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Destination Crested Butte

Denise & Brad | August 18th | Crested Butte, Colorado

From the bride, Denise:
We lived in Crested Butte for a year, and still consider it our favorite place on earth. We didn’t want to have a big wedding, and 90+% of our guests were coming from out of state or out of the country.  Rather than follow the outline of a standard wedding, we created our own rituals. Everyone rode the chairlift to the ceremony. Our dog, Otter, carried our vows pinned to his collar, escorted by our Flower Matron. After the opening of the ceremony we each introduced our attendants to our guests, and the formalities concluded with a champagne toast. Everyone then enjoyed a cocktail hour with music, lawn games, and light fare presented in picnic baskets and on tiered silver trays. Drinks included a selection of Colorado microbrews, champagne and Pimm’s Cups.

We had events throughout the week so guests could get to know each other. On Wednesday we had a Welcome Gathering featuring rum from Montanya Distillers in Crested Butte. Thursday night we rented a screen at the Majestic theater to screen our slideshow and play our favorite movie (Blazing Saddles). Friday we had the rehearsal at the site and rehearsal dinner on-mountain at Uley’s Cabin for wedding participants, followed by Sunset Cocktails for all the invitees.

Our in-case-of-rain plan for the outdoor ceremony was 25 different umbrellas in the wedding colors (different sizes, patterns and shapes).

We were married in the meadow at the top of the Red Lady chairlift at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, with the Elk Mountains as our backdrop.

After the ceremony, there was a two-hour break allowing time for guests to relax, change clothes or nap. The reception was held in Crested Butte at Maxwell’s restaurant. Décor included crystal chandeliers, candlelight yellow uplighting, and rich fabrics.

Our tent was decorated with yellow seersucker drapes, and the interior ceiling covered with various sized paper lanterns in shades of blue. This allowed for cover for the food and bar, and shelter in case of inclement weather.

My advice: Take your time! Think about what you really want before you make ANY plans. Others will pressure you into decisions (What sort of flowers are you having?), but you should really decide what you want the event to be (Do I want any flowers at all?).

The theme for the rehearsal party was Mountain Pub, and included ping-pong, darts and foosball tables, and large chandeliers crafted out of Colorado beer bottles.

Since we were hiking directly from town the next morning to start our honeymoon, our backpacks were decorated and brought to the reception. We left wearing them, with cans and streamers tied to them, and ‘Just Married!’ signs.

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Rockstar Ceremony Location: CRESTED BUTTE MOUNTAIN RESORT {more info | website}

Photographer: Alison White Photography  //  Event Planner: Crested Butte Events  //  Reception Site: Maxwell’s Restaurant  //  DJ: High Mountain DJs  //  Décor: Pink Monkey Solutions  //  Invitations: The Envelope Please   //  Bride’s Gown: The Little White Dress   //  Hair & Makeup: The Cut Above

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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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  • Brooks Luby July 21, 2013 5:00 am

    What a beautiful wedding, love the cookies & milk idea...sometimes people just need that little kick of sugar and this is the perfect sweet for this wedding theme!
A Backyard Country Romance

Nicole & Matt  |  June 15th  |  Littleton, Colorado

From the bride, Nicole:
Almost everything for our wedding was homemade. I liked the idea of cowboy boots, wood decorations and candles. Then I just put them all together and some how it all looked great! Rayna McGinnis Photography Rayna McGinnis Photography RaynaMcGinnis03 RaynaMcGinnis04 RaynaMcGinnis05 RaynaMcGinnis06

I loved our welcome doors. It was fun to see them opened and closed for my walk down the aisle. I felt like I was entering an outdoor church.


At the beginning of the aisle we had whiskey barrels with baby’s breath and a sign saying “our story begins here”. In addition, we had along each side of the aisle, pictures of us growing up then at the end a picture of us together.

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My advice:  Enjoy every minute at your wedding, it goes by fast!


Photographer: Rayna McGinnis Photography  //  Caterer: Granny Ma’s  //  DJ: Elite DJ   //  Tent & Rentals: Butler Rents //  Hair & Makeup: Spa Divas Mobile Spa & Salon //  Transportation: 303 Limos

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