Her winning entry was entitled A Contemporary, Feminine Wedding on Vail Mountain. Katie and Brett met while attending the University of Denver, and while they now live in South Dakota, they knew they wanted to share the mountains of Colorado (and the place where they fell in love) with their guests. Their vision: A destination wedding with a contemporary, feminine theme that combined an elegant, formal celebration with the Vail Valley's relaxed mountain vibe.


The ceremony took place beneath a natural wood arch draped with willow branches and blush and ivory roses and hydrangeas, framing the mountains of Vail in the background. For the reception, guests headed inside The Tenth, a luxe mid-mountain restaurant at the top of Gondola One. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Vail Valley and a dramatic 15-minute gondola ride to reach the venue, the choice of venue truly gave Brett and Katie’s guests a taste of the state they love. Guests sipped sauvignon blanc as they nibbled on citrus-glazed ahi tuna on crispy wontons and local tomato bruschetta with burrata cheese, then were seated at long tables, where mirrored runners were topped with arrangements of white hydrangeas and blush garden roses. The pièce de résistance for the evening was a dramatic floral display over the candle-lit cake table, where French macarons and red velvet cake pops were accompanied by salted chocolate chip cookies and s'mores with home-made graham crackers.

Emily and Bella Design & Planning truly value their relationships with their creative partners, and it shows in the insights they shared with us: “Emily's strong sense of logistics and well-planned timelines make events we produce together go off without a hitch, allowing for a smooth set­up and painless break­down. Her planning process is a collaborative one, bringing all parties together to create design boards together, tweaking and building upon ideas in real-time during meetings to make sure every single detail is captured. The result is that everyone walks away happy, excited, and with a clear idea of what the plan is and how it will be brought to life.”