When I have the opportunity to melt into the background and document a group truly being themselves, it’s what keeps me going through busy wedding seasons year after year.
Callie and Dave’s mountain top wedding at Schweitzer Resort allowed me to do just that. This couple and I hit it off during our consultation, came up with an awesome game plan a few months before their wedding over a big breakfast at Michael D’s in Coeur d’Alene, and when I met their family and friends at the rehearsal dinner, it all fell into place.
This Huntington Beach, Calif. couple decided to have their closest friends and family venture up to North Idaho to enjoy a weekend of relaxing in the environment which Dave called home for a number of years.
“It wasn’t so much the day, but the entire weekend that was the best part,” Callie explained. “Since the vast majority of our guests were traveling for our wedding and staying at the resort the whole weekend, we thought it would be fun to plan group activities on both Friday and Saturday nights. By the time our Sunday wedding rolled around, our diverse group of family and friends had already become familiar with one another and formed friendships of their own. This made our wedding day so much better because the ‘getting to know each other’ phase for our guests was out of the way, and it truly was a relaxed, friendly and familiar atmosphere, which is exactly what we wanted.”
Schweitzer Mountain was selected because of three big reasons:
- The spectacular mountaintop ceremony site was so unique and so fitting for them
- They really liked that their guests could all stay right there at the resort
- The couple was very happy with their early interactions with the event staff and felt that they would take care of them (which they did)
With a gorgeous backdrop and perfect weather, guests were greeted to a vast landscape of the mountains and lakes from the top of Schweitzer Mountain. The combination of view and weather enabled us to work a shot at the end of the ceremony that captured everyone who attended the event, as well as the eye candy that surrounded them.
“The weather was perfect and the view from the mountaintop was stunning,” Callie said. “(Jerome) captured not only us, but the smiling faces of every person that witnessed us be married. We love that we have a shot that celebrates every person who made the trip to be there with us.”
Ensuring their guest were taken care of (especially during the cocktail hour and before dinner) Callie and Dave created a fun Mad Libs game for them to play at their seats, which definitely brought a lot of laughs.
There were so many great moments throughout the day. Capturing Callie and her grandfather rehearsing their special dance in a corner of the lodge by themselves. Watching Dave having some makeup done on his eye after having an unfortunate accident with a dresser. The precious moment when Dave kissed Callie’s hand during the ceremony. Not to mention all the laughs, happy tears, kind words, and I can’t forget about the fun and wild dance session at the reception.
At the end of the night, as Dave’s new brother-in-law carried him out of the reception piggy-back style, and everyone began to migrate to their rooms and after party, people were high-fiving each other, giving hugs and amazed at the day they just experienced.
The best part of working with me for Callie and Dave:
“We loved that Jerome was so personable and really took the time to get to know not only us, but our families as well. It was impressive how many of our guests were on a first name basis with Jerome! He quickly and easily fit in with our group and at many times was more like a friend than a photographer. It felt natural to have him be a part of our wedding weekend, which really was one of the best things about working with Jerome.”
Callie and Dan’s wedding planning tips:
- When planning, break the tasks into smaller, more palatable goals, and focus on completing one goal before moving onto the next.
- Don’t assume all the planning yourself. Work as a team with your fiancé. It will make everything more manageable, and as long as you know and are true to your overall vision, it will all come together perfectly in the end.
- We both agree that if we had to do it over, we would not spend so much time worrying about trying to cater to every single person’s requests or “great ideas”. It just cost us more time and stress, and in the end, everyone who mattered was there, and everyone had a great time regardless of any minor circumstances.
Venue & Catering – Schweitzer Mountain Resort
DJ – DJ Gellis
Florist – Nieman’s Floral
Cake – Dave’s Sweet Cakes
Hair & Make-up – Lindsey D Hair Design