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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!

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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

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  • Brooks Luby June 25, 2013 11:34 am

    These accents are so beautifully done. Love the greens they used - and those mustaches are so funny!
  • Rayna June 30, 2013 8:44 am

    I'm loving this wedding, especially the fact that the bride and groom were willing to go out on the water! And those bouquets, so fresh and natural! Ahh...
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

Rockstar Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield { more info | website}.  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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  • Brooks Luby June 19, 2013 5:53 am

    Burlap & lace - a stunning combination. Evie's dress is gorgeous. I love all the accents they incorporated, so perfect for the venue.
  • Mike June 20, 2013 11:15 pm

    Beautiful wedding and the photography is exceptionally captured. Gorgeous work!
  • Emily Schmutz June 24, 2013 8:32 pm

    RE: Mike - thanks for the appreciation, always great to hear nice things about photos.
  • Matt June 24, 2013 9:21 pm

    Really excellent work. Love the detail images and the outdoor shot of the venue with the lights. Awesome.
  • Stephanie July 7, 2013 11:57 pm

    It is super super super pretty isn’t it! Countryside is a legend.
  • Rayna July 8, 2013 4:12 pm

    loving the burlap favors and the atmosphere of the entire wedding. :-)