Alix Grant & Nick Hawes

Saturday, June 29, 2019

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS  The wedding of Alix Grant and Nick Hawes was an intriguing combination of contemporary American fashion, classic Colorado cowboy styling and Scottish tartan attire.

When bride Alix told her family in Scotland that she was engaged, they responded that they hoped she was planning a Scottish wedding. While she says the event wasn’t as traditional as some guests may have expected, it definitely reflected her heritage.

Wedding planner Lindsey Grannis of One Fine Day Productions found a bagpiper in Denver to perform for the occasion, and a Scottish quaich was part of the ceremony. The quaich, a two-handled vessel, is used by Scottish couples to toast their new lives together.

The men’s outfits consisted not only of a kilt made in the Grant family tartan, but also of a vest, short jacket, scarf, kilt hose, sporran (pouch that serves as a pocket and may have originated as a place to conceal a flask, Alix surmises) and a short-handled knife. Each man’s measurements had to be sent to the Scottsdale, Arizona, firm that 
provided the ensembles. “It was like herding cats,” Alix recalls. “It was probably the most complex thing leading up to the wedding.”

At the event, however, the kilts may also have been the most entertaining. “It was hilarious to see the guys dancing in a ‘skirt.’ They were just loving it,” Alix says. Nick added his own touch – a cowboy hat – to the outfit. He and Alix share a love of Steamboat Springs; both their families spent time here while they were growing up. They chose Lake Catamount as their wedding venue because it’s their happy place, Alix says.

Six bridesmaids dressed in a deep shade of teal accompanied the bride, who wore a Haley Paige ballgown that consisted of multiple layers of tulle with a beaded back. “It was a lot more dress than I thought I wanted,” Alix says, acknowledging that Paige may be her all-time favorite designer. Tiny white flowers were woven throughout Alix’s long curls, and the bridesmaids had crowns of greenery.

Alix’s whole family participated in the wedding. Her younger brother officiated, while her older brother performed the quaich ceremony, and her parents walked her down the aisle. The couple’s dog, Stewart, who was there when Nick proposed to Alix, served as ringbearer.

The couple loved being able to share Colorado with Alix’s family, who came from Scotland for the occasion. Alix and Nick greeted their guests at a welcome party at Aurum Food & Wine, alongside the river.

Their visitors attended the rodeo, went on an alpaca trek, hiked, fished and rafted during their stay. Many stayed on through the Fourth of July, where they were treated to fireworks and a parade. “They thought the patriotism was unbelievable,” Alix recalls.

Although it snowed 20 inches a week before the wedding – remarkable even in Steamboat – the sun came out the night before the wedding and blue skies prevailed throughout the weekend. “The light was perfect,” Alix says. “It all goes by really fast.”

To quote Ziggy Marley, to whose song the couple had their first dance after the ceremony, “A lifetime isn’t enough to love you.”

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Photographer: Andy Barnhart Photography
Venue: Lake Catamount
Planner: One Fine Day Productions
Welcome party: Aurum Food & Wine Restaurant