Southern Charm Meets Rustic Glamour in the Colorado Rockies
July 29, 2016
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Sometimes creative combinations don't always work out. Other times, they absolutely crush it. And this is one of those cases. Kelly Karli Weddings and Events took some Southern charm, added local Colorado rustic flair and threw in a dash of glamour for good measure. With Plum Sage Flowers' bright blooms as a perfect finishing touch, the results are almost too good to believe. Luckily we have Clary Pfeiffer's pics and the film by Sherri Innis to prove that it all really was real. More in our Vault!
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From the Bride... Sean and I met the summer of my senior year of college at Colorado State and our chemistry was instant! We fell head over heels for each other and spent the summer outdoors - camping, seeing live music and with Sean’s new lab puppy Stella. When the summer ended, Sean had to go home for a family matter in St. Louis and we were long distance for a few months before I graduated. The day after graduation, I packed my bags and U-haul and headed for St. Louis to be reunited with Sean. A few years later, in February of 2014, Sean flew me out on a surprise trip to my favorite city - San Francisco! It was there that he got on one knee and proposed at the Palace of the Arts.

For our wedding, Sean and I were both set on being married in the Colorado Mountains. I grew up in Denver, Colorado and we both grew up going on ski trips with our friends and families. We both felt that it was the perfect place to join our hearts and our two families. There is nothing more perfect than a crisp fall Colorado day with the sun and yellow Aspens shining! It is magic! My parents live in the South now, outside of Charleston, so for our wedding I envisioned Southern charm and glamour in the Colorado Rockies. People so often choose rustic themes for mountain weddings, but I really wanted to mix the two aesthetics!

We decided to get married in the Beaver Creek Chapel and then choose the Park Hyatt mountainside ballroom for our reception. This was lovely because our guests could walk right from the chapel along the mountainside to the Park Hyatt cocktail hour! I picked a romantic color palette of pale pink and creams and choose apricot and deeper pinks to make everything pop! I decided early on that I wanted to mix metals, as you can see I used a mix of gold and silver mercury in a lot of the décor and paper elements.

The bottom of my dress was covered in sculptural floral silk organza flowers that looked like a romantic bouquet! I used this to inspire the fabulous giant flower wall behind the band and then picked La Tavola rosette linens in pale pink to continue the theme and texture. We also used some sparkly gold and pink La Tavola linens for the cake table and cocktail tables. Atop each pink napkin was a golden Aspen leaf chocolate. I love cherry blossoms, so our design team was able to incorporate cherry blossoms into the décor. I especially loved the giant cherry blossom trees they created that defined the white dance floor on each corner. Other favorite parts of the décor for our wedding were the custom wood bars and twisted wooden bar arches covered in flowers that our design team created! We also loved the specialty drinks sign with portraits of our Lab Stella and Labradoodle Stanley! This was a great personal touch. For our invites our calligrapher collaborated with William Arthur to create an elegant and classy invitation with gold foil thermography and gilded gold edges.
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