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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

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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 | 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 | Transportation: Vail Rides

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Vail, Colorado Wedding from Sweet Pea Flowers

Continuing on today’s parade of pretty is couple who reinvented their rustic Rocky Mountain wedding with a pinch of pink and a twist of cowboy glam. Jam packed with pretty details and DIY goodness, these country cuties made certain their wedding was 100% them. And in our book, that’s what it’s all about. With vibrant florals compliments of Sweet Pea Flowers and Paper Antler working their magic behind the camera, it’s no surprise this wedding was a total hit. But it doesn’t stop there. Get even more western wedding eye candy in the full gallery right here.

From Sweet Pea Flowers Recipe for a rocky mountain wedding: gorgeous mountains, cowboy boots, vibrant colors, stunning bride and groom and lots and lots of love.  From the smallest of details, to grandest of landscapes, Sarah and Jordan thoughtfully planned out an amazing wedding full of do-it yourself projects.  As clients, they were one of best couples we have ever had the pleasure of working with.  Sarah’s attention to detail and her creativity made the day all the more fabulous.  From the handwritten tags on the cowboy boot mugs, to the horseshoe place cards, the dedication – and love of all things cowboy – really came across to describe the couple and their style.  The incredible photography by Paper Antler shows a story of the day that makes everyone that sees the pictures wish they were there to celebrate with this amazing couple!  All the best to Sarah and Jordan!

Wedding Photography: Paper Antler / Wedding Venue: Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado / Floral Design: Sweet Pea Flowers / Catering: Chipotle / Dessert Buffet: Batter Cupcakes / Wedding Stationery: Ladyfingers Letterpress / Menus: DIY by the Bride / Bartenders: With a Twist / DJ: A Music Plus / Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals / Transportation: All Mountain Transportation / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang via David’s Bridal / Brides’ Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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