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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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A Farm Elopement

Leah & Ricky  |  January 25th  |  Longmont, Colorado 

From the bride:
The idea of a big wedding never crossed our minds. As we talked about how we wanted or day to go, we decided we wanted a very small intimate wedding in Colorado. So on the big day, we didn’t follow any of the “rules”. We woke up and Ricky accompanied me while I had my hair done. We helped each other get ready and the day was ours. My dad and brother met us at the Ya Ya Farm & Orchard and performed the most perfect ceremony. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face and either could Ricky. After our wedding we went to a small bar and watched the Broncos game.

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A Ceremony in the Rain

From the bride:
It was a typical beautiful Boulder, Colorado day with beautiful blue skies. The bridal party did yoga on the lawn after breakfast and it was crystal clear outside. We had been warned about possible afternoon showers, but everyone was keeping the real details away from me about the weather. Apparently by the late afternoon, there was an actual tornado warning. Yikes!Sasser01 I wore my mom’s wedding dress, which she had worn almost 35 years before me. Sasser02 Sasser04 Sasser05

Sasser06 At the exact same time I began to walk down the aisle with my dad, there was a huge thunderclap. We had bused everyone up to the Flagstaff Amphitheater so there was really no quick exit possible once the rain started coming down. A few people had umbrellas but not all. Colin and I made the most of it. We cut a few things from the ceremony, but by the end, everyone was pretty soaked. Needless to say there was lots of cheering when the ceremony was complete. Sasser08 Sasser09 Sasser10 We hurried everyone back down the mountain to get them inside of the Chautauqua dining hall in hopes that a roof and a cocktail hour would warm them up. 

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The dinner and reception was a blast and I really can’t think of any other word to describe our wedding day but perfect. We wouldn’t change a thing. Appropriately, we danced with our parents to “Shower the People” by James Taylor. We didn’t know when we chose the song how meaningful it would really be that day.

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS
We 100% loved so many of our vendors. They really made the day for us, and are our personal hero’s. 

Photographer: Sasser StillsMichael Sasser did whatever it took, including getting soaked during the ceremony, to capture the most special moments for us. 

Event Planner: Leah Colby of La Dolce Events. Leah is an angel. She makes wedding coordinating look easy. She is professional, calm, cool, and collected and does everything in her power to make the day as special as she can. I don’t even know how she gets it all done. If I lived in Colorado, I would want to work for her. Ha, she is that amazing.

Venue: Chautauqua. We knew pretty immediately after we got engaged that this is where we’d be having our reception. The food was fantastic and the venue was perfect for our number of guests. Perfect dance floor conditions and the tent was a beautiful backdrop for the dinner. And we had several friends and family members stay at Chautauqua in cottages or in the lodge. It was so convenient to have a “base camp” for everyone since this was a destination wedding.

Flowers: Boulder Blooms. They went above and beyond on all of the arrangements, bouquets, etc. They provided extra touches that we hadn’t even talked about, just to make things special. The owner, Teresa, sat with us for a personal consultation and had prepared so well for our meeting. It was important to me to consider the meaning of all of the flowers we used, and she had looked up meanings for everything she suggested we use. 

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