I had the absolute pure pleasure of photographing this Jackson Wyoming Ranch Wedding a few months back. It was everything you could hope for in a wedding. Beautiful location, really good authentic couple and best of all, ranch puppies. The ranch called 3 Spear Ranch is owned by the groom’s friends. John and Emily are both actors from New York City and decided to do something little different for their wedding.
I love a good destination wedding like this one for example. I drove from Portland to the wedding outside of Jackson near Yellowstone National Park. It was alot of sage brush and mountains along the way. Wyoming is an absolute stunner of a place though and the ranch was nothing short of amazing. I had only talked with John and Emily on the phone prior to driving out for the wedding. We met up the night before at the rehearsal dinner for the first time. I was really stoked that they were just gems of people face to face as well as our prior calls.
The officiant did a private smudging ceremony for them before the wedding which I thought was really different and a great way to start the day. She even offered to smudge all of the guests as they walked into the ceremony sight, starting everyone off with some good clean energy for the wedding. During the ceremony under a wooden teepee ravens and eagles soared above, the puppies took naps and the sun broke out for a brief moment the end. It was beautiful.
The reception was relaxed, full of good drinks and no formalities. Just dinner and good times. As the sun fell in the sky we hiked the hill above the property for some portraits, took in some great views and returned to dance around the campfire and throw back some Japanese whiskey. 10/10 would shoot this wedding all over every weekend.