October 10, 2011
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Anne & Gregory | October 10th | Keystone, Colorado
From the bride:
We knew that we wanted a venue with a rustic and outdoorsy feel. On a ski trip, we found the Ski Tip Lodge in Keystone and fell in love with its old world charm. We also liked the fact that the Lodge took care of the food, liquor, cake, ceremony and reception set-up.
Photography by Julie Harris Photography
Our ceremony was set outdoors, on the lawn of the lodge, overlooking an emerald green pond, with the majestic mountains in the background. We booked for October 10th, knowing that the weather would be a bit cooler with a potential for snow. However, on the day of, it was 50 degrees and sunny.Together, Greg and I composed the ceremony using elements taken from a traditional Irish “Loving Cup” ceremony, a combined Christian and secular ceremony. We wanted it to be personalized as opposed to standardized. WORDS OF WISDOM
Hire a wedding planner and pay for a good seamstress. Also: Breathe and take a moment to step back, listen and watch. It was the best day of our lives, which leads me to also say – do not skimp on the price of the photographer. The images will last a lifetime and will be there to remind you of the day when your memory starts to fade.
Venue, food, cake, rentals: Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Resort // Photographer: Julie Harris Photography // Event Planner: Bella Design & Planning
September 23, 2011
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We have a treat for you today. In celebration of the Autumn equinox and the first day of Fall, we’ve gathered our favorite Autumn images and put together a Gorgeous Gallery of Fall weddings in the mountains. As you view this amazing gallery, we hope you Fall in Love with Fall and are inspired to plan an Autumn mountain wedding!
September 09, 2011
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Abby & Kevin | October 30th | Devil’s Thumb Ranch
From the bride, Abbby:
Although a storm had come through a few days before leaving a blanket of snow, on our day, the weather was beautiful, crisp and clear – the perfect fall day!.
Our golden retriever, Keia, walked down the aisle as a bridesmaid. As I walked down the aisle to meet Kevin for the ceremony, we had the barn doors behind us opened which flooded the room with light. We went with a non-traditional ceremony that we wrote ourselves. Our goal was to put something together that was unique, but also entertaining for everyone. Our officiant was Kevin’s father, which added a personal flavor to the event.
Our favorite part was the shared beer during the ceremony! Instead of the traditional candle or wine, we wanted to share something that we both would enjoy and was something we do in our everyday lives – hence, we shared a beer. We put a Polaroid camera out next to the guest book, which provided us with a great picture of what really happened during the evening. The escort cards were displayed on large aspen tree branches. The reception was pretty low-key and a lot of fun. Dinner was tasty and followed by an ice-cream sundae bar in place of a cake. The rest of the night was dancing to classic rock and some originals from the band. Neither of us are great dancers, so after the “official” dances we got to go outside and dance by ourselves.
Photographer: Julia Vandenoever // Venue & Caterer: Devil’s Thumb Ranch // Gown: J. Crew // Florist: Chalet Floral // Musician: Andy Hackbarth
Honeymoon Location: Patagonia, Chile (hiking, wine, and penguins – can’t lose!)