wedding love {Ali to David}

with wedding season upon us I thought I would share one of my favorite weddings.  although this one is dreamy and picturesque in alpine winter, the details could easily be carried into a summer soiree.

I love the style of this wedding, beautiful shades of steel gray and icy blue with the richness and warmth of bright red.  the bride is polished yet herself in a mermaid gown and side swept hair.  everything is thoughtful and welcoming, bringing so much of the couples personality and journey into the weekend. 

no surprise that Ali was her own wedding planner, down to designing all the invitations and paper components.  the details and creativity in this wedding are really quite amazing.  

thank you to Ali for allowing me access to all her wonderful pictures and for agreeing {sort of} to let me gush over her special day with everyone.   

get ready, this post is lengthy, lets get to the pictures already.


the wedding party was such a fun group, the photographer did a fantastic job of capturing them in the gorgeous elements and pristine crisp clear day.  of course they came prepared with ski goggles and snow boots for the occasion.  

taking cues from one of their favorite past times and the amazing setting, Ali designed a monogram with a vintage ski ticket feel.  ski tickets printed with their monogram were sent out as "save the date" cards.  place cards were vintage lift tickets from various ski resorts printed with guests names.  they were hung from clothes pins between vintage skis that were signed by family members in attendance.  each table was given a ski resort name, the guest then matched their ticket with the corresponding resort.  the couple also had an iron brand made with their design that they then branded onto woodgrain paper for their programs.  the groom has given the bride an ornament every Christmas since they started dating.  this spurred the idea to use alpine branches cut into disks as tree ornaments, and brand them with their monogram as a token for each guest to remember this special day.  since this was a destination wedding, the bride and groom assembled welcome bags for all the guests when they arrived, with an itinerary of the weekend, goodies from the couples' hometowns, maps and suggested activities to take advantage of Durango, and gloves to help keep the guests warm.  so very welcoming.

alpine berries, evergreen branches, wild flowers, along with red anemones, ranunculus, and roses were mixed with pine cones, moss, and alpine tree trunks posing as candle holders.

the ceremony was performed under a wedding Chuppah.  the couple loved the symbolism of this canopy and both agreed it was important to them as a married couple.  similar to the tent of Abraham in biblical stories, the canopy symbolizes the home the couple will build together supported by their friends and family, welcoming to all and with Christ as their cover.  Ali's father and brother built the Chuppah out of local branches.  The single bunch of tulips at the ceremony celebrated and honored the bride's mother, who passed way the year prior.  they were her favorite flower.

a s'mores bar of course.  notice the addition of peanut butter cups.  seriously.

along with ombre scarves, the bridesmaids donned red flower shoe clips, handmade by Ali, and earrings made by the bride's sister {creativity runs in their family}.

the bride wore a knit shrug made by Knit Lulu {to keep warm before the ceremony} and custom designed Lucia K. jewelry.

what a wonderful way to tie the knot right?  

I just love a good wedding.  icing on the cake is when it includes one of my favorite gals.

thanks for letting my gush.

happy monday.


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