Whitney Sheen and Richard James first met as elementary school students in Flagstaff, Arizona, but it wasn't until they bumped into each other years later that their relationship took off.
After a long day of skiing with their families on April 6, 2013, Richard brought Whitney to their favorite spot on the San Francisco Peaks mountain range. There, he decorated a table with her favorite flowers and got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. "It couldn't have been more beautiful or perfect," Whitney remembers.
The two decided to tie the knot at Nativity Blessed Mary of the Virgin Catholic Church before returning to the same peaks where they got engaged for a reception with 220 guests. The couple worked with Alyssa Schmieder of Grand Plan Events and Kim Duncan of KD Event Designs to plan their formal mountain wedding. Keep reading to see all of Cameron & Kelly Studio's photos from their June 21, 2014 nuptials.
Whitney tried on just eight dresses before she found "the one." She knew the strapless tulle ball gown with feather accents from Pronovias was her dress as soon as she slipped it on. She carried a white-and-green bouquet of ivy, roses, and succulents down the aisle.
Her seven bridesmaids all wore ivory gowns from J. Crew. "I wanted them to look ethereal, as if they were floating down the aisle," Whitney says. Their bouquets contained the same mix as Whitney's, but on a smaller scale.
Whitney and Richard had three flower girls that started off the ceremony. Their young attendants, all dressed in floor-length tulle gowns and ivy crowns, tossed petals down the aisle before the bride made her entrance. Both Whitney's biological father and her stepfather walked her down the aisle.
The couple exchanged traditional Catholic marriage vows before leaving the church as guests tossed pale pink flower petals.
The party then moved to Snowbowl Hart Prairie Lodge, where guests first enjoyed an open-air cocktail hour before moving into the formal reception space. Whitney and Richard served two signature drinks — hers, a vodka sour soda, and his, Jameson and Coke.
The reception space was decorated in shades of gold and white, with plenty of white-and-green floral details. White and gold lanterns were suspended from the ceiling above the dance floor.
After dinner, the couple cut into their gluten-free chipotle chocolate, lemon, and almond wedding cake.
Whitney and Richard, who honeymooned in Big Sur, California, offer this advice for other couples: "Remember to stay focused on the real meaning of the day!"
Ceremony Venue: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel || Reception Venue & Catering: Snowbowl Hart Prairie Lodge || Event Planner: Alyssa Schmieder of Grand Plan Events || Event Designer & Additional Paper Products: Kim Duncan of KD Event Designs || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pronovias || Veil: A Tailor Tuxedo and Bridal || Jewelry: Maya Palace || Shoes: Vince Camuto || Hair & Makeup: Northern Arizona Glam Squad || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Flower Girl Attire: David's Bridal || Florist: Events by Show Stoppers || Invitations: A Fine Line || Music: Reymont Cantil || Cake: Thornager's Catering || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals; La Tavola || Accommodations: The Inn at 410 || Videographer: Simply Cinema || Photography: Cameron & Kelly Studio
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