We held our first mountain top wedding in September in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho near Stanley. The ceremony was held on top of Elk Mountain with a great view of Mt. McGowen in the background. Guests drove up the mountain on a narrow one-lane dirt road. After parking, they hiked to the top of the mountain. Even an 85-year-old guest from Iceland made the trek, as well as someone on crutches. Guests stood during the ceremony, then departed back down the mountain to the reception held in Elk Meadow, about 5 miles away.
Everything had to be trucked to the area from Boise, 128 miles away and over two mountain summits – tent, tables, chairs, linens, dance floor – you name it. We hired a 7-piece rock and soul band, also from Boise. The Boise florist personally delivered and arranged the flowers. The caterer came from Hailey.
The festivities began two days before when the wedding party and families gathered for a special pre-rehearsal dinner at the Stanley Community Center. The next evening all the guests who had arrived, which was most of them, were treated to a barbeque at Red Fish Lake.
The week-end was a dream come true for the bride and groom, who camped out for their wedding night. For their honeymoon, they bicycled across the U.S., ending in South Carolina Oct. 17. As you can tell, they are definitely the outdoor type.