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A Nursery Themed Wedding in the Mountains

Katie & Kyle  |  August 3rd  |  Whispering Pines, Arizona

From the photographer, Brie Marie Photographers:
Katie & Kyle’s wedding was held at Katie’s family nursery. Not only was this a beautiful little spot for a wedding, it was also sentimental to the bride as it was the place she grew up going to visit her daddy at work. The type of quiet serenity that comes with driving miles up into the breathtaking White Mountains in Arizona is something you will never experience in the hustle and bustle of a city.  It turned out to be a blustery and stormy day complete with torrential downpour and golf ball sized hail. Despite the fact that it was a summer wedding held on August 3rd, there was one point during the day that it appeared as if it had recently snowed because the ground was covered in sheets of hail. Everyone, including the bride, took it in stride. At one point, Katie looked out the window and said “I have lived her my whole life and I have never seen it rain like this!” 

A Nursery Themed Wedding in the White Mountains of Arizona

Katie didn’t miss a beat when it came to details. Her color scheme was grey, white and green. She made most of the decor herself which all pointed back to the nursery theme. She thought of everything from potted basil and rosemary plants set on old wooden pallets to candles wrapped in herbs. Every detail was absolutely perfect and practically dripping with sentimentality.

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Katie wore a stunning satin and beaded, one shoulder, dress with matching veil and held an exquisite white and green bouquet which was photographed on the ladder leading up to the treehouse that Katie and her brother played in as children. But, perhaps, the sweetest thing Katie wore were the pearls given to her by her grandfather when she was born. The Bridesmaids wore simple grey dresses with green sashes and their look was topped off by the most comfortable shoe in the history of bridesmaids – TOMS! A Nursery Themed Wedding in the White Mountains of Arizona

The ceremony site was a sea of people wearing ponchos and holding umbrellas. Until the bride and her dad began to walk down the aisle. As soon as they stepped for out of her dad’s old Ford truck the clouds parted and the sun shone through the clouds in creating one of the most breath taking skies I have ever seen. It didn’t rain another drop the rest of the night! A Nursery Themed Wedding in the White Mountains of Arizona

Kyle and Katie were married on a bridge made by Katie’s father and brother and underneath the tree that Katie and her dad planted when he first opened the nursery.

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They danced for the first time as husband and wife  under the stars surrounded by towering pine trees and the many friends and family who absolutely adored them.

A Nursery Themed Wedding in the White Mountains of Arizona

The night was concluded by one of the greatest parties I have ever witnessed. Not a single guest stayed in their seats. There was hardly even enough room on the dance floor to hold everyone! It was an absolutely wonderful day for one of the sweetest and most genuine couples I have ever met. Their love for one another just bubbles over in everything they do. A Nursery Themed Wedding in the White Mountains of Arizona

THE VENDOR TEAM
Photographer: Brie Marie Photographers  // Venue: Christopher’s Garden Nursery  //  DJ: Got You Covered Music

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  • Joanna August 17, 2014 2:35 am

    Simply gorgeous wedding! Love the photo shoot at the lake - amusing!
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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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