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Classic Mountain Fun

 Meg & Ben  |  September 15th  |  Vail, Colorado

From the photographer, Tara Low:
At first, this might look like a destination wedding, but for Vail Valley couple Meg and Ben, it was an elegant local celebration filled with personal details, and showcasing the work of talented area vendors. The day was one of those warm, bluebird, absolutely PERFECT early fall days in the Vail Valley, when the aspens were just barely changing. The color palette of navy, white, pale greens, and pale peaches was a lovely complement to the stunning backdrop and rustic venues. This bride and groom – and their family and friends – were a joy to photograph.  Unique, personal details were incorporated throughout the day; gifts of handkerchiefs embroidered with lace from the bride’s Alvina Valenta dress, Meg’s baby bonnet carried with her bouquet, and the dinner of locally raised beef provided by family friends. One of my favorite touches was the favors, their bulldog pup’s very own brand of Honeymoon Hot Sauce, with Jim himself on the label with a grass skirt and lei! Guests were entertained through the cocktail hour and reception by local bluegrass tunes. In true Colorado Style, bride Meg switched out her sapphire Badgley Mischka heels for a pair of Colorado cowboy boots for cocktails and dancing.

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TaraLow07 Meg’s advice: Step back for a moment on your wedding day and observe the love around you.  That precious memory is priceless.

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Meg’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Tara Low PhotographyHer gorgeous work speaks for itself, but you have to meet Tara to know what’s its like to have a photographer who puts everyone at ease.
Event Planner: The Soiree Studio  //   Ceremony Site: Beaver Creek Chapel  //  Reception Site: Donovan Pavilion   //  Flowers: Petals & Pours    //  Caterer: Gourmet Cowboy   //  Guest Lodging: The Vail Cascade Resort and Spa  //  Hair & Makeup: Emily Parker

Honeymoon Location: Maui!

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Autumn at T Lazy 7 Ranch

Shelbi & Ben  |  September 22nd  |  T Lazy 7 Ranch

From the bride, Shelbi:
The day came together better than I could have ever imagined! I was so thankful for the army of family and friends that I had behind me to make sure things went together right so that I could just relax and enjoy the day.

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Our ceremony took place in the middle of the T Lazy 7 Ranch pasture, which sits in front of the Maroon Bells and was encompassed by beautiful aspens. We were surrounded by 360 degrees of absolutely epic mountain views!

I rode in on a rickshaw bicycle decorated in flowers pedaled by a very close friend. It was so much fun!

 The moment that I will always remember is standing in front of the altar with my soon to be husband and just being in that moment surrounded by the mountains and all of our family and friends.

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Our centerpieces were arrangements of dahlias and coffee roses in rustic wooden boxes.

 For favors, we made homemade strawberry rhubarb jam and put stickers on the jars that said “Spread the Love.”

 My advice:  Surround yourself with supportive positive people. I had an army of friends and family members who were so helpful. I would also find someone to be the day of coordinator. We did not have an event planner, but one of our close family friends offered to help with the timing and coordination of the day. Having someone play this role is worth its weight in gold!

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 Shelbi’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar VenueT LAZY 7 RANCH { more info | website } Not only is this the most beautiful ranch in all of Aspen but the owners are complete down to earth locals. They are so flexible and reasonable with their pricing.

Wedding Gown: THE BRIDAL COLLECTION { more info | website }

Photographer:  Jackie Daly PhotographyJackie  captured all of the small details from the day and made the photography portion as painless as possible. She is so talented and down to earth!

Caterer: Smoke Modern BBQ. Delicious BBQ! They did all of our sides and even the out of town guests from the South could not stop raving about the food.

Guest Lodging:  The Annabelle Inn. Great down to earth locals!
Tent & Party Rentals: Premier Party Rental  //  Decor & Florals: Cheryl Pitout

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Inspired by Telluride

Meghan & Joseph  |  June 16th  |  Telluride, Colorado

From the bride, Meghan:
Joseph took me to Telluride on our first trip together and I fell in love with the town. Telluride brings this feeling of peace and relaxation, a feeling of just being centered, and it is an amazing creation! You have this little storybook town nestled in this canyon of lush green mountains and an amazing waterfall at the end of town.IlluminArts01

I wanted a very natural style wedding to keep with the Telluride theme. I also wanted to make the day very personal. To bring in the natural feel, I included aspen trees and river rock. I chose a brown, cream, and green color palette with yellow accents.

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We started our ceremony early so that it would end at sunset. The mountain view in Telluride at sunset is breathtaking and that is what we wanted our guests to see!

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My most memorable moment was saying my vows with the amazing mountains in front of us.

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My advice: Hire a coordinator, enjoy every moment, the good and the bad, because you will look back and love both.

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Meghan’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: Illuminarts Photography. Absolutely amazing and so much fun to work with. What sold me on Drew was the way he would capture shots that no one else would ever see. His creative eye is remarkable, he truly made my day that much more special. My photos are my absolute favorite. Words cannot explain how wonderful Drew is!

Venue & Caterer: The Peaks Resort. I could not have asked for a better venue. We had great views, exceptional food, and amazing service.

Florist: China Rose really captured my vision for what I wanted my flowers to look like. Amy had so many amazing ideas. I loved her creativity.

Hair & Makeup: The Peaks Spa

Honeymoon Location: Kauai, Hawaii

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