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Rustic Mountain Glam in Vail

Elise & John  |  August 30th  | Vail, Colorado

From the bride: Having been born and raised in Colorado, I knew I wanted to make our wedding truly authentic with all the things that I love about my home state. Since John and I have so many wonderful memories in Vail, it was an easy decision to make when choosing our wedding destination. Our wedding planning started with a few themes: simple, rustic and elegant with a vintage flare. We started with a few details and it grew from there.Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

 The flowers at the ceremony and reception stayed true to our theme. I envisioned a natural wild flower look,but still elegant. Lizzy from Soul Flower Floral Designs made that vision come to life. I was absolutely obsessed with my bouquet, my bridesmaids’ bouquets, and the beautiful arrangements used throughout the reception.

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 John and I decided to do a first look at the top of Vail Mountain which was so incredibly special. It was nice to have a moment alone with each other before the ceremony overlooking the Rocky Mountain Range. The view truly took our breath away and the moment was perfect. Chris McLaughlin did an incredible job making us comfortable and the photos he took throughout the day truly captured the joy that we felt.

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 One personalized moment that I will always remember was having John’s brother play the guitar, while my dear friend sang ”When the Right One Comes Along” during the ceremony. We were so overwhelmed with love in that moment and it will stand out in my mind as the most complete I have ever felt.

Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado Another special moment was when John and I took pictures with our wedding party under the iconic Covered Bridge in Vail Village. There was a food and wine festival happening that weekend making the bridge a very busy intersection. To have complete strangers be so accommodating while those photos were being taken was also very special. Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Continuing with our authentic Colorado theme, we used vintage skis as our guestbook and gave guests wild flower seeds to “spread the love.” We provided personalized mason jars to drink our “I Do” beer from Gore Range Brewery. We also had fun games for the guests to play that tied in with our rustic theme such as the corn hole and pinball.

Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Jessica from A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals and her team went above and beyond to ensure the reception encompassed all the elements of our theme.  Each aspect of the décor was truly perfect, from the whiskey barrel dessert table, to the beautiful lounge area, and the use of wooden crates to display pictures from our parents wedding. Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

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Elise’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer:  Chris McLaughlin Photography  // Planner and Event Designer: A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals  // Ceremony Venue: The Vail Interfaith Chapel  // Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion //  Florist: Soul Flower Floral Designs  //  Caterer: Gourmet Cowboy  //  Chair and Linen Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals  // Cocktail Hour & Reception Music: Tent Show Kings  // Bistro Lighting: Pink Monkey Solutions  // Cake: Mountain Flour  //  Hair & Makeup: Blush and Brush Group  //  Stationary (invites,menus,escort cards, programs): Fleur De Lis  /  Transportation: Turtle Bus Bar

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A Buttercup & Emerald Wedding in Canada

Kelsey & Daniel  |  August 3rd  |  Yoho National Park, Canada

From the bride: Getting married outside and connecting with nature in the country was important to us. The Rockies have this natural simplistic beauty that creates an enchanting environment it makes your day feel magical.

A Buttercup & Emerald Wedding in Canada

Involving Daniel was really helpful. I chose the colours, professionals, and items I wanted to incorporate for our day. Daniel replied to all of the follow up emails and kept track of all our payments. Our wedding was a team effort. Ha ha, that being said, Daniel was kicked out of the decision making process when he asked if his friends were aloud to bring costumes and a fog machine to the wedding.

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Hint to future brides, if you think you will be emotional prior to going down the aisle, just wait to see how your dad is. My dad is a conservative, strong, kind man who rarely shows emotions, but he got emotional prior to walking down the aisle ‘happy tears’ he called them. I BARELY kept it together.

A Buttercup & Emerald Wedding in Canada

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 Getting in a canoe in my wedding dress and balancing on heels for a photo was terrifying and amazing. There were a lot of tourists around the area taking photos of us, I felt like a movie star.

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 For the recpetion, we rented chiavari chairs in white, white rose bud table runners, white pillars and yellow napkins.

A Buttercup & Emerald Wedding in Canada

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My advice: Things will go wrong, just expect it. The important thing is you love each other and you get to spend forever together. Also, you cannot make every guest or relative happy. Pick your dream wedding and limit the amount of advice you listen to. Hire an event planner to help with the entire event as it is very difficult to organize and have the day run smoothly.

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Kelsey’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue & Caterer: Emerald Lake Lodge //  Photographer: Nicole Modde, NC Photography //  Florist: Roxanne Neustaedter  //  Day of Coordinator: Val Unra //  Linens: Special Events Rentals //  Chairs and pillars: Special Events Rentals //  Cake: Courtney Thomas // Wedding Gown: Mori Lee

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  • Edmonton Photographer November 7, 2014 12:42 pm

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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!

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