You’ve probably seen photos from Lanie and Matt’s gorgeous winter wedding around the interwebs, but I couldn’t help sharing it with you here. The couple lucked out with a beautiful January day in Colorado, full of incredible details from the talented Lisa Vorce (and stunning photos by Aaron Delesie).

Lanie had long sleeves added to her Vera Wang dress, perfect for a snowy winter wedding.

Little welcome bags included a note from the couple, pure vanilla extract, and the recipe for Matt’s father’s pancake recipe.

A candy buffet included chocolates and caramels, which guests could take home in little paper bags. There were also small glass bottles of root beer milk, one of Matt’s favorite treats.

Mindy Rice created uniquely beautiful centerpieces with cotton bolls, pine cones, and evergreens. Candles added a warm and cozy glow.



First Course: Olathe Corn Chowder with Lump Crab Croquettes / Second Course: Grilled Wild King Salmon with Wild Mushroom Ragout, Fingerling Potatoes, Haricots Verts and Chives or Ginger Soy Rack of Lamb with Sweet and Sour Eggplant, Bok Choy, Chili Beurre Blanc and Jasmine Rice


Photography: Aaron Delesie / Ceremony venue: The Chapel at Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek, Colorado / Reception venue: The Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado / Planning, design: Lisa Vorce / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Groom’s suit: Charles Tyrwhitt / Flowers: Mindy Rice / Stationery: Yellow Owl Workshop / Rentals: Barker Decor ServiceAlpine Party RentalsLa Tavola Linen
  • Elegant Winter Wedding in Colorado

    9 June 2011
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    Caroline and Cornelius’s wedding was a true labor of love, with friends and family pitching in to make it all happen. From the S.S. Matrimony boat (below), to the flowers, to the hand-painted escort cards, everyone collaborated to create a lovely day, proving that simple can be beautiful, and that meaningful matters.

    Caroline wore a pearl necklace that belonged to her grandmother.

    A local musician played harpsichord for the ceremony.

    The groom’s sister hand painted escort cards and table “numbers,” with images of local sea life. The cake was decorated simply with sugared fruit and edible flowers.

    From the lovely bride:

    Why did you choose this for your wedding? We focused on throwing a party similar to one we would actually throw under normal circumstances, just on a way bigger scale, which helped us to focus on what we really wanted (excellent food, excellent cake, excellent music, excellent family and friends) and strip away those elements that ended up feeling extraneous (such as favors, renting a photo booth, setting off fireworks, etc.). We made sure to stick to our everyday values in the decisions we made, such as hiring small, local businesses and being good hosts.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day? After the ceremony and pictures, we walked out onto the rocks, just to take a moment to check in with each other. We looked back and saw everyone smiling and waving at us – it was pretty breathtaking. It was also really special when our 10 year-old niece, fearlessly gave an incredibly thoughtful, articulate, and well spoken toast.

    What advice do you have for other brides? Especially in the days leading up to your wedding, focus on taking care of yourself and enjoying yourself, despite the stress. And remember, there are things you just can’t control! Trust that things will work out, although sometimes not exactly as you had planned (which is part of the beauty – some of the best things about our wedding were things we did not think about or plan for.) Also, go on a honeymoon!



    Photography: Alexandra Roberts Photography / Venue: private home in Gloucester, Massachussetts / Bride’s dress: Watters & Watters / Hair: Andrea Reid at Biyoshi Salon / Harpsichord: Frances Conover Fitch / Catering: Season to Taste / Cake: Cakes to Remember / Tent rental: The Event Company

    Congratulations Caroline and Cornelius!

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    Following their wedding ceremony at the LDS Temple in Dallas, Shelly and Steven were joined by 200 guests at a ring ceremony and informal reception at the bride’s family’s ranch. Lots of bright and quirky DIY details to start your week!

    Love the “bouquets” of vintage arrows!

    Says Shelly of the DIY details: “Our cake was made by a dear family friend and most of the other desserts were baked by family members. My mother sewed all of the napkins for the tables, my father made the wooden benches and hauled in hay bales, vintage quilts were loaned to us from a friend with a fantastic quilt collection, I made the bunting and burlap table runners with our initials monogrammed in yarn, and an artist friend drew a gorgeous tree for our guests to adorn with their fingerprints as a guest book.”

    Shelly kindly answered some questions for us about the day.

    Why did you choose this for your wedding? We wanted the day to feel intimate in a handmade sort of way, kind of like a big comfortable family gathering kicked up a notch. Steven took me to a little burger shack on our first date, so we knew pretty early on in the planning process that we’d serve burgers at our wedding, which also meant that we would have an informal reception. After looking at a few more traditional reception sites, we decided a big tent and a clearing in a lovely wooded area on my parents’ ranch was more “our style.” Everything kind of grew from there.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day? It was the somewhat imperfect moments of the day that ended up being my favorites. A dear family friend, who happens to be a fabulous baker, made our cake for us as a gift. She came by to deliver it as I was getting ready and the bottom had shifted a little in transit.  The fix required her to run back to her house to grab supplies and while she was gone it nearly toppled over, so I had my brother just completely remove the top.  As soon as the cake beneath was exposed, family members and my bridesmaids started hovering over it, sneaking a few little tastes. I figured at that point that layer was unsalvageable, so I gave a nod of approval, a fistful of forks appeared via my sister, and everyone went to town on it!  It totally broke up the nervous tension that we had from buzzing around trying to make everything perfect.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride? What advice do you have for other brides? If you are a DIYer, seriously consider hiring a day-of coordinator. I didn’t realize such a thing existed until after our wedding! We managed just fine without one, but if I had it to do over again that is the one thing I would do differently.



    Photography: Jenna Cole Photography with Lynn in Love Photo / Venue: private home in McKinney, Texas / Bride’s dress: Amy Kuschel / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Stationery: Dapper Paper / Flowers: Edwards Floral Design / Cake topper: Melabo / Rentals: Big D Party Rentals

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