Stunning Circus Inspired Winter Wedding in Steamboat Springs

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Picture this: A circus-inspired wedding, with a real camel, tons of handmade details, and a gorgeous outdoor mountains ceremony. Sounds amazing, right? It is. Now picture that wedding set in a snowy winter wonderland. Now it’s extraordinary! I know wedding bloggers tend to throw the words “stunning” around a bit too much, but this wedding, captured by Andy Barnhart,  is truly is stunning. The romantic circus colors pop against the snowy whites, offering a cheery reprieve from winter’s monochromatic palette. You’re going to love every lovely detail!

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Accessorizing Your Bridesmaids for an Outdoor Mountain Wedding

Are you planning an outdoor wedding? Get your bridal party ready for the big day with BHLDN’s guide to the best bridesmaid accessories for the great outdoors. 

Whether you’ll be saying your vows in a mountainside meadow, under the shade of giant oak trees, or down by the river, make sure that your best girls look effortlessly chic and mirror the natural elements of their surroundings. From the jewelry they wear, to the shoes they’ll walk down the aisle in, consider your surroundings when making their ensemble choices.

Bridesmaids Jewelry

The easiest way to incorporate natural elements into your bridal party style is through jewelry. Look for bridesmaids’ jewelry inspired by flowers and foliage to create a final look that is both elegant and ultra-feminine.

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Modern Travel-Inspired Wedding at the St. Regis in Deer Valley

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Katie and John met on a fundraising trek to Mt. Kilimanjaro and found that they shared a love for international travel and food. So when it came time to plan their wedding, they chose a modern, mountain-chic setting and details that expressed their love of food, wine and travel.

Katie and John named each table after a restaurant they had eaten at during one of their trips across the world.  They were able to represent all of the continents except Antarctica! They also brought in their own wine from Judd’s Hill Winery in Napa Valley. They had shared a bottle of Judd’s Hill on one of their first dates at a restaurant in Salt Lake City.
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5 Sane Ways to Deal with Wedding Drama and Get What You Want

Weddings are high-production events that are steeped in tradition and take months of planning. It can be a joyful time, but it can also be a stressful time. Weddings require a team of professionals to pull off, and, because weddings are so mired in both family and cultural traditions, planning one can become a minefield of family dynamics, individual expectations and emotional stressors.

It’s no wonder that conversations and brainstorming sessions can erupt into full-blown arguments during the planning process. All of the classic relationship stressors are at the forefront:

  • Money: Weddings are expensive for everyone involved, including the bridal party who is responsible for their attire, travel, and footing the bill for pre-wedding parties.
  • Free time: Planning a wedding can turn into the equivalent of a second, full-time job.
  • Family traditions: Your mother has been saving her 1980s Princess Di inspired wedding gown for you and she’d be devastated if you “modified it” beyond a simple fitting.
  • Division of work and tasks: You fiancee STILL hasn’t put together his guest list or booked the DJ!
  • And, sometimes, jealousy: Your maid-of-honor poo-poos and snipes at every idea you have and you suspect she’s a tiny bit jealous that you’re getting married first.

Even the coolest, most level-headed mountain bride can have an indignant moment or two during the planning process.

In fact, I’m chagrinned to admit that I once screamed into my future mother-in-law’s face “no more diaper changers!” when she suggested we invite great Uncle Kelly. It’s a regret I have–both for not inviting Great Uncle Kelly and for screaming at my mother-in-law, whom I love dearly. Read the story hear on How to Handle Plus-One requests.

Before a conversation with your mom, maid of honor, or bestie from college boils over into a full-blown argument, consider these 6 tips on deciding whether to let it go, or to speak up.Continue Reading