How to Save Money on Your Grand Teton Wedding and Elopement
As a Grand Teton wedding photographer, located and based out of Idaho Falls, I love doing intimate and laid back weddings in Driggs, Idaho. I have a unique experience in seeing many local big weddings done, but also people coming from all over the United States to experience the Grand Teton, it’s beautiful park, and get married under the majestic peaks of Montana. Grand Teton National Park is 2.5 hrs from me and I make that drive several times a year. Because of the popularity and beauty of the place, it has lead to many wedding vendors charging more for their services to those wanting to elope in Jackson Hole. Demand is high and some of the best in the wedding industry can be found for your wedding needs in Jackson Hole and surround area.
Save Money on the Idaho Side of the Grand Teton: Driggs Idaho Wedding
However for those who want to elope and save money, it is possible to do so with the Grand Teton as your background. Sarah and Matt are nothing more than an adventurous couple who love the Teton Valley. They plan on building a home here after they spend a year traveling the world, and we were able to take photos on their land with the Grand Teton in the background. On the Idaho side of the Teton, there are several small towns: Driggs, Alta, and Victor. All charming, beautiful, and much cheaper to get married in than the famous Jackson Hole or Grand Teton National Park. It is about an hour to and hour and a half away from the park through the Teton Pass, but I can promise that the views are just as delightful and gorgeous. Sarah and Matt have a beautiful view of the mountains from their future home’s land. And while we were able to get some beautiful photos, there was a big rainstorm coming in that covered up the actual peaks during their ceremony. However, they would have had a beautiful view of the famous mountain line from their airbnb that they rented for the weekend and partied with all their friends and family.
Western Boho Wildflower Wedding Inspiration
I loved Sarah’s dress. It truly matched the vision of her day: western wildflower boho. The detailed florals on the lace were just stunning and I loved the loose romantic braid in her hair. She had a leather white fringe jacket that she added. Matt was handsome in a brown suit. And the bridesmaids in coordinating but not matching fall colored dresses made me die. I loved the contrast with the grass and the blue of the sky and mountains. We were able to do a first look at their land in Driggs and then do some bridal party photos there before the ceremony.
Wedding Ceremony Overlooking the Grand Teton
Sarah & Matt rented an airbnb in the Teton Valley where they were able to have their wedding but also having their friends stay with them for the weekend. The large house looked over the mountains and the couple were able to set up for their wedding the day before, but also have fun around Driggs. The Teton, Big Hole, and Snake River mountain ranges surround the valley. Whether you enjoy skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or world-class fly fishing, there is high caliber fun to be had. I know that they were able to do karaoke at a local bar and enjoy gourmet cuisine, locally made craft beer, distilled spirits, and a 100-year-old soda fountain add distinct flavor.