A Plaid Mountain Wedding at Beano’s Cabin in Avon, Colorado

Inspired by the natural shades of red, brown and green filling their rustic mountain venue, Stacey Baraya (33 and a national security account manager)

Inspired by the natural shades of red, brown and green filling their rustic mountain venue, Stacey Baraya (33 and a national security account manager) and Eric DiRuzzo (35 and a sales executive) decided to work with the bold interior of Beano’s Cabin in Avon, Colorado, to really play up the uniqueness it had to offer. After Stacey found a plaid print that had every color of the chair backs and carpet at Beano’s, the color palette was set and plaid decorated everything from the envelope liners to the cocktail tables to the table runners. Stacey and Eric worked with Digby and Rose to design a signature antler logo that really brought all the details together. “I thought the plaid and antlers really captured the fact that our guests were in a very unique cabin on top of a mountain,” Stacey says. “It almost felt you are in Ralph Lauren catalog!” Although Stacey and Eric planned most of the details themselves, they enlisted the help of JoAnn Moore from Mountains and Meadows Weddings and Events for the month leading to their day. Their favorite wedding pro to work with was their amazing photographer Laura Murray from Laura Murray Photography. “She goes above and beyond for her clients,” Stacey says. “She is the most positive person we have ever met and her response time was amazing. She has become one of the top wedding photographers in Colorado and it’s because she is not only incredibly talented, but she also knows how to run a business and work with her clients. We can both truly say that she is now a dear friend and will refer her over and over again!”

The invitation was designed by Stacey with the help of Digby and Rose in Washington, DC. The invitations were black letterpress on thick white stock paper. The envelope liner was the same signature plaid the couple used throughout the decor, which set the tone for the event. The save-the-date was a booklet that when guests tore open to reveal plenty of information and a ski lift ticket with their wedding date!
Red Hypericum Berry, Blue Thistle Bouquet
Rustic Scabiosa Pod, Pinewood, Rosemary Boutonnieres
“Since our beloved pug was not allowed up at Beano’s we wanted as many ways to incorporate him into our wedding,” Stacey says. The dog, Frank, was present during the first look and adorned the ring pillow so he could be with the couple down the aisle.
Stacey and Eric exchanged vows at The Chapel At Beaver Creek in Avon, Colorado. They decorated the space with tall curly willow branches placed every three rows. “It created a trail through a forest to the front,” Stacey says. “The church itself had beautiful views because it sat right next to the gore creek and had bronze antler chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. There was not a lot we needed to do to because it was beautiful all on its own.”
The lounge area was set up on the front balcony outside of Beano’s Cabin. They included hay bales decorated with signature plaid wrapped around them. The wooden benches were decorated with signature monogrammed logo pillows, plaid pillows and cowhide pillows with a large cowhide rug under the haystacks.
Stacey had a Christmas dinner at Spago in Beaver Creek and fell in love with a bourbon cocktail there. She loved it so much that one night, when her and Eric were in Washington, DC, they called the restaurant and asked for the ingredients. Since Eric loved it too, it was an easy decision for their signature cocktail. It included Makers Mark, cointreau, honey, lemon juice and ginger beer. “We named the cocktail after a chair lift in the back bowls in Vail called the Orient Express,” Stacey says. “To this day it’s still our favorite drink.” It was served with the custom monogrammed antler logo to tie it all together.
Red and Taupe Plaid Cocktail Table Linens
The escort cards were the RSVP envelopes mailed back to Stacey and Eric. They had their calligrapher write each guests names and table numbers onto the return envelops and Stacey use the plaid envelop liner to frame them. Stacey and Eric then took wooden pushpins and pinned them into a large woodpile that is stored in front of the cabin.
Stacey chose a strapless Hayley Paige ball gown for her mountain wedding. She loved the uniqueness of the striped fabric and the flowing skirt. For her hair, she had it up for the ceremony and dinner, and had her hairdresser take it down for dancing. “The whole look was inspired by Grace Kelly,” Stacey says.
“Since the wedding was in Colorado we wanted to keep with the theme of what you would expect for a rustic venue,” Stacey says. “Beano’s is a four-star restaurant when they aren’t hosting a summer wedding. You can in the winter take a sled to the cabin and enjoy a six-course menu.” The first course was a Summer Gazpacho.
Italian Ruscus Garland with Red Dahlias
White Pillar Candle, Green Garland Centerpieces
Black Lantern, White Pillar Candles, Moss Centerpieces
Red Protea, Leucadendron, Garden Rose Centerpieces
The wedding cake was a personal two-tiered cake just for Stacey and Eric to enjoy. It was decorated with layered white fondant to look like a blooming flower. On top was a signature antler logo that the couple used throughout their decor. The cake was displayed on a high wood trunk that brought the rustic outdoor feel into the cabin.
For the first dance, Stacey changed into a vintage Romona Keveza short wedding dress that was her mother’s. She loved being able to move in the short dress as well as the romantic, sentimental value. Stacey and Eric danced to “Wagon Wheel” by Old Medicine Show. The band played the song slow at first and then picked it up halfway through and the couple had everyone join them on the dance floor.