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A Rustic Handmade Farm Wedding

Leslie & Andrew  |  July 26th  |  Longmont, Colorado

From the bride: We knew we wanted a “farm” themed wedding at a rustic, yet classy location. We fell in love with YA YA Farm & Orchard, not only was it a working farm with horses, chickens, and peacocks, but it was also a beautiful apple orchard. When we heard that we would be married in the rows of the apple orchard, with the reception under the white tent and dancing in the beautiful barn- we were sold. This venue was definitely a do-it-yourself venue as it was first a farm, then a venue. However, this only made it more exciting, as I knew everything about the wedding would have the personal and intentional touches that I love.

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 My palate was mostly light pastels- neutrals, blush, with hints of mint green here and there. I have always loved rustic and vintage styles, so I wanted to create something that combined these in a soft and beautiful fashion.

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My Maid of Honor, Alexa Behar, is a graphic designer, water colorist and calligrapher who just happens to co-own a company called Sage Paper Goods. Alexa designed and created our beautiful paper goods (Save the date, invitation, particulars card, RSVP card, and all of our chalkboard signs used as decorations at the wedding). The watercolor design she painted for our invitations was inspired by the flowers I had chosen to use at the wedding. 

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I knew from the beginning that I wanted an all lace dress with an open back. Little White Dress Boutique helped me to find my dream dress. It was a Lian Carlo beauty in ivory. I added a matching lace sash with a beautiful bow in the back to complement the gorgeous train and stunning buttons. I also added a patch of plaid fabric from one of my grand-fathers old shirts- he recently passed away and I wanted to do something to honor him at wedding. It a special addition to my beautiful dress.

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Instead of the traditional guest book, we decided to do a guest quilt. We had blank squares of fabric for guests to sign that will eventually be sewn into a beautiful quilt by the groom’s mother. We cannot wait to see it come together.

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We had a large window pane with black and white photos from our parent’s and grandparent’s weddings. Next to this was a sign saying, “the love stories that came before ours.” We laid flowers from my grandfather’s recent funeral next to it for a personal touch.

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We constructed a hay bail “couch” and placed a large quilt over the top. This was a very fun place for guests to sit down and relax.

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For wedding favors, our family and friends made 234 jars of homemade apple butter- using apples from Ya Ya Farm and Orchard. We wanted to make something homemade that incorporated our wedding theme.

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Andrew made me a swing  for my wedding gift.  It was so neat to receive it at the wedding, where our guests could admire his handy-work and see how well he intentionally loves me and showers me with beautiful hand-made gifts. This is the swing we will sit on as we grow old together.

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For the bridesmaids, I decided on a mis-matched look. I asked them to find a casual maxi dress in a light-neutral color. The guidelines they had were any combination of the following: Cream, taupe, blush, open back, lace, flowy, and soft. They all did an amazing job finding the perfect dresses- all ELEVEN of them. I am so happy with the way the bridesmaids looked together. Combined with simple jewelry, down and curly hair, and open flat sandals, they looked stunning and make our pictures absolutely incredible!

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The flowers in my bouquet consisted of: Ivory and Pale pink roses, pale pink stock, baby’s breath, pods of cotton, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, ivory hydrangeas, and brunia.

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Bridesmaid Bouquets were simple and beautiful with baby’s breath, pale pink stock, and pods of cotton dispersed throughout.

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By Andrew’s choice- our groomsmen wore jeans for the farm wedding. They all sported the same dark wash Wrangler Boot-cut jean. I asked them to wear a light blue button down and cowboy boots or dark brown shoes. We searched for 11 mis-matched vests in various textured materials such as tweed, houndstooth, herringbone, etc. Again, i’m very happy with the way it all came together. And I think the groomsmen were pretty happy about not having to wear a tie!

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Andrew is a very outdoorsy, adventurous guy who believes that every man should have a garage full of tools! He wanted to give his groomsmen something practical yet personal. He chose hatchets and had them engraved with the groomsmen’s first initial and last name. They were a big hit! The guys loved strapping them onto their jeans, and taking photos with them!

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Our first look was my favorite moment of the entire day. Immediately before the first look, we went inside the barn where we stood back to back and read letters we had written to each other. We also exchanged perfume/cologne that we had chosen for each other to wear on our wedding day and then only only special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, romantic getaways, etc) thereafter! This was a very emotional moment as I read his words and he read mine.

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 Then he went to the ceremony site. We wanted to do a first look, but still wanted the first time he saw me to be when I walked down the aisle to him. So I walked halfway down the aisle and then he turned around. It was just the two of us and our photographers. It was the perfect moment. The reality hit us as we shared our first hug that day, this was our wedding day. We were almost married! It was so special to have a few minutes alone before the wedding began.

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Andrew constructed our ceremony arch using barn wood. We attached curly willow, baby’s breath, ivory hydrangea, and pink stock along the sides and corners.  

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We were married under a large tree in between the rows of the apple orchard- with a beautiful mountain view as our backdrop. Long’s Peak to be specific. It was absolutely breathtaking.

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We had a very casual reception- guests were encouraged to go and get their food immediately following the ceremony. We decided against traditional catering and instead chose to hire food trucks! 

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All tables had ivory linen table cloths with burlap and kraft paper table runners (of course, we put crayons out for kiddos to color away on their tables!)

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We set our cake on an old wooden spool that was then placed on a large apple cart and surrounded by other fun crates, baskets, and decorations.

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The centerpieces on each table were all so very different. Throughout the 7 month engagement, my mom, mother-in-law, and several friends helped me to acquire two living rooms full of odds and ends from various antique and thrift stores. We then spent a few days picking items from our collection and organizing them into different centerpieces. We used all sorts of rustic/vintage items such as lace, burlap, galvanized tins, mason jars, old irons, old books, pictures of Andrew & I in old frames.

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Leslie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer:  Aldabella Photography  //  Event Planner: Pink Diamond Events  //  Bride’s Gown: Lian Carlo from Little White Dress Bridal Shop   //  Invitation Designer: Sage Paper Co.  //  Floral Designer: The Fresh Flower Market  //  Food Trucks:  Maine Street Barbeque CoThe Sustainable Spoon, White Whale  //  Venue: YA YA Farm & Orchard  //  Equipment Rentals: All Events Tent & Party Rentals

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.
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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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