Last month I was lucky enough to experience the beauty of Beaver Creek for myself at engage!14. And from the sweeping mountain vistas to dining at Beano’s Cabin – the setting of this cozy reception – it’s really no wonder Beaver Creek became the Bride’s dream spot to say “I do.” Amanda Forbes captured the natural beauty with total ease, and these pretty snaps are only the beginning.
From The Bride…I was ten years old when I first discovered the magic of Beano’s Cabin. A log-cabin restaurant tucked in the Rocky Mountains of Beaver Creek, Colorado, Beano’s Cabin is a dining experience all its own. And since that first experience, I dreamt of my wedding at Beano’s Cabin and the opportunity to share this beautiful location that touched my childhood heart with family, friends, and the man who I would spend the rest of my life with.
On August 24th, 2013, my dream of 17 years came true, and it was more magical than I had ever imagined.
Chris and I live in Washington D.C., but we hail from very different regions of the country. Chris is a sailing enthusiast from Rhode Island, and I’m from the land-locked state of Oklahoma. Chris and I met not long after he moved to D.C. for a new job. We were dating only four months when he traveled with me and my family to discover the small Rocky Mountain village of Beaver Creek that holds so many of our precious memories.
Chris proposed September 2012. We quickly chose August 2013 for our celebration to accommodate his part-time business school schedule. August also proved an easy month for our guests, who traveled from the District, both of our home states, Georgia, Texas, Florida and even Sweden to escape the summer heat and enjoy a vacation in the Rockies.
Nothing says effortless beauty quite like Colorado in the summertime. The colors and vistas are simply breathtaking. In all of our wedding décor, we simply wanted to showcase this beauty.
We chose white garden roses, dusty millers, hydrangeas, and dahlias for the bouquets and boutonnieres. Our groomsmen’s navy suits, with coral and navy striped ties, coordinated perfectly with the bridesmaids’ bright poppy taffeta dresses from J.Crew. The bright poppy literally “popped” against the green slopes and set the tone for a fun, relaxed celebration.
The tables at Beano’s were covered in candles and aspen logs overflowing with hydrangeas and dahlias. We named all of our tables after the Beaver Creek ski slopes, making each sign resemble that of a ski map. Instead of a wedding cake, Beano’s Cabin made their delicious peach pie a la mode. We tied long, thin candles to personalized matchbooks and tucked them into the napkins at each place setting. With a glass of champagne, guests lit the candles in their pie, and perfectly timed with my mother’s toast, we all blew out our candles, making our wishes for life, love, and happiness.
Everyone danced late into the night under the bright mountain stars. I felt that same magic that I felt at ten years old, but this time it was so much more.
Photography: Amanda Forbes | Wedding Planner: Colorado Wedding Company | Florist: Elizabeth Eberly | Dress: Amsale Fall 2013 | Invitations: No Regrets | Ceremony Venue: Beaver Creek Chapel | Reception Venue: Beano's Cabin | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Beano's Cabin | Band: Soul Libre | Groom's Suit: Brooks Brothers | Groom And Groomsmen's Ties: Sherman Pickey | Wedding Day Stationary: J. Michelle Studio