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Love & Laughter at Flying Dog Ranch

Kearstin & Luke  |  Flying Dog Ranch 

From the bride:
The vision for our wedding began with my shoes. That may be unusual for some, but being a fan of fabulous footwear, I knew I found our colors when I locked eyes on a pair of tangerine and fuchsia peep toe heels. Both colors are bright, bold, and scream “Happy!”

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Like many, we viewed our wedding as a great cause for celebration. Fun, playful, welcoming, and full of details reflecting our personalities were the feelings we wanted to evoke in our guests. Speaking of guests, aside from our dear friend Anne, who served as our officiant, we consciously chose not to have a wedding party. We felt that all our guests (friends & family) were there to support us and filled that role.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

My grandmother’s favorite brooch was placed at the base of my wedding bouquet. A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Having planned and designed many friends’ weddings, ranging from flowers, decorations, coordinating with vendors, and even baking a cake, it was exciting to now be able to create our wedding. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to use or re-purpose things. This began with our handmade invitations, which were playful in their wording and interactive.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

 Guests were greeted by our hand crafted lemonade stand, complete with a tasseled awning and a few engagement photos strung along brake cable from a bike.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Mason jars with hand etched stripes, ribbon, and a bike charm awaited guests to enjoy drinks pre and post ceremony; not to mention serving as a fun take home gift.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

 Bike cogs served as our napkin ring holders. They were the perfect size and spoke (pun intended) to our love of bikes. The cogs were a big hit; we were pleasantly surprised to find that most guests took them home.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Being lovers of food, especially dessert, we offered our guests a dessert buffet comprised of our favorite sweet treats: fruit pies from Wisconsin, smiley face cookies from my hometown bakery, a three tiered Rice Krispie treat cake, creamsicles, a variety of candies like orange sherbert Jelly Bellys, Twizzlers, cotton candy, M & M’s in an antique gumball machine in our wedding colors served in and on antique glassware. And last, were the chocolate salted caramel cupcakes served up on a three tier bicycle wheel cupcake stand.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

I can’t help but smile when I reflect on our wedding day. It was amazing to see and feel so much love and laughter from those near and dear to our hearts.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

My advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff and go with the flow; guests tend not to notice and are unaware of unfinished details. Unexpected events, like an umbrella catapulting into the pond at our ceremony site, only add to the conversation of the day; no one was hurt. At the end of the day it is about the union of two people who love each other, so have fun, and don’t forget to eat!

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Kearstin & Luke’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

{Luxe Mountain} Venue: FLYING DOG RANCH {more info}.  We wanted a venue that not only felt intimate, but showcased the beautiful Roaring Fork valley. Flying Dog Ranch allowed us the perfect setting.

Photographer: David Gillette Photography. In addition to being talented, and creative, Dave loves his job and he is wonderful to work with.

Catering: Pan and Fork Supper Club. Chef Phillip is an artiste in the kitchen, the food was delicious and the service impeccable. Susan is great to work with and paid attention to details like having their staff wear orange serving aprons to match our colors; a fabulous touch.

Linens: Purchased from The Tablecloths Factory.  Great quality and selection. Since I was doing all the set up and I didn’t mind washing them after our wedding, purchasing the linens saved money and allowed us to order more linens to design with than if I rented them.

Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones

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Magic in the Snow

Sage & Ira  |  March 18th  |  Devil’s Thumb Ranch

From the bride:
Ira and I love Colorado and we very much enjoy the mountains! We are both Colorado natives, I grew up outside of Durango and Ira grew up in Colorado Springs. We both love the snow and all the magic that comes along with Colorado winters. We wanted to have a wedding that was not only beautiful, but memorable and magical.
A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado

A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado

Every detail was arranged with such care and perfection, which is exactly who I am.  A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado

We had the ceremony outside.  It had snowed for 4 days prior to our wedding, so the snow was fresh and plentiful. 

A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado As our guests arrived, they were greeted with hot cider and hand + toe warmers.  A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, ColoradoI am a horse fanatic, and it has always been a dream of mine to ride in on a horse.  A black horse, of course, with my beautiful white dress draped over his back.  When I met with Devil’s Thumb Ranch and expressed this dream, there was no hesitation!  My dream came true, I rode Bo, a gigantic black Percheron.  He was amazing!!!  I arrived at Devil’s Thumb Ranch days ahead of time, to make sure I had plenty of time to ride and get to know him before the big day.  The last thing I wanted was to be a run-a-way bride! 

A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado

The two older flower girls pulled a sled with our baby flower girl and ring bearer.  A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado

The crowd gasped as I came around the corner on Bo.  It was very emotional.  

A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado The ceremony was short and sweet and full of love.
A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado

A 2 horse sleigh came and picked Ira and I up after the ceremony.  We headed out to celebrate the first few minutes of married life. Our guests enjoyed a live blue grass band, hand crafted cocktails, appetizers and sleigh rides!!

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A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado

We had a surprise first dance that started out with a sweet love song, then broke into a super fun hip hop dance session then back to a sweet love song.  People were super impressed because Ira is not fond of dancing, but he was a really good sport.

A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado Our wedding day was a dream come true and executed perfectly!  I would say, let’s do it again, but it was perfect!!

A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado

Sage & Ira’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Venue, Caterer & Lodging: DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH { more info | website }

Photography: ELC Photography  //   Day of Coordinator: Love This Day Events  //  Flowers:  Fiori Flowers

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Simple & Relaxed in Grand Junction

Courtney & Chris | May 25th | Grand Junction, Colorado

From the bride:
My goal for our wedding day was to create a simple and relaxed day, overflowing with love.  I love nature and antiques so I really wanted to incorporate both by means of tree trunks, lace, and lots of flowers. I chose a color palette of blush pink, peach and gray, with hints of mint green.

A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand Junction

We did almost all of the wedding planning and decorating ourselves, so I feel like the whole day was the result of many personal touches. Really though, it was such a great feeling to see everything that I’d envisioned come together so beautifully as a result of many helping hands. My parents brought out several antiques from their home to be used as decorations, some dear family friends played music for the ceremony, and still more friends helped with assembling the bridesmaid’s bouquets and table centerpieces. The whole day wouldn’t have been nearly as beautiful without the help that so many friends provided.

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Our ceremony took place in the gazebo on the lawn.  It really was beautiful.   My favorite memory was when the best man fainted! When it happened it was startling, but now we all laugh when we remember it.

A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand Junction A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand Junction A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand Junction A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand Junction A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand Junction A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand Junction A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand JunctionThe reception took place in the barn at Cross Orchards. We had some great BBQ, played corn hole, and attempted to talk to everyone who came out to celebrate with us.

A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand Junction A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand JunctionLooking back, I would try to ensure that I had more time to spend just hanging out and enjoying the evening. I feel like I was trying too hard to talk to everyone, and I didn’t really TALK with anyone.

A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand JunctionMy advice: Don’t rush or stress about planning! Things will fall into place. Don’t be afraid to toss some of the lesser details out; remember to focus on the core reason for the day: celebrating your union to your best friend with your family and friends. Everything else is really just extra. Don’t stress over creating a “picture perfect” day.

A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand Junction

Courtney’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Cross Orchards Historic Site I would recommend Cross Orchards to a couple looking for a rustic and lovely outdoor location in the Grand Valley. They are very accommodating, closing the orchard to the public for almost the whole weekend of our wedding!
Photographer: Jaimee Morse Photography. Amazing!
Linens, Tables & Chairs: Grand Events & Party Rentals. Would highly recommend them! Great customer service.
Cake: Hey Sweet Cakes. They had many flavor options, and they did a great job of doing exactly as I asked for my cupcakes and cake.

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