Deanna and Pete wanted to plan a destination wedding, one where they could celebrate with their guests away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. They looked into flying off somewhere exotic like Italy or Belize, but in the end they found just what they were looking for right here in the Inland Northwest. The couple chose the gorgeous Elkins Resort on Priest Lake and brought in a host of local vendors to make their day happen, including the talented Jerome Pollos Photography to take the photos.
Be sure to read Deanna’s review of all her vendors below the post!
Deanna took the time to write a lovely review of all her vendors…
“When we first began planning the wedding we were considering everything from Italy to Belize to the Tetons- we wanted that feeling of a really special place with our most favorite people away from normal routines. But Priest Lake had a special place in our hearts too, since we had spent time up there camping and fishing. The beauty, peace, wildness, and majesty of the lake really reflect our favorite things about north Idaho. When we saw Elkins we knew it was perfect. The resort had just the right mix of rustic yet accessible and comfortable for our guests, and allowed us to have the ‘get-away’ that we wanted. The view of Chimney Rock and the Selkirks on the lake was fantastic, and the managers Ingrid and Tracy made us feel so confident that the event would go well.
From there planning was easier, Ingrid and Tracy’s experience with events there and recommendations made it easy to choose from a list of vendors. Elkins did the catering and allowed us to customize a menu according to our desires and guest preferences, we served prime rib but had a wonderful mushroom risotto and several other sides to accommodate the vegetarians among our guests. The guests loved the food (I must admit I barely remember eating with all the people to talk to)!
Priest Lake Floral Design did a fantastic job with the flowers. I gave Carolyn Deshler some color swatches and broad preferences rather than specify exactly what we wanted. I couldn’t have been happier with the result; her flowers were natural looking and accented the beauty of the place but were also vibrant and eye catching. Event Rents in Spokane provided the tables, chairs, tents and table linens. They had great selection and the linens looked great with the flowers. They were very easy to work with and helped me decide what was necessary to keep guests comfortable no matter what the Idaho September weather turned out to be (nights can be chilly!), though we had perfect weather that weekend!
I really liked that we found wonderful vendors that were all local to the area. We were even able to find a great local hairdresser, Tiahna Johnson at Trendz Salon in Priest River, to come to Elkins and do my hair and the bridesmaids’ hair. My dress was made at Marcella’s Bridal, a family business in Spokane. I was so happy with their work and the customer service was wonderful. We ordered the bridesmaid dresses through Marcella’s as well. We hired a local band, The Rub of Spokane, to do the ceremony music, MC the event, and play music through dinner and into the evening. They were amazing -so much fun and got everyone (even my grandma!) dancing. They also were easy to work with and allowed us to customize the music for our unique taste and needs.
Our photographer was also local- Jerome Pollos of Coeur d’Alene. Not only did he get hundreds of amazing pictures of the event; he was also very unobtrusive. Somehow Jerome was able to get different perspectives of the most personal and tender moments of the day without anyone really noticing or feeling camera shy. So many of the photos capture wonderful things that I wouldn’t have ever known happened at our wedding otherwise.
Instead of a guest book, I got an idea from my friend’s wedding. We had everyone write their wishes for our marriage on skipping rocks I had collected with my brother from beaches and rivers in north Idaho, and skip them into the lake. Now when we go back to Priest Lake together we will know that all the hopes and wishes for our future from our guests are there in the depths of our favorite lake.
The day really was perfect. Getting all the details together was overwhelming at times, but everything went smoothly on our day so that we could focus on enjoying our time together and with our guests. The best part of the event was that our family and friends made a little vacation of the wedding, coming a couple days early or staying a couple days afterward. It was so fun to walk around Elkins seeing so many faces of the people I love the most in the world. We went fishing and had barbecues and bonfires. It is a time that we will remember fondly for the rest of our lives together.”
Venue: Elkins Resort
Photographer: Jerome Pollos Photography
Flowers: Priest Lake Floral Design
Rentals: Event Rents
Hair: Tiahna Johnson at Trendz Salon in Priest River
Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Band: The Rub