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Inspired by Telluride

Meghan & Joseph  |  June 16th  |  Telluride, Colorado

From the bride, Meghan:
Joseph took me to Telluride on our first trip together and I fell in love with the town. Telluride brings this feeling of peace and relaxation, a feeling of just being centered, and it is an amazing creation! You have this little storybook town nestled in this canyon of lush green mountains and an amazing waterfall at the end of town.IlluminArts01

I wanted a very natural style wedding to keep with the Telluride theme. I also wanted to make the day very personal. To bring in the natural feel, I included aspen trees and river rock. I chose a brown, cream, and green color palette with yellow accents.

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We started our ceremony early so that it would end at sunset. The mountain view in Telluride at sunset is breathtaking and that is what we wanted our guests to see!

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My most memorable moment was saying my vows with the amazing mountains in front of us.

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My advice: Hire a coordinator, enjoy every moment, the good and the bad, because you will look back and love both.

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Meghan’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: Illuminarts Photography. Absolutely amazing and so much fun to work with. What sold me on Drew was the way he would capture shots that no one else would ever see. His creative eye is remarkable, he truly made my day that much more special. My photos are my absolute favorite. Words cannot explain how wonderful Drew is!

Venue & Caterer: The Peaks Resort. I could not have asked for a better venue. We had great views, exceptional food, and amazing service.

Florist: China Rose really captured my vision for what I wanted my flowers to look like. Amy had so many amazing ideas. I loved her creativity.

Hair & Makeup: The Peaks Spa

Honeymoon Location: Kauai, Hawaii

Simply Relaxed in Ouray

Petrika & Ward  |  July 12th  |  Ouray, Colorado

From the bride, Petrika:
Ouray is very special to us–we had our first kiss in Ouray and many shared memories from the area. We wanted our family and friends to experience this special place with us! We love the mountains and that is where we feel the most spiritual, for us it was the perfect place to join in marriage.

We wanted to make everything as local as possible, so we worked with all of our vendors to ensure that whenever possible things were sourced locally; this helped us stay “green” and gave our guests a real taste of “local” fare in Colorado. For example, Colorado Boy Brewery in Ouray provided awesome local drinks, and Mesa Park Vineyards in Palisade provided delicious local wine.

Our “First Look” was a surprise to my husband set up at the place of our first kiss before we headed to the ceremony site together—having this special moment with him before the ceremony was worth a thousand words and made it oh so intimate.

It rained during our rehearsal (thus making for the shortest rehearsal time ever!), and it rained for our ceremony. It poured right before we started, drizzled as the ceremony was conducted and poured again afterwards. Folks just pulled out their umbrellas, huddled together and made toasts!—it was wonderful.

We used several elements of nature in our ceremony; standing in a circle for the ceremony, a water ceremony and wooden rings. In the end, Mother Nature decided to give her own contribution and “blessed” us with thunderstorms!

We had our parents bring water from our home towns to “unite” with our Colorado water in our “unity” ceremony.  We had our dog (and best friend)—be our ring bearer. It was so wonderful to have our pup with us!

We took a quick moment alone right after the ceremony to privately congratulate ourselves!—This is something I highly recommend! It’s so easy to get so wrapped up in all of your guests that it crucial to carve out a few moments for just you and your new spouse.

Our wedding weekend was unique because it was so small, we gathered for drinks on Thursday evening, were able to go for a hike with our guests on Friday and share a special rehearsal dinner that night. The day of the ceremony we hired a private yoga instructor to start the day off right—it was so much fun! We also had a brunch, shared some special gifts with our wedding party and I even had time for a soak in the hot springs before starting to get ready! I don’t think a lot of brides get to experience that. We really felt like we had time to spend with each of our guests, we read about so many people feeling so frazzled on their wedding day, so they missed out on spending time with folks that have traveled so far to celebrate with them. We did not want this experience, so having an entire weekend with only a few folks provided us with exactly what we were looking for—time with our closest family and friends.

My advice: Take some time when you first get engaged to just experience “being engaged”—it’s a wonderful time that should not be clouded immediately with the stresses of wedding planning. When you do start planning, sit down with your fiancé and discuss your overall vision and what is most important to you—stick to that no matter what anyone else says. Everyone seems to have opinions about how your wedding should be, but remember it is your day! My biggest recommendation is that in the end– it’s just one day— we should put more energy on the rest of your life together than our weddings. Lastly, whatever happens in the end will feel perfect—so don’t sweat the small stuff.
Petrika’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: IlluminArts PhotographyVery flexible and accommodating!
Ceremony Site:  National Forest Land, Ouray
Reception Site & Lodging: Weisbaden Hotel. Very relaxed atmosphere and we loved having hot springs on site!
Caterer: Pine Cone CateringWilling to do something so small and special and use all local vendors/ingredients—amazing!
Tent & Party Rentals: Park Avenue Parties. They have everything you could need.

Honeymoon Location: Skiing in Banff, Canada!

Mountain Rustic in Telluride

Niki & John |  September 22nd  |  Telluride, Colorado

From the bride, Niki:
Our wedding day was one of the last summery days before fall showed its face (literally, the next day it snowed!).PhotoDivine01 PhotoDivine02 PhotoDivine03 PhotoDivine04 PhotoDivine05 PhotoDivine06 PhotoDivine07 PhotoDivine08 PhotoDivine09 PhotoDivine10

We had a very intimate, family-oriented ceremony.  We had no music, no seating, no “aisle”, just our attendants, a ring bearer and two flower girls. Our backdrop was the mountains surrounding Alta Lakes and the blue sky above. It was short and sweet, but had just enough meaning to draw tears.

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Our guest book was a dictionary that folks could circle words that reminded them of us and write a note next to. An old suitcase served as our card drop. We had mad libs, and a vintage typewriter with a message from us. PhotoDivine18 PhotoDivine19

Our seating chart was hand-written on an old window, each table separated by a pane. PhotoDivine20 PhotoDivine21

Our colors were green and brown, so we used mason jars to hold green flowers with deep red accents, and moss balls with paper mason jars for the table numbers.The floor of the tent was covered in hay while Japanese lanterns and white lights hung above. PhotoDivine22 PhotoDivine23 PhotoDivine24

 My advice: The day will come and things will probably go wrong, but the work you put in pays off! PhotoDivine25

 Niki’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Photo Divine  //   Event Planner: Realize Planning //  Venue:  Alta Lakes Observatory  //  Caterer: Aemono Fine Foods & Catering  //  Florist: Siempre Flores   //  Tent & Rentals: Viking Rentals  //  Cake: Sweet Rhi’s  //  Guest Lodging: Telluride Resort Lodging  //   Wedding Gown: Robert Bullock //  Bridesmaid Dresses: WToo by Watters  //  Makeup: Alpenglow Beauty

Honeymoon Location: Norway/Sweden

Burlap & Lace at Denver Botanic Gardens

Evie & David  |  July 28th  |  Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

From the bride, Evie:
My inspiration was based off of lace and burlap – two of my favorite textiles. My husband and I also have a cowboy boot fetish, so we thought a barn setting was fitting.

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Our favors were little burlap bags filled with coffee beans that said “David and Evie, the Perfect Blend. Evue02 Evue03 Evue04 Evue05 Evue06 Evue07 Evue08 Evue09

Our wedding ceremony was aside a red barn beneath twinkling tree lights, in front of a handmade aspen arch decorated with hanging jars and wildflowers. We had handwritten vows and friends and family contributed to the music for the ceremony.

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I remember standing at the alter, when this huge rush of wind came billowing down the aisle, then I saw this rather large wall of water headed toward us. The rain held off until after we said “I DO”.

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We had pie for desert, rather than cake, which my bridesmaids graciously helped my bake. Evue15

David is a musician and I have always wanted to him to write me a song, but try and try again he never did… until our wedding day!! He surprised me with a song he had written just for ME!! It still makes me cry every time I hear it.

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My advice: See your wedding as the beginning of your forever after. Make time to get to know your husband and talk through a lot before the big day arrives; not just focus on all the little details that will make your big day special. After all, your wedding is only one day, but the commitment you make to your husband is the beginning of a relationship that will last a lifetime. If you focus on that, everything else will fall together.

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Eva’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. The venue was absolutely lovely, and easy to get to.

Photographer: Emily Schmutz, Keeping Composure Photography. Awesome and creative photography.

Wedding Gown Designer: Justin Alexander from The Bridal CollectionThey were wonderful in helping me pick out a dress perfect for my special day.

Hair: Nicole Espy at the Parlour at Flatirons  //  Caterer: Three Tomatoes   //  Florist: Plum Gallery Floral and Events  //  Tent & Party Rentals:  Event Rents

Honeymoon Location: Now Jade Mexico.  All inclusive, quite lovely, great food.

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A "Perfect Day" in Estes

Cortney & Mike | August 25th | Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride, Cortney:
We choose Estes Park because we wanted a mountain wedding. Green is my favorite color which inspired the color palette and since we were getting married in the mountains – classic mountain chic was the way to go (i..e cowboy boots with black dresses for girls, green mountain inspired floral arrangements, etc).
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My advice: Set up a separate e-mail account just for wedding planning. You get a LOT of emails. Secondly – take everything in strides. Things will be hectic up until the day of the wedding.

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Cortney’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Brinton Studios. LOVE Tiffany & CR and the pictures!
Ceremony Site: Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
Reception Site & Lodging: Taharaa Mountain Lodge. A beautiful venue overlooking 360 degree views of Estes Park.
Caterer: A Spice of Life. The food was amazing!
Cake: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe. Best cake we have ever had. Plus, it was gorgeous and we couldn’t have asked for a more picture perfect cake.
Paper: Fleur de LIS made our programs, invitations, thank you cards, escort cards, and the beautiful welcome thank you cards that we attached to our take home totes/gifts.
DJ: Elite DJ. Matt was beyond our expectations. He got everyone up on the dance floor .
Florist: Floral Design of Europe  //  Transportation: Boulder Denver Limo  // Wedding Gown Designer: Lazaro from The Bridal Collection  //  Hair & Makeup: Scarlet Salon  //  Men’s Wear: Ted’s Clothiers

Honeymoon Location: Kauai, Hawaii, Grand Hyatt in Poipu. Breathtaking and such a relaxing vacation. Plus, they have a water slide & yes we used it frequently!

Just Right at T Lazy 7 Ranch

Maygan & Kyle  | August 13th  |   T Lazy 7 Ranch, Aspen

From the bride, Maygan:
With the Rocky Mountains as our backdrop, the T Lazy 7 Ranch was the ideal location for our ceremony.  Aspen holds a special place in our hearts because it was our first trip together and the active, outdoor Colorado lifestyle represents who we are and what we love.  From the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the reception, each part of our big day was accompanied by just the right music, just the right mood and just the right people.  The day was perfect!

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One touch that was incredibly special to us was honoring our mothers. In lieu of wedding favors we made donations to two charities – The ALS Association in memory of Kyle’s mom and The Michael J. Fox Foundation in honor of my mom. This is something we will continue to do each year on our wedding anniversary.

THE VENDOR TEAM
{Rockstar Venue} T LAZY 7 RANCH {more info | website}
Photographer: Cara Leonard Photography // Wedding Planning & Design: The Celebration Studio // Caterer: Conundrum Catering // Band: Bill Parish Productions // Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals // Hair + Makeup: Full Circle // Airbrush Foundation: A Glamorous Face // Florist: Harrington Smith // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca // Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Wtoo by Watters // Men’s Fashion: Stitchworks

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