HOW’D IT ALL BEGIN?
Well, my best friend from high school introduced us one spooky evening at Halloween Horror nights in 2010 at Universal Studios Hollywood. We were all in our early years of college and it was just a fun night to get the living daylights scared out of us. I commented on Taylor’s Chuck Taylor shoes and the rest is history. In our eighth year of being together, Taylor proposed on top of Vail Mountain in the most gorgeous, breathtaking setting. Vail has always been a special place to us, as Taylor’s family resides there, and our love story began ten summers ago on Vail Mountain. We were set on getting married in Vail until we realized our grandparents and loved ones who struggle with high altitude would not be able to attend. That was important to us, so we decided to plan a wedding in our second favorite place in California, Malibu. We set the date just two weeks after our engagement in January 2019 and were ecstatic to finally make it official!
While I was in New York for my dress fitting earlier this year, COVID hit hard. As it crept into major cities across the country, California announced their shutdown, two weeks before our wedding date (April 4, 2020). We pushed our date with the venue, but then there was another shutdown. As California had shut down after shut down, it kept postponing our date. We were struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and whether a big wedding would be able to happen in the near future.
We had escaped back to Vail and lived with Taylor’s parents for most of 2020. As we spent more time thinking and pondering over a wedding happening on our new date in 2021, we decided that we did not want to wait! Taylor’s parents suggested doing a micro wedding at Frost Creek in Eagle and we were ecstatic at the idea – Colorado was home to us! Cutting down the list was a daunting task, so we decided to have our parents and wedding party present and have all our other 120 guests attend remotely through a live stream on YouTube. It worked wonderfully!
Our photographer, florist, videographer, and makeup all worked with us within our budget as we’d lost money on our California plans. The flowers were everything! From the deep maroons to the beautiful, loose, whimsical arrangements, we wanted to be sure we had a classy mountain wedding. The aesthetic and style was a fall mountain cabin theme with a twist of class. We had certain colors we had to work with in the lodge which, in the end, turned out so beautiful. It was so fun to work with different colors other than the usual whimsical, light colors I had planned for our Malibu wedding and it made our wedding unique! I ended up planning out the design, style, and timeline for our day as we did not have a planner, BUT, I had my amazing wedding party help with making sure everything was taken care of on the wedding day. I ended up utilizing some of the items I had custom ordered (signage etc.) for our original wedding in Malibu to help save on extra costs. My calligraphy skills came in handy, and I did our seating chart in a glowing lantern to give it a cozy vibe. Our favorite touch was when we drove away in a dressed up “just married” golf cart that our best man and other members of our wedding party decorated. We even saved some cans so we could have them tied to trail behind us!
What made our wedding so special was the amount of love and support we received from our local Eagle County friends, all our wedding party and family on our day.
In a time that felt uncertain it was so refreshing to have our heads lifted up by our friends and family who came together to help make our quickly planned (in 2 months) wedding come to life. Side-note: all our guests were covid tested prior to attending. We are happy to report that we were not a super spreader! The highlights of our wedding were being able to see a vision come to life and to have our fur baby be our ring bearer. Most of all being able to marry each other on our 10-year anniversary in a micro setting in the place we always wanted to be married. As adventurous people, we always imagined getting married in the wilderness with a breathtaking view in a place that is home to us.
To us, our wedding was not ruined, it may not have been what we originally planned, but it was everything we imagined our day to be. We were able to spend time with our close friends and family in a more intimate setting, we were able to soak in every detail and moment we planned. I think our wedding was everything we ever wanted. Situations may be out of our control, but our happiness, we have control of, and we are just happy that we got to be married in our favorite place we call home.
Venue/Catering: Frost Creek
Photographer: Jill Houser Photography
Videographer: Kaye Shaye
Music: Cloud 9 Strings
Flowers: Petals & Pours
Makeup: Tina Early of Kim J Beauty
Bridal Shop: Kleinfeld Bridal
Bridal Dress Design: Pnina Tornai
Stationery: Kelly Patrice
Rentals: Event Rents
Cake: Columbine Bakery
Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker