Happy 110th anniversary to Zion National Park!
Happy 110th anniversary to Zion National Park!
15 years ago today, we said “I do” in the Grand Teton National Park!
Happy anniversary to my amazing man!
After falling in love in one national park and then getting engaged in another national park, it seemed fitting for us to want to get married in a national park. Steve and I have visited Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks the previous year and loved it there! And so, we started investigating the options, costs, and logistics for a wedding across the country and in a national park!
We started planning this wedding in 2003. Mind you, the first iphone came out in 2007. So while we used websites and the internet, we still had to make lots of phone calls, snail mail, and even use the fax machine! (We really aren’t that old, but this sounds old thinking about the technology changes!) Check out my huge planning binder!
Wedding magazines helped a lot with ideas and planning suggestions for destination weddings. I remember finding one issue of Martha Stewart Wedding that had a a western-style wedding in it. That wedding incorporated their own western looks into a beautiful wedding. It definitely inspired me to add our own touches to our wedding.
For our wedding, we wanted a mix of a formal wedding, yet set in the national park. We wanted the wedding to reflect us!
For our attire, we wore a formal wedding dress and tuxedos, but had photos done outside by this famous barn (T.A. Moulton Barn) and at the log chapel (Chapel of the Transfiguration). My dress ended up with some grass stains on the bottom, but didn’t care at all!
We rode a bus as our transportation to photos, the chapel, and back to the lodge.
At the reception in the Jackson Lake Lodge, we had a stuffed animal surrounded by berries from our florist as our centerpieces. Each table had a unique national park stuffed animal and we named each table after a different national park. Our head table was the Grand Teton National Park with a moose.
We created the wedding and reception into something really special that fit us and our personalities.
Enjoy some more photos from this amazing day!
I would highly recommend having a wedding in a national park!
15 years ago in 2004, a few big things happened!
Greece hosted the summer Olympics.
Hurricane Charley hit Florida, Cuba, and Jamaica.
The Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1918.
President Bush beat John Kerry for a second term.
Facebook is launched.
Martha Stewart gets convicted of a felony and sentenced to 5 months.
A 9.3 earthquake hit the Indian Ocean causing a tsunami that kills around 200,000 people in South Asia and Africa.
Disney released the movie, The Incredibles.
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! is published by Mo Willems.
Ireland became the first country to ban smoking in all workplaces including bars and restaurants.
I got married to an amazing guy in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
July 24, 2004
Happy 229th anniversary to our National Mall. The National Mall is centrally located in Washington, DC.
The National Mall is America’s most visited national park and nicknamed “America’s front yard”.
The Mall area preserves the Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, D.C. War Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House, the National Mall, East and West Potomac Parks, Constitution Gardens, 60 statues, and numerous other historic sites, memorials, and parklands.
I remember seeing the National Mall for the first time. I had traveled to DC for an internship after graduating college. In my free time, I walked over to check out a few sights and knew this area would be an ideal place to see some iconic memorials.
I grew up seeing the skyscrapers in Chicago. I’ve seen tall or big buildings. I’ve seen open areas and parks.
Yet, this place wowed me. I paused in my steps there. The beauty, the history, the size, the importance of it all truly awed me.
I love going back to this part of our national park system. It brings together our country in unique ways. It still awes and wows me!
According to the National Park Service, “The open spaces and parklands envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant’s plan, which was commissioned by President George Washington, created an ideal stage for national expressions of remembrance, observance, celebration, and expression of First Amendment rights.”
If you’re traveling to the DC area, definitely make some time and check out the National Mall area.