Destination I Do

A Trendy Vail Wedding

Words by Kinsley Brown
Photos courtesy of Sara Hasstedt Photography

Sometimes life’s greatest challenges can be a force for positivity. Nicole was in Colorado having surgery when she spotted a bride at the top of Vail Mountain. The image stuck with her and when it came time to pick a location for her destination wedding, Vail was the clear choice for both her and her beloved. “We could not think of a better place to start our life together than in a place where our lives were spiritually transformed…the Rocky Mountains is where we both see God the most.”

Thankfully, the couple’s loved ones were thrilled and the majority of them turned the couple’s wedding into a week-long Colorado vacation. “We wanted a whole weekend with our friends and family to celebrate not only our marriage, but how special each and every person is to us,” says the bride. Come W-Day, the couple was joined by 160 guests atop Vail Mountain.

The couple had a vision for their reception, which centered around creating a great experience for their guests. “The reception was fun and lively and the décor was Kate Spade-inspired,” says Nicole. “We wanted our guests to enjoy a nice dinner, but in a fun and inviting atmosphere that set the tone for a true celebration. Following the first dances, not one slow song was played and that is exactly what we wanted.”

These newlyweds had a great planning experience, but credit it to their amazing wedding planner. “Find someone who is organized and with whom your personalities mesh to help you and the planning will come easily.” These two have some wise words to share with couples currently looking forward to W-Day, “Guests feed off of the bride and groom. So, enjoy yourself and so will everyone else.”

VENDOR LIST: Photographer: Sara Hasstedt Photography, Wedding Planner: Kelly Karli Weddings and Events, Ceremony Site: Vail Mountain Wedding Deck, Reception Site: The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Florist/Linens: Swank Stems, Stationery: Micah Lea, Event Design: Pink Monkey Solutions, Audio/Visual Company: Kaleidoscope Productions, Videographer: Velare, Live Digital Caricatures: Ryan Rhoads, Reception Entertainment: No Limits, Ceremony/Cocktail Hour/Dinner Entertainment: Piper James, Catering/Cake: The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Hair & Makeup: Maitee Miles, Gown Designer: Rivini, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Jos. A. Bank, Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Monique Lhuillier, Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: Jos. A. Bank

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2016 issue. You can order a copy here.

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