National Forest Wedding: Alison & Andrew- Mt. Hood National Forest, OR

This week BSB will be sharing ONLY national park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Parks Week (4/15-4/23)! (Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week)

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Give us all the pine trees and Pacific North West foresty gorgeousness! Thanks to our BSB Vendor, Karen J Hawley Photography, for sharing this Mt. Hood National Forest wedding with us today!

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Photography: Karen J Hawley Photography | National Forest/Park: Mt. Hood National Forest

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WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK!

Did you know that the National Park Services has over 12 billion dollars of outstanding repairs and needs across the 2000 parks and forests they maintain? Go grab your annual NPS Pass today and help support the future of our planet for generations to come!

April 15-16 and April 22-23 : Free Admission to any National Park in the United States

Buy a National Park Pass (for $80). There are also FREE Passes available for active military, and students in the 4th grade, as well as discounted passes for Seniors. Learn more HERE.

Find the closest park to you and volunteer or support their fundraising initiatives!

National Park Wedding: Lauren & Frankie – Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

This week BSB will be sharing ONLY national park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Parks Week (4/15-4/23)! (Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week)

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Thistles, berries, rolling hills, snow capped mountains, wild flower trails, and trees for days… these are the very things we think about when we hear about summertime weddings in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  Lauren and Frankie’s elopement didn’t miss a single thing either, thanks to Rad Red Creative.

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National Park: Rocky Mountain National Park.  Photography: Rad Red Creative | Accommodations: The Pines Lodge | Dress: David’s Bridal | Suit: Calvin Klein | Bowtie: Two Guys Bow Ties

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WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK!

Did you know that the National Park Services has over 12 billion dollars of outstanding repairs and needs across the 2000 parks and forests they maintain? Go grab your annual NPS Pass today and help support the future of our planet for generations to come!

April 15-16 and April 22-23 : Free Admission to any National Park in the United States

Buy a National Park Pass (for $80). There are also FREE Passes available for active military, and students in the 4th grade, as well as discounted passes for Seniors. Learn more HERE.

Find the closest park to you and volunteer or support their fundraising initiatives!

National Park Wedding: Stephanie & RJ- Banff National Park, Alberta (CA)

Grab your jackets and passports, because today we’re crossing the border and celebrating a park wedding from our northern neighbor: CANADA! This week BSB will be sharing ONLY national park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Parks Week (4/15-4/23)! (Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week)

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‘RJ really liked the idea of our wedding  being us and somewhere beautiful in the mountains right from the start. I liked the idea, but of course kept thinking about the reality of having a wedding with out my family and we are all quite close.  I went back and forth on both ideas for a while until finally sticking with the “elopement” route. For me, whenever I would think about planning a bigger, more traditional wedding, I kept thinking about whatever everyone else would like and enjoy, then I would get overwhelmed on the details and didn’t like the idea of spending so much money on one day. Ultimately, I thought about what would be most enjoyable for just us. We are both introverted, adventurous, love to travel and don’t like attention type of people, so this is what made the most sense. The actual day was so laid back, enjoyable and involved NO stress, and most importantly was about just the two of us and starting a new life together.. and that’s what I wanted.

(Plus, it was a lot more fun planning a two week vacation for me and my soon to be hubby, rather than a big expensive dinner and party for 100+ people.. but that’s just how I’m wired).
As for the place, we wanted 1) beautiful mountains and 2) somewhere we had both never been. RJ brought up Canada, which I initially thought was strange.. I had no idea how beautiful parts of it were. But when he told me about this specific area and the national park and I did some major Google Image searching, I was completely hooked. I think our wedding pictures (photographed by Shirley Burnett Photography) easily show why we went with that gorgeous location.’
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Photography: Shirley Burnett Photography

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WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK!

Did you know that the National Park Services has over 12 billion dollars of outstanding repairs and needs across the 2000 parks and forests they maintain? Go grab your annual NPS Pass today and help support the future of our planet for generations to come!

April 15-16 and April 22-23 : Free Admission to any National Park in the United States

Buy a National Park Pass (for $80). There are also FREE Passes available for active military, and students in the 4th grade, as well as discounted passes for Seniors. Learn more HERE.

Find the closest park to you and volunteer or support their fundraising initiatives!

Engagements with Purpose: Jill + Jake, Acadia National Park, Maine

Editor Note: We’re pulling this magical engagement out of the archives to include with this week’s National Park Week celebrations! Enjoy!

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Before we begin to share the giving back story of Jill and Jake, I feel it is important we lay out some ground work, for the WILDNESS of this engagement session…..

1. They are not from Maine, but actually drove from Tampa up the East Coast to meet their photographers Jake & Katie (whom where also visiting) in New England for one EPIC Engagement. 2. They camped at Acadia National Park, in Maine, the night prior to their photo session and woke up got started on their journey to the summit of Cadillac Mountain at around 3:30am, to catch the sunrise at 4:30am… Dedication much? 3. Refer to 1. and 2. … Isn’t that enough!? I’m exhausted just looking at these amazing, natural, love filled (and exertion filled) images.

Photography by: Jake & Katie

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How they give:

They both work with refugee children from Myanmar and Congo (mentoring/tutoring/teaching) each week. Jill also helps teach English to adult refugees. Jake works for a non-profit called LYF Inc. teaching adult special needs. He is also a youth director and spends time leading and encouraging the youth on Wednesday and Thursday nights and Sunday mornings. Also before relocating to Tampa, Jill was dedicated to coaching soccer for young girls, in Texas.

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How they met (from Jill):

‘We met at age 12, in the seventh grade. We had friends who were friends but did not get in touch again until age 20. We became BEST friends for a whole year and then as I was leaving for Africa for the summer, he told me he was going to miss me. That was when everything changed. We both started considering dating each other and asked advice/prayer to see if this should happen. God changed our hearts from best friends in to loves and now we have been dating for almost three years.’

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They got married in January, with their reception set at The Rialto Theatre (BSB Vendor) and their intentional wedding kindness didn’t stop there. After announcing our winners for the Wedding World Changer Day last Spring, Jill went out of her way to reach out to several of those volunteering vendors to show her appreciation and support their businesses with her own wedding planning… It was the sweetest gesture of continued generosity!

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Thank you Jill and Jake for your amazing dedication to others!

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WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK!

Did you know that the National Park Services has over 12 billion dollars of outstanding repairs and needs across the 2000 parks and forests they maintain? Go grab your annual NPS Pass today and help support the future of our planet for generations to come!

April 15-16 and April 22-23 : Free Admission to any National Park in the United States

Buy a National Park Pass (for $80). There are also FREE Passes available for active military, and students in the 4th grade, as well as discounted passes for Seniors. Learn more HERE.

Find the closest park to you and volunteer or support their fundraising initiatives!

National Park Wedding: Lauren & Andrew- Joshua Tree, CA

Watch out for the cacti, because from 4/15-4/23 BSB will be sharing ONLY park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Parks Week and today we’re heading to the desert! (Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week)

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Lauren & Andrew traveled from their native New Zealand to marry in America, with the glorious vistas of Joshua Tree as their backdrop. They started their day getting ready at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, and then they road tripped to Joshua Tree National Park for their intimate and heartfelt ceremony. It was a windy, frigid day in the desert, but you can’t even tell in these photos. Maybe their love kept them warm? They celebrated with California sparkling wine and cupcakes from a local bakery. This gorgeous elopement was put together and photographed by the incredibly talented Moxie Bright Events and Westlund Photography.

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National Park: Joshua Tree | Wedding Planning: Moxie Bright Events | Photographer: Westlund Photography  | Cupcakes: Over The Rainbow Bakery | Local Wine: J Winery | Accomodations: Ace Hotel Palm Springs | Hair & Makeup: Chelsea Nicole | Officiant: Reverend Joe

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WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK!

Did you know that the National Park Services has over 12 billion dollars of outstanding repairs and needs across the 2000 parks and forests they maintain? Go grab your annual NPS Pass today and help support the future of our planet for generations to come!

April 15-16 and April 22-23 : Free Admission to any National Park in the United States

Buy a National Park Pass (for $80). There are also FREE Passes available for active military, and students in the 4th grade, as well as discounted passes for Seniors. Learn more HERE.

Find the closest park to you and volunteer or support their fund raising initiatives!