Meagan Graves & Michael Carini

Saturday, August 25, 2018

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The leaves were just starting to turn when Meagan Graves married Michael Carini in the midst of an aspen grove on a stormy afternoon last August. “We had some crazy weather,” Meagan recalls. Although it sprinkled a little right before the ceremony started, the couple waited a few minutes and it stopped. It hailed during dinner, and then the skies cleared as the dancing began.

“Typical Colorado weather,” Meagan says. The couple slipped away during dinner to take photos against a spectacular sky, complete with dark clouds, lightning and a rainbow. “We got a lot of good luck on our day,” she says.

Michael is from New York City; Meagan grew up in Houston, but her parents live part-time in Steamboat Springs, which is how the couple was introduced to the area. “I think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world,” Meagan says. Even before Michael had officially proposed, he and Meagan had decided on a Steamboat wedding.

They took 2 ½ weeks off for the occasion and spent most of that time in Steamboat. Meagan highly recommends that brides adopt a similar schedule because it allows plenty of time to enjoy the area, spend time with family and relax after the wedding.

Before the wedding activities got under way, Meagan and Michael went on hikes with her parents: Zirkel Circle, Saddleback Mountain and Mad Creek trails were among their chosen routes – all extensive day hikes. Most of their guests arrived just in time for the wedding weekend, but they still took time to ride the gondola, hike and go river rafting.

Meagan’s parents hosted a welcome happy hour at their home in the mountain community on Thursday. Friday night was the rehearsal dinner and cocktails at Aurum Food & Wine. “They did a beautiful job,” Meagan says. Guests not only enjoyed the craft cocktails, food and service, but also strolling down to the river, which borders the restaurant.

Meagan wore a gown she purchased in Houston, where she and her sister-in-law to-be went shopping together. Sparkly Keds from the Kate Spade collection completed her look. “I wear Keds all the time anyway,” she says. “And I really did not want to wear heels that were uncomfortable all night.”

Meagan had eight bridesmaids, who wore shades of purple and blue. “I wanted to keep the colors neutral and classic,” she says.

The groom wore a tuxedo from the Paul Smith collection; the groomsmen wore ties from Paul Smith, which is the company where the bride is employed in New York City.

Guests were directed to their seats at the reception by signs that were adorned with pictures of the bride and groom at the age that corresponded to their table number. Meagan’s mom and mother-in-law helped to find and select the couple’s childhood pictures.

Meagan and Michael were seated at their own table at the reception, ensuring that they had time together, just the two of them. Mannequin, a Denver-area band, played for the reception. The bride took dance lessons with her father especially for the occasion. He had declined to pick music in advance, but once the dancing had begun, he requested “Love Shack” by the B-52s. The band graciously accommodated him, and one of the highlights of Meagan’s evening was watching her dad dance. “He danced the entire night,” she recalls.

In the tradition of Michael’s alma mater, Colgate University, the last song of the night was “New York, New York,” and dancing to that nostalgic music, surrounded by friends and family, was a perfect end to the day.

Featured Vendors:
Photographer: IN Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Aurum Food & Wine
Wedding Planner and Flowers: One Fine Day Productions
Catering: Marno's Custom Catering
Cake: Steamboat Baker
Hair: Rocky Mountain Day Spa