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Destination Vail, Colorado

Alyson & Jason  | May 11th  |  Vail, Colorado

From the bride:
We wanted to go somewhere out-of-town enough that people would come and really relax and be present, but close enough that it was affordable for people to travel to.  I grew up going to the Sonnenalp Hotel of Vail so it was the perfect fit.

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We had a Catholic Ceremony at the Vail Interfaith Chapel.  My two 4 year-old nieces preceded me pulling a wooden wagon carrying my 1 year old niece (all in matching white flower girl dresses).  The wagon had a sign that read “Here Comes Auntie Al” on it.

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The cake topper was specially made for my grandparents wedding ceremony shortly before my grandfather went overseas with the Navy to fight in World War II.


 Rather than having a large wedding cake, we had eighteen small cakes, one for each table.


 Centerpieces included 3 pottery barn gold jeweled bark candles set on square glass mirrors with bright pink rose petals and  diamond shaped jewels.  Chairs were covered with crème chair covers and had thick gold laced burlap tied around them.  The restaurant at the Sonnenalp, Ludwigs, is naturally decorated with a mix of mountain and German décor and didn’t need much to make it special.

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Alyson & Jason’s

Photographer: Frances Photography. We were stunned at how much we loved our photos.  Frances and her staff were a joy to work with.

Ceremony Site: Vail Interfaith Chapel. A picturesque chapel and one of your only choices for a Catholic wedding in Vail (Catholic religion requires it be in a church). Unfortunately, a bit expensive.

Reception Site, Caterer, Cake, Lodging: The Sonnenalp Hotel of Vail. One of the most uniquely beautiful hotels in the gorgeous town of Vail.  Exceptionally accommodating and memorable.

Flowers: Sweet Pea Designs. Friendly, fairly priced, gorgeous flowers.

Band: Dressed in Black. Wonderfully talented, great event emcee who plays great music.

Wedding Gown Designer:  Pronovias Manuel Moto,  style: Edecan. I ordered directly from Pronovias HQ in Spain (no samples were made of the dress … purchased it before I could even try it on, YIKES!)

Honeymoon Location: Belize!!

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  • Sasser Stills February 18, 2014 10:58 am

    I just love the girls covering their eyes during the kiss. Reminds me of being little! Great images!
Love as Pure as the Mountains

Kelsie & Johnny  | July 6th  |  Wise River, Montana

From the bride:
Johnny and I spend most of our time together in the mountains and we both knew that a mountain wedding would best suit us.  We also wanted our guests to be able to experience a little piece of our lives.

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 Every time we set out for a mountain adventure no matter what season it is, we are both amazed by the beauty of nature itself, so our inspiration for our style of wedding was to create an overall natural appearance. JacilynM03 JacilynM04

 Our dog Rocco held the “ Here Comes the Bride” sign.  He had no practice before the wedding and walked down the aisle perfectly while our guests laughed.

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 Our ceremony was set right on the Big Hole River surrounded by mountains.  Johnny’s brother, Joe had spent weeks building a willow arch for us. During the ceremony there were a few moments of thunder, which was very special to us, because when Johnny proposed to me it was on the side of a mountain during a heavy rain and lightning storm.  We could not help but smile at each other. JacilynM07

Saying our vows was one of the most emotional experiences I have ever felt.  In that moment we both felt all the love, pain, and struggles we had went through to be able stand together in front of God, our family, and friends to be married. JacilynM08 JacilynM09 JacilynM10 JacilynM11 JacilynM12 JacilynM13 JacilynM14

 We had white tablecloths with burlap runners and beautiful mountain bouquets in mason jars resting on top of fresh cut tree bark slabs with river rock sprinkled around everything. JacilynM15

 We rented big white tents for the reception so our guests could enjoy the beautiful Montana scenery. Two live bands played into the dark as the sun set behind the mountains. JacilynM16I wanted to have sunset photos, so Jacilyn took us away to enjoy a moment I will never forget.  Being able to have that special moment with the one you love the most was magnificent! JacilynM17


Photographer:  Jacilyn M PhotographyJacilyn was amazing, and she is so creative and fun!   We both felt so comfortable! I am so glad I found her, thanks to Luxe Mountain Weddings!

Event Design & Planner:  Posh Paper Weddings. We could not say enough about the Posh team, they went above and beyond. We never worried about what was going on.  I don’t know what we would have done without them.  Definitely a 5 star service!  

Wedding Gown:  Mori Lee from Eskay Bridal The girls at Eskay were so nice!  I was overwhelmed and they help me find the dress for me.  Great experience!

Florist:  Brenda’s Florist  //  Hair & Makeup:  Jade Hair Studio and Spa  //  Tent Rental:  Sun Party Rentals  //  Cake:  Creative Cakes by Dee Dee   //  Linens: Linen Tablecloth  //  Invitations:  Wedding Paper Divas  //  Shoes:  Lane Boots  //   Bridesmaid Dresses:  Encore Collection by Watters

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Rustic Chic Ranch Wedding in Wyoming

Ashley & Greg  | June 15th  |  Saratoga, Wyoming

From the bride, Ashley:
I am from Colorado and Greg is from New York and we live in Napa, California.  We knew we wanted to have a destination wedding on a dude ranch, Brush Creek Ranch was THE perfect place.

Brinton01My favorite detail was our “cattle brand”.  We used it on the welcome bags, invitations, thank you notes and cocktail napkins. Our brand really tied into the whole dude ranch theme. 


When my mother passed away, I knew I wanted to incorporate her French blue lace wedding dress. Designer Jinza Jin Couture was able to include each inch of the blue lace and now my dress is truly an amazing heirloom.

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I rode in on a horse and carriage with my father.


The ceremony took place in the wedding garden.  We wrote all of our own vows, which took a lot of time and testing on our relationship as to what exactly we wanted to say. I wouldn’t give up those nights mulling over our vows for anything. Brinton06

We wanted to start a new tradition during the ceremony and we did this: to symbolize our victory of finding each other and vowing to spend the rest of their lives together, we sabered champagne bottles with sabers engraved with our names and marriage date.

Both of our fathers lead the ceremony and married us, which was very special. 

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Greg and I took the carriage after the ceremony to Falcons Peak, which was really special.  Seeing the ranch via carriage was something I will never forget.

Brinton09 Brinton10We mounted about 40 photos of when we were children and growing up and of all the folks who we were missing our day because they have passed away (my mother, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins).  We attached them to twine with hand died clothes pins and strung them from the sides of old wagon wheels.  They were on display upon arrival to dinner at the lodge.


We are both winemakers in Napa, CA so we chose the wines we wished to pour for each course of the dinner.  Brinton12 Brinton13Greg organized a HUGE firework show after dinner, which was a surprise for me and one of the most special parts of the day.


Dancing and cake were held in cowboy dance hall.

Brinton14Our advice: Be kind to each other and communicate during planning especially, if you are doing it all yourself (as we did) there are tough moments, but being kind to each other and being open really helped us out.



Venue, Catering, Lodging, Hair & Makeup: The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch. We would recommend this gem to any couple looking for a dude ranch or destination wedding. It is truly one of the most amazing, spectacular and hospitable places we had ever been and our family and guests concur. The staff at BCR is unbelievable; every detail was taken care of ALL weekend. Everyone at BCR from every part of the ranch went out of their way to make everything go smoothly and it did. The Spa at BCR is excellent.

Photographer: Brinton Studios.  CR & Tiffany were a great duo and captured our wedding & evening before the wedding so well.  We love their candid shots, they are a talented couple.

DJ: Sound Master Entertainment. Tony was great all the way from our first phone meeting.  We only wish we could have danced the night away until dawn!

Cake: Sweet Marie’s BakeshopMarie did a fantastic job on our cake we loved everything she came up with all the way down to positioning the cake topper we got.  It was a porcelain bride & groom with the ride lassoing the groom’s foot.

Florist: Flower Pot. Connie did a beautiful job on all of the flowers.  I especially loved my arrangement and the boutonnieres.   She delivered everything we spoke about and did an amazing job!  I would highly recommend her.

Paper Products: Salt + Pepper Press.

Honeymoon Location:  Mini-moon right after the wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Honeymoon: Mozambique and South African Safari.

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