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went to school with at St. Ignatius, the list quickly grew to hundreds—not exactly the plan they had in mind. “We wanted to have a wedding in Chicago and show off our city to friends from around the world,” says Korey, who grew up in Omaha and attended UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad and Northwestern for grad school. “But we quickly realized our dream of having a small- ish wedding in Chicago would be impossible.” Instead, Korey and Ryan decided to have a destination wedding with just family and extremely close friends in Beaver Creek, Colorado, followed by a big bash in Chicago at Hotel 71. It was the ideal compromise. “Beaver Creek is my favorite place in the world,” says Korey, 33, who spent every July Fourth and many New Year’s holidays in Beaver Creek with her three sisters and parents. “Tere’s a tiny church just outside the village where I had always dreamed of getting married.” But there was just one little problem: Te Beaver Creek Chapel is the most popular wedding spot in Colorado—with three wedding slots every Saturday. And when Korey called in December, there was only one day left for summer ’09: June 13. Tough Korey was planning the whole wedding on her own—without the help of a planner or her mother, who had passed away in 2003—she immediately booked the date. “Te church was all I cared about,” she says. “We just decided to make our wedding very simple—white flowers, pewter J. Crew dresses for my sisters, no favors.” Fast forward six months. After three days of rain and cold, the wedding weekend was perfect weather. Following a day of skeet shooting (the guys) and hiking (the girls), the Friday night rehearsal dinner was held at the Golden Eagle Inn in Beaver Creek Village. Te awesome weather continued to the next day, a warm and sunny Saturday. Clad in a strapless lace Watters dress from Macy’s with a hand-beaded Romona Keveza sash (“It cost as much as the dress, but it was worth it,” says Korey), she and Ryan were married in front of 62 family and friends at the Chapel. Te reception took place in the 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. “We went skiing in January and looked at all the places,” says Ryan, 34, who works for the Matt Garrison Group of Coldwell Banker. “Te Park Hyatt had everything we wanted: outdoor space for cocktails at the base of the mountain, a sophisticated but simple room for dinner and dancing, and a post-reception party room overlooking the village.” After a honeymoon at Eden Rock on St. Barths, the couple returned home to put the finishing touches on their 150-person Chicago After years of going to some of the city’s most extravagant parties, Korey knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding: an intimate, family- only celebration in Beaver Creek, Colorado, followed by a bash back home at Hotel 71. S P R ING/SUMMER 2 0 1 0 157 BEAVER CREEK Place of Ceremony: Beaver Creek Chapel Place of Reception: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Flowers: Plum Sage Photography: J. Nelson Photography Bridal Gown: Watters with Romona Keveza beaded sash Jewelry: Ali Precious CHICAGO Place of Cocktail Reception:Hotel 71 Flowers & Décor: HeffernanMorgan Invitations: Elizabeth Grace Photography: Stuart-Rodgers Music: Fig Media Video: I Do Films Cupcakes: Swirlz Hair: Bonnie Knobloch Makeup: Rachel Reiman celebration. “We wanted a place that would show off everything we love about the city” says Korey. “Te Hotel 71 penthouse, with its 360 degree views of the city, was ideal. Everyone was raving about the room. It’s a hidden gem.” And Korey, the un-domestic career girl, knew just what to do to make it perfect: Hire the best people in the city. “We called Heffernan Morgan, Swirlz, Fig Media, I Do Films and Stuart-Rodgers,” she explains. “Ten I hooked them all up with Rebecca [Lachman] from Hotel 71 and told them to do whatever they wanted. It was perfect—no thanks to us!” Paying homage to the view, Nikki Lee at Heffernan created an understated, all-white room with bursts of yellow flowers throughout, and designed a huge bar with a giant yellow centerpiece at the middle of the space. Hotel 71 provided appetizers and a stir fry bar, while Swirlz made color-coordinated cupcakes. And though the room had no official dance floor, the guests (who included many local media pros) soon turned it into a huge dance party, thanks to DJ Megan Taylor from Fig. “It was exactly what we had hoped for,” says Ryan. “We got the best of both worlds and wouldn’t have done it any other way.” Clockwise from left: Korey’s three bridesmaids (her sisters!) wore J. Crewdresses and the groomsmenwore navy suitswith Brooks Brothers ties. Heffernan Morgan created the white and yellow atmosphere at Hotel 71,while Swirlz color-coordinated the cupcakes. Korey wore a white lace Watters dress from Macy’s and a Romona Keveza sash.