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Snowy Elegance at The Sonnenalp Hotel

Laura Murray captured everything I love about classic winter weddings when she sent these snowy Vail nuptials our way. Candlelight? Check. Flowy ribbons? Check. Ethereal ‘maids in Jenny Yoo? Check. Not to mention, that ring… drooling over here. Calluna Events tied every bit up pretty with a bow with their amazing planning skills and you can savor all the elegant goodness here in the gallery.


From Laura Murray PhotographyYasmin and Chris were a dream to photograph. They had such an authentic love, the kind that stands the test of time. While their day was quite busy and very much on-the-go, I noticed them tell each other right after their first look that all that matters is what’s about to happen at the end of the aisle. I think couples can often get too caught up in the production of the wedding that they forget what it is really about … this couple NEVER forgot the real reason behind their wedding, which is their extraordinary love for each other.

Yasmin and Chris are both plastic surgeons and met in med school. While their friends were off getting married and settling down, both Yasmin and Chris were buried deep in their textbooks pursuing medicine. But not buried too deep to notice each other and their love began to grow. They reside in Chicago, but Colorado has always held a special place in their heart. They picked a winter date in Vail, Colorado to say their vows. Yasmin is Persian and much of her family traveled across the globe to be there on her wedding day.

Her dress was a custom Inbal Dror and her shoes were Christian Louboutin The groom and groomsmen wore tuxes with tartan pocket squares. The bridesmaids were in gorgeous full length gowns and each bridal bouquet had floor length silk ribbon which matched the invitation ribbon.

Their ceremony was at the Vail Chapel. Calluna Events and Perfect Petal worked together to implement the brides vision for the chapel to make it a more intimate and cozy atmosphere. Candles and garland lined either side of the aisle as well as the altar and railings. Many glowing lanterns adorned the front steps of the church, welcoming guests in from the cold.

Then the reception took place across the street at the Sonnenlap Resort. Calluna Events, the planner and designer for the wedding, collaborated with the florist, furniture, lighting and linens companies to transform the space with a natural and organic feel. Working with florist, The Perfect Petal they truly accomplished Yasmin’s vision of bringing the outdoors inside to create a warm, romantic, almost-Tuscan inspired space. Candlelight, flowing greenery down the center of the tables as well as several hanging greenery garlands above the head tables made the room more intimate and lush and contributed to cozy atmosphere. Three different tablescapes were created that incorporated garland, candles and flowers to provide texture and interest to the room. Delightful table signs, escort cards and a hand lettered custom seating chart complete with Vail ski runs were hand illustrated by Mauve and Peach (who also pulled together a sophisticated invite suite) and Event Rents provided the wood cross back chairs and linens that were the last finishing touch to the design.

The day was full of laughter and unique memories. The groom’s sister has the most memorable toast I have ever seen. She and her husband reenacted a series of memories of the groom in a song, complete with a guitar accompaniment. That had the audience rolling delete in their seats with laughter.

The bride’s present to the groom was sentimental — Yasmin’s father wanted to gift his vintage rolex watch to the groom. The rolex was over 50 years old. And the bride’s cute little pup was present in the getting ready room … this cute dog was practically a part of the bridesmaids, there for the big moment when the bride stepped into her dress. In lieu of traditional wedding cake, the couple set up a hot chocolate bar and served creme brûlée and chocolate cheesecake after dinner.

Photography: Laura Murray Photography | Videography: Forget Me Not Media | Event Planning: Calluna Events | Floral Design: The Perfect Petal | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Ceremony Venue: Vail Chapel | Reception Venue: The Sonnenlap Hotel | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup Artist: Ahmana Aryan | Hair: Jennifer Nelson | DJ: Greattime DJ | Invitations And Paper Goods: Maeve And Peach | Rentals: Event Rents Denver

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Elegant Destination Vail Wedding

Tucked away in the mountains of Colorado is a wedding that marries organic design and glamorous details to perfection. Of course, it’s no surprise with Love This Day Events behind the scenes and orchestrating every moment. They carried out this Nebraska couple’s destination wedding dreams and Sara Hasstedt told the story through her lens. Watch it unfold right over here.

From Love This Day EventsAshley & Adam’s ceremony took place at the Beaver Creek Chapel and the reception was held at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado.​ The couple is from from Nebraska so this was a destination wedding for them and their families and friends. Ashley’s family spent many winters vacationing in Beaver Creek so it was an easy decision for her to have their wedding amongst the gorgeous Colorado scenery.

From our first meeting with Ashley, we were thrilled with her timeless style. We loved that she was drawn to a more traditional floral design but was still open to gold foil details and modern details like rustic cross back chairs. The end result was one of our favorite designs of all time. Add her gorgeous dress from Miss Hayley Paige and the gorgeous film photography of Sara Hasstedt and this day was flawless.

Photography: Sara Hasstedt | Wedding Dress: Miss Hayley Paige | Cake: Mountain Flour | Catering: Foods Of Vail | Hair And Makeup: Christina Trostel | DJ: Elite DJ | Venue: Donovan Pavilion | Beaver Creek Chapel: Beaver Creek Chapel | Linens: La Tavola | Planning, Flowers And Design: Love This Day Events | Print: The Paper Guppy | Rentals: Ultra Pom | Rentals: BBJ Linen

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Elegant Winter Wedding in Vail at The Sebastian

I may be in the minority, but I love winter. There isn’t a season as cozy or as intimate, forcing you to layer beautiful textures to keep out the chill. It just screams romance to me. So I think it’s pretty obvious that I am head over heels for winter weddings – and winter weddings in Vail planned by Love This Day Events and captured by Brumley And Wells? Well, that’s my perfection.


From Love This Day EventsMehgan and Randall’s wedding was a dreamy winter wonderland. Everything about these two is completely timeless. From her veil and dress to his simply perfect tux, I had to remind myself all day that it really was 2014 and not a movie set from the 1950′s. That kind of style, combined with the gorgeous photography from Brumley and Wells made this one of the best weddings of the winter.

From The Bride…How did Randal propose? We had planned a two week trip to Europe to see what we called the “trifecta” of events; the Tour de France, Wimbledon and the Henley Royal Regatta in London. We spent a week in Provence wine tasting, staying in little French bed and breakfasts and ultimately cycled our bikes up Mont Ventoux, a challenging Tour de France mountain climb. We then flew to Calvi to see the Tour’s first three stages on the beautiful island of Corsica. We saw the first stage the next day in Bastia and drove back to Calvi. We were finally relaxed, had an amazing dinner outside at a little Corisican restaurant and afterward went browsing for some gelato. We strolled through the city to the Citadel overlooking the ocean to finish our gelato. Taking me by surprise, he asked if I had had a good day and I told him yes, it was great. He smiled, got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife with a ring he pulled out of his pocket. I can still taste the strawberry gelato on his kiss as I think back to that amazing moment.

What I didn’t know was that Randal had been planning the proposal for a couple of months before the trip. He called Ashley Morgan in San Francisco who is a jewelry designer I have bought pieces from in the past few years. We visited her together the year prior and he wanted the ring to be something that she made for both of us since she had met us. She worked fast and furious on the ring to complete it in time for our trip to Europe. She shipped the ring and the Post Office lost the package for about a day. So the day we were set to fly to Marseille, he was running around trying to locate the ring at the Post Office. He found it a few hours before our flight and then carried the ring with him everywhere we went on the trip; to the vineyards, to dinners and even to the top of Mont Ventoux waiting for the right time to propose. I’m so lucky he did.

I chose the dress as soon as I had it on, it is an Anne Barge dress with a keyhole back. I loved the cocoa backing to the lace overlay and the way the lace was so different from other lace dresses I had tried. It was soft and romantic but also flattering and sexy, the perfect combination of what I was looking for on my wedding day. Little did I know that two months after I ordered the dress I would find out I was pregnant! As we were celebrating our surprise, I started getting concerned that the dress might not fit once it arrived! I was 5 1/2 months pregnant by the time the wedding date arrived and my amazing seamstress magically made the dress work, I couldn’t believe it. It was so wonderful to still get married in the same dress I chose for our day.

The veil was made by my seamstress too, I wanted a vintage look to go with the romantic lace of the dress and the vintage fur. I fell in love with the cap veil style at a fitting in a bridal store so my seamstress and I created a similar custom look in a much more affordable version.

Randal and I live in Houston but we were both raised in the snow; he in Edmonton, Alberta and me in Michigan. So we visit the snow in Colorado and Canada to ski and snow shoe as much as possible during the winter months. After we got engaged over the summer, we didn’t want to wait a whole year to get married during the popular summer months, so we started thinking how amazing it would be to have a winter wedding. Vail is one of our favorite ski destinations because the mountain offers such great skiing and the Village has amazing lodging, dining and shopping. We had spent a few weekends at The Sebastian and we loved the design and feel of the hotel and thought our wedding would be so much fun there. We pictured a wedding weekend with our family and friends in Vail and it just seemed perfect.

We had so many favorite parts of the design but I especially loved getting married outside in the middle of winter. It was chilly but we made sure our guests were warm and happy before they were seated and moved inside quickly as soon as the ceremony was over. In the end, everyone said they loved the ceremony outside and it was such a unique twist on winter ceremonies. We also loved the gorgeous flowers Love This Day put together on our rectangle tables which were perfect. I also spent time trying to think of ways to make the day personal for Randal and me; I had the band learn a horrible 90′s song that is one of Randal’s favorites and surprised him with it during the reception, I called the restaurant in Austin that makes one of his favorite cocktails and asked for the recipe and used it as one of our signature drinks and knowing my daughter and Randal are doughnut lovers, I asked my pastry chef to make fresh doughnuts at the end of the night as a send off for our guests which was a huge hit.

My favorite moment of the day was standing at the ceremony with the love of my life. We worked with our officiant to create a ceremony that was special for us. She read aloud advice that our families had given us about marriage, we had my daughter read a poem about “things that go together” to the guests and we recited our handwritten vows to one another. We were anxious about writing our own vows but it was important to both of us so we spent quality time crafting what we wanted to say. It will always be so special to remember that we spoke from our hearts that day, to one another, words that will never be the same as any other bride and groom.

My practical advice is to first hire a professional wedding designer I was planning from a different state, working full time and I’m a lawyer, not a wedding planner. I left the details to the professionals and took their advice on room design, flow of the day and it was so nice to have one person to rely on the day of to solve all of the little last minute questions. It let me enjoy the day and really take in everything that was happening.

Second, negotiate with all of your vendors; band, flowers, cake, photography, video, menu, etc. Weddings are so expensive and you never seem to get everything into your beginning budget which means you’ve gone over your budget by the end. If you try to negotiate with each of your vendors you will win some and lose some, but it will help you make an informed decision about whatever piece you’re planning. I saved 50% on my photobooth vendor by telling him what the competition was offering, but ultimately decided not to skimp on my cake design because saving a bit of money there would have taken away from the look I wanted.

Lastly, while we all try to keep our guests and family in mind when planning our wedding, you and your groom ultimately have to do what makes the day special for you. After it’s over, guests will talk about how fabulous your wedding was and that makes you feel great, but really what matters is that you and your groom remember the time as an amazing start to the rest of your life and enjoyed every minute of it.

Photography: Brumley And Wells | Cinematography: Cinematique Films | Wedding Gown: Anne Barge | Cake: Megan Joy Cakes | Stationery: Mink Letterpress | Reception Venue: The Sebastian | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Ashley Morgan Designs | Makeup: Laura Anzalone | Hair: Kacee Picot | Groom's Jacket: Hugo Boss | Earrings: Vintage From Gilt | Event Design / Floral Design / Planning: Love This Day Events | Flower Girl's Dress: Marchesa | Fur: Central Park Vintage | Photobooth: Lightbooth | Tuxedo: Giorgio Armani

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Elegant Outdoor Vail Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch

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: Anne Barge From 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: Watters From Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch | Make Up: Michele McKamie | Hair: Inga Cox | Lighting: Pink Monkey | DJ: DJ RIPM- Josh Estrada | Band: That Eighties Band | Groom's Attire: Custom Sebastein Grey Clothiers | Bride's Custom Fur: New York Furs | Bridesmaids Fur Stoles: Sew U Design | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Allie's Cabin | Sash For Bridal Gown: Anne Barge

Rustic Meets Classic Vail Wedding

This, my friends, is my dream wedding: a lovely combo of rustic and classic all set against a stunning Rocky Mountain backdrop.  It makes the Montana girl in me completely giddy, and when you lay your eyes on the bride’s stunning Elie Saab gown, the breathtaking images from Sara Hasstedt and the world’s prettiest bouquet from Rose Petals Vail, you will totally agree.  See it all here.

From the Bride… Bobby and I met on June 26, 2010 out at a popular bar here in Washington,D.C. Unfortunately, I was gearing up to move to London in a short three weeks after our initial meeting, but Bobby was undeterred. He asked me out every night for the remainder of my time in DC – a bit sheepishly at first! – and we call that our “speed-dating” phase. It was literally like a race against the clock to get to know each other, spend as much time together… in short, we were both pretty smitten.

In mid-July, I moved to London to pursue my Master’s at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Bobby and I kept in touch daily, and we visited back and forth about five to six times during the year that I was abroad. Once I finished my studies in London in June 2011, I moved right back to DC, and back to Bobby. (Fortunately, I had made my career in museums, and DC is pretty much the best place to be for that!) We dated for another year exactly – as per his mother’s request! – and that following June, Bobby got down on one knee.

For me, Colorado was an incredibly easy decision. My parents first visited Beaver Creek as newlyweds in the mid-80s, and they fell in love with the area. Shortly thereafter, they bought our first family vacation home and the rest is history. We spent every spring break, Christmas and summer in Colorado; it holds our happiest memories. I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Fortunately, Bobby visited and fell in love with the Rockies as well!

Once my parents decided to permanently move away from our hometown, St. Louis, they built a home in Cordillera, Colorado. Located at the top of the Summit area, the house is incredibly cozy, has amazing views, and is very, very private. Across the street from their home is a plot of National Forest that overlooks the most spectacular mountain view. There’s not a single house or building in sight. In short, it’s pretty breathtaking. Again, this was an easy choice for Bobby and me. I showed it to him the first time he came to visit us out West, and I think we both knew that would be the ceremony site if we decided one day to get hitched.

The ceremony took place at 4:30 in the afternoon. My grandmother, Mimi, said I had toget married at half past as the clock – and therefore our luck – would be on the upswing! Since the wedding was outdoors and in the mountains my Mom insisted that we build a tent in case of bad weather. (We really didn’t have a plan B. It was a rain or shine outdoor wedding.) The tent was all white with subtle greenery and fabric on the poles. The rental company provided an “aisle” that we all walked down.

Our florist, Rose, has a beautiful aspen tree structure that we put at the end of the altar. She made a beautiful garland that went both horizontally and vertically. It included foliage swags, white garden roses, ranunculas, andromeda and hints of blue/black privet berries for color.

Timber Hearth – the reception venue – is another family staple. We’d been going there for years; it’s cozy in the winter, fun in the summer and has wonderful views of the mountain golf course. Incidentally, my brother proposed to his wife on a horse drawn sleigh right outside of Timber Hearth in December 2010, so the Timber Hearth holds a very special place in our hearts. Our weekend was a destination wedding as the majority of our guests came from the East Coast.

Photography: Sara Hasstedt | Wedding Planner: JoAnn Moore Of Mountains And Meadows Events LLC | Florist: Rose Braden-Rose Petals Vail | Dress: Elie Saab Pronovias: The “Monceau” | Cake: Mountain Flour-Shawn | Invitations: Alexa Pulitzer In New Orleans | Ceremony: Private Residence | Reception: Timber Hearth Grille | Shoes: J.Crew (Everly Pump In Ivory) | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Richard Levkoff From Bacio Bridal Salon | Caterer: Timber Hearth Grille | Hair & Makeup: W Salon | Band: Moses Jones | Transportation: Vail Rides | Ceremony Musicians: Pat Hamilton Guitar/Violin | Escort Card: TimelessPaper | Event Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals | Event Rentals: Pink Monkey (wooden Aisle Runner) | Groom's Tux: J.Crew | Groom's Tux: JCrew | Programs & Menu Cards: Mindy McNitt Of Mountains & Meadows Weddings & Events