This Couple's Pup Was A Very Important Part Of Their Big Day

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Stacey met Eric through a group of mutual friends. After just over a year of dating, the couple got engaged while skiing in Vail, Colorado. Stacey, a Colorado native, returned to her childhood vacation spot with her groom-to-be for a wedding weekend 18 months later. On July 5, 2013, the Virginia residents tied the knot on Beaver Creek Mountain, just 13 miles from the proposal site, with 87 of their closest friends and family members. The event was full of thoughtful touches and played up the pair’s love of the region.
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Stacey wore an extra special outfit for the couple’s first look — her mom’s wedding dress. The short vintage Romona Keveza made a second appearance on the dance floor later that evening.
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Stationer Kayln Denno of Lilah Paper designed the lift-ticket-inspired save-the-dates, nodding to Vail’s most popular pastime and the couple’s own mountaintop engagement.
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Digby & Rose created the letter-pressed invitations and plaid-lined envelopes. The plaid pattern was used later at the event.
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Hand-painted burlap bags held a combination of useful wedding weekend information and snacks — chocolate bars, potato chips, granola bars, and, of course, microbrews — for a day outdoors. To honor their Fourth of July wedding weekend, the pair finished off the gift with an American flag.

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Frank, the couple’s beloved pug, accompanied Stacey and Eric.
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Stacey walked down the aisle in a Hayley Paige gown paired with a veil and headpiece from Denver bridal shop Anna Bé. Eric wore a blue three-piece suit from Suitsupply. For an added touch, he had their wedding date embroidered inside his suit jacket.
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The bridal bouquet was a loose arrangement of roses, seeded eucalyptus, thistle, and berries, made by Rose Braden of Rose Petals.
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“We have so many great friends, so it was hard to choose and we didn’t want to end up with half of our wedding guests up at the altar,” says Stacey. Eric’s oldest brother wore a blue three-piece suit and bow tie from Suitsupply.
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The couple opted to forgo a full wedding party; however, they selected their oldest siblings as the maid of honor and best man. “We had our closest friends be a part of getting ready, which worked out great,” says Stacey. The bride’s sister wore a David Meister dress.

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The ring pillow boasted Frank’s likeness, thanks to Stacey’s mom’s needlework skills.
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The couple’s ceremony was held at The Chapel at Beaver Creek, overlooking the lush Rocky Mountain balsam tree grove. Lit by natural sunlight and hanging antler chandeliers, the interfaith chapel provided an intimate and rustic ambience. Stacey and Eric opted for nontraditional readings, including Taylor Mali’s “How Falling in Love Is Like Owning a Dog.”
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Guests waved wands that Stacey crafted from paint sticks and colored ribbon to create a festive and mess-free ceremony exit.
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Because most guests traveled many miles to attend the Colorado festivities, the couple wanted to give a thank-you to every guest individually. On the steps of the chapel, the newlyweds posed with celebrants in one group shot. To ensure everyone got a copy, the couple sent the snapshot as a thank-you card.
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Immediately following the afternoon ceremony, guests traveled by bus down mountain to Beano’s Cabin, a restaurant tucked in the White River National Forest, for cocktail hour. See More of Stacey and Eric’s Colorado Wedding.
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