A Winter Wonderland Destination Wedding in Colorado
Abby and Cliff
Abby spent many family vacations in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and always knew that she would get married there some day. But even though she and her future husband, Cliff, had dated since high school in Mobile, Alabama, she didn't initially peg him as the groom. Four years of long distance on-again, off-again later, they got serious. She moved back to Cliff in Mobile, and a year and a half later, he proposed.
Abby wasn't fazed by the prospect of long-distance wedding planning, and with the help of a planner, the couple pulled off a glamorous ski-lodge wedding, with bursts of metallic gold to play off Colorado's snowy landscape.
"I've always loved stationery," said Abby. "We custom-designed every piece of our suite." Engraved invites went to guests in foil-letterpressed envelopes, and gold thread held together a pine needle–adorned "Save the Weekend" booklet.
A Tasty Welcome
Chocolate-covered pretzels sweetened the welcome bags.
The Colorado slopes offered a regal reception-site view.
Maids of Honor
Eucalyptus and tallow berries united on the groomsmen's lapels.
A Snowy Surprise
The groom sported a cheeky pair of socks underneath his suit.
Cliff converted to Judiasm, Abby's faith, after the pair got engaged, and they were married in the Chapel at Beaver Creek in a traditional Jewish ceremony.
The huppa, a Jewish ceremonial structure that represents the home, incorporated the same fringed fabric that Abby's parents wed beneath in 1980.
A pine-branch motif spruced up the ketubah, the traditional Jewish wedding contract.
Servers distributed s'more kits on the slopes.
At the Table
Each place setting at the reception included a napkin embroidered with the couple's new monogram. The pair's 130 guests dined on elk medallions, braised Brussels sprouts, and smoky cheddar grits, nods to both the woodsy setting and the duo's Southern roots.
During a toast, accordionists serenaded the couple.
The bride's mom stuffed favor bags with almond dragees, a symbol of good luck.
After the festivities, the newlyweds traveled by snowcat to a spectacular chalet high up on the mountain, nestled in the slopes.
Photography: Aaron Delesie
Event Production and Design: Lisa Vorce
Flowers and Decor: R. Jack Balthazar Wedding
Stationery: Wiley Valentine
Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals
Seamstress: Christal Hall for Something New Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Tadashi Shoji
Groom's Dinner Jacket: Samuelsohn
Reception Paper: Papel Paper & Press
Dance Floor: Barker Decor Service
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Hair and Makeup: Allegria Spa