Tori and Jon planned their elopement on Black Balsam Knob near Asheville, North Carolina. The couple followed a traditional wedding day, but with just the two of them to enjoy it all, privately. After saying their vows, Tori and Jon had a first dance, all to themselves on the mountaintop, before popping their champagne and enjoying their doughnuts as a gorgeous mist turned the summit into something reminiscent of Scotland.
The Elopement Team
Photography: Carolyn Marie Photography | Planning and Syling: Lucky Penny Creative | Bride’s Dress: Lulus | Hair: Hair by Jenna Wilson | Makeup: Powder Me Pretty | Florals: Flora | Doughnuts: Vortex | Champagne: Biltmore | Officiant: DiAnna Ritola
From the bride, Mandy: The best part of the day was exactly what it should have been: the time my husband and I spent together holding hands during the ceremony, and speaking from our hearts. The moments that followed with our photographer, ENV Photography were unexpectedly special– we spent our first few hours as a married couple just one on one, being close, enjoying that giddy energy, helping each other balance over the bluffs, and it was wonderful. I would not change a thing about my wedding day. It was the best!
For our hand-binding ceremony, we used the same cloth used by my in-laws.
Do not cater to others. Your wedding is about you and your partner– that’s all you need, and all that matters is that you can look back and say that it was exactly as you wanted it to be.
Our photographer was impeccable. I recommend ENV Photography without hesitation.
From the couple, Kimberly & Mike: The Rocky Mountains are just so beautiful and a big part of what brought us out to Colorado. They made a perfect backdrop for the best day of our lives. Most of our guests were from out of town and we were able to hang out with the majority of them for the whole weekend, celebrating from Friday to Sunday. It made the whole experience that much more memorable.
I honestly did not know the best part of marrying Mike would be the ceremony. All before the wedding, I would have said the reception would be my favorite part. But there is something about hearing your best friend declare their love and promise their vows to you that was so special and so amazing. It was the best surprise and favorite part of the day.
I made all the table numbers out of picture frames I spray-painted from Ikea. A friend helped me all make the wooden signs.
The Seating Chart
Mike built the frame that held our seating chart and I stained the wood to finish it. I practiced calligraphy in my downtime and made the place cards out of craft paper. With a touch of flowers, the end result was beautiful and such a statement piece when you walked into the Twin Owls restaurant.
Enjoy every moment. Make sure the day of the wedding you take time to breathe and take it all in, trusting it will all fall into place. It truly is the best day of your life.
The Wedding Team
Photographer: Irving Photography | Venue & Caterer: Twin Owls Steakhouse at Black Canyon Inn | Floral Design: Pollen Denver | Bride’s Dress: Casablanca Bridal from Blue Bridal Boutique | Hair Stylist: Janie Rocek | Makeup Artist: Cassandra Garza | Invitations: Jaclyn Dina | Cake: The Market at Larimer Square
The Love Story
Coco and Truffles met five years ago while on a play date with their eight year old owners, Katy and Hannah. The girls were neighborhood friends and they both loved “Build-A-Bear.” Katy invited Hannah over to play and asked her to bring her puppy Coco. They planned to have a puppy fashion show with their two dogs. The girls dressed the dogs up in the Build-A-Bear clothes and presented a doggy fashion show for their families. It was a hit and the beginning of a love story. Coco and Truffles became instant friends. When Coco and Hannah had to go home, Coco would cry. Truffles sat by the window barking as Coco left. Katy and Hannah vowed that one day they would grow up and live together so their dogs could get married and never have to leave each others side again. We decided love couldn’t wait and organized a wedding for the adorable pups. The girls were so excited.
The wedding was fashioned in pinks and golds and featured “cocoa” and truffle treats, a golden drip wedding cake, a golden dog bone macaroon groom’s cake, a bohemian puppy tent, and a hot air balloon ride for the adorable couple.
The Wedding Team
Photographer: Stacia Morgan Photography, Second Shooter: Joy Smith | Event Planner: Island Life Events | Floral Designer: Floral Fantasy | Location: Island Home Nursery | Favors: Key Largo Chocolates | Invitation Designer: Kitty’s Hand Krafted | Bakery: Maggie’s Bakery | Groomer: Sammys Paw Mobile
From the bride, Jole: Our wedding was beyond my wildest dreams. Everything felt like it was sprinkled with glitter, completely magical & unreal. Like my fairy godmother waved her wand and all my dreams came true- it sounds so cheesy but it’s true!
We made the cutest unicorn headbands for the flower girls.
I had so many favorite moments, but I will never forget walking through the meadow with my precious dad and feeling the love all around us.
Stephen had a similar favorite memory, “Seeing Jole for the first time in her dress as she was walking down the aisle with her dad is something I will never forget. Jole was literally the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”
Stephen was the most precious, handsome, happiest, brightest, shining light waiting for me at the end of the aisle. I couldn’t wait to squeeze him and tell him I loved him and to say “YES”!!
My grandpa married us!
For each place setting, my dad made cutting boards.
The Wedding Team
Alexandria and Jaymeson have been married for five years and decided to elope for their five-year anniversary to renew their vows privately. Their wedding, five years prior lacked a photographer and many important aspects to them, so they decided that renewing their vows privately was the perfect way to celebrate their marriage and the people that they’ve grown into, together. Along with their dogs, Ziggy and Marley, they snuck away to Lake Tahoe.
Alexandria and Jaymeson celebrated with champagne and ice cream!
The Wedding Team
Corky and Mike met on a blind date set up by a friend. He’s a ski instructor at Vail Resorts, she’s a kindergarten teacher at Vail Christian Academy–and the rest is history. From the beginning, they knew they wanted to incorporate design elements that would reflect their life together in Vail.
The guest book was a pair of antique skis that guests got to sign.
The tables were named after Corky and Mike’s favorite ski runs on Vail Mountain.
Corky had her great grandparents’ handmade wedding dolls placed on the back of their loveseat.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: From the Hip Photo | Event Planners: Sarah Vierra Events & Events by Erin | Design and Decor: Highlights Colorado | Floral Designer: The Perfect Petal | Dress Store: anna be | Hair Stylist: Cili Salon | Bridesmaid Dresses: The Bridal Collection Denver | Jewelry: The Golden Bear | Musicians: HomeSlice Band | Paper Props: Lettered West | Caterer: Biscuits and Berries | Cake: The Makery Cake Co. | Equipment Rentals: Event Rents | Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch
From the Photographer, Alison McQuain Photography: Anna is a news anchor from the West Coast who has followed her job all over the country…now it looks like she will be putting down roots in East Tennessee thanks to her fiance Russell. As you can imagine, a news anchor in a small town is quite the celebrity. You would never know it…Anna and Russell are two of the sweetest people. They have a fur-baby, Max who made the most perfect appearance during our shoot. The weather on Roan Mountain was perfect with the mountains displaying all their splendor. These two lovebirds are getting married this fall.