Hayley Mortimer & Greg
An Idaho "I do"
Sun Valley and its surrounds
offer a myriad of breathtaking locations in which to tie the knot.
Megan Thomas reveals some of the best.
setting of Sun Valley in Idaho’s rugged south-central mountains is fast
becoming the hottest destination wedding spot in the West. Couples from
across the country, as well as homegrown duos, embrace its unique
combination of awe-inspiring scenery and first-class accommodations and
services. From Sun Valley Resort’s historic Trail Creek Cabin to
breathtaking mountain ranges, rugged cabins to luxurious ski lodges,
wild fields to traditional churches, this valley and its surroundings
offer a wagon full of rustic elegance to enhance the splendor of any
childhood memories, family connections or shared experiences attract couples
to tie the knot here, Sun Valley is sure to offer an exceptional experience.
The area’s abundant recreational opportunities complete the adventure for
guests. From skiing, rafting, hiking and golf to spectacular scenery and
shopping, the valley’s diversity produces an unforgettable wedding
celebration for all. The following are just a few of the unique wedding
sites this area has to offer.
Hayley Mortimer &
Married: October 1, 2005
Location: Redfish Lake, near Stanley
Photographer: Craig Wolfrom
Mortimer and Greg Findley met through the
National Park Service and share a love of the outdoors. “I knew I wanted to
get married in a place that was special to me, but I also knew I wanted to
get married outside, in our great public lands,” said Hayley, a Ketchum
native who now lives in Denver. Uniting their love of the outdoors, the
couple wed at the North Shore Campground on the shores of spectacular
Redfish Lake in the Stanley Basin north of Sun Valley. The setting merges
the majestic Sawtooth Mountains with the lake’s serenity. “We are both
outdoorsy people; we really wanted to be out celebrating the beauty of the
place,” said Greg.
Sally & David
Married: February 11, 2006
Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church & Trail Creek Cabin
Photographer: Hillary Maybery
and David Novitsky invited guests to a quintessential Sun Valley affair.
“Because we had a lot of family and friends who were coming to Sun Valley
for the first time, we thought (Trail Creek) would be a great way to
introduce them to Sun Valley and still be unique,” said Sally, who lives in
Oregon. Following a ceremony at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, guests
converged at the Sun Valley Inn for cocktails before climbing into
horse-drawn sleighs for a reception at the resort’s unique dining setting at
Trail Creek Cabin.
Megan & Christopher
Married: June 25, 2005
Location: Fields near Hailey
Photographer: Thia Konig
by farmland and framed by the mountains surrounding Hailey, Megan and
Christopher Heiser wed on family land. “We went around and checked out the
usual spots, but that property has a
really wonderful energy to it,” Megan said. The couple was attracted to the
wild, romantic feel of the land, and the location allowed for personalized
touches. The bride’s mother landscaped, planting a flower aisle, adding a
branch altar and, at Christopher’s request, she installed a fountain. “We
both come from farming families. I think the outdoors and the simplicity
really spoke to us.”
Calista & Tim
Married: June 21, 2003
Location: Meadow near Galena Lodge
Photographer: Kirsten Shultz
expansive Senate Meadows provided a stunning
background for the Carters’ outdoor wedding. Within walking distance of
historic Galena Lodge, the meadows are surrounded by a spectacular backdrop
of Galena Peak and the Boulder Mountains. “It was a place where we could
have guests experience what we love about Idaho,” said Calista. The location
sparked memories of the Ketchum couple’s backcountry ski treks while the
Galena setting welcomed guests to the couple’s special place. “The lodge
really gave them a sense of Idaho and a flavor of the Old West.”
Trina & Steve
Married: March 4, 2006
Location: Roundhouse on Bald Mountain
Photographer: Elizabeth Belts Kauffman
Bensons, who moved to Hailey from Aspen last year, chose the deck of
Roundhouse, a day lodge midway up Sun Valley Resort’s Bald Mountain, as the
site for their union. “We really chose the location because we both love
skiing—it’s a huge part of our life,” said Steve. Fitting for the couple who
loves the snow, a spring snowstorm offered a romantically private backdrop.
The wedding party arrived at the historic ski lodge via chairlift. Guests
were attired in ski clothes. In place of a veil the bride wore a fur hood.
Following the festivities the guests skied tipsily to the bottom.