For months we planned for a snowy, winter wedding on Priest Lake. After all, why would a couple pick Elkins Resort in December if they didn’t want snow. There was one hiccup though, Mother Nature.
With no snow in the forecast for the wedding day, and rain before and after, there was a little bit of worry that things wouldn’t work out as planned. But wouldn’t you know, things worked out. Despite the lack of snow, Mother Nature gave us an amazing day with sunshine periodically breaking through the clouds to highlight the amazing backdrop Samantha and Corey picked for their wedding.
“We picked Elkins Resort because it really was a great combination of rustic, outdoors, but with comfort,” the newlywed explained about her choice in venue. “We didn’t want anything too fancy, but also didn’t want it too informal. When we first walked in the door at Elkins and smelt the fire burning and the log cabin feel, we knew instantly it was the place for us. We also wanted to make this a family getaway weekend. So Elkins being about a two hour drive from all our families, provided just that. Everyone that attended the wedding stayed in cabins for the weekend and spent time with family and friends laughing and reconnecting. It made it into a wedding that people wont forget.”
There was an amazing patchwork of snow pockets on the beach, gorgeous light from the cloud breaks throughout the day, there was enough snow to provide that winter backdrop, and the temperature was just right to be outside during the portrait sessions.
Once inside the main lodge for the ceremony, it was a packed house full of family and friends who traveled to see Samantha and Corey exchange their vows and celebrate their wedding day.
“Everyone always says that the day goes by so fast and before you know it, it’s over. I really thought that since we had a smaller wedding of about 75 people, that I would be able to really be there and be in the moment of everything happening,” Samantha explained. “However, once looking through the photos I realized all the little things that happened throughout the night. This made me so grateful to have had Jerome capturing those moments for us. When going through the photos with family and friends, we all laugh and tell stories about the night and get to relive the moments that were created.”
After a fun night of celebrations with family, friends, a lot of dancing, and a healthy dose of “shot skis” from the bar, everyone made their way back to their cabins to relax and reflect on the day.
“I honestly can’t think of anything I would have done differently. Sure there are little things here and there, but in the end all those small details don’t matter and aren’t the things you remember. We got to celebrate an amazing day with those closest to us and the memories created will last a lifetime.”
Samantha’s tips for planning a wedding:
Make-up — Alexis with Kiss and Makeup Studios
Hair — done by the bride’s sister
Dress — David’s Bridal
Flowers — Erica’s Expressions
Venue, Catering & Wedding Planning — Elkins Resort
Cake — Stacie’s Cakes
Rings — Zales
Decorations — crafted by the bride
DJ — Brent Owens with Sound Climax
Suits — Mr. Tux