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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.

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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.

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 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Fun & Full of Colorado Flavor

Katie & Ryan  |  June 22nd  | Castle Rock, Colorado

From the bride:  Ryan proposed to me live on-air while I was doing the weather! It was so special and so perfect, I couldn’t stop giggling, see it here.

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We wanted our wedding style to be fun and full of Colorado flavor. We are both Colorado natives and love everything about our state! We are CU Boulder alums and really wanted to tie that into our wedding. We love to have fun together and just wanted to make sure that all of our guests enjoyed themselves and had a blast celebrating with us!

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I LOVED my shoes! I custom ordered royal blue high heels from Etsy. They were so perfect. Blue it my favorite color so I know I will get to wear them again. I didn’t want to do the traditional white because I won’t wear white heels again. I loved having a pop off color to go with my white dress. I also love how bright they look in the pictures.

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The ceremony was outside in the backyard of the Cielo at Castle Pines. It’s absolutely gorgeous, surrounded by pine trees and the foothills. There are wildflowers along the hillside. I couldn’t ask for a better venue. It was perfect.

 

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One of my favorite ceremony memories is when Ryan spun me in circles down the aisle after we were married! It was so much fun and a memory I will always treasure.

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My favorite detail was the honeymoon jar. Ryan and I bought big mason jars and put them at the bar for our guests to contribute to our honeymoon fund. Ryan surprised me with the honeymoon. He kept it a surprise where we were going! I was so excited when I found out at the airport. But it was so fun to have extra money to spend and put towards the honeymoon. We would buy a drink and cheers towards whoever put the money in the jar!

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I hated when the night ended. I did not want to leave the reception! We were having so much fun. We actually took our entire bridal party in a limo ride after the reception. It was so much fun. Typically you see the bride and groom get in the limo and ride away. We wanted to share the moment with all of our friends that have been with us through our entire relationship. So we drove around Castle Rock and through the foothills with our friends. Nearly our entire wedding party went to a nearby brewery after the wedding.

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My advice: Don’t rush! We got engaged in August and got married in June. Looking back, I would have waited another year. We wanted to get married so badly and wanted it to be in the summer.  A lot of vendors and venues were booked by the time we started seriously looking in September. I didn’t realize how far out people book everything. So I would say take your time with the wedding process but do realize how much time you need to get everything done! Soak in the whole process because it’s a once in a lifetime feeling marrying your best friend and having your friends and family cheering you along!

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Katie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Cielo at Castle Pines. This majestic venue is stunning. It’s nestled in the foothills of Castle Pines. It’s the closest “mountain venue” without the commute. We held our ceremony outdoors and it was so perfect. We held the reception just a few steps inside the gorgeous venue. It’s absolutely beautiful. It has a wide open floor with a brick fire place. The venue is so big that it speaks for itself.

Photographer & Photo Booth: Drake Busch Photography. Ryan and I are both journalism majors, so we’ve had a lot of practice in photography. We were pretty picky about who we chose to do our photography. We love Drake because he takes more natural wedding pictures. We didn’t want pictures that looked too professional or stuffy. We wanted our photographer to catch us in the moment and to really capture our personalities.

Caterer: Catering by Design. We loved using this caterer. My parents and I went to the tasting. It was so much fun. They do such a great job selecting a menu that is perfect for you.

Cake: Cakeheads. We LOVED our cupcakes!

Florist: Daisy’s Front Porch. We used a smaller florist and absolutely loved them!! We got so many compliments on our flowers. I would recommend them to anyone!

Linens: Event Rentals of Denver. We choose gray linens with royal blue and yellow napkins to add a pop of color.

DJ & Lighting: Edge Event Productions. They did a great job picking out music that everyone could dance too. They kept the pace going all night. They also did the blue lighting for our reception.

Videographer: 1321 Studios Wedding Films. Jeff was excellent! As a TV Anchor, picking the videographer was my favorite part. I love film and was so excited about having a videographer. Jeff did such a great job capturing all the highlights of our wedding. He also wasn’t intrusive and caught us in the moment, rather than staging anything. His editing skills are amazing.

Wedding Gown Designer: Pronovias’ Noray gown from Blue Bridal. My dress was very hard to pick. I wanted something that was free and outdoorsy. It was very easy to wear and I could move and dance, which was important.

Hair & Makeup: Copperfalls in Castle Rock // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Officiant: Pastor Dan Hettinger

Honeymoon Location: Cancun! It was a surprise until I got to the airport. Ryan booked the honeymoon and we wanted it to be a surprise where we were going. He told me to pack something warm. It was so fun trusting in my husband that the trip would be fun. Plus, as a bride, I had enough on my plate planning-wise. It was nice to have the groom take over the honeymoon details!

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