Friday, August 13, 2010

real wedding at donovan pavilion, vail {liz + jimmy}

"I love you darling and that' no lie, Stick by me...
When you cry, I cry, too, Stick by me...
Remember my heart and my love belong to you, oh
Stick by me and I stick by you"
Stick by Me - John Holt

Every now and then I get the honor of working with a couple that literally makes me stop what I am doing and take it all in - to remember why I love doing this so much. Sometimes we get so caught up in what happens when, where this goes and what comes next, that we forget why this day is here to begin with. This year one of those couples {I had a few this year}, that has made me stop and think, was Liz and Jimmy. During the whole weekend, whenever they were together, you could feel the love between them. It was almost palpable. I don't think I have even seen a couple happier and more in love than them, and that's saying a lot. They love each other with every sense of the word. I found myself watching them on their wedding day in awe of the way they loved each other. It was so carefree, true and passionate. They were filled with love that day - from their friends, family and from each other. Amazing is an understatement.

Liz and Jimmy are incredibly generous and loving people. They were so giving of their time during their wedding weekend. Quite a few people came into for the wedding and it can be somewhat stressful to be pulled in different directions, but they handled it with such grace. They made sure to have a conversation and take pictures with everyone - they were so willing to be there with each of them.

They were also themselves on their wedding day. I'm sure you are asking yourself, "What is she talking about?!" Let me explain. Sometimes I feel that brides feel like they have to "act" a certain way on their wedding day because they are the bride. I know I felt that way and it is one of the things I wish I could go back and change. I didn't feel like myself. I didn't feel like I could act goofy or funny because that wasn't how a "bride" acted {please tell me I am not the only one...}. But with Liz and Jimmy, they were completely themselves and it was such a joy to be around them. They kissed and hugged, and laughed all day long. They were carefree and it was beautiful.

Liz and Jimmy - Thank you so much for choosing me to be a part of of your wedding day. I am so grateful for the two of you, your relationship and sharing it with everyone. It was so refreshing to see you two together on your wedding day. I hope you never lose that spark for life and for each other. I want to thank you for being the most authentic, generous, bighearted and thoughtful people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I wish you nothing but happiness for many, many years to come. I know your wedding day was just the start to an amazing life together.

Their wedding has been one of my favorites of the season. It was all around a remarkable event - from all the unbelievable details to the great food to all the friends and family they shared their day with. Without further ado, here are some pictures of their stunning wedding.

Venue - Donovan Pavilion, Vail CO
Photographer - Julie Afflerbaugh Photography
Rentals - Alpine Party Rental
Caterer - Gourmet Cowboy
Flowers - Cheryl Porter
DJ - A Great Time DJ
Officiant - Faye Gipson
Coordinator - Something Classic Events


lauren said...

beautiful event and words written in the post!