A few weeks ago, Mike and I journeyed out to Colorado to attend the wedding of Victoria and her husband! OG blog readers will remember Little V and all the fun we had in college. She was my very first friend at Georgetown, actually. I had gone up during my senior year of high school to visit after I got in and ended up getting a tour of the school from Victoria who was a coxswain on the freshman men’s crew team. The rest is history!

I’m a little biased towards backyard weddings, but their big day was truly next level. It was the most spectacular wedding! Victoria moved out to Colorado, where she and her husband met while skiing one day. They have built a beautiful home for themselves on a mountain and that’s where they hosted the wedding. Their friends and family traveled from all over the world to attend. After days of downpour and a forecast showing rain on Saturday, too, the clouds seemed to miraculously dissipate that afternoon. The radiant sun lit up the entire mountain and it couldn’t have been a dreamier day into evening. (Complete with a full moon on a cloudless night!) Of course, their donkeys and yak and chickens and dog were in attendance, too.

The wedding was in Carbondale, which is about three and a half hours away from the Denver Airport or under an hour from Aspen. Mike and I flew into Denver, rented a car, and drove to Carbondale. We stayed in The Distillery Inn and it was the perfect location. I loved downtown Carbondale. There was so much going on! They had a big block party that Friday night (even in the rain!) and we enjoyed a number of restaurants and cafes during our (very) short trip. Notably, I loved Izakaya for dinner, Fatbelly Burgers, and Bonfire Coffee. We also ventured into Aspen the morning of the wedding and had breakfast at The Little Nell and rode the gondola up for hot chocolate (it was snowing!).

I asked Victoria if I could share some pictures from the big day and she said yes! (And shared her vendor list– shared at the bottom of the post! Every detail was thoughtfully taken care of and Victoria said they each went above and beyond the call of wedding duty.)

I had done all the planning and vendor selection but realized to really enjoy the day I should bring in professionals– Michelle and Kim met with me about two weeks before the wedding to go over timeline and outstanding to dos, took over the vendor contracts, and both were onsite for the rehearsal and entire wedding day and did an AMAZING job!
Vanessa and her team do full service flowers but we got six wholesale buckets of locally grown in season flowers and my friends helped me make the bouquets and table flowers
Sources as much local as possible! The lamb was from a ranch just a few miles down the road! (Carly’s note: the food was delicious! Far your typical “wedding banquet dinner.”) Mark was the first vendor I contacted because so many friends had told me he was the best…once he told me he could make my date work, I started locking in all the other vendors. Mark was INCREDIBLE and met me onsite a few times– he recommended the day of consultants, and was so helpful with everything from advising where the tent should go, reviewing rentals, pulling in an amazing bartender and staff!
They drove all the way from Crested Butte (and due to road closures added a few extra hours to their journey) and had amazing products!

Hair & Make Up: Becky Johnson, Shade Salon

Transportation: Blazing Adventures

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