Running from the Law: Scouting Trip - Jackson Hole

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Scouting Trip - Jackson Hole

As most of you know, Ryan and I are getting married next summer. We had a difficult time deciding where to have the wedding. Neither St. Louis nor Louisiana seemed like the right place. We wanted a destination wedding, somewhere a little exotic, with our closest friends and family there. We opted against the traditional beach wedding (we'll save the beach for the honeymoon) and decided we wanted to get married in the mountains! Exciting! But, there are a lot of mountians in this country...where do we go?

We started looking at a number of places online: Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Telluride, Lake Tahoe, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole, Park City, Steamboat, Keystone, Big Sky, etc. We liked the idea of Jackson Hole, Wyoming - its an up-and-coming but laid-back Western ski town nestled in between the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Jackson Hole had the most amazing quintessential mountain views and we really loved the feel of it's open ranges and roaming bison (they are NOT buffalo). The more we tried to convince ourselves that it would be closer and maybe cheaper in Colorado, the more we really started to love Jackson Hole more. So, after about a month of discussing pros and cons, we picked Jackson Hole.

So, I leave for Jackson Hole tomorrow for my first scouting trip out there to look at places and venues for the ceremony and reception. I can't tell you how excited I am!! Most appropriately for this Mother's Day weekend trip, my mom is going with me. Isn't that sweet?! My wonderful wedding coordinator has set up about a million appointments for us with hotels, ranches, photographers, florists, restaurants, and even a band. We're going to be busy, but I think we're going to have a fantastic time.


  1. Jackson Hole is one of my favorite places too. When I my husband and I tied the knot we decided to stay close to home to please all the family... but if it were just us we'd have been in Aspen or Jackson Hole. And it's a chance for high altitude training!

  2. That will be cool! I have never been there but would love to go some time.

  3. Good selection! I was there as a 10 year old child and I have pictures of that place burned in my memory. We camped right on the lake and when my family would get up in the morning, I was already gone from our motorhome, fishing on the pebble beach of the lake, watching the mist lift off the lake as the sun rose about the mountain peaks, eventually burning off the mist to reveal the mirror-like placid waters of the lake reflecting the majesty of the mountains surrounding it. Amazing! The bonus was I caught trout every morning we were there as well. :)

  4. Holy smokes it looks beautiful there! If your wedding photographer has any talent at all he will totally capture some of the background in your's a natural backdrop and I bet it'd really make your pix unique. Hope your trip was fun!

    BTW, Runs With Perseverance is taking a break right now, but you can still catch me at jtj3...