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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.

A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch

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

A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch

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.

A Country Wedding on a Colorado Ranch

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.

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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An Intimate Wedding on Valentine’s Day

Laura & Mike  |  February 14th   |  Denver, Colorado

From the bride: My husband and I are simple people, and we wanted our wedding to reflect this aspect of ourselves. We got engaged towards the end of November and planned to marry on our current anniversary, which is Valentine’s Day. This meant a lot of work in very little time. When planning began, we took inventory on what we found important for our BIG day. For us, frills and fuss were the farthest from our minds. Our number one priority was to share our love with our family and friends. In return, our friends and family went above and beyond to make this the most special day we could have ever imagined.

Photography by Jaime Johnson Photography
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My husband is one of the most playful individuals I’ve ever met. He gets nostalgic about the toys he played with as a child, LEGOS especially. I came up with an idea for his boutonnieres that reflected this aspect of him, and our shared silliness. We decided to do a LEGO theme for the boutonnieres. We scoured Ebay for all different LEGO men, and then had every male in our wedding choose a character that represented them. I attached a few sprigs of greenery to each LEGO and created our “nod to childhood” boutonnieres. In the end, we had The Ninja Turtles and The Avengers joining our ceremony.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver ColoradoI stayed warm and cozy in my vintage tan mink stole! An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

The décor, color palette, and overall style evolved from our choice of venue. We chose Cheesman Park Pavilion for the ceremony. Everyone thought I was crazy for choosing an outdoor venue for a winter wedding. It turned into a joke about me being a crazy artist that always had to something outside the box. I’m not going to lie, I am a crazy artist, and that’s why I fell in love with this location. The marble Pavilion was beautiful architecturally. It also held the characteristics that define winter; clean, white, and cold. The bare branches of the surrounding trees encompassed the pavilion, transforming this magical Denver location into a woodsy retreat rather than a metropolitan park. I loved the contrast between the stark dark wood of the trees, the few branches still holding onto the fading tans of their fall leaves, and the white marble. This is where the color palette was born; tan through brown scale, lots of white on white, wood, and very small amounts of spring leaf green. I wanted to carry the natural beauty I found in this location into every aspect of the wedding, in a simple and clean sort of manner.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

Our wedding arch was constructed using 2X4s, covered in tan burlap. I took branches from a Coworker that had recently chopped down a tree. The branches were secured vertically to the arch frame to give the illusion of a forest back drop. I wanted to contrast the vertical straight branches, as well as fill some of the negative space in a playful manner, so I hung round string balls varying in size, made of paper mache, from the branches. We tucked greenery and small white flowers in the crooks of the branches, to both cover the hardware used to secure the branches, and to balance the severity of the barren brushwood. My father finished off the piece by sawing some large branches at 45 degree angles and drilling them into the frame to form stable legs.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

Our wedding day was as perfect as I could have ever imagined. I arrived at Cheesman Park 45 minutes late, and Mike arrived about an hour late. We really need to work on our tardiness. The ceremony was short and sweet. On this chilly February day, I felt so warm. Our love was on fire, and it illuminated everything around us, and warmed everyone’s hearts.

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I made a large heart shaped piñata that I slaved over for days.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

Mike and I joined our photographer, Jaimie Johnson for our own personal photo shoot. We had mentioned to her that we wanted the photographs to be a combination of classic, and fun and silly. We wanted them to represent us, and Jaime did just that. An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

After the photos, we headed to our home for an intimate dinner. Our families had never met, and this gave such a wonderful opportunity for them to get to know each other. The evening was filled with laughter, and lots and lots of LOVE. An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

The following day, we rented out the Thin Man and threw the party of all parties. All of our friends were there. Each parent, his and mine, sang us a personal heart-felt love song. It was so touching, so personal, artistic, and loving. Song by song, my heart melted more and more. We were just overflowing with love. It was the most magical way to start off our marriage.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

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