From the bride, Jennifer: We wanted the wedding to feel upscale while keeping in touch with the Colorado mountain setting.  We created a mountain logo that incorporated our initials, which was used on our welcome bags, cocktail napkins, the reception dinner menu, escort cards, etc. We also customized the menu to utilize as much local food as possible to keep with the Colorado feel. We chose a color palette of white, peach and grey.

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Natty Michelle Paperie created our custom hand drawn wedding maps.

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We lit a unity candle during our ceremony.  We enjoyed the symbolism of our two families coming together.  My parents used the same candle on their wedding day, which made it even more special.

A Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Looking out at our friends and family in the chapel.  It was overwhelming and amazing all at once to feel their love and support.

A Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding in Vail, Colorado

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My favorite detail was our signature cocktail, the “Southside.”  This is our favorite drink to share in the groom’s hometown of Oyster Bay, NY and it brought a little bit of the east coast to the mountains.

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 A few deer joined our outdoor cocktail hour, which was an unexpected, fun moment.

A Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding in Vail, Colorado

My mom and I created the escort cards.  They were in the shape of lift tickets with our mountain logo. We hung them from metal tags on a chic yet rustic wooden board. 

A Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding in Vail, Colorado

A Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Table décor included long seeded eucalyptus garlands interspersed with white florals, candles and antlers.  

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We named our tables named after Vail ski trails. A Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding in Vail, Colorado

I can still picture our first dance and the father/daughter dance perfectly when I hear the songs played.

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My advice: Enjoy every second – it flies by! A Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Jennifer’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Brinton Studios  //  Event Planner: Kelly Karli Weddings  //  Floral Designer: A Secret Garden  // Wedding Gown Designer: Rivini from Kleinfeld  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo   //  Hair: Jill Suarez, About Hair  //  Makeup Artist: Laura Anzalone, Soul Spa Studio //  Band: Tunisia  //   Cake: Mountain Cupcakes   //   Guest Lodging: The Sonnenalp   //  Venue: The 10th

Honeymoon Location: French Polynesia

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From the bride, Sara:  I’m from Colorado originally, and knew if I got married, that I would want it to be back home. I grew up going to the mountains with my family, so it felt like a perfect fit to us. Peter is from San Diego and his family all lives in the LA area, so we knew for the southern California crowd, that the Colorado mountains would be unlike any experience they had ever had. 

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The season of winter was our biggest inspiration. We knew there was going to be a ton of snow, so we embraced that early on and incorporated comfy and cozy elements into the wedding weekend.

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The bridesmaids were in beautiful berry-colored Amsale dresses, all silk chiffon. Although they were long, each was a different style. They carried baby’s breath bouquets, tied with a pink ribbon. I also custom-ordered Etsy angora wool wraps for each bridesmaid. The color was an ivory with gold thread weaved through it, tied with a silk ivory ribbon.

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For my personal look, I wore a La Spose gown, I was trying to channel Grace Kelly, especially with my jeweled jacket and faux fur. I really love that timeless, effortless look.

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The guys were all in custom-made suits by Jonathan Mustich at Evolution of Style, made of a grey wool tweed.  Peter and his groomsmen had so much fun picking out their swatches and patterns. They really enjoyed the experience.

A Winter Destination Wedding in Colorado

 We held the ceremony in the Timber House on the Devil’s Thumb Ranch property. The room is gorgeous, with giant windows all around, in 360 degrees, including views of the mountains. On each aisle, there was a mason jar filled with baby’s breath and other flowers, tied with a pink ribbon. At the front of the room, we had large pink blooming branches in tall vases. And the guests were given fleece blankets to stay warm.

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 I loved the moment when I first walked in. Seeing Peter and all our friends and family as I walked down the aisle was such an incredible feeling.

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 My favorite memory from the ceremony was our personal vows. It was surreal and very emotional. I have no idea how I kept it together!

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 The reception décor was in shades of pink and gold. On the tables we had a beautiful burlap-type fabric and  arrangements of flowers and candles, all in either mercury glass or golden vessels.

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For the table assignments, my dad refurbished an old window pane and built an easel for it. A friend wrote guests names/ table numbers on the individual panes of glass.

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Our party favors were individual bags of coffee from our favorite Brooklyn coffee vendor, Blue Bottle. We had them do a special stamp for us which read “Peter and Sara, a Perfect Blend, Feb. 22, 2014.”

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We took old pictures of Peter and I from when we were kids (around the same age), and photoshopped them and created our table numbers.

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The cake table was my favorite detail. It had all the pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days. Instead of a tall tiered cake, we broke up the tiers into three separate cakes, each placed on a tree stump pedestal. On top of the cakes were pink flowers, and the middle cake had a mini “love” banner. It was very special for us, to take our first bite of cake, surrounded by all that history.  Also on that table were little heart luminaries made from vintage books.

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My advice: Try to get more small stuff done earlier. I saved too many “little to-do” items till the weeks before my wedding and it ended up taking up a ton of time. Also, Peter created Google Drive docs for everything, from payments to vendors to invite lists. It saved me. And finally, everyone told me to “soak it all in” because the wedding day goes so fast. It does go fast but I didn’t really know how to slow it down. So this would be my advice. Rather than trying to soak in every SINGLE moment (because that’s just not possible), I would say, pick a few times during the day to have it be just you two, or even take some time to be completely alone. I spent a few minutes alone in the morning, and it was really nice to have that time to be introspective. A Winter Destination Wedding in Colorado

Sara’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

 Venue, Lodging, Caterer & Cake: DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH   – in my opinion, most beautiful location to get married in Colorado!

Photographer: Brinton Studios cannot say enough about these guys – they were AWESOME! Everything was seamless because of them. The photos are so pretty. They really captured the day perfectly.

Event Planner: Michelle Gillette. She is truly amazing. Could not have done it without her.

DJ: Dwight Houser with Starkey Entertainmentby far the best DJ of any wedding I’ve ever been to – played so many good songs and everything we wanted to hear. We lost track of how many people at the wedding told us they loved the DJ.

Florist: A Perfect Petal – Cindy is so creative, she really made our vision come to life. Plus, she is super nice and easy to work with.

Table Linens: All Well Rentals //  Blankets: Splendor  //   Videographer:  Bella Luce Films  //  Officiant: Father Martin Hunckler

Honeymoon Location: St. Lucia – Sugar Beach Hotel (most amazing place I’ve ever stayed. Ever.)

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