This adorable mountain engagement session at The Evergreen Lakehouse showcases everything this fun-loving couple loves about Colorado. From their Husky Chow Chow mix Oakley, with one blue eye and one brown eye, to their love of exploring the mountains and the Denver Broncos, From the Hip Photo beautifully captured the love between Ashley, Zech & Oakley.
From the groom, Nick: We planned our wedding within a matter of a few months. We wanted something very simple, yet beautiful and special. We did our best to incorporate all of the important touches with the time we had.
The ceremony was short and sweet. We exchanged vows overlooking the Rocky Mountains.
After the ceremony, we drove down to Barker Reservoir for some romantic photos by the water. The lighting was amazing and a perfect match to Sara’s beautiful dress.
Our reception dinner was about being with the people we love and sharing these special moments. Our families had never officially met so that was probably one of the most important parts for us.
Our cake was a left-hand milk stout cake (stacked) with mountains and trees. We picked the pine cones/greenery to top the cake.
Memorable Moment: A little fox wandered onto the deck to join us about 11pm. I will never forget that. We named him Reginald and declared him the featured guest.
From the bride, Kate: Joel and I always thought we’d tie the knot in the mountains because we love the outdoors so much but we had a lot of friends and family traveling from out of town. With the train to plane running, it gave us an opportunity to keep our guests’ travel costs minimal if we were married downtown. Out of towners could fly into Denver, take the train into the city ($9) and use the free 16th Street Mall Ride to reach the hotels where we’d had rooms blocked.
The flowers were white orchids, parrot tulips, some ranunculus, with a large focus on greenery – fern varietals and magnolia leaves, which incorporated brown into our palette.
My favorite ceremony highlight was my dad walking me down the aisle. It was so exciting to see my almost husband surrounded by all our loved ones, I couldn’t stop smiling!
My favorite details were all the ferns and the massive chandelier we hung from the rafters of the loft.
I fell in love with the idea of putting our seating chart on a large mirror (something I saw on Pinterest). I was lucky to have a bridesmaid who is a gifted calligraphist so I decided to gold-leaf a $40 Walmart mirror and using a bit of Pinspiration we created a Pin-worthy seating chart together. Learning how to gold leaf was a much bigger undertaking than I’d anticipated it would be. I’d never done it before and I’d always wanted to learn but it took me a lot longer than expected to complete. I was truly blessed to have my bridesmaid Amanda write out the seating chart, she did an incredible job! It also took her longer than she’d anticipated, about 90 minutes per column (four columns total) and that time didn’t include the additional header and footer.
One of the most memorable moments was our first dance together as husband and wife. We practiced nearly every day for two months leading up to it but nothing could prepare us for dancing in our wedding day shoes and attire. Lots of laughter between us as we tripped over each other.
Instead of having a traditional cake, we included three desserts in our buffet that reflected our favorite sweets along with a super delicious cheese spread and hot chocolate bar.
ADVICE: Do your research, take your time with everything, and lower your expectations when perusing Pinterest. Decide what is most important to you and have a good budgeting strategy (Google Spreadsheet!). We decided that food, flowers, and photography were most important to us so we kept costs down elsewhere.
From the photographer Trystan Photography: We’ve been capturing photos of Bethany since she was a senior in high school. Not only has she grown into an amazing young lady, but she’s also an incredible photographer herself, so when she asked if we would capture the most important day of her life, we were incredibly honored. She and Danny not only have that easy, jealousy-inducing kind of love, but they can really dance. Swinging and spinning all over the dance floor, their energy abounded all night.
From the style team: We wanted to show off what a mountain hip, yet romantic glam wedding could look like at Piney River Ranch. We went with deep purples, greenery and creams for the perfect fall wedding. Every magical moment was captured by Kristopher Lindsay Photography. Haley Hyman with Platinum Weddings & Events designed and conducted the whole shoot. Petal & Bean created all of the beautiful florals while Laney + Joel Hall with Platypus Papers designed all of the stationery. What really brought the overall look together were the rentals, provided by Alpine Party Rentals. The bride + groom, Mary + Trask, are an actual couple tying the knot this year! Their dog, Sadie decided to join the shoot and the pictures were just beautiful! The beautiful gown and tux were provided by Dora Grace Bridal. Tessa Capaldi with Megan Cary Artistry did the hair and makeup. The collaboration of these professionals was so incredible. Seeing this look come to life was indescribable!
With a stunning mountain backdrop, Matt and Isa were married at the Ten Peaks event site on the top of Crested Butte Mountain.
VENDORS: Reception Venue & Caterer: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Photographer: Third Eye Photography // Event Planner: Crested Butte Events // Hair Stylist: Metamorphosis Salon and Spa // Cake: Wildflour Sweets