A Beautiful Wedding in the Canadian Rockies

Philomena & Lesley  |  Banff, AB, Canada

From the couple: We are both in love with the Canadian Rockies and spend as much time as we can visiting them. Natural and grandeur; it is the feeling all humans experience when they fall in love. We wanted the free and majestic beauty of it captured at our intimate ceremony and reception.

 

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THE RINGS

Unlike the showy engagement rings, we both knew the wedding bands would be the timeless keepsakes that would be worn more often than not. We splurged on a matching set. The flowery bands aren’t a typical choice for most brides,  but for us they are perfect.

 

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THE WEDDING DAY

The night before the wedding both Canmore and Banff were enveloped in the thickest wildfire smoke we’d ever seen. The further we drove from Calgary, the thicker the smoke got, our hearts sank. By the time we arrived in the mountains, you wouldn’t even know it as you couldn’t see the mountains with all the smoke. We ate breakfast on the patio on our wedding day, and from there the view hadn’t gotten any better. We were at peace with it. There was nothing anyone could do and being sad about it would just make it worse. Then what seemed to be a miracle happened on our drive up to Two Jack Lake.  As the limo passed Lake Minnewanka, we realized you could see the beautiful view complete with a bright blue sky.

 

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THE CAKE

We questioned if anyone would really eat the cake at all after a full buffet and cheesecake. Turns out it was delicious and there wasn’t anything left of the 100-serving cake (except for the top tier that’s still sitting in the freezer for our anniversary).

 

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Kim Payant Photography // Ceremony location: Two Jack Lake, Banff National Park //  Hair & Makeup:  Lilies & Lace  //  Reception Venue: Cornerstone Theatre

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A Simple Southern Wedding in Downtown Denver

Sarah & Sean  |  Denver, Colorado

 

From the bride; Although we have lived in Denver for 5 years, Sean and I are both originally from South Carolina.  We wanted our wedding to reflect our southern roots as well as our new lives in Colorado. An outdoor wedding in the Rose Garden at City Park overlooking the views of downtown Denver was the perfect venue, and the menu created for us by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science helped to incorporate our southern roots! All outdoor weddings come with the possibility of being rained out, however, there is an old southern tradition to bury a bottle of bourbon exactly one month before the wedding to ensure good weather! I won’t tell you where we buried the bourbon but it definitely worked- we could not have asked for a more perfect day to get married!

 

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THE WEDDING INSPIRATION

Sean and I wanted our entire wedding to feel like a reflection of ourselves. From the ceremony overlooking downtown Denver, the southern menu, to the live music and dancing, we tried to mix our southern roots with our love for Colorado.

 

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THE FLOWERS

I wanted a mixture of roses as well as wildflowers in the bouquets and centerpieces to help bring together the overall look of the wedding. The bridesmaids all wore different color dresses, and the flowers of the bouquets incorporated each of those colors in an effort to compliment them.

 

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THE DRESS

My dress was actually the first one I tried on. While I tried on many more after, I kept coming back to that first dress as my favorite! With a lace top, scalloped neckline and English netting skirt it was absolutely stunning. The rest of my look was completed with an English netting veil, Jimmy Choo gold shoes, and Tiffany pearls that were a gift from Sean on our wedding day.

 

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THE GROOM

Sean’s look was arrived at a little unconventionally, as a few weddings back while many of his friends were getting married, they all decided to purchase the same tuxedo to wear in each of the weddings! It worked out beautifully, and the look was completed with monogrammed suspenders, bow ties, and checkered socks…as anyone who knows Sean knows he has a very strong sock game.

 

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THE CEREMONY DECOR

The Rose Garden at City Park hardly needed any decoration.  A few chairs, a sign, and a wooden arch covered in flowers was all that was needed to bring our ceremony to life!

 

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THE CEREMONY ARCH

The arch was draped with white and pastel roses and fabric that complemented my veil and dress.

 

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THE RECEPTION

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is magnificent, with floor to ceiling windows spanning three stories and a view to die for! We brought very little into the space except for floral centerpieces and a few mint and gold decorations knowing that the venue itself would only be eclipsed if we did more.

 

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THE DANCING

At the University of South Carolina, “Sandstorm” is known for being played during any home game when our football team scores. The football stands are filled with white towels also known as “cocky cloths” which the students flourish in a united and excitement filled chant during the song. Before the song was played we passed out cocky cloths to all our guests and the dance floor was filled with USC fans chanting and singing along! It was an amazing moment for any football fan and one we enjoyed immensely!

 

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ADVICE

My biggest advice to other couples planning their wedding would be to make it personal! You can spend all the money in the world on expensive decorations and expensive venues, but if it doesn’t mean something to you then ask yourself if it’s worth it. The things that people remember the most about your wedding are the small details that show a part of who you are. Nobody hears pulled pork and fried chicken and thinks of wedding food…but to this day I still receive compliments, most of which are that the food was the best they’ve ever had at a wedding! As for the marriage advice, I’ll just say, do whatever makes the both of you happy! You will get a lot of advice from people, some that works and some that doesn’t, but as long as the two of you are happy and love each other, you’re off to a great start!

 

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Mark Creery Photography | Event Designer: Muse Events | Floral Designer: Timeless Floral & Events | Ceremony Location: City Park | Reception Venue & Caterer: Denver Museum of Nature & Science | Ceremony Musicians: Front Range Strings, LLC |  Dress Store: Emma & Grace | Reception Band: Deja Blu | Ice Cream Truck: High Point Creamery

 

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A Boho Garden Wedding in Colorado

Maddie & Danny could not have been any more relaxed on their wedding day. They both soaked in every second and every moment of every hour and truly enjoyed themselves.  Lone Hawk Farm was the perfect, relaxed setting for them to say their vows to one another.  After Maddie & Danny walked the aisle, exchanged vows and were announced husband and wife their guests were lead to cocktail hour full of games and treats.  After heartfelt toasts, they all dined al fresco and then danced the night away.

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Sarah Hill Photography  //  Floral Designer: Farmette Flowers  //  Venue: Lone Hawk Farm  //  Beauty: Tribe & Co. Salon  //  Cupcakes: Church of Cupcakes //  Caterer: Seb’s Wood-Fired Pizza Kitchen

A Modern Mountain Wedding at Lake Louise

Cara and Keith’s wedding at the Chateau Lake Louise was a chance to celebrate their New York City love story with the bride’s massive Albertan family and introduce the beautiful Rockies to the couple’s urban guests that had flown in mostly from NY, SF, London, and Hong Kong for the occasion. The couple wanted to create a warm and celebratory atmosphere that would both complement the beautifully lush mountain setting and reflect the understated modern elegance of the newly updated Victoria Ballroom where the reception was held. For the waterfront ceremony on Victoria Terrace, they let nature take center stage, enhancing the blue of the lake and skies with pops of blue in the fuschia, pink and peach bouquets.

 

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For the reception, they were determined to have long feasting tables –the longer the better, to create a sense of togetherness and facilitate conversation amongst old friends and new. Lush grey-green garlands of Eucalyptus ran down the center of the tables, bringing the natural theme indoors and providing a muted backdrop to the roses that seemed to bloom from the garlands. The low florals ensured that revelers could see and hear each other clearly, and the ivory pillar candles dotting the length of the tables ensured everybody was cast in a romantic, flattering glow. The silvery napkins provided a modern contrast to the light gold linens. Rose gold sequined linens added a touch of glamour to the head table. The couple infused personal touches throughout, from handmade magnetic gold animal place-card holders to reflect their joint love of wildlife, to tables named after the 9 separate cities that they lived in until they met, to a dessert table laden with the couple’s favourite treats –mini cupcakes in creative flavor combinations, a towering croquembouche dusted in icing sugar like snow on a mountain top, macarons in rose, mango, and green tea, lemon meringue tartlets, and mini smore cookie sandwiches to tie back to the welcome bonfire-and-smore reception held the night before on the shores of the lake.

 


THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Infused Studios  //  Event Planner: Evelyn Clark Weddings  //  Flowers: Flower Artistry  //  Venue: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise  //  Rentals: Special Event Rentals  //  Desserts (except croquembouche): Kake by Darci //  DJ: Pez Productions //  Hair: Hammerheadz Salon

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A Mountaintop Elopement in the Wildflowers

From the bride: Three and a half years ago I met the love of my life, Josh, in a place I wouldn’t have expected – the gym! I was looking to amp up my exercise routine, so I joined a local fitness team that he happened to be a member of. At first, I felt a little intimidated and knew I could use some guidance. Josh was so welcoming and had this genuine kindness about him that seemed so rare in the fitness world, so of course, I asked him for help! It didn’t hurt that he happened to be really, really handsome! From the get-go, there was a crazy connection between us. It felt like we had known each other for so long like we had always been the best of friends. He was so easy to talk to, laugh about inappropriate things with and complain about working out too! We spent almost every day together just talking and getting to know each another on a really deep level. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love!

Josh and I knew we wanted our wedding to be low key, simple and romantic so eloping was perfect. With North Carolina being our first choice, Meghan Rolfe Photography suggested Max Patch and it was absolutely beautiful! We couldn’t have picked a better spot to share our vows and express our love for each other.

 

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A Boho Mountaintop Elopement in Asheville

Hunter & Wheatley are Asheville locals that decided to elope in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Wheatley wanted a boho vibe with pretty florals and a handmade dress. The couple had a first look before heading up the mountain to the ceremony location to read their vows from hand painted vow books. After the short ceremony, they enjoyed cake and a champagne toast on a mountaintop watching the sun set on the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

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The Elopement Team

Photographer:  Meghan Rolfe Photography  | Event Planner: Elope Outdoors  |  Floral Designer: Flourish Flower Farm

 


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A Perfect Blue Ridge Mountain Wedding

Meredith & Kirby  |  October 14, 2017

 

From the bride: Kirby and I met in Boone, NC while we attended Appalachian State University. He worked at the Blue Ridge Mountain Club while in college and I fell in love with the venue when we attended another friend’s wedding at the Club. When it came time to plan our wedding, we knew the Blue Ridge Mountain Club would be the perfect location for us.

 

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FAVORITE DETAIL

All the flowers and my beautiful bouquet.

 

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THE AISLE DÉCOR

We had floral arragements set on wood stick pedestals and two large wooden wine barrels with lush floral arrangements that framed the mountain backdrop.

 

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THE CEREMONY

The weather had been foggy all week, but just before our 4:30 pm ceremony, the fog rolled out and we were left with a beautiful brightly colored backdrop of fall mountain leaves and flowers.

 

 

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My favorite memory was my husband making me laugh right as I said, “I do” when he gave me his “do you really though?” face that he always gives me.

 

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THE FAVORS

We had koozies with our wedding hashtag was #HerMcDreamyIsAMcSherry because I love Grey’s Anatomy just a little too much.

 

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CAKE PULL

I am originally from New Orleans so I did a traditional cake pull with my bridesmaids and a few friends.

 

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ADVICE

Don’t let people talk you out of what you really want for your big day.

 

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Jean Moree Photography  |  Venue: Blue Ridge Mountain Club (Watson Gap Pavilion)  |  Event Design, Flowers, Caterer, Rentals & Linens: Grouse Moor Catering | Cake: Hallmark Cakes | Wedding Gown Designer: WTOO Agatha by Watters | Hair: Kasey Touchon | Makeup: Beautiful Brides | DJ: Pete Welter Entertainment | Guest Lodging: Green Park Inn | Officiant: Michael Gragg | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Men’s Wear: New York Bride and Groom

 


 

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A Black-Tie Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

Lindsay & Steve  |  Beaver Creek, Colorado

 

From the Photographer, Rebecca Yale: Lindsay and Steve were married over the July 4th weekend in a 5-day celebration in the mountains. The bride’s parents have had a vacation home in Bachelor Gulch for years and knew instantly that the wedding would take place in their “happy place” with other events including a welcome dinner, bridesmaids hike and July 4th BBQ all taking place in the Beaver Creek area. Each guest was welcomed to the Ritz with a personalized hiking backpack with the wedding’s hashtag “Red White and Berg” printed on it and full of local goodies from the area including the bride and groom’s favorite candy, red and blue sunglasses, trail maps and a program of the wedding weekend details. The weekend’s events ranged from casual to cocktail, but the wedding itself, set on the skier bridge and in the Ritz’s ballroom was black tie.

 

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The Flowers

The couple wanted to bring in an unexpected floral combination using more formal orchids with mass amounts of loose greenery to bring the outdoors in and create a romantic woodsy aesthetic.

 

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 The Invitations

They kept their wedding invitation simple in tones of white and silver with a simple line drawing of the mountains and the bride’s mother found vintage map of the area to use as the backdrop for the schedule of events which was all bound together with a piece of leather.

 

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The Bouquet

The bride’s bouquet was wrapped with a piece of lace from her mother’s dress.

 

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The Dress

The bride wore a classic Monique Lhuillier ballgown, which she loved for the drama with the background of the mountains and paired it with delicate lace louboutin shoes and a sapphire and diamond bracelet leant to her by her uncle.

 

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The Ceremony

The ceremony took place under a lush floral chuppah on the skier bridge next to the resort, overlooking the mountains. The bride and groom broke with tradition and elected to have a male and female usher to honor two of their dearest friends. The forecast was clear for the day, but minutes before the bride was to walk down the aisle the skies opened up and poured rain for about 2 minutes sending all the guests running back inside, but luckily it was just a quick rainstorm and everyone was able to return back outside for the ceremony.

 

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In Jewish tradition the groom broke a glass at the end of the ceremony, but instead of smashing it, it rolled away twice, creating a great comedic moment, which the bride and groom embraced.

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The bride and groom wanted to keep the mood of the ceremony light and playful like them and had their wedding party walk down the aisle to two of their favorite musicals- Hamilton and Phantom of the Opera.

 

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The Reception Decor

Vail Vintage Magnolia transformed the ballroom with a mix of high and low centerpieces, a large chandelier installation over the head table and lush greenery hanging from the chandeliers. The couple wanted the ballroom to be unrecognizable, but also wanted guests to still be able to talk to each other over the tale so created installations at two levels to not block any conversation.

 

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After they cut the cake the bride changed into a tasseled short party dress to dance the night away in.

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The weekend came to a close with a fireworks celebration back on the bridge where the couple said their I Do’s.

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The Wedding Team

Photographer: Rebecca Yale Photography  |  Planner: Gemini Event Planning | Floral Design: Vail Vintage Magnolia | Venue: Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch | Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Bella Figura | Calligrapher: The Blooming Quill | Band: Elan Artists | Lighting and Décor: Pink Monkey Solutions | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 


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