Late Friday morning, Ryan and I arrived in Denver, Colorado. I flew in from Los Angeles after the IDEA World Fitness Convention and Ryan flew in from Jacksonville and we met up at baggage claim. Our friends Carrie and Aaron arrived at the airport from Michigan and the four of us rented a car and carpooled to the adorable ski town of Winter Park for a fun wedding weekend in the mountains.
We’ve been looking forward to Michaela and Kyle’s wedding for months and it was so much fun to have everyone together. Michaela and two of her bridesmaids, Carrie and Leah, and I have been friends for twenty years and we always have a blast whenever we get together. We met in elementary school and have remained best friends since! (Michaela, Carrie and Leah were also bridesmaids in our wedding and Carrie, Michaela and I were bridesmaids in Leah’s wedding.) Our husbands and boyfriends all get along really well, too, which makes things all the better. Such a fun group!
After our arrival in Denver, we drove for two hours before we arrived at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.
Unfortunately we arrived later than we anticipated, so Carrie and I didn’t have a chance to shower. We quickly threw on our dresses and I tried my best to straighten the kinks out of my greasy hair since it had been up in a ponytail all day. We then rushed out the door to meet up with the rest of the bridal party at the base of a ski lift.
Michaela and Kyle’s wedding took place at the very top of a mountain which was unbelievable! For both the wedding and the rehearsal, we rode up the ski lift and took in the gorgeous mountain views.
It was a little drizzly and quite cold on our way up the mountain but we were excited to get the wedding fun started!
Michaela and Kyle’s wedding rehearsal was supposed to take place outside but it started to rain like crazy right after we arrived at the lodge on the mountaintop, so the rehearsal took place indoors.
Even with the gloomy weather, the location was absolutely stunning. We assured Michaela that if it rained on her wedding day and everything had to be moved indoors, it would still be an incredibly beautiful wedding.
Once the rehearsal was over, we took buses back down the mountain since the ski lift wasn’t an option due to the rain.
We huddled under blankets to keep warm and had fun chatting about Michaela and Kyle’s big day.
Once we made it to the base of the mountain, we walked from the bus to Doc’s where all of our dates joined us for the rehearsal dinner.
Heeere they are: The bride and groom!
I sipped on wine throughout the night and enjoyed my meal that included a mixed green salad and honey salmon with roasted potatoes, carrots and asparagus.
(I forgot to snap a picture of my entree right away. Oops!)
For dessert I polished off a plate of peach pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The views from the terrace right outside the upstairs bar were beautiful, so we made sure to snap some pictures.
It was so much fun to have everyone together and we hung out at the restaurant bar for hours, drinking and catching up.
It was the perfect kick off to such a fun wedding weekend!