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Love Blooms in Estes by Devon K Photography

Roya & Clayton | July 21st | Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride: We chose Estes Park as we love the outdoors and ideally wanted our wedding outdoors.  An olive green and charcoal grey color palette incorporated the natural environment.

Photography by Devon K Photography
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We had subtle hints of peach and pale pink in the flowers, but overall tried to have green be the focus of our flowers. Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

Place cards were hung from a large white garden gate that has a heart in the center. This gate came from Clayton’s mother’s garden and we felt it not only brought her love into our wedding but it was a unique way for us to incorporate our love for the outdoors.

Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

Instead of a guest book that would be tucked away, we had guests sign a wooden wine box. After the wedding, we stained it to seal in the signatures. It is now a decoration for our home as opposed to being tucked away in a drawer.

Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

Our rings were carried in a small treasure chest as a nod to our love for adventure. Inside the chest, there was a poem about the significance of wedding rings. Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

Our ceremony was on the longer side but this is because we added lots of personal touches- we wrote a piece for our parents (in which afterwards we both went down and hugged our parents), recited our own vows, and acknowledged our loved ones that were not present on that day. There was a special piece about Clayton’s deceased father, Ted, who was with us in spirit that day.

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 We both absolutely loved our cake. The cake was a simple, yet elegant round three-tiered cake. It featured a beautiful, edible olive green bow with a brooch in the center. There was beautiful sugar peony atop and then pieces of edible lace inspired by my dress.  I surprised Clayton with a grooms cake that incorporated things personal to Clayton: our dogs, rock climbing shoes and magazine, a Bronco’s jersey, and a Firefighter’s helmet.

Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

My advice: Several people gave us this advice, and its often easy to lose sight of- but remember why there is a wedding in the first place- its about the love between you and your partner. Too often, we become engrossed in details that only you will notice if they aren’t perfect. Enjoy each other’s love and the commitment you are about to make and don’t stress over “stuff.”

Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

Roya’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Photographer: DEVON K PHOTOGRAPHY {more info}. Devon was amazing. There were issues bustling my dress and she got right in and helped the bridesmaids. She was not only a photographer, but also a very helpful extra pair of hands and eyes that day. The photography speaks for itself. It is amazing and truly has a timeless feel to it.

Venue: Della Terra. Fantastic, family owned. They know how to do weddings  //  Caterer: Epicurean  //  Cake: Intricate Icings //  Musicians: A Lyric Ensemble  //  DJ: Standing Room Only  //  Officiant: Bill Huth  //  Bride’s Gown: Intuzuri from The Bridal Collection   //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection from Nordstrom  //  Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse  //  Hair: Bella Capelli  //  Make-up: Dina Bree  //  Videographer: 1321 Studios

Honeymoon Location: Mediterranean Cruise to Italy, Greece, Croatia and Turkey

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Woodsy Chic in Beaver Creek

Valerie & Sergio |  June 22nd  | Beaver Creek, Colorado

From the bride: We were fortunate to have a beautiful Colorado bluebird day as all of our festivities were outdoors. The day was a roller coaster of emotions, anxiety and excitement.

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Our ceremony was comical, right from the beginning there were laughs. My veil got stuck on the stone steps of the wedding deck as I was walking down the aisle.  I couldn’t get Sergios’ ring on his finger and just before our “I do’s” my veil took flight and my MoH had to jump up in the air to catch it.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, ColoradoMy favorite moment was our “I Do’s” and kissing my husband for the first time. We had been together for 9 years through lots of ups and downs and it just felt so good to become husband and wife. I know it sounds corny, but I felt an instantaneous gravity shift. He’s my partner for life and it’s us vs anything that comes our way.
Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, ColoradoApart from the ceremony, my favorite moment was walking into our cocktail hour. The day was so sunny, the sky was that deep, deep blue you only get in the mountains of Colorado, our jazz band was playing beautiful swing music and to see all our guests playing lawn games and socializing was just breathtaking.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

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Since we live in NJ, our animals were not able to be with us so we created a photo of our 2 cats and our 9 month old puppy to accompany the guest book. The animals were not pleased about being forced to pose for the picture so it came out with very stern expressions on them all. It was cracking me up every time I looked at it during the reception.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

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We had beautiful, long log centerpieces with moss, succulents and mixed white flowers in mercury glass atop chevron table runners in grey and white. Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Our travels and ethnic backgrounds influenced our menu. We wanted to share foods we loved and snippets from our travels with our guests.

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Our pets were featured on our “dia de los muertos” wedding cake topper. The wedding topper inspiration came from our trip to Mexico, where we got engaged on top of the Sun pyramid at Teotiuhuacan (which my husband likes to joke, where people were once decapitated) and was a nod to my heritage on my mother’s side. 

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I loved our first dance. Sergio had an amazing smile on his face and twirling around alternating views of the mountains and the beautiful facade of the Ritz was surreal.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Looking back, the reception was over so quickly. The whole day passed in the blink of the eye.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

My advice: Enjoy the engagement and keep focused on the end game, i.e. being a family with your husband. Certainly pay attention to the details and make the day your own. Recognize that things will go wrong, but in hindsight they’ll be minor. Don’t ruin your mood or your fiancé’s in the months leading up to the wedding or the day of by stressing over little things. Talk to someone who got married recently for guidance. If you don’t know someone in your immediate circle, crowd source it. People love talking about their weddings and I’d be happy to talk for an hour if I could save anyone some stress in their wedding planning process.

Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Valerie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

{Rockstar} Tent Rental: ALPINE PARTY RENTALS {more info}. Very responsive to questions, reasonably priced and high quality tents.

Photographer: Casie Zalud PhotographyAlison Vagnini Photography  // Ceremony Site: Beaver Creek Wedding Deck  //   Reception Site & Caterer: Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch  //  Event Planner: Feather & Twig  //  Event Design, Flowers & Favors: Bella Lu Floral  //  Event Design: Lighting & Design by Scott  //  DJ: J.M. Hyatt Entertainment  //  Band: Peneplain Jazz Project  //  Invitations: Tasha Rae Designs  //  Hair & Makeup: Posh! Salon  //  Officiant: Reverend Dr. Robin A. Miller

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Simple Colorado Vintage

Rebecca & Matt | August 31st | Monument, Colorado

From the bride: My goal was to have a soft, simple yet rustic wedding that incorporated our beautiful Colorado location. We wanted our friends and family from the east coast to feel like they were getting the true Colorado experience. My three inspiring words became simple, vintage, and well, Colorado.

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I am a crafter. That being said, almost every aspect of our wedding was personalized.

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The ceremony took place on a family friend’s property just feet away from their old and gorgeous red barn. It was the perfect place to create the eclectic outdoorsy feel we wanted. We decided to use a large amazing tree as our backdrop for the ceremony.

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My Uncle, a wise man we both look up to, married us; his words of wisdom, encouragement, and truth from God’s word lead us through the ceremony.

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My most memorable memory was when Matt and I took turns washing each other’s feet. We stopped and sat before each other to remind ourselves and the witnesses sitting before us, that we were committing to serving one another other in love. My sister and our two friends sang an acoustic and tear-jerking version of, “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz during this time.

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We used burlap runners on the cream-colored table clothes, and lanterns filled with pinecones and glittered rocks. We used small vintage mint vases with baby’s breath to add pops of color through out the table. There was a wide array of tin buckets filled with baby’s breath and glittery willow twigs in vases.

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Above the candy table we created a Mr & Mrs Stevens sign, and hung it with clothes pins and hemp.

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One of my favorite details was the old oven cake display.  Since Matt and I are not big cake lovers, we decided that we wanted my mother’s famous “Special K” bars, and just a small cake to cut. The homemade bars were an absolute hit.

AndreaDahlberg0121My advice: Make the wedding your own. After telling my ideas like, having my mom’s special bars instead of cake, eating barbeque, and setting up a candy table for guests, to a few women who got married about 20-30 years ago, the one thing they said to me was, “I wish I had made my wedding my own.” Let your wedding shine on your personality and your relationship. In the end, it is about you and your spouse joining in a life long covenant, and celebrating with your closest friends and family.

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Photographer: Andrea Dahlberg Photography. She was AMAZING. Andrea and her family has been some of our closest family friends for a very long time, so I knew I could trust her and her artistic ability to shoot our special day. She captured the full emotion of the day, and created keepsakes that we will hold dear until the day we die.

Caterer: Front Range Barbeque. Unbelievable food. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants authentic good food to fit a barn setting. We had people coming up to us all night saying how amazing the food was. The staff was very easy to work with and did anything they could to help us with the day. 

Bride’s Gown: Pilar Aleece from Danelle’s Bridal

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