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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!

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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!

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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

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