Elegant black-tie affair with Donovan Pavilion's majestic mountain setting

January 2, 2024

Donovan Pavilion Wedding: An Elegant Black Tie Event in Vail

About The Wedding

Venue- Donovan Pavilion | Getting Ready Locations- Antlers Vail & Sonnenalp Vail | Planning & Design- Privé Events | Floral Design –Privé Events | Hair & Makeup- The Beauty Market | Catering- Biscuits & Berries | Cake & Desserts- Olivia Rose Cake Artistry | Band- Diamond Empire Band | Dress- Anais Anette from A&Be in Denver | Suit- Franco Ercole Bespoke  | Rehearsal Dinner- Ludwig’s Restaurant at the Sonnenalp Vail

A Mountain Formal Donovan Pavilion Wedding: Emily and Blake envisioned an elegant black-tie wedding in Vail, Colorado, that seamlessly incorporated their personalized sense of adventure for the outdoors and encompassed the seasonal wildflowers. With planning and design by Privé Events, the couple shared an intimate first look at the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola near the Holy Cross Wedding Deck. The celebration unfolded at Donovan Pavilion, featuring a live band, exquisite fashion, and delightful delicacies it was a celebration to remember. Explore the gallery for inspiration from Emily and Blake’s unforgettable Vail celebration.

Scroll to see gallery & read more of their wedding day story at Donovan Pavilion.

First look on wedding day in Vail Colorado.
Groom getting ready at Sonnenalp in Vail Colorado.
Groom ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola ahead of his first look.
Exterior of Donovan Pavilion in Vail Colorado. The perfect setting for a laid back mountain formal wedding.
Bride and Groom getting married at Donovan Pavilion enjoys quiet moment on Their weddign day near Gore Creek.
Wedding Ceremony set up at Donovan Pavilion.
Bride and Groom take couples portraits along Gore Creek just walking distance from Donovan Pavilion.
A sophisticated cocktail hour outside of Donovan Pavilion.

Wildflowers, family, friends, mountains, and vibrant colors took center stage as Emily and Blake crafted their vision for a summer mountain formal wedding at Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado. Inspired by the natural elements of the mountains, they incorporated seasonal wildflowers and curated a stunning color palette featuring light blue, dark blue, light pink, green, with pops of bright yellow and fuchsia. Balancing formality with a touch of nature, they drew inspiration from soft elements, embracing the gentle ambiance of candlelight. Choosing a wedding date that exuded ease, joy, and lasting memories was paramount for the couple. Brianna and her team from Privé Events skillfully brought every wedding day detail to life.

Interested in having your own wildflower inspired mountain formal wedding along Gore Creek at Donovan Pavilion? You can learn more about me here, and If I sound like the perfect Vail Colorado wedding photographer or destination wedding photographer for you, then inquire with me here, because I can’t wait to hear from you!



Leah Black, your trusted Colorado & Destination Wedding Photographer, specializes in capturing picturesque and luxurious weddings in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and beyond. While her expertise spans globally, Leah's photography is distinguished in the wedding industry for it's high-quality experience and standout imagery. Rooted in intuition and observation, Leah strives to capture the ungraspable moments, creating meaningful and timeless images that will be cherished for generations to come.



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