Newlyweds in a Winter Wonderland Sun Valley Wedding in front of the red barn.

January 31, 2023

An Intimate Sun Valley Wedding in Winter | Allyson + Zachary

Newlyweds in a Winter Wonderland Sun Valley Wedding.
Allyson + Zachary chose Sun Valley as a Winter backdrop for a timeless intimate wedding.

Getting Ready | Sun Valley Lodge

A winter Wedding in Sun Valley is magical. Everywhere you turn, everything is covered in a blanket of white snow. Icicles dangle on buildings and trees like ornaments. Above all, this historic ski town has sweeping views of the Sawtooth Mountains. Allyson and Zachary chose this location for an intimate Sun Valley wedding with 50 guests. Their ceremony was at St. Thomas Episcopal church and their reception at the Sun Valley Club.

Allyson and her two bridesmaids got ready at the Sun Valley Lodge. While, the Groom and Best Man got ready 6 mins away at Hotel Ketchum.

Sun Valley Winter Wedding
Sun Valley in January 2022
Sun Valley Lodge in snow for a Winter Wedding Getting Ready location

Sun Valley Lodge is iconically historical, opening in 1936 as the first destination ski resort in America. Marilyn Monroe, Ernest Hemingway, and Clint Eastwood are just a few of some celebrities that have stayed at this landmark. With 108 guest rooms, condos on the grounds, and the Sun Valley Inn close by– lodging is plenty for wedding guests and family.


As Chantelle Conway Makeup created Allyson’s dream bridal makeup look and hair, I prepared the detail shots of the day. The invitation suite by Minted represented the colors of the wedding– white, shades of blue, and slate blue grey. However, two types of shoes were necessary for this Sun Valley bride. First, white elegant pointed flats by Sam Edelman for the ceremony. Secondly, Pikolinos ASPE Women’s lace-up ankle boots for the snow. White peonies, hydrangea, ranunculus and greenery made up of Allyson’s bouquet by Ketchum’s florist Thistle and Sage.

From the Bride

“Our winter wedding was inspired by the elegance of simplicity. Sun Valley, Idaho set a timeless, snowy backdrop for the entirety of the wedding weekend. Bringing in colors from my late Grandmother’s vintage dishes and jewelry was essential in ensuring that she was a part of the big day. Keeping the color palette to only accents of vintage blue and creamy whites encouraged the natural woods in the architecture of our venues to be highlighted. “– Allyson

Bride getting ready for Sun Valley Winter Wedding
A Bride's wedding dress buttoned up for Sun Valley Wedding

Allyson’s Look

The bride’s gown is from in Portland Oregon’s Ania Bridal. It features a lace V-neck ornate bodice with sequins and pearls and a satin A line body. Allyson opened her gift from the groom to find a diamond tennis bracelet from James Allen. It paired lovely with her Fire & Ice Halo Engagement Ring With Round Diamond Center from Boise Meridian’s Lee Reed Diamonds.

Here, Allyson reads a sentimental note from her parents. She affixes a “something blue” heirloom satchel in the skirt of her dress in memory of her Grandmother.

Bridal portraits in front of Sun Valley Lodge in the snow.

Allyson’s bridesmaids wore a sequin V-neck BHLDN Blaise full length dresses in Hydrangea color.


Hotel Ketchum in winter January 2022

Hotel Ketchum is located on Main Street in downtown Ketchum, Idaho.  Just 6 minutes from Sun Valley Lodge and 3 minutes from St. Thomas Episcopal church. Hotel Ketchum is strategically a great place for Sun Valley wedding guests and groomsmen to stay and get ready.

The Groom’s Look

The mother helps the groom into his jacket. Zachary’s black custom suit is from Bespoke Custom Clothing. His gift from the bride are sterling silver double C cufflinks with silver sun ray motif in palladium-finish by Cartier. The best man helps affix the groom’s white rose boutonniere by Thistle and Sage.

The Ceremony | Saint Thomas Episcopal Church

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in January 2022
Window view Inside Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley

What a majestic A frame! Saint Thomas Episcopal Church of Sun Valley is a timeless classic venue for a winter indoor ceremony. The building features a rock foundation and cedar bones for a mountain rustic feel.

Mount Baldy is featured in an artistic panoramic A-frame window. This creates a sense of connection with the outdoors without the chilling elements.

Bride and Groom kiss after end of wedding ceremony at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley

After the ceremony, the Newlyweds ring the heavy bell at the cedar framed entrance of the church.


Family and Bridal Party

Sun Valley wedding during winter

NewlyWed Portraits | Allyson + Zachary

Sun Valley Wedding Bride in snow
Sun Valley Wedding Newlyweds
Sun Valley Wedding Bride and Groom

The bride and groom sharing a kiss at the Sun Valley Inn tower.

Sun Valley Inn Sleigh ride for the Newly Weds

A private sleigh ride awaited them at the Inn. Finally, they were off for a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride in the snow to the Sun Valley Club. The guests had no idea of the surprise grand entrance. After Cocktail Hour, an announcement was made for the guests to walk to the back terrace to meet the Newlyweds. They were surprised to see Allyson and Zachary arriving in a sleigh!

Bride and groom in sleigh at Sun Valley Club Wedding

The Reception | Sun Valley Club

The Sun Valley Club Wedding in Winter

The Sun Valley Club is a premiere venue for Receptions and ceremonies in Sun Valley. It boasts views of Bald Mountain, Dollar Mountain, and an 18- hole golf course. With 3 outdoor terraces, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, glass and river-rock walls, and floor to ceiling windows… The Sun Valley Club proves to be a comfortable and beautiful venue for wedding guests. The venue is open year round, holding up to 250 and 150 seated. It is only 3 minutes from the Lodge.

Sun Valley Club Intimate Wedding

From the Bride

“Minimalism in the decor created space for sentimental pieces to shine. In lieu of an in memoriam table, we wanted to create a reminiscent display that included our guests and our late family members in a special way. Old photographs of mine and my husband’s family at their weddings were displayed at our reception, accented with candle votives. Our intimate wedding allowed for family members to feel more comfortable than they would in a large environment. This allotted for bold dance moves and a level of warmth that I do not think would otherwise have been achieved. As the bride, I was able to give loving and focused attention to every guest, creating permanent memories that with a large crowd, would be nothing but a blur. ” — Allyson

From the Bride

“Our florist, Thistle & Sage, were able to track down peonies & hydrangeas from Israel in the middle of winter to accomplish my dream of having peonies in my floral bouquet. (Very Blair Waldorf of me, no?). The classic style of the Sun Valley Club created a blank space for the details of our wedding decor to shine. And lastly, our photographer, Bernadette Madden with Bramble & Vine, captured the details of the day that otherwise would have gone amiss. Her brilliant style of photography gave us alluring photographs that will last in relevancy throughout time.” — Allyson

Family photos at Wedding Reception in Sun Valley Club
Sun Valley Club Wedding Reception
Sun Valley Club Wedding Reception
Bride and Groom Dancing at Wedding Reception at Sun Valley Club

Video highlight from Videographer Jon Ryan.

See more of Bramble and Vine’s wedding work here.

Venue: The Sun Valley Club, Ceremony: Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, Accommodations: Hotel KetchumSun Valley Lodge, Planner: Joy Ritter, Day of  planner:  Kristen Wilhelm, Photographer: Bramble and Vine, MUA: Chantelle Conway Makeup, Hair: The Feathered Flip, Caterer: The Sun Valley Club, Cake:  The Sun Valley Club, Florals: Thistle and Sage, Bridal Salon: Ania Bridal, Tennis Bracelet: James Allen, Rings: Lee Reed Diamonds, Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN Weddings, Groom’s Suit:  Bespoke Custom Clothing, Cuffs: Cartier, Videographer: Jon Ryan, DJ: David Maxwell, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Snow boots: Pikolinos, Ring Box: The Mrs. Box, Ribbon:  Silk and Willow.

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