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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

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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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Destination Appalachian Mountains

Amy & Chris  |  August 17th  |  Valle Crucis, North Carolina

From the bride:  We wanted to get married in the mountains and specifically outdoors, so we had to have a destination wedding (because there are no mountains in Florida!). We wanted a rustic-chic type wedding because that matches our style and personalities. I wanted to make the wedding our own. I’m not the most conventional (my ring is a pink emerald, after all!) and I didn’t do anything just because I felt obligated or that it was tradition. Chris and I chose things that are reflections of us. That means we had some quirky aspects — bird cake toppers, a tree print for guests to sign instead of a traditional guest book and for keepsakes we had a Polaroid station and had guests leave us notes on their picture. We tried to make the night a true, personal reflection of ourselves.

Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina

I made most of the decorations myself. I’m pretty creative and have eclectic tastes, so I’m always trying to come up with things that “go” but don’t look totally put together. I let each of the bridesmaids find their own dresses for that reason. Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina

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I loved the wands we made for the flower girls instead of the traditional flowers in a basket. Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina

I  wanted to take a spin on the photobooth trend and so instead we got a Polaroid camera to create a “snap station.” We hung up a decorative bird cage with mini clothespins and asked people to leave us a note on their Polaroid and then pin it. I made a “LOVE” banner that was used as a backdrop on the barn at the “snap station.” It makes for a perfect decoration at our house with lots of keepsakes!  Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina

My advice: Keep your wedding personal. Think about what you really want on your dream day — and not just because you feel obligated — and try to accomplish that.  Make the wedding a reflection of who you are and what you love, even when it comes down to the food choices! Don’t get so caught up with the hype and details that you lose focus that the day is really about a guy and a girl who are celebrating love, life and a new journey they are about to take together!

Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina
Amy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue & Lodgings: The Mast Farm Inn.  Mast Farm was the perfect venue. The gardens are gorgeous and the barn and Inn are amazing features of the property. Not only was it a great wedding venue but our guests loved staying there and I am so happy they enjoyed themselves too!
Photographer:  Revival Photography   //  Florist: Pearl’s Garden  //  DJ: Dail Holderness  //  Bird Cake Toppers: Blossom Hill on Etsy

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  • Heather with Revival Photography May 1, 2014 6:57 pm

    Thanks so much for the feature you guys!! Beautiful blog post!
  • Alize May 2, 2014 1:11 am

    What a nice wedding ceremony.
Rustic Comfort in Colorado

Amber & Jared | September 7th |  Larkspur, Colorado

From the bride,
We just wanted a laid back wedding that was “comfortable” for everyone to enjoy yet memorable!

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The ceremony was held on the lawn with the beautiful mountains in the background!  The location just couldn’t be beat in our opinions! The highlight was the wonderful weather we had that day.

Rustic Comfort Wedding in Colorado Rustic Comfort Wedding in ColoradoWe had the reception in the barn, which is absolutely gorgeous. Rustic Comfort Wedding in ColoradoThe table linens were purple with burlap on top and the centerpieces were square vases with purple ribbon around the top and green apples inside with a sunflower on the top.

Rustic Comfort Wedding in ColoradoJared wrote a little story on everyone’s personalized menu about the table that they were sitting at which was a different city/town in Germany that we were going to visit on our honeymoon!

Rustic Comfort Wedding in Colorado

Rustic Comfort Wedding in ColoradoLooking back, I LOVED that feeling of it being “your” day!! I HATED how fast the day went!  Yikes it flew by!  I CRIED as I walked down the aisle!  Yep I was one of “those”!!!  And yes I LAUGHED AND GIGGLED when I knew I would spend the rest of my life with the man I love!!!  We had an awesome wedding!!! Rustic Comfort Wedding in Colorado

Amber & Jared’s
RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue:  Crooked Willow FarmsBeautiful, nothing can compare in my opinion!
Event Design & Planner: JA Special EventsJessica was wonderful to work with!!  Love her and everything she did for us.
Photographer: Brinton Studios. Very easy and laid back couple.  They were fun to work with and the results were amazing!!  We love our pictures and they will be cherished forever!
Musicians: DJ RIPM and Maestro Hughes. Couldn’t have asked for anyone better!  These two are remarkable together and really made that lasting touch for our wedding that everyone remembered!
Caterer & Dessert:  Catering By Design  //   Florist: Statice Floral  //    Guest Lodging: Inverness Hotel  //  Videographer: Lupher Arts  //   Hair & Makeup: Haute Hair and Makeup

Honeymoon Location:  Europe! England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Italy!!

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