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A Mountain Wedding Packed With Color

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of visiting Beano’s Cabin in the Colorado, so I can personally tell you just how special this couple’s venue really was. Tucked in amongst the mountains with views like you wouldn’t believe, it’s an incredible spot to start your forever, especially when A Vintage Affair and Winsome And Wright are a part of the vendor entourage. Dive straight into the pretty right here.

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From the Bride Whitney… We are that couple that met in a bar but ended up with a happily ever after! We shared some tequila and the rest is history. I can attest to the old saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder as we started our relationship overseas and it was over Skype dates, a twelve-hour time difference and longing to be back together that sparked our love. Our first date was when Eric came back to the states for one of his best friend’s weddings. We were inseparable ever since.

A few years later, Eric took me on a summer trip to one of his favorite places, Telluride, where he proposed at the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls…swoon! Having been born in Colorado, we visit often and it has always had a special place in our hearts. We knew right away a mountain wedding was a must!

Planning a wedding in Colorado while living in Florida required a relaxed and carefree attitude. We actually booked our wedding venue without ever seeing it in person! I was very lucky to have found the venue, our phenomenal photographer and exceptional florist on Instagram. I put all my trust in my vendors and let the experts take over. This gave results better than I could have imagined and definitely made things much easier for me.

We wanted our guests to feel relaxed yet be awed by an extravagant experience. We envisioned a dreamy, romantic and chic boho vibe. We chose to go with shades of neutrals and incorporate some natural elements. As everyone who knows me is aware I have an absolute love for lavender so we enjoyed including it into our decor, using fresh sprigs on our place settings, creating a signature lavender infused cocktail and designing a crate of dried lavender to hold our escort cards. The florals were soft with pops of color to keep a fun summer feel. I gave full rein to our florist and she put together incredible bouquets with an assortment of florals that were even accented with fresh mint! She also made a stunning hair piece that really complemented the style I was looking for.

The most memorable part of the wedding for us was writing and exchanging our vows in front of our dearest family and closest friends. The dinner was exquisite with four courses and complemented by some incredibly funny and heartfelt toasts! The party carried on as the band rocked the dance floor late into the night. We chose to take a special moment together at the end of the evening. As the guests were lining up outside for our exit we shared one last dance together, just the two of us, to Lover of the Light by Mumford and Sons. It was as if everything went into slow motion. It was such an incredible way to take in all the delight of the day. Our wedding was more magical than I ever could have imagined. It rained for almost two straight days before the wedding but hours before the ceremony it cleared and made for the most mystical backdrop as the clouds filled the mountaintops.

To anyone currently planning, start early if possible, absolutely get a planner, and let go completely of any expectations once the day arrives. It truly will be the best day ever!

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Photography: Winsome And Wright | Videography: Films About Love | Event Planning: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | Floral Design: Siloh Floral | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Invitations: The Wells Makery | Ceremony Venue: Beano's Cabin | Reception Venue: Beano's Cabin | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup Artist: Makeup Artist Liz Wegrzyn | Hair Stylist: Brittani Estes | Film Lab: The Find Lab

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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

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