Cara Martin and Emory Allen Wed Where They’re Most at Home: In the Mountains

Cara Martin

Emory Allen

October 5, 2019

Cara Martin likes to joke that she and her husband, Emory Allen, met through mutual friends, but in truth, it’s a much more modern story: they matched on a dating app. But that’s about where the digital connection ends—this sporty pair quickly started spending all of their time together outdoors, trail running or fishing. After three years in Colorado, they moved to Dallas, and on a weekend trip to Cara’s alma mater, The University of the South at Sewanee, Emory proposed. “We were walking through my favorite part—it’s lush and green along the side of campus,” Cara says. The couple knew they had to go back to where it all began for their big day: among the mountains.


Engage Your Guests

Cara and Emory love being active outdoors so incorporating activities throughout the weekend felt like a natural fit. Their venue, Camp Hale, includes a stocked trout pond where guests could fly fish after the rehearsal brunch and during the cocktail hour. Not an angler? They also offered archer. “Adding activities adds an element of surprise and breaks up the night,” says wedding planner Caroline Fair. She recommends considering your venue, time of year, and start time when deciding whether to include outdoor activities in your own day.


  • Ceremony/Reception Site

    Camp Hale

  • Photographer

    John Cain Photography

  • Bridal Gown Designer

    Romona Keveza

  • Bridal Gown Retailer

    Warren Barrón

  • Hair & Makeup

    Divine Beauty Artists (CO)

  • Groom's Attire

    Pockets Menswear; Samuelsohn

  • Flowers

    Flower to the People (Vail, CO)

  • Stationery

    Color Box Designs

  • Calligraphy

    Tara Jones Calligraphy

  • Cake

    Megan Joy Cakes (Vail, CO)

  • Music

    Diamond Empire Band (Denver, CO)

  • Lighting

    Pink Monkey Studio (Denver, CO); Camp Hale

  • Wedding Rentals

    Pink Monkey Studio; Alpine Party Rentals (CO); La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

  • Wedding Planner

    Caroline Events

  • Wedding Designer

    Caroline Fair, Caroline Events

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