When Johnny Cash and June Carter recorded their song, they had no idea that it would become a theme for Amber and Michael.
“We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout,
We’ve been talkin’ ’bout Jackson, ever since the fire went out.
I’m goin’ to Jackson, I’m gonna mess around,
Yeah, I’m goin’ to Jackson,
Look out Jackson town.”
Somehow, it just fits and all summer it’s been their song as they made plans for a wedding at Crescent H Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Destination weddings are special events. Unlike weddings at a church or hotel, there is no sense of urgency. Guests have come from far and wide to share the day and party into the night. There is a relaxed sense of intimacy that lends a special feel to the wedding.
For me, this was a rekindling of friendships. Amber’s brother is Dan, who’s wedding I photographed a few years ago. Dan and Elizabeth are one of my favorite couples and we’ve stayed in touch since their wedding. It was very easy and natural to step back into their lives and become a part of the day. They welcomed me with open arms and treated me like family.
From the rehearsal dinner to the wedding celebration, the spirit of Jackson Hole permeated the day’s events. The Tetons were obscured by a forest fire burning nearby, but it gave the light a unique quality as the day settled into night. There are a lot of great memories from that day, but for me one of the best was the live music of Judd Grossman. A very talented local musician who played all day with his band. The afternoon became very warm and after dinner was served and the dishes cleared away, most of the guest wandered into the cool air outside the lodge. Not to be deterred, Judd and his band took their instruments outside and performed an uplugged version of their set. This is the magic of a destination wedding.
There are a lot of great images from their wedding and I’ve shared just a small handful of my favorites. Amber’s grandfather is one of the last authentic Western cowboys. There are stories written in his face and his smile is warm and inviting. A true grit kind of guy, I could have photographed him all day long. The mischievous twins, Amber and her horse, Michael and his cowboy hat and all the other great moments from their day.
Congratulations Amber and Michael! It was truly an honor to be a part of your day and share in the joy of your friends and family. Jackson Hole is a special place and the perfect location for a wedding. It was great meeting your friends from all over the country. Everyone was so warm and friendly. You both are truly blessed. Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness.