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Details: For the Love of Green

It’s no secret that green is our favorite color so when we saw this stylish wedding we just had to share it. From the awesome shoes to the bright signature drinks, we love that the color green was weaved into every detail of this Boulder wedding!chowen0101 chowen0102 chowen0103 chowen0104 chowen0105 chowen0106 chowen0107 chowen0108 chowen0109 chowen0110 chowen0111 chowen0112 chowen0113 chowen0114 chowen0115

THE VENDORS
Rockstar Favors: HONEYVILLE {more info | website}  //  Photographer: Chowen Photography  // Event Design: Calluna Events  //  Flowers: European Flower Shop   //  Cake: Intricate Icings

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Rustic Garden Wedding from Shelley Coar Photography

Cassie & Dustin |  July 26th  |  Littleton, Colorado

From the bride: We decided on a country rustic style since we love burlap and the neutral color palette that goes along with it.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyWe handmade a distance post that indicated how far away our guests were visiting from.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyOur flower girl dumped the remaining petals on Dustin’s feet when she got to him!Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyDustin and I wrote love letters to one another, which were similar to our vows that we shared.Shelley Coar PhotographyWe did a water ceremony and the best man actually overfilled Dustin’s mug and it spilled!Shelley Coar Photography ShellyCoar0114 Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyOur table names were hikes we have done together – the escort cards matched and had maps and a pearl pinpointing the location.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyWe used an old ironing board to setup a postcard table where guests wrote us postcards.  These are being mailed to us throughout our first year of marriage!We painted bride and groom signs that hung on our chairs. Shelley Coar Photography We had white table cloths with burlap runners. Centerpieces were small wooden boxes with single flower vases and succulents on the side.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyOur lovely moms and Dustin’s God father baked all the pies for the dessert table.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyMy advice: Keep a binder of receipts, pictures, everything and anything!  Enjoy the planning process and make sure both of you are involved!

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Photographer: SHELLEY COAR PHOTOGRAPHY {more info | website}. She was truly wonderful.  She was great to have around on our day and personable.  Her pictures were beautiful and she never seemed to be in the way… very discreet but managed to get all of the details and photos we wanted.  Taking our couple photos alone was one of our favorite moments of our wedding – being able to be alone together was so important!

Venue: Hudson Gardens. Such a gorgeous site!!!  Denise was excellent to work with.  She let us visit often and answered all of our questions.

Caterer: The Pines Catering. We LOVED working with them.  Stephanie Smith was absolutely fantastic.  She was so helpful.  She understood what we were hoping for as an image and helped us to create it.  Any questions we had were answered so promptly.  At our walk through she took such detailed notes.  I was never for a second worried about what the outcome would be.  Our food was delicious and our guests loved it.  Their staff was professional and very prompt in picking up after guests and pouring champagne.  We were so happy with them!

Cake: The Makery. Tasting was yummy and such an easy vendor to work with.  When something came up, they called us!

Florist: Sweet Pea Flowers. Another incredible vendor.  We loved working with Lizzie!!  They were so fun and after looking at our wedding binder, she quickly understood our ideas.  She was knowledgeable about the flowers and had great suggestions when we were unsure.  This is another instance where we didn’t have to worry at all on our wedding day.  We trusted her and those that she had helping her setup on the day of!

Rentals: Chairished Vintage Rentals. Delivery was easy and made for a beautiful seating area.

Videographer: 1321 Studios. Jeff captured all of the moments we wanted and we ended up with a beautifully made video.  We have already watched our 4 minute highlight reel numerous times and our full video a few times.  The cd itself is so personal and our family who could not make the trip to CO love the video.  We feel so lucky to have this captured on video.  Jeff was great to work with and fun to have around on the day of our wedding!

Harpist: Mary Keener. She was professional and easy to work with.  We loved that we got to hear her play before we committed.  We were so happy we had this special touch during our ceremony!

Honeymoon Location: Road trip—Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park!  Hiking, exploring, AND relaxation!  Paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe was a highlight!

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Destination Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Erin & Tom | October 27th | Devil’s Thumb Ranch

From the bride:
We knew we wanted to have a destination wedding in the mountains. As a girl, I had learned to ski in Winter Park and my first cross-country skiing experience was at Devil’s Thumb, before it had been built up into a beautiful resort. We were so excited when we saw the new resort and event space. We loved Devil’s Thumb Ranch right away, and my own personal history with Devil’s Thumb made it even more special. Brinton01

We really wanted our wedding to combine the outdoor feeling of the Colorado Rockies with simple elegance.  We had also been hoping that it would snow since we love the feel of a snow-covered cabin in the mountains.

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Tom and I had a “first look” before the wedding ceremony.  He was waiting for me outside of my cabin.  I put on snow boots with my wedding dress and went outside to see him for the first time on our wedding day.  I was not expecting to be so emotional, but when he turned and saw me for the first time, it was all I could do to keep from crying.  We hugged and he held my hand.  We could not help but smile the whole time.  Standing among the snow-covered trees, in the mountains, by a beautiful cabin; it was such a perfect moment. 

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Tom and I both have Scottish and Irish heritage, so we really wanted to incorporate a few traditional Celtic elements.  We had ribbons of our family tartans crafted in Scotland and mailed to us.  We then used these tartan ribbons in a Celtic hand fasting, or “knot-tying,” ceremony during the wedding.  We also chose a few traditional Celtic songs to be played by our string trio during the ceremony.  We had a special remembrance moment during our ceremony to honor our grandparents who were not able to be present, in particular my grandmother who had passed away in the months leading up to the wedding. 

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We wanted to bring in the wintery mountain theme with our table names and name cards.  So, our tables were named for Colorado ski mountains.  We also found small snowshoes to use for the name cards, but then my mother and I spent 6 hours tying the snowshoes together! It was definitely worth the effort, since they were one of my favorite wedding details.

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My father had been taking dancing lessons prior to the wedding, so he taught me to waltz during our dance. It was such a great moment. 

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My advice: Take time to enjoy the wedding planning process.  It can be really fun if you don’t stress about the small details.  Also, having a wedding planner really helped me to relax and enjoy everything, because I knew she had it covered.

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Venue, Caterer & Lodging:  DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH {more info | website}
Photographer:  Brinton Studios. CR and Tiffany are wonderful and so talented!
Event Planner: JA Special Events. Choosing Jessica as my wedding planner was the best wedding decision I made!
Flowers: Plum Sage Flowers  // Cake: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe  // Invitations & Programs: Noteworthy Notes  //  Officiant:  Sunflower Weddings & Beyond // Bride’s Gown: Vwidon by Carla & Kenneth  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Lazaro  //  Hair & Makeup: CMP Bridal //  Men’s Wear:  Al’s Formalwear  //  DJ:  Elite DJ  //  Musicians: Songs from the Heart

Honeymoon Location:  Bora Bora and Moorea

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