There is arguably no a better place on the planet to hold a dream wedding than Sun Valley, Idaho, especially if you’d like your nuptials take place in a winter wonderland. Jessica and Tyler Budzianowski are just such a couple. Here they share their thoughts on getting married in Sun Valley on a crisp winter evening, early last December.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN VALLEY?
Jessica grew up in the Wood River Valley and has since shared all that the Valley has to offer with Tyler. We couldn’t imagine a winter wedding anywhere else! We wanted our wedding to have an Idaho feel to it, and incorporated many characteristic Sun Valley and Idaho aspects. Jessica has worked at both The Pioneer and The Kneadery for many years and we wanted to share these special places with our family and friends.
We met through mutual friends. Jessica’s sorority sister married a gentleman that worked with Tyler, and the two had been trying to set us up for years! Finally, we met at a summer picnic and never left each other’s side.
HOW DID YOU GET ENGAGED?
In 2008, Jessica introduced Tyler to the outstanding Sun Valley Christmas Eve celebration of the ice show, torch light parade and firework show. Every year we continue to go to the Valley to enjoy the epic Christmas Eve celebration. On December 24th, 2010, we took the Gondola to The Roundhouse for an early afternoon drink prior to the ice show. Neither one of us had been to the Roundhouse before, and wanted to experience the iconic building. As we were both enjoying a blue bird day and looking out over the beautiful view of the Valley from the Roundhouse, Tyler got down on one knee and proposed!
NUMBER OF GUESTS?
Classic, Idaho, vintage, rustic winter and black tie.
Pewter / silver, black and off-white.
ANY CULTURAL TRADITIONS?
We created a few unique traditions of our own for the wedding. We got married at 8:00 PM, outside, in 14-degree weather and offered a dessert reception after our wedding. For the "first dance," Jessica danced with all of the special men in her life – uncles, cousins and a close friend. We love good wine so we also had a Wine Ceremony during the wedding ceremony, sharing a glass of wine. We had also prepared letters declaring our love for one another and packaged them up with a special bottle of wine that we will enjoy on our first anniversary.
WHERE WAS YOUR HONEYMOON?
WHAT WAS THE BRIDE’S FAVORITE MOMENT?
At the first sight, when I was walking up to Tyler sitting on a chair lift at Dollar Mountain. The sun was brilliant, the snow machines were blowing and it was just us, sharing a precious moment of love. Even though it was 14 degrees out, I would have never known!
THE GROOM’S FAVORITE MOMENT?
Walking down the aisle together after we got married to Van Halen’s "I Can’t Stop Loving You" with my beautiful bride by my side. For our first Christmas together, Jessica surprised Tyler with a trip to Las Vegas to see Van Halen, his favorite band. How else would we walk out??
Like any out of town wedding, it’s important to keep in communication with your vendors and trust who you’re working with. We didn’t encounter any challenges, as our incredible planner, Amanda Seaward, was always a step ahead of us and worked with all of our vendors with ease!
1. Use a wedding planner, at least for the day of the event! Your planner can help you navigate through your visions and help you prioritize. And of course, manage the day of the wedding. You want to enjoy, not worry about details!
2. Go Local! There are a lot of great resources and vendors in the Valley, all with a variety of pricing.
3. Spend quality time with your photographer prior to your wedding. I highly recommend having the same photographer take your engagement photos. This is a time that you can get to know each other and learn one another’s styles and needs.
4. Come a week early and enjoy the Valley while finishing up last minute details!