From the bride, Shannon:
We live in New Orleans but all of our family/friends are back in Wisconsin & Minnesota so we decided a smaller destination wedding was our best option. We love the mountains and knew we wanted a snowy winter wedding. We love to ski/snowboard but wanted a location that had a variety of activities for our friends/family that don’t ski.
My favorite memory was walking down the aisle to Donny.
We had garland and candles over the mantel in the foyer.
For our wedding favors, my sister and I hand dipped pinecones in wax to create pinecone fire starters.
Instead of having a guestbook, we had our friends/family sign some vintage snow skis.
My favorite decorations were the gold picture frames with love quotes on each table because Donny and I picked the quotes out together.
Looking back, I was a nervous wreck leading up to it the wedding and I wish I would have just relaxed cause everything turned out great and we had the most amazing wedding day, but nothing compares to being married to your soulmate.
RECOMMENDED VENDORS: Photographer: Danna Frost Photography // Floral Designer: Petal and Bean // Venue, Caterer & Lodging: The Lodge at Breckenridge // Wedding Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero // Men’s Wear: JCPenny’s // Hair & Makeup: Mink Salon // Invitations: Minted.com // Love quote prints: SongbirdPaperie
Crested Butte was the destination location for Chicago residents Geeta and Adarsh. The couple wanted a traditional Hindu religious ceremony against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and nature. They both wanted their friends and family to not only share in the joy of them embarking on their marriage, but also spend the week in a glorious unique setting exploring and making their own memories. What better choice than Crested Butte!
VENDORS: Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Photographer: Third Eye Photography // Event Designer: Prashe Decor // Event Planner: Princess Productions // Floral Designer: FloraEventi // Dress Designer: Studio East6
From the bride, Jaimie: We wanted to really show who we are as a couple with the style of our wedding. CJ grew up on a Simmental cattle ranch in Wellington, CO and has grown up surrounded in the western lifestyle. My grandpa was a melon farmer in Swink. He grew the best cantaloupe and watermelon that I have ever tasted. I grew up as a country kid and even wore my red cowgirl boots with my Little Mermaid dress to Disneyland when I was 5 years old. Our roots never left us, and we wanted it to have the touches of western style.
The ceremony was quick, simple and to the point…10 minutes long. We chose songs that meant a lot to us and described how we felt about one another to walk down the aisle to. My favorite part of the ceremony, by far, was our vows. They were so heartfelt and personal and it just makes my heart sing to remember that moment and that feeling. What a way to start a marriage! Hearing CJ tell me, in front of our family and friends, how he felt about me and us and our life together was something that I will never forget.
Looking back, it truly was the best day of our lives. We laughed, we cried, we danced. God lead us to one another, and it was truly meant to be. We had the best start to our marriage, and I cannot wait to see what is in store for our future. I would not change one thing about our wedding day.
ADVICE: Stay in line with what YOU want, no one else. Everyone will have opinions about your wedding and what you should or shouldn’t do. Don’t listen. I had 11 bridesmaids. ELEVEN. CJ had 4 groomsmen. FOUR. Who cares? It was our wedding and we did what we wanted. We didn’t light a unity candle. So what? You’re supposed to do a garter toss and bouquet toss and cake cutting ceremony. We didn’t. Do things your way to make your day perfect for YOU. No one else.
Boho meets industrial modern in this pretty styled shoot. Shades of pink, red, and green are displayed in every detail from the hand-painted floral wedding cake and invitations to the exquisite embroidery. The boho inspired table decor included deer antlers, amber goblets, white plates and silver flatware.
THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer: Kayla Feldman Photography // Event Planner & Floral Design: Something Styled Events // Cake Designer: Azucar Bakery // Venue: blanc // Invitation Designer: High Wing Creative Co // Beauty: Leeda Beauty // Equipment Rentals: Plank & Pearl // Jewelry: Rox Box // Embroidery Designer: Stay Gold Stitchery // Dress Store: Blue Bridal Boutique
Ashley & David | May 2nd | Sedalia, Colorado
From the bride: Dave and I both love the outdoors. I feel like I am outside more than inside most days. I wanted a venue where I could enjoy the outdoors, but not have to worry about the elements, as Colorado can have rain, snow and sun all in one day! Not optimal for guest comfort. We wanted a venue where we could see Colorado in all of its beauty! The Sanctuary was more than perfect, great view of the mountains, I believe you can spot at least three fourteeners. To top it off, we had a more than perfect day weather wise, it rained and poured most of April, hailed Friday before the wedding and the very next Saturday after our wedding (when we left for our honeymoon) it snowed two feet!
I remember seeing all of the bouquets for the first time and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Lots of ‘ooohs’ and ‘awws’ coming from the moms and my bridesmaids. I was so excited about the colors and the design! It was all so stunning.
The first thing that pops into my head when I think of our wedding day, is our ring exchange! David and Lynn, our photographers, captured the moment perfectly; I love looking at the images and reliving/feeling how happy and excited we are!
I loved our first dance!! We actually took lessons and had a little routine. Our song was, ‘The Mountain Song’ by Rayland Baxter and our dance even had a lift in it, yes, much like the lift in Dirty Dancing. I am not a huge dancer and I really don’t love being the center of attention, so I almost pulled the lift out of our routine last minute because I was so nervous! I thought, what if he drops me, what if my dress falls down, what if I fall when he sets me back down… but, Dave wouldn’t let me be afraid, we had so much fun dancing and it ended up being a highlight of the whole night! We forgot some steps, but totally nailed the lift. Our first dance was pretty fun and so was our whole wedding conga line! Have you ever seen a conga line 150 people deep? It’s pretty hysterical!
My wedding day was the most magical and special day to me that I have ever lived. I married my most favorite human in the whole entire world! I have two close friends going through the wedding planning process right now and I have told them both, ‘In the end, all the stress and all the tiny details are worth every second. I would plan our wedding again in a heartbeat!’
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: David Lynn Photography // Venue & Caterer: Sanctuary Golf Course // Floral Designer: The Flower House // Cake Designer: Cakeheads // Officiant: The Wedding Priest // DJ: A Music Plus // Dress Store: Anna Be Bridal Boutique // Makeup Artist: Pretty Bride Shoppe // Hair Stylist: Adorn Denver
Gretchen & John | October 19th | Evergreen Lake House
From the bride: One of my favorite wedding moments was my father’s speech and toast. He is a big fan of hunting and fishing. Little did I know, our wedding was scheduled on the opening day of Pheasant Season in South Dakota. For the last 30 years, my father has packed up the dogs and his hunting gear in his Ford pickup truck and headed to opening day. This was the first time in 30 years that he missed it.
I wrapped my grandmother’s pocket watch around my bouquet. She passed away when I was 14, so it was nice to have something that represented her.
For years, my father has been collecting pheasant feathers from his hunting trips. Instead of the usual floral arrangements, we had our florist include his pheasant feathers in the centerpieces to give the space an outdoorsy flair. John has since taken up pheasant hunting and as a surprise we included a feather in his boutonniere.