by Amy Serrago
Erin and Ian didn’t let the weather put a damper on their wedding in beautiful Vail, Colorado. The couple, who met while Erin was in grad school and dated long distance for the first two years of their relationship, were surrounded by friends, family and a stunning mountain backdrop alive with the colors of autumn. Luckily, the rain held off long enough for them to get some gorgeous pictures at the Betty Ford Alpine gardens, before they went inside the Manor Vail Lodge to exchange their vows. Their ceremony took place in front of a grand stone fireplace, perfectly rustic with a cozy feel, and included a wine pouring unity ceremony.
Erin’s gown was an absolute show stopper with its delicate beading and floral appliquéd bodice and billowing satin skirting. She was positively radiant, finishing her look with a sparking floral themed hair embellishment and a bouquet of lilies and gerbera daisies that celebrated the colors of fall. Her bridesmaids were elegant in burgundy gowns and Ian and his groomsmen were dapper in tuxedos, the guys in long burgundy ties and Ian in a champagne bow tie. All the gentlemen wore orange calla lily boutonnières, a nod to the beauty of the season.
At the reception, the dark wood walls and stone accents of the lodge set the scene for rustic themed decor with an elegant twist. Plenty of raw wood accents were present, and the tables featured stunning centerpieces of sunflowers and burgundy, orange and white florals to enhance the fall color scheme. The couple gave wildflower seeds as favors, that guests could plant as a reminder of their special day and in lieu of a traditional wedding cake, Erin and Ian had a gorgeous display of mini cupcakes in several delicious flavors. A wall of windows on one side of the space offered guests a view of the mountains outside until the sun went down and everyone hit the dance floor to party and celebrate Erin and Ian’s new beginning. When it was time to say goodnight, the happy couple exited with a sparkler send off from their loved ones!