When Corey Nocco planned an elaborate trip around New York City (with stops at landmarks meaningful to their relationship), his then-girlfriend Alice Rob Podore just knew he was about to pop the question... except that he didn’t. Not when she was expecting it, at least. "I knew something was up and had been trying to play it cool. We were headed to the bar where we first met for a happy hour drink. I was convinced he was going to propose there, with all of our friends around, but when we opened the door, there was no surprise. It was just us,” she remembers. Though she was disappointed, Alice laughed at herself for getting her hopes up and instead decided to enjoy the rest of the afternoon for what it was. The two went on to meet Corey's dad for a walk on the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights, and when they stopped to take a photo in front of the iconic view, something amazing happened. "Corey got on one knee and proposed! He totally tricked me! In that moment, I was totally caught off guard.”
With faith in her intuition restored, Alice knew she could trust her gut when she thought she found a wedding venue. "My family has been visiting Breckenridge for the past 10 years," she explains. "We love to ski and Ten Mile Station is actually a restaurant on the mountain. It has always been our favorite place to warm up and grab a bite to eat. For us, it was a no brainer." With stunning mountain views and breathtaking blue skies as the built-in backdrop, we have to agree. Soon after choosing the mountain locale as the spot for their September 19, 2015, wedding, Alice and Corey tapped wedding planner Emily Campbell of Bella Event Design & Planning to help them bring their vision to life from several states away. Although Breckenridge may be best known for its snowy activities, Alice and Corey's wedding, as photographed by Sarah Roshan, will show you another equally gorgeous side of this famed ski-town.
The couple set their nature-inspired tone early with a save-the-date that looked as though it was carved in bark. Their invitation suite featured a bright, beautiful floral pattern.
With their planner taking care of the details, Alice was able to focus on finding her wedding dress. And while she may not have known exactly what she wanted, she did have a secret weapon: Her sister, a former wedding dress buyer. "She is an expert and made the process a breeze!” says Alice. With a pro at her side, it's no wonder Alice ultimately chose an elegant Pronovias gown, complete with a double layer of lace. "When I put it on, I immediately started dancing. I just knew!" Romantic and soft, the mermaid silhouette was a perfect fit for the couple's rustic nuptials.
A bold bouquet of magenta, yellow, and burgundy blooms stood out against Breckenridge's lush green landscape.
It might be taboo to wear white to a wedding, but this bride decided her 'maids could handle the risk. "I knew the backdrop would be full of vibrant colors so I wanted something neutral,” Alice says. The trendy convertible dresses from Twobirds allowed each woman to create a cut she felt most comfortable in. Just like the bride's bouquet, each bridesmaids' arrangement was striking against their natural gowns.
The groomsmen each wore their own black tux while the groom wore a three-piece navy blue suit. We love how the mix-and-match look worked perfectly with the day’s effortless feel.
Alice and Corey had two very important members of the bridal party, Grace and George, who served as the flower girl and ring bearer. They were ever-so-adorable in their chosen outfits, an ivory dress with red sash and precious flower crown for her and shorts and a white button up for him.
The couple chose to have their ceremony on Ten Mile Station’s property, making good use of the awe-inspiring mountain views as their backdrop. Rows of chairs were marked with Aspen leaves and a framed wooden arch was covered with bright flowers and trailing greens at the front of the aisle. Set against the bright blue sky, the contrast of red, yellow, and orange blooms made it hard to look away.
Surrounded by miles of natural beauty, it’s only fitting that Alice and Corey chose someone who is at one with nature to guide their vows. The two chose Native American officiant Leon Joseph Littlebird to preside over the ceremony which included a sacred blessing and traditional Native American flute music.
Once the unique ceremony was complete, guests moved on to the next part of the celebration, but that moment under the arch made a lasting impact on the bride. "The most memorable part of the entire day was being surrounded by all of our loved ones and favorite people in the world. It was overwhelming and I will never forget the feeling,” says Alice.
Inside the restaurant, guests found their seating assignments dangling from beautiful floral chandeliers. Hung with glowing tea-lights, the hanging arrangements were a gorgeous addition to the mix of high and low centerpieces that decorated each long table. Filled with dahlias, roses, peonies, and succulents, the bright arrangements added a festive touch to the venue’s rustic interior. Wooden chairs continued the authentic vibe with backs made from sturdy branches with the bark still intact. “We wanted the wedding to be beautiful without feeling stuffy or overdone,” says Alice of their inspiration. “It was important to us that every guest felt comfortable and relaxed.”
Green dinner menus were wrapped in a white linen napkin and sealed with a tiny striped ribbon, then left atop each plate.
After dinner comes dessert, and we like to think Alice and Corey's cake selection says a lot about who they are as a couple. While the exterior was perfectly frosted with smooth buttercream, the inside was filled with what every fun-loving couple dreams of: Funfetti cake.
With all of the formalities taken care of, the only thing left to do was party. The couple tapped funk band Soul School to keep guests on the dance floor all night long. The bride’s totally impartial review of their music? “Beyond amazing.” The bride and groom each danced with their parents to Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable,” an appropriate choice for a moment we’re sure will be remembered forever. “I cried like a baby during the father daughter dance,” says Alice.
We love a good outfit change, and Alice nailed hers when she traded her elegant gown for a sleek white pantsuit. Once the night wound down, Alice and Corey said goodbye to guests and prepared for a Grecian honeymoon. Looking back, Alice says it was advice given by her father that kept everything in perspective throughout the process. "My dad told me when we got engaged not to take the wedding too seriously. He said, 'Regardless of what happens, if you two get married at the end of the day, then the wedding was a success.'" What can we say? Dad always knows best.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ten Mile Station || Wedding Planner: Emily Campbell of Bella Designs & Planning || Officiant: Leon Joseph Littlebird || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Pronovias || Jewelry: Van Cleef & Arpels || Shoes: Aquazzura || Hair: Christy Ogden || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Twobirds || Groom's Attire: Suit Supply || Flowers: Bloom Flower Shop || Invitations: Richards Notebook || Music: Columbine Entertainment; Soul School || Cake: Sugar || Photographer: Sarah Roshan