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Simplicity in the Colorado Countryside

Joey & Kelsey   |  September 20th  |  Meeker, Colorado

From the groom: We were married on my brother-in-law’s ranch set in the picturesque countryside outside Meeker. I’ve always been in love with the land, and when I first met Kelsey I flew her for her first visit to Colorado for a snowy New Years in a cabin. The site we were married at was the exact field we snowmobiled in 5 years before, when I’d only known Kelsey a few months.

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Letting nature take care of the decorations and beauty was key for us. The setting was gorgeous, and we wanted to let it do most of the work.

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We are still shocked at how amazing the flowers turned out- we had nearly a zero flower budget and our phenomenal bridesmaids worked tirelessly to create beautiful bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces.

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Kelsey always knew she wanted bridesmaids dresses to be a deep red wine, and the remaining colors of golds, yellows and purples came as a result of the wildflowers and natural setting around us. We always knew we wanted a Fall wedding, so the turning color of the trees added to it all.

Simple, DIY ranch wedding in Meeker Colorado

Our vows were extremely personal and touched on our extensive travels around the world together. The sermon was written and delivered by my father.  My brother built the amazing arch.

Simple, DIY ranch wedding in Meeker Colorado

Neither of us made it more than 3 words into our vows with dry eyes, and we both started the waterworks early when we first saw each other from across the field.

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Our most memorable moment was dancing the night away in such a surreal environment: the fields were glowing, the stars were unreal above us, and the wine kept flowing!

Simple, DIY ranch wedding in Meeker Colorado

My advice: If you don’t have a wedding planner like us, delegate tasks and don’t try to do it all on your own. People consistently asked what they could do or how they could help, and we too often didn’t want to burden them and took the responsibility on ourselves… there’s just too much to do and the when the time comes the last thing you’ll be thinking about is all the little details- so let others help!

Simple, DIY ranch wedding in Meeker Colorado

Joey’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: Jenna Lee Pictures  //  Caterer: Threshold Catering by Nicholas Gotelaere //  Linens: What’s Your Function  //  Cake: Bin 707   //   Guest Lodging: The Historic Meeker Hotel

Honeymoon Location: Nicaragua- best choice ever!

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A Perfect Wedding Day in Salida

Karen & Aaron | October 4th | Salida, Colorado

From the bride: I’ve heard that no matter how much you plan, your wedding day is never how you had hoped, as something always goes wrong.  Either I’m the exception to this statement, or simply naive about what really happened that day, because I truly believe I had the perfect wedding.  I married the man of my dreams, the true love of my life, and nothing can top that.  

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I dyed and assembled the bridal bouquets and groomsmen boutonnieres out of balsa wood flowers.  It turned out beautifully and most importantly, it matched our creative style.

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We wanted our wedding to fit our style and personality.  When looking for a ritual to do during the ceremony, we didn’t fit the traditional molds of a unity candle, or sand, or planting a tree together.  Instead, we came up with our own tradition, which we call a unity map.  Through pins and a canvas map, we told the story of how we met, where we have lived since then, and how our lives brought us finally together to the same state.  My husband and I are adventurers and this was a great way to highlight our travels and the time we spent in a long distance relationship.  It was important to us that we involve our guests, so during the ceremony people raised their hand according to where they had met us.  It was fun and magical at the same time.  The map now sits in our living room, a reminder of how our past has shaped the present.

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My mother brought homemade currant jelly and apple butter to give as favors.

A Perfect Wedding Day in Salida, Colorado

Looking back, I will always remember the beautiful golden aspen leaves on the bank of the Arkansas River in Salida.  The perfectly blue-sky and snow-capped mountains in the background made the day that much better.  

A Perfect Wedding Day in Salida, Colorado

Karen’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographers: Bandera Cruse and Tyler Logan  //  Venue: The SteamPlant Event Center  //  Catering: Amicas  //   Wedding Dress: Victoria Rose Bridal  //  Cupcakes: Pattie’s Tiny Cakes 

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An Intimate Valentine’s Day Wedding

Bonnie & Brad  |  February 14th  |  Durango, Colorado

From the bride: My wedding at Durango Mountain Resort was an absolute dream, truly.  We chose Valentine’s Day for several reasons: it’s my husband’s birthday, it’s the day we got engaged, and it’s been my favorite day of the year since I was two. We met at Durango Mountain Resort and fell in love at first sight. When we decided to get married, we knew we wanted to get married at the exact spot where we met. I was finishing nursing school, so we decided to have a very tiny and special ceremony.An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado

Looking back, my itty-bitty wedding was everything I hoped it would be. Durango is a magical place and I will treasure my romantic Valentine’s Day wedding memories for life! An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado

Bonnie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

VENUE & LODGING: Durango Mountain Resort (more info). We stayed right at the base in a beautiful condo where we held our wedding. The staff was amazing.

Photographer: IlluminArts Photography  //  Flowers: Blossom of Durango

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