Rachel and Ben’s Vail, Colorado Wedding
The yellow parasols provided for the ceremony, worked great for a portrait at sunset.
Last Sunday, I had the great pleasure of documenting Rachel and Ben’s wedding in Vail, Colorado. The ceremony was held at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and the reception was at the Donovan Pavilion.
Geri, my wife, and Rachel have been friends for several years. They used to work together at the Denver Newspaper Agency before Rachel moved back to New York to work for her family’s paper, The New York Times.
Rachel had always dreamed of having a destination mountain wedding surrounded by family and friends. Wedding planner, Heather Allen of Table 6 Productions, helped to make Rachel’s dream a reality.
Kori Schell, a hair stylist and makeup artist from Denver drove up to Vail to do up all the ladies for Rachel’s wedding.
Cindy Ollig, owner of The Perfect Petal in Denver, hit the ball out of the park with her floral designs. Yellow and blue were the colors of the day and she used sunflowers and yellow dahlias to decorate both the ceremony site and the reception. Rachel’s bouquet was made of yellow calla lilies and white hybrid orchids.
Murray Englander of A Custom Look Photography operated a photo booth, that was a big hit. The black-and-white print strips were pasted to a page in the guest book, where friends and family were invited to add a written message to the bride and groom.
My good friend, John Hudetz helped me photograph the wedding, and as expected, made some of the best pictures of the day!
Denver band “Funkiphino” rocked the Donovan Pavilion until midnight, when it was time to call it a wonderful day.
Click here to see a slideshow of Rachel and Ben’s wedding day.
Rachel receives a champagne toast while finishing her hair and makeup.
Rachel checks out her dress after putting on makeup.
Rachel had the coolest wedding dress. It even had pockets!
Best man Ryan Cowles helps Ben straighten his collar. Photo by John Hudetz
Ben and his groomsmen share a good laugh. Photo by John Hudetz
Rachel's father, Michael uses two parasols to keep her out of the sight of guests before the ceremony.
Flower girls Addison and Kelsey Kirscht raced up the aisle behind the last bridesmaid, causing lots of laughs and smiles.
Michael Golden kisses Rachel goodbye. Judge Bill Cowles, left, officiated at the ceremony and is also a personal friend of the bride and groom.
Rachel and Ben are showered with rose petals.
Ben's father, David, lends his back for wedding license signatures. Photo by John Hudetz
Rachel is greeted by her father at the reception.
The Donovan Pavilion was decorated perfectly, due to the special attention of Heather Allen of Table 6 Productions.
Michael Golden began his toast under the footlights, which provided a dramatic effect.
Rachel and Ben listen intently to toasts.
Flower girls Addison and Kelsey kid around with Rachel in the photo booth.
Rachel and Ben's first dance as husband and wife.