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Modern Rocky Mountain Elegance

Sara & Ralph | August 31st | Beaver Creek, Colorado

From the event planner, Classic Creations:
Ralph and Sara love the outdoors, horses, and have a great modern style. We made sure we brought a bit of all of that to their elegant, rustic mountain wedding.

Elegant Wedding at the Ritz Carlton, Beaver Creek Colorado

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Sara and Ralph work for the Five Guys franchise, we played some of the theme off of that with our “One Guy + One Gal” theme and signature drink.

Elegant Wedding at the Ritz Carlton, Beaver Creek Colorado

One of our fave details was the custom bar with a photo of the couples horses.  Sara said that it was one of the only times the horses ever ran together, luckily the photographer captured it during their engagement photo session.

Elegant Wedding at the Ritz Carlton, Beaver Creek Colorado

We took the big ballroom and divided it up in to a lounge and bar section, a dinner and dancing section, and a wow this is the focal point of the room cake section!  We placed a sheer curtain at the back of the room with trees and tons of candles behind it to add to that outdoor romantic feeling, pulling back the curtain to reveal the absolutely stunning cake! I loved hearing the ooohs and ahhs as the guests walked in!

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Elegant Destination Wedding at The Ritz Calrton, Beaver Creek ColoradoThe cake was just stunning, and believe it or not ….fake! With the exception of one small round at the back for Sara and Ralph to cut. 

Elegant Destination Wedding at The Ritz Calrton, Beaver Creek Colorado

The cake design matched Sara’s gown.

Elegant Destination Wedding at The Ritz Calrton, Beaver Creek Colorado

Of course our “One Guy + One Gal” had to pay homage to Five Guys for bringing them together. A macaroon hamburger ice cream sandwich and churros fries in paper cones were served as a late night snack.

Elegant Destination Wedding at The Ritz Calrton, Beaver Creek Colorado

THE VENDOR TEAM

{Luxe Partner} Decor & Rentals: PINK MONKEY SOLUTIONS {more info | website}

Photographer: Jared Wilson Photography  //  Event Planner: Classic Creations Wedding Planners & Designers  // Reception Venue: The Ritz Carlton at Bachelor Gulch  //  Cake: Intricate Icings  //  Flowers: The Flower House

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A Mountain Adventure in Beaver Creek

Valerie & Sergio |  June 22nd  | Beaver Creek, Colorado

From the bride: We were fortunate to have a beautiful Colorado bluebird day as all of our festivities were outdoors. The day was a roller coaster of emotions, anxiety and excitement.

A Destination wedding in the mountains of Beaver Creek, Colorado

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Our ceremony was comical, right from the beginning there were laughs. My veil got stuck on the stone steps of the wedding deck as I was walking down the aisle.  I couldn’t get Sergios’ ring on his finger and just before our “I do’s” my veil took flight and my MoH had to jump up in the air to catch it.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, ColoradoMy favorite moment was our “I Do’s” and kissing my husband for the first time. We had been together for 9 years through lots of ups and downs and it just felt so good to become husband and wife. I know it sounds corny, but I felt an instantaneous gravity shift. He’s my partner for life and it’s us vs anything that comes our way.
Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, ColoradoApart from the ceremony, my favorite moment was walking into our cocktail hour. The day was so sunny, the sky was that deep, deep blue you only get in the mountains of Colorado, our jazz band was playing beautiful swing music and to see all our guests playing lawn games and socializing was just breathtaking.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Since we live in NJ, our animals were not able to be with us so we created a photo of our 2 cats and our 9 month old puppy to accompany the guest book. The animals were not pleased about being forced to pose for the picture so it came out with very stern expressions on them all. It was cracking me up every time I looked at it during the reception.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

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We had beautiful, long log centerpieces with moss, succulents and mixed white flowers in mercury glass atop chevron table runners in grey and white. Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Our travels and ethnic backgrounds influenced our menu. We wanted to share foods we loved and snippets from our travels with our guests.

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Our pets were featured on our “dia de los muertos” wedding cake topper. The wedding topper inspiration came from our trip to Mexico, where we got engaged on top of the Sun pyramid at Teotiuhuacan (which my husband likes to joke, where people were once decapitated) and was a nod to my heritage on my mother’s side. 

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

I loved our first dance. Sergio had an amazing smile on his face and twirling around alternating views of the mountains and the beautiful facade of the Ritz was surreal.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Looking back, the reception was over so quickly. The whole day passed in the blink of the eye.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

My advice: Enjoy the engagement and keep focused on the end game, i.e. being a family with your husband. Certainly pay attention to the details and make the day your own. Recognize that things will go wrong, but in hindsight they’ll be minor. Don’t ruin your mood or your fiancé’s in the months leading up to the wedding or the day of by stressing over little things. Talk to someone who got married recently for guidance. If you don’t know someone in your immediate circle, crowd source it. People love talking about their weddings and I’d be happy to talk for an hour if I could save anyone some stress in their wedding planning process.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Valerie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: Casie Zalud PhotographyAlison Vagnini PhotographyI was so fortunate to have 2, very talented photographers. Casie Zalud does amazing work with natural light. Alison Vagnini has a really artistic touch.

Reception Site & Caterer: Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. It’s the Ritz, their staff is unbeatable. It is such a beautiful, relaxing location and your guests will feel pampered from the moment they arrive. The food was amazing and the cake delicious, I cannot wait to go back for our first anniversary.

Event Design, Flowers & Favors: Bella Lu Floral. I credit Angela for creating our beautiful décor, she was very collaborative when we were discussing ideas and was just a general joy to deal with.  She is the goddess of flowers and just an all around happy fun person to help you in your planning process.

Event Design: Lighting & Design by Scott

Ceremony Site: Beaver Creek Wedding Deck. Stunning scenery and coordinator was supper helpful.

Tent Rental: Alpine Party Rentals. Very responsive to questions, reasonably priced and high quality tents.

DJ: J.M. Hyatt Entertainment. Great selection of current music, stuck to my playlist, but interjected other things that fit the mood perfectly. Their DJs can actually mix a record in/out so if you have a dud or something you just don’t like, all it took was one look and a new song was being worked in.

Bands: Peneplain Jazz Project. Really talented musicians. Variety of songs to choose from and flexible on including/learning new songs you request in advance.

Invitations: Tasha Rae Designs. Super fast, high quality and reasonably priced work. Very helpful with wording recommendations and designing your paper items.

Officiant: Reverend Dr. Robin A. Miller. We were so fortunate to have Rev Miller officiate. I did not want pre-marriage counseling but the sessions Rev Miller provided were some of the most memorable events in the planning process, I found my self looking forward to them. It made us really reflect upon what we were doing and why. She was very easy to talk to and provided a grounding presence throughout the chaos of planning.

Wedding Gown Designer: Jim Hjelm JH8261 purchased from Mustillo’s Bridal Boutique.

Veil: Custom made by AlisaBrides on Etsy

Hair & Makeup: Posh! Salon. Mona has a very talented staff. Worked with a wide variety of hair and skin types and worked very efficiently day of. We were ready on time!

Men’s Wear: Husband’s tux was custom made by Sciortino’sGroomsmen were dressed in Jos A. Banks.

Event Planner: Feather & Twig.

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Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont

Abbie & Erik | August 17th |  Jay, Vermont

From the bride:
We knew we didn’t want the typical hotel wedding and weren’t really a fan of a Vermont barn wedding, when we saw Jay Peak Resort we knew it was perfect as the location provided many different options for lodging and lots of unique entertainment options. Our rehearsal dinner included a tram ride up to the top of the mountain and then a bon fire with s’mores at the base. The morning of the wedding, the guys and some of our guests golfed. And the day after most of the wedding party (ourselves included) spent the day at the indoor waterpark and bar. It was a different and fun way to relax! Planning wise, it makes it easy when everything can be at one resort and guests seem to love the mini-vacation that came with the wedding.

Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont Erik and I worked together on everything. We wanted our wedding to reflect both of us.  Erik is a graphic designer. He made all of the stationary for our wedding: save-the-dates, invitations, ceremony programs, and lots of signage. Everything coordinated. We had a consistent wedding logo and the colors and background design were carried throughout. Pretty much anything that we could do ourselves, we did. This helped keep the cost down and also made everything that much more special.

Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont

Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in VermontOur ceremony was at the base of the mountain. We lucked out with an absolutely beautiful, sunny, warm day.

Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in VermontWe had Erik’s two sisters read a children’s book as part of the ceremony. It was something fun and different to carry on. We also started off with a something from Robert Louis Stevenson that my family usually reads everything Thanksgiving.

Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in VermontWe had round tables with white table clothes and navy overlays. Each table had a simple white frame with table number signage designed by Erik and a lime/flower centerpiece. There were large white lanterns and smaller green ones.Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in VermontSince we met while working at a local cinema, we had gourmet popcorn for favors. We ordered three different flavors from the Popcorn Factory and bagged it ourselves with the help of friends and family. We had personalized stickers put on each bag.

Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in VermontLooking back, I would not have stressed about what everyone else wanted/thought of things. At times I think we were both so worried about making everyone else happy that we forgot what the day was truly about.

Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in VermontMy advice: Enjoy everything! As stressful as wedding planning might be, it’s all over so quickly! Also, don’t rush the engagement. You have all life to be married!

Wedding: Modern DIY Elegance in Vermont

Abbie & Erik’s
RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Jay Peak Resort
Photographer: Letter 10 Creative. Jaime and Jamie are AMAZING. We knew them from two other weddings and they were the first vendor we secured. We picked a wedding date we knew they were available for. They take gorgeous pictures and pay attention to every detail – Jamie even had a safety pin when part of my dress broke when getting ready.
Florist: Centerpiece Florist  //  DJ: Top Hat DJ  // Hair: Angela of Taiga Spa at Jay Peak Resort. She’s amazing!
Printed items: smartpress.com They were fantastic. We got great prices and fast service. When we weren’t happy with the initial quality of something, they replaced the whole order promptly, no questions asked.

Honeymoon Location: A mini-moon in Cape Cod. We’re headed to Australia and New Zealand this coming winter!

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