Weddings October 12, 2010

Wedding Tips Volume 2

Taryn O’Neill and Garrett Brodie

Taryn and Garrett were married on March 1, 2003 at the Presbyterian Church of the Bigwood. Their 1940’s inspired reception was held at the River Run Lodge.

“A Sun Valley wedding is usually a destination wedding for most of your guests, so the wedding day turns into a wedding weekend. Don’t underestimate the amount of planning and organizing that will have to be done in order to keep all your out-of-town guests comfortable,” the couple advises. “Get travel and hotel information out as early as possible; posting info on a website is an easy way to do this and you can just note the website address on your save-the-date card.”

Photograph Kirsten Shultz

Amy & Zeban Stroebel-Haft
(Amy Zirkle)

Though they lived only ten miles apart from one another for years—he in Hailey and she in Ketchum—they never met until one late night at the Casino when they were introduced over a game of foosball. Two years later they were married at the Warm Springs Golf Course. Amy suggests: “Take time out with your spouse during the reception. You will be bombarded by guests the minute you enter the reception and stealing away for ten minutes is a great way to reflect on the union you’ve just made.  My husband and I arranged to have a bench placed under a tree that overlooked our reception sight. The view of our friends and family celebrating our day was priceless.”

Photograph Hillary Maybery

Amber & Andrew Tetrick
(Amber Nielson)

When Andy moved to Sun Valley, Amber was, literally, the first person he met. Amber was working at the Chamber of Commerce when Andy came in looking for some information on his new town. After months of not seeing each other, their path’s crossed at the Sawtooth Club. This chance meeting, as well as some cajoling from friends, prompted Andy to work up the gumption to ask Amber out. The rest, as they say, is history. Amber and Andy were married beneath the Sawtooth Mountains on June 22, 2002 and held their reception at Redfish Lake.  

“Pick a wedding site that thrills you. Then put your trust in specialists to help you with your wedding,” they say.  “Choose vendors carefully, spend time planning with them; then let go of the details and enjoy the company of your friends and family.”

Photograph Kirsten Shultz

Megan & Nick Walker
(Megan Hillmeyer) 

Megan and Nick were longtime friends until one day “something just clicked.”A whirlwind courtship and engagement soon gave way to their wedding on September 13, 2002 at the Stanley Meditation Chapel.  “Let things unwind as they will and plan on everything taking longer than scheduled,” Megan states. “Idaho is so laid back. The best thing to do is to be casual and make it fun for yourselves.”

Photograph Hillary Maybery




This article appears in the Summer 2003 Issue of Sun Valley Magazine.