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Love & Fireworks in Salida

Jessica & Daniel | September 1st | Salida, Colorado

From the bride:
Salida was the first place we went camping together, and the place we always returned to every summer to camp and mountain bike. Plus, the collegiate peaks are stunning, and we wanted our guests to experience a part of Colorado that not many tourists see.

We wanted to keep it simple yet unique and focus more on creating a weekend of memories and experiences. We tried to marry vintage with rustic. We chose floral arrangements that were filled with different shades of greens and lots of texture to evoke a more earthy feel.  We kept coming back to the motto of keep it simple and make the experience as fun as possible.
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Our ceremony was outside on the patio of the SteamPlant Event Center alongside the Arkansas River. It was filled with so many special moments. We married ourselves and invited several of our closest friends and family to contribute to the ceremony.We exchanged our own handwritten vows, complete with tears and laughter.

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While there were so many marvelous moments, the best moment by far was the 45-minute firework display that was gifted to us by the town of Salida. Several of our guests said it was their present to us, but the reality is we got lucky! Because of the hot, dry summer, Salida was under a fire ban and had been stockpiling tons of fireworks that they just coincidentally decided to shoot off right before our first dance. It was magical!


Jessica & Daniel‘s
Photographer: Casie Zalud Photography  //  Venue: SteamPlant Event Center  //  Event Planner:  Ululani Events   //  Caterer: Kalamata Pit Catering  //  Flowers: Hatch Flowers   //  DJ: Standing Room Only  //  Musicians: Joe Fessler   //  Bride’s Gown: Maggie Evans Designs   //  Invitations/Programs: Wedding Paper Divas

Honeymoon Location: Crested Butte (and eventually some tropical location! We have yet to plan it.)

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Here Comes the Sun at Keystone

Ashley & Matt |  September 14th  |  Keystone Resort

From the bride:
We choose Keystone for a couple of reasons –Colorado was just too beautiful to not have it out here and we got engaged in a little café in Keystone last December so it had a special place in our hearts, and of course we love to ski.


I love green – It’s the perfect color for an Irish redhead – the bridesmaid’s dresses really captured this.  I choose three different shades of green and the contrast looked amazing against the picturesque mountains.


I had a gorgeous brooch from my grandmother that she used to wear at her college dances wrapped around my bouquet.


My mom passed away February 2012, and I really wanted her to be a part of the day so I saved an empty seat for her in the first row with her favorite flower, a black eyed susan. I also had a close girlfriend embroider a black eyed susan inside my dress the morning of the wedding, so she was there with me.  I had a special poem read by my aunt, her sister… it was sad, but it was us (my husband and I experienced her death together so we didn’t want to hide it). 130914ams-214

It rained until around 4:30pm, the ceremony was to begin at 5pm, and literally when Keystone was about to move the ceremony inside the clouds parted and the sun shined so brightly (I just knew it was my Mom).


The backdrop could not have been more picturesque!  To think it had just been down pouring, but once the sun came out, the sky was majestic, the mountains were breathtaking, and the hills a perfect color green.


I have never seen Matt smile so big, it was so heartwarming!  After the I do’s, “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles played as guests cheered.


Matt and I are HUGE music fans (we even follow around a band called Widespread Panic so there was hints of music throughout). Matt has been to over 200 shows, and I’ve been to about 60. Our save the date cards were actual Ticketmaster tickets.  For the guestbook, I took all his ticket stubs from over ten years and I made them into a collage and then took pictures of those ticket stubs and used that as the background for the guestbook.


I made the escort card holders by collecting lots and lots of wine corks, cutting them down the middle, and using that as the holder for the card.


Our favors were mountain peach flavored honey from Honeyville.  The honey jars had little DIY tags that side “Love is Sweet”.



The centerpieces were logs filled with roses, amaranths, lavender, and dahlias with two simple candles on each side.  Our table names were venues that Widespread Panic has played before: Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, The Georgia Theater, Louisville Palace, The Belly Up, Red Rocks, etc.  The napkins had “All You Need is Love” written on them.

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Looking Back: I would have had a videographer to capture the ceremony and the memorable toasts.


My advice: Cherish every moment – its goes by way to fast!


Ashley & Matt’s

Venue, Caterer & Cake: KEYSTONE RANCHFOOD IS FANTASTIC!  Such a warm and romantic location. It felt very homey, definitely rustic elegance.

Favors: HONEYVILLE  {more info | website}.  We got the flavor mountain peach. We are from Georgia so that flavor embodied where we both came from and where we are now.

Wedding Gown: Kathyrn Elizabeth by Justin Alexander from THE BRIDAL COLLECTION { website}. Shout out to my stylist, Jordan.

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine B2078 in three colors: pure jade, celadon, and sage from THE BRIDAL COLLECTION {website}.

Photographer: Tom K Photo. He captured every emotion and every detail and gave us those beautiful candid shots we wanted.

Band: The Spotlight BandMy guests never stopped dancing – amazing set list!  Played all our favorites classic rock, and threw in a few widespread panic songs for us.

Men’s Wear: Jos A Banks. Matt went for a James Bond look.  Cream jackets, white shirts, and black pants.

Day of Coordinator & Flowers: Two Leaves and A Bloom  //  Hair & Makeup: Elan Life Spa //  Officiant: Gretchen Abernathy  //   Calligraphist: Moonlight Iris Designs

Honeymoon Location: We are honeymooning in St. Lucia at the end of January.  We choose to delay because all our family was in from out of town so we took some time off during the wedding to be with them. 

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Climbers Tie the Knot at the Silverthorne Pavilion

Rachel & Brent  |  June 29th  |  Silverthorne Pavilion

From the bride:
We decided that anything we did had to be a reflection of “our” taste, not just one or the other. So we had a sit-down together to discuss and came out of it looking for a venue in the mountains (we are both huge outdoor enthusiasts), that had an outdoor ceremony site, and that felt intimate and down-to-earth. We ended up loving the Silverthorne Pavilion. It had the added perk of being a really cool vacation destination, and since most of our guests were from out of town, we thought that would show them a good time.


We are both really into climbing (that’s how we met), biking, hiking, and camping, so we went for a mix of rustic and contemporary. All of the details were nature-inspired, but the overall picture was contemporary.

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The actual day was rainy, literally right up until 10 minutes before the ceremony! Then it just stopped and the sun came out for the rest of the day. 


One of my favorite elements was in the ceremony, we had our families add stones to create a cairn (a sort of guidepost made out of stones that climbers, hikers, and bikers use) to symbolize their guidance in our lives.

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The biggest handmade DIY project was our escort cards. The tables were named after Colorado 14’ers, and the seating card was a topographical map of the mountain you were sitting at, overlaid with your name and tagged with a carabiner since we met climbing. Brent and his dad put together this awesome hanging display.


We made the wildflower seed envelopes for the favors. KendalParavan14

The guestbook was river stones that guests could write on and throw in a bell jar. 

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My biggest advice is work with your budget. I made the mistake of starting to spend without portioning out money, and so the things that came first in planning are the ones that saw the most money. That meant that it got hard to work on things that came later, like the bar! My other advice is don’t get too involved in pinning, at a certain point you need to go out and see what’s actually available for your wedding and budget, and that’s way more fun than pinning!


Rockstar Photographer:  Kendall Pavan Photography {more info \ website}
Rockstar Venue:  The Silverthorne Pavilion {more info | website } Very customizable and intimate.

Wedding Dress: Something New Boutique. Very fun experience!  //  Caterer: Footers Catering. Their customer service is so above and beyond.  //  Cake Pops: Tee and Cakes  //  DJ: Jammin DJ’s  //  Invitations: The Envelope Please

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