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A Rustic Wedding at Chatfield Botanic Gardens

From the bride, Bonnie: Our wedding was simple, rustic and classic. Since we had a lot of family coming in from out-of-town we wanted to show them the rustic charm of Colorado. The beautiful barn and the surrounding botanic gardens at Chatfield Botanic Gardens was our inspiration.
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THE COLOR PALETTE
Yellow (I love sunflowers!), navy, and grey.

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THE CEREMONY
We held our ceremony at the open air chapel (a cute gazebo). The ceremony was really simple and quick, we had a family friend as our officiant. Ben and I aren’t particularly religious, but we love Harry Potter so we had our officiant hold a Harry Potter book!

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THE DÉCOR
Simple and rustic. We put together sunflowers and small daisies in mason jars for the centerpieces, and our moms made wine bottles with fairy lights. That was about it!

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ADVICE
This is really hard to take and everyone says it but just step back every so often and remember that it’s a party you are throwing to celebrate your new life together. It should be fun! It shouldn’t be stressful.  Also, spend money on a great photographer. That is what you will look back on for the rest of your lives, no one will remember the food but you will always look at the pictures!

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RECOMMENDED WEDDING VENDORS
Venue: Chatfield Botanic Gardens. The staff was so helpful and we didn’t have to worry about anything the day of. Plus, it’s so gorgeous and pretty reasonable priced as compared to other outdoor venues we looked at.

Photographer: Elizabeth Ann Photography  //  Second Shooter: kreatid   //  Caterer: Relish

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Rustic Meets Modern at Devil's Thumb Ranch

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From the bride: We were married in a meadow with the mountains as our backdrop. We adorned the ceremony structure with clusters of sunflowers and a crystal chandelier. During the ceremony, one lonely cloud showed up and dumped on us so umbrellas were hastily handed out as we exchanged vows under the raindrops. Fortunately, as a bride, I was so happy to be getting married that I giggled instead of cried. A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Rockstar Venue, Caterer, Cake, Lodging: Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Photographer:  Frances Photography  //  Event Planner:  JA Special Events  //  Event Design & Linens:  JA Special Events and DesignWorks  //  Floral Designer: DesignWorks

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From the Magazine: Rocky Mountain Bliss

 

Colorado Wedding Magazine Feature - Rocky Mountain Bliss

 

 “Looking back, our wedding was a dream. All we wanted was our closest loved ones with us on a vacation with God’s landscape as our decor and we got it.  When planning your wedding, remember that there are no rules. Your wedding day should be a direct reflection of you both and your personalities.”

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A Simple & Relaxed Wedding in Cuchara

Michelle & Brad  |   August 22nd  |  Cuchara, Colorado

From the photographer, John Bosley: How’s a weekend in the beautiful mountains of southern Colorado sound? Hop on your Harley for a summer ride across the state, meet up with a bunch of your closest friends, have a keg of your favorite beer and while you’re at it, get married to your best friend. That’s exactly what Michelle and Brad did. Their wedding at Yellow Pine Ranch in Cuchara was pretty much perfect. They had an entire mountain ranch to themselves, complete with beautiful weather, family and friends. Their wedding felt more like a big party than a fancy, formal affair, which is exactly what Michelle and Brad wanted. Timelines were more like guidelines and things happened at their own pace, which led to a wonderfully stress-free day for everyone. By the end of the day, tears were shed, memories were created and Michelle and Brad had started their journey through life together.

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THE VENDOR TEAM: Photographer:  John Bosley Photography  //  Venue: Yellow Pine Ranch   //  Caterer: The Green Penguin  //  Flowers: Trinidad Greenhouse  //  DJ: Ignight Entertainment  //  Photobooth: The Laughing Photo Booth  //  Makeup Artist: Dotted With Hearts

“Love is in the Air” at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Caroline & Zachary  |  May 11th  |  Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Colorado

From the bride: We are both Colorado natives and we felt it was important to get married here in Colorado. We both are rustic and traditional in style. I own more cowboy boots then heels so it was important to me to reflect who we are in our attire. I chose a color palette of natural colors with a primary focus on yellow. My husband is a pilot and loves everything aviation. I wanted to include his passion in our wedding day and brought in the theme “love is in the air”.  This theme came to life in items such as: paper airplanes for our ceremony programs, vintage airplanes at each reception table, and luggage tags with a personalized message from us, “Some roads are not meant to be traveled alone”.

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It snowed up until the day of our wedding, so there was snow on the mountains, but perfect weather below at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. We planned to get married outside, but given the condition of the ground, we changed the plan to inside the Broad Axe Barn. Travel, aviation theme wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

We wrote and read our own vows and our unity ceremony contained wine & chocolate instead of the traditional unity candle/sand.

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My favorite detail was our “Co-pilot” and “pilot” signs on our chairs.

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Our tables were decorated with vintage planes, flower arrangements in mint julip cups, candles in mason jars and luggage tags.

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My advice: Keep the wedding small and intimate; it gives you more time to enjoy the moment.

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Caroline’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Rockstar Venue & Lodging: DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH {more info}. We fell in love with Devil’s Thumb Ranch with its hide away location and breathtaking views in all directions.
Photographer: Beth Photography  //  Event Planner: Pick Me Weddings

A Country Rustic Wedding on Grand Lake

Courtney  & Adam  |  August 31st  |  Grand Lake, Colorado

As Courtney walked down the aisle, Adam was all smiles. Guests sat overlooking the gorgeous views of Grand Lake as they watched this sweet couple recite their heartfelt vows. Their day only got sweeter when the reception started. The rustic decor included wood, burlap, lace and sunflowers with purple accents that perfectly matched the surroundings. Guests danced the evening away as they watched the sun set over the lake.

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THE VENDOR TEAM
Photographer:  LisaAnne Photography   //  Event Planner: JA Special Events   //  Venue: Grand Lake Lodge  //  Floral Designer: Statice Floral   //  Dress Store: Bea’s Bridal Nook  //  Cake: Church of Cupcakes

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