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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.  

A Perfect Wedding Day in Salida, Colorado A Perfect Wedding Day in Salida, Colorado

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.

A Perfect Wedding Day in Salida, Colorado A Perfect Wedding Day in Salida, Colorado A Perfect Wedding Day in Salida, Colorado

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.

A Perfect Wedding Day in Salida, Colorado A Perfect Wedding Day in Salida, Colorado

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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Outdoorsy Flair at Evergreen Lake House

Gretchen & John  | October 19th | Evergreen Lake House

From the bride: One of my favorite wedding moments was my father’s speech and toast. He is a big fan of hunting and fishing. Little did I know, our wedding was scheduled on the opening day of Pheasant Season in South Dakota. For the last 30 years, my father has packed up the dogs and his hunting gear in his Ford pickup truck and headed to opening day. This was the first time in 30 years that he missed it.

A Wedding with Outdoorsy Flair at Evergreen Lake House A Wedding with Outdoorsy Flair at Evergreen Lake House

I wrapped my grandmother’s pocket watch around my bouquet.  She passed away when I was 14, so it was nice to have something that represented her.

A Wedding with Outdoorsy Flair at Evergreen Lake House

 For years, my father has been collecting pheasant feathers from his hunting trips. Instead of the usual floral arrangements, we had our florist include his pheasant feathers in the centerpieces to give the space an outdoorsy flair.  John has since taken up pheasant hunting and as a surprise we included a feather in his boutonniere.

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THE VENDORS
Rockstar Venue: THE EVERGREEN LAKEHOUSE  {more info}  //  Photographer:  Rene Tate Photography  //  Floral Designer: Blooms Floral Design

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A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte

Emily & Matt  |  July 6th  |  Crested Butte Mountain Resort

From the bride: We wanted to do a mountain wedding in a place that really puts everyone in vacation mode. We love Crested Butte — the beautiful historic town, filled with laid-back, friendly people, and plus amazing scenery…hard to beat that! Having it in Crested Butte over Fourth of July weekend allowed us to create an entire weekend full of events, soaking up more time with everyone and taking advantage of everything Crested Butte has to offer. People went to the 4th of July parade, went biking, hiking, climbing, picnicked at a park in town and ate at many a tasty restaurants. It was a perfect weekend of festivities!

A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte

We wanted our wedding to feel outdoorsy, bright, laid-back, and super fun! Everyone knows that we’re not fancy, formal people, so we wanted to stay true to our personalities. Plus, we both love to hike, ski, climb, and simply be outdoors, so this wedding venue and style suited us well.

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Our ceremony was at the top of Red Lady Express chairlift at over 10,000 feet.  A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte We each wrote our own vows and didn’t share them until the actual ceremony. This was extremely emotional for us both and we were also quite amazed at how similar they were.

A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte

When we were saying our vows,  I just remember thinking “Wow, here we are on top of a mountain, with all our family and friends, making this amazing commitment to each other.” It was powerful.

A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte

Our reception started with a cocktail hour on the deck at Uley’s Cabin with Moscow Mules for all. Dinner and dancing followed in a tent next to Uley’s.

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For the tables, we had burlap runners, bright wildflowers in tin watering cans and slate table numbers.

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We made burlap banners that said “Better Together” (our song for our first dance) and “Oh Happy Day” (our recessional song from the ceremony).

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I’ll never forget how overwhelmed with love and gratitude I felt looking out at all of our family and friends, trying to say a few words of thanks. It is the most amazing feeling in the world to have the people you love and care about gathered together.

A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte

My advice: Enjoy the process and the fun that comes with it! It is overwhelming and stressful at times, but it’s important to keep your perspective. Remember, the reason you’re planning a wedding is so you can marry the love of your life. Also, no one besides you will notice the little things that may not go exactly as planned.

A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte

Emily’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Venue: Crested Butte Mountain Resort {more info}

Photographer: Kara Pearson Photography  //  Florist: Field Florals  //  Tent Rental: Crested Butte Rental Center  //   Cake: Lazy F Bar Ranch

Honeymoon Location: Nicaragua.  Matt planned the entire two week honeymoon and surprised me with a big announcement at our brunch the day after the wedding. I knew it was a beach trip, so I was already packed, but I had no idea where we were going! He even created a travel brochure and gave me a necklace from Nicaragua! It was so sweet that he had put that much thought and attention into all the planning!!

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