If you ask me to rank the prettiest places I have ever been, Vail would be at the tippy top of the list. I get a tad bit excited when I see nuptials amongst those pretty peaks. This duo took the fab factor up about a thousand notches by hosting a fête where cozy and elegant styles mix and mingle – leaving us with a gallery by Angie Wilson Photography that will forever live in my brain as the perfect winter wedding.
From the Bride…I am writing to share with you our amazing wedding experience at The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch this past December. Marty and I were married Friday, December 6th at 4pm on the back terrace, outside. My husband and I were relocated to Toronto February of last year for his job. We had both been living in NYC for the past 8 years when the opportunity to experience expat life presented itself, the offer was too great to pass up so we packed up and moved North- to the great white North! Being from Florida and my husband hailing from NJ and living in Canada a destination wedding was an easy pick. My friends had been to a 100 beach wedddings and several our shared friends already did the NYC wedding. We wanted to offer our guests an experience- a chance to do something different. Marty is an avid skier (read: heli ski kind of skier) and I am doing my best to keep up! For several years we’ve been heading out to Vail with a large NYC group to ski on the long holiday weekends. New Years Eve In Vail was becoming quite the tradition. We chose Bachelor Gulch because of its unique location and incredible presence when you pull up. We knew we wanted a winter wedding, giving us just a year to plan (which was necessary given the big move). With a venue in place by Jan 2013 we got to planning right away. I loved every minute of the process, it also kept me busy in my new town where we had made just a handful of friends (mostly co-workers!).
I would describe our wedding vision as warm, rustic and cozy and it was just that and more! One of the big reasons we also chose Bachelor Gulch was the opportunity to create an outdoor wedding. I know many of our guests thought we were crazy but it was so important to us that we got married outside. And even though it was 2 degrees on our wedding day with the help of the heat lamps. hand warmers and lovely hot chocolate/cider we pulled off the perfect outdoor ceremony right at the perfect time of day- dusk! Our vendors were the most amazing people to work with. Being a bride trying to plan from afar we couldn’t have asked for better. It was easy and seamless and the staff at the hotel was so delightful. We received so many complements after our wedding on the staff and guests experiences. With 170 guests all traveling from a far it was really nice to hear how pleased everyone was.
I could go on and on about how much we loved our wedding week. We spent 8 days at the hotel and another night at The Ritz Denver before heading back to Canada. All in all we can’t wait to return and we already have friends asking us to renew our vows .
Photography: Angie Wilson Photography | Videography: Cinepro Studios | Floral Design: Vintage Magnolia | Wedding Dress: Malindy Elene | Cake: The Ritz Carlton | Invitations: Seahorse Bend Press | Ceremony Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch | Make Up: Michele McKamie | Hair: Inga Cox | Lighting: Pink Monkey Solutions | DJ: DJ RipM | Band: That Eighties Band | Groom's Attire: Sebastian Grey | Bride's Custom Fur: William Sweet Floral | Bridesmaids Fur Stoles: Sew U Design | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Allie's Cabin | Sash For Bridal Gown: Malindy Elene