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Outdoor Weddings: Moriah & Kevin | Allie’s Cabin, CO

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From the Photographer:

Kevin was finishing the last year of his MBA at the Darden School of Business at UVa, and Moriah was in her third year at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Moriah walked into the quintessential college bar, The Virginian, on a cold Thursday night in February; caught Kevin’s eye. He introduced her to her now favorite drink - the classic bourbon & ginger - and they spent the rest of the night talking in one of the bar’s cozy wooden booths. After Kevin graduated a few months later he moved to Colorado for the sunshine, outdoor activities, & small city feel. Moriah followed a year later after she graduated.

Ever the outdoor enthusiasts, Kevin tagged along on one of Moriah’s work trips to beautiful Montana in November . En route to Bozeman, the couple stopped along the Yellowstone River to take in some sunshine, where Kevin dropped to one knee and asked Moriah for forever. They got married on the last sequential day of the century, but honestly didn’t plan it that way! Moriah always dreamed of a December wedding & the Saturday they chose was right between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was only when they signed their venue agreement that the numerical significance was discovered. Makes it an easy date to remember!

Kevin and Moriah chose their table numbers based on significant dates in their relationship. For example, No. 388 represented the mile marker along the Yellowstone River where Kevin proposed! Moriah’s younger brother, Christopher (21), officiated the wedding ceremony. He spent almost a year crafting the eloquent and personal script, successfully making everyone laugh and cry throughout the ceremony.

The couple strongly recommends having someone near and dear officiate - it made the ceremony so memorable and sweet. Guests had to take open air sleighs pulled by Beaver Creek’s snow cats to get to the mountaintop reception venue, Allie’s Cabin. Situated in a tall aspen grove, the cabin’s vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace & crackling fire, and beautiful views of the Beaver Creek Village below made for a perfect setting.

Just as the reception was beginning the skies opened up and big white snowflakes fell all night. Guests participated in a snowball fight, the bride and groom strapped on snow boots for a brisk photo session in the snowy aspens, and everyone woke up the next morning to over 8″ of fresh snowfall. Magical is the singular word to describe this perfect wedding day.The majority of the guests flew in from out of state. In order to spend time with all of the friends and family they don’t get to see that often, the couple hosted a post-rehearsal dinner late night cocktail hour at the Splendido at the Chateau & a post-wedding breakfast at The Pines Lodge. These extra events gave Kevin & Moriah lots of time to see their guests but more importantly, allowed them to spend time together at their wedding reception. They’ll tell you this was one of their best decisions!



Photographer: Katie Keighin Photography

Dress Designer:Alfred Sung//Reception Venue: Allie’s Cabin//Floral Designer:Fifty Flowers//Groomsman Attire:The Black Tux//Ceremony Location:The Chapel at Beaver Creek//Caterer:The Osprey at Beaver Creek//Other: The Pines Lodge//Submitted via Two Bright Lights



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