Steph & Chris  | Beaver Creek, Colorado

From the bride: Our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for and more.  The day before, at our welcome dinner, it started dumping snow and what was supposed to be an outdoor BBQ with yard games and whiffle ball turned into a snowglobe.  So, on the morning of our wedding, everything was dusted with snow.  It was a magical way to start the day!

 

THE SHOES

I had every plan to wear my fun sparkly heels during the wedding or at least the ceremony, but due to the snow, I wore a pair of platform sneakers.  The whole night.  Never took them off.  Sparkly shoes be damned.

 

The Flower Girl

Our black Labrador, Luna was our flower girl–she’s a trained avalanche rescue dog and we were able to teach her how to shake the flowers to get them all over the aisle.

 

 

The Ceremony

Our ceremony was very “us.”  Our dear friend married us, and we incorporated different elements to reflect who we are.  He tailor wrote our ceremony to reflect our love for adventure, and we did a knot tying (double fisherman’s knot) to literally “tie the knot!”  Growing up, I sailed and Chris is a rock climber and rafter, so knots mean a lot to both of us.  A friend of our family did a reading “Lovely Love Story” by Edward Monkton, and we wrote our own vows.

 

The Cake Topper

My Nana used to have a big collection of Bearfoots bears, which is a hobby I have inherited.  Our cake topper was two cuddly bears, one in a suit and the other with a diamond and a veil.

 

The Reception

The reception was amazing–the dance floor was packed from the moment we started dancing until the end of the band’s encore.  Our band was incredible and played music for all ages.  Our family and friends were able to travel from all over, including my British family, so I’m so glad they were able to have as great of a time as possible!

 

The Music

Our band had finished for the evening, but the dancefloor was still packed and they wanted an encore.  So the band played an encore.  A 15 minute set of Led Zeppelin.  It was AMAZING!  And when the party was over, we became Beaver Creek ski bums again and went to the Coyote Cafe to continue the celebration!

 

The Wedding Team

Photographer: Jennie Crate  |  Planning: Hourglass Production  |  Flowers: Vintage Magnolia  |  Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones  |  Venue and Catering: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek  |  Makeup: Casandra Garza  |  Hair: Hayley Styles  |  Videography: Ampersand Family 

Sarah & Shane  |  August 27th

From the bride: Growing up in Colorado, my dream was always to get married in the mountains. We love to spend time in the mountains year-round, with Vail and Beaver Creek being our favorite mountain towns. I wanted a classic, elegant wedding with a mountain feel. I love flowers so, we incorporated flowers into every aspect of the day. Our color palette was a mix of coral and light pink with lots of greenery to contrast with the beautiful mountain views. We also included gold accents throughout the ceremony and reception. Read more below…

 


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The Wedding Team

Photographer: Frances Photography
Event Design & Planner: Colorado Wedding Company
Floral Design & Linens: The Perfect Petal
Musicians: Moments Notice Entertainment
Venue & Caterer: Beano’s Cabin
Tent Rental: Alpine Party Rentals
Cake: Sugar Breck
Invitations: The Paper Guppy
Tent lighting: Lighting and Design by Scott
Wedding Gown Designer: Edgardo Bonilla
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Hair & Makeup: Allegria Spa, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse


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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 photographer: This collaborative styled shoot started around the concept of an upscale Cinco de Mayo/Latin flavored reception in the mountains. What it evolved into was really an intimate, spiritual shoot centered on the theme of community. We are a community of vendors working as a team to produce unique events. We pictured a wedding where every attendee was part of the couple’s tribe; their community of supporters. When a wedding involves community it is ultimately a more meaningful event. We used warm colors, a full reception table display and lots of warm candlelight for details that speak to that community idea. We even had some of the vendors join in the shoot as guests to showcase the close knit community theme. We kept the latin flavor with spiritual elements, the dress and veil style, the tile signage and churros for dessert.

 

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THE STYLE TEAM

Photographer:  Meredith Harris Photographers, LLC  //  Event Planner & Designer: L Elizabeth Events  //  Decor: Candlelight Ambiance  //  Floral Designer: Bella Calla   //  Dress Store: A & Be Bridal Shop  //  Hair & Makeup: Allegria Spa  //  Invitation Designer: Anthologie Press   //  Rentals: Event Rents &  The Wright Group   //  Tuxedo and Mens Attire: J. Hilburn  //  Venue: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek   //  Video: Visualanties TM  //  Cake Designer: Yours Truly Cupcake  //   Jewelry: Geri’s Gems – A Chloe + Isabel Boutique

 

 


 

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