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Ninja Meets Mountain Chic by Devo Photography

Darcy & Antony | September 16th | Edwards, Colorado

From the bride, Darcy
Our wedding was a martial-art/mountain themed celebration. We had martial arts stuff everywhere because we are both elite level Taekwondo fighters (former national & Olympic team members) and wanted to bring in our own personality to our wedding. We included wood accents and a navy blue, white and gold color palette.

Photography by {Rockstar} Devo Photography

Our ceremony was held on the lawn with the most spectacular view. It was a simple, but sweet ceremony. We created our own vows and a close friend married us. devo08 devo09The cocktail hour was our first real shining moment. We bought over 300 pine boards and had all our guests breaking them. It was a wild, crazy, exhilarating way to spend cocktail hour!

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My favorite detail was the cake topper-custom bobbleheads of us in our martial arts gear.

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For favors, we created personalized gold medals with an image of us and said “Darcy and Tony’s wedding extravaganza” and everyone wore them throughout the wedding. We also gave away throwing stars as favors, which (thank god) did not inflict too much damage.

devo11  Antony cut our cake with a katana samurai sword! He almost lobbed off a few heads, but I was just happy he didn’t totally destroy our cake!

During the dancing, things got wild when we handed out karate headbands. It was a fun way to involve our guests and EVERYONE wore one and loved them! We also started out our first dance by playing the “Rocky” anthem song and pretending like we were entering a boxing fight. We slowed it down and danced to U2 after that.

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My advice: Your wedding will be the best day of your life, if you let it be. Hire a wedding coordinator, plan as much as you can, then just relax!

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Darcy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

{Rockstar} Photographer: Devo Photography. Can’t say enough about Devo!!! They did our engagement shoot and wedding and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t drool over the pics they sent us. Not only that, but they are professionals to the highest degree. If someone needed help, they were there to help. With smiles on their faces, they weren’t just documenting the day, they were part of it.

Venue: The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. We received the most AMAZING service before, during and after our wedding. It was truly stress-free and so perfect! I can’t say enough about the staff and location!! Plus, the rooms are to die for! Fire in every room and the most beautiful balconies!

DJ: DJ Maestro, Tony London. I honestly told Tony that I wanted to get married again just so he could DJ it. I strongly believe that music MAKES the wedding a party and it’s so critical. Tony was an active participant in the wedding and was literally smiling ear to ear the whole time. What a ball! Before the wedding, he was super responsive, answering every question I had and took care of every detail. He’s absolutely the best!!!

Florist: Wildflower Floral. Flawless bouquets and arrangements and a beautiful vision, Wildflower is the best!! I would recommend them to anyone looking for the perfect buds on their special day!

Invitations/Programs: SweetWater Letterpress. Based in California, these letterpress pro’s create one of a kind and beautiful wedding packages. LOVED my invites!

Videographer: Peak Impact Productions (they were amazing!!!)

Hair & Makeup: Natosha CookeAmazing work and uses an airbrush.

Event Planner: Opulent Events, Mallory Woods. If you want to relax and enjoy your wedding, I’d tell you to go ahead and have Mallory handle everything. Every detail was attended to and she made the day so special!

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Eclectic Garden Vintage in Estes Park

 Marianne & Kyle  | September 22nd  |  Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride, Marianne:
Everything about our day had a ‘vintage’ feel, but there wasn’t much structure to it. I took somewhat of a gypsy approach: if I saw something that caught my eye – something I was drawn to (an old window, a picture frame, a vase, my dress), I got it and put it in my ‘arsenal’. The ‘garden’ came in with the flowers, obviously. I wanted them to be mixed, fluffy, full and layered. And, they were plentiful.  I also mixed a lot of hard with soft (i.e. – burlap and lace). That spoke a lot about who Kyle and I are: me – soft and feminine; Kyle – a little bit more ‘grit’, masculine, and old fashioned). The mixed textures were very interesting. Our music also spoke to our style, with modern-day alternative music mixed with some old-school classics. I was definitely inspired by the current trend of vintage weddings. I love that ‘old’ is back, and ‘thrift’ is in. If I think back, the first thing I decided I wanted to do was mix burlap with lace. Once I figured that out, the rest built from there.

I made a conscious effort not to have specific ‘colors’. I am a graphic designer and I wanted to design my wedding the way I design on the computer. I chose a ‘dusty’ palette of colors including roses, yellows, off whites, grays, etc.; and mixed that with pops of rusty red and metallics.

I was made fun of because I ordered probably 20 pairs of shoes… that’s what happens when you have a short dress!!

The invitations were printed on a cotton paper and wrapped in metallic ribbon. The envelopes were clear, which was cool, and I created a wrap-around sticker for the address label and topped them off with vintage stamps I bought on Etsy. Julie03Julie07

Julie13The ceremony was short and very sweet – two Bible verses were read by a friend and the vows were traditional. The main highlight for me was the smile plastered on the groom’s face the entire time.

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During the ceremony, we were told that a bull elk came down the side of the mountain near the ceremony site. Being that many of the guests were not from Colorado and had never seen an elk, that was pretty special.

Julie16Julie17Julie18Julie19 Julie21 Julie22Each table’s centerpiece consisted of a square piece of burlap with an assortment of doilies laid on top. On top of that was an assortment of vases filled with flowers. It was beautiful and eclectic. It was also personal, because so many of the doilies and vases belonged to my and Kyle’s families. My mom made the table numbers out of scrapbook paper and dowel rods.

Julie26 Julie24 Julie23Julie25We went a little less traditional with the dessert: famous cherry cobbler and cinnamon rolls from the Glen Haven General Store (a near and dear place to the groom’s heart), along with mini-cupcakes (chocolate, carrot and poppy seed), ‘German Pockets’ and an assortment of cookies from Schmidts Bakery. We had a small, adorable cake to cut as well. I definitely recommend looking into dessert tables over the traditional wedding cake. Not only do you satisfy the tastes of everyone, but it looks amazing, and it can be much less expensive!

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My advice:  Before other people start dishing out their opinions, take the time to figure out what’s most important to the two of you. Figure out what you picture the day to look like and who is there, and don’t let the ‘rules’ scare you. Your bridesmaid dresses don’t have to match, you can have more bridesmaids than groomsmen, you don’t even have to carry a bouquet if you don’t want to. That – and don’t be afraid to break your own rules. For example: I told myself I didn’t want to get married outside and I didn’t want a short dress. I promptly broke those rules when I found my dress and venue.

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I chose vendors whose work I admired, but also vendors I connected with and who I felt understood my ‘theme.’

Photographer: Marianne Brown Photographyhighly recommend. She has a beautiful, ethereal style without the pictures being over-the-top themed. She is very calm and organized, which is just what I needed. She helped plan the day-of schedule with me, and told everyone where to go and what to do when we were taking pictures. She also had fun with it! 

Venue,  & Food & Lodging: Marys Lake Lodge & Resort, Forever Garden.  The venue is gorgeous, and the ceremony site convinced me to have an outdoor wedding –something I swore I wouldn’t do. The food was delicious!

Florist: Kim and Company highly, highly recommended. Kim got my vibe right away, and started throwing ideas out that were even better than what I had in mind. She is sweet and easy to work with, and responds well to email. And, the final product was breathtaking.

DJ: MC Johnny Cruz Mobile Brian was great and I recommend him. He had a lot of songs, including a few Texas Country tunes we didn’t expect him to have, and he was also very helpful in laying out a day-of schedule and helping us stick to it!

Videographer: Media Center Colorado; highly recommended; my dad actually works for the company, but they also do amazing work. They made the effort to get interviews from all of the bridal party, and the Go-Pro’s were the icing on the cake. They also put together the amazing video we showed.

Wedding Gown Designer: Justin Alexander from Little White Dress Bridal Shop
Tent & Party Rentals: RC Special Events

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A Blissful Mountain Wedding in Ouray

Kate & Tim |  August 17th  |  Ouray, Colorado

From the bride, Kate
The weather was perfect for our morning ceremony at the beautiful St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ouray.  It was an exciting and wonderful day. All our family and friends loved traveling to the mountains for our wedding.

I was named after my great grandma Virginia and I used her old leather bible as my ring bearer pillow.

On the back of my husband’s tie, I had embroidered the words, I Love You.

I had a strawberry pink champagne wedding cake on top of an emerald glass cake stand. My mother in law bought the cake stand for me at my bridal shower. The cake was delicious and the pink and green was so pretty together.

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Photographers: Photography by Julie & Jurgita Lukos   //  Venue: Secret Garden B&B  //  Florist: Willowcreek Floral 

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  • jurgita January 28, 2013 4:22 pm

    Woho!!! It was great wedding!! Full of love, tiers and laughter! Thank Julie for inviting me to second shoot for you! Jurgita
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  • veritaz January 29, 2013 9:16 am

    Nice shots...really liked the detail photos (especially the groom's tie)!