Megan & Darren | August 4th | Beaver Creek, Colorado
From the bride, Megan: I’ve grown up my whole life spending Christmas in Colorado with my family and extended family. All the memories make Beaver Creek/Vail near and dear to my heart and we felt so incredibly fortunate to be able to share this amazing place with our family/friends. Additionally, having most of my guests from the Midwest and almost all of Darren’s side from Southern California, Colorado provided the perfect meet-in-the-middle!
The Vail Chapel was the perfect intimate setting. Despite a “runaway flower girl”, the ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect! The chapel was packed with so much love from our family and friends.
My favorite part of the wedding was unexpected…it was the overwhelming feeling I got having so many special people together in such a special place. I had no idea how many of our guests who had never been to BC/Vail would fall in love with it just the way we had and have already made trips back!
When we transitioned into the reception, it gave us every bit of the warm, natural, mountain-feel for which we hoped. From the wrought iron chandeliers to the stone detail on the walls, the Colorado ambiance was abundant.
One big request we had was to provide the largest dance floor they could fit…and it was packed the whole night!
Our gift to our guests was a cookbook…my sister-in-law had collected all our 300 guests favorite recipes leading up to the wedding under the guise that she was creating a cookbook as a gift to the bride and groom. Much to their surprise, the cookbook was for all the guests and included everyone’s favorites! This was a way to include everyone and remind everyone of the wedding for years to come!
Our cake was rainbow chip with cream cheese filling and butter cream frosting served with Graeter’s Ice Cream…amazing!!
My advice: Timelines and checklists! Stress is inevitable with wedding planning, at some point along the way it will happen, but being organized makes it so much easier! And…write thank you notes as you go!! I also wish we would have stayed an extra day to enjoy our guests a little bit longer before heading off to our honeymoon!
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: Frances Photography. We LOVED Frances!!! She was outstanding!!!
Reception: Park Hyatt, Beaver Creek. Peach Duty was phenomenal!! The Hyatt chef was an absolute pleasure to work.
Florist: Rose Petals. Rose created the most beautiful arrangements…it was like she read my mind!
Band: Wayne Foster Band. They were amazing, kept everyone moving from start to finish!!
Videographer: Creative Mountain Images // Wedding Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Men’s Wear: Vera Wang // Honeymoon Location: Tahiti – Le Taha’a (incredible!!)
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