An outdoor wedding in Vail, Colorado is a dream for many a couple.

This is exactly what Amy and Brooks had planned on July 11, 2015, to exchange their vows in a lovely ceremony by the creek in The Sonnenalp Hotel’s creekside garden. Everything was set. The bride was getting ready in a spacious two story condo suite at the hotel, while the staff were setting up the chairs. Then, a thunderstorm hit. Of course there was a back-up plan for the ceremony to be set in the glass covered terrace of Ludwig’s restaurant, but the groom had his heart set on the outdoor venue. As the saying goes in the Rocky Mountains, “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”. More precisely, thirty minutes is all it took for the storm to pass and with it came the glistening drops on the leaves and a dewy crisp sweetness of the after rain summer aroma of the garden.  

The ceremony was framed by 100 guests, flowing creek and the angelic rendition of Schubert’s Ave Maria. For the reception, the guests and family moved to Ludwig’s. The ethereal feeling of the spacious terrace covered in glass was contrasted by the old world dramatic, yet cozy feel of the restaurant’s sunroom affording the best of both worlds for the guests’ dining experience.    

The dancing and speeches brought on laughter and happy tears as the couple celebrated with their friends and family into the night. 

Wishing the couple joy and many good years to come with their already large and loving family.

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