From the bride, Jenna: For our wedding, we wanted the feel of the mountains with a touch of formality. Anthony and I spend almost every weekend up in Vail from November-April skiing, so the mountains have been a huge part of our relationship.

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Anthony put a TON of work into the tandem bike that was at our wedding. It was originally his uncle’s bike….it has a 1950’s French motor on it and Anthony took it over, completely restored it. He painted it our wedding colors, put on new seats, handlebars, basket, etc. Bikes were a big focal point of our wedding. We had it standing outside of our ceremony.

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We bought 75 pashminas for the guests in case the weather was chilly. We tied a cute burlap ribbon around them, put them in a wooden cart, and wrote “to have and to hold in case you get cold” on a chalkboard.

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Reading our vows to one another was amazing!

An Autumn Mountain Wedding in Beaver Creek An Autumn Mountain Wedding in Beaver Creek An Autumn Mountain Wedding in Beaver CreekOur seating chart was a map of Vail. Each table was named after our favorite runs on the mountain.

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Each table setting had a bicycle bottle opener that said, “Let the adventure begin.”

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RECEPTION DECOR
We wanted to go with an “eclectic” look…alternating between tall vs short; boxy vs round on each of the tables as far as the flowers and candles went. We didn’t want any of the table centerpieces to be the same and super matchy matchy. We set a romantic mood with dimmed lights and real candles, which was gorgeous.

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The floral “swings” above the tables were breathtaking!

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We had a Cuban cigar roller that hand rolled cigars for our guests. Our guest book was an old door we had people sign. We have since hung the door up in our new house and will have our favorite wedding photo blown up and put in the center.

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The reception was SO. Much. Fun!!!! We had a live band, and they were absolutely incredible. The dance floor was packed the entire night!

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We had an ice cream bar with milkshakes, so yummy!

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Our late night snacks were sliders & truffle fries….such a big hit! An Autumn Mountain Wedding in Beaver Creek

LOOKING BACK, I wish I would have spent the week leading up to the wedding really soaking it all in. I was so busy running errands and finalizing last minute details that I was a little stressed when people starting coming into town.

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ADVICE: ENJOY THE PROCESS! It will be stressful at times, but soak it all in because it only happens once! Have date nights with your fiancé and really work together to make it the most amazing event!

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer:  Elevate Photography // Event Planner: Banks and Leaf  //  Event Design: Amora Group //  Floral Designer: Plum Sage Flowers // Venue, Lodging & Caterer: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek // Band: Raising Cain // Invitations: Sweet Zion Paperie // Videographer: DaCosta Films // Wedding Gown Designer: Modern Trousseau – “Sailor” from Anna Bé // Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN // Men’s Wear: Suit Supply, Cherry Creek // Hair & Makeup: Megan Cary Artistry

Honeymoon Location: Thailand for 15 days! (amazing!)

 


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From the bride, Meghan: We knew we wanted to be married in the mountains of Colorado.  When we were trying to decide where in the mountains to get married, we thought about how much we loved the dinner we had the previous winter at Beano’s Cabin. We wanted to recreate one of our best dining experiences for our family and friends so, we chose Beano’s as our wedding venue. It was perfect!

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Wildflowers were the only thing of color that I really wanted people to remember. I didn’t want people to leave and say, “Oh, that was a nice pink wedding.”  I made a point to use natural materials and mostly neutral colors for everything, but the flowers.

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade DetailsI handmade hangers for my bridesmaids so they would be surprised to see their dresses.  A special day, a special dress, a special hanger!

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My bridesmaids ended up wearing blush, lavender, and porcelain blue. I let them choose their own dresses and those were the colors they desired. After the girls chose their dress colors, I decided to accent the groomsmen with coordinating colors.

Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade DetailsI gifted my nice with her first pearl necklace. She wore this during the ceremony and will get lots of use out of it dressing up in the future. I also had a handkerchief made for her with a sentimental message to mark the memory of her being my flower girl.

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I made individual tissues in a bag stamped “Happy Tears” to place used tissues in during the ceremony. I also created a crossword puzzle with details of our relationship. I printed this on the back of the ceremony program for people to have something to do before the ceremony started.

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Beaver Creek Wedding Filled with Handmade Details

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I think my favorite memory was when I reached the aisle with my dad and I looked at James for the first time. When I saw him I just collapsed in a wave of emotion. What a powerful thing to be standing at the end of an aisle, looking at the man who has asked you to be his wife.

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I made the table numbers out of wine bottles. I used photos from our many travels to customize the bottles and provided a story detailing why that location is important to us.

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I had conversation cards on every table. This was special to us because we used these conversation cards on our second date and we also answer one card every morning over breakfast. We also thought it would help get the conversation going among the dinner tables.

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At the end of the night, everyone took an assortment of blank greeting cards home with them. My mother made the 300 cards using her own artwork.

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Meghan’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: IN Photography  //  Venue: Beano’s Cabin   //  Day of Coordinator: Love This Day Events  //  Florist: Bouquets Denver  //  Cake: Mountain Flour  //  Bride’s Gown: Katy May from a & be bridal  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor

Honeymoon Location: Tortola, British Virgin Islands. This was a surprise destination for me. My husband planned the whole thing and simply told me to pack for warm weather. What a great surprise!

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From the bride, Valerie: We were fortunate to have a beautiful Colorado bluebird day as all of our festivities were outdoors. The day was a roller coaster of emotions, anxiety and excitement.

 

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Our ceremony was comical, right from the beginning there were laughs. My veil got stuck on the stone steps of the wedding deck as I was walking down the aisle.  I couldn’t get Sergios’ ring on his finger and just before our “I do’s” my veil took flight and my MoH had to jump up in the air to catch it.

 

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My favorite moment was our “I Do’s” and kissing my husband for the first time. We had been together for 9 years through lots of ups and downs and it just felt so good to become husband and wife. I know it sounds corny, but I felt an instantaneous gravity shift. He’s my partner for life and it’s us vs anything that comes our way.


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Apart from the ceremony, my favorite moment was walking into our cocktail hour. The day was so sunny, the sky was that deep, deep blue you only get in the mountains of Colorado, our jazz band was playing beautiful swing music and to see all our guests playing lawn games and socializing was just breathtaking.

 

 

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Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

 

Since we live in NJ, our animals were not able to be with us so we created a photo of our 2 cats and our 9 month old puppy to accompany the guest book. The animals were not pleased about being forced to pose for the picture so it came out with very stern expressions on them all. It was cracking me up every time I looked at it during the reception.

 

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We had beautiful, long log centerpieces with moss, succulents and mixed white flowers in mercury glass atop chevron table runners in grey and white.

 

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Our travels and ethnic backgrounds influenced our menu. We wanted to share foods we loved and snippets from our travels with our guests.

 

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Our pets were featured on our “dia de los muertos” wedding cake topper. The wedding topper inspiration came from our trip to Mexico, where we got engaged on top of the Sun pyramid at Teotiuhuacan (which my husband likes to joke, where people were once decapitated) and was a nod to my heritage on my mother’s side. 

 

 

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I loved our first dance. Sergio had an amazing smile on his face and twirling around alternating views of the mountains and the beautiful facade of the Ritz was surreal.

 

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Looking back, the reception was over so quickly. The whole day passed in the blink of the eye.

 

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My advice: Enjoy the engagement and keep focused on the end game, i.e. being a family with your husband. Certainly pay attention to the details and make the day your own. Recognize that things will go wrong, but in hindsight they’ll be minor. Don’t ruin your mood or your fiancé’s in the months leading up to the wedding or the day of by stressing over little things. Talk to someone who got married recently for guidance. If you don’t know someone in your immediate circle, crowd source it. People love talking about their weddings and I’d be happy to talk for an hour if I could save anyone some stress in their wedding planning process.

 

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THE WEDDIG TEAM

Photographer: Casie Zalud PhotographyAlison Vagnini Photography | Reception Site & Caterer: Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch | Event Design, Flowers & Favors: Bella Lu Floral| Event Design: Lighting & Design by Scott| Ceremony Site: Beaver Creek Wedding Deck| Tent Rental: Alpine Party Rentals| Invitations: Tasha Rae Designs

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From the bride, Leah: For our wedding, we wanted to spend time with the people we love in a beautiful location. We wanted a focus on good local wine and food, and the Ritz made that possible.

The days preceeding the wedding were filled with fun and relaxing activities for us and our guests, including hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and great food.

About a week after our wedding, Ryan and I left for a two-year assignment in Jerusalem (we’re both in the foreign service).  Our wedding was also our goodbye party, and as such, we really wanted it to reflect us as a couple.  Bachelors Gulch was truly the perfect location for us, as it allowed us to spend time with our guests doing activities important to us as a couple.

Our wedding ceremony was held outside surrounded by mountains.  Ryan’s uncle performed the ceremony with us writing our own vows.

After the ceremony, we had a cocktail hour followed by a sit-down dinner.

Our wedding was small, only 60 people, so we really enjoyed having dinner separate from dancing so we could spend time talking to each and every guest (and eating our meals).

From dinner, we went inside to the ballroom for an awesome dance party.

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Venue: The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. They made everything perfect.  //  Photographer:  Frances Photography  //  Flowers: Vintage Magnolia  //  DJ: Ryan Griz  // Dress Designer: Austin Scarlett

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From the bride, Kristin:
My wedding day felt magical- it snowed! And since I’m from Alabama (and had a destination wedding at Beaver Creek)- that made it so special. Christmas time is my favorite time of year- it has always been magical for me- so I couldn’t imagine getting married at any other time.  All our guests were greeted with a gift bag that included: a CD with our favorite Christmas music, gourmet hot chocolate, peppermint swizzlers, salted caramels, and a Christmas ornament.   I wore a Jenny Packham bolero and red Valentino pumps with my white dress and I had a piece of lace from my mom’s wedding dress wrapped around my bouquet.  Jonathan & I  snowboarded down the mountain in our wedding attire.

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We did the quickstep to a Deadmau5 song, “Alone with You”.

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 Kristin & Jonathan’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: Britney Kay Photography  //  Event Design, Planning & Floras:  Alexan Events  //  Ceremony: Beaver Creek Chapel  //  Reception Venue: The Osprey Hotel  //  Cake: Kelley Kakes

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Amanda & Ryan |  September 29th  |  Edwards, Colorado

From the bride, Amanda:
We both love the mountains and skiing so we decided to plan a destination wedding to Colorado. The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera was the perfect location for us because it had an intimate feel and had breathtaking views of the mountains. We wanted to keep our wedding fairly small and had about 60 people in attendance, all family and close friends.

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The ceremony took place on the Overlook Lawn about an hour before sunset. The scenery was even more beautiful than we could have imagined since all of the aspen trees were changing color for fall.

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In lieu of a guest book, we had a vintage Colorado map for guests to sign.

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We created small wooden decorations that were a part of the table décor. We burned a heart with our initials into small tree stumps.

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We both attended Texas A&M University so we wanted some details to reflect this. The groom’s cake and bride’s garter were both A&M themed. We also had the DJ play the Aggie War Hymn at the reception. LauraLeeAnders14

  It was truly our dream wedding!

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Photographer: Laura Lee Anderson Photography  //  Event Planner: The Soiree Studio  //  Venue & Catering: Lodge & Spa at Cordillera  //  Cake: Delicious by Marleen  //  Florals: Vintage Magnolia  //    DJ: Vail DJ  //  Photobooth: Big Daddy’s Photo Booth

This glamorous mountain wedding is all about the details!  Lots of bling in rich shades of pink, purple and red pop off this beautiful 5-page magazine feature photographed by Paige Eden Photography.  A must read!

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This gorgeous destination wedding is surrounded by mountains with a yellow, blue and purple color palette.  The bride created a modern theme with a touch of nature and included several personalized details.  Lots of fun images and creative touches captured by Matt Alberts Photography, but you’ll only be able to view this wedding in the Magazine.

 

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