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Everything We Hoped For
Chelsea & Chris
Words by Chelsea Cahill + Photography by Sarah Averill
Choosing Jackson for our destination wedding was a no-brainer. Living in Nashville, Tennessee, we visit Jackson any chance we have. My parents bought a house in town in 2010, with the idea that it would be a perfect vacation home. However, over the past couple of years, it has quickly become the Pasfields’ home base. My first experience in Jackson with Chris was a winter ski trip, but we truly fell in love with the area after spending time there in the summer of 2012.
Our hometowns—Alexandria, Virginia, and Nashville, Tennessee—don’t hold a candle to the zero humidity, boundless activities, sunshine till 10 p.m., and bluebird days in Jackson. It was exactly where we wanted to bring our closest friends and family to celebrate our marriage.
We truly enjoyed the wedding planning process, mainly because of the amazing people we met and worked with in Jackson. Everyone was kind, passionate about their work, and responsive to our hopes for our big day. We attribute a lot of the successful planning to our incredible wedding planner, Lisa Mack. Lisa has a positive, “can-do” attitude and works to keep stress levels low throughout the process. She connected us with vendors who aligned perfectly with our wedding visions. We feel like we are walking away from this experience with new friendships and a sense of community in Jackson.
The first thing that we booked was our wedding venue, Teton Pines Country Club. We chose this venue for several reasons, including its stunning renovations and breathtaking views. My family has thoroughly enjoyed their experience as members at the Pines. We loved the idea of getting married in a place that we knew well and could visit to relive the fond memories of our wedding day. We knew we would be in good hands with the Pines’ committed and caring staff.
We wanted the valley’s natural beauty to speak for itself on our wedding day, so we chose a neutral color palette of beige, gray, white, and natural greens. We decided to incorporate our soon-to-be monogram, CCC, into our wedding details. The incredibly talented ladies of xowyo paper + press created a stunning wedding logo that was everywhere—from the invitations, to the wedding signs, to the drink Koozies.
Many of our guests flew in from out of state, so we wanted to show them a good time. Our wedding week was packed with activities like a backyard picnic at my parents’ house featuring cuisine from Café Genevieve’s food truck, a Grand Teton National Park day hike to String Lake to paddleboard, yoga atop Snow King Mountain, and a golf tournament at the Teton Pines Country Club. The evening before the wedding, we enjoyed a beautiful rehearsal dinner at Lotus followed by a welcome party for all our guests. The events were wonderful, and our hope of people getting the full Jackson experience came true.
We feel like we are walking away from this experience with new friendships …
When it was time for the big day, Chris and his groomsmen set out for the Pines while I and my bridesmaids had the best morning getting ready at my parents’ house. The Elevate Medical Spa & Salon team had their hands full with me, my nine bridesmaids, Chris’ mom, and my mom all getting our hair and makeup done. They came in with smiles and amazingly got this “forever five minutes late” bride to the ceremony not just on time, but early!
Chris and I opted to do a first look before the ceremony. Our incredibly talented photographer, Sarah Averill, picked out the perfect spot for this intimate moment. We met across a walking bridge on the golf course, amid a beautiful pine tree grove. After just the two of us spent some time together, we were greeted by our wedding party and family.
The wedding was truly spectacular. Mimi Smith and her string ensemble welcomed guests to the ceremony, set on the driving range with Cody Peak in the background. We were wed by a dear family friend, Neil Newhouse, whom I consider my “second dad.” His daughter, Cassie, my maid of honor, has been my best friend since preschool. Neil officiated a heartfelt, genuine, and joyous marriage ceremony, for which we are forever grateful.
We wanted the valley’s natural beauty to speak for itself on our wedding day, so we chose a neutral color palette of beige, gray, white, and natural greens.
Following the ceremony, we had a beautiful reception on the green space right outside of the clubhouse. We had an incredible time celebrating with our guests. We listened to thoughtful speeches, danced with our family members, and ate the absolute best wedding food. The chefs and staff at the Pines were phenomenal and handled our large party with ease. To top it off, we were blown away that Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon came with Jeff Eidemiller to DJ our wedding!
To unwind from our wedding week, we enjoyed three relaxing days at Amangani before returning home.
A few weeks later, we relived our wedding day with stunning photos from Sarah Averill and the most beautiful wedding video from Jared Wortley. Jackson has always been a favorite place to us, and now it holds an extra-special place in our hearts. The people, the majestic scenery, and the valley’s vibrant energy made our wedding day everything we hoped for and more. We are so happy that we chose Jackson as our wedding destination, and cannot say enough good things about the people we met and worked with along the way. We are so grateful for everyone who helped make this day possible—our families for their unwavering support and excitement, and our friends who came out to celebrate this memorable occasion in our lives.
8 July 2017
Teton Pines Country Club
Neil Newhouse (family friend)
hair & makeup
Elevate Medical Spa and Salon
Sarah Averill Photography
xowyo paper + press
Jackson Hole DJ
Teton Pines Country Club
Canvas Unlimited Event Rentals
Mountain Resort Services