I first met Hannah and Adam en route to Sarah and Pete's wedding a few years back. We ended up sharing rides. sharing a campsite, and sharing some good times. I was impressed by them right from the get-go; by their connection to one another, and their charisma, their serious dance skills. Two incredible people, one exceptional couple.
So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to come down to Wyoming (my old stomping ground) to document their union. Maybe you can't imagine my excitement. I was really excited. Looked forward to the event as if it were my own, without all that pesky planning.
Part of my enthusiasm had to do with the group of guests that would be there. Like-minded mountain folks, only a degree of separation from my own little posse during my days in Jackson. Part of the enthusiasm came in knowing that Sarah Lott would be coordinating the event. Part came from having seen the incredible location, the home of Hannah's parents Mark and Jeanie, shaped and turned into living art by the hands of landscaper extraordinaire, Taiga Marthens.
But the truth is, even knowing that the key elements would all be there for a wonderful wedding, I couldn't have known it would be this good. It was the kind of party where everyone, from the bartenders and cooks to the neighbors and [ahem] the photographer, was on the dance floor at the end of the night. I think that's a testament to the connections that existed or were formed in the making of this wedding, and a testament to the couple at the heart of it.
Hannah and Adam, it was a complete joy to spend your wedding day with you. Thank you.
Both Hannah and Adam were lucky enough to have a grandmother in attendance. Both lovely and inspiring young ladies.
Taiga had not only landscaped the site, she also crafted the bouquets, corsages, and boutineers. Unique and colorful and wonderful.
Jasper the dog wasn't really invited to the ceremony, but he got to come along for some of the photos.
Friends set up Hannah and Adam's dome for their first night as a married couple. The dome will also be making an appearance at Burning Man in a short while, where those two are likely to dance up a dust storm.
I'm a fan of the Teton views Wilson has to offer. A bit more subtle, and every bit as lovely.
The event was catered by the capable Martha Stewart. Not the one you might first think of, this one in the above photo. A close family friend, a resident of Alaska, a talented tamale maker. She was also responible for the cake, the stunning cake.
Wade Pruett, a good friend of the couple from Portland, had set up a pretty wicked little photo booth station. The tickle trunk to accompany the booth was top notch. Hilarity.
There was an altar set out for people to offer blessings for the couple. Later in the evening the altar was burned, sending those well-wishes out into the ether.
A good deal of the dance floor enthusiasm must be credited to the Miller sisters and the foot-stomping band: Bootleg Flyer.
There was a dance-off partway through the evening. Apparently I'm not the only one impressed with the dance stylings of Hannah and Adam. The question was posed, who really is the better dancer? It was a draw.
When the band had wrapped up, the extremely talented Liz Fullerton took the stage for a few. It was a beautiful contrast to the floor-shaking that preceded.