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An Autumn Wedding in Snowmass

Nikki & Charlie  |  October 5th  |  Snowmass, Colorado

From the bride: We chose Snowmass as the destination for our wedding because we really wanted to get married in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Our daily footwear consists of cowboy boots and our home is shabby-chic/country. It’s who we are and we wanted to reflect that in our wedding. I also didn’t want a super traditional wedding; I wanted to have a wedding people would remember because they had fun!

A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twist

A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twist

A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twist

A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twistOur ceremony was on the Vista Lawn, and it snowed the two days leading up to our wedding, so snow had to be shoveled off the lawn. We had a small wedding (less than 60 in attendance), and the ceremony faced two wine barrels (from The Rocky Mountain Barrel Company) and the beautiful aspen leaves changing colors. We had green grass, red and gold leaves and snow.

A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twist

Our friend, Dave, performed our ceremony. It was short, very meaningful and sweet. It was absolutely perfect – if just a little chilly (about 35 degrees!).

A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twist

A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twist

A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twist

The tables had lace on them, and the centerpieces were glittery branches and Mason jars with candles in them.

A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twistSome of my favorite memories growing up involve my grandpa. He loved popcorn, and so do I. So, we had a popcorn bar. We had regular popcorn, caramel popcorn and cherry popcorn, plus numerous popcorn toppings.

A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twistOur cake was incredible – I’m still in awe of how wonderful it turned out. And it tasted incredible!

A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twistLooking back, I was so stressed out from the planning and all of the people who wanted us to cater to them. That was probably the hardest thing of the entire wedding: Gently telling people that this was OUR wedding, and that our choices were final. We had a lot of people try and bring kids (we were very specific that the event was adults only), or try and bring extra people. We did not invite cousins, because between Charlie and me, we have about 85 cousins. That really upset people! A fun wedding in Snowmass with a rustic twist

My advice:  Write down what you want and don’t want in your wedding right away. Because you end up straying from what you initially wanted to try and appease everyone. It’s YOUR day, and your guests (including family!) are there for YOU. Especially if you’re paying for everything on your own, do what YOU want. Stand your ground! With the guest list, we had to draw the line somewhere, or we would have had hundreds of people. Once we drew those lines, we had to stick with them. You can’t say yes to one person, but not another. Say yes to all, or no to all, but keep consistent!



Wedding gown: Justin Alexander from {Rockstar Vendor} THE BRIDAL COLLECTION {more info}.

Wine Barrels: {Rockstar Vendor} ROCKY MOUNTAIN BARREL CO. {more info}.  We rented 2 wine barrels that were  used during the ceremony and they looked GREAT!

Venue, Caterer, Cake & Lodging: The Viceroy. The Viceroy Hotel is very elegant, but with rustic touches, and that suited us perfectly.

Photographer: Rene Tate Photography. Rene makes you feel so comfortable with yourself, and her photos make you look amazing. I’m so thankful we found her!

Hair & Makeup:  Jess & Becca from Anewu Salon

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From the Magazine: Casual at Durango Mountain Resort

This week’s featured wedding from the 2014 Magazine is all about casual fun in Durango.

From the bride, Amanda:
I really wanted to be married in Durango as it was my hometown and I miss Colorado desperately (I’ve been living in Seattle for the past six years). My husband, Jesse, was onboard with one condition: he wanted to be married against a backdrop of mountains and at a location that could accommodate lodging for our out-of-town guests. Durango Mountain Resort seemed the perfect location. From there, we wanted to have a casual style that would work effortlessly with the venue so we wouldn’t be forcing anything to match, and having a rustic design and look seemed to work perfectly with the outdoors and the wood and stone palettes found in Purgy’s. 


Since we were getting married at the end of September, I wanted to embrace the fall season and use fall colors as my main inspiration in the flowers and décor – reds, golds and ambers. My invite suite was completely themed around aspens and their golden fall color. I also chose a deep plum color to act as a subdued contrast to the fall colors, and it complemented everything perfectly.

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Our ceremony took place outside at DMR’s Engineer site among the aspens with Engineer as a backdrop, and it was close to perfect. Despite having snowed the night before during the rehearsal dinner (which was a treat in itself for many of our out-of-town guests), the day was sunny and the wind died down right before the ceremony at 4:30. We had minimal décor details at the ceremony site by choice, as we really just wanted the forest and mountains to be the main attractions. We had a violist and violinist to supply the music before and after the ceremony, as well as the processional/recessional. The string musicians were a great touch that added to the ‘rustic nature’ aspect.


The ceremony itself kicked off with the song “You and Me” by Dave Matthews, and it was sung by my cousin who was accompanied by a family friend on the guitar. Our officiant told the story of how Jesse and I came to fall in love, and it was very personal and heartwarming with some jokes weaved in. We lit a unity candle, during which my cousin sang another Dave Matthews song, “Steady as we Go.”  Jesse and I are both big Dave Matthews Band fans, and the songs made the ceremony that much more special as we also got engaged at a Dave Matthews Band concert. We wrote our own vows and barely kept it together while we were reading them. Overall, the ceremony was very beautiful, personal and heartfelt.

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I loved the aspen tree painting that my bridesmaid did for us as our guest welcome book. While I’ve seen the idea at many weddings, the fact that my best friend painted it for us made it very special and will be something we can hang in our house forever. That it was aspens also carried with our wedding theme and location. AmndaJesse20 AmndaJesse21 AmndaJesse23

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Amanda & Jesse’s

Rockstar VENUE, CATERER & LODGING: Durango Mountain Resort {more info | website}.  The food and service was great and our wedding was truly everything we hoped it would be and the staff at DMR had a large role in that.

Rockstar PHOTOGRAPHER: IlluminArts Photography {more info | website}.  I loved working with IlluminArts. They were very detail-oriented, made sure that I got all the images I wanted and were very thorough. They were completely unobtrusive during the ceremony and reception and we got along with them great!

Cake: Skillfully Decadent Desserts   //  Bride’s Gown: Allure  //   Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff 

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Boulder Bike Wedding

Heather & Jeremy  |  October 18th  |  Boulder, Colorado

From the bride:
We are adventure racers and avid mountain bikers so we wanted a bike theme. We kept our wedding small and spent quality time with each quest.
BethPhoto01We just put a new succulent garden in our landscape and thought it would be great to use succulents instead of the normal flowers.

BethPhoto02The snow was unexpected, but made for a very unique day!


We had a small ceremony.  We wrote our own vows that didn’t leave a dry eye in the area.  We had a dear friend marry us as an acoustic guitar was playing.  It was very natural, very emotional.  Very calm and down to earth.   We are both outdoor people so it was truly about us, who we are.

BethPhoto04Right as the ceremony started, two bald eagles were flying overhead, then a mist covered us, it was breathtaking!

BethPhoto05I loved riding our tandem antique bike in the snow, in my dress. Unforgettable!

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I made our guest book, which was a framed image of a tandem bike – with strings up in the sky – people used their thumb/finger print to create the balloon at the end of the string and signed their name by it.


I also made all of the succulent place holders, they were a real little cactus in galvanized pails with cute little signs on them. 

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Ceremony Site:  Sunrise AmphitheaterBeautiful and reasonably priced.

Reception Site: Flagstaff House. So easy to work with and very, very, professional.  Great Food!!

Photographer:  Beth Photography. Beth was the best.  She was everywhere and really puts forward the effort to get everything captured.  We LOVE our photos!!

Florist: Boulder Blooms. Loved them, they were so excited to make something different and loved our succulent ideas, my bouquet was so, so, cool.

Band: The Chris Webb Band. He had great suggestions, was professional, very talented, and as nice as can be.

Hair & Makeup:  95th Street Salon. Jessica was awesome, she made me relaxed, so calm and started the day off right.

Bike Rentals: My Handlebar16 person bike rental.  We did this post reception.   SOOOO FUN!!!  We laughed so hard our stomachs hurt.  No kidding, we did a tour around Boulder jumping off to our favorite restaurants around town.  It was so unique, silly and fun.  It was a perfect way to end the night.

Honeymoon Location: Kayaking and Mountain Biking in Costa Rica.

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