Karli & Matthew's Wedding at The Arrabelle at Vail Square
I’m so thrilled to be able to share images from our wedding day. The only thing I envisioned was the man that I would one day marry, and I kept this sentiment close to my heart as I planned our wedding day. Marrying Matthew meant a future of being held in a warm embrace, moments spent laughing and dancing around our kitchen, and celebrating the elements that are so uniquely special to us. I wanted our wedding weekend to be a reflection of our relationship, and it was.
For our wedding we chose to invite our nearest and dearest friends and family members to escape to Vail, Colorado - the state where I was born and raised, and the place where we one day hope to raise our family. This little town is nestled in the stunning Rocky Mountain Range, full of wildflowers, calm streams and gorgeous mountain peaks.
We wanted to immerse our guests in the true Colorado experience; and began the weekend with a white water rafting trip, followed by an intimate rehearsal dinner set amongst the rolling hills on a working ranch in Vail. Adorned in our "Colorado Western" attire, we dined on a farm-to-table family style dinner complete with Rocky Mountain trout, seasonal vegetables and Colorado peach cobbler as we watched the sun set over the valley.
For the wedding day, we wanted the natural beauty of the Colorado landscape to be the showcase; and said our vows to each other in front of the beautiful Rocky Mountain range amongst the wildflowers. We wanted our reception to be elegant, but with a a laid- back feel that encouraged dancing and celebration. We chose a clear top tent to bring in the aesthetic of the surrounding town square, which pays homage to Swiss and German architecture; and danced the night away under Aspen branches and string lights.
I drew my main inspiration from our surroundings; wanting to highlight Colorado's natural beauty and juxtapose it with touches of modern, clean lines. Our color palette of muted grey tones paired perfectly with vivid, spring flowers to provide happy pops of color at every turn.
I wore shoes designed by one of my favorite wedding designers, Joy Proctor, in collaboration with Bella Belle. I kept everything else minimal - wearing only my engagement ring, and my custom wedding band designed with my favorite gemstone - emeralds. I’m a minimalist at heart, and wanted to stay true to myself on our wedding day!
Matthew was given my grandfather’s wedding band - after years of woodworking, my grandpa was unable to wear his ring due to the machinery that he was working with. We had the simple gold band resized to fit Matthew’s finger, and it’s the perfect symbol of our families coming together!
We kept ceremony decor relatively minimal, wanting the focal point to be the mountain peaks in the distance. We accented our ceremony site with wild, organic floral arrangements in happy pops of color, in a semi-circular arrangement to highlight the motif of our union.
We asked each guest upon their RSVP to select their favorite cocktail form a list of favorites - each guest was given their selected cocktail and a drink stirrer with their name engraved in it, as their seating chart. The cocktails were a grapefruit margarita inspired by our home in Texas, lavender lemonade inspired by the Colorado wildflowers, and 100 Years of Solitude - which is a spicy old fashioned served at one of our favorite speakeasy bars in Fort Worth.
At the reception, our guests danced the night away in a clear top tent adorned with string lights and Aspen tree branches - inspired by the decor of one of our favorite restaurants in Positano, Italy. Our guests were asked their favorite cocktail when giving their RSVP, and their seating arrangement was displayed as their cocktail of choice containing their name and seating number. Guests enjoyed plush lounge seating near the dance floor.
“If you could offer one piece of wisdom to couples currently planning a wedding, what would it be?”
Never lose sight of what’s truly important: the one that you’ll be sharing the rest of your life with, and the fact that all of these people will never be together in the same place again. Take advantage of that time with loved ones.
Beauty: Meagan Bechtel
Gown Designer: Yasmine Layani
Cinema: Folklore Media Lab
Coordination: Grit & Gold
Entertainment: Le Force Entertainment
Florals Design: Moss Floral Officiant: Rachel Asleson
Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Rehearsal Dinner: Collective Vail
Rentals and Decor: Premier Party Rentals
Rentals and Decor: Colorado Party Rentals
Stationery: Pink Champagne Paper
Travel & Accommodations: The Arrabelle Rooms
Venue: The Arrabelle at Vail Square
Month Of Coordination: Grit & Gold
Planner & Designer: Ivory & Vine Event Co.