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Simply Perfect on Snowmass Mountain

Danielle & Pete | June 23rd | Aspen, Colorado

From the bride, Danielle:
Our day could not have been more perfect. Crisp blue skies, the Colorado mountain air, and 165 of our closest friends and family. Being from Chicago, we were so touched to be able to share our love for the area with our guests. The fact that we were able to have our ceremony and reception on the mountain I had been skiing and hiking on since I was 3 years old, just made it even more special.

Selah01Since Pete and I are both from large close-knit families, it was very important for us to capture and honor the love and support that we would continue to build off of in our life together. From collecting nearly 200 plates of china from our moms, aunts and friends across the country, to serving our family’s infamous pies and cookies (that my mom and brother baked all week!), there was a lot of love in every detail.

Selah02 Selah03 Selah04 Selah05 Selah06We kept it simple—set up the reception chairs on the open lawn near the cabin overlooking the valley below. We had a unity ceremony where we combined sand from Chicago and Colorado, and then took a moment to stand there together overlooking the incredible view and to take in that we had just said our vows.

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I gave my dad the job of making wooden signs to direct our guests, and he took it over with great enthusiasm- making us a ‘Just Married’ sign to hang on the chairlift, with cans and all.

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One of my favorite moments of our wedding day was the time Pete and I were able to have together after the ceremony. I had at first resisted leaving the party, but followed the sound advice and am so glad that we did. We took a chairlift ride together to soak in our just-sealed marriage and it could not have been more perfect.

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Selah12Another memorable moment was walking into our reception tent. I had never before felt such love and support as in that moment. Both Pete and I teared up as we walked in and stood on the dance floor looking at everyone around us that we loved cheering us on.

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I am a sucker for vintage jewelry and design, so mixing vintage details in with the beautiful rustic setting was a natural fit; for the reception we mixed hard wood tables, heirloom china and lace runners with antique floral vases and jars.

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We named our tables after our favorite restaurants.

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We danced under the stars until they had to close the tent down. Selah18

My advice: The best advice I was given was to remember that the day is about the two of you! Enjoy it and make sure to spend as much of it together.

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Danielle’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Lynn Britt Cabin, Snowmass Mountain.  An incredible site for a wedding!

Photographer: Selah Photography. Jackie and Matt were incredible to work with, both for our special day and since in putting together our album. They are so talented—we could not believe the images they were able to capture!

Guest Lodging: Villas at the Snowmass Club. They were so accommodating for our very large group, with over 75% traveling from out of state, they were so helpful in coordinate transportation and taking the best of care of for them!

Videographer: KHODGE FilmsKyle worked with us to create a custom package for our budget, and then went above and beyond to put together an incredible film with custom animation and music.

Event Planner: Jane Floyd and Associates  //  Cake: D’Elissious Cake Studio  //  Florist and Decor: The Aspen Branch   //   Caterer: ASC Catering  //  Reception Band: The Fab 4   //  Tent & Party Rentals: Bethel Party Rentals  //  Wedding Gown: Carolina Herrera from Ultimate Bride in Chicago  // Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale, LulaKate and Bella Bridesmaid  //  Hair & Makeup: Becky Hanrahan, Studio B Beaute   //  MOH Suit: J.Crew

Honeymoon Location: Barcelona, Spain

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Rustic Chic with a New England Twist

Tracy & Justin  |   June 9th   |   Larkspur, Colorado

From the bride, Tracy:
Since most of our guests had never been to Colorado before, we wanted our wedding to have a real Colorado feel.  We fell in love with Spruce Mountain Ranch from the minute that we first saw it.  We used the honeybee as a theme in memory of my father.  The bee was on the invitations, the escort cards, the menu cards and we gave little jars of honey as one of the favors.

FRaces01My father passed away 8 years ago from cancer so it important for me to include him in our special day.  I wanted my bouquet to contain something that belonged to him. I gave one of his dress shirts that had his initials on the cuff to our florist. She worked her magic and what I ended up with was more that I could have ever imagined.  It was like he was there holding my hand.FRaces02 FRaces03

We were able to have our ceremony and reception in the same location, which was important to us. Our ceremony took place in a meadow, cocktail hour was outside by the stream and the reception was in the lodge with dancing under the stars.

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Tracy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Frances Photography  //  Venue:  Spruce Mountain Ranch  //  Event Planner: Table 6 Productions  //  Event Designers:  LMD Productions & Indigo Sky //  Florist: The Perfect Petal  //  Caterer: Epicurean Catering  //  Cake: Mulberries Cake Shop  //  Invitations & Programs: Scribbles Paper  //  Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza from Kleinfeld  //  Boots: Liberty Boot Company  // Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung  //  Men’s Wear: Brooks Brothers  //  Band: HomeSlice Band  //  Hair: Erin Ferris Designs  //  Makeup: Michael Moore, Simply Moore  //  Eyebrow Shaping & Skin Care: Rick Mueller at Apollo Studio  // Guest Lodging: The Inverness  //  Honeymoon Location: St. Lucia

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Sea Glass in the Mountains

Alba & Andrew  |  September 1st  |  Granby, Colorado

From the bride, Alba:
I wanted a romantic, rustic, elegant wedding without the stuffiness of formal weddings that aren’t really our style. Kara, my wedding planner, thought of the theme “Sea Glass in the Mountains” which I loved. We had blue and green glassware, with hints of yellow and milk white glass.

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My Anjolique dress was simple, yet detailed and very romantic. brinton0104 brinton0105 brinton0106Our ceremony took place in the yard outside my husband’s family home, which is located right on the Colorado River. It’s an understatement to call the location a backyard because it is so majestic.

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My father in law officiated the ceremony, and had it been anyone else, would not have been anywhere near as special. Hearing someone speak of love, marriage, and friendship that you hold in such high regard really hits close to our hearts.brinton0109 brinton0110 brinton0111 brinton0112 brinton0113 brinton0114 brinton0115

Our personalized wedding favors, which also served as name/table placards, were mini succulents.

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The tables were just arranged perfectly by Kara. I was so lucky to have so many of the details I’d always dreamed of.

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Our first dance as husband and wife, my dance with my dad, looking out at our closest loved ones during dinner and taking in all the chatter and laughter and smiles – these are moments etched in my memory.brinton0119Looking back: I do wish I would have started planning sooner and gone with my gut instinct instead of entertaining everyone else’s ideas.  I wish I had spoken up sooner when I didn’t like something –it would have saved me a lot of time. Don’t worry about being perceived as nice and not difficult, just say what you want in a respectful way – you are paying these people after all, they work for you!

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My advice: Enjoy your time, think about what makes you happy and don’t worry about what others tell you. Take advice constructively. Take help from the people who offer it!

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Alba’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: Brinton Studios!!! There are not enough words to describe how much the success of our event had to do with the Brintons.

Event Planner & Florist: Kara Delay at Love this Day Events. The best type of planner you can ask for- organized, very creative, a great listener and sometimes interpreter, and has great style and taste!

Caterer & Cake: Wildhorse Catering. The most delicious food we tasted – the best part was it tasted exactly the same on our wedding day as it did on the day we went in for our tastings.

Musicians: Leftover Salmon. They were awesome and learned some requested songs for us.

Tent & Rentals: Butler Rents  //  Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom  //  Groom’s Attire: Macy’s

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  • kara delay July 25, 2013 9:48 am

    I absolutely adored working with Andrew + Alba on this gorgeous wedding! Ocean meets mountains may be my new favorite design style!!
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