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A “Perfect Day” in Estes

Cortney & Mike | August 25th | Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride, Cortney:
We choose Estes Park because we wanted a mountain wedding. Green is my favorite color which inspired the color palette and since we were getting married in the mountains – classic mountain chic was the way to go (i..e cowboy boots with black dresses for girls, green mountain inspired floral arrangements, etc).
brintonstudio0101The weather was perfect (not too cold and not too hot) – literally the “perfect” day.brintonstudio0102 brintonstudio0103 brintonstudio0104 brintonstudio0105 brintonstudio0106 brintonstudio0107 brintonstudio0108 brintonstudio0109The church was this cute little mountain church (exactly as you would imagine a mountain church) that had amazing stain glass windows. There were elk in the parking lot in the morning. The priest (Father Joe) was great and decided to ask for an impromptu speech from Mike’s brother (best man) and Cort’s sister (maid of honor), asking them why they thought we were best for each other and should get married. 

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My advice: Set up a separate e-mail account just for wedding planning. You get a LOT of emails. Secondly – take everything in strides. Things will be hectic up until the day of the wedding.


Photographer: Brinton Studios. LOVE Tiffany & CR and the pictures!
Ceremony Site: Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
Reception Site & Lodging: Taharaa Mountain Lodge. A beautiful venue overlooking 360 degree views of Estes Park.
Caterer: A Spice of Life. The food was amazing!
Cake: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe. Best cake we have ever had. Plus, it was gorgeous and we couldn’t have asked for a more picture perfect cake.
Paper: Fleur de LIS made our programs, invitations, thank you cards, escort cards, and the beautiful welcome thank you cards that we attached to our take home totes/gifts.
DJ: Elite DJ. Matt was beyond our expectations. He got everyone up on the dance floor .
Florist: Floral Design of Europe  //  Transportation: Boulder Denver Limo  // Wedding Gown Designer: Lazaro from The Bridal Collection  //  Hair & Makeup: Scarlet Salon  //  Men’s Wear: Ted’s Clothiers

Honeymoon Location: Kauai, Hawaii, Grand Hyatt in Poipu. Breathtaking and such a relaxing vacation. Plus, they have a water slide & yes we used it frequently!

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  • Brinton Studios » Estes Park Wedding Published June 12, 2013 10:37 am

    [...] love Colorado Weddings Magazine and that they published Cortney and Mike’s gorgeous wedding in Estes Park! Take a look, we are so [...]
  • Joan Chmelik June 12, 2013 5:52 pm

    Beautiful wedding...floral arrangements, The Taharaa in Estes Park, the perfect church, and pictures.
  • Brooks Luby June 17, 2013 5:36 am

    Venue is gorgeous, dress is beautiful, and love the cowgirl boots on the bridesmaids!
“Simply Us”

Melissa & Corey | July 27th

From the bride, Melissa:
Everything about our day described us to a “T”.  We combined our love for the outdoors and mountain life with the things that truly meant something to us. We made mason jar photo holders, painted all of the canoe centerpieces by hand and built all of our programs into fans for the guests.  From the ceremony to the food, we personalized every detail of the day.

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Corey made fishing fly boutonnieres for all of the groomsmen. ElevatePhoto05 ElevatePhoto06 ElevatePhoto07 ElevatePhoto08 ElevatePhoto09 ElevatePhoto10We wanted the ceremony to be unique and represent our love for each other. We wrote our own vows and had our cousin was the officiant. We put the bridal party on opposite sides so that the bridesmaids could see the bride and the groomsmen could see the groom. ElevatePhoto11 ElevatePhoto12 ElevatePhoto13 ElevatePhoto14 ElevatePhoto15

Our advice: Relax, enjoy the planning and don’t overwhelm yourselves, only focus on what needs to be done at that time. It is a day about the two of you and should definitely be one of the best days of your lives. ElevatePhoto16

Rockstar Venue: Lionsgate Event Center  //  Photographer: Elegant Images  //  Cake: Tee & Cakes  //  Florist: Crab Apple Creek  //  Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals from The Bridal Connection   // Guest Lodging: Aloft Hotel

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Just Right at T Lazy 7 Ranch

Maygan & Kyle  | August 13th  |   T Lazy 7 Ranch, Aspen

From the bride, Maygan:
With the Rocky Mountains as our backdrop, the T Lazy 7 Ranch was the ideal location for our ceremony.  Aspen holds a special place in our hearts because it was our first trip together and the active, outdoor Colorado lifestyle represents who we are and what we love.  From the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the reception, each part of our big day was accompanied by just the right music, just the right mood and just the right people.  The day was perfect!

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One touch that was incredibly special to us was honoring our mothers. In lieu of wedding favors we made donations to two charities – The ALS Association in memory of Kyle’s mom and The Michael J. Fox Foundation in honor of my mom. This is something we will continue to do each year on our wedding anniversary.

{Rockstar Venue} T LAZY 7 RANCH {more info | website}
Photographer: Cara Leonard Photography // Wedding Planning & Design: The Celebration Studio // Caterer: Conundrum Catering // Band: Bill Parish Productions // Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals // Hair + Makeup: Full Circle // Airbrush Foundation: A Glamorous Face // Florist: Harrington Smith // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca // Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Wtoo by Watters // Men’s Fashion: Stitchworks

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