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Love & Laughter at Flying Dog Ranch

Kearstin & Luke  |  Flying Dog Ranch 

From the bride:
The vision for our wedding began with my shoes. That may be unusual for some, but being a fan of fabulous footwear, I knew I found our colors when I locked eyes on a pair of tangerine and fuchsia peep toe heels. Both colors are bright, bold, and scream “Happy!”

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Like many, we viewed our wedding as a great cause for celebration. Fun, playful, welcoming, and full of details reflecting our personalities were the feelings we wanted to evoke in our guests. Speaking of guests, aside from our dear friend Anne, who served as our officiant, we consciously chose not to have a wedding party. We felt that all our guests (friends & family) were there to support us and filled that role.

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My grandmother’s favorite brooch was placed at the base of my wedding bouquet. A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Having planned and designed many friends’ weddings, ranging from flowers, decorations, coordinating with vendors, and even baking a cake, it was exciting to now be able to create our wedding. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to use or re-purpose things. This began with our handmade invitations, which were playful in their wording and interactive.

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 Guests were greeted by our hand crafted lemonade stand, complete with a tasseled awning and a few engagement photos strung along brake cable from a bike.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Mason jars with hand etched stripes, ribbon, and a bike charm awaited guests to enjoy drinks pre and post ceremony; not to mention serving as a fun take home gift.

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 Bike cogs served as our napkin ring holders. They were the perfect size and spoke (pun intended) to our love of bikes. The cogs were a big hit; we were pleasantly surprised to find that most guests took them home.

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Being lovers of food, especially dessert, we offered our guests a dessert buffet comprised of our favorite sweet treats: fruit pies from Wisconsin, smiley face cookies from my hometown bakery, a three tiered Rice Krispie treat cake, creamsicles, a variety of candies like orange sherbert Jelly Bellys, Twizzlers, cotton candy, M & M’s in an antique gumball machine in our wedding colors served in and on antique glassware. And last, were the chocolate salted caramel cupcakes served up on a three tier bicycle wheel cupcake stand.

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I can’t help but smile when I reflect on our wedding day. It was amazing to see and feel so much love and laughter from those near and dear to our hearts.

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My advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff and go with the flow; guests tend not to notice and are unaware of unfinished details. Unexpected events, like an umbrella catapulting into the pond at our ceremony site, only add to the conversation of the day; no one was hurt. At the end of the day it is about the union of two people who love each other, so have fun, and don’t forget to eat!

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Kearstin & Luke’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

{Luxe Mountain} Venue: FLYING DOG RANCH {more info}.  We wanted a venue that not only felt intimate, but showcased the beautiful Roaring Fork valley. Flying Dog Ranch allowed us the perfect setting.

Photographer: David Gillette Photography. In addition to being talented, and creative, Dave loves his job and he is wonderful to work with.

Catering: Pan and Fork Supper Club. Chef Phillip is an artiste in the kitchen, the food was delicious and the service impeccable. Susan is great to work with and paid attention to details like having their staff wear orange serving aprons to match our colors; a fabulous touch.

Linens: Purchased from The Tablecloths Factory.  Great quality and selection. Since I was doing all the set up and I didn’t mind washing them after our wedding, purchasing the linens saved money and allowed us to order more linens to design with than if I rented them.

Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones

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A Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches

Lorena & Drew | July 19th | Twin Lakes, Colorado

From the bride:  Our first “kind of” date was a bike ride, and we like to mountain bike and road bike together often. Drew even proposed while on a mountain bike ride. So it was fitting to have an underlying bike theme. Our favors were silver bike bells. They doubled as napkin holders and when we were introduced, everyone rang the bells, creating a beautiful melodic sound.

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 We made our engagement ring and wedding rings for each other after taking a metalsmithing class together while dating. We also designed and hand letterpressed the invitations, programs, thank you notes and boxes for the lavender toss.

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We went to a harp duet concert while dating and fell in love with the sound of two harpists, so we wanted to share that with our guests at the ceremony.

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We asked our guests to bring a small stone from their home. During the ceremony, each guest placed the stone on the soil of a bonsai tree as a symbol of their blessing of the union and to help support us in our marriage.

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My 99-year old grandmother (who traveled from Massachusetts) recited (from memory) a poem she wrote for us. The poem tied into the bonsai tree and our love for nature.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

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Drew likes to create origami as a little hobby. He made me origami flowers on one of our first dates. For the wedding, each guest received a handmade origami animal as their name card, hanging from a wire frame with mini clothespins. They found their table with a larger matching origami animal as part of the centerpiece.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes ColoradoWe are animal lovers so we had a “cat” table (we each brought a cat to the relationship), the angelfish table (we both like to scuba dive and Drew takes underwater photos and an angelfish is hanging up in our hallway), the turtle table (I collect turtle items) and the “fox” table, of course (my last name).

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Guests loved our handmade guest book costume photo booth. We set up an iPad with a photo booth app and had it connect to a mini photo printer. Two photo strips were automatically printed, one for the guests to take home and one to put in the book and sign.

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 Drew also made 3D origami swans that formed a heart when together.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

We made a wire metal cake topper of us on a tandem bike with a sign post containing our names and wedding date.

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Lorena’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Ceremony: A Wolf Den B&B  //   Reception: The Twin Lakes Inn  //   Photographer: Jesse LaPlante Photography  //  Flowers: Love Letters Floral  //  Ceremony Harpists: Erin Newton and Margot Krimmel  //  Cocktail Hour & Dinner Music: David Tipton  //  Reception DJ: Derek Russo at The Higher Sound  //  Hair: LeAnna at Roots Hair Studio

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Love Blooms in Estes by Devo Photography

Roya & Clayton | July 21st | Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride: We chose Estes Park as we love the outdoors and ideally wanted our wedding outdoors.  An olive green and charcoal grey color palette incorporated the natural environment.

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We had subtle hints of peach and pale pink in the flowers, but overall tried to have green be the focus of our flowers. Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

Place cards were hung from a large white garden gate that has a heart in the center. This gate came from Clayton’s mother’s garden and we felt it not only brought her love into our wedding but it was a unique way for us to incorporate our love for the outdoors.

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Instead of a guest book that would be tucked away, we had guests sign a wooden wine box. After the wedding, we stained it to seal in the signatures. It is now a decoration for our home as opposed to being tucked away in a drawer.

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Our rings were carried in a small treasure chest as a nod to our love for adventure. Inside the chest, there was a poem about the significance of wedding rings. Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

Our ceremony was on the longer side but this is because we added lots of personal touches- we wrote a piece for our parents (in which afterwards we both went down and hugged our parents), recited our own vows, and acknowledged our loved ones that were not present on that day. There was a special piece about Clayton’s deceased father, Ted, who was with us in spirit that day.

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 We both absolutely loved our cake. The cake was a simple, yet elegant round three-tiered cake. It featured a beautiful, edible olive green bow with a brooch in the center. There was beautiful sugar peony atop and then pieces of edible lace inspired by my dress.  I surprised Clayton with a grooms cake that incorporated things personal to Clayton: our dogs, rock climbing shoes and magazine, a Bronco’s jersey, and a Firefighter’s helmet.

Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

My advice: Several people gave us this advice, and its often easy to lose sight of- but remember why there is a wedding in the first place- its about the love between you and your partner. Too often, we become engrossed in details that only you will notice if they aren’t perfect. Enjoy each other’s love and the commitment you are about to make and don’t stress over “stuff.”

Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

Roya’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Photographer: DEVO PHOTOGRAPHY {more info}. Devon was amazing. There were issues bustling my dress and she got right in and helped the bridesmaids. She was not only a photographer, but also a very helpful extra pair of hands and eyes that day. The photography speaks for itself. It is amazing and truly has a timeless feel to it.

Venue: Della Terra. Fantastic, family owned. They know how to do weddings  //  Caterer: Epicurean  //  Cake: Intricate Icings //  Musicians: A Lyric Ensemble  //  DJ: Standing Room Only  //  Officiant: Bill Huth  //  Bride’s Gown: Intuzuri from The Bridal Collection   //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection from Nordstrom  //  Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse  //  Hair: Bella Capelli  //  Make-up: Dina Bree  //  Videographer: 1321 Studios

Honeymoon Location: Mediterranean Cruise to Italy, Greece, Croatia and Turkey

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