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WEDDING BLOG

The Sawtooth Mountains Made for the Perfect Backdrop for this Sentimental Idaho Wedding

January 19, 2020 | brooke

Jen and Tylor’s sentimental Idaho wedding was low key, beautiful, and vintage — a.k.a a dream come true for those who love bohemian and rustic vibes! When it came to their wedding day attire, it was only natural that the pair and their crew be outfitted in western flair from their personal store, The Western Wanderer, as well as rockin’ bolo ties from Hells Canyon Bolo and handmade Kay Seurat gems for the ‘maids. We’re loving their rust-colored signage, especially the “unplugged” ceremony sign. Pro tip: Unplugged is the way-to-go for a ceremony experience that will truly be felt and remembered by everyone in attendance. Need proof? Just look at the emotional photos Maggie Grace Photography captured! If you’ve been searching for low-key, mountainous wedding inspo, this day planned by Emily Aitken Events is for you!

The Couple:

Jen + Tylor

The Wedding:

Sawtooth Valley Meditation Chapel, Stanley, Idaho

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Our wedding day fashion was fueled by our passion for vintage and western style, which is truly our style in our everyday lives too. Because we run The Western Wanderer, our vintage western wear shop, we had a pretty clear idea of what we wanted everyone to be wearing. Our groomsmen wore vintage embroidered pearl snap shirts which we were able to source from our own collection. Tylor wore a vintage 1970’s vest and jacket set that he found in a thrift store while he was out on tour – it fit so perfectly that he didn’t even have to get it tailored! All the guys wore custom made bolo ties from Hells Canyon Bolo. They cut the most beautiful picture jasper stone that was absolutely perfect with the attire. The bolos were also Tylor’s gift to his groomsmen and they were a big hit.

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When we got engaged we didn’t have any real agenda for our wedding except one thing – we knew we wanted a Stanley, Idaho wedding. It’s a place that is very special to us, both as a couple and individually. Some of the most important moments in our relationship have taken place there and we knew that was the place we wanted to take our vows. We also decided together that we didn’t want the wedding to be stressful. We didn’t want planning it to consume our lives since we’re both busy self employed people.
Although there are some great “venues” in the area, for us there was just something special about the Sawtooth Valley Meditation Chapel. It’s right in the middle of town, but its perched on top of a hill at the base of the Sawtooth mountains. The view is unparalleled! Early on in our relationship we spent a lot of long afternoons sitting outside the chapel on the benches talking about life and our future and the magic of the Sawtooth Mountains, so it felt like the right place to take the leap into this next phase of our lives together.

Pretty early in the planning process we decided that the most important thing was to make sure that the wedding felt like “us”. We wanted it to be relaxed and low key, beautiful and easy for everyone who attended. We wanted everyone to be present and unplugged so they could truly experience our day with us.
We are big fans of all things vintage and we own a little vintage western clothing shop called The Western Wanderer so we wanted to bring that vibe into our day as well.

Wedding planning advice from the couple: Hire a wedding a planner and a good photographer!! Our wedding planner, Emily Aitken and our photographer, Maggie Grace were a Godsend!! They handled everything start to finish for us and took all of our ideas and turned them into the most perfect version of what we had in mind. We didn’t follow all the wedding “rules” and they never skipped a beat.

It’s hard to choose just one part of the day as “the most memorable”, because it truly felt like the perfect day. But if we had to choose, I think we would both say that our sharing our vows was a very special moment. We didn’t really have much else planned for the actual ceremony because we felt like our vows to each other should be the main focus. Tylor wrote his vows into a song and sang them to me at the ceremony and mine were hand written on a piece of paper that I gave to Tylor after the ceremony to keep with him as a reminder of my promises to him.

Also, we wanted to incorporate as much music as possible in our day! We are musicians – Tylor is a full time, touring musician, songwriter and frontman of the band Tylor & the Train Robbers. His band is made up of his two brothers, Jason and Thomas and my Dad, Johnny ‘Shoes’ Pisano, so we had some built in talent to bring into our day. We are also fortunate to have some insanely talented musician friends who we knew we could count in!

The wedding favors were one of my favorite things about our wedding! Giving out “favors” was a tradition that I have never been a big fan of. Most of the time the trinket that you get, monikered with the names of the Bride and Groom and their wedding date, just ends up being garbage in a year or two (if that). We didn’t want to give our guests something like that. We spent a lot of time thinking about what would be meaningful to share with them and ultimately we decided that what we really wanted to share was our story. Since we are musicians, we knew that the best way to share our story is through our music.
We went into the studio and recorded a few tracks that had never been recorded before and used a few that had been on Tylor’s albums in the past. We ended up with a five song disc that we put in chronological order of our story, so it truly could be told through the songs. It’s was such a special thing for us to get to share with everyone! 


Our colors were inspired by our environment and season of the wedding. Since our wedding was up in the mountains on the weekend of the Fall Eqiunox, we knew we didn’t want too much saturated color. Our wedding planner, Emily Aitken was amazing and pulled colors from the scenery to help create the perfect palette.

Working with Maggie was an absolute dream! She is such a pro! It felt like we were all just hanging out and having fun all day, but in reality I know that she put so much time planning and organizing everything and she never stopped taking photos from morning until after the late night party. Maggie brings such an incredible calm but fun energy to the day, which is exactly what it needed on such an important day. She has fun, but also keeps things on track and takes control when needed.
Maggie had told us in a planning meeting that she recommended that we leave the reception a little early to get some sunset photos. Of course it felt weird to just leave our own reception, but I am so so glad that we listened to her advice, because that turned out to be one of the most special and memorable parts of our day. She had scouted the perfect location for us not far from town, but just enough that we felt like we had escaped the bustle of the wedding. We walked a short trail and ended up in this meadow at the base of McGown Peak – a truly magical spot. Tylor brought his guitar and we sang songs together and danced and got to have some quiet moments soaking in our day and the beauty around us. Maggie made us so comfortable to just be goofy and relaxed and not to worry about the photos. The pictures are proof that she is so insanely talented and knows how to capture people perfectly. Thank you Maggie!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Maggie Grace Photography
Event Planning – Emily Aitken Events
Ceremony Venue – Sawtooth Valley Meditation Chapel
Reception Venue – Stanley Outpost
Floral Design – Petal Works Design Studio
Catering – Dutch Oven Den Catering
Wedding Dress – Reclamation Design Company
Bridesmaid’s Apparel – Kay Seurat
Groom & Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Western Wanderer
Bolo Ties – Hells Canyon Bolo
Rentals – Wildflower Event Rentals

 

Congratulations, Jen and Tylor! As always, the talented Junebug member, Maggie Grace Photography, didn’t let us down with this Idaho wedding! For more of Maggie’s breathtaking work, be sure to check out her page in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

 

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This Blush and Mint Soñadora Resort Wedding Inspiration is Giving Us Laid-Back Beach Vibes

January 18, 2020 | brooke

Attn: 2020 trends are on-point in this blush and mint Soñadora Resort wedding inspiration! A part of The Big Fake Wedding, the talented team behind this tropical inspo is made up of some of the best wedding professionals in the world. We’re totally obsessing over the bride’s gown from Mon Amie and abundance of hand jewels, including delicate hand chains from Shel Couture. Lovers of fruit-infused table arrangements are sure to love the decor and floral design elements of the grand reception table scapes — we can’t get enough of the rattan lanterns and colorful glassware! Get your Pinterest boards ready, babes, because these photos by By Julieta Photography are absolutely Pin-worthy!

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The Talented Team:

Photography & Videography – By Julieta Photography
Event Coordinator – The Big Fake Wedding
Ceremony Venue – Soñadora Resort
Event Design – Marianna Idirin Planning & Design
Floral Design – Pina
Paper Goods – Oh Mai Art Creations
Painted Backdrop – The Small Creative
Cocktails – Hodde Bros Beverage Co.
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Blanc Salon
Wedding Dress – Mon Amie
Bridal Accessories – Shel Couture
Groom’s Ring – Hitched
Groom’s Apparel – The Groomsmen Suit
Rentals – Warehouse Rentals
Couple – Easton Jones and Hana Jones

 

Many thanks to By Julieta Photography for sharing this incredible Soñadora Resort wedding inspiration with Junebug! Into these laid-back beach vibes? We think you’ll love the tropical elegance in this 16 Tulum elopement.

 

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This Agriturismo Savoca Wedding is a Sicilian Woodland Wonderland

January 17, 2020 | brooke

Serenity, mysticism, and harmony were among the words Claudia and Fabio wrote down when dreaming of their wedding day. Their magical, fairytale-inspired day at Agriturismo Savoca surrounded by tall, lush trees, was nothing short of their dreams come true! The couple made every choice intentionally, including their decision to use green as their main color, as it symbolizes life, luck, and hope. We’re simply enchanted by the photos Federica Cavicchi captured of Claudia and Fabio’s ceremony filled with rituals and elements of earth, wind, and air. If whimsical details, custom made wedding gowns, and special traditions are your thing, you’re sure to fall in love with this storybook day at Agriturismo Savoca in Italy!

The Couple:

Claudia & Fabio

The Wedding:

Agriturismo Savoca, Sicily, Italy

I wanted to have a wide and at the same time tight and sensual princess dress. I managed to get both. I liked being able to remove the wide skirt placed over it, mid-evening, giving the impression of having a completely different second dress. From princess to mermaid. Even the details in the hair was a choice I really loved. Streaks lost among waves that ended with feathers which were present almost everywhere: in the bunch, among the flowers and in the eyelets of the groom, of witnesses and pageboys.

We were looking for a forest venue. Our desire was to walk a natural aisle, composed of trunks of trees and not of stone or marble columns. Something buried to rediscover, traditions and truths easy to relive. Based on the most popular fairy tales in the world, of which the forest has always been the background, almost always focused on the contrast of a bright, safe, muffled world of the village and the dark and insidious one of the forest, a typically medieval antithesis. We wanted a fairy tale typical of the Grimm brothers storytelling.
Our goal was to make nature the main theme. From the faiths kept inside a bird’s nest, to the inspiration of the green clothes, for the 5 bridesmaids. We wrote on a paper a series of words related to what we wanted to experience, perceive and transmit to others that day: softness, delicacy, serenity, magic, mysticism, transformation, metamorphosis, melancholy, fantasy, naturalness, harmony, perfection, omnipotence, love.

Writing a letter with all our vows was the most important for both of us and the most difficult at the same time. Thanks to the officiant we were able to do it. Telling us those precious words in front of all the people we love was so scary and important, as well.

The ritual was dedicated to the elements of nature; the release of the butterflies, their flight was connected to the air element. The creation of a single flame through two candles evoked the fire element. Then we planted a succulent mixing the lands of our places of origin to represent the earth element. To represent the water element, we got our hands wet stroking the leaves of the plant. Wet the hands stroking the leaves of the plant. And finally, the fifth element from which all the other elements originate, the element of the spirit, was represented through the Celtic ritual of the ribbons.

My favorite photo is of the kiss at the end of the ceremony because it reminds me of the final scene of each fairy tale. When the protagonists walk away in a carriage, kissing, with the phrase “and they lived happily ever after” From the lights, the framing and the crown of flowers that frames us in the background really do seem magical to me.

We personally think that the most important choice to make when planning a wedding is the photographer: the one who will provide you with memories you can relive forever, all those tiny but precious moments.

We gave some seedlings placed inside a biodegradable coconut fiber jar. Inviting guests to nurture and grow the donated plant in a larger area.

The chosen color that dominated the whole was dark green. With touches of white and gold details. Green: Color of the nature of the woods, a symbol of life, luck, and hopes. It represents solidity, green is the stem that holds the flower.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Federica Cavicchi
Wedding Venue – Agriturismo Savoca
Floral Design – Fioreria Flowers
Catering & Cake – Agriturismo Savoca
Videography – Alfio Ossino
Stationery – My Wedding Paper
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – COMPAGNIA DELLA BELLEZZA DI TERESA MICELI
Wedding Dress – Atelier Barbara
Groom’s Apparel – Infantino

 

Congratulations, Claudia and Fabio, and many thanks to Junebug Member Federica Cavicchi for sharing their enchanting forest wedding at Agriturismo Savoca with us! For more of Federica’s work, be sure to visit their page in our directory of the world’s best photographers.

 

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