The Natural Beauty of Colorado Inspired This Wedding's Light, Airy Aesthetic

bride and groom looking into each other's eyes
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Megan and Patrick initially met in 2013, while they were both out on the town; though they exchanged information, neither one followed through. "I remember randomly seeing Patrick on social media and always thought he was cute, but never expected to ever cross paths with him again," says Megan. Fate, however, wasn't done with the pair. "In 2016, we ran into each other at another bar in Dallas and Patrick asked me on a date—the rest is history!"

The one thing they knew they wanted after they got engaged was to get married in the mountains. "We are from Texas, but live in Denver now, so we wanted to show our family and friends Colorado's beauty and cool summer weather," Megan explains. Not really knowing where to start with the planning process, they began touring venues they found online; the team at one of the first spots recommended Karli Spangler of Ivory & Vine Event Co. "The venue could not say enough nice things about her, and it was a plus that she was a TCU grad like me!"

Shortly after connecting with Karli, the pair booked Vail's Donovan Pavilion as their event location. "The Donovan allowed us to bring in all our own vendors and have the freedom to do what wanted with the space," Megan explains. "I had always dreamt of an outdoor wedding, and they had an area that backs up to Gore Creek and the Aspen trees." The venue also had an impressive indoor space for a reception with stunning with panoramic views via floor-to-ceiling windows that showcased the property's natural beauty. "Our thought was that we wouldn't have to do much to make it stand out," Megan says. A clean, neutral color palette with minimal touches of French blue, taupe, and blush proved to be the perfect enhancement, and décor was focused on creating a romantic atmosphere through Colorado wildflowers, soft textures, and candlelight.

"Patrick and I are easy going, and I felt like the whole event illustrated that so well," Megan emphasizes. "We kept it light and airy, elegant but not stuffy." The couple achieved their goal of showcasing the beauty of Colorado to the ones they love, creating a memorable celebration against a truly stunning backdrop.

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Paper Trail

wedding invitation suite with blue accents
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The pair went with a simple invitation design by Scribbles & Swirls that was printed on white paper with a letterpress font, a mountain graphic, and a monogram. French blue detail cards gave a glimpse of the wedding's signature accent color and elegant silver bows held each suite together.

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Silky and Simple

bride getting ready
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Megan knew her ivory silk Watters wedding dress with a high neck and low-cut back was the one for her when it brought tears to her eyes the very first time she tried it on.

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Dressed for Success

groom putting on cufflinks
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Patrick accessorized his classic Calvin Klein black tuxedo with David Yurman cuff links from his bride.

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Pride and Joy

bride first look with dad
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Megan and her dad had an emotional father-daughter first look. "It was so sweet!" she says. "Lots of tears! My dad is my best friend."

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On the Light Side

bride's all white bouquet
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A mix of wildflowers from Prema added a romantic, organic touch to the bride's lush bouquet of white peonies, roses, and dahlias dotted with blue tweedia.

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Perfect Attendants

groom and groomsmen in matching black tuxedos
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Patrick's 12 groomsmen cut sharp figures in the same tuxedo style.

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Up, Up, and Away

chairlift in trees
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As a fun touch, ski gondolas brought the couple to the mountaintop for their first look.

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A Good Look

bride and groom first look in the grass
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The couple met at the top of Vail Mountain for a dreamy meet-up before the ceremony. "The first look of the most beautiful girl in the world with a stunning backdrop is something I'll never forget," says the groom.

"I could replay Patrick's reaction to me tapping him on the shoulder over and over again," adds Megan. "It was like nothing else mattered except us."

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Back to Earth

bride and groom in chairlift
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Megan and Patrick took a romantic ride down from the mountain together.

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All Dressed in White

flower girls in white dresses with hair ribbons
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The couple's flower girls donned sweet, snow-white dresses complete with matching bows in their hair.

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Going with the Flow

bridesmaids in blush dresses with white bouquets
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Megan's bridesmaids wore their choice of two dresses in a pale shade of pink champagne. Their white bouquets were petite versions of the bride's.

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In Bloom

outdoor wedding ceremony arch
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A sweet spray of flowers dressed up a wooden arch, which marked the site of the vow exchange.

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Cone Petals

wedding ceremony petals in basket
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Guests were given cones of petals upon their arrival; they showered the newlyweds with the blossoms as they recessed back up the aisle.

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Sweet Exchange

bride and groom exchange vows
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The pair read aloud letters they'd written each other, in addition to exchanging traditional vows.

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Signature Sip

cocktail hour specialty cocktail menu
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Topo Chico, lime, and tequila made up the pair's Ranch Water signature drink.

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Find Your Seat

escort display table
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A pair of antique skis, a nod to the big-day locale, was a fun accent to the calligraphed escort display and doubled as a guest book (loved ones signed them!).

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A Room with a View

wedding dinner reception tables
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Their indoor reception was held in a sweeping space that boasted polished wooden frames as well as beautiful beams surrounding floor-to-ceiling windows. Chalk-colored linens covered round tables and were topped with French blue pillar candles. Half the rounds had elevated florals atop brushed metal stands, while the other half displayed low ceramic bowls with florals and candles.

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Head of the Table

long dinner banquet table with garland
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The extra-long head table was decorated with a narrow floral runner filled with roses, lisianthus, and ranunculus blossoms amid delicate greenery.

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Petite Compotes

floral centerpiece
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Blue velvet linen coordinated with the candles and small compotes on some guests' tables.

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Clean and Classic

dinner place setting with white napkin and flowers
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Place settings were timeless in their simplicity, with platinum-edged white china accented by knotted napkins.

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Double Dance

bride and groom first dance
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Megan and Patrick each chose a song, making their "first" dance an actual pair. "Patrick chose 'How Sweet it Is' By James Taylor and I choose 'Carried Away' by George Strait," says the bride. "It was special—George Strait is my all-time favorite and James Taylor is Patrick's all-time favorite artist, so we got to add a little of each of us."

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A Cut Above

two-tiered wedding cake with white buttercream
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The couple cut into a small, funfetti-flavored cake by Biscuits and Berries, which was iced in white for tradition's sake—then offered a lovely selection of desserts to attendees.

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A Bubbly Display

bride and groom pouring Champagne tower
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Instead of a groom's cake, Megan surprised Patrick with a Champagne tower.

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Saturday Night Fever

wedding guests dancing on the dance floor
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The crowd went wild on the dance floor thanks to Patrick Lentz Band, who kept the celebration going strong.

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Sweet Exit

bride and groom kissing at end of reception with streamers
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Loved ones showered the couple with streamers on their way out of the reception. "Walking out and seeing everyone smiling and cheering was incredible," says Megan.

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bride and groom in getaway car
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Photography, Alp & Isle
Venue, Donovan Pavilion
Rehearsal Dinner Venue, Sonnenalp Vail
Wedding Planning and Event Design, Ivory & Vine Event Co.
Videography, Aflatis Films
Flowers, Prema
Invitations, Scribbles & Swirls
Bride's Gown, Watters
Veil, Anna Be
Shoes, Jeffrey Campbell
Hair and Makeup, Megan Cary Artistry
Bridesmaids' Dresses, BHLDN
Groom's Attire, Calvin Klein
Groom's Cuff Links, David Yurman
Wedding Bands, Orly Marcel Fine Jewelry purchased at Metalmark
Guest Book, Antique skis from Ski Country Antiques
Music, Front Range Strings (ceremony); Patrick Lentz Band (reception)
Catering, Biscuits and Berries
Cake, Biscuits and Berries
Rentals, BBJ Linens; Colorado Party Rentals
Transportation, Turtle Bus

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