Vanessa and Max had their hearts set on an intimate destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and from the stunning images, it’s easy to see why. They focused on making their celebration an expression of their love for one another and their guests, and we think you’ll love every detail, from the bride’s lush bouquet to their classic stationery suite.



“Some of the most valuable advice I received as a bride was to stay present in the moment of your day. People kept telling that their own wedding day flew by, so I was conscious of making sure I cherished each moment. I can remember the day so clearly, and I wouldn’t change a thing.”



Are there any details you’d like to tell us about? We really wanted to be sure to include elements of New Orleans, where we live and where Max is from, even though our wedding was in Colorado. We had a local New Orleans letterpress company, Grove Street Press, design and print our invitation suite and the paper for our menus.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  First I’d say accept that you’ll probably end up spending more than expected! For me, it was figuring out what items were most important, then spread out the remaining balance of our wedding budget to cover the expenses that were less important to us.


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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I wore something old, new, borrowed, and blue, but the most meaningful piece was a vintage key pin that I put beneath my dress. It belonged to my grandmother and it helped to feel like she was with us that day.


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The Ceremony

“We wanted a ceremony that was more unique to us than one following a particular religious tone. Our officiant worked with us on structure for the ceremony and we added ideas or phrases we felt represented us and took out those that didn’t feel like as authentic. In the end, it was absolutely perfect.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  Short, sweet, and meaningful.

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We knew we wanted the ceremony to be outdoors, and the deck at Allie’s Cabin was picturesque. It was also small enough to lend itself to the intimate feel we were going for.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Tara van Dernoot. When we first decided to get married in Beaver Creek, I asked local vendors and area resorts for their officiant recommendations. Tara’s name came up on everyone’s list. When we finally met, I knew she’d be the perfect balance of tradition and fresh ideas.



Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We included a stone blessing in our ceremony that I particularly loved. We gave each of our guests a stone to hold in their hands and asked them to silently say a blessing for us as they held it. It gave our guests a chance to participate in our day in such a concrete and spiritual way. We were able to bring these stones home with us and keep them in our study as a visible reminder of the love we felt that day.



What was your ceremony music?  I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Crazy Love.” After the ceremony, Max and I walked up the aisle to Bright Eyes’ “First Day Of My Life.”

What were your ceremony readings?  My mother in law read “Union” by Robert Fulghum, and my mother read James Dillet Freeman’s “Blessings for a Marriage.”

What were your vows like?  We decided to write our own vows, which allowed us to make the moment unique to our relationship while still embracing the tradition of reciting vows.



What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I loved that it was emotional, not just for us as a couple, but for all of our guests.



What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  To follow your hearts and make decisions for your wedding that reflect your relationship.



The Reception

“Max owns two restaurants in New Orleans and we love to eat, so the food for our wedding very important to us. Our 5 course menu was a labor of love between Allie’s Cabin’s amazing chef and the two of us, and with such a small group, we wanted to be sure everyone had an amazing experience. We planned a menu that featured the food of the region, including Dungeness crab, sablefish, veal ravioli and rack of lamb, and that let the chef display his considerable talents. It was perfect.”


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How would you describe your reception?  A very intimate dinner party with family and friends.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was inspired by our location. I wanted our wedding to have a natural warm feel that was classic and timeless.

Are there any special details you’d like to share?  One of my girlfriends, Hattie Moll, has an insane talent for calligraphy. I was lucky enough to have her address our save the dates and invitations, and she penned each menu!



What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had our cake shipped in from Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC. We wanted something less traditional than the standard three-tiered fondant cake, and our naked cake was heavenly with a glass of Schramsberg sparkling wine.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t sweat the small stuff and focus on what the day is all about – celebrating the love that you and your partner share with your community.


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What was your first dance song?  Max and I danced to Nick Drake’s “Northern Sky Lights.” My dad and I chose The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody,” and Max and his mom danced to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”

Our dances with our parents were very special, and it was nice to have that moment to share with them.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Listening to all of our guests toast us was incredibly touching. Those toasts shared by my parents were especially meaningful for me, and I’ll never forget their wonderful words.


Photography: Sara Hasstedt / Event Planning, Floral Design: Love This Day Events / Venue: Allie’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado / Officiant: Tara Van Dernoot / Dress: Essence of Australia via Patsy’s Bridal Salon / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Earrings: Wedding Belles / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Suit: Luca Falcone / Stationery: Grove Street Press / Calligraphy: Hattie Moll / Hair: Anna Marie Murrell / Makeup: Blush Skin Care and Makeup / Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals, Wildflower Linens / Music: Roy Bloomfield

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Calling all brides who loved Midnight in Paris, spend their weekends browsing at vintage bookshops and can’t get enough of gorgeous blooms – because boy, do we have a wedding for you! Michelle and Benjamin’s vintage-inspired Chicago celebration is full of gorgeous details, and the bride’s feather-topped slingbacks are at the very top of our list. Other highlights include their amazing first look photos, the romantic touches they put on their industrial venue, and the coolest cocktail hour entertainment we’ve ever seen!


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“After 9 short years together, our day was truly a collaboration of our love, vision and dedication to each other.”



Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  As a bride, I loved the tradition of something old, new, borrowed and blue. My Mom gifted me my wedding jewelry, and I also wore her garter that she had saved from her own wedding day.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?
Thinking back, we would have liked to have all of our DIY projects done a week prior, so we could have relaxed a bit before the big day, but c’est la vie!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Have the tough budget conversation early on in the planning process! Be realistic of your hopes and dreams for your day. We kept an up-to-date budget spreadsheet of everything that we were spending which included the projected cost per item, the actual cost, and the +/- balance. And don’t be afraid to try to negotiate costs, especially when it comes to food and beverage.



What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To do a “first look” before the wedding ceremony. There was so much leading up to that moment and I couldn’t imagine having to coordinate keeping us apart before my walk down the aisle. We found a historic church and park as a backdrop and as Benjamin waited in front of the church, I walked from the hotel to meet him. The pictures of our first look carry the emotion and feeling of being able to take in the anticipation leading up the the very moment. It was simply magical.


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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Our wedding was truly a DIY effort from start to finish. The design of our save the dates, invitations, place cards, and programs were designed by Benjamin. We assembled every single invitation, complete with a wax seal and carefully selected stamps that we found from a local stamp collector who had an immaculate vintage collection. We also scoured the area for vintage books and vases for our centerpieces. The ceremony, photo wall and photobooth backdrops were made by our super talented carpenter friend, and on the day before the wedding, the bridesmaids were assembling the dried lavender bouquets to line the ceremony aisle while my maid of honor extraordinaire artfully penned all of our chalkboard signage.


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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  We opted to have a rehearsal lunch instead of a dinner. It allowed us the afternoon and evening to write our wedding vows, and our out-of-town guests used this time to explore the great city of Chicago.



The Ceremony

“We asked our guests to participate in an unplugged ceremony. It was one of the best feelings – everyone in the room was completely present and not attached to phones and devices. All of our guests were very respectful of our request, and it meant a great deal to us.”



Your ceremony in three words. Heartfelt, inspirational, romantic

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We love old, industrial buildings and we were extremely drawn to the character and history of the building. It is located in Bridgeport, which is near a neighborhood called Pilsen where we have spent a lot of time exploring together and making music. We chose the 5th floor loft space because the city view is simply breathtaking from that vantage. Once you you walk out of the expansive elevator all you can say is, “Wow.” The space really spoke for itself.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? My dad walking me down the aisle was one of the best experiences of my life.



Who officiated your ceremony?  Our great friend Luke officiated our wedding. He had officiated two weddings prior to ours and we knew he was the right person for the job. It was incredible to have someone officiate our ceremony who has come to know us individually and as a couple throughout our years together.

What were your ceremony readings?  The bride’s brother read, “Your Laughter” by Pablo Neruda, and Benjamin’s sisters read an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit.

What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows. Talk about waiting to the last minute – we each wrote them the night before in our separate hotel rooms! Amongst all the craziness and anticipation leading up to the day, it honestly took us being in the moment the night before to put the pen to the paper, and that night, the words just flowed.



What was your ceremony music?
Mother’s Processional – “Meditation” from Massenet’s Thais
Wedding Party Processional – “Gymnopedie #1” by Erik Satie
Bridal Processional – “Claire de Lune” by Claude Debussy
Ceremony Music – “The Moon Song” from Her arranged by Stephen and Bethany Smoker
Recessional – “How it Ends” by Devotchka

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  The most important thing to us was telling our story and staying true to our journey together. A friend recommended Rev. Judith Johnson’s “The Wedding Ceremony Planner” which we found tremendously helpful as we built our ceremony.



What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our dearest friends Stephen & Bethany Smoker performing “The Moon Song.” They are a couple that exude love, compassion, and have such a strong partnership. It felt like they were passing on their love and support for us to conquer the world through their sincere performance. It is something dear to us that we will cherish forever.



The Reception

“We were inspired by the aesthetics of Paris and New Orleans, along with the humor of Wes Anderson’s films, when planning our reception, and we had an absolutely magical evening.”


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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. We are crazy about music from the 1920’s and ‘30s. We had members of Chicago’s Fat Babies Jazz Band perform during our cocktail hour, and projected an old black and white Clara Bow film on a wall. It felt as if we transformed the room into a party from the past, complete with the sounds of dixieland toe tappin’ goodness!

How would you describe your reception?  So wonderfully us. The details glowed against the sunset, and the Chicago skyline lit up as it grew dark. Friends and family were smiling and having a great time. We watched as all the little details came to fruition, and it was the most marvelous feeling.


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Why did you choose the same location for your ceremony and reception?  We were so happy to have the ceremony and reception in the same spot, which meant that our guests could really enjoy themselves without having to drive from place to place.



What was your wedding menu?  Southern food with New Orleans flair was our inspiration. Jewell Catering really understood our palette and tastes. Our appetizers included petite chicken and waffles, bayou fried shrimp, braised short ribs and mini bacon burgers served with fry shooters and curried ketchup! I still think about how delicious that meal was.


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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We realized right off the bat that we didn’t want one large cake, so we explored various options and decided to serve both bride and groom’s cakes. The bottom layer of the bride’s cake was pound cake with fresh strawberries and blueberries, and the top layer featured vanilla buttermilk cake and chocolate diplomat. The groom’s cake was a white buttermilk cake with a layer of espresso mousse and mascarpone mousse. We also had a delicious sweets table with macarons, chocolate and lemon tarts, and petit fours.



Did you have a signature cocktail?  We chose to feature our favorite local spirits from Few Distillery and Koval Distillery, along with Half Acre Beer. Even the sodas were bottled locally in the Bridgeport neighborhood.


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What was your first dance song?

First Dance – “La Vie en Rose” recorded by Louis Armstrong
Father/Daughter – “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
Mother/Son – “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Our first dance – we took dance lessons in the months before, and practiced a lot in our kitchen! We’ll never forget how we felt together, beaming with joy.


Photography: T&S Hughes Photography / Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft in Chicago, Illinois / Event Planning & Design: An Event Less Ordinary / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes, Purse: Kate Spade / Veil and Hair Clip: Sara Gabriel / Belt:  Nina via Nordstrom /  Jewelry, Veil, Headpiece via The Left Bank Jewelry and Finery / Engagement Ring: Simon G / Wedding Bands: Steve Quick Jewelry / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: Sebastian Grey / Tie, Socks: The Tie Bar / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Cufflinks:  J. Crew / Groomsmen Attire: Bar III / Stationery, Wedding Website: Designed by the groom,  Benjamin Miles / Calligraphy, Chalkboard Signs: Siobhan McNulty / Floral Design:  Asrai Garden / Hair, Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists / Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago / Tableware: Plate Vintage Crockery Rental & Rescue / Ceremony Music: Lindsay Wright String Quartet, Stephen & Bethany Smoker / Cocktail Hour Music: The Fat Babies / Reception Music: Toast & Jam / Ceremony and Photobooth Backdrop: Floyd Davis III of Artpentry / Officiant: Luke Rzewnicki / Catering: Jewell Events / Dessert table: Vanille Patisserie

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