From our blushing bride…
“On an August Friday around lunchtime, someone came to my office to see me, a consultant named Jason Divine. I should have known it was Sean, my own Mr. Divine, there for a fake appointment with a bright bouquet of sunflowers. Having a reputation as a bit of a workaholic, I thought to myself, oh no, I’m going to get proposed to at my office – how typical. Instead (phew), Sean told me to pack my bags, that we were headed to Taos, New Mexico for a weekend getaway.
We arrived at Palacio de Marquesa, a magical white adobe boutique hotel, just before sunset. Sean said to me, “Put on your best dress, I made dinner reservations for us.” As we drove further out of town and into the horizon, the sky gradually turned a breathtaking canvas of oranges, pinks and reds. I caught on he was up to something – there were no restaurants in sight, just a brilliant backdrop of mountains looking over desert. We stood on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, a national treasure and the seventh tallest bridge in the U.S., as he got on one knee. Sean presented me with a ring design my best friend Alysa Teichman of Ylang23 had helped him mastermind, a princess cut stone atop a band sprinkled with pave diamonds from my mom’s vintage ring I had always coveted. Sean is my best friend, closest confidante, personal comedian and soul mate. I of course said yes! I couldn’t picture life any other way than with my personal Mr. Divine.
15 months later, Sean and I were married in Vail, Colorado. We’re both natives of Dallas and went to college at Vanderbilt University around the same time – but met in Denver after both being relocated there for our jobs, we really fell in love during winters skiing in Vail. Having always wanted a winter wedding, we thought it was only fitting to plan our ceremony and celebration there.
We said our “I dos” at the Vail Interfaith Chapel during a traditional Catholic ceremony. With Sean’s support, I had converted to Catholicism the previous year, so the ceremony was especially meaningful for both of us. Answering this bride’s prayers, it had snowed 10 inches the night before the wedding and the snow continued to lightly dust Vail Village throughout the ceremony, visible to our guests in the grand window behind the pulpit of the chapel.
The reception at the Sonnenalp Hotel was a big fat party. Heather Dwight of Calluna Events made pulling together the details my mom and I had painstakingly planned over the past 15 months look easy. Kitzel Ruth of The Perfect Petal (the flower shop I had referred Sean to for every special occasion since we met!) helped create the intimate, mountain-rustic, candle-lit dinner party we envisioned. The Sonnenalp served up delicious fare and a melt-in-your-mouth classic vanilla wedding cake I still can’t stop thinking about. Sarah Brent of the Sonnenalp even coordinated a birthday cake for my dad, who turned 65 on our wedding day. Wash Park Band rocked and rolled for hours, and when they started playing, our closest family and friends never left the dance floor. It was a day filled with love, laughter and happy tears, one that Sean and I will replay for years to come.”