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Beaver Creek Colorado Wedding at The Westin Riverfront Resort And Spa

Colorado is chock full of amazing places to say I do, but I have to say this Beaver Creek wedding at The Westin Riverfront Resort And Spa is just as pretty as they come. Captured by Studio JK and beautifully planned by  A Touch Of Bliss, this gallery is simply Colorado perfection.

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From The Bride…Jason (my now husband) and I had been dating for four and a half years before he proposed and we were smitten from the start. Once he proposed, we decided immediately to have a destination wedding. We love to travel and knew we wanted to create a weekend away for all of our family and friends. After taking a trip in October (shortly after we were engaged) to visit venues in Colorado, we felt there would be no better place for a wedding than the Rocky Mountains… the same place where we both learned to ski, visited in the summer, spent our first four Thanksgivings as a couple together, and a place that had a huge spot in our hearts. With a love for the outdoors, what would be a better location to say our vows than high up in the mountains.

We decided on a September 1st wedding and chose the beautiful Westin Riverfront Resort in Avon, Colorado. A large mountain range became the backdrop for the ceremony and being from Kansas, we swooned over the view. The reception, held in a ballroom lined with windows, opened to a terrace glowing with the ambiance of festival lighting. We kicked off the weekend with a lively welcome party at the Westin followed by karaoke at a bar in Avon. The celebration continued into Saturday with a special bridal luncheon and intimate rehearsal dinner. The wedding took place on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. It was a late afternoon ceremony, followed by cocktails, dinner and dancing.

Jason and I had always thought we would see each other for the first time on our wedding day as I walked down the aisle. However, we could not pass up the adventure of taking the chairlift to the top of Beaver Creek for pictures. Our “first look” took place on a romantic bridge over a rushing river in the quaint town of Beaver Creek. We then headed up to the top of the mountain enjoying a spectacular view with our bridesmaids and groomsmen. The pictures were beyond our imagination. Between the bright blue sky, the fluffy crisp white clouds and the green of the mountains, there could not have been a more perfect setting for our wedding photos. With the girls in a bright red/ poppy color and the boys in a classic black tux and bow tie, the wedding party looked stunning.

We chose a theme of mountain chic for the ceremony and reception… all very natural, but with an elegant flare. The flowers were green and white with the use of many different textures. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were wrapped in aspen bark and the ceremony was held under an arch of lush, garden inspired florals and greens. Glass lanterns containing white and green hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, rosemary, silver brunia berries, and curly willow branches lined the aisles. After the ceremony, the guests were greeted with signature cocktails and monogrammed sunglasses. The escort cards were set in aspen logs that my grandfather, father and I carved. Each name card was adorned with a golden aspen leaf cutout created by my aunt. The floral arrangements in the ballroom were in aspen bark vases set on moss with mini vases of rocks surrounding them. Dramatic sprays of curly willow, green and white dendrobium orchids, and eucalyptus made up gorgeous, tall centerpieces. The room glowed with candlelight, setting the perfect atmosphere for our evening.

After a sit down dinner with touching speeches from my father, the maid-of-honor and best man, our band kicked off the party. Within minutes the dance floor was crowded and stayed that way until the end of the night. Our best family friends’ children (ages 3-10) even put together a surprise dance and song for the crowd that is Good Morning America worthy. Another favorite moment came when our friends who travelled from Switzerland brought with them their traditional umbrella dance. Jason and I danced under a “parapluie” to a French love song as guests threw streamers over the top. We were told that there wasn’t a dry eye as the umbrella was decorated with colorful ribbons. The entire night felt consumed with love and emotion. Every guest was truly on a Rocky Mountain High. I could have not imagined a more perfect way to start my life with my new husband.

I have to give a special thank you to our incredible vendors. My mom and I spent time meeting with different companies and choosing ones with whom we connected. By the end of the wedding planning process, I wanted to be best friends with each of them. They really helped us create a night that was exactly our vision, while adding unique touches that represented Jason and me as a couple. We could not have done it without them and appreciate their hard work to create a night so special that our guests are still reminiscing and re-living each detail of the wedding. It truly was the wedding I had always dreamt of.

Photography: Studio JK | Videography: Lupher Arts | Event Planning: A Touch Of Bliss | Floral Design: Swank Stems | Invitations: Seahorse Bend Press | Ceremony Venue: The Westin Riverfront Resort And Spa | Reception Venue: The Westin Riverfront Resort And Spa | Band: Soul X | Decor: Pink Monkey | Linens: Chair Covers And Linens

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Colorado Wedding from Kelli Lyn Photography

Au naturel is the perfect way to describe a wedding that needs not an ounce of flair and the secret weapon behind this Colorado affair is a group of crazy-talented vendors that let the true beauty of Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch shine. Details like florals with the perfect fresh cut feel by Sweet Pea Designs, a Bride and Groom beaming from ear to ear and light-filled images by Kelli Lyn Photography that capture every ounce of this intimate day with even more to pore over right here in the full gallery.


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From the bride…Before we were even engaged, Jaron and I always knew we wanted our wedding to be intimate. We debated eloping, but decided it wouldn’t have been the same without our families. As avid skiers and Denver residents, we knew we wanted to show our loved ones a glimpse of our lives in Colorado with a mountain wedding. The Ritz Carlton in Bachelor Gulch is one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been and was the perfect setting for our nuptials. While we had an opinion and a vision on how we wanted our wedding to be, I found we got our vendor’s best work when we allowed them to take creative liberties. We hired our good friend to design the invitations and paper goods and with the direction of “purple” and “vintage” she produced a beautiful package of modern, mountain inspired invitations complete with vintage Colorado postcards stamped with RSVP info and customized hand-stamped and grommeted leather tags. Our florist translated our vision perfectly with gorgeous mountain inspired flowers that projected both a laid-back, yet formal vibe. The entire weekend was a beautiful time (even perfect weather) for our families to get to know each other better and for us to spend quality time with our loved ones.

Photography: Kelli Lyn Photography | Flowers: Sweet Pea Designs | Ceremony + Reception Location: Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch Resort | Invitations +  Paper Goods: Pumpkinhead Paperie | Dress: Vera Wang via The Nordstrom Wedding Suite |

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Colorado Wedding by Fresh in Love Photography

Hello gorgeous (and loads of fun) Colorado wedding! The jovial personalities of this adorable couple seem to jump through each and every beautiful image taken by Melissa of Fresh in Love Photography. And then there are the details, oh the details, which are just as incredibly vibrant and full of life as the couple. It all just perfectly compliments the gorgeous Colorado backdrop. Oh sweet wedding, how I love thee. Don’t miss all of the fabulously fun photos in the gallery.

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After we found Piney River Ranch, with its extraordinary views, we focused on putting together a simple, vintage, fun wedding that would reflect our casual style while reflecting the natural beauty of the setting and the charming rusticity of the venue.Working with a small budget meant a lot of DIY by me and my sister – we made everything from the table runners to the favors to the escort cards to the photo booth to the s’mores table to the programs.  We decided to focus on quality food, drinks, and transportation for the guests, and save money in decorations.  We recruited help whenever possible: Randy’s long-time roommate, acted as officiant; Randy’s oldest friend, an artist, created the unique invitations from ‘cowboy’ and ‘indian’ childhood pictures of Randy and Katy; 2 friends contributed ceremony and cocktail music (bluegrass violin and banjo); Katy’s mother sewed the runners and tablecloths; Randy’s mother assembled the “R&B’s Grits” favors. So much internet research and a little trial and error gave us cheap, cute ideas to make sure the details reflected our style.  The best move?  The instant photo guest book and homemade photo booth – those pictures are priceless!!

From the talented Melissa of Fresh in Love Photography – Katy and Randy wanted to put together a simple, vintage, fun wedding that would reflect their casual style while reflecting the natural beauty of the setting and the charming rusticity of the venue at Piney River Ranch here in Colorado. A bluegrass duo played during cocktails, guests found their seats (place cards were clementines with labels on sticks) at their tables (named after places Randy & katy have lived or traveled to, represented by vintage postcards – a play on our save-the-dates, printed on vintage Colorado postcards). Dinner was BBQ ribs and game hens, served buffet style, followed by heartfelt toasts by the wedding party and cake cutting, which featured 6 cakes in different flavors (red velvet, almond, coconut, lemon-strawberry, chocolate, vanilla).  First dance to “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding, followed by parents’ dance to “What a Wonderful World”.  Then dancing and smores around the fire pit.  It was such an amazing, unforgettable wedding day!

Bridal Gown: Schafer’s Bridal, gown by Casablanca / Bridesmaid Dress: Nanette Lepore from Nordstrom / Cake and Bakery: Baby Cakes of Vail / Caterer: Piney River Ranch / Ceremony Site: Piney River Ranch / Ceremony Musicians: Bobby Kreuch, violinist, and Bard Edrington, banjo/ Flowers: Petals & Pours, Signe Jones/ Hair Stylist: West One Salon / Invitations: Robie Gay of  Thoughtbarn / Jeweler: Tiffany & Co. / Makeup Artist: Laura Anzalone of Glo Makeup /Photographer: Mel O’Connell, Fresh in Love Photography / Reception Venue: Piney River Ranch / Transportation: Timberline Tours / Wedding Planner: Krista Nelson, Petals & Pours