From the bride, Shannon:
We live in New Orleans but all of our family/friends are back in Wisconsin & Minnesota so we decided a smaller destination wedding was our best option. We love the mountains and knew we wanted a snowy winter wedding. We love to ski/snowboard but wanted a location that had a variety of activities for our friends/family that don’t ski.
My favorite memory was walking down the aisle to Donny.
We had garland and candles over the mantel in the foyer.
For our wedding favors, my sister and I hand dipped pinecones in wax to create pinecone fire starters.
Instead of having a guestbook, we had our friends/family sign some vintage snow skis.
My favorite decorations were the gold picture frames with love quotes on each table because Donny and I picked the quotes out together.
Looking back, I was a nervous wreck leading up to it the wedding and I wish I would have just relaxed cause everything turned out great and we had the most amazing wedding day, but nothing compares to being married to your soulmate.
RECOMMENDED VENDORS: Photographer: Danna Frost Photography // Floral Designer: Petal and Bean // Venue, Caterer & Lodging: The Lodge at Breckenridge // Wedding Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero // Men’s Wear: JCPenny’s // Hair & Makeup: Mink Salon // Invitations: Minted.com // Love quote prints: SongbirdPaperie
Eve and Don met in Afghanistan, got engaged in Ireland, and tied the knot at one of our favorite Colorado venues, Devil’s Thumb Ranch. JA Special Events planned this heart-felt celebration that was perfectly captured by Brinton Studios. The bride wore a custom-made dress by Deedee Vicory at The Wedding Seamstress while the groom chose a custom-made suit by Luke Faricy at Rutledge’s. Add in gorgeous florals by Statice Floral, a pretty cake by Devil’s Thumb Ranch with a color palette of navy, light blue, copper, and cream and you can see why we could not resist featuring this unique wedding in the magazine!
Advice from the couple: Include the things which you love and make you happy; let your choices be a reflection of the two of you. Most importantly, have fun planning your wedding TOGETHER. We strongly recommend hiring a wedding planner!
Read the entire wedding day story HERE!
Bonnie & Brad | February 14th | Durango, Colorado
From the bride: My wedding at Durango Mountain Resort was an absolute dream, truly. We chose Valentine’s Day for several reasons: it’s my husband’s birthday, it’s the day we got engaged, and it’s been my favorite day of the year since I was two. We met at Durango Mountain Resort and fell in love at first sight. When we decided to get married, we knew we wanted to get married at the exact spot where we met. I was finishing nursing school, so we decided to have a very tiny and special ceremony.
Looking back, my itty-bitty wedding was everything I hoped it would be. Durango is a magical place and I will treasure my romantic Valentine’s Day wedding memories for life!
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Laura & Mike | February 14th | Denver, Colorado
From the bride: My husband and I are simple people, and we wanted our wedding to reflect this aspect of ourselves. We got engaged towards the end of November and planned to marry on our current anniversary, which is Valentine’s Day. This meant a lot of work in very little time. When planning began, we took inventory on what we found important for our BIG day. For us, frills and fuss were the farthest from our minds. Our number one priority was to share our love with our family and friends. In return, our friends and family went above and beyond to make this the most special day we could have ever imagined.
Photography by Jaime Johnson Photography
My husband is one of the most playful individuals I’ve ever met. He gets nostalgic about the toys he played with as a child, LEGOS especially. I came up with an idea for his boutonnieres that reflected this aspect of him, and our shared silliness. We decided to do a LEGO theme for the boutonnieres. We scoured Ebay for all different LEGO men, and then had every male in our wedding choose a character that represented them. I attached a few sprigs of greenery to each LEGO and created our “nod to childhood” boutonnieres. In the end, we had The Ninja Turtles and The Avengers joining our ceremony.
I stayed warm and cozy in my vintage tan mink stole!
The décor, color palette, and overall style evolved from our choice of venue. We chose Cheesman Park Pavilion for the ceremony. Everyone thought I was crazy for choosing an outdoor venue for a winter wedding. It turned into a joke about me being a crazy artist that always had to something outside the box. I’m not going to lie, I am a crazy artist, and that’s why I fell in love with this location. The marble Pavilion was beautiful architecturally. It also held the characteristics that define winter; clean, white, and cold. The bare branches of the surrounding trees encompassed the pavilion, transforming this magical Denver location into a woodsy retreat rather than a metropolitan park. I loved the contrast between the stark dark wood of the trees, the few branches still holding onto the fading tans of their fall leaves, and the white marble. This is where the color palette was born; tan through brown scale, lots of white on white, wood, and very small amounts of spring leaf green. I wanted to carry the natural beauty I found in this location into every aspect of the wedding, in a simple and clean sort of manner.
Our wedding arch was constructed using 2X4s, covered in tan burlap. I took branches from a Coworker that had recently chopped down a tree. The branches were secured vertically to the arch frame to give the illusion of a forest back drop. I wanted to contrast the vertical straight branches, as well as fill some of the negative space in a playful manner, so I hung round string balls varying in size, made of paper mache, from the branches. We tucked greenery and small white flowers in the crooks of the branches, to both cover the hardware used to secure the branches, and to balance the severity of the barren brushwood. My father finished off the piece by sawing some large branches at 45 degree angles and drilling them into the frame to form stable legs.
Our wedding day was as perfect as I could have ever imagined. I arrived at Cheesman Park 45 minutes late, and Mike arrived about an hour late. We really need to work on our tardiness. The ceremony was short and sweet. On this chilly February day, I felt so warm. Our love was on fire, and it illuminated everything around us, and warmed everyone’s hearts.
I made a large heart shaped piñata that I slaved over for days.
Mike and I joined our photographer, Jaimie Johnson for our own personal photo shoot. We had mentioned to her that we wanted the photographs to be a combination of classic, and fun and silly. We wanted them to represent us, and Jaime did just that.
After the photos, we headed to our home for an intimate dinner. Our families had never met, and this gave such a wonderful opportunity for them to get to know each other. The evening was filled with laughter, and lots and lots of LOVE.
The following day, we rented out the Thin Man and threw the party of all parties. All of our friends were there. Each parent, his and mine, sang us a personal heart-felt love song. It was so touching, so personal, artistic, and loving. Song by song, my heart melted more and more. We were just overflowing with love. It was the most magical way to start off our marriage.
Sage & Ira | March 18th | Devil’s Thumb Ranch
From the bride:
Ira and I love Colorado and we very much enjoy the mountains! We are both Colorado natives, I grew up outside of Durango and Ira grew up in Colorado Springs. We both love the snow and all the magic that comes along with Colorado winters. We wanted to have a wedding that was not only beautiful, but memorable and magical.
Every detail was arranged with such care and perfection, which is exactly who I am.
We had the ceremony outside. It had snowed for 4 days prior to our wedding, so the snow was fresh and plentiful.
As our guests arrived, they were greeted with hot cider and hand + toe warmers. I am a horse fanatic, and it has always been a dream of mine to ride in on a horse. A black horse, of course, with my beautiful white dress draped over his back. When I met with Devil’s Thumb Ranch and expressed this dream, there was no hesitation! My dream came true, I rode Bo, a gigantic black Percheron. He was amazing!!! I arrived at Devil’s Thumb Ranch days ahead of time, to make sure I had plenty of time to ride and get to know him before the big day. The last thing I wanted was to be a run-a-way bride!
The two older flower girls pulled a sled with our baby flower girl and ring bearer.
The crowd gasped as I came around the corner on Bo. It was very emotional.
The ceremony was short and sweet and full of love.
A 2 horse sleigh came and picked Ira and I up after the ceremony. We headed out to celebrate the first few minutes of married life. Our guests enjoyed a live blue grass band, hand crafted cocktails, appetizers and sleigh rides!!
We had a surprise first dance that started out with a sweet love song, then broke into a super fun hip hop dance session then back to a sweet love song. People were super impressed because Ira is not fond of dancing, but he was a really good sport.
Our wedding day was a dream come true and executed perfectly! I would say, let’s do it again, but it was perfect!!
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