There are a million reasons to want a wedding in the mountains, but for McKenzie & Brandon it came down to a celebratory escape with 12 of their nearest and dearest. Nestled in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, they crafted a truly intimate affair with Heather Payne behind the lens. We’re obsessed with the end results and if you have yet to check out their rehearsal dinner, what are you waiting for?
From Heather Payne… McKenzie & Brandon celebrated their destination wedding weekend in the hills of Telluride, Colorado surrounded by 12 of their closest family members at the most quaint venue tucked into the San Juan Mountains called the Observatory at Alta Lakes. The panoramic views were absolutely magical…a photographer’s dream!
The couple pulled together an incredible team to create and execute the intimate event, including Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers who was designer and florist. Brown Linen custom-designed all of the paper goods for the event, including a hand drawn picture of the venue and a watercolor pamphlet outlining the weekend’s events. Kelly designed incredible custom pieces including a custom crest (inspired by the crest on their invitations) & bridal bouquet with fragrant white and green creation of garden roses, ranunculas, tulips, local sweet peas, tuberose, pieris, bay, and dusty miller.
Each and every detail included in the wedding held special meaning to the couple. My favorite being an Italian veil that was worn by both the groom’s grandmother and mother at their own weddings. It was my honor to photograph this event and it will be one I will never forget!
From Heather Payne… McKenzie and Brandon traveled to Telluride, Colorado, from New Mexico with 12 of their family members for their intimate celebration. They kicked of their celebratory weekend with an intimate lakeside Italian feast rehearsal dinner inspired by their love of nature and mountain views. The family stayed in a cabin surrounded by the beauty of the San Juan Mountains at the Observatory at Alta Lakes for the wedding weekend.
McKenzie saw the rehearsal dinner as a great opportunity to rock a flower crown and vibrant florals made by Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers. The dinner was set up along the Alta Lakes which was a perfect setting with breathtaking views. The table was covered with embossed sky-blue linens and crystal glasses.
The couple and I snuck away into the hills to photograph them surrounded by nature. They found the most perfect tree where the engraved their initials into the bark. It was the most perfect intimate celebration and the photos are priceless.
Can a wedding totally change your mood? Why yes, yes it can. Because if Emma + Nish’s Aspen wedding is any indication, you’re about to be beaming from ear to ear. For this culturally chic and colorful celebration is beautiful beyond measure and it’s all thanks to the talented Bluebird Productions. A day graced with gorgeous hues and a lush outdoor ceremony, Lacie Hansen is sharing it all in The Vault!
From Bluebird Productions…Emma & Nish’s Aspen wedding was the perfect reflection of everything that makes them the fabulous couple they are. The couple exchanged vows and danced the night away at Emma’s childhood Aspen home. Looking up at Pyramid Peak, this home is one of the most splendid locales in Aspen and a place so many of Emma’s friends and family had visited over the years. Nish’s heritage filled the space just as equally though; the décor, floral, tent, and attire all were an expression of Nish’s Indian culture.
Guest arrived at their residence and wound their way over the hill to Emma’s backyard. A sitar player filled the glen of trees with music and guests were greeted with chai tea as they wondered through a sanctuary dripping with marigolds to the ceremony site and its jaw dropping backdrop. Emma and Nish’s first child, their adorable dog Harper, was part of the processional along with bridesmaids, who wore a variety of bright burgundy dresses, and groomsmen, who wore jackets tailored in the traditional Indian style.
Guests found their escort cards hanging in the air interspersed between marigold chains and then entered the tent with a custom silk lined ceiling of gold stars and mirrors and cascading gold lanterns. Emma’s custom dress was two pieces, which made it easy for her to switch her chiffon floor length skirt for a playful tulle tea length reception bottom. She and Nish flawlessly executed a choreographed first dance that quickly morphed into a Bollywood dance where all of their bridesmaids and groomsmen ran onto the floor and joined along with all of the steps they had learned to celebrate the couple!
The menu was designed to show a perfect melding of the families’ traditions. There were three buffet stations with aptly paired selections: Indian, Colorado, and Southern (for Emma’s Georgian roots). Being part of their celebration was a true honor. Both families could not have been more kind or supportive of the marriage and the celebration of Emma and Nish’s love and commitment to one another. If there’s one wedding that a planner wants to do over and over again, it’s this one!