From the bride, Holly: I wanted our wedding to really be personal. It needed to be a description of who we are as a couple and individually. We chose a color palette with shades of beige/brown with pops of turquoise.
My corgi was our ring bearer, he greeted almost every guest during our ceremony.
Our ceremony was on top of a hill with beautiful meadows below. In the center of our arch was Pikes Peak. Some highlights; our officiant (he was hilarious! & kept me from sobbing the whole time). My favorite memory from the ceremony is when my husband read his vows. We wrote our own vows, per his request, and I’ve been told there wasn’t a dry eye at the ceremony after hearing our vows. They were extremely personal and spoke true to our past, present and future relationship.
In place of the unity candle, we branded a hide, which really made the ceremony and the sealing of our marriage personal.
The ceremony was a whirlwind of tears for me. Fastest 30 minutes ever!
The décor of our reception was rustic with a vintage touch.
We had a S’mores Bar out by a fire pit. It was a huge hit!
Looking back, If I were to plan my wedding again, I would have followed through on more details that fell off the list the closer our wedding date got. I had so many good ideas that I wasn’t able to complete because time really does fly!
ADVICE: Enjoy it! Take the time to make your wedding as personal as possible.
The most memorable moment of our reception would be when Carson and I snuck off to take some pictures under the hay barn and in the rain. These are some of our FAVORITE pictures and we got a moment to ourselves amongst those we love having fun. I can vividly remember dancing under the hay barn with the music and laughter in the background.
Photographer: Sarah Goff Photography // Event Coordinator: Glow Events // Caterer: Broken Bones BBQ // Cake: Kristin’s Kakery // Wedding Gown Designer: Winstyn by Maggie Sottero // Hair: Wedding Hair by Melissa and Amy // Makeup: Bella Grace Home Spa // Venue: Younger Ranch
Jim and Sharilyn met on ChristianMingle.com. They both knew pretty early on that each other was “the One.” Jim proposed in the very spot where they would eventually be married, in the Oval at the beautiful Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins. They had both attended school there together at the same time, even working a couple of doors down from each other – but they never actually met until they had met online. Funny how life works that way. The reception that followed at the Lory Student Center Ballroom was decorated with fun handmade details highlighting Jim + Sharilyn’s love for hunting and CSU.
From the bride, Elizabeth: Our destination wedding was centered on the idea of bringing family and friends from Texas and Arizona together to celebrate our love for Colorado and for each other. Our love story began five years prior in Silverton, Colorado so, we invited our loved ones to join us in the place we first fell in love, for a small intimate wedding in the mountains.
The most unforgettable memory was being surrounded by our friends and family sharing tears of joy as we pledged our love to each other with a breathtaking 360-degree mountain view with Mt. Wilson as the backdrop.
Our wedding design comprised a vintage theme with classic elements characterizing Colorado. We incorporated lace, mercury glass, and candle light with subtle shades of blush, ivory, and beige.
Each table illumined with mercury glass candle holders, softly lighting the room and providing a graceful romantic feel. The tall floral centerpieces with hints of pine cones and spruce branches gave the rustic room a very stylish, refined wedding atmosphere.
Our wedding favors included sweet caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and S’mores for our Roast and Toast.
ADVICE: Always remind out of town vendors and guests to follow the main highways in Colorado; otherwise, Google Maps may send them for a wild ride across rugged 4-wheel drive mountain passes.
VENDORS: Photographer: Allison Ragsdale Photography // Venue & Caterer: Gorrono Ranch // Event Coordinator: Jackie Shaw // Cake: The Yellow Carrot // Wedding Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay
From the bride, Shannon:
We live in New Orleans but all of our family/friends are back in Wisconsin & Minnesota so we decided a smaller destination wedding was our best option. We love the mountains and knew we wanted a snowy winter wedding. We love to ski/snowboard but wanted a location that had a variety of activities for our friends/family that don’t ski.
My favorite memory was walking down the aisle to Donny.
We had garland and candles over the mantel in the foyer.
For our wedding favors, my sister and I hand dipped pinecones in wax to create pinecone fire starters.
Instead of having a guestbook, we had our friends/family sign some vintage snow skis.
My favorite decorations were the gold picture frames with love quotes on each table because Donny and I picked the quotes out together.
Looking back, I was a nervous wreck leading up to it the wedding and I wish I would have just relaxed cause everything turned out great and we had the most amazing wedding day, but nothing compares to being married to your soulmate.
RECOMMENDED VENDORS: Photographer: Danna Frost Photography // Floral Designer: Petal and Bean // Venue, Caterer & Lodging: The Lodge at Breckenridge // Wedding Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero // Men’s Wear: JCPenny’s // Hair & Makeup: Mink Salon // Invitations: Minted.com // Love quote prints: SongbirdPaperie
We are loving this pretty in pink styled shoot featuring rose quartz. Rose quartz is considered the “love” stone for the ages. It vibrates of unconditional love, joy, warmth and healing. Its energy is powerful and resonates with heart chakra. It gives a soothing vibration that bestows a peaceful and calming sense. When held in a hand it will enhance the use of positive affirmations.
The bride’s bouquet is a lush and luxurious mix of greens, roses, sweet peas, dahlias, and stock. It was designed to be a natural airy feel.
The bride’s gown has an illusion lace back, sequin and seeded pearl lace straps to a sweetheart bust line. The body of the gown is scattered sequin and seeded pearl lace appliques on shimmery tulle flowing to a kick front skirt with a chapel train.
The reception area is set with a mix of table sizes from rounds to white-washed farm tables. The round tables have a rose gold crush overlay with a silver candelabra with lush floral arrangements.
The chair tie is a golden radiance shimmery tie.
The farm tables have a rose gold crush runner that has deeper pink tones with the rose gold feel. On top of the runner, white washed metal candle lanterns with lush greenery and roses scattered with natural rose quartz stones.
The place setting is a Saturn gold rim charger with savannah cream china and savoy gold flatware. The napkin is a rose quartz pink silk satin with a piece of natural rose quartz.
The cake is painted in a shimmery rose.
The signature drink is a cotton candy martini.
THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer: Silver Sparrow Photography // Event Planner: Wendie Bass // Design and Decor: Highlights Colorado and Candlelight Ambiance // Invitation Designer: Ella Vine & Co // Floral Designer: The Fresh Flower Market // Linens and Coverings: Allwell Rents Co // Bakery: Cupcake Libations // Dress Store: Brilliant Bridal // Beauty: Chloe Paige Beauty // Makeup Artist: Magnifica Bella // Jewelry: Master Jewelers // Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: J. Hilburn Custom Menswear // Venue: Church Ranch Event Center
Crested Butte was the destination location for Chicago residents Geeta and Adarsh. The couple wanted a traditional Hindu religious ceremony against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and nature. They both wanted their friends and family to not only share in the joy of them embarking on their marriage, but also spend the week in a glorious unique setting exploring and making their own memories. What better choice than Crested Butte!
VENDORS: Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Photographer: Third Eye Photography // Event Designer: Prashe Decor // Event Planner: Princess Productions // Floral Designer: FloraEventi // Dress Designer: Studio East6