Luxe Mountain Weddings - Issue 2

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From the Publisher

Welcome to the premier issue of Luxe Mountain Weddings. When I created the initial idea of the magazine, I knew two things: one, I wanted something notably different than the traditional style magazine and two, I wanted to share the stunning beauty of mountain weddings. What resulted is a Look Book of awe-inspiring images and heart-felt stories. Our goal with this and future issues is to inspire you to choose the mountains for your celebration. Mountain weddings offer jaw-dropping backdrops (that change daily with the seasons), fresh air and gorgeous weather (even in the middle of summer and winter) and an endless array of fun and adventurous activities. We encourage you to consider the mountains for your destination wedding and honeymoon (it really is the best kept wedding secret in the world). I sincerely hope you enjoy the next 150 pages of gorgeous images and personal stories. To see more, visit us online where the mountain inspiration continues daily on our blog, We hope to see you in the mountains soon! Best Wishes,

Debbie Devereaux, Publisher Comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated; email me at

Cover Image by Bonner Photography

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Feature Weddings

07 Luxe in Beaver Creek | Beaver Creek, Colorado 13 Vineyard Vintage | Napa Valley, California 19 A Whimsical Union | Estes Park, Colorado 25 “I Love You to the Moon & Back” | Estes Park, Colorado 31 Pretty in Pink | Hood River, Oregon 35 A Fall Fantasy | Telluride, Colorado 41 Colorful in Telluride | Telluride, Colorado 45 Rustic Chic on the Ranch | Tabernash, Colorado 51 Escape to Asheville | Asheville, North Carolina 55 Autumn Romance | Beaver Creek, Colorado 61 Just Married at Ten Mile Station | Breckenridge, Colorado 65 T+W | Beaver Creek, Colorado 69 Mountain Ranch Romance | Dolores, Colorado 75 Skating on Love | Canmore, Alberta, Canada 81 Going to the Chapel | Beaver Creek, Colorado 87 Lakeside Love | Lake Tahoe, California 91 Italian Romance | Jackson Hole, Wyoming 97 Down the Aisle in Arizona | Scottsdale, Arizona 103 Passion at Pikes Peak | Sedalia, Colorado

109 113 119 123 127 133 137

144 146 148 150

108 122 126 132

“Just Go With It” in Lake Tahoe | Lake Tahoe, Nevada Skis & Vows | Telluride, Colorado Meet Me in Jackson Hole | Jackson Hole, Wyoming Winter Wedding Bling | Banff, Alberta, Canada Aspen Mountain Magic | Aspen, Colorado Sun Valley Spectacular | Sun Valley, Idaho Ranch Rendezvous | Tabernash, Colorado

Feature Elopements

Romance in Nature | Field, British Columbia, Canada

Love at Lake Louise | Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada “Just Us” in Jackson Hole | Jackson Hole, Wyoming In Love at Moraine Lake | Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada


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Summer | Bright sunshine & blue skies (See page 1) Winter | Romance in the snow

Fall | Leaves, leaves and more leaves Spring | Pretty pastels & wildflowers

Inspiration Spotlight | Luxe in Beaver Creek Get this look by pulling details, styles & colors from the next 5 pages! -Photography by Paige Eden Photography


Luxe in BeaverCreek Photography by Paige Eden Photography | Story by the bride, Kristin Beaver Creek, Colorado | July 3rd


We really wanted to have a mountain wedding so we could share the beauty of Colorado with our loved ones. We held our ceremony in a

mountain meadow at the base of Larkspur Bowl with Grouse Mountain towering in the background. It was a beautiful blue-sky day with the most breathtaking backdrop. We even had some deer wander by. One of my favorite moments of the ceremony was when the pastor had us turn around and face our friends and family. It gave us a chance to pause and just savor everything. Being surrounded in that unforgettable place by all of our loved ones was so touching. Once the ceremony ended, we had our guests release butterflies as we walked back down the aisle. It was a really fun touch.

Some of my favorite moments included: the

first time I got off the bus and was able to see everything; walking down the aisle and feeling all the nerves dissipate; the butterfly release; and one of our wedding guests bringing fresh leis from Hawaii – such a fun addition to the reception. Other favorite moments: taking pictures and trying to blow bubbles with our gum (which I was terrible at), as well as the first dance and walking around and seeing the faces of everybody enjoying themselves. I think our guests had a fantastic time!


Paige Eden Photography


We wanted a glamorous mountain wedding with rich jewel tones. We had gorgeous flowers in rich pinks, purples and reds, along with navy blue. I gave our florist a lot of creative license and she hit it out of the ballpark! The flowers were the perfect pop against the beautiful mountains. The décor

was phenomenal. Our tablescapes included different shapes and sizes of vases, candles, colored wires and beautiful flowers. Our lemon cake had lemon a German chocolate groom’s cake. was to Stevie Wonder’s “As.” cream layers with white chocolate and strawberries.

We also had


Our first dance

Paige Eden Photography

We had a tent set up

for the dancing as well as a lounge area for those who wanted to watch. For a little extra glamour, we hung chandeliers. Guests could also relax inside the cabin near the cozy stone fireplace. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing – it was perfect! We feel very blessed.

Recommended Vendors Venue & Caterer: BEANO’S CABIN Photographer: Paige Eden Photography | Event Planner: I Do Wedding Services Gown: Romona Keveza from Felice Bridal | Jewelry: Neiman Marcus Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse Florals: Rose Petals | Cake: Mountain Flour | DJ: A Great Time DJ Video: Creative Mountain Images | Invitations: Lilah Paper Lighting: Pink Monkey Solutions


Inspiration Spotlight | Vineyard Vintage Get this look by pulling details, styles & colors from the next 6 pages! -Photography by Brinton Studios


Vineyard Vintage

Photography by Brinton Studios Story by the bride, Erin | Napa Valley, California | May 5th


Brinton Studios


We were married at a private vineyard that we

found during one of our many visits to St. Helena. We got to know the winery manager very well and she agreed to let us have our event on their property in exchange for promising them absolute anonymity.

We said our vows under an oak tree with thirty

of our closest friends. Vintage music was playing in the background. I walked down the aisle to Louis Armstrong. We did a wine unity with two of our favorite bottles of wine. Jonathan’s father officiated the ceremony that Jonathan and I created with all four of our parents.

Jonathan is a trained Sommelier and we both love wine. Some of our best vacations together while we were dating were to the Napa Valley. We thought it was f itting to get married in the environment we love (and where we fell in love).


Vineyard Vintage was our inspiration with a sort of “Mad Hatter” tea party theme. Our amazing wedding coordinator and creative photographers took our vision and made it a reality. They created a pastel color palette that matched our vintage theme, as well as the vineyard and olive orchard landscape.

We used antiques that were passed down to me from my family and were important to me. Our invitations were printed on vintage handkerchiefs that I had collected over the years – they were all different styles. I wore my grandmother’s wedding pearls and a vintage hat, which I had purchased from a Kentucky Derby hat store in New Orleans two years prior to the wedding.


Brinton Studios

We held our reception in the olive orchard. We all sat at a long king’s

Each of our thirty guests

had a different and unique table that was full of mismatched china, silver, goblets, and antique flower arrangements. were softly lit by candles from birdcages hung with ribbon vintage goblet that fit the personality of the person who was drinking from it! were soft flowers mixed with the most beautiful petite succulents. from the branches of the olive trees.

Our f loral arrangements

The tab les


From the intimate setting in our favorite environment, to the vintage details, everything about our wedding exemplif ied our relationship and family.

Brinton Studios

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Brinton Studios Caterer: Tra Vigne Event Planner/Floral Designer: Pick Me! Floral and Event Design Studio Gown: Nicole Miller Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Hair/Makeup: Heaven & Earth





at Della Terra Mountain Chateau

Story by the bride, Cassie Jo Photography by Jenna Walker Photographers Estes Park, Colorado | July 30th


Jenna Walker Photographers


It still seems so surreal that it rained during our ceremony, but it is incredib le for me to look back and think about how calm I stayed. I was just so peaceful and happy. I will never forget the look on my dad’s face when he saw me for the first time in my dress!

The bagpiper began playing “Amazing Grace,” as it started to thunder, literally. As we walked down the aisle, the rain started.

We are Scottish

on my father’s side, so my dad was in his kilt and I wore a sash in our family tartan on my right shoulder. Once I reached Brock, the sash was removed by my father, as I was no longer under his protection. That was an emotional moment for us.

After we read

our handwritten vows, both sets of our parents came up and privately prayed over our marriage, while my brother and sister-in-law performed “Beautiful” by Phil Wickham. By the time we kissed, the sun broke through the clouds and the rain stopped – what a dream!


Our wedding

was sweet, simple and vintage with a soft white and blue color palette. To incorporate our Scottish influence, we included blue Scottish table numbers and guest names were written in white calligraphy on a large 16-pane thistle in the centerpieces and boutonnieres. we gave guests little glass jars of wild mountain honey that square window, which was painted in a beautifully distressed cream paint. was beyond delightful. It was were tied with a deep vintage-blue ribbon. On the top of the lid, a label read: “So sweet of you to bee here.� whimsical, stunning and everything I hoped for - it was DELICIOUS! There was not a single piece left.


For our seating chart,

As favors,

Our cake

Jenna Walker Photographers

I wish our reception would have never ended! Since our wedding

was on the smaller side, it gave us the opportunity to personally speak to every guest. It truly felt as if we were all celebrating together. I think it made our guests feel more connected to us. to Ray LaMontagne’s “You are the Best Thing.” Brock and I love this artist and the upbeat tempo the song offered. I can still picture him singing while we danced – he always makes me smile!

chose to dance


Recommended Vendors Venue: DELLA TERRA MOUNTAIN CHATEAU Photographer: Jenna Walker Photographers Gown: Melissa Sweet | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Banks | Caterer: A Spice of Life Catering Florals: Floral Design of Europe | Cake: Colorado Rose Cake Company Bagpiper: Michael Lancaster | DJ: Standing Room Only Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Video: Lockerpartners


image by Real Life Photographs

The mountains are calling...

“I Love You to the Moon & Back” Photography by Andrew & Jessica Photographers | Story by the bride, Elizabeth Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park, Colorado | October 2nd


Andrew & Jessica Photographers


During the ceremony, we planted two aspen trees to symbolize our unity. We hope to return every year to see how they have grown together and ref lect on how we have grown as well. Larry & I

decided to see each other before the ceremony so we could share that first moment just the two of us without a crowd of people staring at us.

The weather

was gorgeous and the sun was just beginning to set over the mountains. During the ceremony, we could hear a couple of elk bugling and a deer decided to wander by and watch a part of the ceremony. We faced our guests instead of having our backs to them the entire time. I loved this because I felt very connected and could see everyone’s emotions. It was amazing! My husband was wonderful and memorized his vows. When it was my turn, I pulled a slip of paper from his front jacket pocket to read mine. Our guests thought that was pretty cute and we got a good laugh!

I will never forget walking down the aisle with my dad – that was truly a moment I will cherish forever.

We decided to inscribe each other’s wedding rings

and not tell what we decided to inscribe. Just after the ceremony we took our rings off to read them and realized we had both inscribed the same exact thing: “I love you to the moon and back.” Incredible!


Our color palette was spiced wine, brown, olive green and copper. The invitations were letter pressed in spiced wine ink with unique script and evergreen needle accents on the border. Our escort cards were birch leaf cutouts displayed in birch branches and the centerpieces were flowers in birch-wrapped vases. The cake was three tiers with five different flavors and was decorated to match my dress! Our favors were caramel apples.


Andrew & Jessica Photographers

We took dance lessons and danced a fox trot to “What Can I Do (But

Love You)� by Joy Williams. Larry was nervous, but we had a blast. was magnificent! I am not sure we can pinpoint any one moment that stood out more than the rest. We just loved having all of we our loved ones in the same room celebrating with us! could have made the whole day last longer.

The entire day

I just wish

Recommended Vendors Venue: DELLA TERRA MOUNTAIN Photographer: Andrew & Jessica Photographers Gown: Christos from Felice Bridal Caterer: Jubilations Catering | Florals: Sweet Pea Flowers Cake: Teacup | Band: The Avalon Duo | Invitations: Paper Plates Press


Inspiration Spotlight | Pretty in Pink Get this look by pulling details, styles & colors from the next 3 pages! -Photography by Kimberly Kay Photography


Pretty in Pink

Photography by Kimberly Kay Photography | Story by the bride, Liz Hood River, Oregon | August 12th


Simple and elegant was the theme for our day. After attending so many other weddings and seeing the utter chaos of complicated details, we just wanted to enjoy ourselves in the simplicity of the moment. The day was beautiful

and sunny with a cool breeze. We held the ceremony in a garden overlooking the Columbia River. The setting was cozy and romantic and felt like Scott and I were the only couple who had ever gotten married at this special location.

My favorite moment of the day

was when I rounded the corner and started walking down the aisle and saw the perfect flowers, setting, weather, husband, music by my sisters and nephew, all of our friends and family and most of all the people who loved us. I wanted to freeze frame the moment; everything was just so perfect!

Our ring bearer

was our faithful pet, Kiah, and she did fantastic. She waited until she was called and came right down the aisle with the rings and sat next to my husband.


Our intimate reception

Kimberly Kay Photography

was held on the lawn overlooking the Columbia River, where we could see for about 8 miles into the State of Washington. We watched several dozen wind boarders catching air in the river, which added to the atmosphere of the location. As dinner and wine were served, everyone sat back and watched the sun set over the Columbia River valley.

Our color palette

was dogwood pink, sage green and ivory. Pink water color flowers adorned our square ivory invitations. My bouquet and all the floral arrangements contained little kale heads and amazing ivory-and pink- trimmed roses. Our three -tiered wedding cake was iced with vanilla cream in a ridged pattern and topped with clusters of pink flowers.

We are so happy

we chose a mountain destination for our wedding. Most of our guests loved having the chance to see such a beautiful place that they never would have seen otherwise.

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Kimberly Kay Photography Venue/Caterer: The Columbia Gorge Hotel Gown: Oleg Cassini | Shoes: Vera Wang Bridesmaid Dresses: Calvin Klein & The Limited Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss Suit Florals: Lucy’s Informal Flowers Cake: Fleur Cakes Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Hair/Makeup: The Columbia Gorge Hotel Spa


Inspiration Spotlight | A Fall Fantasy Get this look by pulling details, styles & colors from the next 5 pages! -Photography by Kyla Jackson Photography



Fall Fantasy Photography by Photo Divine | Story by the bride, Carol Telluride, Colorado | October 1st


Brian had taken me to Telluride on a trip about a year after we began dating, and we fell in love with the location and the beauty of the mountains, as well as everything else that the town of Telluride has to offer. Though we were both raised

in New York, we loved the idea of bringing our “east coast” families west—many of whom had never been out west nor seen the amazing Rocky Mountains. I think most people were in complete awe as they drove into town.

For us, the most important thing was to keep

the weekend front and center. It wasn’t just about one day—we were bringing 95 people to the mountains and we wanted to make sure they had a great time all weekend. In advance of the wedding, we sent out an email to all of our guests with our planned weekend of activities and details about jeep tours, hiking trails, biking routes, weather prep and altitude planning.

The weather

did not cooperate. About one hour before we were scheduled to get married outdoors at San Sophia Overlook, the thunder and lightning rolled in so we changed the location and got married in the church downtown, which wound up being very beautiful.

Brian & I

did a lot of research finding readings that we felt described our relationship, as well as a couple of prayers for the service.


Kyla Jackson Photography


The reception

was held at Allred’s Restaurant. The views at Allred’s are spectacular! We heard from more than a few guests that this was the most we wanted to make sure we highlighted the fall colors. Our centerpieces spectacular venue they’ve ever been to for a wedding reception. to “More Today than Yesterday” by Spiral were orange, raspberry, and green with an array of flowers, candles, and vases. Brian and I made donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Starecase for our first dance. our guest’s names. We felt strongly that it was important to focus on these two specific charities - I do a lot of work with the CF community and we have had many close friends and family members who have been affected by MS.

For the décor,

In lieu of favors,


We decided to dance

Kyla Jackson Photography

Do have fun

with the planning and don’t take it too seriously. Ultimately, it’s one day of your life - an important day but the stuff you’re stressing over no one will really notice. Chances are, everything will be beautiful - even if it’s not 100% perfect.

Recommended Vendors Photographer: PHOTO DIVINE Reception Site/Caterer: Allred’s Restaurant, TELLURIDE SKI RESORT Event Planner: Soiree Telluride | Ceremony: Alpine Chapel Gown: Alvina Valenta | Shoes: Badgley Mishka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Kimera Design Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Florals: Siempre Flores Cake: The Butcher and Baker Cafe | DJ: DJ Harry Musicians: The Mike Pale Trio | Invitations: Monique Lhiullier Guest Lodging: The Hotel Telluride


image by Real Life Photographs

The mountains are calling...

Colorful in Telluride Photography by Photo Divine Story by the bride, Jamie | Telluride, Colorado | July 31st


I think our wedding surpassed our expectations. Telluride is a special place for us and now our friends and family are planning trips to visit again in the future! We are both

very outdoorsy people and love the mountains. We planned several activities leading up to the wedding that included group hikes and Jeep tours. I love that our wedding was able to bring our family and friends so close together. By the time the wedding day came around, our guests all knew each other and it was one big party!


about our ceremony was beautiful. With our family and friends gathered closely together, we said, “I do� in an intimate ceremony overlooking the mountains and the town of Telluride.

We are so happy

with our decision to get married in Telluride! We wanted to create an event that not only celebrated our lives together, but also brought together our friends and family and enabled them to experience a place that is near and dear to our hearts.


Our décor

added a nice amount of color to the room, but didn’t take away from the beauty of the mountain views. We chose small centerpieces with bright pink and orange flowers that would pop against the blue, green and brown of the surrounding mountains. We also had a table card for each table named after a Colorado 14er with a photo of that particular mountain.

Our favors

were small bags of chocolate. Everyone who knows me knows I love chocolate! It just wouldn’t be my wedding without a lot of chocolate involved. We also gave our guests welcome sacks filled with mountain essentials – trail mix, water, sunscreen, trail maps, etc. when they arrived in Telluride.

Allred s was the perfect venue

Kyla Jackson Photography

for ’ our wedding reception. After eating an amazing dinner, we kicked off our shoes and danced the night away. I don’t think anyone sat down once the dancing started! Our first dance was to Stevie Wonder’s “You are the Sunshine of My Life.” I now get emotional every time I hear that song. The words are just so meaningful to us.

Instead of a guest book,

we made note cards for our guests to write down words of advice. We started a sentence on each card, and then our guests elaborated. I love looking back and reading the cards!


Kyla Jackson Photography

My favorite moment was seeing Alex for the f irst time on our wedding day. He was at the end of the aisle smiling back at me and the only thought running through my head was how lucky I felt to be marrying my best friend.

Recommended Vendors Photographer: PHOTO DIVINE Venue & Caterer: TELLURIDE SKI RESORT) Event Planner: Soiree Telluride Gown: Destination Collection by Maggie Sottero Florals: Willowcreek Floral Cake: The Butcher & Baker Cafe


Photography by Jamee Photography | Story by the bride, Brett

RusticChic On The Ranch Tabernash, Colorado | October 16th


All of our guests had traveled from so far away to be with us, and that really made our day special. Our Colorado destination wedding was perfect! The entire day and night were so memorable! Our surroundings were absolutely beautiful and surreal.

We held our ceremony

outdoors, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and our closest friends and family. It was the most beautiful day and such an amazing experience.

During the ceremony, the minister asked us to turn

around and see all the people who came to support us in our marriage. I was so touched to see everyone sitting out in the congregation smiling back at us.


Jamee Photography


I wanted rustic chic

My favorite details Our reception

with a bright and colorful palette to complement the beauty of Colorado. were the mason jars hanging was so fun! I have never danced that much from shepherd hooks that lined our ceremony aisle and all the lanterns that lit up the barn. was having such a great time that no one wanted to leave when they announced the last in my life. Tyler and I smiled the entire night. song, so we had them play a few more before we left!



Jamee Photography

Looking back, I will never forget the moment when my dad and I were walking down the aisle laughing and talking to each other and all I could see was Tyler getting a little teary eyed as we got closer.

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Jamee Photography | Event Planner: Colorado Wedding Company Venue/Caterer/Lodging: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Gown: Rocha by Monique Lhuillier Florals: Delilah’s of Denver | Cake: Teacup | Bagpiper: Scott Beach Band: Heartbeat | Video: Lockerpartners Hair: Side Door Salon | Makeup: The Face Lab


Inspiration Spotlight | Escape to Asheville Get this look by pulling details, styles & colors from the next 4 pages! -Photography by Carolyn Scott Photography


Escap e to Ashevi lle Photography by Carolyn Scott Photography Story by the bride, Sarah | Asheville, North Carolina July 30th


Jimmy & I

both wanted a personal and intimate wedding, so we made a list of things that we wanted to incorporate that reflected our personalities and relationship.

Our guests

loved enjoying all Asheville had to offer throughout our wedding weekend. I think having a mountain destination wedding provides a different and special feel to the weekend. Guests really had time to relax and focus on spending time with loved ones. Plus, a mountain destination wedding generally has the added bonus of beautiful scenery and cooler temperatures in the summer!

The f irst time

we saw Grace Episcopal Church, located up on a hill above Asheville, we instantly knew it’s where we wanted to get married. Once inside, we were even more blown away by the gorgeous stone walls, dark wood beams and rustic lanterns.

We wanted to involve a lot of our friends and loved ones in the ceremony, so we had close friends greet guests as they arrived, read scripture during the ceremony and perform several musical pieces, which made the ceremony so meaningful and personal to us.


Carolyn Scott Photography

We both love the mountains and Asheville in particular. Since Jimmy proposed during a hiking trip in Asheville, we wanted to share this special place with our friends and family.

The reception venue

was tucked away in the mountains. We opened up all the windows in the glass pavilion and enjoyed the mountain air. We spent most of the night out on the lawn and stone terrace overlooking the most beautiful mountain scene!

We displayed shipping tags

for guests to write notes on in a library card catalog.

Our theme

was simple and rustic with a vintage and outdoorsy feel. For centerpieces, we used burlap runners with black lanterns and candles. We mounted our quotes on vintage yellow paper in log-slice place card holders. We also wrapped mason jars in burlap ribbon and tied them with twine to hold our natural pale yellow floral arrangements.

Large b lack lanterns surrounded

the outside bar and pavilion. Big grapevine balls hung over the dance floor while mason jar luminaries lit the space.

We used chalkboards for welcome

signs, as well as our menu listing. Jimmy and I found some wood signs with our initials on them on a trip to Chattanooga and tied them to each chalkboard. We served Southern style food and beer from a local Asheville brewery. Dessert was apple pie. Jimmy cut the logs to make the bases for the pies.

Our favors

were coffee beans from the bakery that Jimmy and I visited the morning he proposed. We put the beans in small burlap bags stamped with our initials.


As we were dancing the night away on the dance f loor, I paused for a moment, looked around and saw all of our family and friends dancing with one another and enjoying each other’s company. It was touching!

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Carolyn Scott Photography Ceremony Site: Grace Episcopal Church Reception Site: Crest Center and Pavilion Gown: David’s Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses: Banana Republic Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank Caterer: M7 Event Solutions & Catering Florals: Blossoms at Biltmore Park Band: The Business Invitations: Tupelo Honey Designs Hair/Makeup: L’eau de Vie Salon Guest Lodging: Crowne Plaza Resort Transportation: Diamond Executive Car Transportation Service


Photography by Paige Eden Photography Story by the bride, Jill | Beaver Creek, Colorado | September 13th

Autumn Romance

in Beaver Creek


Paige Eden Photography


We had unique readings from Voltaire, Paulo Coelho and an exchange of personally written vows, creating intimate moments for us that we were honored to share with our guests. Since so many of our guests

were traveling from afar, we really focused on making the entire weekend unique. We greeted our guests with a cowboy hat filled with personalized water bottles, local food products, sunscreen, trail maps, a handwritten poem, a hand-designed map of the area, an activity list and a list of restaurants to explore. On Thursday evening, all guests were invited to attend a S’mores and Cocktail party, which was an intimate and casual setting for everyone to get to know each other.

Our ceremony

took place on a crisp, blue-sky afternoon in early fall. We were surrounded by close friends and family from near and far. It was a perfect setting for my husband and me, as we enjoy skiing, trail racing, biking and being in the mountains. The ceremony was held mountainside adjacent to Beano’s Cabin As guests arrived, they were greeted with a welcome cocktail of champagne.


We chose yellow accents

to honor the golden splendor of aspen trees. The theme was mountain contemporary to reflect our personal style. Ivory elk fabric was draped across and down from the wood beams of the cabin to create a contemporary feel to the otherwise rustic setting. which were designed to complement the wedding invitations and antler chandeliers with clusters of white and yellow orchids. programs, were placed atop square plates at each seat. This continued the wedding’s primary colors of ivory and chocolate and enticed guests to the pashmina wraps were placed at the dining chair of each female guest and served as our wedding favors. awaiting meal.

Handcrafted menus,

Ivory & chocolate


We decorated

Paige Eden Photography

We had a separate lounge tent set up adjacent to the cabin. The classy

lounge was furnished with white sofas accented with handmade pillows of yellow, chocolate and ivory and adorned with chandeliers of changing lights and reflections. or wine, guests continued the celebration on the dance floor with a live band.

With no shortage of laughter


Paige Eden Photography

We had a lot of fun preparing our first dance together. My husband was determined to make it a memorable moment and it turned out to be a great success. We still talk about it with family & friends!

Recommended Vendors Venue & Caterer: BEANO’S CABIN Photographer: Paige Eden Photography Event Planner: I Do Wedding Services Gown: Monique Lhuillier Florals: The Perfect Petal Band: Alive on Arrival Video: Creative Mountain Images Invitations: JS Design Custom Hair/Makeup: The Parlour


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Ten Mile Station Photography by Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers | Story by the bride, Lisa Breckenridge, Colorado | August 21st


The majority of our guests spent the entire week in the mountains, soaking up the sunshine and all the fun things to do. Ryan and I have spent several

weekends skiing and snowboarding in Breckenridge. We had created lots of great memories there so we decided it would be a great place to get married. We chose Colorado because most of our guests were traveling from out of town and we wanted them to experience Colorado, which of course, is not complete without a trip up a mountain. The Lodge at Ten Mile Station was the perfect venue to host our rustic mountain wedding.

The weather

on our wedding day was a perfect 72 degrees with a slight breeze and of course, plenty of sunshine. I love to tell people that we got married on top of Peak Nine in Breckenridge at 10,234 feet!


My bouquet was wrapped in

lace from my mom’s wedding gown, which was handmade, by her mother with lace from Spain where our family is from. This was extremely special for both my Mom and I since my Oma and Opa (German for “grandma and grandpa”) have passed away.

Our cake matched the lace design from my bouquet.

Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers

We had an oxygen bar with

120 flavors of O2. This allowed our guests to avoid dehydration from the high altitude. It also gave everyone a jolt of energy for the dance floor. Our guests LOVED it!

At the end of the night, we rode

down the mountain in a horse and carriage. It was so romantic and such a special way to end the evening.


Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers

A memorable moment for me was when Ryan picked me up at the end of the aisle after we had just been announced “Mr. and Mrs” and spun me around with the biggest smile on his face!

Recommended Vendors Venue: TEN MILE STATION Photographer: Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers Event Planner: Save the Date Events Gown: Essence of Australia Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew Men’s Wear: Jos. A. Bank Florals: Bella Fiori Cake: Intricate Icings Cake Design DJ: A Great Time DJ Video: Premium Digital Solutions Guest Lodging: Beaver Run Resort



Photography by Matt Alberts Photography Story by the bride, Tehia Beaver Creek, Colorado | September 3rd


We wanted to have

a modern wedding, with a beautiful touch of the natural, mountain elements.

Will proposed

to me with a canary yellow diamond engagement ring. That ring was the inspiration in our color palette and we also tied yellow into the mountain theme by using aspen and birch leaves. The entire wedding party was wearing yellow, but Will and I coordinated together with purple. I had purple shoes, and Will had a purple tie with purplestriped socks.

Will & I did a first glance

moment before the ceremony. This was my most memorable moment. I’d been waiting for this day for years and years! I was so happy, yet nervous. And seeing Will before the ceremony was so surreal for me.

Our ceremony

was simply lovely. The pastor’s message was special for us as well as captivating for our guests and brought tears to some eyes. The sunlight, coming in from the gorgeous large window in the front of the Chapel, was shining down on us throughout the entire ceremony.


Matt Alberts Photography

If you appreciate the beauty of the mountains, I think everything you love about the mountains will come out and shine on your wedding day.

We took a chair lift ride

up the mountain after the ceremony. It was so memorable and romantic to have those special moments together after our union. I changed into tennis shoes, and we hiked through the aspen groves with our photographer for spectacular pictures and amazing views!

Our reception celebration started with an early evening outdoor cocktail hour on the deck overlooking Beaver Creek Mountain.

The night ended

with late night food being served (sliders, French fries and macaroni and cheese).

Will and I

were able to personalize different aspects of the ceremony and reception. We carved our initials into a birch stump and we asked guests to write words of advice on the backs of puzzle pieces. We love caramel apples and wanted to share that with everyone by providing apples as favors.

My favorite detail

was my something blue and something old. A monogrammed ribbon of my initials and wedding date sewn into my dress served as my something blue. A Rosary made by my grandma, which I had the florist tie into my bridal bouquet, was my something old.

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Matt Alberts Photography Ceremony Site: The Chapel at Beaver Creek Reception Site/Caterer: Restaurant Avondale, Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Gown: Paloma Blanca | Hair: Inga Cox Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss Florals: Eden Flowers | DJ: A Music Plus Invitations: Inkblot Paper Designs Makeup: Glo Makeup Guest Lodging: Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa


Inspiration Spotlight | Mountain Ranch Romance Get this look by pulling details, styles & colors from the next 5 pages! -Photography by IlluminArts Photography


Romance MOUNTAIN RANCH Photography by IlluminArts Photography Story by the bride, Brooke | Dolores, Colorado July 10th


Our wedding party

arrived at our Colorado ranch on Thursday. We greeted them with a cookout and barbecue. On Friday, we chartered a bus to pick up all of our guests from the airport. Once they arrived at the ranch, the toys came out! We set up fun obstacle courses for guests to navigate using four wheelers and tractors. The boys really loved this! We also had a “Hitching Post” photo booth and a picture wall that contained all of our pictures with our guests from different times in our lives.

We served a picnic lunch from an old

red power wagon. Later in the evening, we all enjoyed a plated dinner under a beautiful white tent. The morning of our wedding day, the boys went fly fishing on Fish Creek while the girls took private yoga lessons. The beautiful mountains, blue skies and waterfall provided a wonderful backdrop and relaxing atmosphere for our yoga class.

The wedding day

was just so special, we were really able to relax and just enjoy every minute!

Our officiant,

who has known Ryan since he was a baby, had performed the marriage ceremonies of all of the children in Ryan’s family. He added many special memories to our ceremony and really captured the people we are individually and how we complement each other as a couple.

It was a weekend of unforgettable fun and celebration with the people we love!


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We wove antlers into the centerpieces to add a touch of Colorado to our day. The doors to the reception had a “B” and “R” made out of flowers The groom’s cake was a duck to represent Ryan’s love of hunting. I had my grandmother’s broach on my bouquet for my “something For the cocktail hour, we set up various lounge areas for guests to sit back, relax and soak in the surrounding mountain views and For dinner, we served fabulous elk and trout!

our initials. borrowed.” fresh air.


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After dinner, guests walked up a candlelit path to the party tent

that housed the dance floor. Everyone had a fabulous time as we most guests danced under the cool Colorado air. soaked in the mountain hot springs.

After the party,

Recommended Vendors Photographer: ILLUMINARTS PHOTOGRAPHY Event Planner: Celebrations Venue/Caterer/Lodging: Dunton Hot Springs Resort Rehearsal Dinner Caterer: Durangourmet Rentals: Durango Party Rental


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The mountains are calling...

Skating on Love

Photography by Julie Williams Photography Story by the bride, Amber | Canmore, Alberta, Canada February 20th


Because we kept our guest list small, it was a very intimate and meaningful evening, surrounded by all of the most important people in our lives. We wanted

to do something different for our wedding and give our guests a weekend getaway during the winter months that would be a memorable experience. We’ve always enjoyed visiting Canmore and Banff as a couple and wanted to share this special place with our friends and family.

Fairly late in the planning process,

I thought about how everyone in our bridal party loves skating. Hockey has been such an important part of Andy’s life from an early age and I have fond memories of skating growing up. It’s a pastime Andy and I love to do together and I thought it would add a unique touch to our day. The day of the wedding we showed up at the pond with our whole entourage, including three groomsmen and four bridesmaids with skates and hockey gear. It was a busy day at the pond and I guess we caused a bit of a stir as people started to take pictures and cheer!

Although it was a gorgeous day

outside, we chose to get married indoors. The warm sunlight streaming through the windows made our ceremony feel cozy, warm and intimate. We recited personalized vows that we had written together and performed a special sand ceremony.


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Our theme was mountain chic. Amber lighting against the walls highlighted the elegant and rustic wood beams and chandeliers. Our centerpieces were willow tree branches in vases with hanging tea lights. We had a thumbprint wedding tree, which we used in place of a guestbook, and we also displayed photos from our parents on their wedding days. A wedding cake just wasn’t our style and we didn’t connect with the symbolism of it.

Instead, we had a local chocolatier make a fantastic chocolate sculpture that actually reflected us! We still have people tell us that the chocolate sculpture was amazing and the most memorable “cake” they’ve ever seen. There wasn’t even a morsel left to take home!


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My advice to future brides

is to try not to obsess about the details! All of those things that seem so important to you in the beginning do not matter in the end. Really take the time to enjoy the planning process and try not to let it overwhelm you. It’s over before you know it and you will want to have good memories of planning your day with your partner. Hire a wedding planner and let them worry about all the details!

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Julie Williams Photography | Event Planner: Cherry Tree Occasions Venue/Caterer: Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club | Gown: Maggie Sottero Florals: Elements Floral Design Ltd. | Cake: Le Chocolatier | DJ: Class Act DJ Officiant: Mountain Marriages | Video: Imago Wedding Videography Invitations: The Paper Tree | Hair/Makeup: The Loft Hair Studio Rentals: GreatEvent Rentals | Guest Lodging: Stoneridge Mountain Resort Transportation: Highland Executive Chauffeur


Inspiration Spotlight | Going to the Chapel Get this look by pulling details, styles & colors from the next 6 pages! -Photography by Frances Photography


Chapel going to the

Photography by Frances Photography Story by the bride, Paige | Beaver Creek, Colorado June 26th


We cannot put into words how amazing our wedding weekend was. If we could bottle it up and keep it forever, we would. Being a wedding planner,

I found the planning process fairly easy. However, I would say the most difficult part was choosing the “look and feel” of the wedding. I’ve seen so many beautiful interpretations of people’s days and they are all so amazingly beautiful! I love white; I love color; I love soft and romantic; and I love chic and modern. What I didn’t love was having to choose one for our wedding!

Our save-the-dates

were an accordion style timeline of our relationship – very adorable and unique. The invitations were chic and elegant letterpress in a grey folder with a ribbon pull.

We made choices that we felt reflected the two of us

and our personalities. If you do this, you cannot go wrong, and your guests will feel a connection to it all as “uniquely you”.

The ceremony took place

on a perfect summer afternoon at the Beaver Creek Chapel. In honor of my family’s Scottish heritage, we had a bagpiper lead the procession into the chapel. It was perfect!


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The room was filled with gorgeous lighting in various shades of purple, a stunning array of florals in vibrant colors and a band that got everyone up

and moving from the first to the last song and left them chanting for more! We had delicious food, a beautiful cake (almost too pretty to eat) and of having favors that add to the dĂŠcor on the tables. So, we had purple boxes wrapped most importantly, our loving family and friends. in handmade paper and ribbon. Each box held salt water taffy and a note inviting our guests to fill the rest of their candy box up at our amazing candy display filled with our favorite treats: Jelly Bellies, Cotton Candy and Swedish Fish.

I am a fan


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We both love to dance and have a party, so we decided to add feather

boas to the dancing portion of the evening. This would let guests know it was time to relax and let loose. It was totally “us� and it was a huge hit! to future brides is to not forget why you’re having a wedding in the first place. It is about celebrating the love you have for another person and the joining of the two of you as a family.

My advice


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We had the best time at our reception. It was a dream come true for us and we could not stop smiling. We did not want the evening to end, so we invited everyone to the hotel bar for pizza. It was such fun and a perfect way to say goodnight.

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Frances Photography Event Planner: Colorado Wedding Company Ceremony: The Chapel at Beaver Creek Venue/Caterer/Lodging: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa Gown: Carolina Herrera Florals: The Perfect Petal Cake: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe Band: Soul X Lighting: Pink Monkey Solutions Invitations: The Paper Guppy Calligraphy: designsgirl Hair/Makeup: Urbane Dame Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals


LakesideLove Photography by Heidi Huber Photography | Story by the bride, Justine Lake Tahoe, California | September 10th


Lake Tahoe was a fabulous

mountain wedding location. You have this gorgeous lake surrounded by mountains and forests that create an amazing setting and atmosphere. Our guests all loved traveling to Tahoe and treated it as a minivacation.


RSVP cards

were postcards with one side blank. We instructed people to draw a picture of our wedding on the blank side before sending it back to us. We put these into a photo album and placed it on the gift table at the wedding for everyone to see. This was our favorite detail. It is something we will be able to keep for years to come.

We wanted the ceremony to

be very special and personal. Our immediate families were included in the processional so we were all there experiencing it together. The night before our wedding we wrote three vows together, and then the day of the wedding, we each wrote three more vows that were a surprise to the other. .


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Our ceremony was filled with little surprise stories and advice that made us both laugh and cry.

We made every

place card by planting succulents in jars we had collected over the previous year. We chemically etched each guests’ name onto the backside of spoons that we placed in each jar.

My family in Scotland sent

us a Quaich, which is a two-handled pewter bowl, engraved with our names and wedding date. Our guests were invited to come up and drink single malt out of the Quaich with us, which is traditionally a gesture of welcome.

I handmade goody bags for the kids out of burlap. They included glow stick bracelets, a coloring book and crayons, a frog or ladybug mask and a couple other goodies.

We now understand why people

have weddings at venues that do most of it for you! We enjoyed adding all of our personal touches, but Paddy was still doing wedding preparations the morning of the wedding, rather than relaxing and hanging out with his family.


We had some stormy weather in the background, which just made the whole day a little more magical. People danced, sat by the fire and ate s mores until 1:00 am. Heidi Huber Photography


Recommended Vendors Photographer: Heidi Huber Photography Venue: Meeks Bay Resort Gown: Cymbeline Caterer: Men Wielding Fire Florals: Blossoms Flower Shop DJ: Lake Tahoe DJ Bagpiper: Sean Cummings Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals


Italian Romance Meets Mountain Charm Photography by Kisa Koenig Photography | Story by the bride, Kimberly | Jackson Hole, Wyoming | May 8th


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Since I grew up in Idaho and Colorado, I

wanted to share my Western heritage and love for the mountains with my new Italian family. Most of my friends and family thought I was crazy to choose a Jackson Hole wedding over a romantic Italian one (most people’s dream), but since we have made our new home in Italy, it was refreshing for me to return to my home and celebrate a true Western wedding in the mountains that reflected my youth and my love for the outdoors, which have shaped me into who I am. It was the perfect choice!

Davide s attire

’ was one of my favorite details. He had the best Italian shoes on that I have ever seen, extravagant Nazareno Carelli. And of course, he donned the best Palzieri Italian suit!

I wanted to share with my spouse and his family my American traditions and my love of the West. We ended up with a true mix of an Italian and American wedding.


Upon entering the reception, we followed the Italian tradition of cutting a ribbon. We had a big ribbon spread across the entryway to announce our entrance. After cutting the ribbon, our guests cheered for us as we walked into the party! We ate Western cuisine focusing on the local meats served around Jackson. We gave our guests “bomboniere� favors, which are small engraved stones with an icon of the sacred family. We read out loud the

meaning of the bomboniere and then went around personally thanking each guest for coming while handing them our gift. It was something so unexpected for our guests and it created a spirit of generosity, which ended our time together.


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The most memorable

moment for me was our first dance as a married couple. We danced to Umberto Tozzi’s “Ti Amo.” We started the dance staring into one another’s eyes as Davide sang the lyrics to me. And before we knew it, everyone surrounded us forming a circle singing and dancing to the music with us. We were in the center and all our guests held hands around us. My husband and I share a lot of passion in our relationship and I felt as if everyone was experiencing our passionate joy at that moment. It was a spontaneous expression full of love!

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Kisa Koenig Photography Ceremony Site: Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church Florals: Char-Ral Floral Hair/Makeup: Heads Up - Hands Down Salon Guest Lodging: The Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa


Inspiration Spotlight | Down the Aisle in Arizona Get this look by pulling details, styles & colors from the next 5 pages! -Photography by Sparkle Photography


Down the Aisle in Arizona Photography by Sparkle Photography | Story by the bride, Rebecca Scottsdale, Arizona | April 16th


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I remember feeling so happy to have all my family and close friends there for us on our big day. It meant so much to Conan and I that our loved ones had traveled so far for us. We were married outside under an arch of grapevines and orchids. We provided parasols in our wedding colors to protect our guests from the afternoon sun.

We wanted to keep the ceremony short and

sweet, but very personal. In our vows, we tried to remain true to the reality of marriage and how it will be something that we have to work on every day.

My husband

is from Ireland, so we had a few Irish traditions throughout the wedding. Per Irish custom, guests were instructed to throw pebbles into the fountain and make a wish for the newlyweds as they entered the reception.

I loved all of the personal touches that were so “us.� Our theme was simple elegance and we incorporated different hues of soft greens with pops of yellow.


We designed a custom logo

that captured my husband’s Irish heritage as well as our equine lifestyle. The logo was featured throughout the wedding from the stamps on the save-the-dates and invitations to the custom cakes and chocolates given to the guests, to the menus and even a custom floral carried a floral “ball” connected to a horse’s bit were arrangement featured in the courtyard of the reception area. we served fresh peach bells of Ireland in tall vases with a crown of cymbidium orchids and grapevine intertwined throughout. which had guests’ names on the front and an Irish blessing on the back, were attached to horseshoes, Bellini’s as our signature drink. had two flavors: red velvet with cream cheese frosting and white cake with raspberry filling. which also doubled as favors for our guests.

The junior bridesmaid

Our place cards, Our cake


For the cocktail hour,

The centerpieces

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A photo booth

was open during the entire reception where guests could have their pictures taken for the guest book and a second print to “To Make You Feel My was available to take as a token. Love,” which was originally sung by Garth Brooks and more recently we jumped on the “party bus” covered by Adele. with the rest of our guests to continue the celebration with a few pints at a traditional Irish pub. Buses then transported all back to hotels!

We danced

For the after-party,

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Sparkle Photography Event Planner: Soiree Productions Wedding and Event Planning Venue/Caterer: Silverleaf Country Club | Gown: Amsale Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Men’s Attire: Calvin Klein Florals: Brady’s Floral Gallery | Cake: Julia Baker Confections Band: Tijuana Dogs | Invitations: Nine-Grain Design Hair/Makeup: Paula J. Dahlberg Guest Lodging: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess


Inspiration Spotlight | Passion at Pikes Peak Get this look by pulling details, styles & colors from the next 5 pages! -Photography by Frances Photography


Passion at Pikes Peak

Photography by Frances Photography Story by the bride, Tess Sedalia, Colorado | May 29th


We wanted our wedding

to be elegant and classic with a modern twist. Most importantly, we wanted it to be fun and relaxing for all of our guests and to have a loving celebration with all of our friends and family.

I especially loved seeing Scott for the “first

look� before the ceremony. I was so excited that we had the chance to meet, just the two of us, and really be able to enjoy that moment together.

Our Ceremony

was very special to us, primarily because we decided to have my brother marry us! We put together our own unique and meaningful vows against the gorgeous backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and Pikes Peak!

Walking down the aisle with my dad and looking at all of our friends and family who love us dearly and were so happy for us was the most memorable moment for me.


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One of my favorite special touches was the color palette, specifically how the bridesmaids’ shoes and flowers (both yellow) went with their charcoal grey dresses - it looked amazing! The scenery at our venue was so gorgeous that we really wanted to keep the décor and centerpieces relatively simple. We decided to incorporate floating candles into the centerpieces to add a feeling of warmth and romance to our reception. Our event planner created

the most unique escort card display by pinning yellow escort cards onto a grey backdrop, which was such an eye catcher during the cocktail hour. rather than a traditional wedding cake. We had over six different flavors to choose from and they were all delicious! we gave guests personalized M&M’s® in our colors.

We served cupcakes


For favors,

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Our reception was a blast! The most important thing to us was having great music and dancing the night away with all of our friends and family, which is exactly what happened. We had an amazing band, excellent décor and great lighting that set the mood for an was to “Can’t Get Enough of incredible dance party. Your Love,” by Barry White. Scott loves to dance, so we chose a more upbeat song to make sure he could show off his moves and spin me around the dance floor! We loved it!

Our f irst dance

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Frances Photography Event Planner/Invitations: Cloud 9 | Venue/Caterer: Sanctuary Golf Course Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo Florals: The Flower House Weddings | Cupcakes: C’est Chic Cupcakes Band: Soul School | Hair: El Salon | Makeup: Makeup by Janine


Inspiration Spotlight | Summer in the Mountains Warm breezes, blue skies and vibrant colors announce the arrival of summer in the mountains. With the snow finally melted from the mountain peaks, this is the perfect time to tie the knot on a mountaintop, in a field of colorful wildflowers, or alongside a crystal clear mountain stream. Summer weddings in the mountains are positively stunning! View more Summer Inspiration online at


Photography credits, clockwise from top left: TaylorGlen Photography, Carol Aukerman Photography, Otto Schulze Photographers, Real Life Photographs, Kyla Jackson Photography, Cedar House Photography, IlluminArts Photography, IlluminArts Photography

“Just Go With It” in Lake Tahoe

Photography by Jenna Walker Photographers | Story by the bride, Sandra | Lake Tahoe, Nevada | January 29th 107

The theme of “just going with it� continued throughout the planning and the day itself. Our winter theme

evolved as a product of the larger theme, making the most of what life throws at you. Both of us had always envisioned a warm climate and tropical wedding. After getting engaged in autumn, and deciding the most important element of our wedding was to have our loved ones with us, we moved up the date of our wedding to January, in the hope that my mother (suffering from terminal illness) would be able to make it to our special day.

We planned our wedding in two

months. When time constraints or circumstances limited our options, we embraced what we had and it turned out more magical and perfect than we could have planned even with unlimited time and budget. We learned an important lesson throughout this process: life’s unplanned and unexpected twists and turns result in much greater beauty than one could have ever imagined.


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Lake Tahoe

is one of our most special places, whether visits are for snow sports in the winter, boating in the summer or any reason really. We paid tribute to Tahoe by theming the tables after Tahoe’s most iconic ski resorts. Guests received a “trail map” program upon entering the ceremony and following the cocktail reception, found their “lift passes” to guide them to their seats for dinner. Keeping with the winter theme, we had guests sign a sled in lieu of a guest book.

For the processional,

we stole a song from one of our favorite moments in one of our favorite movies (“Love Actually”) and had the bridal party walk down the aisle to the instrumental version of “All You Need Is Love.”

My favorite detail was making

sure Barkley the bulldog (our first kid) was very much a part of the day. Not only did he wear a tuxedo, and walk down the aisle as a co-ring bearer, but our favors were bags of “Barkley Chow.”

The brilliance

with which our photographer, Katie, documented this special weekend, is a gift that we cherish every day. In addition to fleeting moments of the wedding itself, we have experienced huge loss since this day. Every time we watch our slide show, or look at any of the pictures we are transported back, and the spirit of our loved ones is kept alive.


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Whenever possible, we included people and things that were part of our lives.

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Jenna Walker Photographers Venue: Edgewood Tahoe Gown: Reem Acra Bridesmaid Dresses: Jessica McClintock Guest Lodging: Lakeland Village


Skis & Vows

hs Photography by Real Life Photograp Colorado Story by the bride, Marina | Telluride, February 2nd


We love to ski and so do many of our friends. We wanted a really special experience for everyone and thought Telluride was a slice of heaven. To access our ceremony,

guests rode the gondola up the mountain. They met at a private clubhouse for hors d’oeuvres and hot drinks. They then boarded sleighs and made the journey further up the mountain. The surrounding views of the San Juan Mountains were spectacular! All of our guests were thrilled with the sleigh ride, the dÊcor of the venue and the rustic scenery.

My advice

is to have fun! Enjoy the experience and be flexible when making choices. When things go wrong, make sure to laugh!


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Our theme I used a chalkboard

The envelopes

was rustic elegance with a color palette of slate grey and white with burlap for texture. for the invitations were sewn burlap for the seating chart. slate grey silk dupioni napkins and had each guest’s name embroidered on their napkin. bags. consisted of candles, white orchids, grapewood branches and mercury glass. It was a lot of work, but also one of my favorite details. and found a pair of old wooden skis that we used in lieu of a guest book.

I love antique stores


I also bought The centerpieces

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We had a Western photo booth, so I found tons of props at vintage and

costume stores and shipped them to Telluride. One prop on the table was a picture of my great grandparents from their high school in Canyon we ran through an arch City, Colorado, in 1912. of sparklers held by guests into a sleigh that took us down the mountain!

At the end of the night,

Recommended Vendors Photographer: REAL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHS Venue/Caterer: Gorrono Ranch, TELLURIDE SKI RESORT Event Planner: Soiree Telluride Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom’s | Men’s Wear: Armani Florals: Willowcreek Floral | Invitations: A Printable Press Programs: Paper Source | Rentals: Viking Rentals Guest Lodging: New Sheridan Hotel


Inspiration Spotlight | Meet Me in Jackson Hole Get this look by pulling details, styles & colors from the next 3 pages! -Photography by Carrie Patterson Photography


Meet Me in Jackson Hole

Photography by Carrie Patterson Photography Story by the bride, Lyndsay | Jackson Hole, Wyoming July 17th


We are both from the South

and wanted people to enjoy the cool mountain summer air. It is so fun to share and experience a place together, especially one as beautiful as Jackson Hole. Several of our guests took hiking, rafting and fishing trips together for the first time. I think people tend to be more I had a custom pair of Lucchese boots made for my husband. relaxed when they are at a destination wedding. was held in a mountain meadow with the Tetons towering in the background. The weather was perfect. I truly felt that it was just my husband and I with everyone there to support us during our journey together. I could feel the love, support and smiles from our friends and family. It was amazing!



For a wedding present,

Our very quaint

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We held the cocktail hour

in the meadow. I felt the guests were really able to chat and enjoy themselves. no one looked back. It was a party full of dancing, limbos and smiles. My grandmother even felt the spirit and went under the limbo stick!

Once the band kicked off,

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Carrie Patterson Photography Event Planner: In Any Event, L.L.C. Venue: Lost Creek Ranch & Spa Gown: Claire Pettibone | Caterer/Donuts: Maho Catering Florals: Lily and Co. | Rentals: Canvas Unlimited Guest Lodging: Cowboy Village Resort, Snow King Resort, Love Ridge Resort Lodges Transportation: Buckboard Transportation


Inspiration Spotlight | Winter in the Mountains Winter weddings in the mountains are all about romance! Imagine a romantic sleigh ride across a peaceful landscape with snow glistening in the sun like shimmery diamonds. A relaxing soak in the healing waters of mountain hot springs, followed by a candlelit dinner as snow falls gently outside your window. Snuggle beside a warm and cozy fire as you sip cognac together and reminisce over the magic of winter in the mountains. View more Winter Inspiration online at


Photography credits, clockwise from top left: Real Life Photographs, Kay Beaton Photography, Jenna Walker Photographers, Real Life Photographs, Hillary Maybery Photography, Kyla Jackson Photography, Hillary Maybery Photography, Timothy Faust Photography

WINTER WEDDING BLING! Photography by Tessa Perkins Photography | Story by the bride, Lyndsay | Banff, Alberta, Canada | May 15th


We wanted

our friends and family to come out to Banff and see why we fell in love with the area. Banff has such stunning natural beauty. Every direction you look, you want to take a picture! There are mountains, lakes, wildlife and such tranquility and so many adventurous things to do. It is also great to give people an excuse to take a vacation.

It was really nice

to get to spend time with friends and family leading up to the wedding. We had lots of fun family parties and social gatherings – it was more than just a wedding day, it was a whole week of celebrations!

I had goosebumps

when I headed down the aisle. I just remember thinking, “Don’t cry, don’t cry…” and I didn’t! I was just so excited in that moment to see all my friends and family and of course Michael waiting for me at the end of the aisle. I will never forget the look on my husband’s face – it was priceless! The actual ceremony was a bit of a blur. I remember at one point turning around and looking at all of our guests. It was really nice to actually pause and take a look at all the people who made an effort to be with us.


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The ceremony was stunning. I always imagined what my wedding would look like and it completely surpassed my expectations.

My dad & I

surprised everyone during the fatherdaughter dance by pretending the music skipped and then did a fun dance to the “Twist,” “YMCA” and “Apache”! It caught everyone off guard, and people loved it. I don’t think my dad and I have ever had that much fun together!

Our centerpieces

were beautiful Swarovski crystal trees with tea lights. They were super sparkly and stunning. I love a little bit of bling.

The night seemed to just go by so

quickly. When the music stopped at midnight, no one wanted to leave! It was the most fun we have ever had and we still talk about it, daily!

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Tessa Perkins Photography Event Planner: Signature Weddings by Jenna Venue/Caterer/Lodging: The Fairmont Banff Springs Gown: Maggie Sottero | Shoes: Nine West Bridesmaid Dresses: Victoria’s Secret Men’s Attire: Moores ® Clothing for Men Florals: Paisley Floral Design Cake: Bliss & Co. Cupcakes and Desserts DJ: Class Act DJ Service Videographer: Alta Resort Productions Invitations: MagnetStreet Hair/Makeup: Willow Stream Spa Guest Lodging: The Fairmont Banff Springs and Hidden Ridge Resort


Inspiration Spotlight | Fall in the Mountains From mid-September to mid-October, the mountains shimmer in breathtaking hues of yellow, red and gold. The weather is cool, the sun is shining against a cobalt blue sky and a light dusting of snow blankets the high mountain peaks. Tourists flock to the mountains to enjoy nature’s colorful autumn show. Fall weddings in the mountains are absolutely spectacular! View more Fall Inspiration online at


Photography credits, clockwise from top left: Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers, Real Life Photographs, Carol Aukerman Photography, IlluminArts Photography, Art & Soul Photography, IlluminArts Photography, Zorn Photography, IlluminArts Photography

Aspen Mountain

MAGIC Photography by Zorn Photography | Story by the bride, Amanda Aspen, Colorado | September 25th


We shared a very special moment together on the gondola ride down to the reception. That was our first moment to really cherish being husband and wife! We chose Aspen

because of the beautiful wedding site on the top of the mountain and because Brian and I are both big fans of the amazing fall foliage of the aspen trees. It is truly breathtaking. Aspens also happen to be my favorite tree because multiple aspen trees make up one living organism. Aspens have a large root system that connects them all underneath, while visibly above the earth, they are separate beings. I have always loved this fact about aspens and often related it to how people are inherently connected, but are visibly separate individuals.

Right b efore our ceremony

a glider flew over us, which was not a planned part of the ceremony. This was especially meaningful to Brian since his grandfather was a pilot and was no longer alive to attend the day. It was almost as if he was showing us he was there to support our marriage to each other.

As I walked down the aisle, my uncle played

a Don Henley song while my cousin sang. This was a special touch for us because we both share a love for music and I grew up listening to my dad and uncles playing guitar and singing.


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We wove the Aspen theme

Our cake

into every detail. had golden aspen leaves on it and sat on a wooden stump cake stand. Brian made various tea light were named after Aspen mountain ski runs and printed candleholders for the tables and bar out of fallen aspen tree trunks and branches. on faded ski trail maps. We had aspen branches in all the chandeliers and floral arrangements. The perimeter of the room was lined with large aspen we designed an aspen logo that we used on trees with twinkle lights around them. We had hollow aspen logs filled with flowers. all the stationary as well as a gondola lift ticket that we included with each invitation.

Our tab les

For our invitations,


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In my dress,

we sewed a monogrammed label that had my maiden name and wedding date on it. I have always been extremely close to my family and very proud of my family name; therefore, I wanted to commemorate keeping that identity with me as I added a new identity into my life.

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Zorn Photography Ceremony Site: The Wedding Deck at Aspen Mountain Club Reception Site/Caterer: The Little Nell Florals: The Aspen Branch and Boulder Blooms Cake: d’Elissious Cake Studio | Guest Lodging: The Gant


Inspiration Spotlight | Spring in the Mountains The mountains come alive in the spring with an explosion of fresh green growth and multicolored wildflowers. Rivers and streams are swollen with spring melt-water creating spectacular waterfalls. The fragrance of flowers permeates the air while singing birds serenade you from the treetops. Spring weddings in the mountains are beyond beautiful! View more Spring Inspiration online at Photography credits, clockwise from top left: Kyla Jackson Photography, Carol Aukerman Photography, Carol Aukerman Photography, IlluminArts Photography, IlluminArts Photography, Allison Ragsdale Photography, Allison Ragsdale Photography, Alpine Wedding Photography


Sun Valley Spectacular Photography by Hillary Maybery Photography Story by the bride, Jessica | Sun Valley, Idaho September 20th


We got engaged in Sun Valley while hiking through the wild f lowers in the mountains. We knew we were going to get married in Sun Valley after that. Sun Valley was a unique and fun

experience for all of our friends and family. There are lots of activities and a beautiful setting around every corner.

It rained just as we were about

to walk down the aisle! We waited fifteen minutes and then the rain stopped. Right as we said our vows, the sun came out!

We wanted

it to feel like “us,” so we wrote our own vows, chose readings that reflected our families’ personalities (we had our dads read Dr. Seuss and a traditional Irish Blessing), and we chose specific songs for the procession and recessional. It was intimate, a little silly, and overwhelmingly heartwarming.

The brass band

followed us down the aisle after the ceremony playing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Then we gathered in the entry of the house and we all started cheering and hugging! Everyone was feeling what we were feeling and the love and support was incredible.


My favorite detail

was the arch my dad made with love, under which we were married.

We strung ribbons and hung

votives from the roof of the clear reception tent. Table centerpieces were low flowers and mercury glass candles. Our escort cards consisted of six different background patterns in orange.

We served southern food

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made with local ingredients like elk and trout. Favors were organic chocolates made by the groom’s mother.

Fun and love

surrounded us all evening. We drank pink champagne and danced to a New Orleans Brass Band all night.

A Scotch and cigar bar

in front of the outdoor fireplace in the backyard served as our after party. For late night snacks, we had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Hillary Maybery Photography Event Planner/Floral Designer: Taylor’d Events Gown: Lela Rose from Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Men’s Attire: J. Crew Caterer: Judith McQueen Entertaining Cake: The Sweet Crumb Musicians: Brass Monkey Brass Band Party Rentals: That’s Entertainment


Inspiration Spotlight | Ranch Rendezvous Get this look by pulling details, styles & colors from the next 6 pages! -Photography by Jenna Walker Photographers



Photography by Jenna Walker Photographers Story by the bride, Lindsay | Tabernash, Colorado October 9th 135

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Everyone said the snow during our fall wedding was the most memorable ceremony they had been to and very “Colorado.” More than anything,

we wanted this to be a celebration, a wonderful, warm evening for our family and friends. A way to say “thank you” for supporting us. We envisioned fall, warm candles, great food, the mountains, rich dark wood, and good music. We chose a persimmon orange and mountain theme, which we subtly tied into all aspects of the wedding.

My Uncle David

has a special place in both our hearts, so we asked him to officiate our ceremony. We wrote the entire ceremony from start to finish and choreographed the music. The ceremony focused on love as friendship and honoring that commitment and respect for each other.

The ceremony

was magical! It started snowing the moment my Dad and I stepped out to walk down the aisle. We looked at each other and laughed. It was a moment of, “Here we are and look at this weather!” Fortunately, our day-of coordinator brought a slew of purple umbrellas. My uncle and Dryden looked at me while we were standing in the rain and said they stayed calm because I didn’t falter! It was perfect, despite getting drenched - oh my hair!


During the cocktail hour,

we served warm “soup shots� for the brisk fall evening as guests had their pictures taken in a photo booth. Once the images were printed, guests placed them in the guest book, signed their names and added a few words of wisdom. Extra copies of the photos were hung on know of my mom’s famous homemade jam. She made 130 jars of sweet red raspberry and a clothesline for all to view. Colorado apricot, which were adorned with custom labels on the jar tops. We set alternating peach and red jars at each place setting. were hand-stamped with different Colorado towns where we had spent time together. My father cut down an aspen tree in perfect rounds, then he and Dryden sanded them down to make the signs.

A lot of our friends and family



All of the table

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When we walked into the barn for the reception, it looked like a fairytale.

Glass lanterns were hand-hung from the 100-year old beams of the barn, glowing candles lined the walls, and rich orange centerpieces adorned the a custom menu that guests ordered from tableside. tables. No detail was spared and it was exactly how we envisioned it! was filled with a variety of small pastries including tarts, French macaroons, cascaded down our beautiful white fondant cake. was to “The Best is Yet to Come” by Frank Sinatra. is that the cake pops, mini éclairs, handmade candies and truffles. day would have lasted longer and not flown by in a blink!

We created Our elegant dessert table Our first dance

Orange f lowers

My only wish


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I carried an antique beaded evening bag from my late grandma and wore the same garter her mother and grandmother wore at their weddings.

Recommended Vendors Photographer: Jenna Walker Photographers Event Planner/Floral Designer: Pick Me! Floral and Event Design Studio Venue/Caterer/Lodging: Devil’s Thumb Ranch Gown: Vera Wang from Anna Be Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Cake: Teacup DJ: Elite DJ Entertainment Invitations: The Envelope Please Hair: Side Door Salon Makeup: Colette Zeid Linens: Event Rents


Runaway to the Mountains Featuring Four Intimate Elopements!

Image by IN Photography


We wanted

a clean and simple yet romantic ceremony for just the two of us, in a beautiful place surrounded by nature. It was also extremely important for us to have our German shepherd, Odin, (our only child) by our side. We wanted pet-friendly accommodations, but we were

Romance in Nature

Photography by Bonner Photography | Story by the bride, Julia Field, British Columbia, Canada | August 11th

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also not willing to sacrifice luxury. was our color palette. Peter’s authentic kilt tied into our color scheme and actually picked up the emerald hue of the lake. was very simple and tied in the beauty of our surroundings with the spiritual elements of

Our ceremony

nature. It was very reflective of our personalities. with my dress and Peter’s kilt about getting in the canoe, but we thought it would be nice to share a private moment out on the lake. We made it in the canoe okay, but once we started rowing out into the lake, we drew a huge crowd. Lots of tourists

We were nervous

were pointing and taking pictures of us and it turned out to be the least private moment of all! we enjoyed an amazing dinner of organic free-range elk and bison along with wonderful wine. looking back at our photos. They truly tell the story of our day and allow us to re-experience the day.

After pictures,

I love

Recommended Vendors | Photographer: Bonner Photography | Ceremony Site/Lodging: Emerald Lake Lodge


Love at Lake Louise

Photography by Bonner Photography | Story by the bride, Kimberly Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada | August 24th

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We love the mountains and wanted a very small and

intimate ceremony in a place with breathtaking scenery. on a Monday afternoon on the balcony of our suite at The Fairmont Chateau overlooking Lake Louise, which was the most amazing shade of blue I

We got married

had ever seen. The ceremony was very personal and meaningful – I cried quite a bit. we headed outside to take pictures. As we were walking out of the hotel, the entire restaurant and lobby started cheering. Someone even shouted, “The Mounty always gets his


After the

Once outside,

woman.” we were stopped by dozens of tourists wanting to have their picture taken with us (we became the tourist attraction) as it is not often that a Mounty is seen in his full Red Serge uniform. we went

After pictures,

back to our suite to enjoy cake and champagne. Later that evening, we celebrated with an intimate dinner. was hands down the most perfect day! We would not change a single thing.

Our wedding

Recommended Vendors | Photographer: Bonner Photography | Ceremony Site/Lodging: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise


“Just Us” in Jackson Hole

Photography by Arnica Spring Photography | Story by the bride, Denise Jackson Hole, Wyoming | June 22nd

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We wanted our wedding

to be just about us! This eliminated the pressures of pleasing family and friends. Instead, we made the day OUR day. Initially, we thought of having a beach wedding but decided against it because everyone gets married on the beach. We raise horses and are

more of a Western type couple, so I started researching Wyoming and fell in love with the landscape. Once we saw the Tetons, we knew we had to get married in front of them! consisted of the preacher, photographer, and my husband and I. It was a

intimate ceremony


clear, blue-sky day in the 60’s with absolutely no humidity. I wore my mother’s pearl necklace, my cream and black cowboy boots and carried a bundle of colorful wildflowers. on top of a mountain that was overlooking the Grand Tetons, all while the sun was setting.


We said our

The sun had set

It was very simple and sweet. after we had finished taking pictures with our photographer, so we returned to our cozy oneroom cabin. My husband lit the fireplace and we ordered room service for a quiet evening together...because again, it was OUR day.

Recommended Vendors | Photographer: Arnica Spring Photography | Ceremony Site: Spring Creek Ranch


In Love at Moraine Lake Photography by Bonner Photography | Story by the bride, Dawn Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada | September 21st

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Our intimate ceremony

took place at the edge of Moraine Lake. The scenery was absolutely spectacular. During the ceremony, I was glancing around and thinking, man, this place is stunning. That moment is forever stuck in my mind.

I chose mango -colored calla lilies specifically to complement the turquoise lake. One of my favorite moments was our first time driving to

the lake. A flash snowstorm the night before blanketed the trees, which were all droopy with snow. The winding drive up to the lake made me feel like I was in a winter wonderland. The anticipation was building at every

turn until a spectacular turquoise lake appeared before us. we headed over to a local restaurant in Banff where we enjoyed an intimate dinner.

After our vows and pictures,

Recommended Vendors | Photographer: Bonner Photography | Ceremony Site: Moraine Lake | Event Planner: Sweet Occasions