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A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

From the bride, Liz: We have always enjoyed the outdoor spaces that we get to explore here in Colorado. So, when it came time to pick a spot for our ceremony, it was fitting to pick a mountain setting with a backdrop of the continental divide! Our location was about 30 minutes, west of our home in Denver, in the foothills, at Genesee Park. The edge of the park provided the perfect setting for our small group and had all the features we had hoped to find when we first started looking. The majority of our guests were from out-of-state.
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PERSONAL TOUCHES
Josh drove his 1966 GMC truck and I hand painted the Just Married banner. It was really special to use my grandmother’s jewelry instead of purchasing something new.

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

THE CEREMONY
The weather was spot on, the guests were happy, a deer crossed my path as I walked toward Josh. My husband-to-be fumbled the line in the vows about listening, and no joke, an eagle screeched as the officiant read the ceremony! My favorite part was getting to hold each others hand and look each other in the eye while we recited vows.

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee ParkOur unity painting was also a lot of fun.

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee ParkTHE FIRST DANCE
Before we entered the reception, the neighborhood ice cream shop began playing music and we had a spontaneous first dance in front 50+ strangers.

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

THE CAKE
Our cake was left in the walk-in cooler a little too long, so Josh and I had to cut through a very cold cake with a very warm knife which ended up being very entertaining for us.

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

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Photographer: Taylor Jones Photography  //  Ceremony Site: Genesee Park   //  Reception Site: Linger //  Cake: Mulberries Cake Shop

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An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park

Aliesha and John love visiting Colorado so much that they decided to get married in Colorado.  They planned a small, intimate wedding that also served as a mini-vacation for their guests.  The  ceremony took place at 10,700 feet overlooking the Continental Divide followed by a mountaintop reception at the The Lodge at Sunspot.  Bella Calla designed all the pretty florals and decor while Dylan Burr perfectly photographed the celebration.An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park

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A Mountain Destination Wedding at the Silverthorne Pavilion

From the bride, Heidi:

WHY COLORADO: I spent a lot of time in the Silverthorne area growing up during ski season and in Breckenridge in the summers. Mac took a trip to the area with friends in college and it’s where he fell in love with mountains. It was great to find a location that had sentimental meaning for both of us.A Mountain Destination Wedding at the Silverthorne Pavilion

THE STYLE: I wanted to compliment the beauty of Colorado and the mountains with a lot of natural colors and tons of plant greenery because I love plants. I also just wanted a timeless look; something that would be beautiful for years and years.

A Mountain Destination Wedding at the Silverthorne Pavilion

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: I really loved our first look. It was exciting and also calming to see Mac for the first time. I feel like it broke the ice and allowed me to just relax and enjoy the whole day.

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THE CEREMONY: Our ceremony was held in a field with the gorgeous Rocky Mountains as our backdrop, big open sky, and lots of trees; the location really felt secluded.  The aisles were decorated with tree rounds cut to various heights with lanterns on top. Mac’s dad married us and gave a wonderful message. Every part of the ceremony just felt so personal.  

A Mountain Destination Wedding at the Silverthorne Pavilion

FUN MEMORY: On our walk down the aisle as a newly married couple Mac stopped and kissed me and then carried me the rest of the way. That was pretty cute and got a nice crowd reaction.

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THE RECEPTION: We had the reception was at the Silverthorne Pavilion, which is already beautiful. All we did was decorate each guest table with ivory tablecloths, trailing greenery, lanterns, and  candles.

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THE CAKEI loved our cake, which was decorated with a mountain and tree outline. It tasted SO good! I had my brother bring me a few extra pieces after we’d made our exit because I wanted to eat more!

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ADVICE: It’s possible to have a really amazing and perfect day with a short period of planning. We got engaged in February and married in July and we were able to get everything done and set up in a relatively short period of time. We were just so excited about being married and the wedding is only one day. Don’t get me wrong it’s the BEST day, but I think it’s just as important to plan and get excited for the marriage as it is for the wedding.

Also, I recommend having a social time prior to the wedding, especially if you have a lot of out-of-town guests (or you yourself are coming from out of town). We opened a period of time after our rehearsal dinner to invite anyone who was around to come hang out. It just took a lot of the stress off the wedding day because people already had some time to mingle with us. Mac and I didn’t feel like we were being bombarded with people at the wedding.

A Mountain Destination Wedding at the Silverthorne Pavilion

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Rockstar Venue: Silverthorne Pavilion {more info}  //  Photographer: Danna Frost Photography  //  Cake: Blue Moon Bakery  //  Floral Design: The Little Flower Shop

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