Riding High: Joanna & Michael in Beaver Creek, CO

Once Joanna Newman and Michael McFarland decided to marry in the bride’s home state of Colorado, they aimed for the sky. “We figured if we were going to bring our guests to Colorado, we should show them its beauty,” says Joanna.

The guests spent the night at hotels, like this one, at the bottom of the mountain and rode a ski lift up to the festivities.

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Once Joanna Newman and Michael McFarland decided to marry in the bride’s home state of Colorado, they aimed for the sky. “We figured if we were going to bring our guests to Colorado, we should show them its beauty,” says Joanna.
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An excited groom rides up the charilift with his groomsmen for the ceremony. “I loved hearing my friends’ stories about riding the chairlift up the mountain. Some people had never ridden a ski lift before, especially not in the middle of summer dressed in semiformal attire!”
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The bride’s vivid bouquet of gerbera daisies by Sweet Pea Designs. “I wanted all the flower arrangements to look like just-picked mountain wildflowers,” the bride says. “All other decorations were very simple, so as not to compete with the scenic surroundings.”
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The bridesmaids carried wildflowers in a variety of hues.
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Eight attendants clad in sky blue.
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The flower girls dressed in blue-sashed dresses.
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Joanna takes a break from socializing with the ‘maids to pose for a picture
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On the July wedding day, friends and family rode a ski lift up to Spruce Saddle Lodge. They found their seats on the lawn and gazed at the mountains while waiting for the ceremony to begin.

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