Q&A with the bride and groom, Michelle and Chris:
Tell us a little bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).
I was looking for rustic elegance - the perfect blend of Chris and I. I always knew I wanted to get married on top of a mountain and wanted the vibrant fall colors as my backdrop. Breckenridge was an easy choice with its relaxed vibe, small-town feel, and beautiful views. Chris and I are outdoor people by nature and we truly felt at home on top of peak 9. We decided to custom build an Adirondack bench to use as our guestbook. Gold was an easy accent color and the dusty rose came in play when I purchased by a wedding dress. With it's off white color, dusty rose seemed to compliment it well - so I tied pink into all of my flowers and my cake table. I wanted to keep everything classy and elegant with rustic undertones.
Tell us about your attire choices.
I didn't anticipate getting a modified ball gown in a champagne color when I walked into the bridal collection. There was a Martina Liana trunk show going on and once I was in the dress, I knew it was the one. My gown helped me shape my wedding vision and many of my decisions. My husband requested a tux color other than black, so the midnight navy was an easy choice.
What was most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
The most important elements to us were location, open bar, plated meal, and photography. We wanted to have a great party that people would enjoy and the photos to remember the day in the years to come. We had a harpist for the ceremony and cocktail hour and an awesome DJ that played party tunes into the night. We didn't spend much on invites and opted not to hire a videographer.
What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)
The best memory was experiencing all of the seasons on our wedding day. Sun glistening off of the beautiful fall colors, cloudy with a light drizzle, sleet, and a full-blown snowstorm. Stomping around in the snow to get my outdoor mountain pictures was important to me - I couldn't believe how well my hair and makeup held up and my bridesmaids made no complaints (aside from being cold!). Our reception was awesome, my brother sang John Legend's All of Me and everyone got out of their seats and followed the choreography to Thriller.
What did you do for favors?
We did chocolate-covered strawberries in individual bags with a customized sticker.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
It's impossible to please everyone, so don't lose sight of your special day when trying to accommodate everyone else. Remember the real reason for the wedding - to marry your best friend!
I also 100% recommend a day of coordinator- it is worth every penny!
Make sure you make a list of pictures you want and communicate it with your photographer- be sure to pick a photographer that isn't afraid to boss people around and get stuff done! You will need a loud voice in the chaos of the wedding day!
Don't forget to slow down and take a breath - everything goes by so fast!