Emily Robin Dreyfuss &
Seth Lawler Shipman
July 5, 2013
Emily Dreyfuss (daughter of Hollywood star, Richard Dreyfuss) and her husband Seth Shipman were married at the beautiful Galena Lodge in Sun Valley, Idaho. A Sun Valley local, Emily met Seth while at college, but brought him home to enjoy the mountains and rivers of her childhood. Read Sun Valley Magazine's interivew with the couple, including a vendor list from their wedding at the bottom of the article.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN VALLEY?
We chose to get married in Sun Valley because it’s the most magical place we could think to share with our loved ones. Emily grew up there, and it’s the aspen trees along the Big Wood River that she pictures when she thinks of home. As soon as Seth drank his first a margarita at Desperados after a day of snowboarding in the sunshine, he felt the same way. We knew this was our one chance to get our coastal friends to see what a special place it is.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Emily is from Sun Valley, but she was born in Los Angeles. Seth is from all over America–Colorado, New York, Tennessee, you name it.
Emily is an editor at WIRED Magazine. Seth is a scientist at Harvard where he studies brain development using stem cells.
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met in a co-ed bathroom at Wesleyan University in 2004. Emily was brushing her teeth. Seth was wandering in from a party. We haven’t been apart in the 11 years since our eyes locked in that filthy mirror.
HOW DID YOU GET ENGAGED?
Seth proposed at the Pelican Inn above San Francisco, after plying Emily with all her favorite things: beach, bangors and mash and beer.
NUMBER OF GUESTS?
ANY SPECIAL TRADITIONS?
We were married by our best friend, Emma, who had been there from the very beginning. We wrote our own vows that incorporated all the things we’d learned about our relationship in the decade we were together before we got married. We were married under a Chuppa, in honor of Emily’s Ashkenazi heritage, and had an Italian wedding cake in honor of Seth’s Sicilian roots.
SONG FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE?
“Family Affair” by the Department of Eagles. We found that CD together in an old dusty record shop in Northampton, MA in 2005 and it’s been our song since we first played it in Emily’s Ford Explorer.
HOW DID THE NIGHT END?
With all our friends marching through West Ketchum, singing, to the after party, and us setting off the fire alarm in our rental house after trying to make toast in our underwear. Pro tip: Don’t forget to eat the food at your own wedding!
WHERE WAS YOUR HONEYMOON?
In St. Lucia, a.k.a. heaven on earth.
WHAT MADE YOUR WEDDING SO SPECIAL?
The energy of our friends and family. It was such a perfect weekend in Sun Valley, from the fireworks at our rehearsal dinner at Whiskey Jacques to the clouds parting and the rain clearing right before the ceremony started, to the beautiful day at Redfish Lake before everyone went home. Everyone who traveled far and wide to get there fell so in love with the Sun Valley that we could feel their excitement surging through the whole event.
WHAT WAS THE BRIDE’S FAVORITE MOMENT?
My brothers' toasts. I can’t even think about how funny and sweet they were without tearing up and nearly peeing my pants.
Runner up was when I stole the DJ mic to tell the dance floor that the last bus was leaving for town so the party was over. They loudly booed. “OK, we can let this bus go and wait another hour an half for it to come back,” I quickly added, to cheers. We ended up paying a little extra to keep the dance party going after midnight. Completely worth every single penny.
All the love from our friends and family — the toasts, the service, being hoisted up in the air on the dancefloor. Plus, getting a wife.
D.I.Y PROJECTS? GUEST FAVORS?
For guest favors we gave out water bottles. We really wanted to people to stay hydrated so they’d drink and dance all night! We made all the centerpieces with succulents from Big Wood Nursery. Emily’s mom came up with the tablescape. Kevin McCann, who was like a second father to Emily growing up, hand-made signs that pointed guests to the different festivities. We put hang-over-cure kits in the busses for the ride home (water bottles, advil, air-sick bags).
TIPS FOR SOMEONE PLANNING A SUN VALLEY WEDDING?
Get married at Galena! The whole team there is so professional and wonderful — they made it incredibly easy. The food was so much better than we ever imagined — those lamb chops are still alll our friends can talk about when go to dinner. Their amazingly reasonable prices really made the difference, as well–it took so much stress out of the planning process and enabled us to splurge on some extras we wouldn’t have been able to afford at other Sun Valley locations.
WEDDING PLANNER: Erin Zell at Galena Lodge. Day-of help: Tara Ooms from Tara Bella Flowers.
FLOWERS: Tara Bella Flowers
HAIR: Shvonne Austin (bride’s friend and amazing stylist based in San Francisco)
LINENS: Barbara’s Party Rentals
DRESS/SHOES: Reem Acra dress / who cares about shoes?
GROOM'S ATTIRE: Bespoke suit from 9tailors
MUSIC: Marina Dalago, Heidi Biernam and Linda Staum (live ceremony music); Old Death Whisper; DJ Lenny Joseph
FOOD: Galena Lodge Catering
DESSERT: Croquembouche by Cristina
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kristin Cheatwood
VIDEOGRAPHER: None (we regret this–don’t forget to vieotape it!)
OFFICIANT: Emma Sherwood-Forbes, friend