Katie & David | Ski Tip Lodge Wedding

Katie and David are remarkably kind, funny, and gentle people. They are also impressively organized. I knew shooting their Ski Tip Lodge wedding was going to be a dream come true when I received the spreadsheet David created for their wedding. #typeAallday However, they are NOT the kind of people who enjoy the spotlight. Which is kind of ironic because they spend their days with the eyes of entire classrooms on them. As teachers they do so much good and change lives every day, but they prefer to do their good work without accolades or applause. They do it simply for the love of the task and the love of the kids. So when it came to celebrating their own love story they decided to share the spotlight with all of the people who mean the most to them: their families.

On this wedding day every guest had a part to play. Instead of a single officiant the whole family took turns sharing wishes and traditional blessings for the couple. After Katie and David shared their personal vows every person in attendance stood to pronounce them married.  It was a pretty remarkable and moving moment and a first for me! Check out their preview video below to see for yourself! (The fact that you don’t need an officiant for your wedding is one of my five favorite reasons to get married in Colorado!)

The ceremony was far from the only place where Katie and David included their families. Katie’s wildflower style bouquet and hairpiece were created for her by a family member, and her dress was her mother’s wedding dress, brought from Mexico when her parents married. The Ski Tip Lodge is actually Colorado’s FIRST ski resort! I love the old European ski chalet feel of the building and the rooms! If you’re not lucky enough to be invited to a Ski Tip Lodge wedding, you can still experience it for yourself. They do serve dinner in their restaurant when they don’t have weddings, and I absolutely cannot say enough good things about their food! Three words: bacon wrapped scallops. ‘Nuff said.

wildflower bouquet

Check out those sleeve details on Katie’s dress! We were allllllll swooning!!
vintage cotton wedding dress

Even the robe Katie wore while getting ready was filled with charming detail. It was a gift from friends back in San Francisco as a way to be with her in spirit if not in person. So beautiful!

bride getting ready

Our next stop on the family tradition journey of Katie and David’s Ski Tip Lodge wedding, this incredible fountain pen. Used by generations of David’s family to sign their ketubahs, it was carefully filled by David before everyone signed the official documents.
vintage fountain pen

No surprise that I am OBSESSED with their ketubah – it only matches my brand perfectly in color and theme. SO BEAUTIFUL!!
aspen tree ketubah

Katie and David have some very talented artists in their family and their Ski Tip Lodge wedding had plenty of examples of their talent. Look at their chuppah! You can get a closer view of this beautiful piece in their video up top too.
hand painted cloth chuppah
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Katie and David’s ceremony was set up a little differently than what I normally see too. Instead of all the chairs facing the bride and groom, they faced the aisle and each other. It made for a wonderful view of all the speakers as they took their turns with their emotional readings.

groom hugging his mother

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Getting the kids in on the action, they all stood to share an ABSOLUTELY CHARMING rendition of somewhere over the rainbow. Can this happen at all of my weddings please? All of their sweet tiny voices! I’m not crying, you’re crying.

children in wedding
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bridal braid hairstyle
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Photographing Katie and David at the Skit Tip Lodge wedding included a lot of good laughs. They trusted us to capture their real personalities in their photos, and it was pretty darn awesome. They are so funny and so in love, it was an absolute delight to watch them be together.

brown wedding shoes

The Ski Tip Lodge offers a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains as well as the craziest aqua colored pond. A fabulous backdrop for these two avid hikers and lovers of the outdoors.

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I adore the tones of the natural wood and simple elegance of Katie and David’s reception. Petal and Bean did a marvelous job coordinating throughout the day and the beauty of these place settings is a testament to that!
ski tip lodge reception
rustic elegant table setting
wildflower place cards

How fun are these adorable time capsules?! Notes and advice for the couple to be opened on their first, fifth, tenth and twenty-fifth anniversaries!
fun reception activities
wedding time capsule

It was so clear during the speeches at the reception how much Katie and David’s families mean to them and vice versa. Their parents and siblings are SO proud of who Katie and David are and what they’ve chosen to do with their lives. They said over and over again in many different ways what a pleasure it was to be witnesses to (and participants in!) their day of celebration. I especially enjoyed the many, many Star Wars references in the speech of David’s sisters.
father of the bride toast
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sister wedding toast

Let’s take a minute just to appreciate the fact that this dessert table includes SIGNS MADE ENTIRELY OF CHOCOLATE. A dessert for every taste in this gorgeous spread!

wedding dessert bar
alternative wedding cake

Even the rings were one more opportunity to celebrate the family that means so much to Katie and David. Katie’s wedding band is made of a combination of gold from Katie’s grandmother’s wedding ring and David’s mother first wedding ring. What a beautiful way to symbolize the totally unique to the joining of these two families!
custom made gold wedding band

True to form Katie and David shared the spotlight briefly for their first dance on the patio, then ran to the sidelines and grabbed their parents to share in their celebration. Music from Town Cavalry was one part of their day that Katie and David were most looking forward to and they headed straight to the band when their first dance was over. Watching them bounce and jam to the music together in front of the stage there was absolutely no spotlight necessary. A love and joy big and bright enough to light up the whole room, maybe even the whole world, all on its own.

ski tip lodge dancing
outdoor first dance

Photography and videography: Folly Photography
Assistant photographer: Dylan Crossley Photo
Venue and catering: Ski Tip Lodge
Coordinator: Nicole of Petal and Bean
Florals: Susan Hale
Hair and Makeup: Keystone Spa and Salon
Band: Town Cavalry

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