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Fun & Full of Colorado Flavor

Katie & Ryan  |  June 22nd  | Castle Rock, Colorado

From the bride:  Ryan proposed to me live on-air while I was doing the weather! It was so special and so perfect, I couldn’t stop giggling, see it here.


We wanted our wedding style to be fun and full of Colorado flavor. We are both Colorado natives and love everything about our state! We are CU Boulder alums and really wanted to tie that into our wedding. We love to have fun together and just wanted to make sure that all of our guests enjoyed themselves and had a blast celebrating with us!

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I LOVED my shoes! I custom ordered royal blue high heels from Etsy. They were so perfect. Blue it my favorite color so I know I will get to wear them again. I didn’t want to do the traditional white because I won’t wear white heels again. I loved having a pop off color to go with my white dress. I also love how bright they look in the pictures.


The ceremony was outside in the backyard of the Cielo at Castle Pines. It’s absolutely gorgeous, surrounded by pine trees and the foothills. There are wildflowers along the hillside. I couldn’t ask for a better venue. It was perfect.


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One of my favorite ceremony memories is when Ryan spun me in circles down the aisle after we were married! It was so much fun and a memory I will always treasure.

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My favorite detail was the honeymoon jar. Ryan and I bought big mason jars and put them at the bar for our guests to contribute to our honeymoon fund. Ryan surprised me with the honeymoon. He kept it a surprise where we were going! I was so excited when I found out at the airport. But it was so fun to have extra money to spend and put towards the honeymoon. We would buy a drink and cheers towards whoever put the money in the jar!

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I hated when the night ended. I did not want to leave the reception! We were having so much fun. We actually took our entire bridal party in a limo ride after the reception. It was so much fun. Typically you see the bride and groom get in the limo and ride away. We wanted to share the moment with all of our friends that have been with us through our entire relationship. So we drove around Castle Rock and through the foothills with our friends. Nearly our entire wedding party went to a nearby brewery after the wedding.


My advice: Don’t rush! We got engaged in August and got married in June. Looking back, I would have waited another year. We wanted to get married so badly and wanted it to be in the summer.  A lot of vendors and venues were booked by the time we started seriously looking in September. I didn’t realize how far out people book everything. So I would say take your time with the wedding process but do realize how much time you need to get everything done! Soak in the whole process because it’s a once in a lifetime feeling marrying your best friend and having your friends and family cheering you along!



Venue: Cielo at Castle Pines. This majestic venue is stunning. It’s nestled in the foothills of Castle Pines. It’s the closest “mountain venue” without the commute. We held our ceremony outdoors and it was so perfect. We held the reception just a few steps inside the gorgeous venue. It’s absolutely beautiful. It has a wide open floor with a brick fire place. The venue is so big that it speaks for itself.

Photographer & Photo Booth: Drake Busch Photography. Ryan and I are both journalism majors, so we’ve had a lot of practice in photography. We were pretty picky about who we chose to do our photography. We love Drake because he takes more natural wedding pictures. We didn’t want pictures that looked too professional or stuffy. We wanted our photographer to catch us in the moment and to really capture our personalities.

Caterer: Catering by Design. We loved using this caterer. My parents and I went to the tasting. It was so much fun. They do such a great job selecting a menu that is perfect for you.

Cake: Cakeheads. We LOVED our cupcakes!

Florist: Daisy’s Front Porch. We used a smaller florist and absolutely loved them!! We got so many compliments on our flowers. I would recommend them to anyone!

Linens: Event Rentals of Denver. We choose gray linens with royal blue and yellow napkins to add a pop of color.

DJ & Lighting: Edge Event Productions. They did a great job picking out music that everyone could dance too. They kept the pace going all night. They also did the blue lighting for our reception.

Videographer: 1321 Studios Wedding Films. Jeff was excellent! As a TV Anchor, picking the videographer was my favorite part. I love film and was so excited about having a videographer. Jeff did such a great job capturing all the highlights of our wedding. He also wasn’t intrusive and caught us in the moment, rather than staging anything. His editing skills are amazing.

Wedding Gown Designer: Pronovias’ Noray gown from Blue Bridal. My dress was very hard to pick. I wanted something that was free and outdoorsy. It was very easy to wear and I could move and dance, which was important.

Hair & Makeup: Copperfalls in Castle Rock // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Officiant: Pastor Dan Hettinger

Honeymoon Location: Cancun! It was a surprise until I got to the airport. Ryan booked the honeymoon and we wanted it to be a surprise where we were going. He told me to pack something warm. It was so fun trusting in my husband that the trip would be fun. Plus, as a bride, I had enough on my plate planning-wise. It was nice to have the groom take over the honeymoon details!

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Rustic Vintage in Ridgway

Jessica & Ben | Ridgway, Colorado

From the bride: We chose to get married in Colorado because we wanted a small wedding that would be memorable for ourselves and our guests.  Every detail of the day was handmade by myself or my parents. It was so much fun to see my vision come to life.
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For all our signs, we found old cabinets and painted the inside with chalkboard paint then distressed them.

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It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day. There was not a cloud in the sky and the sun was shining. This didn’t hold up for long. As the bridal party was waiting to march down the aisle, the wind picked up. Our pretty flower pales fell over and guests were trying to hold them upright. We had a cupcake tree under one of the pavilions, and all I heard was splat, splat, splat; cupcakes were flying off the tree left and right! Amidst all of the chaos from the wind, I knew that I was about to walk towards the most amazing man and become his wife.

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During the ceremony the wind would not die down. My groom’s uncle officiated the wedding for us and he would go from yelling to his normal voice. I was trying so hard to control this wild thing on my head that they call a veil. Finally, I interrupted the officiant and asked if someone could please take this thing off my head. This got every one laughing, which was a nice thing to hear. You could just feel the out-pouring love from our family and friends during the ceremony. As luck would have it, once the ceremony ended so did the wind.

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We handmade the seed bomb guest favors. Each bag was stamped and dyed with tea.

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Our sweetheart table was oozing romance. My dad handcrafted a wooden votive holder and soft pastels graced the top.

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The tables were draped with a midnight blue linen. Drriftwood (which we hand collected) dripping with bright flowers lined the center of the table.

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I really wanted a sparkler send-off but the park had a fire restriction so I had to improvise. I made tinsel-shakers, that when waved back and forth, looked like sparklers in the photographs!

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Venue: Pa-Co-Chu-Puk, Ridgway State Park  //  Design & Decor:  The Social Soiree  //  Photography: Captivated Studio  //  Flowers: Dahlia Floral Design  //  Catering: Camp Robber  //  Cupcakes: Dilly Dale’s Delights  //  DJ: High Altitude Entertainment

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DIY in the Mountains

Abigail & Tim | July 6th | Silverthorne Pavilion {more info}

From the bride: The whole wedding day was one big celebration. I had always dreamed of a mountain wedding growing up in beautiful Colorado.  I just wish the day could have lasted longer!

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Our wedding was held at the beautiful Silverthorne Pavilion. We chose to have our ceremony on the north lawn because it was not only spacious and provided plenty of room, it was also set right in front of a beautiful mountain backdrop showing Buffalo Mountain and the Gore Range. I loved having a nice amount of room to set everything up and as I walked down the aisle, I was able to see the beautiful mountains waiting in front of me. Since the Silverthorne Pavilion sits right off of the Blue River, we didn’t have to work very hard to create a beautiful setting.DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn Pavilion

Tim made a beautiful aspen arbor to stand under during the ceremony, along with stumps to line the aisle.

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My favorite moment was when I finally heard those words, “You may now kiss your bride!!” Such a feeling of joy and relief swept over me that we had finally made it to that point and it was now time to celebrate spending the rest of our lives together!!

DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn Pavilion DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn Pavilion  Each of the guest tables had a wood slice in the center with a big jar of flowers. A flickering lantern also sat in the middle of each table. The wood slices were sprinkled with river rocks, which tied in the Blue River. Tim and I both worked on the centerpieces together so that made each piece a little more special.

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My most memorable moment was our first dance. We danced to “The Love I Found In You” by Jim Brinkman. Just being close to each other, surrounded by all of our friends and family who love us most was as perfect as a moment could get. Everything else seemed to disappear for those few moments as if we were the only people in the room!!

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DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn PavilionMy advice: Enjoy every moment!! Try not to get too wrapped up and stressed out by planning the wedding. The whole day should be a celebration of your commitment to one another and a great time with friends and family surrounding you!! When the wedding day finally comes, take time to take it all in… don’t be too hurried through everything. Don’t forget to enjoy all the little details and the food!! Just remember that even if you have glitches in your planning or at the wedding, you have still found that perfect person to spend the rest of your life with!! Remember the big picture and cherish your time together!!

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Rockstar Venue: Silverthorne Pavilion {more info}

Photographer: Meghan Shaw Photography  //  Linens: Smarty Had A Party   //  White Resin Chairs: Colorado Tents and Events  //  Caterer & Cake: Simply Perfect   //  Officiant: Randy Kroening  //  Bride’s Gown: Mori Lee Blu Collection from D’Anelli Bridal

Honeymoon Location: Oahu, Hawaii

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