Groom kisses bride during their wedding day after session at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.

David & Michaela | Moonridge Cabin Wedding | McCall, Idaho

David and Michaelas McCall Idaho Wedding Story…..​

Last winter was particularly snowy in the northwest. There were still piles of snow lingering around the Airbnb David & Michaela rented for their wedding in late May. The snow piles seemed fitting because snow had been an element they wanted to include in their engagement photos. I met Michaela and David for the first time last winter for their engagement photos in McCall. There had been a record snowfall the day before Super Bowl Sunday and instead of watching the game we went snowshoeing in Ponderosa State Park.

Getting married outside in May can be a gamble. The week leading up to David and Michaela’s wedding was rainy but their wedding day dawned with a beautiful overcast sky. One of the biggest questions I get from couples is ‘what do we do if it rains? – my response is…. It’s your wedding day! Embrace what it has to offer and don’t stress about it. Besides, rain on your wedding day is supposed to mean good luck!

Couple embraces after their wedding ceremony at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.
Couples hugs after their ceremony at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.

I arrived at Moonridge Cabin in McCall in the morning and helped with some last minute setup for the ceremony location. The house they rented sat next to a stand of pine trees and they decorated the area with dreamcatchers Michaela had made over the winter. After finishing setup David and Michaela headed inside to get ready. 

The Moonridge Cabin Airbnb was perfect for getting ready in because it had a large master suite for the girls and several smaller rooms upstairs for the guys. David made a crystal necklace to give Michaela during their ‘first look’. David and his son had matching blue suits and watching them get ready together was one of the sweetest things I have witnessed during a wedding day. David and Michaela opted to not see each other before their ceremony, so the ‘first look’ was done through a door off the master suite.

The Guys

Groom wedding details from a small wedding at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.
Bride wedding details from a small wedding at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.
from a small wedding at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.
Grooms son getting ready at during a wedding at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.

The Gals

Bride gets her makeup touched up during a wedding day at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.
Bride puts on her barefoot wedding sandals during a wedding day at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.

Their Moonridge Cabin Wedding Details

Every detail of Michaela and David’s intimate wedding in McCall was intentional and a representation of their love and what was important to them. They only included traditions in their wedding that they valued. They didn’t do a first dance because it wasn’t them. They didn’t cut a cake or throw flowers because they didn’t care about these traditions. Instead, they incorporated vows to David’s son in their ceremony, burnt sage to purify the energy around them before promising to love and honor each other, performed an AcroYoga routine for their first dance and ate milk n’ cookies in place of a cake.

Dreamcatcher inspired wedding ceremony at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.
Boho and dreamcatcher inspired wedding ceremony at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.
Bride hugs her son during a pine tree inspired wedding ceremony at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.
Couples exchanges their first kiss at their Moonridge Cabin wedding in McCall, Idaho

Their first Dance

The AcroYoga routine David and Michaela performed in place of a traditional first dance was amazing. They spent over a year practicing it and kept it a secret from their friends and family because they wanted to surplice them.

Unique first dance ideas, Wedding couple preforming a AcroYogo routine as their first dance in McCall, Idaho.
Wedding couple preforming aa AcroYogo routine as their first dance in McCall, Idaho.

Their Adventure

An hour before sunset the lightning becomes long and even with soft backlighting. This is the ideal time to take couple portraits, so we headed to the pine trees to take a few where they were married. We didn’t linger long with couple photos because David and Michaela had opted for an after wedding adventure session on Payette Lake the next day. Even if you are doing a wedding ‘after session’ it’s still important to grab a few couples pictures the day of your wedding.

A couple dances on large rock overlooking Payette Lake during their Moonridge Cabin wedding in McCall, Idaho
Bride hugs groom from behind during their wedding day at Moonridge Cabin in McCall, Idaho.
Bride and groom walk together during their Moonridge Cabin wedding in McCall, Idaho

Vendors

Venue: Moonridge Cabin Florals: Farm to Market Floral Design Rings: Precious Metal Arts Catering: Incahoots BBQ & Catoring Officiant: Reverend Teeoka

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