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A Colorado Springs Celebration

Whitney & Matt  |  March 21st  |  Colorado Springs, Colorado

From the bride: Our wedding was magical! It was a day that will never be forgotten!

 I had all 9 of my bridesmaid’s dresses custom made. All of my ladies enjoy wine, so I had wine glasses monogrammed with their initials and had wine waiting for us to enjoy when we arrived to the venue, while we got ready. 

For the kids, we had a movie playing in a side ballroom where we had sand buckets with each child’s name that were filled with toys and fun things to do while their parents got to enjoy the wedding!

 My husband was a firefighter at the time of the Black Forest fire where he spent 9 days battling the flames. So, we got some burnt wood from the fire and hand made picture frames. We added our engagement photo and gave them to our parents as their thank you gifts, they loved it!


Photography: Tina Joiner Photography.  She was absolutely incredible!! So accommodating, kind, listened to what our visions were and did whatever it took to make us happy. No matter what life event we want captured from here on out, we will only use Tina!

Venue: The Pinery at the HillThis venue is fantastic! They do every detail with you and listen to make it the day you always dreamed of. They have world class chefs that made our menu so delicious, our guests are still talking about the food and cake to this day! The bridal suite is to die for, with views facing historical downtown Colorado Springs. They have 7 vanity stations for you to get ready and a salon chair in the suite. It’s so amazing, I can hardly describe it!!

Bride’s Dress: Danelle’s BridalMy personal stylist was Lorraine and she was so sweet, patient and helpful. I was there for 2 hours and tried on 8 dresses, the very last one being “the one”!!

Hair & Makeup: Le Reve Salon and Day Spa. This salon is beautiful and has some of the most talented stylist in the Colorado Springs area. They made us feel so welcomed and spent their time on making our hair perfect and exactly how each of us wanted it to look! My girls were stunning from head to toe!!

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An Intimate Winery Wedding in Palisade

Amy & Thomas | May 30, 2015  |  Palisade, Colorado

From the bride: We wanted our wedding to feel like the warm, easy dinner parties we often host in our home – lots of amazing food and wine, laughter and good conversation among friends and family.


 The ceremony was held under a large tree outdoors, with strands of string lights twinkling above our heads. Thomas’ Navy boss officiated and we included a wine unity ceremony.  


We had a family blending ceremony where we presented my daughter with a personalized necklace. The entire rest of the night she told everyone happily that Thomas had married her first. 

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My advice: Early in our planning, we agreed that the most important part of our wedding was the people who would join us.  Every decision we made after that was based on that priority.  We chose our location for US, but we chose our caterer, baker, and design details with our guests and their experience in mind.  Remember that the people are the important part: you and your fiancé, your families, friends and loved ones.  



Venue: Canyon Wind Cellars. One of Colorado’s most successful estate wineries, their wines are amazing and award-winning.  They are our favorite Colorado winery, not least because the setting is simply gorgeous. 

Photographer: Rayna McGinnis Photography  //  Event Planner: R&R Events and Design  //  Linens & Rentals: Elite Events  //  Caterer: Il Bistro Italiano  //  Cake: Simply Cakes by Camberly  //  Florist: Bride & Bloom  //  Lodging & Rehearsal Dinner:  Wine Country Inn

Honeymoon Location:  Italy!

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A Handmade Wedding in the Mountains

Kerstyn & Korby | Fraser, Colorado

From the bride: Colorado is the only place I could ever picture myself getting married, and it was my dream wedding day.

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

I made all of my bridesmaids jewelry (earrings, necklace, and a bracelet) to match their dresses. I packaged them into small mason jars topped with fabric and paper flowers.

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

We lined the aisle with shepherds hooks with hanging mason jars filled with sunflowers, and white daisies we cut from my parents yard in Winter Park.

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado MountainsThe mountain backdrop for our ceremony was so beautiful! 

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado MountainsDuring the ceremony, it started to sprinkle and the wind picked up, which made our candle lighting ceremony impossible (we had to redo it later).

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains I stained and lacquered creates for the table centerpieces. We filled tall blue bottles with wild flowers.

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

I love lanterns, so there were lanterns everywhere. Hanging from the tent ceiling, in the trees outside the tent, and the larger ones on the tables. We also hung glass orbs with tea lights in them from ceiling over the bridal party table. A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

We made the cake stand out of a wooden charger and a pillar candle holder that we stained and lacquered. We also made the gum paste peony flowers and the wooden M for the cake.

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Korby is a big hunter so I incorporated some deer antlers into the décor.

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The sunset was so beautiful that night!

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By far our favorite vender was our photographers, Irving PhotographyMathew and Ariel made everything so simple and easy. They are both so enthusiastic about what they do it makes it easy to relax and enjoy having your picture taken. Our photos turned out more beautiful and perfect than we could have ever imagined.

Venue & Cater: The Wildhorse Inn, was beautiful and the inspiration for the whole wedding theme. The food was delicious and they even catered to my Gluten Free diet.

Flowers: Our beautiful bouquets were made by Brittany Kinoshita of Hana Style Designs. I would highly recommend her because she was so easy to work with and the bouquets turned our gorgeous.

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