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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.

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 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.  

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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.  

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 Amy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Kerstyn’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

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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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.

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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.  

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

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