A Botanical Wedding in the Snow

From the bride, Kristin: We wanted a family reunion/Thanksgiving celebration/wedding so we rented a home for one week so everyone could stay, play and really get to know each other.

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I carried Jeff’s mom’s Bible that she carried in her wedding in 1957.


We had an outdoor ceremony with a backdrop of freshly fallen snow. We married under an arbor decorated with understated floral and botanical greenery and a crystal chandelier.  A good friend officiated the ceremony.

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The backdrop of the Colorado mountains in snow, juxtaposed with the greenery, fresh flowers, and crystal lighted chandelier.  It was simply too beautiful, Jeff even says, “magical”.

Shutterfreek08 Shutterfreek09 Shutterfreek10 Shutterfreek11One of my favorite stories with Jeff was kayaking in Lake Tahoe on the Upper Truckee River.  A good friend, Jeff and I [three people] attempted to ride a two-person kayak and it kept tipping in frigid waters (basically ice melt). Jeff decided to run alongside the river for about 6 or 7 miles (very much like Last of the Mohicans).  Rather than use the traditional cake topper I surprised Jeff by using an inflatable mini-kayak with bride and groom Barbie dolls.  Barbie sat in the kayak while Ken ran alongside!


I loved having the dance floor in front of the enormous fireplace.


The hot cocoa station was a hit, especially with the kids!  


dvice: Plan this big occasion for yourself and your partner, decide how you want to experience your wedding, and make decisions for creating that feeling.  The two of you are what matter – everyone else will deal with their own stuff.  Be strategic in who you choose to celebrate your day.  The right mix of family and friends are key to your feelings and your event’s success.




Photographer & Videographer: SHUTTERFREEK.  I love the way they capture people, and for me, hiring Shutterfreek was about giving a gift to my family too.  My entire family now has amazing photos they wouldn’t otherwise have. They did a great job of not being noticed. We gave Paul creative freedom to edit the footage and we already know he has amazing vision.

Caterer & Cake: THE YELLOW CARROT. The presentation and the fun experience of building your own meal was really cool!

Flowers: April’s GardenThey’re unique, high-quality and beautiful.  The flowers  lasted for days and it was so nice to have such beauty around us!  Through conversations on the phone, Natalie determined what I wanted even though I couldn’t clearly articulate it.  Natalie knew the Juliette Rose, Mokara Orchids, and the Pincushion flowers would give me the color, depth, and texture I wanted.

DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound |  Rentals: Pine Valley Rental | Event Planner & Design: Celebrations



  1. Cara on January 30, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Beautiful wedding, beautiful bride!

  2. Kristin on January 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    This is a wedding where we drove away thinking, “nothing could have turned out any better”. We had an amazing celebration! Such a blast!! Thanks to all of our family, friends and vendors who made it happen!

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