Jessica reached out to me within a matter of months of moving to Boise from Taiwan. She was new in town and told me that although she had already eloped in private with her husband, Chris, they were planning a wedding for 100 people in less than six months. She asked me if it was possible and I said, heck yes. I gave her my list of vendor recommendations and sure enough, Jessica was a dream bride and hired every single person I recommended!
Jessica and Chris have one of the best love stories I’ve ever heard. Chris is an engineer and was in Taiwan for work when he decided to hop on Tinder. Chris and Jessica randomly matched and began sending hilarious flirty texts back and forth. Chris left before they had a chance to meet, but they stayed in communication for six months until they decided to meet. They met in Los Angeles and clicked immediately. It only took a matter of months before Jessica left Taiwan and moved to Virginia. Their relationship was met with hard times right away. Chris’ mom got sick and passed away. When they decided to elope, they honored her by choosing her birthday to get married. Shortly after eloping, Chris moved jobs to Boise, Idaho and they bought a house together to start their new life in Idaho!
Wanting to celebrate properly with all their family and friends, nearly 100 people traveled from all parts of the world to be with them on their fall September day in McCall, Idaho. Jessica wanted a boho earthy vibe and picked out some of my favorite vendors to pull her dream together. It was also a priority early on that they have AMAZING food and party all night. They chose the No Business Lodge in McCall, Idaho to party all night and hired Horsewood Catering. One of my favorite things about Horsewood Catering is that they can customize any menu to your liking. Jessica and Chris chose to reflect significant moments in their love story to be reflected in their menu. They had a taco bar because their first date in real life was over tacos, they had a pizza bar because they had pizza on their official elopement night, and some Asian cuisine to honor Jessica’s Taiwanese background. Completing the dream team, Jessica hired Emily Aitken Events, my BFF and favorite wedding planner, to boho the shit out of their venue. Between a macrame hanging seating chart, giant peacock chairs for their sweetheart table, and natural wood seating, Emily went all out creating the perfect atmosphere at No Business Lodge!
I loved celebrating this sweet couple. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Jessica changed into her traditional red Taiwanese gown that her mom made her in Taiwan. She also made an additional one for Chris to wear as well. Seeing two cultures come together and complement one another was so touching and beautiful. These two brought down the house with their dance moves AND moving vows that had everyone in tears.
Thank you for choosing us, Jessica and Chris!
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Congrats again to Jessica and Chris! For more McCall wedding magic, check out this Blackhawk on the River wedding!