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A Fun Colorado Springs Wedding

From the photographer Trystan Photography: We’ve been capturing photos of Bethany since she was a senior in high school. Not only has she grown into an amazing young lady, but she’s also an incredible photographer herself, so when she asked if we would capture the most important day of her life, we were incredibly honored. She and Danny not only have that easy, jealousy-inducing kind of love, but they can really dance. Swinging and spinning all over the dance floor, their energy abounded all night.

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A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch

From the bride, Holly: I wanted our wedding to really be personal. It needed to be a description of who we are as a couple and individually. We chose a color palette with shades of beige/brown with pops of turquoise. A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch

My corgi was our ring bearer, he greeted almost every guest during our ceremony.

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Our ceremony was on top of a hill with beautiful meadows below. In the center of our arch was Pikes Peak. Some highlights; our officiant (he was hilarious! & kept me from sobbing the whole time).  My favorite memory from the ceremony is when my husband read his vows. We wrote our own vows, per his request, and I’ve been told there wasn’t a dry eye at the ceremony after hearing our vows. They were extremely personal and spoke true to our past, present and future relationship.

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In place of the unity candle, we branded a hide, which really made the ceremony and the sealing of our marriage personal.

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The ceremony was a whirlwind of tears for me. Fastest 30 minutes ever!

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The décor of our reception was rustic with a vintage touch. A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch

We had a S’mores Bar out by a fire pit. It was a huge hit!

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Looking back, If I were to plan my wedding again, I would have followed through on more details that fell off the list the closer our wedding date got. I had so many good ideas that I wasn’t able to complete because time really does fly!

ADVICE: Enjoy it! Take the time to make your wedding as personal as possible.

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The most memorable moment of our reception would be when Carson and I snuck off to take some pictures under the hay barn and in the rain. These are some of our FAVORITE pictures and we got a moment to ourselves amongst those we love having fun. I can vividly remember dancing under the hay barn with the music and laughter in the background.

A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch

RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Sarah Goff Photography // Event Coordinator: Glow Events  //   Caterer: Broken Bones BBQ  //  Cake: Kristin’s Kakery  //   Wedding Gown Designer: Winstyn by Maggie Sottero //  Hair: Wedding Hair by Melissa and Amy  //  Makeup: Bella Grace Home Spa  //  Venue: Younger Ranch

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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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