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Powered by Pink Monkey column: Which wedding aesthetic fits you best?

Melony Sebastian
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This wedding, held at the Four Seasons Vail, falls squarely under the mountain elegant category. Pink Monkey fabricated and installed the pool decking, allowing the bride and groom (and the rest of the bridal party) to walk on water.
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Designing the perfect wedding is all about finding an aesthetic that resonates with you and then letting that aesthetic carry over into every stunning detail of the ceremony and reception. Your wedding should be like a beautifully choreographed dance or a well-curated museum, where the parts work together flawlessly as a whole.

While Pink Monkey brides tend to be sophisticated, modern, highly educated, working millennials, their style and vision for their perfect wedding of course varies. But there are two things that remain consistent: a desire for an exquisite wedding in harmony with their style and to plan a celebration that people will remember for decades down the road.

Do find yourself saying, like many brides do, “I’m just not that creative. … How am I going to design my wedding?” Relax. You don’t need to be Martha Stewart to be part of the creative process of designing your dream wedding. You simply need to identify a style that speaks to you and then work with a professional who can actualize the things you envision. Once you pinpoint the broad aesthetic that speaks to your personal style, you can focus on incorporating it into your choice of venue, colors, catering, wardrobe and decor.

The first thing we do with our brides is work with them to figure out which broad aesthetic speaks to their personal style and taste. In our experience, a bride who has chosen to have her wedding in Colorado will identify with one of three broad aesthetics: mountain elegant, Western contemporary or classic romantic. From there, we establish a baseline and vocabulary that we use to design a wedding custom to that bride’s every desire.

So which Colorado bride are you: a nature lover who lives for the out-of-doors? A cowgirl who also feels at home in the heart of the city? Or are you a hopeless romantic dreaming of an elegant affair? Read on to see which of these styles describes you best.

Mountain elegant

Of course your wedding will showcase nature, and your plan is to exchange your vows outdoors, against the backdrop of rugged, snowcapped peaks. A conservationist at heart, you incorporate as many natural elements as possible into your wedding decor, bringing the outdoors in with wildflower centerpieces and lush greenery.

Glow up-lighting helps to mirror the warmth of the great fireplace in your rustic reception hall, and just a touch of metallic provides the right counterpoint, achieving a look of simple elegance.

Western contemporary

Your ideal wedding combines classic Western furnishings with whimsical touches, such as antler chandeliers and electric pink up-lighting. You envision composed centerpieces and massed arches of flowers. Rustic elements predominate — you love the idea of using cowhide as an accent — but there is also lots of glam because you just don’t do predictable that well.

Classic romantic

You can’t think of anything more romantic than being a princess for a day. At your wedding, folds of sumptuous drapery, made more dramatic by candlelight, form the backdrop for a white dance floor flanked by towering cascades of floral arrangements. It’s a black-tie event, where waiters pass around canapes on silver platters and luxurious furniture is grouped in inviting nooks for people to mingle and gather. Overhead, crystal chandeliers cast intimate lighting on your guests as they dance the night away.

Melony Sebastian is the lead event designer for Pink Monkey Solutions, a Vail-born event design and production boutique that’s been wowing partygoers for more than a decade. Pink Monkey’s passion and expertise for meticulously detailed event design has been on display at weddings, fundraisers, galas and corporate events around the country. Fore more information, visit http://www.pinkmonkeysolutions.com.

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