Pulled from the print edition of Luxe Mountain Weddings, this editorial shoot was inspired by marsala, the 2015 Pantone color of the year. The talented team of Rachel Havel,  Pink Paisley Events & Lale Florals pulled inspiration from the deep shades in pomegranates, blackberries, and burgundy to contrast against the powder snow in the Rocky Mountains. For the tablescapes, the team incorporated seasonal fruits, berries and walnuts. The florals included hot pinks, burgundy, currant reds and soft subtle blues to bring out the marsala hue. Lots of pretty to inspire the mountain bride.

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THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer: Rachel Havel  //  Styling & Planning: Pink Paisley Events  //  Floral Design: Lale Florals  //  Venue & Cake: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch  //  Rentals: Colorado Tents and Events  //  Stationery: Four 13 Designs  //  Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes from Emma and Grace Bridal  //  Hair: Erin Ferris Designs  // Makeup: Steele the Spotlight

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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.

Leah & Ryan
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Luxe Mountain Event Designer: Pink Monkey Solutions {more info | website}
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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