Weddings July 2, 2019

Alli & Gardie

For New Yorkers Alli Shepherd and Gardie Ashforth, their September wedding day was a celebration centered on family and a gorgeous setting. Intimate family-focused touches, gorgeous early fall weather, and nonstop dancing rounded out the day.

The pair met through mutual friends on a roof-top party in the city, and got engaged during the first snowfall of the season on a dock overlooking the Hudson River. It’s no wonder that for their nuptials they gravitated toward incorporating scenic landscapes and lovely vistas into saying “I do.”

Photo by Cheatwood Photography.

Their ceremony took place outside of Roundhouse Restaurant on Bald Mountain with views of the Valley below, with a reception following at River Run Lodge. “Sun Valley is such a special place, we
really wanted our guests to feel like they were able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings
while also celebrating,” Alli noted.

Their families played a big part in the celebration. Alli’s grandfather officiated the ceremony, and Gardie’s cousins gave readings with a surprise harmonica accompaniment. Bridesmaids wore a kaleidoscope of blues with varying patterns carrying bouquets by Tara Bella Flowers. The groomsman looked dapper in navy suits.

The newlyweds kicked off the dance floor with a festive first-dance to “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone and danced the night away to Diamond Empire Band. After, the guests were gifted blue and white bandanas printed with a hand drawn map made my Gardie’s artist mother. Then, Gardie and Allie headed to Jackson Hole, Wyo., for a getaway at Triangle X Ranch. Their official honeymoon came later in December to Thailand.

This article appears in the Summer 2019 Issue of Sun Valley Magazine.