Sarah Finley and Taylor Widmann's relationship is a classic case of boy-chases-girl. "We met in 2009," says Sarah, "and a few years later Taylor decided he didn't want to be friends with me anymore!" Taylor declared his feelings for Sarah and finally won her over. "I gave in to my heart, and haven't looked back," she says.
After winning Sarah over in such a dramatic fashion, Taylor had to find the perfect way to propose. So while in Aspen for New Year's Eve, he stuck the ring in his pocket and scoured for the right location. "It was absolutely freezing that weekend," he says. "Luckily, we found a fire pit on our way to dinner." The pair stopped by the fire to warm up, and Taylor popped the question. "The next night, the entire town shot off fireworks in our honor," says Taylor. "At least, that's what I told Sarah."
The couple chose Crooked Willow Farms as the venue for their June 21st, 2014 wedding, mixing soft tones with natural details for a vintage, romantic 'do planned by Paisley Kay Event Design and photographed by Jessica Christie Photography.
As a petite bride, Sarah was careful to choose a dress that wouldn't overwhelm her small frame. "This fit-and-flare Rivini gown made me feel like a bride," she says. Sarah worked with a tailor to add romantic off-the-shoulder straps. For a night of dancing, she chose rose gold sandals from Stuart Weitzman.
"I love flower crowns," says Sarah, "but it didn't really go with my look. Our flower girl was the perfect candidate to wear something sweet and whimsical!"
The ring bearer carried the rings in a handmade box engraved with Sarah and Taylor's initials and filled with moss. The ceremony took place outdoors, with breathtaking views of the nearby peaks.
Sarah walked herself down the aisle to "Falling Slowly" from the musical Once. During the ceremony, she had a moment of Italian superstition. "A bird...did it's business on my arm and my dress!" she laughs. "Thankfully, we're Italian and we think this is good luck!"
The bridesmaids wore muted silver-and-nude lace dresses by Jenny Yoo. "I really wanted something they could wear to other formal occasions, since wedding dresses can be expensive," she says.
Vintage furniture and soft fabrics helped set the scene for the reception. Guests' escort cards were tied to candles in vintage-looking tins, and Taylor and Sarah replaced a traditional guest book with a table set with typewriters, where guests could write messages and seal them with gold wax.
The reception took place in the farm's restored barn, where tall windows let in beautiful natural light. Lush flowers, included hydrangeas and garden roses, topped the tables and marked the bride and groom's chairs. "We mixed wooden, mercury glass, and crystal vessels," says Sarah. "Everything was candlelit and so romantic."
Guests were treated to a six-course Italian meal, including crispy smoked duck and English pea agnolotti. For dessert, Taylor and Sarah cut into a three-tiered cake frosted in buttercream and piped with an intricate floral pattern. "The night was running long, so Taylor and I snuck away to cut the cake alone," Sarah remembers. "It was a wonderful moment just the two of us."
The pair got away to Moorea and Bora Bora for their honeymoon. "There's nothing quite like jumping off your private dock into the ocean," says Sarah.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Crooked Willow Farms || Wedding Planner: Paisley Kay Event Design || Bride's Wedding Dress: Rivini || Shoes: Stuart Weitzman || Hair & Makeup: Four Seasons Hotel Denver Spa || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Wedding Bands: Midas Touch Jewelry, Fifth Avenue Designs || Florist: The Perfect Petal || Invitations & Paper Goods: Pulp & Ink, Harmony Design || Music: ceremony - Brent Joyce Music, Soul-X || Catering: Biscuits & Berries || Cake: Das Meyer || Rentals: Chairished Vintage, Event Rents || Favors: Himalayan Handmade Candles || Videography: Bella Luce Films || Photography: Jessica Christie Photography