Couple, Julia and Marlon, chose the charming town of Vail, Colorado to celebrate their elegant summertime nuptials, where they spent many weekends together making memories. The romantic European style chalets tucked up against the mountainside and breathtaking scenery made for such a romantic location surrounded by nature. We love the sweet details of the day, especially her elegant unique floral lined dress by designer, Tara LaTour.
Photography by Connie Whitlock.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? To relax and enjoy your wedding day as much as possible. There is no point in sweating the small stuff.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Make sure your wedding represents you and your soon to be spouse. It’s easy to get carried away with over the top ideas.
The bride’s floral lined wedding dress, designed by Tara LaTour, is such a pretty and unexpected touch.
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? A couple of my favorite details were the accessories that we wore. Marlon wore his Grandfather’s Rolex watch, while I wore the set of pearls that my Dad gave my Mom when I was born.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Not a thing.
Julia carried a bright and loose bouquet filled with beautiful florals and foliage such as cafe au last dahlias, roses, anemone, and silver dollar eucalyptus.
Floral Design by Encore Style.
“Vail has always been a special place to us. When we first started dating, Marlon and I would head up to Vail on the weekends to spend time together and ski. If you walk down the streets of the village, it is easy to see what makes this place so romantic and extraordinary. The European chalet style buildings rest against the mountainside, and the river curves its way through town under bridges and walkways . It has been the backdrop to some of our fondest memories together and we knew it would be the perfect place for our wedding.”
Your ceremony in three words. Romantic and elegant.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? When planning a wedding, there are so many online resources to reference—it can be a little overwhelming. We wanted to make sure our ceremony represented our values, so we referenced a few templates, combined the sections we liked most, and collaborated with our officiant and close family members during the process.
What was your ceremony music? We wanted the ceremony music to be performed acoustically by our band. Our officiant, parents, wedding party and Marlon walked out to “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King, and I walked down the aisle to “I Will” by the Beatles.
Ceremony Music Performed by the Band Wash Park Band.
Who officiated your ceremony? We chose one of our closest friends to officiate our ceremony. He was present the day we met, and we knew he would be the perfect officiant for our ceremony.
What were your vows like? It was important for both of us to write our own vows. We felt it made the ceremony more personal and intimate.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Overall, the ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect. After our big day, we were pleased with how flawlessly everything went—from the weather, to the flowers, to the music, and ceremony. Our favorite part were each others vows. It’s a wonderful feeling to express your love for another person in front of your family and closest friends.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Identify what parts of your wedding are most important to you, and allocate your budget accordingly based on that! Also, plan for a few things to go over budget—it happens when you’re planning your big day.
“We wanted to make the reception feel elegant, warm and romantic. We used bright flowers for the centerpieces, blush satin tablecloths, and had budding tree branches with candles throughout the room as well.”
Why did you choose this location for your reception? The reception was located in the ballroom of the Four Seasons hotel, however we chose this location in Vail not only because it was beautiful, but because the ceremony and reception locations were close to one another.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Our biggest sources of inspiration were flower colors and the venue. We knew we wanted to incorporate a bright floral palette.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Instead of a guest book, we asked our guests to sign a giant bottle of champagne! We plan on drinking this on our anniversary with friends in 5-10 years. Our grand entrance song was “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News (Marlon’s favorite band). We also had some fire pits outside for guests to enjoy while they took a break from the dancing.
What was your wedding menu? Appetizers: Mini Tuna Tartar Tacos / Summer Rolls / Serrano Ham with Manchego Cheese / Baby Roasted Lamb Chops // Starter: Baby Arugula Salad with Sliced Pear and Figs // Entrees: Beef Tenderloin / Cast Iron Striped Bass // Late night snacks: Elk Corn Dogs, Grilled Cheese Bites
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Dessert was wedding cake, and we chose strawberry shortcake!
What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?First Dance song: “Higher Love” by James Vincent McMorrow
Father/daughter dance: “I’ve Got The World On A String” by Frank Sinatra
Reception Music Performed by the Band Wash Park Band.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The dancing! All of it—the first dance, the father/daughter dance, and the packed dance floor! We spent a lot of time finding the perfect band, and they did not disappoint.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Just that it was better than we ever could have imagined, and want to thank our parents for everything.