A Destination Wedding in Vail, Colorado

From the bride, Alyson:
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!!



1 Comment

  1. Sasser Stills on February 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

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