For Denver-based couple Chancy Montera and Zach Love, an outdoor proposal was only fitting. "We were hiking around Beaver Creek's ski trails and he asked me to stop," says the bride. "I thought he wanted to head home but when I turned around, he was on bended knee. Turns out he had the ring, champagne, picnic supplies, a 'She Said Yes!' sign, and a camera all stuffed into his daypack."
When it came time for their September 27, 2014 wedding, Chancy and Zach picked a meadow location with views of Colorado's Rocky Mountains for their ceremony and a nearby ballroom for their reception. "We loved the mix of casual-meets-elegant," says the bride. Keep reading to see how James Christianson captured it all.
To welcome all their out-of-state guests to Aspen, Chancy and Zach worked with Scribble to create a map of the area.
The bride stunned in a tiered silk Oscar de la Renta ball gown, which she topped with a quarter-sleeved lace bolero by Mayra Moreno.
Zach looked handsome in a classic Ermenegildo Zegna tux.
Chancy's (10!) bridesmaids matched in long black dresses by Jenny Yoo with a convertible silhouette. "I asked them to wear the same neckline to the ceremony but said the could change the straps at the reception," she says. Each 'maid carried a loose bouquet of white and burgundy flowers cascading with strips of beige ribbon.
The couple's chocolate lab, Boscoe, was the star of the ceremony.
Chancy worked with local planner Bluebird Productions to fill the birch-lined meadow with church pews and a wooden cross. "We wanted to create the feeling of an outdoor church because the mountains and our faith are extremely important to us," says the bride. "It was everything we wanted in one place."
The bride's father walked her down an aisle of wildflowers, and the couple exchanged personalized vows as cattle grazed in the pasture behind the altar. "I come from a family of cattle farmers so it couldn't have been more perfect," Chancy says.
After a tasting of speakeasy cocktails, the party moved indoors (and luckily so, thanks to a surprise rainstorm!) to the ballroom at Hotel Jerome. "It was the perfect transition into a more formal setting," says the bride.
To add color to the cream-hued room, wildflowers were placed on every surface, from the mantel to the dinner tables. Tall gold taper candles also dressed up the space.
After dancing to Frank Sinatra's "Our Love is Here to Stay" for their first dance, the couple spent the rest of the night on the dance floor — only taking a break to cut into their four-tiered, flower-covered wedding cake.
To continue the fun, Chancy and Zach immediately jetted off right for three weeks in Bora Bora and Australia. "We went to Sydney, Hamilton Island, the Daintree Rainforest, and Ayer's Rock," says the bride. "It was so amazing!"
Ceremony Venue: The T-Lazy-7 Ranch || Reception Venue & Catering: Hotel Jerome || Wedding Planner: Bluebird Productions || Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral || Bride's Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Hair & Makeup: Mi Hair || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Invitations & Paper Goods: Scribbles || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals || Linens: La Tavola Linen || Music: Silver City Strings; Rythm Collective from Elan Artists || Cake: Megan Joy Cakes || Videographer: Elysium Productions || Photographer: James Christianson
Want to see more outdoor weddings? Then check out another open-air party in the video below!