My parents were married in Rocky Mountain National Park and I remember them telling me, “We wanted to exchange our vows somewhere we could always return to – somewhere that would still be beautiful and preserved seventy years from now.” –Lindsay Fay Pruden

“We wanted to exchange our vows somewhere we could always return to – somewhere that would still be beautiful and preserved seventy years from now.” --Lindsay Fay Pruden

I love the idea that Lindsay and Alex decided to have their intimate destination wedding in Grand Teton National Park because they knew that it would be just as pristine and untouched 20 or 70 years from now, as it was on the day that they vowed to spend the rest of their lives together.

I love the idea that Lindsay and Alex decided to have their intimate destination wedding in Grand Teton National Park because they knew that it would be just as pristine and untouched 20 or 70 years from now, as it was on the day that they vowed to spend the rest of their lives together.

I honestly had never really thought about that fact before Lindsay shared with me, but it is so true! Where else besides in a protected state or national park (or monument) are you guaranteed that location of your wedding will be preserved for years to come? That it will be a place where you will be able to return to as a couple to reminisce years down the road (or every year if you are lucky!) Or maybe even be a place that you will take your children and grandchildren to share with them where it all began? What a perfectly romantic and sentimental intention.

… And it was an absolutely gorgeous day at the Blacktail Ponds Overlook as Lindsay and Alex read the vows they wrote to each other next to the meandering snake river with the Tetons looming in the background. I love that they wrote their own vows and also included a number of sweet and meaningful twists on a traditional ceremony.

“Since our relationship started around a series of letters written to each other while Alex lived in the Middle East and I was in South America, it seemed very natural for us to express our feelings for one another in writing. This compelled us to write our own vows, individually. We agreed on a length, but nothing more.”

In addition to personalizing and writing their own vows, Lindsay and Alex each read a poem during their ceremony as well.

“We opted to recite poems during our ceremony and Alex selected a poem written by Gibran to recite in Arabic, which he had studied in college.” (Yeh, that was pretty impressive…)

"Since our relationship started around a series of letters written to each other while Alex lived in the Middle East and I was in South America, it seemed very natural for us to express our feelings for one another in writing. This compelled us to write our own vows, individually. We agreed on a length, but nothing more."

"We opted to recite poems during our ceremony and Alex selected a poem written by Gibran to recite in Arabic, which he had studied in college."

They also incorporated the actual book of poems in place of a traditional ring bearer pillow.

“I thought it would be a nice touch if we used that book, adorned with a flower, to hold our wedding bands. Each of our rings was tied carefully to the top of the book.”

What a perfectly handcrafted celebration :-)

 

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P.S. To see more images from Lindsay and Alex’s intimate Bohemian inspired wedding in Grand Teton National Park check out their feature on Lucy Dylan Weddings.

 

Maybe it is all the yoga and meditation paying off, or I could just be getting older… or perhaps I am finally slowing down just a tiny bit. Whatever it is, I am finding more and more magic in my day-to-day life and it is amazing.

I feel as if my senses have been heightened. I am waking up to the beauty that is all around me and taking note of the little things–the light dancing off of a glass, the warmth of the sun shining on my face, the smell of someone baking treats in the apartment below. It is not that I didn’t notice these things before, I did. but I guess I noticed them more in a, “Wow, that sun feels really good on my cheeks but i better keep walking fast because I need to get these packages mailed at the post office and then get over to the grocery store and then get back to work and then and then and then…” sort of way. I was so busy doing all the “important” things I felt like I needed to do that I didn’t have time to deeply pay attention and experience life in the moment.

And now I am just making a point to pause more. To stop and really appreciate the little in between moments… like when I walked by the living room a couple of weekends ago while visiting my brother and saw him asleep on the couch after a day of skiing with my youngest nephew Hugh peacefully snuggled up on his chest.

And now I am just making a point to pause more. To stop and really appreciate the little in between moments... like when I walked by the living room a couple of weekends ago while visiting my brother and saw him asleep on the couch after a day of skiing with my youngest nephew Hugh peacefully snuggled up on his chest.

(I couldn’t resist, isn’t he precious?!?)

Don’t get me wrong, I continue to over-task myself and run around all day working on a what seems like a million projects at once, but the difference is that when I happen to notice that gorgeous bloom on the plant in the window, I am taking the time to walk over and really examine its intricacies. And when I am walking to the post office and feel the sun warming my back through my thick down coat (it is still winter here in Wyoming!) I may continue walking, but I consciously devote a few seconds to stop running through my to-do list in my head and to simply soak in how good the sun on my back really feels.

And all these little moments are making my daily life even sweeter.

 

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Jaimie + Miles’s fun wedding invites (think “woodsy, rustic, and western”) designed by the very talented Cara Rank at XOWYO paper and press (located locally right here in Jackson Hole!) were featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper last week.

To view their full feature on Oh So Beautiful Paper you can click here.

Jaimie + Miles

I loved their screen printed wood veneer rehearsal dinner invitations (in the middle below) and the adorable little icons Cara created for their different entree options!

Jaimie + Miles

Some insight from Cara at XOWYO about the inspiration behind the stationary suite : “When Jaimie and her mother came to me for her wedding invitations, they wanted a letterpress printed suite their friends and family had not seen before. As a buyer for Macy’s, Jaimie has great style and really led the direction of this suite and other paper products. She wanted her invitations to reflect the woodsy, rustic, and western themes of Jackson Hole, but without being too stereotypical or kitchsy. With plans to be married on a ranch, they envisioned antlers, brands, wood, and kraft paper.

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Cara also designed kraft paper bags (that doubled as their ceremony programs!) that were filled with dried lavender and given to the guests to throw as Jaimie + Miles walked back down the aisle.

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Every two years during the Olympics, I believe there is a different feeling in the air. Do you feel it?

To me, there just seems to be an overall sense of excitement around town, like peoples’ energy is up leveled, and there is a renewed idea of what is possible–in sport and in life. We all look forward to seeing certain events that we might have participated in growing up, or watching individual athletes that we may know or know someone who knows, or even an athlete we just saw an interview with or read a story about. granted I live in a mountain community where people place a high value on athletics, but I do not think it is just athletes that take an interest in the Olympics.

During the month of the Olympics, people are getting a daily dose of inspiration. Instead of just watching the nightly news with depressing statistics on the state of the economy or reading about all the problems we are facing in the world, we are watching and hearing about people achieving their dreams.

I was thinking about this buzz during the Olympics the other day while I was working out and realized that it makes perfect sense. During the month of the Olympics, people are getting a daily dose of inspiration. Instead of just watching the nightly news with depressing statistics on the state of the economy or reading about all the problems we are facing in the world, we are watching and hearing about people achieving their dreams.

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For me, Valentine’s Day is all about gratitude and being grateful for all the love I have in my life–my endlessly supportive family, my beautiful nieces and nephews (little and big!), my amazing and inspiring friends near and far, and my incredibly sweet and thoughtful fiancé who I get to wake up with every morning.

For me, Valentine

Yeh, that guy :-)

And truly for the capacity to love itself. What an incredible gift it is that are hearts are able to hold such powerful and radiant energy. I hope that you all took a moment to reach out to the loved ones in your life today!!!

 

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