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Simple & Relaxed in Grand Junction

Courtney & Chris | May 25th | Grand Junction, Colorado

From the bride:
My goal for our wedding day was to create a simple and relaxed day, overflowing with love.  I love nature and antiques so I really wanted to incorporate both by means of tree trunks, lace, and lots of flowers. I chose a color palette of blush pink, peach and gray, with hints of mint green.

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We did almost all of the wedding planning and decorating ourselves, so I feel like the whole day was the result of many personal touches. Really though, it was such a great feeling to see everything that I’d envisioned come together so beautifully as a result of many helping hands. My parents brought out several antiques from their home to be used as decorations, some dear family friends played music for the ceremony, and still more friends helped with assembling the bridesmaid’s bouquets and table centerpieces. The whole day wouldn’t have been nearly as beautiful without the help that so many friends provided.

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Our ceremony took place in the gazebo on the lawn.  It really was beautiful.   My favorite memory was when the best man fainted! When it happened it was startling, but now we all laugh when we remember it.

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A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand JunctionMy advice: Don’t rush or stress about planning! Things will fall into place. Don’t be afraid to toss some of the lesser details out; remember to focus on the core reason for the day: celebrating your union to your best friend with your family and friends. Everything else is really just extra. Don’t stress over creating a “picture perfect” day.

A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand Junction

Courtney’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Cross Orchards Historic Site I would recommend Cross Orchards to a couple looking for a rustic and lovely outdoor location in the Grand Valley. They are very accommodating, closing the orchard to the public for almost the whole weekend of our wedding!
Photographer: Jaimee Morse Photography. Amazing!
Linens, Tables & Chairs: Grand Events & Party Rentals. Would highly recommend them! Great customer service.
Cake: Hey Sweet Cakes. They had many flavor options, and they did a great job of doing exactly as I asked for my cupcakes and cake.

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A Love Shoot in the Snow

From the photographer: Amy Caroline Photography:
Whitney and Jason were married in December in Colorado. They had hoped for snowy wedding day pictures, but unfortunately there was no snow to be seen at all.  A few months after the wedding, the couple decided to do a special photo shoot in the snow so they could have the winter photos they had dreamed of. They brought coats, boots, scarves, gloves and hats. It was a fun and memorable way to celebrate their wedding again in true Colorado winter style.

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Simple Colorado Vintage

Rebecca & Matt | August 31st | Monument, Colorado

From the bride: My goal was to have a soft, simple yet rustic wedding that incorporated our beautiful Colorado location. We wanted our friends and family from the east coast to feel like they were getting the true Colorado experience. My three inspiring words became simple, vintage, and well, Colorado.

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I am a crafter. That being said, almost every aspect of our wedding was personalized.

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The ceremony took place on a family friend’s property just feet away from their old and gorgeous red barn. It was the perfect place to create the eclectic outdoorsy feel we wanted. We decided to use a large amazing tree as our backdrop for the ceremony.

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My Uncle, a wise man we both look up to, married us; his words of wisdom, encouragement, and truth from God’s word lead us through the ceremony.

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My most memorable memory was when Matt and I took turns washing each other’s feet. We stopped and sat before each other to remind ourselves and the witnesses sitting before us, that we were committing to serving one another other in love. My sister and our two friends sang an acoustic and tear-jerking version of, “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz during this time.

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We used burlap runners on the cream-colored table clothes, and lanterns filled with pinecones and glittered rocks. We used small vintage mint vases with baby’s breath to add pops of color through out the table. There was a wide array of tin buckets filled with baby’s breath and glittery willow twigs in vases.

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Above the candy table we created a Mr & Mrs Stevens sign, and hung it with clothes pins and hemp.

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One of my favorite details was the old oven cake display.  Since Matt and I are not big cake lovers, we decided that we wanted my mother’s famous “Special K” bars, and just a small cake to cut. The homemade bars were an absolute hit.

AndreaDahlberg0121My advice: Make the wedding your own. After telling my ideas like, having my mom’s special bars instead of cake, eating barbeque, and setting up a candy table for guests, to a few women who got married about 20-30 years ago, the one thing they said to me was, “I wish I had made my wedding my own.” Let your wedding shine on your personality and your relationship. In the end, it is about you and your spouse joining in a life long covenant, and celebrating with your closest friends and family.

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Photographer: Andrea Dahlberg Photography. She was AMAZING. Andrea and her family has been some of our closest family friends for a very long time, so I knew I could trust her and her artistic ability to shoot our special day. She captured the full emotion of the day, and created keepsakes that we will hold dear until the day we die.

Caterer: Front Range Barbeque. Unbelievable food. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants authentic good food to fit a barn setting. We had people coming up to us all night saying how amazing the food was. The staff was very easy to work with and did anything they could to help us with the day. 

Bride’s Gown: Pilar Aleece from Danelle’s Bridal

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