When the mountains of Vail call, it’s hard not to answer—even if that means moving into a house full of mystery roommates. But every once in a while, those roommates turn out to be the best of friends, or in the case of Kellie Harrison and Robert McKenzie, something more! The couple met during the winter of 2011, when they both moved to Vail, Colorado, and into the same house. After becoming fast friends, they simultaneously fell in love with one another and the Vail Valley. Four years later, on February 20, 2015, the couple headed up Vail Mountain for a day of skiing. At the top of Chair 4, Rob surprised Kellie as he got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.
The mountain lovers knew they wanted to invite their 140 guests to explore the place they call home, choosing Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, Colorado, for it’s stunning views and open-air amphitheater, perfect for a boho wedding in the summer sun. On July 9, 2016, they filled the venue with eclectic furniture, fragrant and colorful blooms, and a few quirky touches—including all sorts of custom macramé pieces—that let the couple’s personality shine through. With help from Milk Glass Productions, Fiori Flowers, and Laura Murray Photography, it was truly a fun and vibrant day to remember!
The pair’s custom invitations were perfect for their boho wedding with the inclusion of hand-drawn macramé details, flowers, a guitar, and an adorable mountain goat.
Instead of heels, Kellie wore the perfect shoes for a mountaintop wedding: Silver glitter Keds by Kate Spade.
For the ceremony, the bride stunned in a simple and classic satin gown by Robert Bullock. “My friends said they could see my face light up with excitement when I put it on,” says Kellie. She paired the style with another timeless piece: Rob’s grandmother’s veil! “That was the piece that made me feel the most like a bride,” she explains.
The views were nearly as gorgeous as Kellie’s bouquet, a textured combination of peonies, roses, ranunculus, and wildflowers, wrapped in off-white macramé.
As guests arrived at the outdoor ceremony, they first stopped at the petal bar, where they were encouraged to fill bags with colorful rose petals (as well as slather on some bug spray and SPF for the afternoon sun). They were seated on stone benches nestled into the hillside, topped with blankets and pillows in soft pastel hues. The Dead Winter Carpenters, an alt-country band from California, played through the ceremony and reception, mixing covers with original tunes.
Yup, we’d say the petal bar was a great idea!
To match the colorful vibe of the day, Rob wore a blue suit with a light pink tie, getting a punch of yellow from his ranunculus boutonniere.
After the ceremony, Kellie swapped her trumpet gown for a more flowing design with a lace appliqué bodice. Her bridesmaids all wore navy, choosing Hayley Paige dresses with lace cap sleeves and tucking fresh flowers into their hair.
“My bridesmaids all wore the same sparkling Keds, in rose gold instead of silver,” says Kellie. Their bouquets included the same punchy hues used for the bride, with peonies and roses taking center stage. Rob’s groomsmen all wore gray pants and vests, donning matching pink linen ties. “We didn’t want them to get too hot in the summer sun!” the bride explains.
Table assignments were pinned to a macramé display, draped with greenery, peonies, garden roses, and ranunculus. Inside Della Terra, vases full of fresh blooms hung from the beams in macramé holders. Low centerpieces combined tone-on-tone flowers, including hydrangeas, garden roses, and peonies. Each place setting included layered gray and textured glass chargers.
At the head table, a bare farm table was draped in macramé and covered with a field of fresh flowers between pillar and taper candles. Pink glassware added a pop of color alongside the gold silverware, and a fresh flower was tucked into each napkin.
For dinner, guests dined on a beet and goat cheese salad, steak with local mushrooms and chimichurri, guinea fowl, and potato gnocchi. Kellie and Rob’s chairs at the head table were draped with gorgeous macramé pieces and lush, vibrant flowers. “The entire space smelled so sweet. We’ll forever have memories of our wedding tied to the scent of fresh flowers,” Kellie says. The best part? “After our wedding, we donated all of the arrangements!”
The couple’s cake was a perfect match for their invitation suite, with hand-painted flowers designed to match the day’s motif. The larger cake, with painted and gilded tiers, had layers of cucumber-lime cake, while the smaller naked cake was a strawberry shortcake concoction.
The Shutterbus, a sweet vintage VW bus-turned-photo booth, parked in front of the couple’s venue, where guests gathered as the sun set.
The joyful newlyweds shared a first dance to “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole. “Dancing the night away with everyone we love was so incredibly special,” Kellie remembers. “No matter what happens as you’re planning, remember to have fun!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Della Terra Mountain Chateau
Wedding Planner: Milk Glass Productions
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair & Makeup: Janie Rocek
Groom's Attire: Suit Supply
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Diamonds Direct
Florist: Fiori Flowers
Invitations & Paper Goods: Lana's Shop
Music: Dead Winter Carpenters
Catering: Blackbelly Catering
Cake: Intricate Icings
Favors: Wandertree Macramé
Photo Booth: Shutterbus
Videographer: Sherri Innis Love Story Films
Photographer: Laura Murray Photography