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Intimate in Estes

 Kate & Jeff |  August 19th  |  Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride, Kate:
From the time Jeff and I were engaged we knew we wanted a smaller wedding with our closest family and friends in the Colorado mountains. We both grew up in Colorado and wanted the day to reflect us as a couple. We fell in love with Taharaa Mountain Lodge, from the breathtaking views to the antler chandeliers, it was perfect. I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of DIY details. The”Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs on our chairs as well as the “I Do’s, We Did” sign were particularly special. The wood was from an old country barn and my mom hand painted the letters.  The whole day was made perfect by our incredible vendors and we feel so lucky to have had such an amazing day surrounded by the love of our family and friends.

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Photographer: Chris Gentile Photography  //  Venue: Taharaa Mountain Lodge  // Cake Designer: Schmidt’s Bakery  //  Caterer: Greens Point Catering

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  • Suzy May 1, 2013 8:22 pm

    Beautiful wedding!
Relaxed & Fun at Durango Mountain Resort

Melissa & Steve |  July 15th  | Durango Mountain Resort

From the bride, Melissa:
We knew we wanted a non-traditional outdoor wedding that was both relaxed and fun. I found bright retro bridesmaid dresses that inspired our colorful color palette.

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Rockstar Venue: Durango Mountain Resort
Rockstar Photographer: IlluminArts Photography
Caterer: The Yellow Carrot
Event Planner: Celebrations

**This wedding was featured in the 2013 issue of Durango Weddings Magazine.

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DIY in the Rocky Mountains

Megan & Brent  |  July 21st  |  Granby, Colorado

From the bride, Megan:
Our wedding was very DIY (handmade decor) and our family and friends were the ones setting up both our ceremony and reception on the day of the wedding.

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My bouquet was made with  family brooches. It was absolutely stunning, and went perfect with my wedding colors/look of our wedding. My favorite part about the bouquet was the attached charm of my late grandmother. My grandmother had always been an important part of my life, and having her in my bouquet made me feel like she was there with me.  It was special (I’m tearing up as I am writing this). shutterchic04 shutterchic05 shutterchic06 shutterchic07

 When we arrived at the ceremony site I felt super anxious, but ready to be married.

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The ceremony was flawless. shutterchic10 shutterchic11 shutterchic12 shutterchic13 shutterchic14 shutterchic15 shutterchic16The reception was a lively atmosphere; our favorite music was playing, everyone was in high spirits, and we danced late into the night. We capped the night off with s’mores at the fire pit. It was a perfect way to end the night! shutterchic17 shutterchic18

 Basic Kneads Pizza, a Denver food truck, made wood-fired pizza on site.


Brent always asks me if I would put myself through the stresses of wedding planning again and I always give him the same answer. I would do it in a heartbeat. shutterchic20

Photographer: ShutterChic Photography  //  Venue: Snow Mountain Ranch  //  Hair & Makeup: Studio Be Salon  // Pizza:  Basic Kneads Pizza

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