A Shabby Chic Mountain Wedding at Grand Lake Yacht Club in Grand Lake, Colorado

Amy Finch (32 and a principal of a marketing and events company) and Mark Vaught (30 and a financial analyst) met at the CandleLight, a dive bar, in D

Amy Finch (32 and a principal of a marketing and events company) and Mark Vaught (30 and a financial analyst) met at the CandleLight, a dive bar, in Denver, Colorado. Mark proposed two years later during a summer vacation in Italy. “Because the ring was burning a hole in his pocket, he got down on one knee the first day we arrived,” Amy says. “We were sitting on our balcony, overlooking Lake Como. I was over the moon! Only problem was that I didn't have international cell service, so I had to wait 10 days to get home to call all of my best friends. That was painful.” They had their intimate wedding close to home at the Grand Lake Yacht Club in Grand Lake, Colorado, since both of their families own cabins in town. Their well-trained golden retriever, Dublin, was the ring bearer and carried a box with the rings in his mouth down the aisle. After the ceremony, the newlyweds were able to take a quick ride in a boat on the lake (one of their favorite parts!) before the reception. Instead of traditional escort cards, the couple used old photos of their guests, including some from childhood, so everyone could reminisce while finding their seating arrangements. Amy and Mark used navy and blush as their main colors and decorated the reception with wood farm tables, floral arrangements by Cori Cook, mercury glass, lace table runners, chalkboard table numbers and candlelit lanterns for a rustic, but romantic feel.

Amy carried silver brunia balls, lily of the valley, lamb’s ear, roses and peonies in her lush bouquet.
Amy Getting Ready at Grand Lake Yacht Club
The groom and groomsmen wore pink and white striped linen bow ties from High Cotton Ties.
“We took first look photos on a private ranch adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park,” Amy says. “It was pouring down rain, so I wore glossy red Hunter rain boots with red bows under my Matthew Christopher dress.”
Elegant Chalkboard Ceremony Program
Light Blue and Navy Flower Girl Dress
The bridesmaids wore navy Lilly Pulitzer lace dresses with a gold zipper down the back. “The dresses were so cute that I bought one for myself, to wear at a later date,” Amy says.
Trained Golden Retriever Ring Bearer
The couple’s golden retriever, Dublin, carried the rings down the aisle in an old box in his mouth.
Amy and Mark Recessional
“Close friends had given us a very special piece of advice to find 20 minutes on our wedding day to escape and reflect on our vows and love for one another,” Amy says. “So following our ceremony, we took a champagne toast boat ride on Grand Lake in the family Chris Craft. Luckily, that was one of the only times all day when the sun was out. It was one of the most special parts of the day, and certainly made for some gorgeous photos.”
“My family's cabin at Grand Lake, Colorado, was a favorite weekend retreat for Mark and me since we met,” Amy says. “But Grand Lake took on a whole new meaning when Mark's family came to visit. Mark's dad fell in love with the place and bought a house just down the road from my family. Grand Lake is now the place we envision raising kids, spending Christmas with family up in the snow and growing old together in rocking chairs. So it felt appropriate that we would begin our married life together there.”
Since all the guests had a special relationship to the couple, Amy and Mark printed a special photo of every guest for the seating chart. “Many of the photos were from silly times when we were kids, so there was roaring laughter when people found their pictures,” Amy says. “People really liked this, as it gave us all a chance to reminisce on some of our favorite memories with our guests.”
“The Grand Lake Yacht Club sits on Colorado’s most charming fresh water lake, at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park,” Amy says. “With views of the Colorado rockies, and balconies that literally hang over the lake, we knew we could bring the feel of the outdoors in by keeping our decor simple.”
“The reception boasted antique wood farm tables, flowers by Cori Cook in light blush tones and mercury glass vases, antique lace table runners, accents of navy, chalkboard place cards, and warm candlelit lanterns,” Amy says. “ We wanted our wedding to have a polished elegant feel to it, but more than anything we wanted to create a feeling of warmth and comfort for our guests.”
Simple, Whimsical Menu Cards
Elegant Chalkboard Table Numbers
“I said I would never wear a mermaid dress, but it was the first dress I put on that showed off my curves and made me feel sexy,” Amy says.
Amy and Mark in Grand Lake, Colorado