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An Intimate Winery Wedding in Palisade

Amy & Thomas | May 30, 2015  |  Palisade, Colorado

From the bride: We wanted our wedding to feel like the warm, easy dinner parties we often host in our home – lots of amazing food and wine, laughter and good conversation among friends and family.

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 The ceremony was held under a large tree outdoors, with strands of string lights twinkling above our heads. Thomas’ Navy boss officiated and we included a wine unity ceremony.  

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We had a family blending ceremony where we presented my daughter with a personalized necklace. The entire rest of the night she told everyone happily that Thomas had married her first. 

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My advice: Early in our planning, we agreed that the most important part of our wedding was the people who would join us.  Every decision we made after that was based on that priority.  We chose our location for US, but we chose our caterer, baker, and design details with our guests and their experience in mind.  Remember that the people are the important part: you and your fiancé, your families, friends and loved ones.  

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 Amy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Canyon Wind Cellars. One of Colorado’s most successful estate wineries, their wines are amazing and award-winning.  They are our favorite Colorado winery, not least because the setting is simply gorgeous. 

Photographer: Rayna McGinnis Photography  //  Event Planner: R&R Events and Design  //  Linens & Rentals: Elite Events  //  Caterer: Il Bistro Italiano  //  Cake: Simply Cakes by Camberly  //  Florist: Bride & Bloom  //  Lodging & Rehearsal Dinner:  Wine Country Inn

Honeymoon Location:  Italy!

Simplicity in the Colorado Countryside

Joey & Kelsey   |  September 20th  |  Meeker, Colorado

From the groom: We were married on my brother-in-law’s ranch set in the picturesque countryside outside Meeker. I’ve always been in love with the land, and when I first met Kelsey I flew her for her first visit to Colorado for a snowy New Years in a cabin. The site we were married at was the exact field we snowmobiled in 5 years before, when I’d only known Kelsey a few months.

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Letting nature take care of the decorations and beauty was key for us. The setting was gorgeous, and we wanted to let it do most of the work.

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We are still shocked at how amazing the flowers turned out- we had nearly a zero flower budget and our phenomenal bridesmaids worked tirelessly to create beautiful bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces.

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Kelsey always knew she wanted bridesmaids dresses to be a deep red wine, and the remaining colors of golds, yellows and purples came as a result of the wildflowers and natural setting around us. We always knew we wanted a Fall wedding, so the turning color of the trees added to it all.

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Our vows were extremely personal and touched on our extensive travels around the world together. The sermon was written and delivered by my father.  My brother built the amazing arch.

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Neither of us made it more than 3 words into our vows with dry eyes, and we both started the waterworks early when we first saw each other from across the field.

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Our most memorable moment was dancing the night away in such a surreal environment: the fields were glowing, the stars were unreal above us, and the wine kept flowing!

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My advice: If you don’t have a wedding planner like us, delegate tasks and don’t try to do it all on your own. People consistently asked what they could do or how they could help, and we too often didn’t want to burden them and took the responsibility on ourselves… there’s just too much to do and the when the time comes the last thing you’ll be thinking about is all the little details- so let others help!

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Joey’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: Jenna Lee Pictures  //  Caterer: Threshold Catering by Nicholas Gotelaere //  Linens: What’s The Function Grand Junction  //  Cake: Bin 707   //   Guest Lodging: The Historic Meeker Hotel

Honeymoon Location: Nicaraguabest choice ever!

A Fun Backyard Vintage Wedding in Montrose

Riley & Raphael  |  August 30th  | Montrose, Colorado

From the bride: My wedding day was filled with joy and excitement. I have not had that much of an adrenaline rush through me since the births of my children. It was an amazing feeling, and so amazing to finally be marrying the love of my life! I wish all the time that I could go back and relive that day because it flew by. I had a friend give me the advice to really try and stop and take it in as much as you can because before you know it will all be over. Boy, that’s the truth.

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Riley’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Photography by Julie  // Assistant Photographer: Danielle Coquoz  // Flowers: Dahlia Floral Design  //  Tent & Rentals: Park Avenue Parties

Simple & Relaxed in Grand Junction

Courtney & Chris | May 25th | Grand Junction, Colorado

From the bride:
My goal for our wedding day was to create a simple and relaxed day, overflowing with love.  I love nature and antiques so I really wanted to incorporate both by means of tree trunks, lace, and lots of flowers. I chose a color palette of blush pink, peach and gray, with hints of mint green.

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We did almost all of the wedding planning and decorating ourselves, so I feel like the whole day was the result of many personal touches. Really though, it was such a great feeling to see everything that I’d envisioned come together so beautifully as a result of many helping hands. My parents brought out several antiques from their home to be used as decorations, some dear family friends played music for the ceremony, and still more friends helped with assembling the bridesmaid’s bouquets and table centerpieces. The whole day wouldn’t have been nearly as beautiful without the help that so many friends provided.

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Our ceremony took place in the gazebo on the lawn.  It really was beautiful.   My favorite memory was when the best man fainted! When it happened it was startling, but now we all laugh when we remember it.

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A Simple, Casual & Relaxed Wedding in Grand JunctionMy advice: Don’t rush or stress about planning! Things will fall into place. Don’t be afraid to toss some of the lesser details out; remember to focus on the core reason for the day: celebrating your union to your best friend with your family and friends. Everything else is really just extra. Don’t stress over creating a “picture perfect” day.

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Courtney’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Cross Orchards Historic Site I would recommend Cross Orchards to a couple looking for a rustic and lovely outdoor location in the Grand Valley. They are very accommodating, closing the orchard to the public for almost the whole weekend of our wedding!
Photographer: Jaimee Morse Photography. Amazing!
Linens, Tables & Chairs: Grand Events & Party Rentals. Would highly recommend them! Great customer service.
Cake: Hey Sweet Cakes. They had many flavor options, and they did a great job of doing exactly as I asked for my cupcakes and cake.

Simple & Natural at Gateway Canyons

Brooke & Dustin | October 30th | Gateway Canyons, Colorado

From the bride, Brooke:
I’m a laid back, quirky, slightly tomboyish Southerner.  I didn’t grow up planning my wedding or have unrealistic expectations of a “perfect” day.  We tried to keep it simple and let the gorgeous scenery speak for itself.  It’s hard to design/style nature. I wanted to use colors that would play off and compliment the beautiful fall colors.

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While we were grateful for the gorgeous weather, the wind wreaked havoc on the borrowed cathedral length veil as I walked down the aisle with my Dad.  It got stuck on some rocks and shrubs, I didn’t want to forcefully rip it so there was a delay as we tried to free it, without tearing it.  I made a few jokes to try to cover the awkwardness.  It was funny and actually it helped me relax some. CatMeyer07 CatMeyer08 CatMeyer09 CatMeyer10 CatMeyer11 CatMeyer12Looking back, I would not wear a cathedral length veil.  I would have given ourselves more time to plan (got engaged 8/13, got married 10/30…of the same year).CatMeyer13

My advice: Take your time planning, don’t try to please everyone because it won’t happen, do what is best for you and your fiance’, ask your friends for help if you need it, make it your day (personalize the day to you and your fiance’)…even if you think it might be silly or crazy it will probably be memorable to your guests.

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS
{Rockstar} Venue, Food & Lodging: Gateway Canyons Resort {more info | website}. The food is amazing!! Dustin and I were so excited to have our wedding at Gateway because we knew to plan the menu for the reception we would have to sample the cuisine.  People are still talking about the Corn and Crab Chowder. Gateway Canyons has beautiful scenery, gorgeous accommodations and the staff were so helpful and went above and beyond to help make our day perfect.

Photographer: Cat Mayer Studio  //  Groom’s Cake: The Cake Cottage  //  Florist: Flowers by Lorraine  //  DJ: DJ Ryan Grizz

A Mountaintop Surprise in Steamboat

Tiffany & Albert  |  August 11th  | Steamboat Springs, Colorado

From the bride, Tiffany:
Everything about our wedding day was simple, but uniquely ours. We had a small, intimate group of around thirty members of our friends and family, and we surprised each of them by waiting until the night before the wedding to reveal the actual ceremony location…the top of the gondola at Steamboat Ski & Resort. Most of them were from out-of-state, so a gondola ride was not something they had experienced before. The day was sunny and clear, and everyone soaked in the gorgeous scenery on their ride up the mountain. It was truly our perfect day!

Photography by Keeping Composure Photography

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We actually ordered our flowers in bulk from the City Market in Steamboat Springs. They were just what I was looking for, and my bridesmaids and I had a blast putting the bouquets together the night before the wedding. KeepingComposure03 KeepingComposure04 KeepingComposure05 KeepingComposure06 KeepingComposure07

We wanted to do something along the lines of a unity candle, but due to the fact that it was an outdoor wedding and wind may be involved, we decided to do a “unity plant” instead. Albert and I had our parents bring soil from the homes that we each grew up in, and we poured it together as we planted a plant, symbolizing two lives coming together. Our fathers helped with the pouring of the soil, and it was a touching moment for all of us.KeepingComposure08 KeepingComposure09 KeepingComposure10 KeepingComposure11 KeepingComposure12

  Our reception was held at Hazie’s Restaurant and they took care of everything for us! KeepingComposure13 KeepingComposure14

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