I first got to know Casey in the great city of Chicago where she lived. Her mother was visiting from Washington DC where she'd grown up and we all came together to find "the dress". Casey had been shopping in New York and had her eye on one particular layered Lhuillier gown. She tried on a wide variety of dresses, finding a sleek, backless gown at Nordstroms that would have been perfect for the city but seemed out of place for a mountain top wedding. At Vera Wang she slipped into this ballgown, with a laser cut tulle and organza skirt, one part classic and one part contemporary. The skirt mimicked the laser cut sleeve Ceci New York created for their whimsical invitations. When she came out of the dressing room her entire countenance had changed. This was the dress, I knew it the minute I saw her face.
The dress was perfect for a fresh mountain top wedding on the Beaver Creek Wedding Deck. The September day dawned rainy but our group was in great spirits as they boarded the gondolas to the top of the mountain. We waited about a half an hour for the weather to clear and then everyone made their way down the gravel path to the slightly soggy deck, but the views of the Gore Range made the inconvenience all worth while. The bride was preceeded down the aisle by her beautiful family dog, Jackson and ushered by her father. Her train was carried by two flowergirls. The ceremony was beautiful and sentimental. Cloud Nine Strings played a mix of classical and contemporary music. Following the ceremony guests boarded the gondola for the ride down the mountain and then boarded shuttles to the Ritz Carlton in Bachelor Gulch.
Cocktails were held ouside, slopeside near the chair lift and then guests were treated to a five star dining experience inside the ballroom. The decor was a mix of natural elements, birch and aspen, soft suspended florals above the long dining room table, and soft pastel florals. Pink Monkey installed an interactive video wall as a backdrop to the band "No Limits". Late night ice cream, and cobbler were served and the group danced until nearly 2 a.m.
Photos courtesy of Jason and Gina,
Birch branch linens by Wildflower Linens.