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Mountains, Horses & Wildflowers

Kindra & Luke | May 4th | Walsenburg, Colorado

From the bride, Kindra:
Our entire wedding was DIY.  We held our afternoon ceremony on a private piece of land in the high mountains of the Huerfano Valley. We wrote the ceremony ourselves from start to finish, so the entire day was tailor made for us.

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Our ceremony was small and informal, which included just myself, the groom and our son, Blake.  The ceremony was in such a beautiful setting and very extremely touching.  Each word and action had significant meaning to us.

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After the ceremony, the three of us rode off on our horses.


My advice: Focus on the things that are most important to you, then let go of all the small things that don’t work out “perfectly.”  The important things can leave great memories, and there’s no reason to let small things ruin your big day.



Photographer: Tina Joiner PhotographyTina did an amazing job!  Not only did she take beautiful photographs, she is a wonderful person that made the photograph process so comfortable and non-intrusive before, during and after the ceremony.  I cannot speak highly enough of her and her work!

DJ: Party Time MusicProfessional, on time and economical price.

Florist: Flowerama. Customer service was great and they were very willing to work with me to create the bouquet and arrangements I had in mind.

Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Timothy at Splash Hair Studio. Lindsey did an outstanding job on my hair …. and it held up all day!

Gown: Lynden Rose Bridal. They had the best selection in town and very helpful staff.

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A Fall Wedding in the Rockies

Kelsey & Phil  |  October 5th  |  Estes Park, Colorado

Kelsey and Phil wanted a small intimate mountain wedding. They woke up to snow in Estes Park the morning of their early autumn wedding, so the ceremony had to be moved indoors. That did not stop the bridal party from going up to Lily Lake for portraits in the fog. Thankfully, the snow had melted by then. Kelsey wanted to incorporate some international traditions into the ceremony. Both the mother of the bride and groom had signing bowls and used them at one point in the ceremony to symbolize their union.
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Photographer: Shelley Coar Photography   //  Venue: Taharaa Mountain Lodge  //  Caterer: A Spice of Life  //  Flowers: Floral Design of Europe

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Homemade on the Farm

Jessie & Doug  |  June 1st  |  Haxtun, Colorado

From the bride, Jessie:
When I originally started dreaming about our wedding, I just knew it HAD to be on my grandparents’ farm. They have a Quonset building that I pictured being the perfect setting. But, how do you make a Quonset look like a wedding reception? That seemed to be the question, and my honest answer is—with the help of family and friends. There is NO way we could have pulled this off on our own. From tables and chairs, to a tent, to decorations, to the fact that the entire building had only a couple outlets….we enlisted the help of many. And, the end result was something that far surpassed our original vision. It was beautiful and very much US.

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I loved each and every handmade detail. I loved the time we spent together, creating and making each one. Even though, it may be stressful to DIY, it was worth it for the memories made while doing so.

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My advice: Make your wedding not only about you, but those who love and support you as well. Prioritize what’s most important when you envision your wedding day, and know that you may have to let some things go. And, no matter how much time you have to plan for your wedding, don’t fool yourself into thinking you have “plenty” of time. Get done what you can get done as SOON as you can get it done! And, then enjoy and take in as much of your day as you can.   


Photographer: Kiersta Rhodes Photography, Kiersta is simply amazing. Her eye for detail, and her passion for photography make her the perfect photographer. She really gets to know her clients on a more personal level, which makes it a much more intimate experience.  DJ: Unique Audio  //  Florist: A Country Touch

Honeymoon Location: Our honeymoon was in Negril, Jamaica at the Couples Resort, which Doug managed to keep a secret from me until the day after our wedding. We had a great time, and it was so beautiful there.

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