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

An Autumn Mountain Wedding in Telluride

Maggie & Brett |  September 22nd

 

From the couple: We looked at a lot of places all over Colorado… but when we saw the Schmid Ranch, we immediately fell in love with it! The views at the upper ranch are breathtaking and on top of that, you can see the 14er in the distance where the proposal was! But not only was it great views, the ranch offered what really no other venues we visited could… a lot of time and flexibility with what we wanted to do! We really wanted to be able to camp with our friends and family and truly be able to celebrate without feeling rushed — the ranch allowed us to spend an entire weekend with our friends and family, not just a handful of hours like most places.

The flip side to having a wide-open ranch with endless possibilities is that there is a good amount of planning needed, so that was all us… who are we kidding, Maggie was the master planner! If it was cool and had a unique vibe, we wanted to make it happen.

 

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THE CEREMONY

We wrote our own vows and Maggie was thinking about saying them for months before and thought about them nearly all day before the ceremony. Brett also thought endlessly about the vows… all day before the ceremony too… the only difference is Maggie was the smart one who wrote them down!

 

THE RECEPTION

The main venue tent was clear so you could see the full moon and stars at night and the DJ lights rocked to the wee hours! We also set up an area were anyone who wanted to rough the elements and camp with us could, but we also had glamping tents and shower tents set up to keep a touch of those modern comforts. Our flowers were potted flowers friends and family grew for our wedding day.

 

ADVICE

First, get married in a place that you will look forward to going back to on your anniversary, it should be a special place you want to go back to. Second, have fun at your wedding… do a quick math exercise… the number of minutes you have at your venue… minus all the time you are just with your bridal party… and divide that by the number of guests you have… you only get a handful of minutes with everyone if you are lucky! Eat quick and say a quick hello and thank you, then go enjoy the day! And third, spend money for a good photographer! Weddings are expensive and there are a lot of ways to get creative with costs, but don’t do it here!

 

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Ben Eng Photography |  Apparel: The Bespoke Edge  |  Tent: Colorado Party Rentals  | Caterer: La Cocina de Luz  |  DJ: Colorado Wedding Productions |  Venue: Schmid Family Ranch

   

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A Ceremony in the Rain + Luxe Tent Reception

Jen & Josh | September 1oth | Vail, Colorado

 

From the bride…What I remember most was how special it felt to have all of our loved ones gathered together in Vail, which has a special place in my heart. The day started with my bridesmaids and I getting ready in my family’s mountain home, followed by pictures at the top of the gondola. Going up the gondola with our wedding party for photos was such a fun and special way to kick off the festivities.

 

Mountain invitations for a Vail wedding | Luxe Mountain Weddings

Pashimas for the mountain ceremony | Luxe Mountain Weddings

Lush floral arrangements at the back of the ceremony aisle | Luxe Mountain Weddings

THE CEREMONY

In typical Colorado fashion, it was a perfect, blue sky day right up until we arrived for the outdoor ceremony! Guests huddled under trees and umbrellas, and I couldn’t believe we couldn’t see the gorgeous Gore Range view we had been dreaming of. But in the end, the rain added laughter and levity to the ceremony and the pictures with the umbrellas are fantastic!

 

A ceremony in the rain in Vail, Colorado | Luxe Mountain Weddings

 

Walking down the aisle with my Dad is something I’ll never forget.

 

Walking down the aisle with dad in the rain | Luxe Mountain Weddings

 

THE OFFICIANT

We asked our friend Matt to officiate the wedding. Matt has known us as long as we’ve known each other and has seen our relationship evolve over several years from friendship to life partners.

 

A ceremony in the rain in Vail, Colorado | Luxe Mountain Weddings

 

SPECIAL TOUCH

We did a soil ceremony, where we had each of our mothers bring soil from our childhood homes so that we could plant a new tree, bringing our families together and creating our new roots.

 

A soil ceremony in the rain in Vail, Colorado | Luxe Mountain Weddings

 

After the ceremony, we moved to our reception site on the lawn of Lion Square Lodge for cocktails, dinner, and dancing.

 

Bride & groom on Vail Mountain | Luxe Mountain Weddings

 

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Guests were greeted with shawls and slippers as they descended the stairs.

 

Slippers for dancing | Luxe Mountain Weddings

THE SEATING ARRANGEMENTS

At the entrance to the tent, a large escort wall with leather tags led guests to their individual seats.

 

Leather luggage escord card tags | Luxe Mountain Weddings

THE TENT

The Tent at the base of Vail Mountain was the largest one ever done on Lion Square Lodge. A custom build that took three days to install and included incredible floral chandeliers, a large lounge, a custom donut wall, and matching monogrammed dance floor- not light gobo- but monogrammed.

 

Luxe tent reception in Vail, Colorado | Luxe Mountain Weddings

 

The tent was even more magical than I had imagined it would be during all of the months of putting together this “room” from scratch. The hanging floral displays were especially breathtaking and exactly in line with my vision.

 

Luxe tent reception in Vail, Colorado | Luxe Mountain Weddings

Luxe tent reception in Vail, Colorado | Luxe Mountain Weddings

Luxe tent reception in Vail, Colorado | Luxe Mountain Weddings

 

 THE PLACE SETTINGS

The menus were printed on bread bags. The leather place cards had gold calligraphy monogrammed script.

 

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THE SPEECHES

The toasts by my Dad, my MOH, and Josh’s Best Men were all hilarious and so touching they brought me to tears.

 

Cake at a tent reception in Vail, Colorado | Luxe Mountain Weddings

 

THE RECEPTION

The reception flew by in such a blur that I can’t even tell you many more details, but I do know that we all had an unbelievable night with our friends and family.

 

Luxe tent reception in Vail, Colorado | Luxe Mountain Weddings

 

THE MUSIC

The band was the highlight, with people still talking about them over a year later. The dance floor of the tent was quite literally bumping (it felt like a trampoline out there!).

 

Luxe tent reception in Vail, Colorado | Luxe Mountain Weddings

 

ADVICE

Don’t trust your memory for anything on the day of! If there is something you’d like to make sure happens (even if it seems obvious and you think you’ll remember), don’t leave it to chance. Ask your planner, family member, or best friend to be on point to ensure any special moments you have in your head actually happen.

Be yourselves! Following trends that don’t feel completely authentic to you as a couple won’t stand the test of time. Go with your gut and your own style over any Instagram trends.

 

Luxe tent reception in Vail, Colorado | Luxe Mountain Weddings

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: IN Photography | Event Planner: Gemini Event Planners  | Event Design: Design Works | Invitations: Four13 Designs  | Catering: Red Maple Catering | Cake: Mountain Flour | Band: Northstar 

 


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A Mountain Engagement in Wyoming

From the photographer, Hayden Esau Photography:

Charliy proposed first. When Amber’s flight arrived she was waiting at the airport, ring in hand, so ready to start a beautiful life with her soul mate. Then Amber proposed on Casper Mountain, overlooking the city they had started their engagement, just as ready to write their forever love story.

We took their engagement photos at Bear Trap Meadow, with the tall pines and the white mountain scenery it was perfect for a winter engagement session. These ladies laughed with me the whole time we struggled across the snowy meadow. Because when two people are so crazy in love (Queue Beyonce!). Everything goes so smooth, even in not so ideal conditions, like outrageously deep snow.

 

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Spring in Tuscany Bridal Shoot

Spring in Tuscany with a bohemian twist was the inspiration behind this Colorado styled bridal session. The bride wore an intricate lace gown and lovely floral crown that embodied the free-spirited boho vibe while the soft natural mountain light added the perfect amount of romance.

 

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THE STYLE TEAM

Photographer: Aspen & Vine Studio   //  Second Shooter: MacKenzi Knight Photography  //  Dress Store: ASOS Bridal  //  Makeup Artist: Kacey Clark Makeup  //  Hair Stylist: Brittani Estes Hair 

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