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MOUNTAIN VOWS

It’s summertime in the Vail Valley. Every day brings some new opportunity to appreciate this stunning setting from a blazing sunrise to the rainbows that pop up after an afternoon shower. It’s no wonder that so many couples choose to tie the knot in this idyllic location, whether it’s a local couple, former residents or long-time visitors. Each ceremony is unique, ranging from over-the-top opulence to intimate elegance but no matter what the theme, many couples are choosing to embrace the alpine atmosphere with an outdoor wedding. Incorporating the outdoors is easy when you take the party outside and there are a wide range of opportunities in the Vail Valley. From mountaintop nuptials to under canvas celebrations, colorful Colorado sets the scene in these incredible outdoor weddings. Not Your Typical Tipi Wedding Planner: Joette Gilbert, Gatherings The early families that settled in the Vail Valley, the farmers and ranchers, realized the […]

SHOPPING, STYLE

WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE

Photography by Brent Bingham A celebration is defined as “the action of marking one’s pleasure at an important event or occasion by engaging in enjoyable, typically social, activity.” Take the “action,” pair it with a glass of bubbly, give a gift of jewelry and let the celebration begin! For jewelry helps to celebrate love and give voice to our experiences. Just the word “baubles” makes us smile. And then, of course, there’s bangles and beads. In essence, every piece of jewelry is a story of love — be it a wedding, a birthday, or “just because.” The simple act of giving or receiving a piece of jewelry brings joy and a time celebrate and to remember — always.   18K white gold ruby and diamond half domed earrings available at Betteridge 18K gold necklace with rhodolite garnets, diamonds and other multi-colored stones by Bellarri available at Lamina RIGHT HAND: 18K rose […]

Featured Stories, Wedding

Winter Wonderland Weddings

Many people might be surprised to see a bride – veil flowing, bouquet in hand, bridegroom in his tuxedo at her side – skiing down a mountain in the middle of winter. But in Colorado, it’s commonplace. Perhaps it’s the memories of vacationing here with the family or having met the ideal mate on a lift on the perfect, only-in-Colorado azure blue-sky snow day – the lure of the mountain calls. Alas, the winter wedding. And what could be more romantic than an impromptu light snowfall in the midst of the celebration? “It’s the magic of winter that lures couples to have a winter wedding,” says wedding planner, JoAnn Moore, of Mountains and Meadows. “It’s bringing your guests to the mountains, not just for a wedding, but to a winter wonderland and an amazing experience. It’s bringing people to the mountains for the adventure.”   Meg Stepanek, of Gemini Event […]

Activities, Vail, Wedding

Getting Married in the Vail Valley – Wedding Gifts

July used to be the hottest month to get married (pun intended). But now more and more brides – and presumably their grooms – are saying their ‘I do’s’ in October. The golden leaves lighting the hillside on fire adds to the glory of the day. Slifer Designs offers a bounty of special gifts for the couple, but one of our favorites is Simon Pearce handmade glassware. In 1971 Simon Pearce opened his first glassblowing studio in Ireland. Ten years later he relocated his operation to Quechee, Vermont, where his designs are timeless, classic and sought after. Slifer Designs is proud to carry this line, and is the only Simon Pearce dealer in the area. Come December, we will be hosting a trunk show with some company favorites.

Blog, STYLE, What's Haute

Vail Valley Consignment Shopping a Unique Experience

Consignment shopping in the Vail Valley is unique from many other stores across the country due to the proximity our stores are to two international mega-resorts, which attracts eclectic and couture items from all over the globe. Also, many of our seasonal residents, ski instructors and the like, come from all parts of Europe, NZ and Australia who consign their obscure labels not found in the US. Another reason the Valley has such a unique cache of clothes in its consignment stores are the wealthy second home-owners who consign their new and like-new wardrobes every change of season.  Winters you will find the “hautest” of ski wear from Bogner, Kjus, Lindeberg, Jet Set, Arc’teryx and many others found only in the Valleys’ top boutiques, but at a quarter of the price of less on consignment. Aside from ski wear, they also bring in the latest styles from major cities from all over the world – Gucci, Pucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and more. Exquisite and exotic handbags, shoes and […]

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Wedding Planning in the Vail Valley – Registering

Intimate or large, a wedding in the mountains of Colorado is an event to savor. Brides have the opportunity to register at local stores for special gifts different from big city venues. It’s important for guests to know that their gift will be unique and also spark memories of the good times in the mountains for years to come. A welcome break from the rigors of wedding planning, an afternoon spent perusing the stores in Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek and Edwards is a perfect mother-daughter activity. Stores here in the mountains are always pleased to ship. Sending a one-of-a-kind antique armoire, basket or locally handmade pot is simple. Prices for these unique pieces compare favorably with contemporary items commonly found in every catalogue or lifestyle store. Just let your guests know that a special gift from the mountains would be most welcome and give them a list of the stores you have chosen in the valley.

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What Not To Wear on the Mountain: Vail Shopping Part 4

This is Part 4 of a series on shopping in the Vail Valley written by Jenn Bruno, a local Vail Valley fashion expert, blogger and owner of Luca Bruno. Part 1 Vail Shopping covered Five Tips for What to Wear to a Vail Valley Wedding in the Fall. Part 2 Vail Shopping covered Packing and Dressing for Fall In Vail. Part 3 Vail Shopping covered What to Wear on the Slopes. While we spend a lot of time thinking about what we should wear on the slopes, in this post Part 4 of Vail shopping, we thought now is a good time to discuss what we should avoid.  I posed the question to some local friends who spend a lot of time on the mountain and here is a local’s perspective on the dos and don’ts. While we are a casual town, locals take their ski clothing seriously.  It is often […]