Hear it First!
New issues, New real wedding features, New ideas & inspirations delivered to your email.

Natural & Relaxed in the Mountains

Carly & Ilan |  August 15th  |  Beaver Creek, Colorado

From the bride, Carly:
We wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities and our love for Colorado. We wanted  natural, relaxed, airy, woodsy, understated and uncomplicated. We wanted our guests to escape the Texas heat and experience a gorgeous Colorado summer.  We chose Beano’s Cabin because of its intimate atmosphere and amazing food. With 94 guests, the reception felt like a large family gathering in someone’s home.


The ceremony was held outside underneath a beautiful Chuppah. The Chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together and is customary in a Jewish wedding.

KaraPearson02Music is a huge part of our lives so it was important to us that we had meaningful and unique ceremony music. Ilan walked down the aisle to Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah”. I walked down the aisle to “Falling Slowly” by the Swell Season. This is a special song to us as we saw the Swell Season on one of our first dates.KaraPearson04KaraPearson05KaraPearson06After the Rabbi said “mazel tov”, Ilan stomped on the glass, however, the Rabbi didn’t say “kiss the bride”. I was so nervous I forgot as well and just stood there. Then my dad said “kiss” and I went to give him a kiss goodbye before walking back up the aisle. He really meant for me to kiss my new husband! The pictures taken during this sequence of events are priceless and will forever remind me of a hilarious moment. KaraPearson07KaraPearson08KaraPearson09KaraPearson10KaraPearson11KaraPearson12Our guests signed vintage skis, which now hang on our wall at home. I love getting to look at them every day.


As a surprise for Ilan, I had a custom cake topper created which was carved out of wood. The artist depicted our silhouettes on a tandem bicycle.  We also had cupcakes, decorated to reflect our hobbies (music, biking, skiing, and Texas Longhorns).


Ilan and I each play the guitar. As a planned surprise for each other, we each chose a song and performed it for the other at the reception. My sister sang Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up” while I played. Ilan and his band sang and played the “Real Love” by the Beatles.


 Again, it was very important to us to choose a unique first dance. Since we couldn’t decide, we chose two! We started out slowly to “Maps” by the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. Then we surprised our guests by finishing with a Latin style dance to “Tamacun” by Rodrigo y Gabriela.


My advice: Choose vendors as soon as possible. Then try not to plan anything until 6 months out. I thought by starting early I’d get to relax at the end but there’s always something to do. Instead, I wish I had set aside dedicated wedding planning days and avoided the daily to do’s and constant emailing with parents and vendors.

Photographer: Kara Pearson Photography  //  Event Planner: Bella Design & Planning  //  Venue: Beano’s Cabin  //  Floral Designer: Bloom Flower Shop  //  Musicians: Groove Nation Orchestra  //  Cake: Sugar   //  Invitations & Programs: Richard’s Notebook  //  Guest Lodging: The Osprey at Beaver Creek  //  Hair & Makeup: Blush Skin Care  //  Rehearsal Dinner: The Dusty Boot

Honeymoon Location: Hawaii (Kauai and Maui)

comments send to a friend

  • Maggie goodell March 15, 2013 10:29 am

    Lovely setting, I love outdoor weddings. We were also married in an outdoor wedding in Colorado. The couple looks so happy!
  • Colorado Weddings Published in wedding magazine blogs March 15, 2013 11:17 am

    [...] thank you to Colorado Weddings Magazine for featuring Carly and Ilan’s Beano’s Cabin [...]
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Paula & Frankie  | July 18th |  Alamosa, Colorado

From the bride, Paula:
Our wedding day was beautiful!! We had a very intimate gathering with our relatives and very close friends.  Since we got married in Colorado, we really utilized the beauty of nature and incorporated that into our wedding décor.

Gina Khrestsov Photography

The day of the wedding we went traditional and did not see each other, we also agreed we would not talk.  Not any text messages/phone calls, but one thing we did do is gave each other a love letter the night before.  It was such a beautiful idea. Gina Khrestsov03

 Prior to the wedding we both were a nervous wreck (not bad nerves, but excited) but once we laid eyes on each other, we both felt at such ease.  We told each other the week leading up the to the wedding that it was just him and I, just us.

Gina Khrestsov04

Gina Khrestsov05Gina Khrestsov06Gina Khrestsov07Gina Khrestsov08Gina Khrestsov09Gina Khrestsov10Gina Khrestsov02Gina Khrestsov11Gina Khrestsov14

Gina Khrestsov16

 The reception was outside and we loved the feel of having a midsummer night theme.  We danced the night away and enjoyed spending a great time with our loved ones.

Gina Khrestsov17

 My father passed away when I was four years old, and so when the time came for a father/daughter dance….there wasn’t anyone to dance with.  Instead the DJ played my dads favorite song “I Love Rock’n’Roll” and everyone stood up to dance to it in remembrance of him, we then led into a mother/daughter dance to the song “Butterfly Fly Away” by Miley Cyrus.  It was a very emotional moment for not only my mother and myself but for my whole family.

Gina Khrestsov18

Frankie was a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and we used his saber sword to cut our cake.

Gina Khrestsov19

My advice: Remember that it is just the two of you on that special day, nothing else in the world matters but how you feel for each other right then, in that moment.

Gina Khrestsov20

Photographer: GaleRisa Photography is amazing!! They do such a wonderful job and take such time and effort in making your special memories look just as beautiful as you remember them.
DJ: PM Productions.  Phil Martinez was the best DJ.  He was really great at interacting with our guest and getting people to participate, loved him.
Cake: You’Nique Cakes

Honeymoon Location:  Bora Bora!!

comments send to a friend

1 comment
  • Leo Timoshuk March 14, 2013 8:19 pm

    Awesome wedding & great coverage!
Sportsman Vintage in Breck

Lelia & Patrick  |  August 9th  |  Breckenridge, Colorado

From the bride Lelia:
When brainstorming concepts for the wedding, I was looking for a way to incorporate my vintage feel with my fiancé’s love for hunting and fishing without appearing too themed or forced.  We ended up creating an elegant rustic romance vibe filled with soft tones and natural beauty.. I absolutely loved the simplicity and freshness of the entire weekend.

TaylorRae01 TaylorRae02 TaylorRae03

Everything was pretty much DIY.  I had a binder full of how-to’s so everyone had instructions for getting all the projects complete in the days leading up to the big event.
TaylorRae04 TaylorRae05 TaylorRae07 TaylorRae08 TaylorRae09


For table numbers, we painted wine bottles with chalkboard paint and labeled with a type of fish.  To direct guests to their seats, we had mini fishing pools with the specific fish on the hook.  TaylorRae11 TaylorRae12 TaylorRae13

TaylorRae10 TaylorRae14

Photographer:  Taylor Rae Photography  //  Venue: V3 Ranch via Paragon Lodging  //  Caterer: All Events & Catering  //  DJ: Hampton Entertainment  //  Tent & Rentals:  Colorado Tents and Events  //  Wedding Gown Designer:  Pronovias  //   Bridesmaid Dresses:  ShopJoielle.com  //   Men’s Wear: Banana Republic

Honeymoon Location:  Maui

comments send to a friend

1 comment
  • Joyce Woodley March 6, 2013 5:34 pm

    What a wonderful simple and beautiful concept and wedding! The photographs are excellent!