Colorado Wedding by Bella Design & Planning
January 5, 2011
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I just love a bride who can rock a pair of cowboy boots under her Amsale wedding dress!  Even better is this bride (a dead ringer for Sienna Miller!) who also donned the wreath that had been worn at four generations of weddings!  Tie it all together with picture perfect rustic design by Bella Design & Planning and you have a Rocky Mountain dream wedding.  IN Photography works their camera magic and there is so much more in the full gallery!

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Ellie and Nick live in Manhattan but their spirits long for Colorado.  The couple chose to have an intimate ceremony in an aspen grove with only their parents and grandparents.  They often said that they wanted their wedding to be all about family- family focused, and it was.  Ellie wore a wreath in her hair that has been worn for four generations of weddings.    Nick tied the bouts with fly fishing materials and beautiful pheasant feathers.

After the ceremony, all 100 guests were invited to a cocktail party in the lower level of Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek.  The bar is actually a Western Art gallery and hosts some of the region's most prized art pieces, such as an original George Washington portrait print.  Guests walked up the grand staircase into the grand room which was host to the dinner and dancing.  The couple chose a bluegrass band to entertain the guests during and after dinner and I can only say that it was a throw down.  The father-daughter dance started off slow and tentative but it wasn't long before Ellie's father was twirling her about and all of the family joined in beaming with joy.  I have never seen anything quite like it.  Pure celebration.

Another interesting facet of the wedding was in lieu of the traditional cake cutting knife, the bride's grandmother flew the family sword which has also been used for generations to cut the ceremonial wedding cake.  The design of the event was based on copper, brass, and burlap.  We wanted to compliment the space of timber and western art.  Ellie scoured Ebay so every floral and candle container was original.  My favorite element was the brass spittoons as vases.  I am very proud to be a part of this wedding not only for the design but also because this wedding produced an extremely loving vibe.  Ellie lost her mother last year and every single person involved seemed to take Ellie and Nick under the wing.  As a wedding planner, I walk away still feeling all kinds of love and happiness from this most special couple.

Event Design and Planning: Bella Design & Planning / Reception Venue: Saddle Ridge / Photography: IN Photography /  Florist: Bloom Flower Shop / Wedding Cake: Sugar / Hair and Makeup: Inga Cox / Bluegrass band: Whitewater Ramble / Wedding Dress: Amsale