Wedding weekend. An adventure of a different kind requiring endurance, patience and planning.Tim and I left Steamboat Thursday morning for Summit County. Stopping in the Summit County 'suburbs' of Willowbrook and Summit Cove we continue on the hunt for the 'perfect house,' or at least a home that would give us easier access to winter recreation and bigger mountain skiing. The views of the Gore and Ten Mile Range, once taken for granted, now beckon me back to where I grew up.
Thursday was low-key, comparatively. Crossing paths on Swan Mountain Road, the connection between Breckenridge and Keystone resorts, we saw Tim's immediate family. We then met up with Dave and Sam, Tim's groomsmen, at the Breckenridge condo. They had skied at Arapahoe Basin that day. They joined us for dinner at my parents.
Friday was where the fun started I guess one could say... Tim went back to the Basin with the boys while I had some 'girlie things” to accomplish. During each part I remained positive and tried to enjoy even though I am not used to being fussed over. Dress fitting at the Breck Rec Center's locker room was followed later by buying flowers, creating the guest and letter book then going for manicures with the ladies!
That night we had an informal barbecue at Carter Park, a downtown pavilion with amazing views and amenities (sledding hill, dog park, etc)... It was great to meet Tim's grandpa, who for obvious reasons, loves him dearly. I was told to sit on his lap and proceeded to 'run the gamet' on questions and personality check in-- I passed though.
|Kate and her Mummus looking calm. Must have been the manicure||s|
Saturday morning dawned warm and clear. Rallying the troops was more like herding cats but we managed to get people geared, fueled and psyched up for a day hike and ski tour. The plan was to have the resort skiers (Sam, Dave and Sarah) to meet the hikers (Kim, Ticia, Chris, Matt , Tim and Kate) up at the Peak 6 Basin, just around tree-line. Like a herd of turtles we all fulfilled the plan, to show our dear friends what makes us tick--- as in why we live in Colorado and seek out mountains and the activities they present.
Tim and I managed to sneak away and ski a fun line that was north facing and super powdery--- almost as good at Cameron Pass a week prior! Funny also was the fact that some areas had more snow that a month ago skiing with my dad. While others were bare and wet. Everyone made it down safely using various forms of transport (skis, snowshoes, snowshoes on skis, gondolas, cars,, etc)- some by way of the T-Bar (of beverages that is!)
The next few hours were frantic but went well. I was supposed to meet some ladies including Abi, my other bridesmaid to put together flower bouquets and corsages. However Tim and I had not yet written our vows or gone over last-minute ceremony components together of with the pastor, Nathaniel.
Thankfully Kim stepped in started on flowers with my mom and Abi. In less that an hour Tim and I took a bath, wrote vows, dressed and went over to the church---Rehearsal went as well as expected, in that we were attempting to discuss options while conveying to those involved what we were expecting. Then it was over to MiCasa restaurant for dinner.
More family and friends were here and it was truly humbling to see all that had made the effort to come. I told Tim's dad, Rod, and step-mom, Libby, that despite the stresses of the previous days, we were enjoying the experience and felt that there was nothing left to do... Now that the snowball was in motion and nothing could be done to stop it. The wedding would happen with or without any last minute add-ins. The point to remember is that everyone was there for us and what an amazing honor.
Small speeches and stories were told with accompanying laughs . For met it was awesome to hear my friends talk about me getting them out to play- go beyond their comfort zones. What I realized is that I have a very diverse group of friends. Much like a color wheel: we are all on the spectrum somewhere and connected by colors more similar to ours than the one across the circle. However, we are all united. Late into the evening Kim, Abi and Sarah helped finish the flowers- a monumental task. Tim and the men were working on music for the ceremony. The night was really fun and even though I was nervous and busy in mind, sleep came well.
The BIG DAY!
The ceremony was held at Arapahoe Basin ski area near Loveland Pass, Colorado. The weather was perfect- relatively warm with a cool breeze to keep us on our toes. Tim was shaking during the ceremony- from nerves and the chill. Better than beforehand, when he was hyperventilating. Not to worry, a scotch from his friends calmed him down while I helped get the final preperations ready and took the lift up with my dad to stage our entrance.
When we arrived at the Basin I had to be careful not to be seen by Tim.... I greeted some guests as I anxiously went through some last minute details and got everything going.
|Eric and Oakley help Tim calm down with some early morning scotch|
|A bridesmaid at Ian's Wedding Jan 2. 2012|
Now it was time to PARTY!!! Two beach spots reserved up against the base, close to where Tim and I first chatted exactly two years ago...
Many fond memories were cemented the 24 hours we got to know each other. Countless letters (hand-written), emails, phone calls and texts ensured for four months until Tim moved out West. Looking back, I try to remember our wedding day in such detail like I remembered our paths crossing and linking.
As was instructed, many friends came dressed (as gapers or in hawaiian outfits) to soak up the sun and spring skiing.
|Tim's good friend, Dave, in a one-sey|
|We planned to ski North Pole Chutes|
|Ready to ski|
|Tim and I sharing a moment|
Down the road we all went in convey. A short drive but another world away: to the Red Tail Ranch, which sits between Breckenridge and Frisco without any signs or sights of other commercialism. A real 'dude' ranch without the dudes, just views...
|The Retail Ranch- the Ten Mile Range is just out of view.|
Well, really, my other half in the truest sense remains my twin brother Ian. I have known him for longer than anyone-naturally- so it only made sense for him to put together something so special. Even though he could not make the wedding weekend in person his person was felt. He and his new wife Sarah put together an awesome movie. Very heartfelt and special, as Ian is... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1UyuUF7JbA.
Our meeting, relationship and wedding are just examples of making the most of every moment in God's timing. Together we seize each day. THANKS to everyone who came, it's a long way for many. To each person who has influenced, challenged and helped me become who I am, I appreciate you more than I could write. After living, traveling, working and playing around the world I needed someone to share the moments with, a soul, playmate, a best friend.
I found Tim in the right place and time. Getting married was the most happiest day of our lives together. It was even an adventure, of a different type. However, stay tuned for more of the epic kind where snow, sand, dirt and water are sure to make apperances
Kate and Tim Zander