When Anna Owen, 28, and Eric Hollingsworth, 32, met in 2009 at a dueling piano bar in Nashville, Tennessee, neither realized less than four years later they would be on their way to becoming husband and wife. On May 4, 2013, Eric woke Anna up early to paint his townhouse — an effort to make his bachelor pad more couple-friendly. "He asked me to grab a paint brush from a toolbox in the master bedroom, and I opened the box and the ring was there with a note," Anna recalls. "I turned around and Eric was on one knee."
When planning their December 13, 2014, nuptials, Beaver Creek, Colorado quickly became the obvious choice. During their first year of dating, the pair vacationed to the snowy town for the first time as a couple. "We fell in love with the mountains and began falling in love with one another," Anna says. "We got engaged and decided we wanted a destination wedding that would be both magical for our guests and sentimental to us. Beaver Creek was the perfect location."
Anna walked down the aisle in a lace wedding dress designed by Maggie Sottero. She selected a strapless white gown with pewter and blush undertones, but ultimately worked with the designer to add a custom three-quarter sleeve lace bolero. "When I put the dress on for the first time, I felt so beautiful in it," Anna remembers. "I had no desire to try any dresses on after I tried on 'the one.'" To keep warm in the chilly Colorado air, the bride also purchased a tan vintage fur from a local furrier.
The bride accessorized her look with vintage diamond earrings that were a gift from her groom and Jimmy Choo pumps. She selected a lush, textural bouquet comprised of white peonies, garden roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, and gold roses, and accents of seasonal greenery.
Anna's maid of honor wore a blush-colored dress from Watters while her five bridesmaids donned black dresses from Rent the Runway. Each important lady wore a gray fur that the bride sourced from Etsy. Bridesmaids carried similar, smaller bouquets with hints of champagne as a contrast to their dresses.
Eric wore a black suit from Jos. A Bank and a blush rose boutonniere. To complete his look, he added custom engraved locket cufflinks that were a gift from his wife. Each held a photo of his late aunt and grandmother was a way to honor them during the day.
Anna's father walked her down a candle-lit aisle to the sounds of "Ave Maria" performed by a three string quartet.
The bride's uncle performed their traditional ceremony. While they chose not to write their own vows, they did feel strongly about incorporating a special reading called "Blessing of the Hands."
Following the ceremony guests moved to a romantic-yet-rustic reception space filled with glowing candlelight. Tables were decorated with greenery runners that were accented with garden roses and plenty of mercury glass votive candles. At each place setting guests found a miniature pinecone and sprig of fresh greenery. After the reception, Anna and Eric's friends and family were gifted similar glass pinecone ornaments with a handwritten note from the bride and groom.
Instead of creating a signature cocktail, the bride and groom set up a hot toddy bar, complete with spiked hot chocolate, coffee, and cider that guests could prepare themselves. Each custom cup sleeve was decorated with the couple's new monogram.
After a formal three-course dinner of cream potato soup, cornmeal crusted trout, buffalo steak, and chicken, guests enjoyed slices of the couple's three-tiered chocolate-and-vanilla wedding cake.
As a nod to how they first met, the couple hired dueling piano performers for the evening's entertainment, which kept guests dancing all evening long.
Anna and Eric's wedding day ending on the perfect note as snow began to softly fall just as guests left the reception. "It was a magical ending to a perfect night," the bride says. "We had a great time and our guests walked away from the weekend with some amazing memories."
Ceremony & Reception Site: SaddleRidge
Wedding Coordination: Lead Planner Taylor Walkowicz of Kelly Karli Weddings and Events
Officiant: Wayne Owen (Bride's Uncle)
Bride's Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Veil: Allure Bridals
Jewelry & Engagement Ring: Genesis Diamonds
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair: Hayley Styles
Makeup: Makeup by Heather Baker
Maid of Honor's Dress: Watters
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent the Runway
Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Wedding Bands: Tacori
Florist: Cori Cook Floral Design
Ceremony Music: Lea and Kari Matison
Reception Music: Dueling Pianos Roadshow
Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals
Favors: Peppermint Pony
Transportation: Colorado Mountain Express
Videographer: Larisa Graham
Photographer: Megan W Photography