Mountain Elopement Styled Shoot with Rocky Mountain Bride

Last March I loaded up my car with boxes of greens, buckets of flowers, so many snacks and a tiny baby for a day playing with some friends and making something special for the 2019 Wyoming edition of Rocky Mountain Bride. The drive was foggy and a little scary but when I made it over the mountain - sunshine was waiting for me at Meadowlark Ski Lodge.

With a roaring fire keeping us warm inside the lodge we all got to work. Hair and makeup on our models by Bonita Beauty Studio and Gypsy Soul Salon, our editor Chelsea moving furniture and setting a magnificent table while Kayla from Foxtails Photography captured all the magic. I started off working on the fireplace to create a sweeping green piece made with huck, soft ferns and golden leucodendron.


This amazing shoot was carried off by the following vendor team.

Bridal Boutique - BHLDN | Floral - Whirly Girl Flowers | Hair - Gypsy Soul Salon - Brittini | Hats - Stetson | Jewelry - Archetype Collective | Linens - La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Makeup - Bonita Beauty Makeup | Menswear - Banana Republic | Models - Bret & Haley Paper - Before Noon Paperie | Photography Foxtails Photography | RentalsYonder Floral + Decor House | Sweets - Red Velvet Bakery Venue Meadowlark Ski Lodge |

You can see the full feature in the 2019 Wyoming edition of Rocky Mountain Bride available now. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day!


Red & Black - breaking the mold

Styled shoots are a chance to play with creative friends and work outside the typical wedding box. Each year I choose a few select opportunities to to add flower magic to and stretch some creative muscle. When Braidyn Looper approached me about joining a creative team to provide a bouquet and boutonniere pair for this shoot featuring a black wedding ensemble I jumped at the chance.

Photography by: Braidyn Looper Photography

Makeup: Bonita Beauty Make-Up

Styling/Table scape and Archway: Curate Events + Wedding Design

Cake: Samantha Beckley, SB Sweet Cakes

Hair: Kaylie Stidham/Cosmo Kay


Models: Afton Sami & Isaiah Rice

Location: HF Bar Ranch

Using my favorite greenery textures of eucalyptus and leucothoe as a base filled out with sumac, poppies that pop, the perfect neutral carnations and killer red ranunculus. Tell me - who wants to rock a dress that isn’t white for their wedding?

PS - this was shot in late March before everything was green here in Wyoming. However - flower favorites are off the hook this time of year and the colors make a striking contrast to the still brown countryside. Things like ranunculus, anemones and poppies are so incredible. More March weddings please!


Creating with Friends

From my first email conversation with Molly from For the West and Wild I knew she was something special. Together we planned a simple styled shoot to showcase what we both love about Wyoming and the soft light of winter. Inspired by her turquoise collection and a vintage Pendleton jacket that belong to my grandmother we pulled together two looks for the ladies from CM Modeling to wear.

I choose two coordinating color palettes - the first full of soft, buttery yellows and lots of textural elements like artichokes, ferns, the softest ranunculus and James Storie Orchids.


The second was loaded with rich tones in red and burgundy with blackberries, chrysanthemums and spray roses.


You can read more and see additional images over on Rocky Mountain Bride!