Ali + Brandon
Ali and Brandon wanted their wedding to feel like one of their first and most memorable dates with one another, attending the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. This inspiration, paired with their desire to welcome their nearest and dearest family and friends to their home in Telluride, Colorado, was the guiding light for all of their adventurous and colorful wedding plans! The couple kicked off their love fest weekend by welcoming their people to Telluride with craft cocktails and tapas from their favorite local bar and restaurant, There.
The morning of their wedding, Ali and Brandon met one another at the San Miguel River valley floor for their first look, surrounded by the beauty of the San Juan mountain range. After exchanging hand written letters or in Brandon’s case, hand-typed on a vintage typewriter, the lovers boarded the nearby gondolas for their trek up the mountainside to the special place where they would say their vows, the San Sophia Overlook. Atop San Sophia Overlook, the handmade ceremony backdrop was adorned with freeform florals in colors that accented the bright cheerful yellow bridesmaids’ dresses. Vibrant oranges and pinks from ceremony rugs created an unexpected focal point for the ceremony, paired perfectly with the impressive natural backdrop in the mountain range. Ali and her girls celebrated a champagne toast together in the bridal yurt, prior to walking down the aisle together. As soft guitar strums played gently in the background, the couple pledged forever to one another in front of all of their most cherished people. After a lively cocktail hour with the most beautiful of views, guests were invited to ride the gondolas back down the mountainside to celebrate the new husband and wife in town below. Their arts and events gallery turned reception space, Telluride Transfer Warehouse was transformed into a vibrant bohemian and romantic space that embodied every bit of Ali and Brandon’s personalities. Incorporating rattan furniture elements and vibrant bohemian rugs, neon signs and bright pops of yellow and blush, small details and elements were interwoven to create an immersive experience for their guests. Artwork created by the groom himself was hung in the lounge area during the reception, and little mountain table numbers brough the peaks Telluride to each of the guest tables. Tiny geode place cards were a unique keepsake for A + B’s most cherished people. Satellite cakes from Fig & Bloom Cakes were lavishly decorated with chocolate ganache drip and fresh fruits, and felt just as much a decoration as a dessert. After special speeches from family and friends, celebratory shots from the pair’s own shotski, and sweet sentimental special dances between the newlyweds and their parents, the live reception band, Chrome Velvet, transformed the rest of the evening into a reception that truly felt like a dance party at a music festival under the starry night. The groom even hopped on stage to perform a few songs alongside the band!
The following day, the newlyweds donned their wedding clothes one more time for an adventure session at dusk. A jeep ride up the mountain to some of the most gorgeous locations during sunset yielded the most heartfelt and precious moments between the newlyweds as they reflected on the epic celebration they had just experienced, and the sweet new marriage they emerged with.
– Destination Wedding + Elopement Planner, Wildy Yours Weddings + Elopements