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Mountain Bliss in Colorado

Erica & Jace  |  August 4th  |  Larkspur, Colorado

From the bride: I would have to say that Crooked Willow Farms was my inspiration. The rustic barns and grounds are used to breed and train beautiful jumper horses. I just really loved the mix of country with graceful elegance. The beautiful red barns with fresh flowers beds pretty much encompassed all that we wanted, simple with splashes of color. Although we felt like we didn’t add too many small touches, a lot of guests stated that our wedding was very much “us”.Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings

I folded 800 paper cranes to create the ceremony backdrop. 

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For our escort cards, I used a paper crane with an origami envelope below that contained each guest’s table number.

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Erica’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer & Photo Booth: Brinton Studios  // Event Planner & Floral Design: Kara Delay, Love this Day Events  //  Venue: Crooked Willow Farms  //  Caterer: Catering by Design  //  DJ: Chris Cockroft, Tip Top Music

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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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Cozy Mountain Chic in Beaver Creek

Tara & Daniel  |  September 13th  |  Beaver Creek, Colorado

From the bride: We absolutely love everything about the mountains – from skiing to mountain biking- so we knew our wedding had to be in the mountains. We wanted a location that was accessible for out of town guests and a place that had a lot to offer so they could make a vacation out of it! We fell in love with the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa the minute we got there.

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I wore a Robert Bullock gown from Little White Dress. The bridesmaids wore navy dresses from J. Crew.

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We truly made our ceremony unique to us. We had a family friend read top song lyrics from each year we have been together.

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The ceremony was the least planned portion of the day yet, one of my favorite parts.

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Cozy Mountain Chic Wedding in Beaver CreekOverall, the flowers were the most amazing part of the reception.

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For favors, we made s’mores.Cozy Mountain Chic Wedding in Beaver Creek

We took dance lessons and tried so hard, but come to find out my dress was too long to go backwards, which was what the whole dance was based on. We looked ridiculous, but had a great time!

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My advice:

1.  RELAX! It’s so much fun!

2.  Start the process with determining how many people you want to invite so you have an idea of what venues are even possible.

3. Tell your wedding party – no gum and have your bridesmaids hold their flowers down by their waist.

4.  If you want a dance party, people follow the bride so make sure you are on the dance floor!

5.  Give your flowers out at the end of the night to your friends.

6.  Make sure you eat before the ceremony.

Cozy Mountain Chic Wedding in Beaver Creek

Tara’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer:  Brinton Studios   /  Venue: The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain  /   Florist: Cori Cook Floral Design  /  Linens: Alpine Party Rental /  Wine Barrels: Vines at Vail Winery  /  Dessert: Batter Cupcakes / DJ: Yan Volodarsky, Elite DJ  /  Band: The Turntable Revue Duo  /  Day of Coordinator: Dana Cook, DC Design

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