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Event planners brave the mountains

Industry News | December 1, 2008 | By:

Two Colorado event professionals find their wedding planning niche and bloom.

When Scott King and Heather Wheten (now Heather King) met on in 2005, it was, well, a perfect match. The following July, the two said “I do” on a mountaintop in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Their business blossomed quickly. “We started in 2006 just after getting married,” Heather explains. “We realized that with my wedding planning and European floral design experience and Scott’s photography experience, we had something to offer brides.” Since the Kings live in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, it made sense to specialize in Colorado destination weddings.

The two soon discovered the difficulties involved in event planning. Heather ticks off a list. “Getting the vision out of the clients, finding the perfect location, coordinating the little details and praying the communication between all parties is open, honest and consistent. The vendors we work with are amazing,” she says. “The ultimate reward is having the clients tell you the event is exactly as they imagined it would be.”

When a steep mountain slope is your proposed venue, you have to be ready for anything. Two days before a 2008 tented wedding in Breckenridge, a nasty winter storm had engulfed the region, battering the town with fierce wind, heavy snowfall and bone-chilling cold. The highways on either side of Breckenridge were closed. Members of the bride’s family were stranded on both sides.

“At times,” Heather says wryly, “dealing with Mother Nature can be challenging.” Fortunately, the Kings were up to the challenge. “We had to make sure the event was set up,” Heather says. “With the driving talent of my husband, we braved a steep pass to get into town. On the day of the event, the skies opened up. The tent looked amazing, facing the mountains, the light giving off a pink hue.”

Shelby Gonzalez is a freelance writer specializing in environmental and sustainability issues. She lives in Bolinas, Calif.

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