Cook and Melton wed July 29 in ceremony with Grand Tetons as backdrop

Samantha Drew Cook and Joseph Adam Melton were united in marriage in a 4 p.m. ceremony on July 29. The Grand Tetons served as the backdrop for the outdoor ceremony held at Diamond Cross Ranch.

The Reverend Ray McDaniel of Jackson, Wy. officiated. The bride is the daughter of Patti Cook and Timothy Cook of Roseville, Minn. The bridegroom is the son of  Rebecca Melton and the late Jobie Terrell Melton Jr. of Jackson.

Music during the ceremony was provided by Jeff Stackhouse and Paige Harris who performed an original song written just for the couple.

Given in marriage by her father and walking down an aisle created by friends and family, the bride wore a handcrafted gown. The A-line dress of Anjo lace featured a soft netting, an illusion lace V-neck, and a soft charmeuse lining. The illusion back was finished with lace covered buttons, and a cathedral length veil trailed from a flower in her hair. The bride carried a bouquet of deep pink peonies, blush roses, raspberries, lemon leaf, ranunculus, and foxglove.

Matron of honor was Emily Face of Roseville, Minn. Bridesmaids were Caroline Jones of Bremerton, Wash.; Erin Martin of Moran, Wy.; Rachel Kois of Broomfield, Colo.; Danielle Portfleet of Grand Rapids and Katie Dullum of St. Paul, Minn. They wore dusty purple chiffon dresses, each in an individual style and carried bouquets filled with deep pinks, reds, and pops of peach.

Andrew Melton of Katy, Texas, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. Groomsmen were Lan Ingram of Washington, D.C.; Jonathan Prudhomme of Memphis; and Jordan Miller, Martin Miller, and Brennan Hancock, all of Jackson.

Serving as flower girl was Macie Martin, and Brooks Face, as the ring bearer.

Following the ceremony, a dinner and dance was held inside the barn at Diamond Cross Ranch. Guests enjoyed dinner while listening to stories of the couple told by family and friends. After dinner, they danced to “CLEAR.” After dances with their parents, the couple opened the floor for their guests. Guests enjoyed dancing to music provided by Jackson Hole Production Company.

On the eve of the wedding, the couple was honored with a rehearsal dinner hosted by the bridegroom’s mother. The barbecue dinner, attended by family and friends, was held in a meadow at Turpin Meadow Ranch in Moran, with the Grand Tetons in the background.

The couple is at home in Moran.

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