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A Nature Inspired Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Allison & Matt  |  October 9th  |  Devil’s Thumb Ranch

From the bride:
Our wedding was planned to be a weekend getaway for our families and friends. We wanted to select a wedding location that had a “destination wedding” feel, but also felt close to home and familiar to us. We selected Devil’s Thumb Ranch as it had everything we wanted in a wedding location and more! From the beautiful views of the mountains, to the home-like feel of the ranch, it was the perfect setting for our rustic, nature inspired wedding. With both of us growing up in Colorado, we share a love of hiking, camping, and just spending time in the great outdoors. This location made us feel like we were in our element. We were celebrating a common love that we have for Colorado, nature and each other, with our family and friends.
A Nature Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

I would say seeing each other for the first time was our favorite memory.  It was a big decision that we made not having a first look, as it cut our couple picture time into only 40 minutes after the ceremony.  However, it was one of the best decisions that we made.  The anticipation leading up to the ceremony was intense and made the processional so very emotional. Also, saying our own vows to each other was very special.  It was nice to tell each other how we feel for one another and what we hope for the future.  Both of our vows brought up similar themes, such as being each other’s best friend, the adventures we hope to have together in the future, and the willingness we both have to learn from one another.

A Nature Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

We chose a blush and navy color palette with subtle oranges as an accent.

A Nature Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

The ceremony took place outdoors, with the views of the beautiful mountains, blue skies, and changing oranges of the aspens, as our backdrop.

A Nature Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

The ceremony was our favorite part of the wedding and something we will always remember.  We put a lot of time and effort planning and writing the ceremony. We also wrote our own vows, which was something we didn’t decide to do until two weeks before the wedding.  We are so happy that we did this, as it made the ceremony very personal and special. We also had Matt’s grandfather marry us, which was wonderful. Seeing him get emotional during our vows showed us that it was not only special for us, but for him as well.

A Nature Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

One of the many things that Matt has taught me is how to rock climb.  We decided to incorporate this into our ceremony, with a knot tying ceremony.  It was also special because Matt’s grandfather had also taught Matt how to tie a number of knots for boating, during the summers Matt spent wit him in Indiana.  We practiced the knot tying before the ceremony and even up to the day of our wedding, I was nervous, I would mess it all up. Luckily, when we pulled the knot, we created a perfect knot, to symbolize our new life together.  We have the rope on our mantle, to remember that moment every day.  

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Our guest book was a record set, which was created by one of our good friends.  The records came with a beautiful wooden record case, which held the records one they were signed.

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Our reception took place in the High Lonesome Barn, which was located right next to our ceremony location.  The barn was reconstructed from a War-era Ohio barn and was a beautiful place to celebrate our wedding.  The barn had beautiful East facing views of the Continental Divide.  We wanted to bring the outdoors inside, so our centerpieces included foraged aspen branches, and flowers in the beautiful fall colors of Colorado. My favorite detail was the large twine balls and the hanging lights.  They were a pain to put up, and took up most of the morning for the groomsmen to set up, but really brought the whole room together.

A Nature Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Our family also helped create the centerpieces, which were framed pictures of native Colorado trees.  Being a biology teacher, I included the scientific Latin name, below each of the trees, to add a little more personalization.

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Our favors included a small jar of honey with a honey dipper, a set of beeswax candles, and homemade trail mix for the children.  Our family worked hard to put all the favors together, and create labels to incorporate them into our nature theme.

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The one thing we splurged on was having a live band at our wedding, and this couldn’t have been a better decision.  Music is very important to us, and seeing live shows is something that we have shared together throughout our relationship.  We got engaged at Life is Beautiful Music and Arts Festival, and celebrated our engagement enjoying wonderful shows, seeing beautiful art, and eating delicious food. Because this was such a special moment in our lives, we wanted to bring back some of those memories at our wedding. We were also able to get more diversity with a live band.  During cocktail hour some of the band members played jazz music, as guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the beautiful mountain views.  Then, during our reception, they played a mix of covers that we love and had all our guests out on the dance floor.  Seeing a packed dance floor, and everyone having a great time, made this decision worth the extra money. 

A Nature Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Matt and I decided to have choreographed first dance.  We took dance lessons, but after a few classes, were not even close to finishing the choreography, and our wedding was only one week away. The week before our wedding, we cleared out our garage and practiced our dance every night.  After many hours of practice, and a few beers, we finally were ready.  Our first dance was so much fun and such a surprise for our guests (especially with me being not the most coordinated person).  Everyone loved the dance, especially Matt’s grandfather, who was on his feet once we finished our last dip.  It was something we will remember always.

A Nature Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Looking back, I would have not stressed so much during the last couple of weeks before our wedding. I was doing silly things, like checking the weather report constantly, and having nightmares about falling over during our first dance.  All of these things you have no control over and it is not worth the worry.  In the end, it was a beautiful day, and there were no clumsy moments that led to falling over. There was no need for all the worry.

A Nature Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

My advice:  When planning your wedding, you will find that many times you try to make the wedding about making family and friends happy.  While this is important, remember, the wedding is about mostly about you and the love you have for one another. We made sure to remember this when writing our own ceremony and vows. Have a special moment that is just about you and your partner and take a quiet moment with just the two of you to take it all in.  Like every bride says, it goes by so fast, so don’t stress and enjoy the day.

A Nature Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

 Allison & Matt’s Recommended Vendors

We would recommend Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  It was a dream location for our wedding and everything went very well with the help of their wonderful team.

We would also highly recommend Plum Sage Flowers.  Their vision, dedication, and kindness made them a joy to work with.  The flowers and rentals that they provided were better than I could have imagined.  They worked hard to help us make our vision come to life.  Could not recommend more.

Tyler Freear was our photographer and was perfect for our wedding.  We made sure to get all the pictures that we wanted, stayed calm and professional throughout our wedding, and provided us with beautiful pictures in a very timely manner. 

Our band, Diamond Empire Band was amazing and even did on encore song after their paid time was up.  They kept every one dancing and were very professional and impressive musicians. 

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“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.

Travel, aviation theme wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch

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

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An Elegant Pink & Gold Colorado Wedding

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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!’

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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

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