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Simply Relaxed in Ouray

Petrika & Ward  |  July 12th  |  Ouray, Colorado

From the bride, Petrika:
Ouray is very special to us–we had our first kiss in Ouray and many shared memories from the area. We wanted our family and friends to experience this special place with us! We love the mountains and that is where we feel the most spiritual, for us it was the perfect place to join in marriage.

We wanted to make everything as local as possible, so we worked with all of our vendors to ensure that whenever possible things were sourced locally; this helped us stay “green” and gave our guests a real taste of “local” fare in Colorado. For example, Colorado Boy Brewery in Ouray provided awesome local drinks, and Mesa Park Vineyards in Palisade provided delicious local wine.

Our “First Look” was a surprise to my husband set up at the place of our first kiss before we headed to the ceremony site together—having this special moment with him before the ceremony was worth a thousand words and made it oh so intimate.

It rained during our rehearsal (thus making for the shortest rehearsal time ever!), and it rained for our ceremony. It poured right before we started, drizzled as the ceremony was conducted and poured again afterwards. Folks just pulled out their umbrellas, huddled together and made toasts!—it was wonderful.

We used several elements of nature in our ceremony; standing in a circle for the ceremony, a water ceremony and wooden rings. In the end, Mother Nature decided to give her own contribution and “blessed” us with thunderstorms!

We had our parents bring water from our home towns to “unite” with our Colorado water in our “unity” ceremony.  We had our dog (and best friend)—be our ring bearer. It was so wonderful to have our pup with us!

We took a quick moment alone right after the ceremony to privately congratulate ourselves!—This is something I highly recommend! It’s so easy to get so wrapped up in all of your guests that it crucial to carve out a few moments for just you and your new spouse.

Our wedding weekend was unique because it was so small, we gathered for drinks on Thursday evening, were able to go for a hike with our guests on Friday and share a special rehearsal dinner that night. The day of the ceremony we hired a private yoga instructor to start the day off right—it was so much fun! We also had a brunch, shared some special gifts with our wedding party and I even had time for a soak in the hot springs before starting to get ready! I don’t think a lot of brides get to experience that. We really felt like we had time to spend with each of our guests, we read about so many people feeling so frazzled on their wedding day, so they missed out on spending time with folks that have traveled so far to celebrate with them. We did not want this experience, so having an entire weekend with only a few folks provided us with exactly what we were looking for—time with our closest family and friends.

My advice: Take some time when you first get engaged to just experience “being engaged”—it’s a wonderful time that should not be clouded immediately with the stresses of wedding planning. When you do start planning, sit down with your fiancé and discuss your overall vision and what is most important to you—stick to that no matter what anyone else says. Everyone seems to have opinions about how your wedding should be, but remember it is your day! My biggest recommendation is that in the end– it’s just one day— we should put more energy on the rest of your life together than our weddings. Lastly, whatever happens in the end will feel perfect—so don’t sweat the small stuff.
Photographer: IlluminArts PhotographyVery flexible and accommodating!
Ceremony Site:  National Forest Land, Ouray
Reception Site & Lodging: Weisbaden Hotel. Very relaxed atmosphere and we loved having hot springs on site!
Caterer: Pine Cone CateringWilling to do something so small and special and use all local vendors/ingredients—amazing!
Tent & Party Rentals: Park Avenue Parties. They have everything you could need.

Honeymoon Location: Skiing in Banff, Canada!

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Peaceful Bliss in Estes Park

Breanna & Jack  |  June 22nd  |  Twin Owls Steakhouse

From the bride, Breanna:
The day of the wedding is a blissful blur to say the least. The day flew by and before I knew it Jack and I were driving off in our final farewell for the first time as husband and wife. We had family and friends arriving almost two weeks before the wedding shenanigans so every day was pretty hectic up until the wedding. The wedding day was so quiet and peaceful. The weather was gorgeous, everyone was calm and experienced no pre ceremony mishaps (except my dress zipper broke and I was literally sewed into it!). The venue we choose was amazing and the weather was picturesque. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to start our journey together. 

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Rockstar Reception Site: TWIN OWLS STEAKHOUSE {more info | website}. Gorgeous views, great food, and great service/staff.
Photographer: Jeff & Jewels Photography. LOVE THEM.
Florist: Fiori Flowers (highly highly recommend). Liz was wonderful and made my visions come to life.
Desert bar: Gateaux Bakery. DELICIOUS and wonderful to work with.
Ceremony Site: The Pavilion at The Black Canyon Inn  // Ceremony Musicians: Acoustic Harmony //  Officiant: Rev Kim Tavendale //  DJ: A Music Plus  //  Wedding Gown Designer: Watters-Pasadena from Anna Be

Honeymoon Location: Belize! We stayed four days at a beautiful resort deep in the rainforest slightly north of the remote village of Maskall and 3 days in Ambergris Caye.

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  • Rayna September 13, 2013 2:49 pm

    Gorgeous wedding! I'm loving every single flower here.
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.

Denise & Brad’s

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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