From the bride, Danielle:
Our day could not have been more perfect. Crisp blue skies, the Colorado mountain air, and 165 of our closest friends and family. Being from Chicago, we were so touched to be able to share our love for the area with our guests. The fact that we were able to have our ceremony and reception on the mountain I had been skiing and hiking on since I was 3 years old, just made it even more special.
Since Pete and I are both from large close-knit families, it was very important for us to capture and honor the love and support that we would continue to build off of in our life together. From collecting nearly 200 plates of china from our moms, aunts and friends across the country, to serving our family’s infamous pies and cookies (that my mom and brother baked all week!), there was a lot of love in every detail.
We kept it simple—set up the reception chairs on the open lawn near the cabin overlooking the valley below. We had a unity ceremony where we combined sand from Chicago and Colorado, and then took a moment to stand there together overlooking the incredible view and to take in that we had just said our vows.
I gave my dad the job of making wooden signs to direct our guests, and he took it over with great enthusiasm- making us a ‘Just Married’ sign to hang on the chairlift, with cans and all.
One of my favorite moments of our wedding day was the time Pete and I were able to have together after the ceremony. I had at first resisted leaving the party, but followed the sound advice and am so glad that we did. We took a chairlift ride together to soak in our just-sealed marriage and it could not have been more perfect.
We painted our seating chart on window frames we found at resale shops.
Another memorable moment was walking into our reception tent. I had never before felt such love and support as in that moment. Both Pete and I teared up as we walked in and stood on the dance floor looking at everyone around us that we loved cheering us on.
I am a sucker for vintage jewelry and design, so mixing vintage details in with the beautiful rustic setting was a natural fit; for the reception we mixed hard wood tables, heirloom china and lace runners with antique floral vases and jars.
We named our tables after our favorite restaurants.
We danced under the stars until they had to close the tent down.
My advice: The best advice I was given was to remember that the day is about the two of you! Enjoy it and make sure to spend as much of it together.
Danielle’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue: Lynn Britt Cabin, Snowmass Mountain. An incredible site for a wedding!
Photographer: Selah Photography. Jackie and Matt were incredible to work with, both for our special day and since in putting together our album. They are so talented—we could not believe the images they were able to capture!
Guest Lodging: Villas at the Snowmass Club. They were so accommodating for our very large group, with over 75% traveling from out of state, they were so helpful in coordinate transportation and taking the best of care of for them!
Videographer: KHODGE Films. Kyle worked with us to create a custom package for our budget, and then went above and beyond to put together an incredible film with custom animation and music.
Event Planner: Jane Floyd and Associates // Cake: D’Elissious Cake Studio // Florist and Decor: The Aspen Branch // Caterer: ASC Catering // Reception Band: The Fab 4 // Tent & Party Rentals: Bethel Party Rentals // Wedding Gown: Carolina Herrera from Ultimate Bride in Chicago // Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale, LulaKate and Bella Bridesmaid // Hair & Makeup: Becky Hanrahan, Studio B Beaute // MOH Suit: J.Crew
Honeymoon Location: Barcelona, Spain
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