Sarah & JK brought their closest friends and family together for an intimate wedding weekend at the Sixty Chapel Idaho in the mountains. Just an hour outside Boise, the Sixty Chapel is easily one of my favorite venues in the entire state of Idaho. It's the perfect non-traditional venue with everything you need to host your guests for an entire weekend. The venue sleeps 35-50 guests comfortably on the property so you can party all weekend. I love wedding venues that offer a full experience for couples and their guests. As opposed to a venue that only allows you to be there for a limited timeframe, Sixty Chapel is one of my favorite venues because it allows you to slow down and savor so much quality time with one another!
Sarah & JK's Love Story
Right away, I loved Sarah and JK's love story. This amazing couple met in Boise, Idaho and bonded over their shared favorite smoothie at Tree City. Sarah and JK were both regulars at the same smoothie spot. Casual run-ins turned into a friendship which blossomed into dating. When they met, they were each pursuing their individual career goals so a relationship wasn't their top priority. However, with a shared passion for going to concerts at the Neurolux, playing board games, and attending comedy shows, their relationship grew more serious. After eight years together, Sarah & JK got engaged. Choosing to get married in Idaho where they fell in love was an easy choice right away.
If you've lurked on my website for long enough, you know Emily Aitken Events is my favorite wedding planner in Idaho. Although they loved the mountains, Sarah and JK did not want a rustic wedding. Emily designed and planned their wedding to feel modern, timeless, and earthy. She pulled together a dream team of wedding vendors from Boise.
Their Wedding Day at Sixty Chapel in Idaho
I arrived at the Sixty Chapel to a rainy fall morning. You never know what you're going to get in Idaho. Unfortunately, a storm was forecasted and we tried not to look outside while getting ready. Sarah was calm as could be while she was pampered by her amazing makeup team. I created backup plans after backup plans for first look and portrait locations on the property in case we got rained out.
Moments before the first look, a sudden gust of wind blew nearly every table setting off the table. All we could do was laugh! I love when couple's are able to let go of all the elements they can't control on their wedding day. Sarah relaxed and told me she trusted all of us. No matter what, they were getting married and that's all that mattered.
I can't forget Sarah and JK's first look. The moment we stepped outside, the stormy rain clouds cleared. Seeing a momentary break in the rain, we rushed to do the first look. I trusted my gut which told me to take all their portraits then and there in case we didn't get any sun the rest of the day. After a torrential downpour, Sarah walked up to JK and the look on their faces when they saw one another was pure elation and joy. They both looked up at the sky in awe of the momentary perfect weather. Then, we drove down the road to a meadow I'd scouted to take a few portraits While guests were taking their seats, Sarah and JK had 15 minutes all to themselves. It was so sweet and perfect!
The best thing about a Sixty Chapel Idaho wedding is how gorgeous the property is from any angle. Sarah and JK's ceremony location couldn't have been more dreamy. Foggy clouds over the mountains set the scene. They promised a life together full of equal partnership and adventure. Everyone shed tears! The weather held up for the entire ceremony which was a miracle.
As soon as the ceremony was over, everyone retreated to the reception tent. The rain began as soon as dinner was served. Nestled under the tent, we all bundled together. It felt so romantic and cozy. Sarah and JK priortized a low-key dinner and casual toasts. Many guests stood to share toasts and tell stories about their connection to the couple from all seasons of their life. It felt so casual yet perfect for who they are as a couple. Guests took turns with the mic and toasts lasted nearly an hour.
After cutting the cake, Sarah and JK shared their first dance. Then, the dance party began. I was so glad we took their portraits earlier in the day because it never stopped raining. Instead, Sarah and JK got to spend their night with one another focused on being present. I felt like a fly on the wall documenting all the sweet moments they shared with their guests for the rest of the night.
Questions for the Couple
Do you have a vision for your wedding day?
I'm the farthest thing from an event planner, which is one of the many reasons I am so thankful I found Emily Aitken Events. The most I've ever planned is a game night. All I can really hope for is that EVERYONE feels safe, included, and supported. I'm hoping we can provide one happy care-free day for everybody. I'm excited to celebrate the most healthy and positive relationship that I have ever known and has exceeded what I even knew existed.
How is your relationship unique and special?
JK and I both love funk and unite in our mutual adoration for Prince (RIP). We have a Prince patron saint candle that we light when we feel like we need extra good vibes. JK and I love hiking, exercise, attend comedy shows, play sports, learn together (we take cooking, baking & curling lessons), play board games, have puzzle nights, and of course, Netflix and chill. Our relationship feels like a sleep over with your best friend in HS, but like, every night. It's pretty cool.
What is your priority for your wedding photos?
We love your artistry and ability to capture people's enthusiasm and emotion. It's pretty compelling. I admire that you're willing to take the risk, as a small business owner, to share your support for causes that impact under-served & marginalized people, despite these topics being very controversial in Idaho. Using your platform in the way that you do is a powerful act of compassion, and we respect it so much.
Tips For Planning a Garden Valley Idaho Wedding at Sixty Chapel:
- Sixty Chapel includes 2 nights of lodging for 35-50 people, bar service, table and chair rentals, and set up in their packages. You can also hire their in-house wedding planner for coordination!
- June and October are the best months to get married in Garden Valley, Idaho. July and August are extremely hot.
- Book lodging for your guests 9-12 months before your wedding. There are limited Airbnb's and vacation rentals in the area so booking lodging early is key!
- Garden Valley Idaho is a one hour drive from Boise.
- For guests who want to head back to Boise after the wedding, I recommend renting a shuttle or party bus to take your guests home so everyone can celebrate safely!
Venue: Sixty Chapel in Garden Valley, Idaho
Planner & Designer: Emily Aitken Events in Boise, Idaho
Catering: Horsewood Catering
Hair and Makeup: BA Makeup Company
Florals: Petal Works Studio
Wedding Cake: Dulcerella Wedding Cake
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