real weddingsSarah & Paul Wisor
A winter wonderland on Vail Mountain creates marital magic for this ski-savvy couple.
By Kaleigh Lawson
Sarah and Paul Wisor met in the most unassuming of ways as associates at the same law firm. Sara, from Ann Arbor, Michigan was new to Colorado and developed a strong friendship with Paul, who resided in Centennial. Their friendship eventually blossomed into love through their mutual passion for skiing and the mountains. Sarah grew up skiing in Vail on family trips, and Paul’s mother is a ski instructor there. “He is an amazing skier, which is part of the reason I fell in love with him,” says Sarah. “There wasn’t even a question of if we’d get married there.”
The proposal was a memorable story in itself. Paul asked Sarah’s parents for approval and made a secret trip to Michigan to pick up Sarah’s great-grandmother’s ring from her mother. On the day of the proposal, Sarah refused Paul’s encouragement to dress up for dinner as she expected it
would just involve a casual drink. They ventured to Vail Village where Paul proposed at the base of the mountain at Gondola One. “I’m not even sure what he said,” says Sarah. Admittedly a little embarrassed due to her athletic attire, Paul surprised Sarah with Champagne and dinner at Sweet Basil.
When the wedding weekend arrived, Paul’s parents hosted a welcome reception for guests, which included a s’mores bar, fire pit and speeches from friends. On the day of the wedding, everything went smoothly with the help of their wedding planner, Kara Delay of Love This Day Events. Sarah saw their vision of a rustic ski lodge with pops of modern touches come to life.
After “I do’s,” the bridal party took pictures around Vail with welcome cheering from strangers around town. It was the ideal Colorado wedding with bridesmaids in The North Face jackets and sparkly Sorel boots. The reception was held on the mountain at The 10th, a restaurant at mid-Vail with stunning views of Gore Range. The couple celebrated with delicious food and notably hilarious speeches from the bridal party, especially Paul’s brother.
The evening concluded with a special moment. After all the guests descended the mountain, Sarah and Paul rode the gondola down under the stars with Sarah’s parents and brother. Sarah had a bottle of Dom Pérignon that her grandfather purchased in the 70s for her future wedding day. Her parents kept it for 27 years and although her grandfather was unable to toast with them, they enjoyed the Champagne at the base of the mountain. “It made me feel more connected to my grandfather on my wedding day,” says Sarah. After changing into casual clothes, Sarah and Paul enjoyed a slice of pizza and beer together as husband and wife.