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A Rustic, Elegant Mountain Wedding in Telluride, Colorado


Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

On June 8th, 2013, with the breathtaking view of Wilson Peak in the background, Lacey and Kevin wed at gorgeous mountaintop wedding that brought the lush beauty of an English garden to the peaks of Telluride. 14 months earlier, Kevin had proposed to Lacey with the same mountain view in the background, so it was only fitting that they choose a similar location to say "I Do."

The couple, who met while they were students at the University of Kansas, unexpectedly reconnected in 2009 when they both moved to Telluride. The beautiful mountain town was the perfect place to gather 350 family and friends for a comfortable, but incredibly elegant, celebration. Says Lacey, "The spectacular views took my breath away." The outdoor ceremony took place in the glow of the afternoon sun, and a huge tent was transformed into an enchanted venue with the help of candelabras, chandeliers, and incredible décor. A touch of rustic charm, vintage-style furniture, and lots and lots of flowers brought this couple's wedding vision to life.

An elegant mountaintop wedding ceremony in Telluride, CO.

Floral aisle d├ęcor at a mountain wedding in Colorado.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

With a sweeping view of Wilson peak, it didn't take much to create an incredible ceremony venue for Lacey and Kevin's wedding. Urns overflowing with hydrangeas created an English garden vibe, while an altar draped in vines (and completed with a crystal chandelier) perfectly framed the view.

A bride in a Monique Lhuillier wedding dress and veil.

Bridal bouquet of orchids, stephanotis, gardenias, and roses. Groom's boutonniere of purple thistles.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Lacey paired her lace Monique Lhuillier gown with a dramatic 14-foot train and soft curls. She carried a cascading bouquet of white orchids, stephanotis, gardenias, and roses. Kevin's thistle boutonniere was a rustic, colorful nod to the wedding's mountain location.

A mountaintop wedding ceremony in Telluride, Colorado.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The traditional ceremony was full of sweet, poignant moments. One such moment occurred when the couple's flower girl stopped to hand a flower petal to each guest instead of tossing them as she made her way down the aisle. Though the aisle was bare, the memory makes up for it!

A bride in a lace trumpet Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and a groom in a classic tuxedo.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The bride's lace trumpet Monique Lhuillier gown and the groom's classic tuxedo were perfect for their formal celebration on a mountaintop.

An elegant tented wedding reception lit with hanging chandeliers.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

A huge tent was built to accommodate the couple's 350 guests. Draped fabric and wrought iron chandeliers were hung above the tables, featuring three different designs. Candelabras and topiaries, mixed with votive candles and lower arrangements, transformed the tent into an exquisite wedding venue.

An elegant wedding reception with silver candelabras.

Wedding reception decorated with white orchids and fresh pears.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Tables topped with white linens featured tall silver candelabras. Delicate greenery created the feel of a lush, overgrown garden. Square tables with darker linens were topped with topiaries of white orchids. Fresh green pears surrounded the base, adding a touch of color to the table.

Rustic wedding reception table decorated with fresh pears.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Uncovered wooden tables added rustic charm to the room. Roses, gardenias, and pears, interspersed with votive candles, provided sweet and simple décor.

The bride and groom's chairs decorated with vines and flowers.

Wedding centerpiece of white hydrangeas and orchids.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The bride and groom's chairs were decorated with wreaths of greenery. Centerpieces of hydrangeas and orchids topped a mirrored table runner, giving the head table an extra dose of drama.

Simple white wedding cake covered in fresh vines.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The couple's simple, 7-tiered wedding lemon cake, topped with vanilla frosting, was wrapped with fresh greenery and flowers. "We wanted an organic but formal look," says Lacey.

The bride's advice for couples planning their weddings is to take their time. "I was thrilled we had a longer engagement," says Lacey. "That way, we could prepare and have the wedding we had always dreamed of!" And though the couple had a large guest list, they made it work and were thrilled with the results.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gray Head Properties & Ranch || Wedding Planner: Wendy Jacobs Hampton of Soirée Telluride || Bride's Wedding Dress and Veil: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Grace Footwear and Toms || Jewelry: Kathy Logan Jewelry || Hair: YX Salon || Makeup: Carmen Wolcott || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom & Groomsmen's Tuxedos: || Wedding Bands: Bride: Markham Fine Jewelers, Groom: Tivol Jewelers || Florist: New Leaf Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Preston Paper || Music: Atlanta Rhythm & Groove Band, from East Coast Entertainment || Catering & Cake: The Butcher & Baker Cafe || Rentals: Town & Country Rentals, Viking Rentals || Favors: Telluride Truffle || Photography: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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