After Michaela and Kyle’s gorgeous wedding ceremony on top of a mountain in Winter Park, Colorado, guests took advantage of the stunning mountain views and snapped lots of pictures outside before the party moved indoors for cocktail hour, dinner and dancing.
After the ceremony, Michaela and Kyle took lots of pictures with their families, but we managed to snag the bride and groom for one quick photo with our guys.
After they were whisked away, we took some more photos and had fun hanging out on the deck outside of the lodge.
This crazy group of guys spent the whole day mountain biking together and bonded over some crazy trail rides. They were a riot and having a whole group that got along so well and had so much fun together at the wedding only added to the fun.
Since Ryan and I found ourselves standing at such a beautiful alter before the reception, we thought that maybe we should re-do our ridiculously awkward wedding kiss…
But then we decided that the awkward memory is too darn funny to want to replace in our minds, so we recreated that instead.
Soon the smell of bacon-wrapped scallops called us inside and we grabbed cocktails to enjoy for an hour before dinner began. My drink of choice for the night was a mix of clementine and vanilla vodka with club soda which I highly recommend to my fellow vodka drinkers out there. It tasted like an orange creamsicle with a little pizzazz.
It was so great to be able to spend some time with friends that I haven’t seen in years, including two of my favorite guy friends from high school, Steve and Ryan, whom I haven’t seen since our wedding.
They are so much fun! (Longtime blog readers may remember when Michaela and I visited them in Arizona back in 2009.) Steve is now dating Michaela’s younger sister Maggie and we are all in love with them together.
Eventually it was time for everyone to take their seats so the bridal party and the bride and groom could be introduced.
One of my fellow bridesmaids, Erin, and I carried Michaela’s youngest brother Sam out and danced our way into the reception to The Kinks’ “What I Like About You.”
It was a fun entrance and when we all lined up and cheered for the bride and groom as they entered the reception, I knew the energy level around us meant we were in for a seriously fun night!
Before dinner was served, Michaela and Kyle had their first dance as husband and wife. I saw Kyle singing to Michaela and the way they looked at each other made my heart melt. I’m so, so happy for them.
As they danced, I sat on the floor with a little buddy of my own. Michaela’s nephew, Seamus, wanted to join the bride and groom on the dance floor so badly!
After the first dance, Michaela and Kyle cut their cake before dinner was served.
Isn’t the bluebird cake topper so cute and perfect for a mountain wedding? Michaela made them herself!
Dinner began with warm bread and a salad topped with fresh raspberries, crumbled cheese and candied pecans.
For the entree, guests had a choice between steak and steelhead trout and I opted for the fish which was fantastic. Ryan said the steak was great as well.
I loved the food at this wedding because it was all something I would absolutely order for myself in a restaurant. So delicious!
The wedding cake was great too and a welcomed sweet treat that I ate after spending some time on the dance floor.
After dinner, it was time for the groom to dance with his mother and the bride to dance with her father.
The father/daughter dance was so moving and had everyone in tears.
Michaela and her dad danced to Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers” performed by her three brothers.
It was incredible and so touching. I may have told Ryan I that want to have a bunch of babies now so we can make our future children form their own band. Michaela’s brothers did such wonderful job and you could tell they sang with so much love and emotion. It was beautiful and one of the highlights of the night.
After Michaela and her dad’s dance finished, there was one more special dance that took place that night. Michaela and Kyle planned their wedding on Michaela’s parents’ 34th wedding anniversary, so her mom and dad had their own special dance to “You’re Just Too Good to Be True.”
How cute are they!?
After their special dance, it was time for everyone else to hit the dance floor.
We spent the night dancing away and had so much fun partying it up!
Ryan practicing Blue Steel:
Once the reception was over, we took the gondola back to the base of the mountain and made a pit stop back at the room for some late night pizza to fuel us through the after party at Doc’s.
We spent the rest of the night at Doc’s bar before finally heading to bed after 2 a.m. It was such an incredible wedding and I am so, so happy I was able to be a part of it.
Congratulations, Michaela and Kyle!