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contents

in every issue 03 From the editor 05 The big picture 36 High Country Wedding Marketplace

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38 Advertiser index 40 Last dance

departments 08 Planning Planning your wedding should be an enjoyable journey

13 Design THE POWER OF THE FLOWER

Select and design the perfect palette of petals

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17 Photography SAY CHEESE!

Expert advice on selecting the right photographer for you

25 Style ONE SINGULAR SENSATION

A stunning display of the latest in bridal fashions

features 21 A High Country Affair

Three real weddings from around the state that are sure to inspire

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28 Pick Your Paradise

A comprehensive selection of unique venues to make your matrimonial most memorable

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Matrimonial Madness Getting married in 2011? Enter High Country Wedding Magazine’s Matrimonial Madness contest to win a prize package of wedding services valued up to $2,000. Prizes will be awarded for brides-to-be in Summit County, Vail Valley, Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Go online to register by March 31, 2011: www.summitdaily.com/ matrimonialmadness www.vaildaily.com/matrimonialmadness www.aspentimes.com/ matrimonialmadness

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ON THE COVER PHOTO BY ROBIN PROCTOR PHOTOGRAPHY

TOP TO BOTTOM: BROOKE BAILEY THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY, ROBIN JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY, INPHOTOGRAPHY, COURTESY OF ALLURE BRIDALS, COURTESY OF DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH

MUCH TO DO BEFORE “I DO”


from the editor

it’s just one day ... But it’s a very special day that stands as a threshold between your past and future; between the wondering and wandering, and the adventure that you face together as a new family with new dreams. And that one day bundles a lifetime of experience and desire, bringing together the most important people in your life to ritualize your first step into the mysteries of marriage. The day requires a baffling amount of preparation. Tending to the details that will make it memorable while trying to enjoy the process can be a true tightrope walk.You need a guide, a North Star to lead you through the waves of excitement and anxiety, and keep you focused on the true task at hand — creating a most magical day for you and yours. Where do you even begin? Here. In your hands is the perfect starting point to dig in your heels and set your sights on the big “I do.â€? Focused exclusively on the Colorado High Country, we offer expert advice and timeless ideas to make this a smooth and enjoyable process. You’ll find photographers from around the state, an exhaustive list of venues for any budget, ideas for music ‌ even an app to help get you through. But the most valuable nugget inside these pages is inspiration. With photos from real Colorado weddings, a sampling of the latest bridal fashions and a look at floral arrangements, you’re sure to be inspired with ideas for your own special day. And that, after all, is what we really want. We want your day to be uniquely yours, full of your own flavor and flair. Sure, it’s just one day. But it belongs entirely to you. Make it shine.

Brendan Harrington EDITOR

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Your Perfect Mountain Wedding Starts Here...

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2011

PUBLISHED ANNUALLY BY COLORADO MOUNTAIN NEWS MEDIA

PUBLISHER Andrea Porter andrea@cmnm.org EDITOR Brendan Harrington bharrington@cmnm.org PUBLICATION DESIGNER Alithea Doyle adoyle@cmnm.org ASSOCIATE DESIGNERS Carrie Calvin Afton Groepper Malisa Samsel CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Reid Armstrong, Tracy Dvorak Brendan Harrington, Io Hayden Caddie Nath, Wren Wertin CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Kay Beaton, Kelley Cox Jason Grubb, Michele DeVries Peter Holcombe, Robin Johnson Jamie Pierzchala, Robin Proctor Karen Skelly, Studio JK Photography Rachel Terry, Shane Macomber Kimberly Gavin, Brooke Bailey Thomas SALES Grand Junction Linda Findley lfindley@cmnm.org Roaring Fork Valley Gunilla Asher gasher@cmnm.org Summit County / Grand County Maggie Butler mbutler@cmnm.org

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much to do, before “I do” Planning your wedding is a fun journey best shared with family and friends BY BRENDAN HARRINGTON

Let’s face it: Planning your wedding day can be completely overwhelming. Unless you elope to a beach in Costa Rica, you have countless details to tend to between now and the big day and it’s hard to know where to begin. But your wedding isn’t supposed to be stressful. It’s supposed to be fun, enchanting, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that goes off without a hitch. All too often, the onus falls on you, the bride, to create the vision, coordinate the vendors, plan the guest list, send out invitations, order the cake, choose the music, schedule the spa, engrave the rings … you get the picture. The key to relieving the pressure and enjoying the process lies in planning ahead, organizing a timeline and staying focused on each task at hand to create an event that will last forever in cherished memories. Here, in broad strokes, we offer ideas to simplify the process, stay on track and actually enjoy the journey to your dreamy destination wedding in the Colorado High Country.

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Save the Date

there’s an app for that …

It goes without saying that the first step is choosing the date and venue. The two go hand in hand as you envision the ultimate day. Do you want to wed in a church or outdoors on a mountaintop? Do you want an intimate occasion at a secluded lodge? Or do you seek a grand affair with sweeping summer vistas and hundreds of guests? Whatever you choose, leave yourself plenty of time to plan. Your budget is the other immediate consideration, as it will affect every choice you make from here on out. If you are able to clarify a precise dollar amount, then you can divide that among the various aspects and vendors to establish how much you want to spend, where. Next, we suggest building a timeline with the major elements mapped out in order of

Bridal Binder is an extremely thorough and user-friendly smartphone application that helps you track exactly what you need to do when. Designed by professional wedding planner Meg Stepanek, of Gemini Event Planning in Eagle, Bridal Binder creates a personal agenda and to-do list, allowing you to keep every bit of info together in one place ... your pocket. www.bridalbinder.com

importance. As you create this timeline, the sneaky little details will begin to emerge and find a place within your planning agenda. So, as you begin to choose an officiant, the details of the ceremony will come to the surface, such as


your day, your way In planning the big day, look for unique ways to put your own personal stamp on your wedding. It’s an opportunity to express your personality — as individuals and as a couple together. “I always start at the basics,â€? says Meg Stepanek of Gemini Event Planning in Eagle. “These are two people bringing their lives together. I go back to their roots and look at what made them who they are today.â€? She then finds clever ways to incorporate their backgrounds into the wedding, such as a fun gift bag for guests. If your first date was a Red Sox game, put a Sox cap in the bag. If you grew up at the beach, inscribe seashells with a special message from the day. Calling in elements from your past is an easy and affordable way to add some character. “Also, the paperie can be very expressive,â€? says Stepanek. “If you love to ski, design save the date cards that look like a lift ticket. Find a theme that expresses your personality and carry it throughout.â€? Details such as this can make a significant statement, according to Stepanek. “I had one bride whose family was from Italy. Her grandmother made Limoncello and put them in small bottles that they used for escort cards at the reception,â€? she recalls. “Some of these things that could become monotonous present a real opportunity. Turn them into something unique that shows your style.â€? “Of course, the simple fact that they’re getting married in the mountains says a lot about a couple, too,â€? Stepanek continues. “So we look for ways to create an experience outside of the norm, for guests to really experience Colorado.â€? By hosting an outdoor barbecue at the Lazy J Ranch, or taking a sleigh ride to an intimate cabin dinner, you will provide a memorable experience that goes far beyond the wedding, Stepanek says. Holding a mountaintop ceremony or incorporating a gondola ride, even taking your guests rafting will make it a weekend to remember. “This is the beginning of a couple’s adventure together,â€? she says. “Guests should share in that and, more than a wedding, it can be a great vacation ‌ an adventure.â€? Find Stepanek online at www.geminieventplanning.com.

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for your wedding is an entirely personal matter. Do you want the vibrant energy of a live band or the flexibility and personal touch of a DJ? There are a few factors to consider when planning the music. “Today, it’s DJ vs. iPod, really,” says Courtney Hampton of Hampton Entertainment in Breckenridge. A DJ herself, Hampton explains that more people are trying to create playlists and manage their own music, which is not necessarily a good idea. She explains how trying to control the music

yourself can lead to lapses in the entertainment, awkward silences, or the wrong songs playing that wrong times. “It’s not just music, it’s entertainment,” she says. “If there’s no entertainment, then it’s just a really expensive dinner party.” While live music has an indisputable energy, DJs offer more than just music, Hampton believes. “A DJ also coordinates the day, leads the party and works with all the other vendors to ensure everything goes right,” she says. Leading the party is an important ingredient, and a

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such as how the couple met. “The crowd will cry, cheer, scream … they’re so into it,” she says. “And then everyone’s gathered and focused on the first dance.”

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design

the power of the flower

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How to select and design your own perfect petals BY BRENDAN HARRINGTON

Flowers are fleeting. They blossom, beautify and fade. However, the impression they make at your wedding is indelible. They create atmosphere, and serve to make your wedding ... your wedding. ¶ “Besides the wedding dress, the flowers are what bring the magic and beauty to a wedding,” says Susan Rapson, owner of A Secret Garden in Vail. “They are a very personal expression.” Rapson has been designing wedding arrangements from her shop in the heart of Vail Village for 15 years, so we turned to her for advice on how to choose and design the perfect palette of petals for your High Country affair. »

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design Color In designing flower arrangements for a wedding, Rapson begins with the overall color scheme and works to match or complement it. “A lot depends on the color of the bridesmaid dresses,” she says.

Season It seems obvious, but is often overlooked: You want fresh flowers that are in season to grace your affair. “If a bride says, ‘I love peonies,’ and it’s May or June, great! If it’s autumn, we go to a hydrangea or garden rose,” Rapson explains.

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Venue Design your floral arrangements in concert with the wedding venue, Rapson recommends. If there are very high ceilings, for example, then the arrangements should be tall and linear.

Personality

Budget Budget is usually a concern when planning your wedding, and there are ways to create wonderful arrangements no matter how much you’ve allotted to the flowers. When it comes to prioritizing where you spend your floral budget, Rapson says to make an impression first. “The bridal bouquet has to be spectacular.” Next

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Rapson stresses the importance of designing flowers to match a bride’s style and vision. For example, destination brides to the Rockies often envision a rustic affair, which would imply more wildflower varieties. “We plan flowers around what they’re looking for,” she explains. “Birch bark containers, sunflowers, delphiniums … they give a rustic look.”


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come the table centerpieces, she says. “People will be sitting in front of them for a long time. They’ll notice them.”

Unique Applications Beyond bridal arrangements and centerpieces, there are many unique ways to tie flowers into the design of your wedding. Cake flowers add an artistic and colorful touch, as do personal flowers for different people involved in the wedding. For example, Rapson will design boutonnieres with herbs, berries and copper wire; or even add fruits and vegetables to decorative arrangements for texture. Find A Secret Garden online at www.secretgardenvail.com

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photography

say cheese! Choosing the perfect photographer for your big day should not be a shot in the dark BY BRENDAN HARRINGTON

PHOTOGR APHY BY ROBIN JOHNSON

There is no question that photography

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plays a crucial role in your wedding. The day flies by so fast, with so many people, that you want to capture the memories to relive them with friends and relatives for years to come. The images you take from your special day will stir laughter and tears, and hold frozen those fleeting moments you cherish so dearly. ¶ Yet, photography is a subjective art. Each couple wants a different look, a different collection of images, and for a different purpose. And each photographer brings a unique style and approach to a wedding. When you throw pricing and proofing structures into the mix, the search for your best photographer can be a true challenge. »

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So, who better to guide us through the maze of choosing a photographer than a professional wedding photographer? Here, Robin Johnson of Breckenridge shares her insights and advice on what questions to ask, what images to pursue and, of course, what shoes to wear.

Personality When meeting with a potential photographer, “The best thing a bride can do is not talk about wedding stuff the whole time. Find out who the photographer is, get their vibe,” Johnson says. “Would you hang out with this person? You’ll be with them all day. They’ll see you in your underwear. Would you hang out with them or would your mom hang out with them?” Quality photography should be about building a relationship between the family and photographer, she explains. “I love it when a bride calls and says, ‘I had a baby!!’ I say. ‘I’m coming to Denver!’” Your photographer should feel like a lifelong friend: easy and relaxed, able to diffuse any tension.

Portfolio When reviewing photographers’ portfolios, ask to see photos from the wedding they shot on the same weekend the year before. “Pin ‘em to the wall on that one,” Johsnon insists. “Get the phone number of the bride from that wedding and call her. The weather was the same, they went through something similar to what you’ll go through. Also, you want to see how photographers react when you knock them out of the spiel. Find out who they are.”

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She even suggests asking outrageous questions at the interview, just to see how they react. “At your wedding, the routine can get broken and you want to know that they can think on the fly; that they can improvise.”

Pricing How does a potential photographer charge? What final product will you get? “That’s where they get you,” she states. “[Some photographers will] give you packages where you think you’re getting enough. Then you get the proofs and you think ‘I have to have all of these! I need everything, but I hate to pay $15 for a 4x6...’”


Johnson prefers a simple approach to pricing with one rate that covers everything, including the original negatives or digital files. And will you get the copyright? Not all photographers offer full rights to the images they shoot at your wedding, so be clear on this up front. “Destination brides need the copyright so they can print their own pictures in Topeka,” Johnson explains. Budget is always a concern, but Johnson believes that photography should be a top priority when deciding where to spend your wedding dollars. “Your dress will fade, your cake will get eaten … the only thing you’ll have are the photos. The photos are what last. They are the story of your day,” she says. “Your grandchildren will be able to see that story and say ‘Wow! I didn’t realize my grandmother was so fun. Look how beautiful she is!’ Get a photographer who can tell your story.”

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Must-Get Shots For Johnson, the must-get shots at any wedding are the obscure ones. “The shots you really want are the ones that aren’t scripted; the ones you don’t know the photographer is taking,” she says. Avoid the laundry list of posed family photos as they’ll happen regardless. “Don’t even make the list because then your photographer will be herding you around all day,” she advises. “Take the time with your photographer to escape the chaos, wander away and just be.” Johnson insists on a walk-through with the bride and groom the day before the wedding. “A lot changes between November and April,” she says. “The light will be different, the water levels at the lake will be different. A walk-through the day before can put the bride at ease.”

Approach While there are certainly benefits to a photographer staying in the wings and letting the event unfold naturally, your shooter does not need to be a passive observer. Consider a photographer who can get involved in the party and make good things happen. “I don’t orchestrate, I instigate,” says Johnson. “I don’t just get the college friends on the floor to stand there, I go get obnoxious Joey and have him arrange a stunt to get the guys on the deck for a private session ... He gets a twinkle in his eye and we’re on.” Johsnon looks to make the most of the unexpected moments such as a groom in his tux lifting a muddy bike onto the roof rack for a Moab honeymoon. She encourages brides to get a little crazy, too. By letting go and expressing their ideas, brides can help to create cherished images and photographers should respond to their spontaneity.

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Johnson encourages couples to truly express themselves and make their special day just that: their special day. “The most important thing is to own it,” she says. “If you want to wear red Chuckies, make the cake red too and tie it all together. Make it yours!” “That’s what weddings are about: romance, emotion and intensity,” she says. “It’s not about scripting the day and what time is the cake cutting. This is your life; this is your moment. Own it. Make it yours. Do not take it out of a book. Make it yours!” Find Robin online at www.robinjohnsonphoto.com


A high country affair Three real weddings to induce inspiration

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The greatest inspirations for creating your perfect day often come from seeing others’ perfect days. Perhaps it’s a table setting that strikes you; a wedding gown or hairstyle. Maybe it’s the photography or even the venue you’d like to emulate. ¶ Here, courtesy of Emily Campbell at Bella Design and Planning, we present three real High Country weddings from 2010, each with personal flair and style. ¶ Let the daydreaming begin… Find Bella Design & Planning online at www.gobella.com

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Autumn Bliss Ellie Berry and Nick Sarrow-Wait Saddle Ridge, Beaver Creek September 25, 2010 PHOTOGRAPHY BY INPHOTOGRAPHY WWW.INPHOTOGRAPHY.NET

Wedding Vendors WEDDING PLANNING AND DESIGN:

Bella Design & Planning STATIONARY: Meredith Kurosko at Regas NY CALLIGRAPHER: Love Jenna CAKE: Sugar FLORALS: Bloom MUSIC: Whitewater Ramble HAIR AND MAKEUP: Inga Cox BRIDAL DRESS: Amsale BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Calypso

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Good As Gold Mindy Evangelisti and Joel Bolt Copper Mountain Resort June 19, 2010 PHOTOGRAPHY BY STUDIO JK PHOTOGRAPHY WWW.STUDIOJK.COM

Wedding Vendors ors WEDDING PLANNING AND DESIGN:

Bella Design & Planning STATIONARY: Squeeze ze D Designz CAKE: Kelley y Kakes LIGHTING & DRAPERY: P Pink Monkey FLORALS: LOR LS: Blo Bloom loom o MUSIC: MU US USIC: Bravo String t i Quartet uar and Great Time DJ HAIR: A Amanda Haley, Roots MAKEUP: Joy Petty, Blush BRIDAL DRESS: Priscilla’s of Boston BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David’s Bridal

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Wedding Vendors WEDDING PLANNING AND DESIGN:

Bella Design & Planning STATIONARY: Bella Figura & Squeeze Designz CAKE: Ned Archibald LIGHTING: Colorado Tents and Events FLORALS: Creations by Christine MUSIC: Quartetto Denver and Great Time DJ HAIR: Amanda Haley, Roots MAKEUP: Joy Petty, Blush BRIDAL DRESS: Priscillaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Boston BRIDESMAID DRESS: the bridesmaids all wore dresses of their choosing

Western Wonder Katie Croft and Scott Goldberg Keystone Ranch August 20, 2010. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON G WWW.JASON-G.COM

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ALLURE BRIDALS Strapless, sweetheart neckline and ruched bodice. The natural waistline is accented with beading and Swarovski crystals. The tea length skirt features lace applique, organza swirls, and tulle to create a threedimensional design. Chiyoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bridal & Tux www.allurebridals.com

one singular sensation In every move that she makes, a bride should feel fairy tale on her wedding day BY BRENDAN HARRINGTON

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ALVINA VALENTA Oyster silk faced satin modified A-line bridal gown. Draped bodice with soft scoop neckline and detachable one shoulder jeweled ruffle detail. Back skirt shirring, chapel train. The Bridal Collection www.jlmcouture.com/ Alvina-Valenta

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JUNKO YOSHIOKA Strapless natural-waisted satin face organza modified A-line gown with draped chiffon bodice and ruffle skirt detail. anna bĂŠ www.junkoyoshioka.com

LELA ROSE Textured silk gazar draped gown with bustled back detail. The Gallerie www.lelarose.com

TARA KEELY Ivory Alencon lace modified bridal ball gown. Elongated bodice with ribbon at natural waist, full gathered lace skirt, sweep train. Blue www.jlmcouture.com/ Tara-Keely


JIM HJELM Ivory silk faced, satin organza ball gown, strapless Alencon lace bodice, Champagne moire ribbon accented with floral crystal detail, pick-up skirt, chapel train. Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;anelli Bridals www.jlmcouture.com/ Jim-Hjelm

LAZARO Sherbet silk satin organza ruffle trumpet bridal gown, sweetheart neckline, elongated pleated bodice, jeweled petal brooch accents layered ruffle skirt, chapel train. The Bridal Collection www.jlmcouture.com/ Lazaro

ADELE WECHSLER Bikini cup with inlaid silk organza. Spaghetti straps with organza hydrangea petals, ruffled border hemline. Vegetable-dyed, all silk organza. Boulder Bridal www.adelewechsler.com

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pick your paradise From Grand County to the Grand Valley, the Colorado High Country offers magnificent matrimonial venues

Have you always dreamed of a quaint wedding surrounded by close family alongside a mountain stream? Or are you the grandiose type, with hundreds of friends perched on a patio enjoying expansive views of faraway peaks? Whatever your vision of paradise may be, you’ll find it in the Colorado Rockies. ¶ Here, we present a handful of our favorite High Country venues to whet your wedding day whistle. »

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Donovan Pavilion

Vail Valley By Wren Wertin

The Chapel at Beaver Creek

DONOVAN PAVILION

A stone and timber mountain lodge, Donovan Pavilion sits on 50 acres of park and open space. Tucked into the mountainside, the spacious 5,200-square-foot building can accommodate 250 guests inside, as well as another 100 guests on the patio overlooking Gore Creek. On-site kitchen, large bathrooms, audio-visual equipment, tables, outdoor amenities and plenty of parking are included in the Pavilion rental. Vail • www.donovanpavilion.com (970) 477-3699

COURTESY DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH & SHANE MACOMBER PHOTOGRAPHY

THE CHAPEL AT BEAVER CREEK

Built as a joint effort of all its member congregations, the Chapel at Beaver Creek is nestled at the base of Beaver Creek, right on the creek within a grove of balsam trees. The stone building is the embodiment of simple elegance. The main sanctuary seats 200 people with an additional 50 in the balcony. The chapel can be booked by going through any of the member congregations, which include those in the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish traditions. Beaver Creek • www.beavercreekchapel.com (970) 471-3117 GAME CREEK RESTAURANT

Renowned for its stunning view high above Vail, Game Creek Restaurant features a fusion of an American-French style of cooking with seasonal ingredients, complemented by an extensive wine list and superior service. The lodge has an Old-World feel, and the large deck is a favorite spot for couples. The restaurant can ac-

commodate 120 seated guests on the main level and 60 seated guests on the bistro level. Vail Mountain • www.Vail.com (866) 231-VAIL LARKSPUR RESTAURANT

Larkspur’s warm ambiance, congenial service and award-winning American cuisine has created memorable events for more than a decade. With a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces available, the restaurant has hosted weddings for as few as two people and as many as 200. Voted Best Large Party Venue 2010 in the Vail Daily’s Readers’ Choice poll. Vail • www.Larkspurvail.com (970) 754-8048

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OUTDOOR

Bliss

Game Creek Restaurant

Two Summit County venues for lakeside weddings

PUG’S LAKESIDE TIKI BAR

Larkspur Restaurant

The Timber Hearth at Cordillera

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THE TIMBER HEARTH AT CORDILLERA

Part of The Club at Cordillera, The Timber Hearth sits on 7,000 acres with views of the club’s spectacular golf courses and of the Gore Range. Most events accommodate 80-200 guests. The restaurant, which serves above-and-beyond American cuisine, has a Western ambiance with a romantic flair. There is also an outdoor ceremony location on site as well as a patio perfect for cocktail receptions before heading inside for dinner. In the winter season, enjoy the option of horse-drawn sleigh rides provided by Bearcat Stables. Edwards • www.cordillera-vail.com (970) 926-4622

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This beautiful lakeside lodge provides an intimate rustic location for weddings. Summer ceremonies can be held on the lawn with sweeping views of the Ten Mile Range and Swan Mountain. Winter weddings are held in front of the log structure’s grand stone fireplace. The Keystone ranch can host parties of up to 180 people in the summer and 120 people in the winter. Keystone • www.keystoneresort.com (877) 625-1541

ONE SKI HILL PLACE

One Ski Hill Place, at the base of Peak 8, offers a selection of venues from spacious vaultedceiling ballrooms able to accommodate up to 350 guests to elegant smaller settings perfect for more intimate gatherings. With an open stone patio set against a magnificent mountain backdrop for an outdoor ceremony or photos, this is Breckenridge’s newest luxury wedding venue. One Ski Hill Place offers catering and bar services, a dance floor and guest parking for a number of events leading up to and including the big day. Breckenridge • www.oneskihill.rockresorts.com/weddings (800) 332-0424

KIMBERLY GAVIN & SHANE MACOMBER PHOTOGRAPHY

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SILVERTHORNE PAVILION

The Silverthorne Pavilion offers an open, inviting location for weddings of any size, with elegant decor, hardwood floors and handcrafted chandeliers in a quiet mountain setting. The Pavilion provides indoor and outdoor venues, off-premise catering and valet parking for up to 300 guests and is an affordable alternative to resort venues. Silverthorne • www.silverthorne.org (970) 262-7396

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SOLITUDE STATION

Copper Mountain

Take the American Eagle chairlift up to the unique mountaintop Solitude Station and say your vows at 11,200 feet while you’re surrounded by breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. Then follow the ceremony with a memorable reception at the elegant Grand Lodge at Copper overlooking the golf course. Solitude Station can comfortably accommodate up to 250 people, and the bride and groom will each receive a complimentary Copper season pass. Copper Mountain • www.coppercolorado.com (970) 471-2632

THE ASPENALT LODGE

At first glance the Aspenalt is a midpoint motel in the Roaring Fork Valley. Walk ‘round back though, and it is suddenly a very friendly riverside venue. Unanticipated privacy allows your gathering to enjoy itself in or out of doors almost simultaneously. Both the native and the out-of-town-bride fortunate enough to stumble upon the Aspenalt will be gratified by its proximity to area attractions and plethora of included amenities including the riverside hot tub. Basalt • www.aspenalt.com (970) 927-3971 ASPEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

For the bride who craves that extra bit of chivalry, the venues of The Aspen Historical Society will delight. Do you need a city block or more than two acres for the event? Choose what would have been the home of Jerome Wheeler or the former Holden/Marolt Ranch. Be prepared to bring a tent under which you are free to host the fashionable, welcome barbecue or Sunday brunch. Alternatively, let the

Your wedding is so much more than just a party. Make sure your DJ is more than just music. Find out the ways a great DJ can make your wedding unforgettable. Go to www.Hampton-Entertainment.com or give us a call. We’d love to hear about your ideas for your dream wedding and help make them come true.

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Society return you and your guests to the era of lawn games and croquet. Full circle mountain views lend themselves well to modern photography, while indoor pictures with a sepia feel are also popular. Aspen • www.aspenhistory.org (970) 925-3721 ext.107 FLYING DOG RANCH RETREAT

We met a man who had driven from Denver with his daughter for a closer look at the Flying Dog Ranch’s facility rental. On our way out, we knew they would have to appreciate the irrepressible wildflowers and potted blooms that graced its lovely finished barn. Lively line dancing would be suited here, as would the more traditional wedding dances. Plentiful indoor space opens to a garden, pastoral, mountain setting for 250. “Our facility allows people to enjoy the formal, while the rustic is outside the door,” notes owner Lydia McKintyre. Carbondale • www.flyingdogranch.com (970) 309-5256 AVALANCHE RANCH

If you would only ever get a vacation because you are getting married, and the formal touches look more like a formal nightmare, wake up and high tail it to Avalanche Ranch. Rent the Dog House “cabin No. 4,” for your fiancé until he says “I do.” If you are even more inclined to travel, step onto Route 66, (No. 14). You will be able to use all of these cabins and their quaint names to house your outdoor enthusiasts who can indulge in everything from trout fishing to cross country skiing. Elope or host an entire family in rustic luxury. Brides, BYOB (bring your own boy), and marry his way. Redstone • www.avalancheranch.com (970) 963-2846 GLENWOOD HOT SPRINGS

Gold Mine Tours • Free Museums Guided Walks, Hikes, Snowshoe & Ski Tours Events and Programs • DVDs & Books Breckenridge Souvenirs Visit us in the Breckenridge Welcome Center or Online at breckheritage.com • 970.453.9767

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Are you a family-oriented bride trying to find the perfect multigenerational spot to celebrate your wedding? Steeping in minerals and history at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Lodge is a treat for the arthritic and adept alike. Its waterslide is not just for kiddies; snow need not interrupt your 104-degree soak. Fun combines with convenience in this casual, well-appointed resort property. The lodge has the capability to host festivities for up to 35. Adjacent, the Spa of the Rockies which opened just three years ago, offers youth-restoring treatments to lucky guests in the original 1890 bathhouse. Glenwood Springs www.hotspringspool.com www.spaoftherockies.com (970) 945-3324


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The Grand Lake Lodge

The Sky Hotel

Gateway Canyons

THE SKY HOTEL

Dream, plan and luxuriate while looking up at The Sky. Its Aspen Mountain Room becomes a venue suitable for any presidential party or your reception of up to 150. The snowflake sconces shine light on to guests who spill into an outdoor living room complete with warm waterfall. Drop your stress and temperature to Thirty-Nine Degrees as you contemplate details of being wed in Aspen’s ultra-attentive and only boutique hotel. “It’s about the individuality of the couple; we are not a ‘cookie cutter’ catering service,” says Helen Roche, catering manager. Aspen • www.theskyhotel.com (970) 429-7803

Winter Park Resort

Grand County By Reid Armstrong

perb wedding ceremony site, featuring an astonishing backdrop for wedding photographs. This incredible view has awed hundreds of couples. Grand Lake • www.grandlakelodge.com (970) 627-3967

THE GRAND LAKE LODGE

DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH

Long recognized as an outstanding wedding destination, the Grand Lake Lodge offers an exclusive outdoor covered mountainside terrace. This venue showcases the Lodge’s premier view of Colorado’s largest natural lake, the Continental Divide and Rocky Mountain National Park. Just steps away, the lovely Nuptial Knoll located on a secluded bluff overlooking Grand Lake is a su-

Indulge in the quintessential Rocky Mountain experience at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, where wilderness-based luxury comes with a thoughtful eye on sustainability. Enjoy 5,000 acres of scenic beauty, nature-based spa treatments and outdoor recreation options that will keep everyone entertained. Uniquely appointed guest rooms and cabins offer dream-induced options,

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with indoor/outdoor ceremony venues and contemporary artisan or ranch-style cuisine for Western-style magic on a couple’s special day. Tabernash • www.devilsthumbranch.com (800) 933-4339 LATIGO RANCH

Traditional Jewish Ceremony for Reform and Interfaith Weddings

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ogether we create a truly meaningful Interfaith wedding ceremony, that reflects your unique personalities, spiritual beliefs & heartfelt feelings. A ceremony as unique, as your love is strong. I shall combine elements of your Jewish heritage with the enduring parts of your spouse’s traditions, to ensure that your wedding ceremony will be a source of joy & a magical memory to treasure forever. I work with my couples to ensure that their special day is remembered for the tears they shed, & the laughter they shared. If there’s something you want in your wedding, it shall be there. A unique ceremony, for an ever-lasting love. CALL:

Harry H. Feldman | 970.948.6205 | harryhfeldman@aol.com

Couples can tie the knot on this 80-year-old ranch, next to a pond that faces an astounding view of the Continental Divide in the distance. Receptions and dances are typically held in a large social club on the ranch that also serves as a backup location during inclement weather. The social club holds about 100 people, has a beautiful stone fireplace, loft, main room and downstairs for dressing rooms. 17 miles northwest of Kremmling • www.latigotrails.com (800) 227-9655 THE LODGE AT SUNSPOT

Imagine an aisle that begins with the Zephyr Express Scenic chairlift rising from the base of Winter Park Resort to The Lodge at Sunspot. Located at 10,700 ft., the lodge features a stone hearth fireplace, wrap around deck overlooking the Continental Divide and exquisite timber architecture. Each customized menu pairs local cuisine to an extensive wine list, pleasing discriminating palates. As evening fades, the starlit gondola returns to base with affordable accommodations offering postcard views of the Rocky Mountains. Winter Park Resort • www.winterparkresortweddings.com (800) 731-6906 ext. 4 C LAZY U RANCH

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Specializing in spring, fall and winter weddings, the C Lazy U Ranch creates lifetime memories. Overlooking Willow Creek Resevoir and the Continental Divide, the “Woodsie” sets picture-perfect scene. An on-site wedding coordinator works to make every aspect of a wedding flawless. Granby • www.clazyu.com (970) 887-3344

Grand Valley By Tracy Dvorak GATEWAY CANYONS

Whether you dream of a casual country wedding or an intimate destination wedding, Gateway Canyons Resort offers plenty of options for that magical day. Choose from the new Palisade Event Center with the Grand Hall and Sunset Atrium, with seating for 150 guests and plenty of room for a grand reception. The Mission Bell Amphitheater provides a stunning location with a wide stage and outdoor seating, opening to a spectacular red rock canyon backdrop. And


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In the heart of Colorado wine country, Amyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Courtyard offers a backdrop of dramatic scenery including Mount Garfield, Grand Mesa and the Bookcliffs, complemented with a picturesque property which includes a pond, gazebo, barn, porch, lush yard and garden. Owner John Barbier says youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find the sunsets to be particularly memorable at this venue. Barbier, a French chef who also owns Le Rouge in downtown Grand Junction, can whip up a dining celebration ranging from casual to formal. Choose from wine dinners, buffets, plated or family-style dining and more. Amyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Courtyard can accommodate 200 guests. Palisade â&#x20AC;˘ www.lerougepianobar.com. (970) 464-4959 WINE COUNTRY INN

When the owners built Wine Country Inn, they had two things in mind: wine and weddings. Exchange vows in the open outdoor Pavilion among the vines, the beautifully landscaped courtyard or the elegantly appointed Vineyard Ballroom, which seats 100 guests. The Victorian styled inn has 80 cozy guest rooms, which can accommodate friends and family for a wedding weekend. Weddings at Wine Country Inn are customizable to suit any bride and groomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. Palisade â&#x20AC;˘ www.coloradowinecountryinn.com (970) 464-5777

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last dance

into the sunset And after it all, the honeymoon… BY BRENDAN HARRINGTON

Your wedding can be all consuming. You plan for a year, sweating the small stuff and dealing with every little detail to throw the biggest party of your life. But after the wedding is over, at last, you get to relax and get away from it all with your spouse. The honeymoon is one tradition no couple should forgo. Set aside the energy to plan it, the money to pay for it and, most of all, the time to take it. Whether it’s a weekend in the woods or a beachfront resort in Fiji, the honeymoon is your chance to check out and focus on each other. It’s your first vacation as husband and wife and marks the first of many adventures together. Following a few simple guidelines will ensure you plan and enjoy the ultimate honeymoon for you. WHERE IN THE WORLD?

The toughest decision of all. Where you honeymoon depends on several factors, budget being a big one, of course. But this decision rests between you and your spouse to be. Separately, list five choices for your destination and five things that you want to do on your honeymoon. Then, compare your lists and find the common ground. In the end, your honeymoon should include activities you both enjoy in a place you both want to visit. DESIGNATE THE DOUGH

In the very beginning, when you establish the budget for your wedding, set aside a generous portion for your honeymoon. While the wedding day is very special, the honeymoon is an opportunity to do something very unique, together. Allow yourselves enough money to make it magnificent. Schedule activities that you can enjoy together or individually during your grand escape. Whether it’s cliff diving in the Amazon or soaking at the spa, do something that stands out — something you don’t do at home. But here’s the catch: Don’t overbook your trip. Leave plenty of time to relax and do absolutely nothing together. Once you get back to the “real” world, you won’t have many chances to do that again. BOOK IT

Once you’ve decided on a trip, get it on the calendar and stick to it. Whether you make a clean break from the reception or leave a couple months after the wedding, make sure it’s on the schedule and stays there. Don’t let life’s detours distract you from this most-important time together.

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A gem in Vail With towering arched beam ceilings, etched glass windows, creekside fire pit, breathtaking scenery and flexible indoor and outdoor function space, it’s easy to see why Donovan Pavilion is one of Vail’s most sought after wedding venues. Host up to 200 guests inside, with 100 guests comfortably accommodated on the outdoor terrace. Contact the professional staff to start planning your wedding today.

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