Niki and Sky's wedding day was the quintessential backyard wedding- simple and sweet, set against the country backdrop of small town Teton, Idaho, and filled with an overflowing love of friends and family members as they vowed their lives to one another. I hope you can feel the emotion in these images that I do- I look back with so much fondness on this wedding, and anyone who is blessed to know Niki and Sky is well aware of the lasting impression they can leave on you, just by being the amazing and giving people that they are. Their foundation of love, friendship, and respect is so strong, that I have no doubt these two will find so much happiness and joy throughout their lives, no matter what life throws their way. Thank you Niki and Sky for your trust, your friendship, and for sharing your sweet love story!
My heart was pounding with joy as Niki and Sky shared personalized wedding vows, exchanged rings, as well as their first kiss after they were pronounced husband and wife. As Niki was first telling me a little bit about her and Sky, she told me about how they met at a BBQ, how they went 4 wheeling and fishing, and fell in love along the way. I felt so connected to their love story, partially because parts of it mirrored my own. Dating in small Idaho towns brings carefree floats down the river and raw country entertainment of demolition derbies and figure 8 races- as couples, we shared these common experiences, and I loved being able to reminisce with Niki leading up to their wedding day!
We snuck away after the ceremony for bridal party photos, as well as photos of the bride and groom. Niki and Sky chose to take these photos where it all began, just minutes down the road at one of their favorite fishing spots.
Niki shared her proposal story with me as we chatted about the meaning behind this little tucked-away path.
"We had fished there all day just enjoying the warm weather and our dog playing in the water just relaxing. We had gone to friends BBQ later that evening, and then he told me he had left his wallet down where we had been fishing. He said he needed me to come help him find his wallet, so we went back to that spot. When we walked down, I saw that there was a picnic blanket laying right by the river which had a bunch of candles with my favorite wine and two wine glasses and chocolate covered strawberries. My fishing pole was there too, with the engagement ring on the hook! He then knelt down, proposed, and I said YES!!! I bawled of course, then my sisters and brother-in-law came popping out of the bushes and had it all on video!"
Niki looked nothing short of stunning in her lace wedding dress. Those buttons all the way up the back, and the lace appliques over the sheer tulle back... Swoon-worthy!
Let's talk about all these handmade and DIY details! Their color palette of corals and creams tied together just lovely with the burlap and lace accents. And come on, those little fish on the "Mr" and "Mrs" signs? They thought of everything! With the help of friends and family, the rustic decor for this summer outdoor reception was executed beautifully, and brought an even deeper meaning to the day.
This naked cake and tiered cupcake creation by Cakes O' licious in Idaho Falls was the perfect fit for this wedding! I love that the fishing theme was subtly tied into the cake with this cute cake topper!
Confession. Father daughter dances ALWAYS get me teary-eyed. The bond between a father and his (now grown up) little girl is one of the sweetest things to witness on a wedding day. Niki not only got to dance with her dad, but her grandfather as well. Of course there wasn't a dry eye around- it truly doesn't get much sweeter than that.