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Getting hitched in the High Country

Cassie Pence
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My middle school sweetheart popped the question under a full moon while skiing in the backcountry. I said yes. He slipped the ring on my finger.

True love confirmed.

Instantly, I felt like the the harder part of life ” finding someone ” was over. Everything else should just fall into place, right?



Wrong. There is a wedding to plan.

It is a quick realization that traditional is not for me. I’m not exactly the anti-bride, but I don’t want the pearly white organza of society’s traditional weddings to strangle my mountain girl free spirit. My wedding is about the union of two hearts, not the perfect tablecloth.

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Luckily for whimsical types like me, the High Country is a perfect place to host a wedding. It’s the place to balance tradition with one’s personal ideas.

First, pick a season. Maybe you and your soul mate have always wanted to say your vows while skiing on twin tips down Vail Mountain. Or you imagine your ceremony among the brilliant shades of orange, yellow and red of fall aspens.

The Vail Valley is full of guest ranches, public pavilions and decks and even cabins that can be rented for the big day.



In the state of Colorado, anyone ” including the couple ” can legally officiate the wedding. So if wilderness is your church, creating your own ceremony might be the route you want to take.

Even for the most nontraditional bride, choosing a dress is an exciting part of the planning. If you get married in the High Country it is easy to think outside of the box ” off the rack.

Remember it’s never the dress that makes the outfit, but the person inside it.

Cassie Pence is the arts and entertainment editor for the Daily. She is engaged to Tim “Vail” Szurgot and will get married sometime in the future ” however she wants to.

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