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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.
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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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A Fun Backyard Wedding in Boulder

Kelli & John | June 8th | Boulder, Colorado

From the bride:
I had decided early on in the wedding planning process that I wanted the day of the wedding to be as stress free as possible.  It was so comfortable to have our wedding at my parent’s house, and we didn’t have to worry about transporting things from place to place, or making any appointments.  I was very relaxed all day, and was able to enjoy every moment.

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John and I did a “first look”, which proved to be one of the most special times of the day.  It’s weird that on your wedding day, you don’t actually have any time alone with your groom.  We took this time to just be together.

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My favorite detail was the lawn games.  I always pictured our guests enjoying some of our favorite games during cocktail hour.  John and I got to partake in some corn hole…I’m pretty sure we won!

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The centerpieces on the long tables included bud vases with peonies and garden roses, and lanterns. We had lights strung all over the yard, in the trees, and inside the tent.  There just happened to be a beautiful sunset over the Boulder Flatirons, which also added to the décor.

Yellow Feather Photography + A Touch of Bliss

It was John’s idea for us to take “time outs” during the reception to soak it all in.  Several times during the party, we both took a moment to look around and realize how blessed we were.  Those moments are some of the ones that we treasure most.

Yellow Feather Photography + A Touch of Bliss

Kelli & John’s
RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Event Planner: A Touch of Bliss. Becky and Sarah were amazing!! They work so well together and they worked so hard to make everything come together and on budget.  They had wonderful ideas through out the whole process.  We really could not have thrown our wedding with out them.  They worked so hard the day of the wedding.  They were the first to arrive and the last to leave, and took care of everything from setting up, to running to the store when we ran out of ice, to just making sure the day ran smoothly.

Photographer: Yellow Feather PhotographyBeth did an incredible job photographing our wedding.  She captured every moment, and her photos really tell the story of our entire day.  Not only is she an amazing photographer, she is a joy to work with.  She is laid back and reminds you that the day is about you and your groom, and to enjoy it.

Flowers: Somerset Floral Design. Liz did an incredible job with our flowers.  I had a vision of peonies, and Liz came up with the perfect bouquets and boutonnieres.  She also designed the arch for the ceremony. She was amazing to work with and really helped guide the design of the whole wedding.

DJ:  Rock Candy DJJohnny did a great job keeping the flow of cocktail hour and dinner.  He really shined with the dancing though.  He was able to read the crowd and keep the party going all night.  He was great with requests and overall did a wonderful job.

Caterer: Abrusci’s Italian Restaurant. Annie was great to work with, and she was able to create a menu of Italian food that we loved! Her team was amazing as well.  They worked so hard the day of the wedding, and they really went above and beyond to make sure that everything ran smoothly.

Wedding Gown Designer: Angelina Bridal Couture from Felice Bridal

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