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Rustic Picnic Wedding

Véronique & Jake  |  August 4th  |  Vallecito Lake, Colorado

From the bride, Veronique:
We really wanted the whole event to be laid-back and playful, representing our relationship, and to showcase the beauty of the Colorado mountains that we had both grown up in. Our goal was to be environmentally-friendly.  We vintage picnic blankets and baskets, vintage glass bottles, built the bar and all of the event signs out of old wooden pallets, and purchased recycled napkins and compostable cups.
We were so very lucky to have a family friend that allowed use to their ranch in Vallecito Lake.
hc02I wore a very nontraditional green dress from Anthropologie. hc03As Jake and I were getting dressed in the woods, one of the horses came up to us and stood there as we changed. It was hilarious and very unexpected.
hc04 hc05We held our ceremony in a little field surrounded by large pines, a pond and a meandering creek. We collected picnic blankets from the thrift stores in town and spread them out in the field. Each group got a basket filled with baguettes, grapes, cheese and crackers.
hc06Jake and I said our vows to each other with the granite peaks in the background. We all enjoyed a quick picnic with some wine and then the rain shower began. I had bought some beautiful paper umbrellas to serve as sun protection, which turned out to be extremely useful for the rain. The rain was beautiful and added to the fun of the day.

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hc11 hc09 hc12 hc13We had a large, open tent surrounded by lawn games (corn hole, lawn darts, croquet, extreme croquet, and ladder ball). My best friend is extremely artistic so she painted all of the signs and handmade all of the game directions. The guests absolutely loved having the games and we found them to be a perfect activity to help everyone become acquainted.
hc15 hc16We collected vintage glass bottles and used them as centerpieces.

hc17My dad made the bar with old wooden pallets.hc18 hc19We served homemade pies rather than a cake.
hc20Instead of handing out wedding favors, we donated money in the names of all of our guests to the National Resource Defense Council and to Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Colorado Springs to help the animals injured during the terrible wildfires over the summer. We thought something like that would be more meaningful to everyone there.
hc14Jake is a fighter pilot for the Air Force so we wanted to do a little something to honor him. His sister and mom folded 50+ paper airplanes of an assorted variety of colors and patterns. We then hung them inside of the tent. They were amazing. Later in the afternoon, a big group of us pulled them down and flew them.

hc21My advice: Enjoy the wedding planning process and, most importantly, try to stay relaxed about it all the day of the wedding. Some of the things you aren’t planning for, like rain, turn out to be the most wonderful addition. You just have to stay flexible and remember, it is supposed to be a fun and wonderful day. hc22

Tent & Party Rentals: Durango Party Rental. They were great and very easy to work with.

Photographer: Chowen Photography.  Heidi and Daniel are amazing photographers! They documented the day in a perfect way that reflected the playfulness and beauty of the day. They were so easy and fun to work with. We couldn’t have asked for better photographers.

Honeymoon Location: We are planning to take one later this summer in New Zealand. We want to do an adventure trip where we hike, canoe, or something along those lines.

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Down-to-Earth in Eagle

Katie & Patrick  |  August 14th  | Eagle, Colorado

From the photographer, Emmy of Searching for the Light Photography:
The feel of this wedding was very down-to-earth and handmade. Kate is a DIY girl and an extremely creative one at that! The whole wedding party wore cowboy boots. Kate wore flowers in her hair, which sweetly accented her lace dress. The backdrop of the mountainous valley put the cherry on the top of this absolutely beautiful wedding. 

Katie wrapped her bouquet in burlap and twine. SL02


The wedding party was transported from the ceremony to the reception site via a horse-drawn wagon.

Instead of a guestbook, Kate had a wire tree planted in a pot where guests signed a luggage tag and then hang it on the tree.  The seating chart was an old window.SL07

Burlap table runners, mason jar glasses, and slabs of wood adorned the tables.SL08

The napkins were hand-cut and used later to make a quilt.


{Rockstar Vendor} Alpine Party Rentals
Photographer: Searching for the Light Photography  //  Ceremony: St. Mary’s Church   //  Reception: Brush Creek Pavilion  //  Caterer: Bonnie Q BBQ  //  DJ: Good Times DJ  //  Band: Broke Bridge

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Rustic at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park

Desney & Aaron  | September 16th The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park

From the bride, Desney:
All in all, we wanted the wedding and the journey to Colorado to be an experience for our guests, a celebration they would never forget. My inspiration was vibrant color and green succulents.  I chose a palette with sage/avacado greens, turquoise and teals, canary yellow and magenta


Our parents were both married for 35 and 37 years respectively, on the day of the wedding.



We got married in this amazing historical barn constructed from five 100+ year-old barns. The property is also a reservoir and a 100-acre wildlife preservation with white buffalo, elk and deer.  When I decided on this location…things turned completely rustic and DIY.  I already had my heart set on paper flowers, succulents and billy balls.  I began to grow all my succulent gardens and make paper flowers.


I hand collected antique buttons, which adorned each place-card, boutonniere and bouquet.  I hand-picked an antique button for each member of the wedding party to match their personality.


A bird flew through the top of the barn during the ceremony and scared everyone.  I honestly didn’t hear it at all.  One of my groomsmen, who is apparently terrified of birds, almost ran to hide.JS15JS12JS11JS10

 I rounded up old scrabble sets from family members to form all twelve table numbers.


I found green glass wine bottles to house my variety of colorful Dahlias, and brown stubby Red Stripe bottles to accent the yellow billy balls.  My mother and I found colorful, modern fabric to bring it all together.  I have recently made an art piece for our house using the fabric and 1000’s of colorful beads to remember the day.


JS05JS04We had seven flavors of cake/cupcakes and cherry cobbler for desert. 


I cut my cake to “If you were here, by the Thompson Twins”…the theme song at the end of Sixteen Candles….I love that movie.  JS02

 My advice: Take your time planning and don’t focus on anyone else’s opinion.  It’s your day, not theirs.  Also, if you change your mind about your dress and get a different one…..you’re not the first girl.JS01


Rockstar Venue: THE BARN AT EVERGREEN MEMORIAL PARK  {more info | website}
Photographer: Jenn Stone Photography  // Caterer: A Spice of Life  //  DJ: A Music Plus  //  Cake: Tee & Cakes  //  Florist: Sturtz & Copeland  // Hair & Makeup: Zinke Knoebel Aveda

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  • Maggie Goodell February 20, 2013 1:09 pm

    Simply lovely. Love the rich color, and the elegance / rustic balance is just perfect.