This Breckenridge wedding was featured in Brides Magazine a while back, and wanted to make sure that we put it on our blog to share with everyone. Text excerpts from Lauren Matthew's online article, "Karly and Christian (who's from Argentina) met in Breckenridge, when he was living there on a work visa and she was visiting from Denver one weekend. 'Breckenridge was the place that brought us together,' she says. 'We had to get married there!' "
"I loved the crystal details on my dress," Karly says of her Priscilla of Boston gown. "They reminded me of icicles in winter." We love that the new mountain bride embraces the elements including ice as being part of the landscape, and therefore an option when decorating your event.
A small, bright yellow church with a red door in downtown Breckenridge was chosen as the ceremony location for this Rocky Mountain bride and her groom. "The ceremony was held at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, which was built in 1881. 'We loved that the church had been a part of the Breckenridge community for so long," Karly says. "Plus, it was the perfect size for our 70 guests'."
"The groom's family traveled from Argentina for the wedding, so the couple recited their vows in both Spanish and English. The ceremony also included a passage from Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, read by the bride's sisters. 'It reflected the journey Christian and I have taken to be together,' Karly says."
The little ones carry out their roles.
Karly's bouquet was made of purple Vanda Orchids, white Tulips, and Anemones. Christian's boutonierre was made using a single Vanda Orchid and a Tulip. Anemones are a popular winter wedding flower for mountain brides in Colorado.
Karly + Christian
And just like I promised on our Facebook page, here's the answer to what this picture is all about! "In another Argentinean tradition, charms attached to ribbons were placed between the layers of the wedding cake, which was made by Sugar. "Each single girl pulls a ribbon, and whoever gets the ring charm is the next to marry."
"The couple and their guests donned masks and hats for the "cotillón"—an interval of traditional Latin American merrymaking that takes place around midnight and gets guests energized for the rest of the party. "The DJ played upbeat Spanish music," says the bride. "We had everyone on the dance floor!" We think adding fun hats and costumes can only add to the fun!
"The reception was held in the Imperial Ballroom at Beaver Run Resort where the tables featured arrangements of crystal–bead–covered branches. The resort catered the buffet–style dinner, which included Thai, Italian, and local Colorado cuisine." And here is where the crystal and ice elements of the decor can be seen again. A great way to remind guests that some of the best skiing in the world can be found near Breckenridge and is a great Colorado destination wedding option.
"A Great Time DJs spun music from all over the world, including some Middle Eastern tunes for Christian's dad, who's originally from Egypt." I would absolutely ask for music important not only to the bride and groom, but to include traditional ethnic songs, dances and old traditions with a new twist somehow. Let us know if that gets you thinking about how to bring it all together at your shindig.
Photography: Otto Schulze
Ceremony location: St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church