Liz and Zach met in 2018 in Illinois while Zach was in med school and Liz was working as a surgical nurse. Their first date was on Valentine’s Day, and both shared a love for Harry Potter that drew them closer, and would eventually serve as the thematic bond to their wedding day.

Liz knew, after their first date, that Zach was “the one”. Exactly one year later they were headed to Colorado for Zack to begin his medical residency, and in April 2019 he proposed amidst the beautiful snow-capped mountains; thus began their planning adventures!


They booked their entire wedding weekend in Breckenridge, fit with Air BnB’s for 100 out-of-town guests; their ceremony and reception were to be at Ten Mile Station on the resort mountainside. Liz brought in slight touches of Harry Potter, and planned a dramatic design to match. Cue COVID19. Like many brides, the stress of Spring 2020 was a lot to handle. There were good days and bad, highs and lows, but Liz and Zach were determined to have this wedding despite the odds.

Then the worst happened: One day in late July (a mere 6 weeks out of their wedding date) Breckenridge Resorts issued the statement that they would not be opening for weddings that season and their brides were to find other alternatives. Quickly, they sprang into motion. Together, with her planner (The Event Troupe), they searched for new venues that were open during the pandemic chaos, and within one week, they were signing new papers for The Estes Park Resort.

With one month to go, all vendors were notified and plans were changing – new accommodations, new invitations, new menu tastings, new ceremony structure – it was happening so fast, but thanks to the amazing professionals she had on board, and the undying support of The Estes Park Resort, this wedding was on!


Liz and Zach had the most perfect wedding day. Their guests enjoyed a beautiful sunny day with Lake Estes in the background. To solidify the marriage, Liz and Zach poured unity sand into an hourglass (a slight nod to Harry Potter). For the reception, guests enjoyed steak and shrimp, and a ginormous Harry Potter candy bar.

They danced under the stars on the beautiful deck at Estes Park Resort, and ended the night with a wild glow-stick send-off. COVID may have put a wrench in their engagement year, but with the help of their vendors, family and friends, they had

The. Best. Day. Ever.