Donovan Pavilion Wedding | Sherry + John | Vail Colorado

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Donovan Pavilion Wedding, Vail Wedding Coordinator, Vail Wedding Photographer

Summer in the Rockies, Donovan Pavilion Wedding

I love mountain weddings and Sherry and John’s was at a favorite venue of mine, the Donovan Pavilion in Vail. This laid back couple travels to Vail regularly from their home in Kansas. Even though they don’t live in Colorado, they are season pass holders. Ski-holics! They fell in love with the area, early on, and knew they wanted to get married in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Sherry and John are my kind of couple: easy going, authentic and live fully present in the moment.

MOUNTAIN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Before the ceremony, the wedding party boarded the gondola to the top of the mountain for portraits. Having a small bridal party, just maid of honor and best man, made it easy to hit some of the mountain top hot spots. First stop – the Vail wedding deck.  There’s nothing like a mountain view to take your breath away! This is one of many reasons I LOVE mountain weddings. Using the mountain peak’s natural beauty, as a backdrop, is a winner every time. The couples bright, colorful wedding color palette of purples, blues and yellows were set off beautifully by the greens of the trees and the earth-tones of the creek. It’s important to capture the raw emotion and beauty of the day and I hope that is evident in the photography.

MOUNTAIN WEDDING RECEPTION

When the couple returned to the pavilion to prepare for the ceremony, the Donovan Pavilion had been transformed. A cute white picket fence sign welcomed about 125 guests as they arrived and were seated outside on the back patio deck. A few guests even brought along the welcome bag they had received the night before, a custom printed tote with the slogan, “The Adventure Begins” that included goodies, summer activity guide and a Vail trail map.

After the ceremony and family photos, the reception began. Can you say, Par-tay! The pavilion was “beaming” with warm lighting, gorgeous florals and a creative floor plan that made the gathering feel cozy and inviting. They also gave guests a lovely unique wedding favor: small, wooden boxes painted with white trees similar to couple’s ring box. Who doesn’t love a beautiful party favor that you can take home and actually use??

The night was carefree, joyful and a perfect example of a laid-back mountain wedding to remember…

Photo Credit: L Elizabeth Events

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If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Vail, Colorado we would be delighted to help! We are mountain specialists and would love to help you create a day for of joy and ease. Get in touch and tell us all about your wedding plans… CONTACT US

Wedding Design

Type: Outdoor Ceremony, Mountain, July
Color Palette: Yellow, Purple, Blue
Style: Whimsical, Elegant, Laid-back
Feel: Authentic, Joyful, Spiritual

Wedding Vendors

Venue: Donovan Pavilion
Photographer: L Elizabeth Events
Wedding Celebrant: Keith Horstman
Ceremony Musicians: Bill Parish Productions
DJ/Musician: DJ West
Catering: French Press
Desserts: Mountain Flour
Floral Design: Petal + Bean
Hair and Makeup: Posh Salon
Stationary/Invitations: Green Kangaroo
Rentals: Alpine Rentals

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