Christie + Chad, newly married. Dancing at The Stanlley

Christie + Chad

Christie + Chad live in Maryland, but decided to have their destination wedding in Estes Park. They planned for a year…down to the minute detail. Their wedding was so spectacular in part because of the personal details that were tied into it. It really makes a difference.

Christie and Chad kissing at Estes park wedding

Chad and Christie live in Maryland, but decided to have their destination wedding in Estes Park. They spent a year planning every detail down to the minute. Their wedding was so spectacular, in part because of the personal details that were tied into it– It really makes a difference.


All of the details were possible, in part, due to their planning team at The Event Troupe who agreed to accept large shipments in advance. From life-size cardboard cut-outs of their dog, Parker, who could not make the trip to Colorado…to fur wraps for all the bridesmaids…to Land’s End blankets which were tied with a bow and a note for each guest…the shipments kept coming.

Land's End Gifts for Guests

Christie was determined to have “snow” on her wedding day, so she ordered fake snowflakes, and the team pre-packaged them for each guest to throw at the recession. Everyone got 2 hand warmers as they found their seats on the Long’s Peak lawn at The Stanley.

cut out of dog at wedding
Photo by Run Wild With Me Photography

Their guest book was a large gold globe that everyone could sign, and the flower girls were put in charge of the Polaroid guest book station. Specialty drinks were named after their dog, Parker (“Parker’s Love Potion”) and matched the wedding colors of blue, topped with blue gummy bears. Equally as impressive was her family’s Pittsburgh Cookie Table tradition. The amazing baking team at “You Need Pie” in Estes Park made hundreds of cookies!

“…it’s common for guests to ask “how were the cookies” rather than “how was the wedding.”

Kids at estes park wedding
Photos by Run Wild With Me Photography

They provided each guest with a box for leftovers, as well. Nobody knows the origin of this Pittsburgh tradition, but it’s common for guests to ask “How were the cookies?” rather than, “How was the wedding?”


The Father of the Bride delighted everyone with his piano-playing skills during cocktail hour, another personal touch. And the traditional “money dance” had a unique spin: guests put money in a beautiful sequin pouch, took a shot and then began their dance with the bride. Toward the end of the activity, everyone gathered around the bride and groom dancing in a circle around them, showering them with love, while a wonderful festive Polish song ensued. To keep the party festive, the bride provided the planner with mini beach balls to blow up and the wedding party tossed them onto the dance floor.


Chad and Christie ended the night with a large group photo on the beautiful stairs inside the lobby, and a snow-tossed grand exit.

Wedding party in estes park
Photos by Run Wild With Me Photography


Vendors:
Wedding Planner: The Event Troupe

Venue: The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park
DJ: DJ Wade Cameron
Pittsburgh Cookie Table: You Need Pie

Photographer: Run Wild With Me Photography

Florist: Enchanted Florist
Violinist: Julia Taylor, Gigue Music

Videographer: Dave Kemper, Cloud Craft Studios

Hair and Makeup: Bella Capelli

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