2017: A Year in Review

Oh what a year it was! 2017 is definitely one for the books. We celebrated with 24 couples, hosted two fabulous parties for our favorite charitable organizations, and even squeezed in a killer rave in an aspen grove — let’s just say, we got our steps (and dance moves) in! We can’t wait to give you a closer look at some of these stunning celebrations, but until then, here’s a peek at what the Bella team was up to all year!   

There couldn’t have been a better start to 2017 than with Holly and Jake at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. They put a seasonal twist on a rustic theme, with lots of lush greenery, pinecones amongst the flowers, and aspen-inspired details that transformed the ballroom into a winter wonderland.

Photography: Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers || Ceremony Venue: The Chapel at Beaver Creek  || Reception Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch || Florist: Bloom Flower Shop || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Bride’s Dress: Hayley Paige || Catering & Cake: Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch || Rentals & Décor: Event Rents, Pink Monkey Solutions || Stationery: Richard’s Notebook || Entertainment: Élan Artists || Videography: Elysium Productions

For their black tie celebration in Beaver Creek, Ashley and Neil combined the relaxed mountain atmosphere with an elegant color palette and lush natural details. French and navy blue tones added depth and a touch of masculinity to the elegant setting.

Photography: Rachel Havel || Ceremony Venue: The Chapel at Beaver Creek || Reception Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch || Florist: Cori Cook Floral Design || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang || Bride’s Shoes: Cole Haan || Groom’s Attire: Knot Standard || Catering & Cake: Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch || Rentals & Décor: Event RentsPink Monkey Solutions || Stationery: Richard’s Notebook || Entertainment: Columbine Entertainment, Helmut Fricker, Funkiphino || Videography: Films About Love

Sarel and Pepe’s intimate wedding was the epitome of a winter celebration in the mountains of Colorado. The dance floor was set in front of a gorgeous stone fireplace, keeping the evening extra cozy!

Photography: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer || Ceremony Venue: The Chapel at Beaver Creek || Reception Venue: Allie’s Cabin || Florist: Vintage Magnolia || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Catering: Allie’s Cabin || Cake: Sugar || Entertainment: Greatime DJ

We’ve absolutely loved being involved in the Lindsey Vonn Foundation (and our founder, Emily, is now a member of the advisory council!). This year, we raised funds for Lindsey’s foundation with a ‘60s Après-Ski party, featuring silent auction and a packed dance floor.

Photography: Brian Leahy Photography, Two Elk Studios || Venue: The 10th || Lighting: Amora Group || Liquor Donations: Ferrari Trento, Boroli Barolo, Grand Touring Vodka, Breckenridge Distillery || Catering: The 10th || Entertainment: Jordan Kahn Orchestra || Videography: Majestik Films

Before we really kicked off wedding season, we took a trip up to Steamboat for a stunning styled shoot  full of rich colors and textures, lush flowers, love letters, and an elegant post-war, Out of Africa theme.

Photography: Emily Sacco || Venue: Priest Creek Chapel at the Orton Ranch || Florist: Tall Tulips || Hair: Shana Thomas of Brio Salon || Makeup: Apothecari Skin Care || Bride’s Dresses: Naeem Khan, Anne Barge (from Little White Dress|| Catering: Steamboat Meat & Seafood || Cake: Sugar || Rentals & Décor: Colorado Event Rentals || Stationery & Calligraphy: Chaos Ink || Videography: Majestik Films

For the 2017 Hope of Life Summit, the Bella team headed to Arizona for three days in the desert sun. We stargazed with an astronomer, danced al fresco, and dreamed up big ways to help the children of Guatemala.

Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain || Rentals & Décor: Frostings Design & Rentals || Entertainment: Eduardo Costa, Bill Lofquist, Salsa Soulseros, CE Entertainment

Katie and Garrett headed up to Timber Ridge in Keystone for their summer celebration, embracing the rustic setting with an outdoor ceremony, lots of greenery, and a beautiful cake decorated with mountain peaks.

Photography: Autumn Cutaia Photography || Venue: Timber Ridge || Florist: Bloom Flower Shop || Hair: Lisa Raymond || Makeup: Sarah Brandow || Catering & Cake: Timber Ridge || Entertainment: Jammin’ DJs

Hallie and Sam’s Colorado wedding was totally classic. After exchanging vows in town, the couple and their guests rode Gondola One up to The 10th, where they partied all night beneath a sleek clear-top tent that framed the dramatic views.

Photography: Edmonson Weddings || Ceremony Venue: Vail Interfaith Chapel || Reception Venue: The 10th || Florist: Bloom Flower Shop || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Catering: The 10th || Cake: Sugar || Rentals & Décor: Pink Monkey Solutions, Alpine Party Rentals || Entertainment: Columbine Entertainment, Big Night Dynamite

In July, Kelly and Todd came to Breckenridge for their early summer wedding, celebrating with close family and friends at Tenmile Station.

Photography: A to Z Photography || Venue: Tenmile Station || Florist: Bloom Flower Shop || Hair: Stephanie Skalski || Catering: Tenmile Station || Cake: Sugar || Entertainment: Moment’s Notice || Videography: High Plains Video Production

Another gorgeous wedding at the Ritz! A blush palette and luxe details (like a totally dressed-up ballroom entrance!) transformed the mid-mountain space. Kylie and Jason may not have stopped smiling all day!

Photography: Brinton Studios || Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch || Florist: Bloom Flower Shop || Hair: Kendra Childs, Katelin Golgart || Makeup: Chamberlain Fritzel || Catering & Cake: Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch || Rentals & Décor: Pink Monkey Solutions || Entertainment: Andrew Cyphert, Greatime DJ || Videography: Bosha Video

When Mary Ellen and Scott asked us to plan their Colorado elopement, we jumped at the chance. It was a pleasure to create a beautiful and romantic day for this sweet pair.

Photography: Autumn Burke || Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch || Florist: Petal & Bean || Bride’s Dress: BHLDN || Bride’s Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent || Catering & Cake: Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch || Entertainment: Michael Lancaster

Jessica and Hayden brought a playful vibe to their wedding at Tenmile Station, from the bride’s floral printed sandals to the vintage beer truck during cocktail hour.

Photography: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer || Venue: Tenmile Station || Florist: Mille Fleur || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Catering: Tenmile Station || Cake: Sugar || Rentals & Décor: Alpine Party Rentals || Beer Truck: Bob Muessel || Photo Booth: Picture Me Camping || Entertainment: Gold Standard

Leslie and Matt fell in love with the rustic charm and history of Devil’s Thumb Ranch. They took full advantage of the sprawling property, from their waterfront first look (to which Leslie drove herself in her father’s bright red Ferrari!) to a ceremony on the patio at High Lonesome Lodge, beneath a wooden pergola topped with elk antlers.

Photography: Ashley Sawtelle || Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch || Florist: The Perfect Petal || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Catering: Devil’s Thumb Ranch || Rentals & Décor: Amora Group || Entertainment: Soul Libre || Videography: Lupher Arts

Sarah and Noah’s Breckenridge wedding was a formal, elegant, and perfectly feminine affair, and really showcased how much we cherish our relationships with our clients: Emily’s daughter, Victoria, was Sarah’s flower girl!

Photography: Rachel Havel || Ceremony Venue: Father Dyer Church
|| Reception Venue: Tenmile Station || Florist: Cori Cook Floral Design || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza || Catering: Tenmile Station || Cake: Sugar || Rentals & Décor: Colorado Tents & Events, Colorado Party RentalsPink Monkey Solutions || Entertainment: Columbine Entertainment, Tunisia || Oxygen Bar: The O2 Lounge

Amanda and Dustin wanted to mix industrial, modern, and rustic aspects to put a totally unique spin on a wedding in the mountains. The palette of whites, greens, and neutral tones was fresh and clean, letting their love and joy really shine.

Photography: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer || Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch || Florist: Bloom Flower Shop || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Catering: Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch || Rentals & Décor: Pink Monkey Solutions || Officiant: Leon Joseph Littlebird || Stationery: Richard’s Notebook || Entertainment: Jordan Kahn Orchestra || A/V: PSAV

Samantha and Braden really embraced their rustic mountain setting (their guest book was a pair of vintage skis!). We loved how fabulous TenMile Station smelled when it was full of eucalyptus!

Photography: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer || Venue: Tenmile Station || Florist: Bloom Flower Shop || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Catering: Tenmile Station || Cake: Blue Moon Bakery || Beer Truck: Bob Muessel || Entertainment: Hipster Mama Productions

We love being involved with WIPA, especially when it means flexing our creative muscles! For the Q3 event, we took the WIPA Colorado chapter to Steamboat Springs for a rave in the woods, full of bohemian touches, neon accents, and lots of feathers and fringe!

Photography: Frances Photography || Venue: Flying Diamond Ranch || Florist: The Perfect Petal || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Bride’s Dress: Claire Pettibone (From Little White Dress|| Catering: Steamboat Meat & Seafood || Rentals & Décor: Pink Monkey SolutionsColorado Tents & Events, La Tavola Fine Linen || Printed Materials: Tyrian Purple || Alcohol: Applejack Wine & Spirits || Beer: Mountain Tap Brewery || Bartending: Petals & Pours || Entertainment: DTP Events || Brunch: Bella Vista Estate || Lodging: The Steamboat Grand

When Colleen and Troy selected the Denver Botanic Gardens for their September wedding, we knew the design would have to complement the already stunning setting. We loved how Colleen embraced the lush flowers and greenery, opting for a wild and organic design that looked as though it had been gathered from the surrounding gardens.

Photography: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer || Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens || Florist: Yonder Floral + Decor House || Hair: Amy Whitaker || Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Catering: Catering by Design || Cake: Intricate Icings || Lighting: DTP Events || Entertainment: Soul School, Party Singers || Live Painting: La Mano Art Live Painting 

The rain and snow couldn’t stop the party at Isabel and John’s late September ranch wedding. They exchanged vows surrounded by golden aspen trees, then cozied up in a tent with their loved once to celebrate. Northstar from Élan Artists brought the house down, and the sun peeked out just long enough for portraits!

Photography: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer || Venue: Private Ranch || Florist: Bloom Flower Shop || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Catering: Catering By Design || Cake: Sugar || Rentals & Décor: Under the Sky Event RentalsColorado Tents & Events || Portable Restrooms: Lavish Loo || Entertainment: Northstar – Élan Artists || Videography: Lupher Arts

Becca and Drew met working at Breckenridge, so where else would they have their wedding? We adored the rustic, bohemian vibe of their celebration at TenMile — including a DIY flower crown bar!

Photography: Two Elk Studios || Venue: Tenmile Station || Florist & Flower Crowns: Bloom Flower Shop || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Bride’s Dress: BHLDN || Catering: Tenmile Station || Cake: Sugar || Rentals & Décor: Colorado Tents & Events || Beer Truck: Bob Muessel || Oxygen Bar: Peak Oxygen || Ceremony Entertainment: Front Range Strings || Reception Entertainment: Rocky Mountain Bluegrass || Videography: E&E Media

After tying the knot in Fiji, Sarah and Euri were ready for an at-home reception — and so were we! The Bella team headed to Temecula, California for a Moroccan-inspired party at Sarah’s mother’s home.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio || Venue: Private Residence || Catering: Paella Valencia || Rentals & Décor: Raj Tents, Abbey Party Rentals, Pacific Event Services

Holly and Chris’s Aspen wedding was formal and so elegant. The courtyard at the St. Regis, with Aspen Mountain in the background, was the perfect setting!

Photography: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer || Venue: The St. Regis Aspen || Florist: Aspen Branch || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Stationery: Richard’s Notebook || Catering: The St. Regis Aspen || Cake: D’Ellisious Cake Studio || Entertainment: Northstar – Élan Artists || Videography: Vibrant Motion Films

But one wedding on one day in Aspen wasn’t enough — we were also celebrating with Anish and Meredith at the Little Nell!

Photography: Two Elk Studios || Venue: The Little Nell || Florist: Harrington Smith || Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists || Catering: The Little Nell || Cake: Sunshine & Moons || Entertainment: BrassBand || Videography: ART Digital Media

In Vail, Kristin and Michael’s wedding was full of rich colors and cozy details — but it was their too-cute-for-words corgis who stole the show! Their Vail wedding featured rich blue and purple tones and agate accents. Talk about “jewel-toned”!

Photography: Emily Sacco || Venue: The Sebastian || Florist: Bloom Flower Shop || Hair & Makeup: Bloom Spa at The Sebastian || Catering & Cake: The Sebastian || Ceremony Entertainment: Columbine Entertainment || Reception Entertainment: Greatime DJ

It may not have been snowing, but Jessica and Jimmy still treated guests to a wintery celebration full of warm accents and sparkling details in a relaxed Western atmosphere.

Photography: Jo Julia Photography || Ceremony Venue: The Chapel at Beaver Creek || Reception Venue: SaddleRidge || Florist: Petals of Provence || Hair: Bliss Studio || Makeup: Soul Spa Studio || Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Catering: SaddleRidge || Cake: Mountain Flour || Rentals & Décor: Alpine Party Rentals || Entertainment: Kathy MorrowGreatime DJ

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