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Rustic Chic Ranch Wedding

Take everything you love about ranch weddings, add in a romantic rainy day + one darling duo and the results are this: a beautiful Vail affair captured by Sherri Innis and John Webb.  I’m talking breathtaking scenery, picture perfect details and an all caps LOVE that literally jumps from your computer screen. Press play to make your heart happy, then head to The Vault for even more rustic goodies.

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From Sherri InnisThe air is thin at 9,350ft above sea-level, but at Piney River Ranch, Vail, CO – the air is full of love.

Casey and Breanna enjoyed their destination wedding weekend at the ranch. Colorado Summers are so raw in their beauty but with that always comes the chance of a shower or two. Casey and Bree took it in stride, chalking a few showers up to ‘good luck!’

The rain and low clouds created such a beautiful pop of colors and the Piney Valley was rich with aromas of nature. Casey and Bree said their heart-felt vows in front of an intimate group of friends and family then danced the night away; never once blinking at the rain drops falling outside.

The rain stopped, as if on cue, just in time for a romantic sparkler send off.

Photography: John Webb | Cinematography: Sherri Innis | Ceremony Venue: Piney River Ranch | Hair & Makeup: Emily Parker | Venue Manager: Monique Busold

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Elegant Mountain Wedding in Vail

On its own, Vail is a magical place… one filled with glorious sunsets and breathtaking scenery.  But add to that amazing backdrop a wedding rich in elegant details and heartfelt moments and it becomes something else entirely.  Think a stunning fairytale-esque land simply perfect for marrying.  Head to The Vault for every ounce of Rachel Havel captured pretty.

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From Rachel Havel… Janice & Jason held their destination wedding in the beautiful mountains of Vail, Colorado. They incorporated Janice’s Korean heritage by holding a second ceremony celebration called a Paebaek. It’s a beautiful time where the parents of the bride and groom speak blessings over the new couple and throw dates and chestnuts to be caught by the newlyweds. This tradition stands for how many boys and girls when they have children. To end the ceremony, the bride rides piggyback on the groom to show his devotion and love for her throughout their marriage together.

The overall wedding was timeless and elegant, with beautiful florals and clean, bright decor. It was such a beautiful celebration of the endearing love that Janice and Jason share.

Photography: Rachel Havel | Floral Design: Lale Florals | Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez | Stationary: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Vail Interfaith Chapel | Reception Venue: Sonnenalp Hotel | Hair And Makeup: Weemala Hair And Makeup | DJ: A Great Time DJ | Dress Shop: Gabriella New York | Rentals: Alpine Party

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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.

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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.

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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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