Carolyn and Nelson have been planning their winter wedding at The Lodge at Vail for the last two years. With covid restrictions making it difficult for their friends and family to travel to the beautiful quaint mountain ski-town in Colorado, it was the right decision to push back their wedding for a year. If I’ve learned anything from these pandemic weddings, it is that love will always prevail! I met the couple for breakfast earlier in the week, and they were SO excited that their day was finally just around the corner. They had a whole week of fun planned, which also included a few days skiing at Vail for Nelson!
Carolyn and Nelson met at University in Michigan, and he proposed along the water near Lincoln Park in Chicago, where they now live. Nelson said he knew Carolyn was the one when she mentioned she’d love to have a winter wedding! Vail has a special place in their heart and it was only fitting to have their favorite people meet them in this lively village for some winter fun.
They chose The Lodge at Vail for their wedding venue. The weather was luckily a warm sunny day (about 50 degrees!), with some snow dusting on the slopes. December weather in Vail can be so hit or miss, but we definitely hit! They both got ready in beautiful suites. Nelson’s overlooked the cute downtown area of Vail, while Carolyn’s balcony had views of the mountain. For their first look, we walked a block away to the beautiful river side. The first time they saw each other as bride and groom brought tears to our eyes! They are such a sweet couple and they couldn’t believe they finally got to put on their wedding attire after two years!
The bridal party then met us outside and we slowly walked our way over to the Vail Interfaith Chapel, which is only about .5 miles from the Lodge! The chapel is so beautiful inside. With windows all along the side that overlook the river next to it.
After the ceremony we headed back to the Lodge, but I took Carolyn and Nelson for a little walk through the downtown of Vail. Skiers and other onlookers cheered for the bride and groom as they walked past. We made it to the covered bridge and back through the streets that replicate a Bavarian mountain village.
The rest of the night was held at Cucina at the Lodge at Vail. The restaurant was transformed into a cocktail hour space on one half of the room, and a wedding reception space on the other half. The fire pit outside also hosted a s’mores bar, which I definitely divulged in! Everyone danced the night away with Carolyn and Nelson, and all in all, it was a perfect day!!