A Colorado Wedding With Rocky Mountain Views

Leia & Sam  |  Estes Park, Colorado

 

From the bride…

We knew we wanted a view of the mountains for our wedding so finding the Black Canyon Inn and Twin Owls Steakhouse for the ceremony and reception was absolutely perfect. We didn’t need to do a lot of decorating because the amazing venues were already so naturally perfect.

 

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Wedding Kiss in the Mountains

Sweetheart table

 

HANDMADE CENTERPIECES

Sam is a welder so when we got engaged, I knew that I wanted him to weld roses that would be our centerpieces. We decided to place the roses in growlers (since we love going to breweries and trying beers).

 

 

Welded roses in beer growlers

 

LOOKING BACK

Our favorite part of our wedding day was spending time with friends and family, on and off the dance floor. I love going dancing, so having hours of dancing with your closest friends and family; nothing is better than that!

 

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I do kiss with a mountain backdrop

 

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Taylor Nicole Photography  / Second Photographer: 831 Photography
Ceremony Venue: Black Canyon Inn Weddings
Reception Venue:  Twin Owls Steak House
Floral Designer: A Florae
Dress Designer- Stella York from Dora Grace
Hair & Makeup: Cici at WedLocks Bridal Hair & Makeup

 

 

A Romantic Floral-Filled Ski Resort Wedding

Nikki & Pete | September 22nd

 

For a bride whose childhood memories are filled with days of playing in her family’s flower shop in New Canaan, Connecticut—BonFleur, a word play on Bongaerts’ Flowers—there was never any question that flowers would play an integral role in her wedding. Nikki’s parents are now the owners of a nationwide flower wholesale company – Florabundance. With ties so strong in the floral industry, flowers such as ranunculus, astilbe, tulips, blushing bride protea, garden roses, and hellebores were sourced from around the world. Floral designers Shawn Chamberlain of Flower Bar Co. and Alicia Schwede of Bella Fiori / Flirty Fleurs flew into Utah to bring the couple’s floral visions to fruition. Shawn worked closely with the couple to bring their bright and cheery color palette of green, pink and touches of white to life in the lodge. The flower team spent 5 days working inside the lodge to transform it into a romantic garden-inspired space.

 

A Romantic Flower Filled Ski Resort Wedding

 

From the Bride… Alta Ski Area in Alta, Utah, has been our special place since we started dating five years ago. As soon as I said “yes,” we asked each other to blurt out where we wanted to get married. We both shouted out, “Alta!” Pete began skiing at Alta as a young child, and I went for my first time while I was dating Pete but taking a gap year in Utah. With Pete’s insistence, I bought an Alta season pass. He came to visit me multiple times that winter and our favorite thing to do was always to ski Alta together. Alta is also the place where we would continue to come on annual ski trips together, and after a long day on the slopes, we would love nothing more than to hit up the Alta Peruvian Lodge’s bar, affectionately known to most as the “P Dog.” One day after our engagement, we called Todd at the Peruvian Lodge and booked our date- the last available for 2018, and the exact one we wanted: September 22.

 

A Romantic Flower Filled Ski Resort Wedding

 

THE DATE

Having moved out to Park City a few months post-engagement, the wedding planning really came to life since we were local to our venue. In our vision, we wanted the natural beauty of the mountains to set the stage. We picked September 22nd because it was the first day of fall, our favorite season. It was also the autumnal equinox, so our wedding weekend was a mix of summer and fall.

 

A Romantic Flower Filled Ski Resort Wedding

 

THE INSPIRATION

The flowers were perhaps one of the most important components of our day and our overall venue design. Growing up as the daughter of parents who ran a small, local flower shop, I constantly found myself playing in the flower coolers after school. I wanted some of the same of my favorite varieties and scents to bring me back to those days. We wanted to keep things natural to the landscape and incorporate a lot of greens, but also added in pinks, whites and light peaches to provide even more pops of color on top of the gorgeous yellow foliage our outdoor venue provided.

 

A Romantic Flower Filled Ski Resort Wedding

THE CEREMONY FLOWERS

Our amazing designers Shawn Chamberlain and Alicia Schwede worked with my parents to use a ton of garden roses, ranunculus, eucalyptus; you name it. The aisles were lined with flowers like I have never seen!  We are still getting compliments from our guests about the stunning ceremony decor.

 

A Romantic Flower Filled Ski Resort Wedding

 

My favorite part of the day was the moment we said, “I do.”

 

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THE RECEPTION

We kept to our rustic mountain theme while mixing in our pops of color and plenty of candles throughout the reception. Befitting the family business, every nook and cranny of the lodge was adorned with flowers.

 

A Romantic Flower Filled Ski Resort Wedding

 

THE TABLE FLORALS

The true masterpiece of the dining space was the 136 feet of continuous floral arrangements that ran down the center of the tables. The long king’s tables were lined with some of the widest floral runners I have ever seen–again, more gorgeous garden roses.

 

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One of the best aspects of our amazing wedding was dancing the night away to our favorite Motown and Grateful Dead songs with our best friends and family members, everyone so happy to be celebrating with us.

 

A Romantic Flower Filled Ski Resort Wedding

Honestly, it was the most perfect day with our beloved friends and family and an incredibly talented list of vendors. The florals, photography, calligraphy, print work, the food, not to mention the amazing live band, were over the top. We could not have been happier.

 

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Claire Marika Photography  //  Second Shooter: Aerie Photography // Floral Designers: Bella Fiori & FLOWER BAR // Event Planner: Bluebird Event Destination Management // Paper Props: Mulberry And Elm Design  // Invitation Designer: The Whitney Shop // Caterer: Savoury Kitchen, Park City // Band: The Fever Band // Video: Beau Brown Videographer // Wedding Gown: Lela Rose from The Plumed Serpent Bridal // Makeup Artist: Jessica Grambau // Venue: Alta Peruvian Lodge

 


THE FLOWERS POST-WEDDING

So what happens to all of these beautiful flowers after the wedding day concludes? That’s where Shawn Chamberlain switches hats from designer at Flower Bar Co. to director of  The Full Bloom. Shawn is the brains and heart behind the non-profit organization, which collects flowers after the conclusion of events, redesigns them into bouquets, and distributes them to hospice patients nearing the end of life. The design team put out a call over social media asking for volunteers to meet at the lodge on a Sunday morning to redesign all the flowers into sweet little vase arrangements, and more than 30 people showed up. The wholesale company Syndicate Sales generously donated the vases to this project, and with their generous donation, more than 300 vase arrangements were created and delivered to hospice and assisted living facilities throughout the Salt Lake City area.

 

 

A New Year’s Eve Wedding in the Green Mountains of Vermont

Elyse & Brian | December 31st

 

From the bride… When we got engaged, I knew that I wanted a winter wedding. I had dreamed about being surrounded by snow-covered mountains while wearing a simple dress with vintage touches and a fur stole. I knew what I wanted, but Brian took some convincing- he couldn’t picture getting married in the winter because he thought it would be too cold and people wouldn’t come. In the end, he realized that if I was happy, he would be happy.

 

Luxe dresses for a New Years Eve Wedding in Vermont

 

THE DATE

Originally, we hadn’t thought about having a New Year’s Eve Wedding.  We quickly learned that New Year’s Eve was one of the last dates the Mountain Top Inn had available for 2018. It felt like it was meant to be, so we canceled our second day of venue tours and booked our date 12.31.2018!  Once we had the date and the venue finalized everything else sort of fell into place.  Being that it was New Year’s Eve, I knew that I wanted everything to be very simple and elegant with just a hint of glitz and glam.

 

 

Bride | New Years Eve Wedding in Vermont

 

FINDING MY DRESS

My first (and last) dress appointment was on a Saturday morning in May.  All of the important women in my life joined me to help me find my dress- there was 9 of us pulling dresses to try.  I had thought I wanted a long sleeve dress, but once I tried starting things on, I realized very quickly that I did not like the dresses that had sleeves and went back to a strapless with a sweetheart neckline.  I had thought I may have found my dress it was very, very, simple/ plain when my consultant said to me “Wait here one minute before you decide- I just thought of something!” She came back with ‘Katalina’ dress from Spring 2018 collection from ‘Blue by Enzoani.’  The minute that I stepped into the dress, I fell in love with the simplicity of it.  My favorite part of my dress was the tulle at the bottom with the wide crinoline ribbon around the hem.  I felt as though I needed to add a few details to the dress, so I had my seamstress sew a string of crepe buttons down the back along the zipper. She also sewed on an art deco inspired belt at the waist to add a little bit of glitz for the event.  I also wore a vintage silver fox fur while we were outside for photos. My wedding look felt very classic and elegant.

 

White bouquet | New Years Eve Wedding in Vermont

 

THE BOUQUET

My elegant bouquet incorporated anemone flowers for a pop of darkness which really made it stand out from the rest of the white flowers. I loved the contrast.

 

 

Puppy | New Years Eve Wedding in Vermont

 

THE BRIDESMAIDS

The silver sequin dresses perfectly blended with the snow, and they all looked like they had dresses made out of snowflakes. I gave all her bridesmaids necklaces with the geographical coordinates of the Mountain Top Inn and matching earrings.

 

Bridesmaids | New Years Eve Wedding in Vermont

 

THE CEREMONY DÉCOR

Brian and I wanted our ceremony site to feel warm and romantic, so we decided to use a lot of flowers and candles in our decor.  The arbor had a beautiful flower piece on the top left corner with a smaller piece on the right side and my mom, Patty, had bought a very soft romantic feeling fabric that draped around the birch to soften it up a bit.  On either side of the arbor as well as down the aisle we had white rose petals with several candles lit in clusters at varying heights- it was gorgeous!

 

New Years Eve Wedding ceremony in Vermont

 

THE CEREMONY

My Aunt Trixie was our officiant, and she knows me better than most people.  She knew exactly what to do to personalize our ceremony so that it would be meaningful for us.  Brian’s cousin Pete did a reading. My sister Sarah and Brian’s brother Scott assisted in a traditional “hand-fasting” ceremony (knot tying/blessing of the hands) honoring our Irish heritage.  Most importantly, our parents were invited up to read us our vows to each other. Brian and I had not heard any of the speeches ahead of time and had no idea what my Aunt had planned.  It was amazing experiencing it all for the first time at the ceremony at the same time that our guests heard it. The love we felt from everyone surrounding us at our ceremony was overwhelming- we could not have been happier in that moment!

 

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THE MEN’S ATTIRE

Keeping with the elegant New Year’s Eve vibe, we decided to have Brian, and his groomsmen wear black tuxedo’s with black bow ties.

 

Wedding party | New Years Eve Wedding in Vermont

 

THE RECEPTION DECOR

We knew that we wanted it to feel elegant and decided to keep it simple mostly white with hints of silver and grey throughout.  To add some warmth to the reception barn, we decided to use drapes around a lot of the wood posts- we didn’t have a huge wedding, so it not only helped to separate the space but also added a softness to an area that had a lot of wood details.

 

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I loved our centerpieces- we incorporated mirrors for dimension with floating candles and white flower arrangements with a hint of greenery.

 

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MY ADVICE

Enjoy every second of it together, have fun, and try not to sweat the small things! Find a venue and vendors that will help to guide you through the process.  Our planning was a breeze, and we owe most of it to our vendors for keeping in touch with us throughout the entire process and sending reminders when certain deadlines were approaching.

 

Luxe bridesmaids | New Years Eve Wedding in Vermont

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Idena Beach Photography
Venue, Lodging, Caterer, Flowers: The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
DJ: Top Hat Entertainment

Cades Cove Church Wedding in Tennessee

From the photographer, JoPhoto… Bella and Brady traveled from West Virginia to the Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to get married in the historic white Missionary Baptist Church.

 

Cades Cove Church Wedding in Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wedding in Tennessee

 

THE CEREMONY

Moments before their wedding began, the sky opened up and it poured rain for a solid hour. Thankfully, the church is indoors and everyone kept dry.

 

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POST CEREMONY

After their ceremony, we walked outside the church and saw a mother black bear with her two cubs casually walking through the forest.

 

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wedding Wedding in Tennessee

 

The mountains were covered in low lying fog lovingly referred to as the “smoke” of the Great Smoky Mountains.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wedding

 

The butterflies fluttered around in celebration of these two souls becoming one.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wedding

 

A Boho Mountain Wedding in Telluride

Matty & Alexis | June 21st

 

From the bride… We wanted our day to mimic the elements in Colorado. There were lots of wildflowers, lavender, dreamcatchers, and subtle earthy tones throughout.

 

Ski Resort Mountain Wedding in Telluride, Colorado

 

THE ATTIRE

I found a kimono by Rish Atelier that became the inspiration for the entire day. I went with a simple dress by Alexandra Grecco to the compliment the beautiful Israeli lace. The bridesmaids chose their own dresses. Their color and fabrics all flowed together perfectly, one champagne, one navy, one pale blue with a mix of silk and lace.

 

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PRIVATE VOWS

Prior to the ceremony, we shared our private vows on the beautiful valley floor Telluride we took pictures with our bridal party at the ceremony site beforehand to help facilitate moving right into enjoying cocktail hour with our friends and family immediately following the ceremony.

 

 

Private vows on the beautiful valley floor of Telluride, Colorado

The private vows witnessed by only the photographers and our dog Wall-E was a moment we will never forget. It was simply amazing.

 

Private vows on the beautiful valley floor of Telluride, Colorado

THE CEREMONY

Matty’s brother officiated the ceremony and all three of us had a hand in writing a ceremony that was specifically unique to us as a couple. It was laid back, romantic, and fun.

 

Ski Resort Mountain Wedding in Telluride, Colorado

 

AFTER THE CEREMONY

At the cocktail hour, we rode horses and the guests also took turns riding and taking photos with the horses. This was very special to see and experience in such a beautiful location.

 

Bride & Groom on horseback after the ceremony in Telluride, CO

 

THE SEATING CHART

Guests were guided to the tables by looking at their names written on tattered paper hanging on the handmade flowing dreamcatchers. Pendleton blankets were strewn about the deck for both looks and warmth at night.

 

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THE GUEST BOOK

Our guestbook was a snowboard from Never Summer with artwork by the brother of the groom/officiant.

 

Custom made snowboard guestbook

Cake display by Fig & Bloom cakes, Telluride CO

 

THE RECEPTION

Our band kept the entire party dancing well into the night. Everyone continues to compliment us on the beautiful and moving personally crafted ceremony, the horses, the food, and the music!

 

Evening kiss in the mountains of Telluride, Colorado

ADVICE

I highly recommend utilizing at least a day of planner.

While making decisions in the planning process it’s so important to remember there are no “rules” and whatever works for you and makes you and your partner feel excited and happy about the day is exactly how you should do it!

On the day of, take a moment to stop, breathe and take in all the love and beauty that’s surrounding you with your new partner, family, and friends.


Ski Resort Mountain Wedding in Telluride, Colorado

 

 

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Ben Eng Photography | Event Planner: Telluride Unveiled | Floral Designer: Dahlia floral | Venue & Caterer: Gorrono Ranch | Hair Stylist: Megan Keever Hair | Dress Designer: Alexandra Grecco | Band: Jonny Mogambo Band | Cake Designer: Fig & Bloom Cakes

A Floral-Filled Farm Wedding in Asheville

Lacey & Torsten  |  July 14th

 

From the bride… Torsten and I chose to wed at a farm venue nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, NC. We selected this venue as a semi-destination wedding so that our friends and family from all over would have a fun place to travel to and experience together.

 

Flower bouquet from Flourish Flower Farm

 

THE DRESS

I chose a beautifully detailed dress with floral-inspired lace appliques and a flowing tulle skirt. It was both romantic and whimsical to fit in with my overall vision.

 

The Dress | A Floral-Filled Farm Wedding in Asheville

Bridesmaids | A Floral-Filled Farm Wedding in Asheville

THE VENUE

From the moment we stepped on the property we fell in love with The Farm. The mountains, horses, beautiful rows of flowers, combined with a rustic-elegant feel made this the perfect venue for us. We loved that the farm specialized in farm-to-table cuisine using the freshest ingredients from their gardens and local farmers. Our beverages were from a curated list of local craft beers and ciders from Asheville otherwise known as “beer city.”

A Floral-Filled Farm Wedding in Asheville

THE DECOR

We kept our decor fairly simple and incorporated a lot of florals into our overall design. One of my favorite pieces of the day was the custom Mountain Laurel archway created by Flourish Flower Farm to frame the aisle of our ceremony. The archway was draped with the most beautiful flowers- it took my breath away! Many of our guests enjoyed taking photos under the archway.

 

Ceremony with Mountain laurel arch

Crying with Dad before walking down the asile

THE CEREMONY

Like most little girls, I have always dreamed of the day my Dad would walk me down the aisle. My dad was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in 2015. Prior to the wedding, we had to have the hard discussion of what we would do if my Dad was unable to walk me. I am blessed to say that my Dad walked me down the aisle to hand me off to my wonderful husband. This was by far the most special moment of my wedding day that I will never stop reliving.

 

Walking with dad down the aisle

THE VOWS

We centered our wedding ceremony around our Christian faith and included a rustic barn wood cross in the backdrop. My first cousin once removed served as our wedding officiant, just as she did for my Mom and Dad’s wedding! It was so special to have her be a part of our wedding day.

 

Ceremony vows at the Farm, Asheville, NC

Just married at the Farm, Asheville, NC

HANDMADE TOUCH

We made DIY lavender filled bags for guests to shower on us as we made our way down the aisle after the ceremony.  The meaning of lavender is love and devotion, and when given as a gift, represents luck and the promise of a new adventure. I can think of no other greater adventure than marriage!

 

A Floral-Filled Farm Wedding in Asheville

THE RECEPTION

One of my favorite things about our wedding was that there was something for every personality to enjoy. Our guests played corn-hole, giant Jenga, enjoyed the farm animals, sat outside under the stars, and danced the night away with the band.

 

 

 

A Floral-Filled Farm Wedding in Asheville

ADVICE

Allow yourself to go with the flow and be okay with the fact that things won’t go exactly as planned. Most of all, take a deep breath, and enjoy your magical day surrounded by your closest family and friends!

 

Farm fresh flower bouquet & cake

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Jessi Nichols Photography | Venue: The Farm | Floral Designer: Flourish Flower Farm  |  Dress Store: Bridals by Jodi | Musicians: Sam Hill Entertainment |  Hair & Makeup: Rose Glow Beauty

 

Skiing Down the Aisle to Love

Sydney & Garret | March 24th

 

From the bride: After meeting online, our first adventure together was a charity event for The Greenway Foundation. Hosted on a bridge over the Platte River in Denver, Colorado, this unique date served as the perfect backdrop for the start of our adventure together. In the months to follow, we discovered numerous shared passions which created an inseparable bond. We bonded through our mutual love of skiing, camping, golfing, and our mutual pursuit for unceasing laughter.
 
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It quickly became obvious that nothing could separate our bond. After a year and a half of skiing through trees, countless weekend getaways, and roll on the floor laughter, Garret decided to pop the question. With a vision for a wildly romantic proposal on our trip to Hawaii, Garret had secretly tucked the ring away in a carry-on. When we got to the airport, our checked bag was far too heavy, and we had to open and reorganize all of our bags. While Garret frantically tried to hide the ring in the chaos, he made a split-second decision: he couldn’t wait until Hawaii. Garret got down on one knee, right in the middle of the Denver International Airport, and I said yes!

 

Crested Butte Ski Resort Wedding

 

As we planned our wedding, one thing was clear: adventure has always been a constant in our relationship. Accordingly, for our wedding, we decided to hit our favorite slopes in Mount Crested Butte, Colorado and ski down the aisle, towards our next adventure as husband and wife.

 

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Venue: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Photographer: Third Eye Photography

Boho Bliss on a Mountaintop in North Carolina

Ashley & David | October 9th

 

From the photographer: It was the perfect evening at Max Patch, we (almost) had the entire area to ourselves which always makes the ceremonies super special. The privacy allows for the couple to truly be themselves, which is always a blast to witness. Ashley had an AMAZING dress from BHLDN. It was all things fabulous and boho, and everything an eloping bride could ask for. We highly recommend this company for elopement dresses. As always, Flourish Flower Farms came through with a stunning lush flower crown and bouquet, as bright as her spirit. And that’s saying something!

After we got to talking I was interested in hearing what drew them to our little corner of paradise.

From the bride: “We wanted somewhere new to us that we could both explore with fresh eyes together. We love the idea of having ‘our city’ to visit. All we really knew was we wanted our day to be outdoors and, on a mountaintop,… so here we are! We are looking forward to it just being the two of us (the privacy and sacredness of having it just be about us, without distractions and complications- stripped down, simple, free & easy sort of like our love and us (together and separate), the excitement of building a family (like, right away!), the secrecy and surprise to friends and family… so much to be thankful and excited for.”

 

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Meghan Rolfe Photography  |  Dress Designer: BHLDN  |  Event Planner: Elope Outdoors   |  Floral Designer: Flourish Flower Farm |  Location: Max Patch, Asheville, NC

 

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