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Suzanne & Michael: A Traditional Wedding in Beaver Creek, CO

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Suzanne's only requirement for the flowers was that they be "very red." Her designer accommodated with Black Magic, Baccara and Wanted roses. Chocolate cosmos and eggplant calla lilies broke up the color with deeper tones.
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Suzanne wanted her maids to be comfortable and unique, but still wanted a cohesive look. The ladies kept the style consistent by wearing full-length, scarlet, silk shantung gowns in a variety of styles. Michael’s groomsmen incorporated the wedding colors into their Kenneth Cole tuxes by wearing gold vests and ties.
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Suzanne and Michael initially planned a wedding in the city, but fell in love with the Beaver Creek Resort Chapel when they saw it on their photographer's website. "When I found out that my childhood pastor had moved to serve that congregation, it seemed like fate," said Suzanne.
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The stationery designer blended the wrought iron and pinecone details into an elegant motif for the invitations and programs. The programs were tied with a scarlet silk-dupioni ribbon.
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While guests headed for the reception, Suzanne and Michael took a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride around the resort–the perfect opportunity to take some private photographs.
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The elegant draping across the ceiling and down the walls was the bride's favorite part of the decor. The lush fabric perfectly complemented the champagne-colored linens, which were topped with eggplant napkins and surrounded by gold chiavari chairs.
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The couple transformed a giant hutch in the entry of the lodge ballroom into an escort card display. They camouflaged it with large sheets of plywood wrapped in cotton batting and champagne dupioni silk and hung the cards from strips of scarlet ribbon.
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Suzanne and Michael named each table after a city that was significant to their relationship. They displayed the numbers in antique gold frames, which were complemented with matching gold hurricanes scattered on the tables.
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Earthy touches of pinecones and curly willow gave the elegant centerpieces of roses, calla lilies, cosmos and dahlias a rustic vibe. High and low arrangements added texture to the room.
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The couple's ivory, buttercream cake was kept simple, but still incorporated personal accents -- including the couple's signature wrought iron scroll and a topper made of fresh red roses.
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The couple chose a DJ because of space limitations, "and we are so glad we did," says Suzanne. He played a variety of genres that kept guests on the dance floor all night long.
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Old-fashioned candy dishes added vintage flair to the candy bar the couple set up for their guests. They offered a variety of popcorn and sweets, and provided monogrammed bags so each guest could take home some treats.

Suzanne & Michael in Beaver Creek, CO

Suzanne thought she was only doing her friend a favor by agreeing to a blind double date, but she still stipulated that her date be tall. In walked her six-foot-six future husband, Michael. The Bride Suzanne Janzen, 29, systems engineer The Groom Michael Ewert, 29, assistant superintendent The Date October 11 The two realized they had a lot in common, and they began seeing each other exclusively soon after. A year later, Michael joined Suzanne’s family on a Thanksgiving trip to Maui. He arranged a private date at an oceanside restaurant. When the couple began reminiscing about their past year together, Michael told Suzanne he wanted to spend the rest of his years with her. Then, with Suzanne’s family secretly watching, he got down on one knee and gave her the ring of her dreams.
- Carrie Chambers
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