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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.

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

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

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

The sunset was so beautiful that night!

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

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.  

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: 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.

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

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

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