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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 […]

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Enchanting Rainy Day Mountain Wedding at Snowbird Ski Resort

Lyric and Lincoln are the consummate mountain couple. They met and had their first date at Snowbird ski resort (one of my personal favorite places to ski, that and Alta, right next door!) And when Lincoln proposed, he did so in a hot air balloon high over Aspen Colorado. Their wedding was a heartfelt rustic […]

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Park City: Gorgeous Luxury Homes for your Mountain Wedding

Are you looking for the ultimate location for your nuptials? Do you want a special location with stunning mountain views that won’t totally blow your budget? Are you dreaming of a picture-perfect venue high atop a mountain range? Have you thought about a beautiful private home?


The Mountainside Guide is HERE!

I’m thrilled to announce the official launch of the Mountainside Guide! I’ve been asked by brides and vendors alike to create a vendor directory that would connect top-quality mountain wedding vendors to mountain brides. Mountains are tough places for weddings. It’s not just the rugged landscape or the variable weather that makes it tough. Two years of […]

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Handmade National Park Mountain Wedding in New Zealand

There are a few things that make a wedding of any budget exceptional. Location: Emma and Steve chose the magnificent area near Mount Apriring National Park for their wedding. Fun: Bocci ball, croquet and roaring laughter punctuated the day. Personal, handmade touches: Emma, who is a graphic designer by trade, styled and designed all of […]


How to Handle Plus One Requests

I remember the day when, in response to my future mother-in-law’s (FMIL) request to invite Great Uncle Kelly to the wedding, I wheeled around crazy-eyed, and screamed, “No More Diaper Changers!” It wasn’t my best moment. She was suggesting yet another wedding guest and I was coming off the rails emotionally. I was footing the entire […]

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Handmade Christmas Tree Farm Wedding with Wood and Chalkboard Details

This charming handmade mountain wedding in North Carolina is full of charming details, expertly captured by Love Shutter Photography. Stephanie chose a unique  emerald green, crimson and rich pink color palette that’s perfect for a winter-to-spring transition in the Smoky Mountains. Her palette is also perfect for the Christmas tree farm she choses as a […]

Destination Mountain Wedding in Oregon

Destination Mountain Wedding in Oregon

Sarah and Dan’s destination mountain wedding in Oregon was a lovely weekend fete. Their 50 wedding guests enjoyed a relaxing three days at Dan’s parent’s resort and Sarah was perfectly calm throughout the entire planning process. That’s no small feat when you’re juggling a one-year old and grad school! You’ll love this sweet and laid back wedding. Enjoy!


10 Crucial Tips for Planning a Destination Mountain Wedding

A destination mountain wedding is a different kind of banana. The land is rugged and often difficult to access. The weather can be variable at best. It can be difficult to find the best local vendors. I know; I live in the mountains! So I’ve compiles a 10-part checklist to help you have a gorgeous, […]

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3 Wedding Budget Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

I don’t need to tell you weddings are expensive. You’re regularly exposed to studies, pins and infographics telling you that the average price of weddings is hovering around 30K. And even if you have a little more to spend on your destination mountain wedding, money isn’t infinite. You’d prefer not to blow your budget, even […]


Reality Check | Is a Mountain Wedding Right For You?

Colorado Springs Wedding | Image by Studio Jk Photography There are so many reasons for getting married in the mountains. Good reasons, too. A few of the most popular reasons for getting married in the mountains are: You actually live in the mountains there and want home town wedding. Your family has a cabin or […]


Top 3 Mountain Weather Issues and How to Deal with Them

Right now (May 20, 2014) it’s snowing in Mammoth Lakes. Last week it dumped  in Colorado. I’m not talking a couple of inches in a fluke spring storm, I’m talking a foot and a half of snow in the middle of May. In fact, big mountain snow storms in May are not uncommon. We mountain […]

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Elegant Old Edwards Inn Wedding in the Smoky Mountains

Jenny and Sean’s wedding at the Old Edwards Inn is a study in gorgeous mountain elegance. The venue offers a perfect blend of rustic and elegance, with a spa on location for primping and relaxing. Jenny’s choice of classic romantic details with a touch of bling had me swooning. And Crystal Stokes captured the entire […]

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Heartfelt Whistler Wedding with stunning mountain views

From Tomasz:  Sarah and Hagen’s is an East-meets-West story. Sarah was raised in the small maritime province of PEI (Prince Edward Island) and Hagen on the opposite corner of Canada in the small town of East Sooke. They met on Vancouver Island where their roots and hearts stretched deep into the wilds of the Pacific […]

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Plan A Mountain Wedding Your Guests Will Love! 5 Ideas that Really Work

The key to an amazing wedding that your guests will love and talk about all season isn’t the perfect favor. It’s not the clever decor. It’s not even the right signature drink (although making sure you have enough booze is definitely important.) The key to a great guest experience is, well, thinking about the guest […]

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Picturesque Colorado Ranch Wedding with Charming Rustic Details

One of my best pieces of advice for choosing a wedding venue is to let it tell your love story. Erin and Billy were both raised in Colorado, so a Colorado mountain wedding was an obvious choice. Because Billy was raised on a ranch, the obvious choice for a venue was Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash […]

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Lake Louise Ski Resort Wedding with Woodland Details

Winters are long in western mountains. Snow can start to fall as early as October and ski resorts stay open as late as May. If you’re planning a late fall or early spring wedding in the western mountains, including the Rockies and the Sierra, keep in mind that it could look like a winter wedding. […]

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Charming Tennessee Mountain Wedding with Rustic Details

This destination mountain wedding is full of classic rustic details, and lovely country charm. Nicki and Jason kept it intimate with family and a few close friends. Nicki also honored and remembered loved ones who had passed on by putting photos of them on stumps lining the aisle. What a lovely, lovely way to honor […]

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Intimate Vacation Home Wedding at June Lake

Emily and Jon’s intimate wedding took place in June Lake, 30 miles from the official Mountainside Bride HQ. They chose a gorgeous vacation home and kept the guest list small and intimate. Husband and wife team and adventure wedding photographers Brenda and Marc from Bergreen Photography were on hand throughout the day to capture each […]

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Charming Banff Mountain Wedding with Stunning Views

I am fond of sayng, “The mountains are the details.” While I love pretty reception details and encourage couples to think of those details in terms of guest comfort and joy, one of the perks of having a mountain wedding is that you are surrounded by beauty at every turn. So it’s with joy that […]

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Western North Carolina Mountain Wedding Video that Will Give you Goosebumps

Every now and again a gem lands in my inbox and I cannot help but share it. Kristine from White in Revery did a superb job of capturing the essence of western North Carolina and the spirit of Brett and Rachel’s destination mountain wedding! This video reminds me of how romantic rainy day weddings are! Here […]

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Vintage Handmade Winter Wedding in the Smoky Mountains

Do you remember Evelyn and Paul’s gorgeous vintage camp engagement session captured by JoPhoto? Well I have a their gorgeous vintage handmade wedding for you today. Just like their engagement session Evelyn and Paul’s wedding is lovely and stays true to their personalities. Check out Evelyn’s Hindsight Wedding Advice below. Enjoy!  

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Heartfelt Backyard Wedding in South Lake Tahoe

Every now and again, a truly extraordinary wedding with few reception details, but with many heartfelt emotional details, comes across my desk.  Sarah and Matt’s gorgeous South Lake Tahoe wedding, artfully captured by Madeline Druce, is about family, friends and love. Sarah shows that you don’t need a bunch of reception details to have an […]