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Shout it From the Mountaintops!

Catherine & Stephen  |  September 21st  |  Pine, Colorado

From the bride:  Our décor was very simple. We allowed the scenery and lodge setting to remain the focus of the day.

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I reused parts of my mother’s wedding dress as bouquet wraps and added Steve’s grandmother’s broaches.  

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We held our ceremony in a meadow along the hillside. The treeline stood as the backdrop with a gorgeous view of the mountains in the other direction. It started to sprinkle just as I walked down the aisle and then stopped just as I took Stephen’s hands.  Colorado Wedding, Pine, Colorado

We had a couple of unique elements like a water glass ceremony and a knot tying ceremony in which our mothers participated. We didn’t want to write our own vows, so he had us each write 1-2 sentences to keep secret from each other until we read them aloud. Everyone laughed when the officiant tried to correct me from putting the ring on Stephen’s right hand. He didn’t realize Steve’s left ring finger was broken from a mountain biking accident.

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Our favors were small clay pots with saucers tied on top as lids. Moss and tulip bulb inside (with growing instructions), personalized seed packet tucked into ribbon on top.

Colorado Wedding, Pine, Colorado

The 3-tiered cake was a simple reflection of the setting: white-on white imprint of mountains around the sides with yellow aspen leaves cascading down one side (no cake topper). 

Colorado Wedding, Pine, ColoradoMy advice: Don’t let the wedding be the height of your relationship. That’s not what it’s all really about. 

Colorado Wedding, Pine, Colorado

Catherine’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Meadow Creek B&B It was nice to have a place on-site to stay with family the night before and after. We did not feel rushed since we had Friday afternoon and all day Saturday to set up. There were no other wedding parties to compete with on site. There was an indoor option ready for weather concerns which eased anxiety. The venue was clean and beautiful. The character of the lodge was classic and not too rustic.
Photographer: Tina Joiner took beautiful pictures and was so nice and professional. Her fees were very reasonable. She was a calming force and an amazing value.
Caterer: Relish (formerly The Food Guy) was such great quality. We got rave reviews about that dinner months later.
Cake: Das Meyer had delicious and unique flavors but my favorite option was the mountainside etched around the sides.
Florist: Katie at Amore-Fiori really understood my vision and executed it better than I could have hoped! My flowers were my favorite thing to look at the whole day (except Stephen).
Officiant: Edwin Ward and James Frisbie- an amazing team that put together a really warm and entertaining ceremony. They completely listened to our individualized requests and brought it all to life.

Honeymoon Location: THE Royal in Playa del Carmen.

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Relaxed in Broomfield

From the photographer, Rayna McGinnis Photography:
Victoria and Tylor’s wedding is an amazing example of what can be accomplished in as little as three months. These two were originally planning an October 2014 wedding but when Tylor was informed at the end of 2013 that he was being stationed in Japan that coming May, he and Victoria went into wedding planning overdrive. Victoria didn’t miss a beat and pulled everything together and on the wedding day, she was one of the calmest and happiest brides I’ve had the honor to photograph.

Rayna McGinnis Photography0101From the bride: Our wedding day was so relaxed. We weren’t stressed at all. Everything had come together so wonderfully that we were able to enjoy the day in its entirety and truly appreciate what we were there for.

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We set aside four chairs for my grandparents whom have all passed away. We placed reserved signs with each of their names and a single rose was placed on each chair to show that they were to have been in those seats.. To me that was the best way to honor four people who couldn’t be there to celebrate our wedding day, but were very much so missed.  

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Both our families are of Norwegian decent so at the dessert table we had a Norwegian wedding cake made of cookie rings. It was a node to my Grandmother who also had one made for my parents wedding in 1982. 

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Victoria & Tylor’s
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Photography:  Rayna McGinnis Photography   //  Venue:  The Chateaux at Fox Meadows  //  Caterer & Dessert: Hearts Desire Catering

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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! 

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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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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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