HTX Wonderful Weddings 2014
Dream Mountain Wedding

This dream mountain wedding brings 23 bridesmaids, snowy wonder and University of Houston truck love

When CultureMap's national accounts director Meredith Riddle began planning her wedding with fiance Patrick Chastang, she knew exactly what she wanted. 

It would be a Christmas wedding in green and white. No red allowed. Summering in Boulder, Colo., and skiing regularly in the Rockies, Meredith had always dreamed of a wedding in the mountains.

In keeping with her  green and white vision, the couple was wed on the tee box of the first hole at the Glacier Club, a private golf club in Durango, Colo. A snow storm the week before provided the white while the pines provided the deep green that worked beautifully with the bride's color scheme.

The bride was given away jointly by her stepfather, Phil Ferguson, left, and her father, John Riddle. Though her father walked her down the aisle.

Christine Hoffer of Belle of the Ball helped coordinate the destination wedding.

The wedding was timed for 3 p.m. just right for a December sunset in the Rocky Mountains. Durango Judge Chessa Gill presided over the service. 

The bride wore a couture Vera Wang gown from Casa de Novia.

Following the outdoor ceremony, the wedding party moved back inside at the Glacier Club where staff agreed to remove the red stockings from the fireplace mantle in order to keep it all green and white.

Friends and family, 160 in all, watched the wedding from the balcony of the Glacier Club.

As Meredith recalled one of her favorite moments from the wedding:  "standing with our wedding party and family on the tee box overlooking the stunning view and then turning around and seeing the gorgeous Glacier Club with all our favorite people — in furs and jackets and sunglasses — standing above on the balcony looking at us." 

The bride has many close friends so at the end of the day she had 23 bridesmaids, all asked to wear gowns of any design as long as they were full-length and a deep green.

Family members stood with the bride during the ceremonies while the others observed from the balcony.

Meredith says that one of the most fun parts of planning the wedding (done in only three months) was creating the logo and paper goods with Amy Boyter, owner of Papellerie.

Flower girls Amelia Earle, from left, Margaret Earle and Ella Wehring warm up inside after the ceremony.

Party favors for the reception, held at the Glacier Club, were blinking glasses in various colors and Santa hats.

The bride and her father-in-law Joe Chastang lightin' up the night.

Break dancing during the reception were bridesmaids Allie Fields and Laurie Dykoski in deep forest green.

The groom's cake represented the family business, Chastang Ford, and was a replica of Patrick's truck, the University of Houston logo a nod to his alma mater. The two dogs and cat in the back are part of the blended family.

Silver engraved bells were wedding favors. They were engraved with the wedding date and "Friends who are dear to us, gather near to us. Durango."  

Tags on the bells wished everyone "Have yourself a merry little Christmas."

Meredith had this bookmark made as a Christmas tree ornament with the longitude and latitude of their wedding site and their wedding date on the card. Patrick's sister, Mady Chastang, delivered the gift on the wedding day along with silver collar stays engraved with the wedding date. 

Very romantic.



Favors for the groomsmen were initialed cashmere neck scarves from Neiman Marcus.

Bridesmaids gifts were Yarn Bombed antlers in keeping with the woodland/antler theme. Meredith found an artist in California to wrap the antlers in colors related to each bridesmaid and with the common color of forest green.

In lieu of tossing rose petals at the couple, guests rang the wedding bell favors as the newlyweds departed.

Meredith and Patrick had their portraits done in front of the antique Durgano steam train.