Jackson Lake Lodge Wedding | Lindsey and Luke
Lindsey and Luke had an intimate mountain wedding at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. It was such a true pleasure to be their wedding photographer. Their spring wedding was a day filled with love and laughter, and I’m so happy my husband Drew and I were there to provide the wedding photography for their special day. Lindsey and Luke, thank you for inviting us into your lives. It was such a pleasure to photograph your intimate Jackson Lake Lodge Wedding.
The Story of Lindsey and Luke: Romance Across the Nation
Luke and Lindsey met in May 2016 at Finnegan’s Wake, an Irish pub in Tallahassee, Florida. At the time, Luke was a professor at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Lindsey was home from law school for the summer and was working at the Office of the Attorney General of Florida. The timing of their meeting was quite serendipitous, as only a few months after the met, Luke moved all the way to Boise! The stars aligned for these two to be in the same place at the same time.
Just over a year later, in November of 2017, Lindsey had headed back to Tallahassee for Thanksgiving break. At that point, Luke was living in Boise, and flying to Florida for both Thanksgiving and Christmas was becoming too much. While Lindsey was sad Luke could not join her for Thanksgiving, she was excited to see her family and friends.
Taylor, one of Lindsey’s best friends, had invited her to an event at South Eden Plantation. Lindsey was particularly looking forward to attending since she’d visited South Eden a few months before and had been enchanted by the pink plantation house, the copious crystal chandeliers, and the peacocks. Taylor was heading down from Atlanta, Georgia and Lindsey was driving from Gainesville, Florida, so they decided to meet at the venue.
On the drive up, there was a terrible storm. Lindsey called her friend Taylor to see if she was also having weather problems. They chatted for the rest of her drive, all the while Taylor assuring Lindsey. When Lindsey drove up to the plantation house, she was apprehensive. There were no other cars! It looked like no one was there at all! The rain was still pouring down so, Lindsey decided she’d wait in the car. Taylor basically yelled at her to go inside alone.
When Lindsey exited her car and started walking up to the porte-cochere, Luke walked out from the main house, wearing a suit. Lindsey was shocked, especially since he was supposed to be in Idaho! Before she knew it, he was down on one knee! Luke proposed with a family ring that belonged to both his mother and his grandmother. After she said “yes,” they walked over to the cafe near the stables and had a drink before calling their loved ones to share the news!
A Wedding Out West
Now that Luke and Lindsey live in Boise, Jackson Hole is only a drive away. They make frequent trips, but Lindsey’s love of the West goes back for years. She grew up going to Montana and Wyoming in the summers with her parents. They would always visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The area has seemed magical to her for as long as she can remember. Lindsey told me that it has been special to share her love for the area with Luke.
During a May 2017 trip to Jackson, Luke suggested Jackson Hole as a location for a future wedding. It may have been the saddle bar stools at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar that persuaded him, but Lindsey wasn’t complaining! They thought it would be magical to have all their loved ones exploring the town and national parks. When they got engaged the following fall, there was no question where they would be getting married.
An Intimate Jackson Lake Lodge Wedding
Lindsey and Luke went with a dusty blue, blush, silver and white color scheme to complement the beauty of the natural surroundings. They had so many unique and special moments that truly made the wedding day a reflection of them and their love. One of the most special aspects of their ceremony was that Luke’s grandfather officiated. He is a former pastor who married Luke’s parents and his aunt and uncle.
The ceremony decorations were kept to a minimum to keep the focus on Lindsey, Luke and their love. The skies were grey and overcast, the clouds hanging low across the Tetons, but the bride and groom were fortunate that the rain held off. The outdoor ceremony was lovely and intimate. Lindsey and Luke thoughtfully provided dusty blue Mexican blankets in case the guests were chilly.
When guests headed inside the Jackson Lake Lodge for the reception, they were greeted with beautiful floral arrangements. Lindsey loves flowers. Each centerpiece was lovingly and thoughtfully arranged by the bride’s aunts and godmother. Lindsey and Luke wanted their cake to fit in with the natural beauty of the venue, so they selected the Aspen Design from Jackson Cake Company. Instead of a traditional bride and groom cake topper, they topped the wedding cake with Herend Lovebirds. The bride and groom thought the lovebirds a more cohesive choice, as Aspen trees inspired the cake design. Plus, Lindsey has been a collector of Herend since her grandmother gifted her very first piece as a little girl. Now, the lovebirds are on display in their home and are a sweet reminder of their wedding day.
Wedding receptions at Jackson Lake Lodge are especially beautiful because of the grand windows overlooking the mountains. When the clouds lifted the light quickly changed. We took the opportunity for sunset photos with the majestic Tetons in the background. The beautiful golden light against the mountains made for a stunning backdrop for some wedding portraits of the new husband and wife.
Shoes: Loeffler Randall Nicky fur pom-pom & metallic leather sandals
Veils: David’s Bridal altered at Elegance Alterations
Groom’s Tux: Michael Kors Berkeley
Bridesmaids’ gowns: Azazie Aaliyah dress in “dusty blue”
Photography: Heather Erson McElwee and Drew McElwee of Heather Erson Photography
DJ: Rosie Read, Rsquared Sound
Reception Flowers: Albertson’s
Bridesmaid Bouquets: Albertson’s (with additions from Briar Rose Florals)
Bride’s Bouquet and Boutonnières: Briar Rose
Tuxedos: Briar Rose/Jim’s Formalwear
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