A Fairy Tale Wedding in Vail

Kelli & Brian  |  May 26th  |  Vail, Colorado

My actual wedding day was something out of a fairy tale that little girls dream of.  I truly felt like a princess for the day.

Our wedding day was more of a wedding weekend with the ‘main attraction’ on Saturday night. We wanted an elegant mountain wedding and with the help of my incredible mother-in-law, my best friends and our vendors we had just that. Since our wedding was to be so elegant on Saturday we chose to have a mountain BBQ for the rehearsal and welcome reception where the dress called for mountain cowboy – “with a pair of jeans that fit just right”.

Wrapped around my bouquet were four picture frame wine charms that had the photos of my two grandfathers, grandmother and Brian’s grandfather who meant the world to us but couldn’t make it because they had passed away.  We wanted them to be there more than just in spirit.

We hired a Scottish Bagpiper (celebrating my ancestry) to play while our guests entered the Chapel. The sun was setting and his music echoed through the valley and along the river behind the Chapel, truly enchanting!

The ceremony was beautiful, our vows came with ease and one guest said that it looked like we had no idea anyone else was in the room.  My son lit the unity candle with us and made half our guests cry. The flowers and candles throughout the chapel set the perfect ambiance.

When the ceremony ended, the bagpiper entered the chapel and filled it with his beautiful music as he walked up to the alter and escorted us all to the reception.

The reception was so much fun and the attentiveness the staff gave me made me feel like a complete princess!!  It was truly an evening of love and happiness.

Each table contained a wine bottle that was special to Brian and I along with a short story of why that specific bottle was import to us and what anniversary we will open and drink that bottle of wine. For example, the Head Table was Silver Oak which we will open on our 10th Anniversary and the story read;

Silver Oak.  Silver Oak is hands down, Kelli’s favorite cabernet and vineyard, for good reason! Before Brian’s proposal he ordered a bottle of Silver Oak at dinner and while in Napa Valley, CA during their engagement weekend, Kelli and Brian visited the vineyard for an impromptu tasting. Their wine educator gave them a complimentary private tour since they were newly engaged! “Life is a Cabernet!”  Please sign the bottle for the Bride & Groom, for their 10th Anniversary!

Every one at the head table signed the bottle with a silver sharpie as another guest book. For our next 13 anniversaries we will open one of the bottles.

As guests departed, we handed out cheeseburgers from McDonald’s.

My flowers were more beautiful than I ever imagined and everything was just perfect.  I would not have changed one thing about our wedding day!

Photographer: Gray Photography by Jeff and Jewels   //  Ceremony: Vail Interfaith Chapel  //  Reception: Cucina Rustica   //  Floral Designer: A Secret Garden  //  Bagpiper: Colorado Bagpiper  //  DJ: Great Time DJ  //  Invitations: Kiwi Cards  //  Dress Store: Blue Bridal Boutique  //  Makeup Artist: Michele McKamie   //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom  //  Men’s Attire: Al’s Formalwear