We spotted this Vail beauty over on lunaphoto’s GORGEOUS blog. And it made us so incredibly happy, so incredibly inspired. From the chocolate, white and yellow color palette that manages to be both warm and super sophisticated at the same time, to the absolutely flawless florals…every bit of this is Fall perfection. The photographs that Paula snapped are stunning, the fashion is beyond, the details are subtle and personal. And to sweeten the already sweet pot, the gorgeous bride has shared tons of incredible details.
Brad and I wanted to plan a wedding weekend that made all of our guests feel incredibly welcome, and loved. We wanted the weekend to be a true merging of our families and friends, and wanted friends to enjoy the Rocky Mountains where we fell in love. We created this sense of warmth by with a hospitality suite at the main hotel with drinks and snacks for everyone to hang out in, a Thursday night event with s’mores and cocktails, inviting everyone to the rehearsal dinner, and hosting guided hikes for folks on Beaver Creek Mountain on the day of the wedding. We chose Red Sky Ranch as it allowed us to have our ceremony and the reception on the same site, and in a place with majestic views of the mountains.
Brad I met when I was living in NYC, and he in Colorado and spent a considerable amount of time on planes to be together and wanted to pay homage to that with some vintage travel thematics at the wedding, starting with our gorgeous travel themed save the dates, and the vintage postcards that folks could write notes on to wish us well, and the trunks used as risers for the desert bar.
I chose a dress made by Carmella Sutera with incredible lace detailing. My veil and feather head piece were made by my friend Molly from Molly Gee Designs. She carefully worked with me to create each piece, and other pieces for my maids of honor. My Bridesmaid dresses were a bit more of a challenge as two maids were expecting, and I wanted something that would look amazing on everyone. An empire wasted gown from Vera Wang worked out very well, and I thought everyone looked lovely. Brad and the groomsmen wore classic tuxes with bow ties, and we gifted the groomsmen handmade shirts. I hand selected perfume for each bridesmaid to thank each of them for sharing the day with me.
We also wanted to blend our faith traditions in a way that was respectful and loving towards both of our families. I wanted a traditional Jewish wedding, but wanted to make Brad’s Catholic family feel included in the tradition. We decided that we would have 7 friends and family members recite blessings of their own choosing mirroring the traditional 7 blessings of a Jewish wedding. His aunt Mary read a passage from Corinthians during the service. We also made sure that the program explained the different parts of the service clearly for those who were not Jewish.
We had a purposely longer cocktail hour to allow guests to mingle with upbeat jazz classics playing. After that, we were escorted into the gorgeous tent where we had 8 long tables of 20 ppl covered in candles, and our low arrangements of flowers. Vintage lightbulbs dangled throughout the tent and made the whole space glow. At the head table we left two open seats in front of Brad and I so that folks could come over and join us. It was a nice way to get to spend time with other guests from the wedding. We served three courses, a spectacular corn bisque course, a middle course with baby quail, and guest chose their entree on the day of between Colorado Trout or Colorado Short rib. We chose a chocolate peanut butter wedding cake as brad is a choco and peanut butteraholic.
After dinner we broke into a Horah, the traditional Jewish wedding dance, and Brad, myself, and our parents were hoisted into chairs above the crowd. Dancing continued with our band playing everything from funk to Journey. Later in the night Mike Emmeth from the Israeli DJ crew Soulico spun an eclectic set to keep guests on the dance floor. We were thrilled everyone seemed to have such a great time, and while many bumps came on the day of, we weathered them with a laugh.
Venue: Red Sky Golf Club / Wedding Planner: I Do Wedding Services / Luggage & Trunks from Hobby Lobby / postcards from Etsy / Printed Materials: Lilah Paper / Hair & Make-up Stylist: Inga Cox (970) 471-9820 / Transportation – Beaver Creek Village Transportation (970) 949-1938 / Celebrant: Rabbi Lev Baesh (603) 767- 5265 cell / Lighting & Tent Design: (drape, lighting, lounge furniture): Pink Monkey / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Rentals: Alpine Party Rental / Cake: Mountain Flour / Floral: Rose Braden (970) 904-1632 cell / Photographer: lunaphoto / Ceremony Music: Bill Parish Productions / Reception Band: Funkiphino All-Stars