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Photo credit: Chris G Photograpy & Photos by Memry
Andrea & Jeff
July 1st Photography by Tina Joiner Photography
WHY COLORADO You canâ€™t help but feel adventurous in Colorado. The mountains, streams, and trails call to you. The inspiration is all around you. We knew we wanted to spend the majority of our budget on the experience, not necessarily on material things. Since everyone was coming in from out of town, we planned this as a vacation with a wedding. The itinerary included four days of activities that guests could partake in if they wanted.
I was not prepared for the hail that turned to rain after the ceremony. I was a bit disappointed initially because the views were limited by clouds and fog, but the pictures are gorgeous. Plus, all the kids thought that it was so cool to go from summer to winter in the same day.
THE WEDDING TEAM: Photographer: Tina Joiner Photography | Ceremony Site: Garden of the Gods Reception Site: Ivywild School | Cake: Little London Cake Shoppe
THE CEREMONY We had our ceremony early in the morning at the Garden of the Gods, before it became crowded with visitors. We were in a large open space with gigantic views, yet it still felt intimate having our friends and family circled around us. I also loved that our guests could play tourists and take their own pictures after the ceremony, while Jeff and I were having our professional pictures taken. THE RECEPTION We had our reception in the Barrel Aging Room of the Ivywild School, a former elementary school turned into brewery. All our nieces and nephews were excited that we served dessert before dinner. If we’re being truthful, that’s every adult’s dream too! MEMORABLE MOMENTS Jeff and I dancing on top of the bar! Also, sneaking away a few times to the “Principal’s Office” where liquor was served for celebratory toasts with friends and family. LOOKING BACK I can honestly say that it was the best day and trip of my life. My family is from Kentucky and Jeff ’s is from Oregon; we often are unable to have all of our favorite people in one spot, much less have them together for five days. It was truly an unforgettable gift that I will cherish. ADVICE We had a long engagement, about 18 months. It made planning less stressful and easy to complete in bite-sized portions. There were still stressful moments, but I can’t imagine pulling it together any quicker.
Kelly Chris August 27th
Photography by From The Hip Photo
From the bride: Shortly before my grandmother passed (just weeks after my grandpa) she told me she knew why I never left Colorado. “You went to the mountains to find your Hill,” she said. Hill is my then-boyfriend now-husband’s last name. I melted when she said those words. So when it came to planning our wedding, we wanted her words to be the theme – ‘She went to the mountains to find her Hill.’
We knew Vail’s beautiful scenery was the perfect fit for our wedding day!
I unexpectedly cried like a baby when I had my first look with my dad. I figured Iâ€™d tear up a bit, but before he even turned around, I burst into tears. It was such a special moment for us!
THE CEREMONY The weather could not have been more perfect! Sun shining through the trees provided a perfect glow as I walked down the aisle. It was a relatively quick ceremony – 20 minutes – which many of our guests said they appreciated. Chris’ stepdad, who we call “Big Daddy”, officiated the wedding. We didn’t write our own vows (there was enough pressure with planning), but the ceremony felt unique to our style and perfect for our relationship – full of fun and laughter.
I really loved looking into Chrisâ€™ eyes, feeling so incredibly loved and blessed, knowing I will spend the rest of my life with such an amazing man. At times during the ceremony, the world seemed to fall silent around us, it was just Chris and I. On such a whirlwind of a day, I treasure that quiet moment we shared; just us and the true love we have for one another.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: From the Hip Photo Event Planner: Banks & Leaf Flowers: Lace & Lilies Caterer: Taste 5 Catering Venue: Donovan Pavilion Linens & Chairs: Colorado Party Rentals DJ: Greatime DJ
THE RECEPTION Before we knew it, our reception had turned into one heck of a dance party! DJ Erik kept everyone on their feet and on the dance floor – there was never a dull moment. It was wonderful to see our guests having such a fun time – even if a little liquid courage was needed before busting a move. The whole day and night was incredible! ADVICE Do what YOU want! You’ll get so much advice – and sometimes demands – from family, but it is YOUR day. There is no wrong way to do it. As stressful as it may be at times, enjoy the process! The big day will fly by, so have fun along the way.
Krystle & Ben
May 1st | Photography by Chris McLaughlin
From the bride: We got engaged in Paris on a moonlit night by the Arc de Triomphe! Paris gave us plenty of inspiration for our wedding day. We planned a warm, inviting, and romantic evening celebration with a few Parisian elements throughout.
THE DAY OF Due to the rain, sleet, and snowfall, we had some last minute changes that sent our ceremony indoors. Although I was a bit bummed about this at first, it turned into such a cozy setting that overlooked the hills blanketed with snow. The Lord gave us a beautiful day, and I wouldnâ€™t have had it any other way!
My favorite memory was walking down the aisle and seeing my future husband waiting for me, surrounded by our closest family and friends.
We had Benâ€™s dad marry us, which made the entire ceremony much more personal.
My favorite detail was the one we didnâ€™t even pay for â€“ the snow. It was a unique experience to have a snowy May wedding (especially since it was unexpected). Everything was so white and beautiful. Plus, we had the chance to trek through the snow to take our photos and make some really fun memories!
THE RECEPTION Candles and candelabras were a big part of our dĂŠcor since I loved the idea of a romantic and elegant night. We had soft-colored flowers throughout, along with a few touches of sparkle. One of my favorite chocolates is Ferrero Rocher, they have such pretty wrapping that matched the style of our wedding, we made them into place cards.
THE WEDDING TEAM Photographer: Chris McLaughlin Photography Event & Floral Design: A Design Resource Cakes: The Bundt Shoppe Venue: The Manor House Wedding Gown Designer: Mori Lee Hair: Harrahs Makeup: Krystal Washington Groom’s Attire: Ted’s Clothiers
We had an evening of food, family, fun, and fellowship with every guest that came – which was so important to us. ADVICE Don’t be afraid to DIY and make your day YOURS. Involve your fiancé on details he would enjoy being a part of. Most importantly, enjoy the time as an engaged couple. Balance is always key. Don’t get so absorbed in planning that you forget to take a step back and realize what it’s all about. You’re getting married. It’s a special time that you won’t get back, soak up every moment and have fun.
Ashley & Nathan
July 30th | Photography by Elevate Photography
WHY COLORADO Nathan and I love the mountains! The breathtaking views, the wild flowers, the wildlife. Everything about the mountains is wild and free. Whether we are hiking, camping, dirt biking, or enjoying the beautiful views, the mountains have always been our home.
I wanted our wedding day to look like a beautiful secret garden tucked away in the mountains.
THE CEREMONY We had a looking door that everyone had to walk through before going into the ceremony. These vintage doors were linked together with a rustic sign and scripture verse at the top. They were embellished with greenery vines and lush flowers. Containers were placed around the doors in various sizes of vintage boxes, log stumps, lanterns, grey washed cedar pillars, and candles. I wanted it to look like you were entering a secret garden. The aisle was lined with sunflower heads and mason jar floral arrangements. Each chair had a butterfly in an envelope that our guests would open at the end of the ceremony. The Gazebo had an archway of flowers with lanterns hung from both sides. The flowers smelled divine.
I loved walking through the doors and seeing Nathan. He had such a big smile on his face. He rarely ever cries, so when I saw tears in his eyes, I started crying. The butterfly release was a magical moment. Nathan and I let our box of butterflies go first, then each of our parents released their own boxes. Next, all of our guests released their butterflies. The butterflies were everywhere; some landing on Nathanâ€™s tie, my dress, and all over the flowers.
At the entrance of the tent, we had wine barrels with sunflower garden arrangements. Large aspen floral arrangements on the corners of the stage brought the garden look throughout the space. We also had beautiful brown wood flooring installed under the tent.
We had a clear top tent with elegant ivory draping and white twinkle lights. The tables were adorned with a combination of tall floral trees and assorted vessels overflowing with flowers.
Gorgeous floral chandeliers hung over every table. A lush rectangle floral chandelier hung above the center of the dance floor. There were several different styles of floral arrangements at each table with bird cages, lanterns, watering cans, and floating candles.
ADVICE Enjoy every moment of planning and every moment of your wedding day. This is such a precious time in life. Consider a long engagement, itâ€™s really relaxing and fun that way. Plan ahead, try to plan each detail a little bit at a time. Find someone who will help you every step of the way. Also, I would 100% recommend having a first look with your dad and future husband! I will cherish those moments forever.
THE WEDDING TEAM Photographer: Elevate Photography Event Planner: The Soiree Studio Event & Floral Design: Design Works Linens: La Tavola Rentals: Tents and Events Cake: Megan Joy Cakes Wedding Gown Designer: Pnina Tornai Brideâ€™s Hair & Makeup: Ilda Plaka Venue: Cordillera
Nathan and I both agree that our wedding was the best day of our life. I canâ€™t imagine a more perfect day. Every single detail took so much thought and preparation, but I loved every moment of it. It turned out so magical and truly was the wedding of our dreams.
Chelsea & Wyn
August 14th | Photography by Ali & Garrett Photographers
From the bride: We met at Red Rocks at a STS9 concert (my favorite band). Wyn, later proposed in the same row and seat that we met in with a series of Andy Warhol style paintings of Albert Einstein that read, “Will”, “You”, “Marry”, “Me?”. THE STYLE I’m in the astrophysics field and Wyn is a distillery owner, so space elements along with copper and wood were a priority in our wedding décor. We both enjoy dressing up for special occasions while keeping playful elements involved so this trickled through to our style choices.
THE COLOR PALETTE Our colors for the ceremony included blush pink, dusty pink, grey, and dove for the bridesmaids. The groomsmen wore light grey with dark grey and black accents. The reception colors were copper, to represent Wyn’s love for distilling, and deep hues of midnight blue, to compliment my background in observing the night sky. THE FIRST LOOK Our favorite part of the day was our pre-ceremony first look in the woods. Our hearts felt more full than ever before. It was a very calming moment, allowing us to enjoy our time together as a couple in a serene and beautiful place, before the big day ahead.
THE CEREMONY The ceremony was on the deck overlooking the stunning Piney Lake and Gore Range mountains. Our vows were very personal and moving. Wyn broke into tears (he is not easily so emotional) when he thanked me for being the princess of his fairy tale life. He promised that if we ever discovered time travel, we would come back to this moment.
THE RECEPTION Guests found their seats using our constellation themed seating chart and table names. The tables were adorned with copper table runners, chemistry set vases and wood/stone flower pots. We had star chart chargers depicting the actual night sky above us at our venue. Our wedding cake included a topper of a mini whiskey barrel that â€œdrippedâ€? stars and a swirling galaxy down and around the base of the cake, reminiscent of the Gore Mountain range surrounding Piney River Ranch.
We had a telescope hour after dinner where everyone got to view Saturn and the moon.
THE WEDDING TEAM Photographer: Ali & Garrett Photographers | Event Planner: Kelly Karli Events | Flowers: Eden Flowers Vail Cake: The Noshery | Venue: Piney River Ranch | Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza from Felice Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Hair & Makeup: Colorado Makeup & Hair
ADVICE Plan early. Having the basics (venue, music, food, lodging) does not even scratch the surface of what you have to get done. Donâ€™t plan on as many DIY projects unless you are willing to commit to the time it takes (but it is so worth it). Donâ€™t let others influence your decisions for how you want your day to go- it is your moment.
Anne & Derek
August 20th | Photography by Illuminarts
From the bride: Derek and I both live and work a considerable distance from many of our friends and family and extended relatives. We were concerned with â€œplaying favoritesâ€? and decided to go with a neutral location that was secluded enough to be considered a real vacation. Telluride was the perfect mix of an exciting adventure and relaxing destination vacation in a place that is truly a piece of heaven on earth.
Telluride was the perfect place for us â€“ awe-inspiring with a casual charm and welcoming vibe.
The flowers lining the edge of the platform were designed to blur the edge of the mountain, creating a bold and romantic centerpiece, and hold up to the strong mountain winds and bright sunlight during the midday hours.
Our ceremony was the most meaningful part of our day. We kept it short and to the point. I remember feeling a rush of adrenaline with every fiber of my being, and realizing it was over all too soon.
THE WEDDING TEAM Photographer: Illuminarts Event Planner: by Sutton Flowers: 3 Leaf Floral Ceremony Site: San Sophia Overlook Reception Site & Caterer: The Peaks Resort and Spa Cake: The Golden Crumb Wedding Gown Designer: Pronovias Barcelona Groomâ€™s Attire: Calvin Klein Hair & Makeup: Leilani Drum Makeup Artistry
FAVE DETAIL Our cake was a beauty unto itself with fresh strawberries and peaches drizzled with caramel. ADVICE Do and plan what is important to you first. You donâ€™t want to reach burnout and give up on the things you really wanted.
Our first dance was absolutely unforgettable! I’m lucky to have a husband with a great sense of musical timing who loves to dance with me.
LOOKING BACK Derek says, “I wouldn’t change a thing, except remembering sunscreen. And you can never drink too much water at high altitudes.” I would have built in more opportunities for food along the way. It was a long day, no matter what you do- there is a long stretch of time between when you need to be getting dressed for the ceremony and protecting your whites, to dinner at the reception.
Ashley & Calvin September 3rd Photography by Sarah Goff
From the bride: Calvin proposed on the top of Medicine Bow Peak in the Snowy Mountains. It was such a gorgeous view. We got eaten alive by mosquitoes but we were too excited to notice. We found someone on the summit who took a photo of us so we could remember the day forever.
WHY ESTES PARK We love nature and the mountains and a good portion of our relationship has grown around being outdoors. We loved the quaint feel of Estes Park and the breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.
THE CEREMONY We held our ceremony at a friendâ€™s property that had beautiful mountain views. It had been raining all day, but luckily cleared up just long enough for us to have our ceremony. The golden rays of sun shining through the trees between the storms was stunning. Our favorite memory was when we said our vows that we had written to one another. Both of us were crying with happiness; each word carried such weight. It was wildly intimate and romantic.
THE DECOR We personalized the space with metallic hues of copper, silver, and gold with crĂ¨me flowers and greenery. My favorite detail was the cake. It was made by a family member and truly encompassed our mountain theme. THE WEDDING TEAM Photographer: Sarah Goff Officiant: Amanda Rash Reception Site & Caterer: Bristlecone Inn
ADVICE Be sure to enjoy each other throughout the wedding process. Have fun with the DIY projects, make it something you will remember doing together. If you can, make your own wedding song playlist with songs that are meaningful to you. Write your own vows, it makes a world of difference. Make decisions together and incorporate things that will bring lots of laughter and joy to the day.
Annie & Eric
June 18th | Photography by Frances Photography
From the bride: We tried to make the day about us, and wanted to make the day as fun as possible for our guests. I love purple, so everything had a lavender touch to it that we complimented with whites and blush.
My favorite moment was hearing Eric’s vows for the first time!
THE CEREMONY Eric’s father officiated the ceremony. Eric and I wrote our own vows. My brother wrote a poem in the same format as my grandfather’s favorite poem “If ”. All of the words were taken directly from marriage advice my family wanted to give us. My cousin and her husband sang “One hand, One heart” from West Side Story. It was incredibly touching and thoughtful.
THE DĂ‰COR The tables were adorned with white linens, lavender napkins, lots of candles, and a mix of tall and short centerpieces that were lavender, blush, and white.
THE PLACE CARDS My favorite detail was our place cards. We did cake pops and slid each guestâ€™s name and table number on the stick.
THE TABLE NUMBERS Table numbers were cut outs of photos of us.
THE CAKE We did a tiered Bundt cake and Bundlets, instead of a traditional cake, since that is our absolute favorite dessert.
THE WEDDING TEAM Photographer: Frances Photography Event Planner & Designer: Laurel & Rose Floral Designer: The Perfect Petal Cake: Nothing Bundt Cake Cake Pop Favors: Honeycombe Denver Band: Syndicate Invitations: The Stationery Company Linens: Event Rents Videographer: LockerPartners Venue & Caterer: The Sanctuary Golf Course Wedding Gown: Watters from Anna Bé Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank Hair Stylist: Erin Ferris Makeup Artist: Alchemy Face Bar Invitations: The Stationery Company Videographer: LockerPartners
Everyone had so much fun dancing and I loved seeing all our guests having as much fun as we were! ADVICE The day will be amazing no matter what you do. Ttry not to stress too much on the small details.
Paola & Jorge
March 16th | Photography by Rayna McGinnis
From the couple: We got engaged in December 2015. As months passed by, we were not moving forward with any wedding planning. Every time we talked about it, we became stressed and anxious. Ultimately, we realized a big wedding was not important to us. The most intimate and simplest alternative would work best for us. Weâ€™ve wanted to vacation in Colorado for some time and decided this would be a great place to elope. For us, it was the best decision!
Our wedding day was very relaxed, just as we wanted. We slept in, had time to go to a brewery and have a couple of beers before we said, â€œI do!â€?
Sarah & Shane
August 27th | Photography by Frances Photography
WHY COLORADO Growing up in Colorado, my dream was always to get married in the mountains. We love to spend time in the mountains year-round, with Vail and Beaver Creek being our favorite mountain towns.
THE STYLE I wanted a classic, elegant wedding with a mountain feel. I love flowers so, we incorporated flowers into every aspect of the day. Our color palette was a mix of coral and light pink with lots of greenery to contrast with the beautiful mountain views. We also included gold accents throughout the ceremony and reception.
THE CEREMONY The ceremony was held outside in the meadow with the Rocky Mountains as our backdrop. It was a perfect Colorado day â€“ blue skies and sunshine. Our ceremony felt so genuine; full of love, joy, and us.
The ceremony was everything we dreamt it would be. It was meaningful and we will always look back on it as one of the most special moments in our lives.
The tablescapes were incredible. I loved all the flowers and candles.
THE FUN Dancing was held outside in a clear-top tent, filled with hundreds of twinkling lights. We had so much fun sitting back and celebrating with the people that mean the most to us. LOOKING BACK Having a destination wedding allowed us to spend the entire weekend with our friends and family. We shared our love of hiking, golfing, and enjoying all that Beaver Creek has to offer.
We continue to be amazed at how wonderful every aspect of our wedding was. The venue was beautiful, the vendors were great, our family and friends had the best time, and we loved every minute of it. It was the most perfect day!
THE WEDDING TEAM Photographer: Frances Photography Event Design & Planner: Colorado Wedding Company Floral Design & Linens: The Perfect Petal Musicians: Moments Notice Entertainment Venue & Caterer: Beano’s Cabin Tent Rental: Alpine Party Rentals Cake: Sugar Breck Invitations: The Paper Guppy Videographer: Missing Frame Photography Favors: Ribbons & Bows Tent lighting: Lighting and Design by Scott Wedding Gown Designer: Edgardo Bonilla Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup: Allegria Spa, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse
One of my favorite memories from our wedding is our first dance. I loved dancing under the stars. There was so much joy, laughter, and love in the tent.
Kate & Justin
June 11th | Photography by David Lynn Photography
The weather was a little overcast most of the day, just as the ceremony began, the clouds dispersed and the sun appeared. It was magical!
THE WEDDING TEAM Photographer: David Lynn Photography | Event Planner & Design: JA Special Events | Floral Designer: Statice Floral Rentals: Lights from Elite | Officiant: Rocky Mountain Celebrations | Musicians: The Sandra Wong Musicians DJ: Standing Room Only | Venue, Caterer & Cake: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Videographer: Larisa Graham Films Wedding Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier from Anna Be | Groom’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear
Our first dance to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon” was such a joyful moment.
THE DECOR The tables had ivory lace coverings adorned with gorgeous floral arrangements of white and blush garden roses, anemones, and peonies together in milk glass and mercury glass vases. Silver and pewter lanterns with LED candles hung from the rafters. Lanterns placed on window sills had flowers spilling out. ADVICE Hire a wedding coordinator and invest in the best photographer and videographer you can find. We have viewed our images and watched the video over and over. Make it a point to enjoy every moment, and have fun!
Veronia & Eric
May 20th Photography by Tina Joiner Photography
From the couple: Our day was romantic and elegant. We chose a color palette of ivory, champagne, bronze, pink, and blush with highlights of gold. The ceremony was very intimate. For both of us, our favorite memory is the moment we saw each other for the first time. Deciding not to see each other before the ceremony created an anticipation that made it special.
THE WEDDING TEAM Photographer: Tina Joiner Photography | Event Planner & Design: Sarah Viera Event Planning and Design | Event Design: Southern Charm Wedding and Events | Flowers: Southern Charm Floral | Rentals: Event Rents | Invitations: Invitations by Dawn | Calligraphy: Taryn Eklund Ink | Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero, customized by Roxana Alterations Bridesmaid Dresses: Christina Wu | Men’s Wear: Michael Kors | DJ: All Star DJs | Musicians: Spinphony Venue: The Broadmoor | Videographer: Sun Prairie Films | Favors: Aileen’s Cake Décor
THE DÉCOR When we first saw the décor in the reception room we were blown away. There was white draping, fresh flowers, Chiavari chairs, high and low candelabras, and crystal accents throughout. Our favorite detail was the stunning floral runner draping across the head table.
ADVICE Make this day your own and everything you envision. For us, it was about every detail telling a story of who we are as a couple. Only you know what’s perfect for you.
From a lush garden wedding to a celestial inspired celebration, this beautiful issue features twelve mountain destination weddings from Beav...
Published on May 3, 2019
From a lush garden wedding to a celestial inspired celebration, this beautiful issue features twelve mountain destination weddings from Beav...