This mountaintop wedding is pure magic! Wildflowers in bloom, a beautiful couple, a 1920's themed wedding, and a ceremony on the top of Squaw Valley..... what more could you ask for? We absolutely adore this couple and were over the moon when they decided to hire us! Every meeting, every phone call, and every scouting trip was always full of adventure and laughs.
The couple wanted to take a spiritual approach to their ceremony, and did so by taking us on a trip that involved several expeditions to find their perfect spot...one in the snow which involved skiing and boot packing up the side of a rock, another rock climbing in sandals in between snow patches and loose rocks, and then finally a lovely hike to the perfect location - a gorgeous meadow in between Shirley Canyon and Granite chief peak. It just so happened this was McKenzie's late father's favorite place to ski. Fast forward six months to mid July - wildflowers in full bloom, abundant sunshine, and the most beautiful lush backdrop for the perfect ceremony. Guests were shuttled to the top of Squaw via the cable car where they were greeted with fresh farmers market berries, cocktails, and artisan popsicles. After enjoying their epicurean delights, the fabulous Irish Band we flew in from Dublin, All Folk'd Up, escorted everyone with their Irish folk music to the ceremony. It was the most festive and exciting hike Squaw has ever seen. It's no wonder why this wedding was featured in Style Me Pretty and The Knot.
The Kid Zone Mckenzie wanted her daughter to be part of the wedding and also wanted to make sure she would have a good time. So, we created a Kid Zone complete with a circle fun tent full of games and blankets, a jumpy house, and a pony ride. Luckiest kids ever...the adults definitely tried to poach this section of the wedding.
The Reception After the ceremony, guests proceeded down the cable car and were shuttled to the Squaw Valley Stables for a 1930's themed reception. From the amazing Zephyr Tent to the mismatched vintage chairs, antique tables & china, benches, and wild flowers, the dining area was completely transformed from a horse stable. We had a custom crate wall built for the back bar and paired it with a reclaimed wooden bar. As guest's were asked to dress in 1920's attire, they fit the decor perfectly!
The Dessert Station The bride's dad loved Ikedas pies! As he sadly is no longer with us, we created a special table just for him. We had a sign made that said "Jon's Pie Station" and created a gorgeous eclectic display of all sorts of Ikedas Pies.
This wedding had not one, not two, but FIVE bands! To say music was a big deal is an understatement! Guests were treated to an unbelievable weekend of entertainment. We had everything from the Hakensaw Boys performing Bluegrass music, to the Irish Folk Band we flew in from Dublin, to classical music for the ceremony, to the blues band that performed for the reception. It was awesome! To top it off, Kenny and Mckenzie choreographed the greatest swing dance to “Come and Go” by Quinn DeVeauz and theBlue Beat Review!
Thank you to the amazing Larissa Cleveland Photography for all the beautiful photos!!
And thank you to Bending Branch for this awesome snapshot of the reception!