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A Mountain Top Wedding

Esther and Nicky hired Something Blue Colorado for their destination wedding in Vail, Colorado. After months and months of talking  to Esther and Nicky on the phone and having Skype meetings,  it was exciting to finally meet them in person a week before their wedding.

Vail Wedding

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Their wedding day was one of those beautiful sunny days in Vail, Colorado.

I met up with Esther where she was staying at The Four Seasons to drop off her flowers, and she was stunning in her white wedding dress. We then traveled up to the Gondola to head up to the top of Vail Resort for her ceremony. For those of you who do not know, a Gondola is an enclosed ski lift (not a boat, for my non ski or snowboard readers).

Vail Wedding

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Vail Wedding

Photo by Brosphoto Wedding Photographers

Vail Wedding

Photo by Brosphoto Wedding Photographers

Since it was a destination wedding they had a small gathering of close friends and family that traveled from  Texas to be with them on their special day. Nicky was in great spirits, laughing and joking with his best man while everyone was getting ready for the ceremony to start.

Vail Wedding

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They decided to have one of their closest friends be the Officiant for their wedding.

Vail Wedding

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They also had two wonderful guitarists playing music for the ceremony. The live music really helped set the tone for this mountain top wedding.

Vail Wedding

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When Esther start walking down the path with her father, I looked over at Nicky and noticed she brought tears of joy to his eyes.

Vail Wedding

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Vail Wedding

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The ceremony was a short but intimate affair with the breathtaking mountains surrounding them.

Vail Wedding

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Vail Wedding

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They wrote their own vows, and a few times I was worried that the paper the vows were written on were going to be blown away by the wind, but they kept a tight grip on them.

Vail Wedding

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Vail Wedding

Photo by Brosphoto Wedding Photographers

Vail Wedding

Photo by Brosphoto Wedding Photographers

After the wedding they took some great couple pictures and then drove away in a golf cart to head to the reception.

Vail Wedding

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Vail Wedding

Photo by Brosphoto Wedding Photographers

Vail Wedding

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Their wedding may be smaller but they know how to have fun.

Vail Wedding

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They danced the night away with their close friends and family at the beautiful Sonnenlap Resort in the Ludwig’s Room.

Vail Wedding

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Vail Wedding

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With Nicky and Esther’s help we created some fabulous unique touches. Their colors were blue, yellow and chocolate to match the blue skies and natural wilderness around us. Their theme was rustic elegance with a little bit of Texas thrown in. Here are some of our favorite touches:

Flowers:
We had big yellow sunflowers with little touches of blue in them.

Vail Wedding

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Menu:
Pocket fold napkins with custom menus that had sunflowers on them.

Vail Wedding

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Cake:
Their favorite type of dessert was cheesecake, so they were thinking of having a cheesecake for their wedding but were torn since they wanted a traditional cake look. So, the fabulous baker at Sonnenlap made a hybrid wedding cheesecake with raspberry center. This cake literally melted in your mouth.

Vail Wedding

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Center Pieces:
They went with a variety of candle lanterns with yellow petals inside them and then sunflowers scattered around them.

Rustic Centerpieces

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Guest Book:
True to their Texas roots they had their guests sign a Texas long horn as their guest book.

Guest Book

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Wedding Planner: Something Blue Colorado
Photographer: Brosphoto Wedding Photographers http://brosphoto.com/main_page.html
Ceremony Site: Vail Wedding Deck http://www.vail.com/groups/weddings/weddings.aspx
Reception and Catering: Ludwig’s at Sonnenlap Vail Resort http://www.sonnenalpweddings.com/vail-wedding-venues.html#
Baker: Sonnenlap Vail Resort http://www.sonnenalpweddings.com/vail-wedding-venues.html#
Florist: Parker Blooms http://www.parkerblooms.com/
DJ: Tiff’s Riff http://www.tiffsriffsdj.com/tiffsriffsdj/Home.html
Ceremony Music: Masterful Musicians http://www.masterfulmusicians.com/

Vail Wedding

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