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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! 

A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado

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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A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado A Winter Ceremony at Devils Thumb Ranch, Colorado

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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Simple Colorado Vintage

Rebecca & Matt | August 31st | Monument, Colorado

From the bride: My goal was to have a soft, simple yet rustic wedding that incorporated our beautiful Colorado location. We wanted our friends and family from the east coast to feel like they were getting the true Colorado experience. My three inspiring words became simple, vintage, and well, Colorado.

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I am a crafter. That being said, almost every aspect of our wedding was personalized.

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The ceremony took place on a family friend’s property just feet away from their old and gorgeous red barn. It was the perfect place to create the eclectic outdoorsy feel we wanted. We decided to use a large amazing tree as our backdrop for the ceremony.

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My Uncle, a wise man we both look up to, married us; his words of wisdom, encouragement, and truth from God’s word lead us through the ceremony.

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My most memorable memory was when Matt and I took turns washing each other’s feet. We stopped and sat before each other to remind ourselves and the witnesses sitting before us, that we were committing to serving one another other in love. My sister and our two friends sang an acoustic and tear-jerking version of, “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz during this time.

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We used burlap runners on the cream-colored table clothes, and lanterns filled with pinecones and glittered rocks. We used small vintage mint vases with baby’s breath to add pops of color through out the table. There was a wide array of tin buckets filled with baby’s breath and glittery willow twigs in vases.

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Above the candy table we created a Mr & Mrs Stevens sign, and hung it with clothes pins and hemp.

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One of my favorite details was the old oven cake display.  Since Matt and I are not big cake lovers, we decided that we wanted my mother’s famous “Special K” bars, and just a small cake to cut. The homemade bars were an absolute hit.

AndreaDahlberg0121My advice: Make the wedding your own. After telling my ideas like, having my mom’s special bars instead of cake, eating barbeque, and setting up a candy table for guests, to a few women who got married about 20-30 years ago, the one thing they said to me was, “I wish I had made my wedding my own.” Let your wedding shine on your personality and your relationship. In the end, it is about you and your spouse joining in a life long covenant, and celebrating with your closest friends and family.

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Photographer: Andrea Dahlberg Photography. She was AMAZING. Andrea and her family has been some of our closest family friends for a very long time, so I knew I could trust her and her artistic ability to shoot our special day. She captured the full emotion of the day, and created keepsakes that we will hold dear until the day we die.

Caterer: Front Range Barbeque. Unbelievable food. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants authentic good food to fit a barn setting. We had people coming up to us all night saying how amazing the food was. The staff was very easy to work with and did anything they could to help us with the day. 

Bride’s Gown: Pilar Aleece from Danelle’s Bridal

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A Rustic Handmade Wedding at Chatfield

Sarah & Tom  |  August 29th  |  Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

From the bride:
Everything was DIY. The invitations, program (all stationary), favors (ceramic glasses handmade by my mom), table centerpieces, dessert toppers, the bridesmaid’s sashes, my earrings, hair comb, and lace knit shrug for the reception, the flower girl’s necklaces and ribbon wreaths, burlap bunting, our traditional Greek stefana and escort cards and display.  I loved the DIY projects so much that I have started an Etsy store called Gilded Lily.

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I wore an Enzoani gown from The Bridal Collection.

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Our color palette was yellow and grey with teal accents.

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Jenna Walker Photographers

We got married in a clearing of trees in front of a gazebo with a beautiful view of the foothills.  We asked a mutual friends of our parents, whom we both deeply respected to perform the ceremony. 

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At the beginning of the ceremony, we asked our guests to turn to those around them and offer a sign of peace – this gave us an opportunity to visit each set of parents and present roses to our mothers.  Tom is Greek and so to honor his heritage, we wore the traditional stefana (crowns), but walked around our guests rather than three times around the alter, displaying the importance of our friends and family in our lives.

Jenna Walker Photographers

Jenna Walker Photographers

Our décor was rustic with burlap table runners, groups of white milk vases filled with yellow billy balls, hand drawn chalkboard signage and mason jar glasses. One long table meandered through a field with round tables spotted around it and marquee lights hanging overhead. 

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Having been to many weddings and despising being herded into a group for the bouquet toss, we opted for a non-traditional version.  My brother built a 6’ tall trebuchet (French catapult) to fling the bouquet and garter!  We asked all single guests to write their name on a flag and place it in a field where they thought the bouquet would land.

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS

 Rockstar Venue: The Botanic Gardens at Chatfield {more info | website}

Rockstar Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Collection {more info | website}, Enzoani gown

Photographer: Katie Thurmes of Jenna Walker Photographers  //  Cake: The Makery Cake Company  //   Flowers: A Florae

Honeymoon Location:  A road trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks.

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