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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.

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

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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.

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

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).

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

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.

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

 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.

Photography by Devo Photography
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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.

Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

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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Woodsy Chic in Beaver Creek

Valerie & Sergio |  June 22nd  | Beaver Creek, Colorado

From the bride: We were fortunate to have a beautiful Colorado bluebird day as all of our festivities were outdoors. The day was a roller coaster of emotions, anxiety and excitement.

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Our ceremony was comical, right from the beginning there were laughs. My veil got stuck on the stone steps of the wedding deck as I was walking down the aisle.  I couldn’t get Sergios’ ring on his finger and just before our “I do’s” my veil took flight and my MoH had to jump up in the air to catch it.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, ColoradoMy favorite moment was our “I Do’s” and kissing my husband for the first time. We had been together for 9 years through lots of ups and downs and it just felt so good to become husband and wife. I know it sounds corny, but I felt an instantaneous gravity shift. He’s my partner for life and it’s us vs anything that comes our way.
Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, ColoradoApart from the ceremony, my favorite moment was walking into our cocktail hour. The day was so sunny, the sky was that deep, deep blue you only get in the mountains of Colorado, our jazz band was playing beautiful swing music and to see all our guests playing lawn games and socializing was just breathtaking.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Since we live in NJ, our animals were not able to be with us so we created a photo of our 2 cats and our 9 month old puppy to accompany the guest book. The animals were not pleased about being forced to pose for the picture so it came out with very stern expressions on them all. It was cracking me up every time I looked at it during the reception.

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We had beautiful, long log centerpieces with moss, succulents and mixed white flowers in mercury glass atop chevron table runners in grey and white. Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Our travels and ethnic backgrounds influenced our menu. We wanted to share foods we loved and snippets from our travels with our guests.

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Our pets were featured on our “dia de los muertos” wedding cake topper. The wedding topper inspiration came from our trip to Mexico, where we got engaged on top of the Sun pyramid at Teotiuhuacan (which my husband likes to joke, where people were once decapitated) and was a nod to my heritage on my mother’s side. 

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I loved our first dance. Sergio had an amazing smile on his face and twirling around alternating views of the mountains and the beautiful facade of the Ritz was surreal.

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Looking back, the reception was over so quickly. The whole day passed in the blink of the eye.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

My advice: Enjoy the engagement and keep focused on the end game, i.e. being a family with your husband. Certainly pay attention to the details and make the day your own. Recognize that things will go wrong, but in hindsight they’ll be minor. Don’t ruin your mood or your fiancé’s in the months leading up to the wedding or the day of by stressing over little things. Talk to someone who got married recently for guidance. If you don’t know someone in your immediate circle, crowd source it. People love talking about their weddings and I’d be happy to talk for an hour if I could save anyone some stress in their wedding planning process.

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Valerie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

{Rockstar} Tent Rental: ALPINE PARTY RENTALS {more info}. Very responsive to questions, reasonably priced and high quality tents.

Photographer: Casie Zalud PhotographyAlison Vagnini Photography  // Ceremony Site: Beaver Creek Wedding Deck  //   Reception Site & Caterer: Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch  //  Event Planner: Feather & Twig  //  Event Design, Flowers & Favors: Bella Lu Floral  //  Event Design: Lighting & Design by Scott  //  DJ: J.M. Hyatt Entertainment  //  Band: Peneplain Jazz Project  //  Invitations: Tasha Rae Designs  //  Hair & Makeup: Posh! Salon  //  Officiant: Reverend Dr. Robin A. Miller

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