From the bride, Alexandra: The thing we wanted most was a fun, outdoor wedding with our closest friends and family. That’s why we opted to do a wedding weekend (Friday through Sunday) and why we chose a venue where people could also stay the night. We rented out the entire venue for three days and filled all 50 rooms and cabins with our wedding guests. A Fun Outdoor Destination Wedding A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE STYLE
We have a love for both the outdoors and international travel, so we wanted that to come across in our theme. Our theme was a mix of outdoorsy/rustic, boho, romantic, and travel. We knew right away that we wanted an outdoor, mountain wedding and chose a wonderful venue where the ceremony, reception, and entire wedding weekend could be carried out under the trees and stars.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE FLOWERS
I knew I wanted a lot of flowers and greenery to match the outdoor venue. I chose mostly peonies and other flowers that were more boho, and avoided the traditional roses. My bouquet and floral halo were a mix of pink, coral, and cream flowers.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaPERSONAL TOUCH
My mother, brother, and I were born in Japan. According to Japanese tradition, anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods. For the wedding, she folded 1000 origami cranes to wish Joel and me a happy marriage. We displayed the cranes at the ceremony and reception.
A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE CEREMONY
The ceremony took place in a rectangular clearing in the middle of the woods. The trees lined the space and were the perfect backdrop. The arch at the front of the ceremony was made of wood and adorned with large floral bouquets. We also strung some of the origami cranes from the archway. We lined the ceremony walkway with flower petals to give a romantic feel to the space. My brother officiated the wedding and told our love story. We both wrote our own vows. Because we aren’t very religious, our vows were the longest part of the ceremony and were the most meaningful for us.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE RECEPTION
Our reception was outdoors in a clearing right near the ceremony. Each table had lace doilies handmade by my great-grandmother and flowers matching the ones in the archways and bouquets. We also had a lot of green foliage on the tables. The tables themselves were dark wood.

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Joel and I have traveled to 18 countries together so far. For the names of the tables at the reception, we chose the names of some of our favorite international cities, like Paris where Joel and I got engaged. To find their table assignments, guests had to go to a table where we laid out golden compasses with the names of each guest on them. Once they found their compass, they had to open the compass to see what city they were “traveling” to. The compasses were also functional compasses and doubled as party favors.

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Photographer: Clane Gessel Photography  //  Event & Floral Design: Quality Event Design  //  Caterer: Great Thyme Catering  //  Invitations:  The Stylish Scribe  //  Venue: Chalet View Lodge   //  Video: Ben Ridpath Films

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From the photographer, Katie Corinne Photography: What a beautiful day! Warm, 70 degrees, the sun shining. Laura was filled with excitement while she and her girls got ready for the big day. Joe was cool and calm as he laced up his shoes thinking of the wonderful women he was about to marry. Yes, this was a beautiful day. A day that had been coming since their chance meeting on St Patrick’s day in 2009. Friends and Family gathered at the Timber Ridge at Keystone Resort. A place they described as very “Joe & Laura”. The ceremony site has a perfect mountain backdrop and the reception hall is a perfect mix of Colorado rustic and timeless charm.

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A globe served as their guest book, something that fit their travel theme to a T and will be a wonderful keepsake in their home.

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On the top tier of their magnificent mountain of a wedding cake sat Laura & Joe with their plane to take them on life’s adventures.

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 Rustic wood tables were covered with white crystal china and simple white & purple bouquets.

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The place cards were luggage tags. A Travel Themed Wedding in Keystone, Colorado A Travel Themed Wedding in Keystone, Colorado

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Photographer:  Katie Corinne Photography  //  Floral Designer: Fleur de Liz   //  Venue, Caterer & Cake: Timber Ridge Lodge Keystone

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Anne’s love of travel coupled beautifully with Pete’s adventurous spirit and their nautical themed wedding was a weather infused mountain soiree! The pouring rain was a happy welcome after Lake Tahoe had been engulfed in smoke from area fires burning all week. Many day-before and last-minute decisions were made. The entire ceremony and reception was rearranged and moved the night before! The couple was so happy to have an outdoor ceremony, and nobody would’ve guessed anything had been changed. The day was pulled off splendidly with a seamlessly amazing design team.

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THE VENDOR TEAM: Photographer:  Melina Wallisch Photography  //  Event Planner: Summit Soiree  //  Floral Designer: R. Jack Balthazar  //  Musicians: Brian Hess Music   // Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals  //  Caterer: D’Lish Catering  //  Venue: Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site

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