Whimsical Winter Wedding in Silverthorne Colorado

Tiffany & Charlie

November 16th, 2018

Silverthorne, Colorado


The day began as the best mornings in the mountains always do–cozied up in cabins with windows reaching to the sky + views of the peaks surrounding the valley. This day was no different, except for that Charlie + Tiffany’s closest people had traveled from all over the country, but mostly from Iowa, where the scenery is starkly contrasting.



Five years ago they both were living in Iowa–they met through a mutual friend at a going away party. Charlie met up with Tiffany again at their friend’s house decorating for Christmas. After a few loaded Coronas, he asked a friend for her number. Her friend was a little skeptical since Tiffany was moving to Texas in five weeks, but she gave him the number regardless.

The next weekend they were at a Christmas pub crawl and Charlie excitedly saw her again. He was in the awkward beginning stages of growing his annual mustache for no shave November, so naturally one of his first pickup lines was, “I bet you’ve never kissed anyone with a mustache.” Of course it worked, and they started kissing. It was a cheeky beginning to their gradually unfolding love story.


The time came for Tiffany’s move + she ended up living in Texas for just six months. “It made our relationship a lot stronger because all we could do was talk over Skype,” recalls Tiffany. They got to make accomplishments in their own lives separately, then Tiffany moved back to Iowa. Once Charlie was done with school, they moved to Denver + bought a house together. Their next addition to the family was their adorable Bernadoodle puppy named Chelsea.

Then at last, the time came for the next step in their relationship. It was their anniversary + Charlie had just undergone surgery, so Tiffany didn’t think he had much time to plan something big, although she had been expecting a proposal. He brought her to the mountains to stay at Mount Princeton Hot Springs. They set out one morning to cut down a Christmas tree, and as Charlie was on the ground he pulled out a pretty little ring as well. After almost losing their tree off the side of the highway, they made their extravaganza a yearly tradition. Now a year later, it was finally time to tie the knot.

They gathered in the Raven at Three Peaks Club to make their handwritten vows as a good friend officiated the wedding.


It was a gorgeous sunny warm day with striking snow-capped peaks in the background.  After the nuptials, everyone piled in a groovy party bus with a fully stocked bar to cruise around the mountain town, capturing some wedding party photos in front of the epic sunset + grabbing beers at a local brewery. The couple truly made their day about their favorite things, people, and places, personalizing every minute of the celebration.






Everyone else awaited the party at the Town Pavilion, a charming + elegant banquet hall in downtown Silverthorne. Once the rest of the crew arrived, the dance floor + cocktail glasses were never empty. Everyone made the most of their long journey to Colorado until the very last sparkler went out, making a full day of festivities to celebrate the Ettelsons.






MUSICIAN: Stevey Ertl (Insta: @steveygrams)

BRIDAL GOWN: Madison James from The Bridal Collection

FLORIST: Garden of Eden 

CAKE ARTIST: Mulberries Cake Shop


HAIR ARTIST: Daniele Fletcher / Katie Wessels


TUXES: Indochino

–Em & Alan

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