It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to plan and coordinate a wedding at Crater Lake National Park. When Alan first called me, just a few months before he and Jacy were to tie the knot, I was so excited for the endeavor and we got to work right away. At that time they had their wedding date and time chosen (June 14th, 2015), invitations, wedding gown, and guest list, but not much else. So I immediately got to work finding them a photographer, floral designer, bakery, musician, transportation, officiant, and most importantly, securing their permit to be married at Crater Lake.
This wedding was probably one of my most challenging weddings to date (because of the short time frame, the distance, the logistics of lodging and transportation, among other things), BUT it was also one of my most rewarding. I am so thankful to Alan and Jacy for trusting me with all the details of their day. Did I mention that Alan and Jacy live in Nebraska!? Crater Lake is a very special place to them, so they decided to invite 50 of their closest family and friends from all over the country to join them as they started their new lives together in this unbelievably gorgeous location.
Enjoy the beautiful photos by Ashley Cook Photography and keep reading to hear all about the details and surprises that filled the day!
The first time I went to Crater Lake, it took my breath away. It just looked fake, like a green screen… I kept staring at the water in disbelief. If you want a truly unique, breath taking location to tie the knot… definitely consider Crater Lake! The weather there can be unpredictable, but it is pretty mild in the summer. It was so perfect on the day of Jacy and Alan’s wedding, as you can see there was blue sky for miles and it was in the high 60s.
Jacy looked stunning in her gorgeous Maggie Sottero gown!
Jacy and Alan said their vows right here at Watchman Overlook, with the incredible back drop of Crater Lake and this lovely garland made by Shannon of Sun Blossoms Floral.
Super awesome side note: the band that had been booked to perform at the reception, Caitlin Gemma and the Goodness, showed up early to the ceremony and performed live for the ceremony as well! It was such a surprise and the bride and groom were thrilled.
Reverend Ted Virts came all the way over from Bend, Oregon to officiate the ceremony. Vendors came from literally all over the state (Eugene, Medford, and Bend) to give the couple the best day of their lives!
Many of Jacy and Alan’s wedding guests stayed right at the Crater Lake Lodge, and I had the pleasure of putting together welcome bags for each of their rooms. Each bag included local roasted hazelnuts, a local chocolate bar by Moonstruck Chocolate, a Crater Lake postcard, a mini “Made in Oregon” reusable bag, mints, and a survival kit for the weekend which included sun screen, chap stick, tissues, and hand sanitizer, along with an itinerary for the weekend.
The bride’s bouquet from Sun Blossoms Floral was a beauty. Shannon was working on a limited flower budget but was still able to provide some gorgeous blooms (coral peonies were a must for the bride!)
The stone work of the historic Crater Lake Lodge made a perfect backdrop for family and bridal party photos.
I love how Jacy included her children in the ceremony. Her two sons walked her down the aisle, and her daughter was the flower girl.
The ceremony site was four miles away from the lodge, so the Crater Lake Trolley transported guests from one location to the other.
After the ceremony was over, guests hopped on a school bus to take them to the Diamond Lake Resort just 30 minutes away where the reception was held. This was very fitting because Jacy and Alan met in high school!
Funny story about the bus: as soon as the ceremony was over, I grabbed the garland, signage, and headed straight to the reception site at Diamond Lake Resort. As I was driving the ~10 miles to the park entrance, I was keeping my eye out for the bus, expecting it to pass me at any minute to pick up the guests from the ceremony site. I finally got to the park entrance and was a little nervous at this point because it was at least 10-15 minutes late. I parked my car and walked over to the ranger at the park entrance/drive up window and asked him if he had seen the bus come through yet, and he said no the bus hadn’t come through.
All this time I was also calling the contact number I have for the bus, and left at least a couple of messages but had not heard anything back. In my head I was picturing everyone at the ceremony site, freaking out/wondering where the bus was. So I decided I needed to drive back in to the park to tell them what was going on and that I was doing what I could to get a hold of the bus. I flipped a U-turn and headed back in to the park… after about two minutes, here comes the bus towards me, full of happy guests! Apparently, it was right on time. It must have pulled up and parked at the lodge early, and then headed back down after I had left the ceremony so I never even saw it. I couldn’t stop laughing after the fact, because I was picturing the worst in my head, but everything was 100% fine and I cannot tell you how relieved I was to see that bus coming towards me!!
Sugar Rush Bakery, based out of Medford, provided the lovely coral ombre cake along with individually wrapped caramel apples for each of the guests (one of Jacy’s favorite treats!)
Caitlin Gemma & the Goodness, based out of Eugene, provided great live entertainment for the reception, and everybody loved their folksy/blue grass/upbeat style.
This wedding was featured on Oregon Bride Magazine recently, you can see even more photos on the feature right here.
Thank you Alan and Jacy for being so wonderful to work with and for trusting me and allowing me to be part of such an incredible day. I will definitely never forget this wedding!