Nikki & Charlie | October 5th | Snowmass, Colorado
From the bride: We chose Snowmass as the destination for our wedding because we really wanted to get married in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Our daily footwear consists of cowboy boots and our home is shabby-chic/country. It’s who we are and we wanted to reflect that in our wedding. I also didn’t want a super traditional wedding; I wanted to have a wedding people would remember because they had fun!
Our ceremony was on the Vista Lawn, and it snowed the two days leading up to our wedding, so snow had to be shoveled off the lawn. We had a small wedding (less than 60 in attendance), and the ceremony faced two wine barrels (from The Rocky Mountain Barrel Company) and the beautiful aspen leaves changing colors. We had green grass, red and gold leaves and snow.
Our friend, Dave, performed our ceremony. It was short, very meaningful and sweet. It was absolutely perfect – if just a little chilly (about 35 degrees!).
The tables had lace on them, and the centerpieces were glittery branches and Mason jars with candles in them.
Some of my favorite memories growing up involve my grandpa. He loved popcorn, and so do I. So, we had a popcorn bar. We had regular popcorn, caramel popcorn and cherry popcorn, plus numerous popcorn toppings.
Our cake was incredible – I’m still in awe of how wonderful it turned out. And it tasted incredible!
Looking back, I was so stressed out from the planning and all of the people who wanted us to cater to them. That was probably the hardest thing of the entire wedding: Gently telling people that this was OUR wedding, and that our choices were final. We had a lot of people try and bring kids (we were very specific that the event was adults only), or try and bring extra people. We did not invite cousins, because between Charlie and me, we have about 85 cousins. That really upset people!
My advice: Write down what you want and don’t want in your wedding right away. Because you end up straying from what you initially wanted to try and appease everyone. It’s YOUR day, and your guests (including family!) are there for YOU. Especially if you’re paying for everything on your own, do what YOU want. Stand your ground! With the guest list, we had to draw the line somewhere, or we would have had hundreds of people. Once we drew those lines, we had to stick with them. You can’t say yes to one person, but not another. Say yes to all, or no to all, but keep consistent!
Nikki’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue, Caterer, Cake & Lodging: The Viceroy. The Viceroy Hotel is very elegant, but with rustic touches, and that suited us perfectly.
Photographer: Rene Tate Photography. Rene makes you feel so comfortable with yourself, and her photos make you look amazing. I’m so thankful we found her!
Hair & Makeup: Jess & Becca from Anewu Salon