Rocky Mountain Bride

by Dara Klatt

Amid a Rugged Backdrop, a Former BET Producer and an NFL Player Go All Out Luxe


July 7, 2019 | Piney River Ranch, Vail, Colo.

Sitting 9,350 feet above sea level at the end of a dirt road amid a jagged mountain range that dominates the skyline from the Vail ski area is where Angel Elliott and Bobby Massie said “I do.” For Elliott, a wellness coach and former BET producer and reporter, and Massie, a Chicago Bears Offensive Tackle, that meant blending back country bucolic with creative luxury and “let loose” fun.

Elliott summoned event planner André Wells to orchestrate the perfect “luxurious, experiential fête that you’ll reminisce about for weeks to come” when the couple, who live in Georgetown in the football off-season, first were engaged. Wells harmoniously swept colors of aubergine, sapphire and emerald green to gold, cream and sage. Flowers by Akeem Clayton Designs reflected the palette as did such symbolic touches as Elliott’s grandmother’s 1912 silver and turquoise rose brooch and the gold and sapphire ring that belonged to Elliott’s late mother.

“Bobby and I have a shared love of nature. We’re foodies and most importantly we have a deep soul connection,” Elliott said. “We can climb mountains in the morning and go to Alinea [a three-Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant] for uni [sea urchin] that night. We share the same duality.”


• A late-night bash at Bol, an upscale bowling alley, in lieu of a rehearsal
• Welcome celebration at the Four Seasons Vail the night before the wedding
with adult games, oxygen bar and custom cocktails – “Usiku Angel” and
Massie’s “The GT 70.”
• Fly fishing with the groomsmen the morning of the wedding in Piney River.
“It was a cool opportunity to relax before I said ‘I do,’” said Massie.
• Surprise second bachelorette party the maid of honor threw after the
rehearsal party.
• Upcoming honeymoon in Bali, Thailand and Amsterdam.

DETAILS: Photos: Stanley Babb, Stanlo Photography Event Planner: André
Wells Music: DJ Mark Battle Bride’s Attire: Day of and Day after Wedding
Dresses: Leah Da Gloria; Styling: Selina Howard for Vainglorious Bride’s
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin; Jewelry: custom Ilona Rubin
Hair: Alfred Campbell, Mizani Artist Makeup: Yanique Downer Groom’s
Attire: custom Brian Alexander Lunsford for Brian Alexander Bespoke
Flowers: Akeem Clayton Designs


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