You might recognize Scott and Jessica from one of my favorite engagement sessions EVER, and I could not wait to blog their even dreamier intimate Sawtooth wedding one year later. You can read more about their story in the engagement session post, but what I loved so much about their wedding was how it felt like a true reflection of their love for Idaho. They invited their family and closest friends from different parts of the country to unite in Idaho. Scott grew up in North Idaho and Jess is a born and raised Southern Californian, and throughout their relationship, Scott brought Jess to Stanley for his family’s annual vacations. It was a special place for their family and brought them closer together. There is truly no magic like the Sawtooths in the summer and I can absolutely see why falling in love in this perfect mountain town would bring you even closer. When they got engaged, they knew they wanted to bring their friends and family from California to share Idaho’s magic together.
Finding a venue in Stanley, Idaho is no easy task, but luckily Scott and Jess found a private ranch that hosts weddings outside of Stanley. With views of the Sawtooths everywhere you look, it’s the perfect cozy spot to have an intimate wedding. Having a wedding in June in the mountains can be somewhat unpredictable, so they rented a clear tent in case rain or wind or even snow changed their plan and created an elegant boho vibe inside the tent using rustic wooden tables and dusty pink accents. Historia Flowers knocked it out of the park creating their florals and it was so, so beautiful to see everything come together!
I have so many favorite memories from this day. Despite having such a beautifully planned and decorated wedding, the atmosphere of this day felt so centered around spending quality time with close loved ones. Most of their guests arrived days before the wedding to go on hikes, go white-water rafting, swim at Redfish Lake, and drink at the saloon. I love walking into a wedding that feels like walking into someone’s home – it truly felt like everyone already adored one another and nothing about it felt forced. It was just love, family, and the perfect snow-capped mountains. Jessica and Scott even encouraged me to bring my pup Carol to the venue and let her hang out during the reception. She made several people very happy by making short appearances during down-time, ha!
I will never forget the most beautiful sunset we were lucky enough to catch just as the party was about to start. We snuck off for a quick 20 minutes and drove to the same location where they had their engagement photos. We took photos for maybe 5 minutes tops and in that time, Scott and Jess got to soak up the day and the moment and enjoy a few minutes of quiet completely alone. That was all we needed and we were right back at the party as the last bit of sunlight dipped below the mountains for good. A lot of people assume to get awesome portraits on your wedding day that you might need an hour or more to escape for golden hour portraits- but I never want to steal couples for too long from the party. I always reiterate that all we need is a few minutes or 3 great bomb photos and it’s right back to dancing your heart out.
Thank you so much to Jess & Scott for inviting me along for their love story for the past two years. It’s been so wonderful meeting you and calling you friends! What an honor to photograph your intimate Sawtooth wedding! xoxo
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