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Love at 11,444 feet

Kaley & Zach  |  September 15th  |  Keystone, Colorado

From the bride:  Zach is originally from the East Coast and I am from the Midwest. We met in Colorado four years ago. Not only did we fall for one another, but we also fell in love with Colorado. Thus, it was important for us to have the wedding in Colorado. We wanted to share the place that we hold so dearly to our hearts with the most loved people in our lives, our guests. We chose to host a fall wedding, which is our favorite time of the year. The wedding date fell on the peak weekend of Colorado’s signature gold Aspen Tree foliage.

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 We had a neutral color scheme with accents of green and yellow to incorporate the earth tones of the mountain and Aspen trees.

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Before the ceremony, we had our first look and read our hand written vows to one another. This allowed for intimate moments that were sacred to us. In addition, we spent time taking pictures with just the two of us before the wedding party met us. The time together eased our nerves and alleviated pressure before the ceremony as we had time to be together to show our love and appreciation for one another and reflect on the meaning of the day.

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My cousins wrote and co-officiated the ceremony, which made it tremendously personal and meaningful for Zach and me. Our wedding readings were from our favorite book, The Alchemist.

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 The flower girls carried small boxwood wreaths.

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 An extra special moment was when our dear friend surprised us with the most unique 36” diameter Pin Oak wood slab monogrammed with our wedding logo. We used this as a focal creation for the décor of our reception.

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 Instead of doing the routine order of events, we decided to mix up the order of our reception. As soon as we were announced to the guests, we went to the middle of the dance floor and cut the cake and had our first dance. After the first chorus of our first dance, we invited all guests to the dance with us. It was a huge surrounding of love. After the first dance, we jumped right into the dancing for a few songs to start the night off on the right foot. The guests seemed to really like the mix-up events.

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 My advice: Every wedding is beautiful and there is no wrong or right way to do it. Be true to yourselves as a couple, be mindful of the meaning of the day instead of getting lost in the details, and absorb all the love.

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hotographer: Emilyanne Photography  //  Event Planner & Floral Design: Petal and Bean  //  Musicians: The Schwingers  //   Uplighting: Highlights Colorado  //   Wedding Gown: a & be bridal shop  //  Hair: Sarah Winter, Three Cutters on Pearl  //   Makeup: Michelle Knoebel, Clementine’s Boutique Salon  //  Videographer: Ampersand Family   //  Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Timber Ridge Lodge Keystone

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A Destination Wedding in the Canadian Rockies

 Wynne & Ben  |  August 21st  |  Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

From the bride: When I was 5 years old I “read” my first Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine on a flight and began “sketching” wedding gowns on a Northwest Airlines napkin – believe it or not, my parents still have some of the napkins. So, while our wedding story began like many, dreaming as a young girl, it is unique in that after being in the industry for a few years, it (my vision) took a 180 degree turn! Rather than Cinderella’s ball, we escaped to the Rocky Mountains. It rained, it snowed, the sun beamed down for our ceremony, we ran into hiccups – as you do in any wedding – and we laughed through them. We danced, we cried, we toasted, we spent hours with the ones we love, and we couldn’t have been more thankful.

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THE VENDORS
Wedding Planner: La vie Charmé Events  //  Photographer: Carly Jo Studio  //  Floral: Forget-Me-Knot Flowers  //  Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang from L’Atelier Couture   //  Venue, Catering, Cake: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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A Mountain Soiree in Lake Tahoe

Anne & Pete  |  September 27th  |  Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Anne’s love of travel coupled beautifully with Pete’s adventurous spirit and their nautical themed wedding was a weather infused mountain soiree! The pouring rain was a happy welcome after Lake Tahoe had been engulfed in smoke from area fires burning all week. Many day-before and last-minute decisions were made. The entire ceremony and reception was rearranged and moved the night before! The couple was so happy to have an outdoor ceremony, and nobody would’ve guessed anything had been changed. The day was pulled off splendidly with a seamlessly amazing design team.

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THE VENDOR TEAM: Photographer:  Melina Wallisch Photography  //  Event Planner: Summit Soiree  //  Floral Designer: R. Jack Balthazar  //  Musicians: Brian Hess Music   // Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals  //  Caterer: D’Lish Catering  //  Venue: Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site

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