If you’re planning on bringing your fur baby with you to your destination wedding, I highly suggest you start training them to be your ring bearer or flower girl! Especially if you’re having a Colorado Mountain Wedding. We are super dog friendly here!
You’ll need the following…
These three stole the show at our previous weddings in Vail and Aspen. They were the cutest!
Kind Words from the Bride
All I can say is that Stephanie is absolutely amazing. She is so great to work with, and I truly could not have pulled the wedding off without her. She has such a wonderful and happy personality and attitude, and is always ready and eager to help. Thinking back, I don’t even remember seeing her the night of the wedding because she was behind the scenes making sure everything happened on time and all my family members were exactly where they were supposed to be. An example of what it is like to have Stephanie as your planner — I ordered table numbers for our tables off Amazon and they were awful, so Stephanie stayed up the night before the wedding hand-making new table numbers for us, and they came out cute and perfect! So, as you can tell, I highly recommend Stephanie as a wedding planner. You won’t be disappointed!! I am a bit, well, type-A, but I completely trusted Stephanie to take care of things and she did not let me down. Thank you Stephanie for everything, you are wonderful!
Kent and Ann Marie’s elopement was the most romantic thing I’ve ever seen! The whole week was about spending quality time together, celebrating their love, and getting married! There were so many personal touches that made their elopement incredibly special!
On the wedding day Kent hung out with Ann Marie while she got her hair and makeup done at The Hyatt, and then they enjoyed a walk to The Chapel before getting ready for the ceremony. Kent loves pine cones, so Ann Marie found one to place on the alter.
I loved Ann Marie’s dress! I’ve never seen a dress like hers before. It was elegant, and she looked gorgeous!
Everyone at the wedding wore cowboy boots. Kent and Ann Marie wrote each other notes on the bottom before the ceremony. What a creative and sweet idea!
The ceremony was very intimate. They only invited two friends to do readings and witness the ceremony. I thought the way Kent and Ann Marie included them in the ceremony was really thoughtful and fun. Kent bought each of them a pair of cowboy boots as a gift. One of the friends was the doctor of one of the Foo Fighters, and he was invited to sing “White Stripes” with the band at one of their concerts, so as a joke we played that song during the processional, and told him he had to sing. At the end of the ceremony Kent and Ann Marie broke a glass because one of the guys is Jewish.
A horse drawn carriage wasn’t an option during ski season in Beaver Creek Village, so they had a pedi cab!
The first dance was at the ice skating rink!
Which was perfect because the couple really wanted to go ice skating!
Wedding Planner Party Girl Events Ceremony The Chapel at Beaver Creek Officiant Pastor Tim Wilbanks Photographer Gillespie Photography Florals Vintage Magnolia Musician Kevin Danzig Cake Cornerstone Chocolates Hair & Makeup Allegria Spa Pedi Cab Vail Pedi Cab
We love elopements! Especially when they are as cozy and intimate as Faith and Chad’s! The ceremony and reception were held at The Ruby Wood House, the same place all 10 guests stayed. I thought this was such a smart idea! The house is a picture perfect beautiful winter cabin. We barely had to decorate because it was already decked out!
The ceremony was held outside, and initially I was not 100% sold on the idea because it’s really cold and snowy in Breck. Then I saw the spectacular view from the patio and I was into it!
We kept everything pretty simple, but we had a fabulous photographer! Dani Cowan is talented, creative, and so much fun to work with!
The minimal winter details we had were on point! I loved faith’s flannel and Chad’s beanie, and the fact that it was snowing!
Petal and Bean created such a special bouquet for Faith. Not only was it gorgeous, but it was so big! I was really excited when I saw it!
The cake turned out pretty cute. It was a total accident. We ordered 2 small cakes from Whole Foods, but when we got them they were much larger than I expected! I had to go to the cake section of the craft store to pick up the right tools to stack and decorate the cake like I was a baker or something lol. I was proud of it when Dani asked me if the cake came from Sugar!
Black Diamond Gourmet catered a delicious dinner, and later in the evening everyone went ice skating!
Kind Words From the Bride:
Stephanie did an amazing job helping us plan our wedding. She went above and beyond anything we could have asked for. Our big day was flawless thanks to her and we will forever be grateful for all the effort she put into making our picture perfect wedding happen!!!
I can’t believe our work is being published in the 2017 Spring/Summer issue of Rocky Mountain Bride magazine! It was so much fun to work with the best Summit County vendors and The Rocky Mountain Bride team to stage this beautiful shoot.
Venue: Frisco Marina Photography: Kelsey Booth Photography Florals: Petal and Bean Beauty: Weemala Decor: Gorsuch Rentals: Tents and Events Linen: La Tavola, Jewlery: Black Betty Jewellery Models: Cody & Nicole
Last year I had a wedding booked at Balata at The Sonnenalp Golf Club in Edwards CO. Half way through the planning process we found out that Balata was closing, and Kelly Liken’s new restaurant, Harvest, was taking it’s place! We were so excited! What a wonderful surprise and awesome score for my clients!
The restaurant opened in June, and the wedding was in July. During the planning process Sarah John,the event manager, was so accommodating and fun to work with! A month before the wedding the restaurant was still under construction which would normally freak me out , but I wasn’t even worried because I knew we were in the hands of serious professionals and the restaurant was going to be ready in time.
On the day of the wedding, everything went perfectly! The newly renovated restaurant was stunning, the food was delicious, and the staff crushed it! As a former Ritz-Carlton food and beverage manager, I’ve been a part of many new restaurant openings, and I know things usually don’t go that well in the beginning, so I was extremely impressed!
Harvest is my pick for this months venue report not only because it’s a new restaurant , but because it’s so different from any other restaurant in the Vail Valley. Here are some highlights from my interview with event manager, Sarah John and event coordinator, Meg Rule.
Party Girl Events: Do you have to be a Sonnenalp Golf Club member to have an event at Harvest?
Sarah: Not at all! We get people from all over! What’s really good about having an event at Harvest is the clients only have to work with Meg & I. It’s a simple process, and we can customize stuff. Harvest is a great venue for weddings, corporate events, and even family events. We have a great kids menu, and our staff is really cool with kids.
Party Girl Events: Can group guests golf if they want? That would be a great activity for the groomsmen.
Sarah: Not in the morning, but there are afternoon tee times available for group guests.
Party Girl Events: What’s the best part about Harvest as a venue?
Sarah: Everything is beautiful. The views from the deck, newly renovated space, warm timeless feel, all the different hardwoods, the ceremony green. The personalized service. Kelly leading the kitchen enables us to create menus that are specifically catered to individuals.
Party Girl Events: What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?
Sarah: We’re doing a couples yoga class, and dinner. We’re finalizing the plans this week, and we will let you know asap.
Party Girl Events: Thanks for letting me interview you for my blog!
If you would like to book an event at Harvest please contact Sarah John.
Growing up Catholic I had a lot to learn about Jewish weddings when I started Party Girl Events. I quickly realized there are so many differences! Now About 25% of my Vail weddings are Jewish, and in partnership with B’nai Vail, I offer specific Jewish wedding services.
I put together this glossary of Jewish wedding terms to share with Sabrina, my new marketing & event coordinator, and I realized it would be helpful for anyone planning a Jewish wedding, not just professional wedding planners…..
The Ketuba- A jewish marriage contract signed before the ceremony, and read by The Rabbi during the ceremony. The couple can choose the design, and personalize the english part of the text. Sometimes they are framed, and they are nice to display at the reception because they’re usually pretty cool.
The Chuppah or Huppah- The Jewish wedding arch with a canopy top. It symbolizes the couples new home. The couple, sometimes their parents, the Rabbi, and sometimes the Cantor stand under the chuppah during the ceremony. It’s either free standing, or carried down the aisle by family members, and held up during the ceremony. I literally have one under my bed!
Kippot or Yarmulkes- The skullcaps worn by men. Don’t forget to include clips or bobby pins.
Kiddish Cup- The cup or cups used during the ceremony for drinking wine. Usually they are symbolic, like a family members, or the same cups used in their bar mitzvah, or a wedding gift…. Or not, I always bring one just in case.
Tallit- The prayer shawl that is wrapped around the couple during the ceremony. Sometimes it’s used for the chuppah top. It looks really pretty in photos, so make sure the photographer gets the shot!
The Breaking Glass- Couples break the glass at the end of the ceremony and everyone yells “Mazel Tov!”
Pre Ceremony Traditions:
Aufruf- This happens at Friday night services. It’s a way to honor the couple. they are called up to give a blessing over The Torah.
Tish- Not sure how common this is, but I’ve seen it done once. The men have a reception before the ceremony. The groom reads from the torah, and the guys interrupt him rudely with funny comments.The women are in another room, and the bride, her mother, and the grooms mother sit in fancy chairs, like the queen’s thrones. The ladies dance around them while the bride and the moms laugh their faces off. I’m not sure what the women’s reception is called honestly……
Bedecken- After the Tish, before the ketuba signing…. It’s the veiling ceremony. The ceremony is based on the biblical story in which Jacob was tricked into marrying Leah when he was supposed to marry Rachel.
Ketuba Signing- Done before the ceremony in front of 2 Jewish male witnesses, and the bridal party and family.
Hakafot (circling)- Happens at the beginning of the ceremony. Bride circles the groom 7 times, or bride circles the groom 3 times, the groom circles the bride 3 times, and they circle together for the 7th. Again. I think this is pretty orthodox. I’m not sure how common this is, but I’ve seen it done once.
Sheva Brachot (Seven blessings)– Either sung by the Rabbi, or Cantor. This is a must for all Jewish Weddings.
Post Ceremony Traditions:
Yichud- If someone asks for this they are requesting a few minutes alone after the ceremony. Traditionally the couple used to consummate the marriage at this time(so awkward), but not anymore.
The Hora- Traditional circle dance. The Bride and Groom are lifted in chairs. Parents are lifted in chairs once their last child is married.
Emily & Sean’s wedding had so many personal touches that made it unique and special. The ceremony was at The Vail Chapel, and Emily’s dad, Rabbi Joel Newman, was the officiant. Needless to say the ceremony was perfect! The Navy Seal groomsmen were so handsome, and the winter details were the best I’ve ever seen! It was such an honor to be a part of Emily & Sean’s big day.
Kind Words from The Bride
Stephanie was amazing! From pre-preparations to phone calls, coordinating other vendors and the site, and then taking care of all the day of setting up! We could not have done the day without her! To top it off, her thoughtfulness is off the charts! Our presents we’re waiting in our room, with monogrammed pillow cases and rose petals along with our meals we didn’t get to eat! You won’t find anyone better!
Since 2015 Party Girl Events has been helping awesome clients plan and execute weddings and events that are smooth flowing and memorable. We've been everywhere from mountain tops to farms, from back yards to swanky ballrooms. We've worked through crazy snowstorms, fixed ripped bridesmaid's dresses, air brushed a sunburnt groom's forehead, and re-stacked wedding cakes on the fly. We love planning all events. It doesn’t matter how big or small, what the budget is, or how out of the box the vision. As long as you’re excited about it, then we'd love to be a part of it! Read More…
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Vail, CO 81657