Lauryn & James
Four Seasons Resort
I first met Lauryn and James in Dallas, Texas near their home. Lauryn's mother traveled from Austin and we set out to find the perfect dress for this beautiful bride. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to get to know them, see where and how they live, so that I could design a wedding that was unique to them. Lauryn's family chose the Four Seasons Vail on reputation alone, and I'm so glad they did. The Four Seasons' venue, food and service are always perfect, and they make my job easy. The ceremony was scheduled for the Vail Wedding Deck. The deck boasts views of the Mount of the Holy Cross, and transportation via the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. Lauryn's bridal party was Texas-big, 24 people all together! I was able to travel to Texas twice during our planning period and the group also came out to Vail during the winter for their tasting and other planning appointments.
The week of the wedding we had rain and more rain and more rain after that. The wedding day dawned bright and beautiful, and we celebrated the marriage of this couple atop Vail Mountain. Lauryn had the winning team of vendors for her big day, from invitations to the sparkler send off, everyone delivered.
Paper: Amy Morrison with A Paper Wedding created a gorgeous floral antler watercolor motif that set the tone for this jewel toned event. The color palette was decided with rich cranberry reds, blush and navy blue.
Wedding Flowers: Rose Petals' stunning florals were perfect against the glorious mountain backdrop. Rose designed and installed the large wooden cross adorned with a lush floral spray, for the altar space.
Ceremony Music: Silver City Strings out of Aspen, Colorado.
Makeup: Greer with Aspen Aura
Photographer: Shane Macomber captured each moment exquisitely but it is his easy going demeanor makes him one of my all-time photographers to work with. If you don't already, follow him on Instagram here.
Band: This couple brought their reception band with them from home, and they did not disappoint. Jordan Kahn Orchestra blew the roof off the joint. Their presentation, skill, and music were really fabulous. At the end of the night their lead singer led the entire group out of the ballroom, up the stairs and out to the porte-cochère, for the sparkler send-off.
I had been busy during the dancing unwrapping hundreds of 36" sparklers and attaching adorable packets with matches for each guest to use. The guests created an arch and the newlywed couple was sent off in the Four Seasons Mercedes to their wedding suite.
James had, years prior, participated in the longest shotski, in Breckenridge, Colorado. As a surprise to the bride and groom I hand-painted two shot skis as a gift to them. The long ski was painted with their floral antlers, initials, wedding date to resemble their wedding invitations with four Colorado flag shot glasses. The short ski was painting like our Colorado bluebird days with aspen trees. This was a first for me, my formally attired bride and groom, alongside the best man and maid of honor doing lemon drop shots at the end of the night. Click through the gallery below to see for yourself!