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Elegant Summer Bachelor Gulch Wedding

As a future fellow mountain bride, when photos like these from Brinton Studios come across my desk, I get extra excited. With a backdrop as breathtakingly beautiful as these Colorado mountains, and a couple of lovebirds as adorable as these two, I’m smitten from the start. And then I came upon this Pnina Tornai dress and it’s the absolute icing on the cake. See all this and more right here!

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From Brinton StudiosIt can be a little nerve racking meeting a couple for the first time on their wedding day. In Lindsay and Tyler’s case, it was a breeze! I mean just look at these two!! To say they made our job easy was an understatement. It was great to get some perfect timing on light and to be with these two amazing people all day. The Ritz Bachelor Gulch served up another perfect day. We just adore working there! Thanks Lindsay and Tyler for being so wonderful!

From The Bride… Tyler and I met at Cooper Middle School and attended Langley High School together as well. It is far from your high school sweetheart story, though I did fall deeply in love with Tyler quickly after meeting back up with him and some friends at the Georgetown waterfront in DC. My best friend was in town and my high school friend Nick Zahra insisted on meeting her. Nick brought Tyler along so Tyler and I ended up being the 3rd and 4th wheel. The rest is history!

Tyler supported me in pursuing my dream of riding horses again and even agreed to buying our first home together in the horse country of Middleburg, Virginia. It was no surprise that he used our first horse purchased together to propose on my birthday. It turned out to be the best day of my life to that point. He had shipped my birthday present to my barn so I wouldn’t open it and insisted we grab it before dinner. He said I needed to march up to the hay loft to open my present. There he had set up champagne and hors d’oeuvres overlooking the sunset. He gave me a very nice camera for my birthday and encouraged me to look at the picture he took when ‘trying it out.’ I was so confused as there was a picture of my horse, Indian Princess, with a sign tied to her neck. I was shocked, excited, overwhelmed, and beyond happy when I read what was on the sign, ‘will you marry me?’ ‘Yes’ was the only word that crossed my mind.

Albeit to say, Tyler helped in making my life the most perfect fairytale that I could ever imagine living. We are lucky to have both been brought up by beautiful families. They aided in each decision along the way and we can’t thank them enough. My sister, mother, and I went to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York to pick out my wedding dress which was designed by Pnina Tornai. We chose to use Rose Petals in Vail, CO as our florist. Kyle Hodge Films recorded our video. We choose to have our rehearsal dinner at Sweet Basil in Vail, CO. Inga Cox did our hair. Michele McKamie did our makeup.

Photography: Brinton Studios | Cinematography: Kyle Hodge Films | Floral Design: Rose Petals | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch | Makeup: Michele McKamie | Hair: Inga Cox | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal

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Rustic Mountain Wedding

Set against a stunning mountain backdrop, this is the kind of rustic meets romantic wedding that just sings.  Think antler chandeliers, eucalyptus table runners and a breathtaking outdoor ceremony all crafted by a fabulous team of vendors, including JA Special Events Statice Floral and Brinton Studios.  It’s classic, gorgeous and oh-so-mountain chic.  See it all in the full gallery.

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From JA Special Events… Nicole and Pete exchanged their vows on the lawn of a mountain log cabin, twenty minutes from the bustle of Beaver Creek.

Beano’s Cabin, with its massive log beams, intricate antler chandeliers suspended from vaulted ceilings, and double sided stone fireplace, welcomed guests in the cozy lodge fashion perfect for cooling fall temperatures. Over one hundred window panes with towering views of ski runs edged in golden aspen, a five course gourmet dinner prepared in a guest-facing kitchen with pristine tiles and suspended copper pots, elegant eucalyptus table runners accented in white hydrangea and candlelight, and the laughter and easy flow of conversation delighted the senses.

Guests ended the evening dancing to the exceptional music of Homeslice band under a canopy of market lights on the cabin deck, stealing an occasional breath of cool mountain air under the romantic twinkle of the Milky Way and sudden burst of a shooting star.

Photography: Brinton Studios | Event Planning: JA Special Events | Floral Design: Statice Floral | Cake: Shamane's Bake Shoppe | Ceremony Venue: Beano's Cabin | Reception Venue: Beano's Cabin | Band: Homeslice | Catering & Desserts: Beano's Cabin

Rustic Lavender + Blush Colorado Wedding

This al fresco affair is jam-packed my friends—jam-packed with rustic elegance at it’s best. The scenery of the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch dotted with lush pines and the vast Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, is reason enough to fall in love. But when you layer on the sweet lace, mini polka dot bow ties and ladies in lavender, it’s elevated to a whole new pretty level. With JoPhoto behind the lens, you can enjoy every pin-worthy moment here.

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From JoPhotoChris and Erika’s summer destination wedding was at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek, Colorado, on Sept. 6, 2014. The Rocky Mountains provided an amazing backdrop for this lovely outdoor wedding ceremony. Erika and Chris live in Alabama, and Chris’s family has a winter home in Beaver Creek. He and Erika visited Colorado many times together when they were dating, so the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch was a perfect choice for their destination wedding! The natural and organic details of their wedding complimented the Rocky Mountains and Colorado backdrop overflowing with pine trees. After the wedding ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails on the back terrace of the Ritz-Carlton with views of the Bachelor Gulch ski slopes in the summer. Then, everyone made their way to the ballroom for the wedding reception with the live band Raising Cain.

Photography: JoPhoto | Florist: Sweet Pea Designs | Wedding Gown: Nieman-Marcus | Invitations: Paper Paraphernalia | Catering: Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch | Hair & Makeup: W Salon | Calligraphy: Debi-Lynn | Wedding Venue: Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Live Band: Raising Cain

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