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.
I reused parts of my mother’s wedding dress as bouquet wraps and added Steve’s grandmother’s broaches.
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.
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.
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.
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).
My advice: Don’t let the wedding be the height of your relationship. That’s not what it’s all really about.
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.