An Intimate Lakeside Rehearsal Dinner in the Mountains
McKenzie and Brandon
Inspired by their love of nature and mountain views, McKenzie and Brandon traveled to Telluride, Colorado, for their nuptials. The New Mexico-based pair and 12 of their family members stayed in a cabin surrounded by the beauty of the San Juan Mountains at the Observatory at Alta Lakes for the wedding weekend. On June 27, 2014, the duo and their guests kicked of the celebratory weekend with an intimate lakeside Italian feast.
McKenzie and Brandon were sure to take in the beauty of their venue and snap some pre-dinner portraits, with their photographer, Heather Payne.
Dinner was set up along the Alta Lakes—providing the couple and their guests with a breathtaking view to gaze upon during the festivities.
All 14 guests dined at one table, set with organic arrangements including pink flowers in vintage canisters and a lush bay leaf garland running down the center of the table.
Overflowing centerpieces of a variety of roses (hot cocoa, cinnamon spice and distant drum), bay leaves, pomegranates, ranunculus, scabiosas, wildflowers, and passion vine served as centerpieces.
The table was covered with embossed sky-blue linens and crystal glasses. The feast included manicotti, lasagna, tossed salad, focaccia bread, and tiramisu, served on simple white plates with copper rope flatware.
Most guests saved their speeches to the happy couple for the wedding day; however, McKenzie's brother simply couldn't wait until the following evening's reception. "McKenzie's older brother became so overwhelmed with the joy of the occasion, he made a sweet speech," says Brandon.
Photography: Heather Payne
Location: The Observatory at Alta Lakes
Event Planning and Flowers: Kelly from Philosophy Flowers
Catering: La Piazza
Videography: Ready Set Film
Calligraphy: Brown Linen Design
Music: Jacob McCoy Burton
Hair and Makeup: Allure by Abby