made of cedar or balsa wood flowers and wrapped with matching pixelated fabric, which she created using Spoonflower. If you’d like to learn how to make these bouquets yourself, check out the bouquet tutorial here.

i do cowboy boots

bride geting ready

beaded bodice wedding dress

wood rose boutonniere, cowgirl flowergirl

bridesmaids in boots

wedding day itinerary

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Sitting with my dad in the front seat of a pick-up truck and watching my girls walk the aisle, knowing that I was seconds away from marrying my dream man.

flower girl in boots and tutu

flower girl in boots and tutu

Tell us a bit about your music!
Procession: Patty Griffin – Heavenly Day (sung acoustic by Margo Valiente)
Recession: The Beatles – All You Need Is Love

bride coming down isle

indoor ceremony

bride and groom first kiss

bride and groom

bride and groom, moutains

Isn’t her Monique Lhullier dress stunning! Love it – and if you love it also, she is selling it! Contact info at the end of the post on how to reach Brit for those interested.

bride and groom, moutains

box cubes wedding decor

From Jesi Haack , The most important design element that Brit wanted to go crazy with was our ceiling installation. We hung square paper lanterns in our color scheme then strung LOTS and LOTS of “pixel garlands” in between hung by twine. It was spectacular in person, I wish everyone could have seen it!! The “pixel” initial sign was a fun one too, we made that out of plain cardboard boxes outlined in duck tape! It was a fun illustration guests could see while arriving at the top of the mountain on the gondola!

bride and groom block letter initials

party glasses

bride and groom, ballgown dress

apple inc. wedding table name

pixel heart

party glasses

Though the ceremony at the Chapel of Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park was quite breathtaking and emotional, the most fun was had at the reception. Guests donned custom cowboy hats that we provided as welcome gifts and were welcomed with “Morinritas” (snow cone margaritas) as they hopped in gondolas taking them to the venue. There, we feasted at food stations from Texas, Montana, and California (places Dave and I have lived), then spent the rest of the night dancing under a pixelated ceiling wearing LED sunglasses (AKA “Party Goggles”) and cowboy boots, and feasting on LED-ice-cubed cocktails. 

bride and groom reception

bride and groom first dance

Instead of a traditional cake, they opted for a Cupcake Idol competition, giving guests the chance to engage their creative juices to create an award-winning cupcake.

pixel wedding cake

guest blog

In lieu of a guest book, we decided to build a Guest Blog laptop kiosk, where our friends and family digitally posted their love and advice for us so that we can keep it stored online forever. Instead of a bouquet toss (it seemed dangerous to throw my wooden bouquet), we opted for a cowboy boot drinking boat race. (This may have been the highlight of the ENTIRE event! Apart from, um, the vows.) 

beer race at wedding

reception dancing

heart backdrop photo booth

sparklet exit

And here is their amazing wedding film from Elysium Productions  – I think after watching this you will totally agree, that you need to have a video from your wedding – what an amazing way to remember!

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Be authentic with your planning. If the wedding doesn’t feel like you or your groom, it won’t emotionally connect with your guests. It’s not about the money you spend, it’s about how authentically the wedding is planned. Every detail of our wedding – the techy elements, the creative handmade decor, or the rustic cowboy designs – was something that was truly reflective of myself and Dave. Use your wedding to tell a story about who you and your fiance are – your guests won’t want to stop reading.

I’d be happy to answer any questions you have on wedding apps, advice, or planning. Find me on Twitter at twitter.com/brit or via my new website hellobrit.com.

photography: David Stubbs // venue name: Chapel of the Transfiguration + Jackson Hole Mountain Resort // event design: Jesi Haack // wedding dress: Monique Lhullier (Meriah) - which I'm selling! Excellent condition - $5k or best offer // hairpiece: Self-Designed and on sale in my Etsy shop // bride's shoes: Lucchesse cowboy boots // bridesmaid dresses: Self-selected by bridesmaids // hair stylist: Frost Salon // makeup artist: Frost Salon // groom attire: Paul Smith // catering: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort // event planner: Elizabeth Kelleher // floral design: Brit Morin (Tutorial) // cinematography: Elysium Productions // invitations: Etsy (sthblue) + Paperwheel Press // paper goods: Etsy (sthblue) + Paperwheel Press // cupcakes: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort // Pixel People cake topper: Sweet and Saucy Shop // music: DJ Jeremy Productions + Margo Valiente