Michelle & Brad | August 22nd | Cuchara, Colorado
From the photographer, John Bosley: How’s a weekend in the beautiful mountains of southern Colorado sound? Hop on your Harley for a summer ride across the state, meet up with a bunch of your closest friends, have a keg of your favorite beer and while you’re at it, get married to your best friend. That’s exactly what Michelle and Brad did. Their wedding at Yellow Pine Ranch in Cuchara was pretty much perfect. They had an entire mountain ranch to themselves, complete with beautiful weather, family and friends. Their wedding felt more like a big party than a fancy, formal affair, which is exactly what Michelle and Brad wanted. Timelines were more like guidelines and things happened at their own pace, which led to a wonderfully stress-free day for everyone. By the end of the day, tears were shed, memories were created and Michelle and Brad had started their journey through life together.
THE VENDOR TEAM: Photographer: John Bosley Photography // Venue: Yellow Pine Ranch // Caterer: The Green Penguin // Flowers: Trinidad Greenhouse // DJ: Ignight Entertainment // Photobooth: The Laughing Photo Booth // Makeup Artist: Dotted With Hearts
Hillary & Tyler | July 18th | Gunnison, Colorado
Hillary and Tyler met while they were both going to school in Gunnison, Colorado. They moved to Utah to live, but traveled back to Gunnison for their wedding because it was such a special place to them. Their wedding day was an intimate celebration filled with handcrafted country decor.
Hillary’s bouquet was made of wood chips.
A photo booth with cream, blush and navy ribbons was set up against a log cabin.
Allison & Matt | June 6th | Salida, Colorado
From the bride: We love our life in the mountains and wanted to portray that in our wedding day. We kept the guest list small, which was more enjoyable and personal.
We were married in an open field with the mountains as our backdrop.
My sister hung chalk boards around the reception with quotes we had recited at the ceremony.
For the decor, we had large farm tables, burlap runners, flowers in mason jars and large hanging lanterns.
Someone told me, every once in a while step back and take in what was happening. Whenever I did this, I saw our family and friends laughing, smiling and having a great time which really filled my heart with joy.
At dusk, we lit a bonfire.
My advice: No one will know if things don’t go as planned, so don’t sweat it.
Kerstyn & Korby | Fraser, Colorado
From the bride: Colorado is the only place I could ever picture myself getting married, and it was my dream wedding day.
I made all of my bridesmaids jewelry (earrings, necklace, and a bracelet) to match their dresses. I packaged them into small mason jars topped with fabric and paper flowers.
We lined the aisle with shepherds hooks with hanging mason jars filled with sunflowers, and white daisies we cut from my parents yard in Winter Park.
The mountain backdrop for our ceremony was so beautiful!
During the ceremony, it started to sprinkle and the wind picked up, which made our candle lighting ceremony impossible (we had to redo it later).
I stained and lacquered creates for the table centerpieces. We filled tall blue bottles with wild flowers.
I love lanterns, so there were lanterns everywhere. Hanging from the tent ceiling, in the trees outside the tent, and the larger ones on the tables. We also hung glass orbs with tea lights in them from ceiling over the bridal party table.
We made the cake stand out of a wooden charger and a pillar candle holder that we stained and lacquered. We also made the gum paste peony flowers and the wooden M for the cake.
Korby is a big hunter so I incorporated some deer antlers into the décor.
The sunset was so beautiful that night!
Kerstyn’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
By far our favorite vender was our photographers, Irving Photography! Mathew and Ariel made everything so simple and easy. They are both so enthusiastic about what they do it makes it easy to relax and enjoy having your picture taken. Our photos turned out more beautiful and perfect than we could have ever imagined.
Venue & Cater: The Wildhorse Inn, was beautiful and the inspiration for the whole wedding theme. The food was delicious and they even catered to my Gluten Free diet.
Flowers: Our beautiful bouquets were made by Brittany Kinoshita of Hana Style Designs. I would highly recommend her because she was so easy to work with and the bouquets turned our gorgeous.
Joey & Kelsey | September 20th | Meeker, Colorado
From the groom: We were married on my brother-in-law’s ranch set in the picturesque countryside outside Meeker. I’ve always been in love with the land, and when I first met Kelsey I flew her for her first visit to Colorado for a snowy New Years in a cabin. The site we were married at was the exact field we snowmobiled in 5 years before, when I’d only known Kelsey a few months.
Letting nature take care of the decorations and beauty was key for us. The setting was gorgeous, and we wanted to let it do most of the work.
We are still shocked at how amazing the flowers turned out- we had nearly a zero flower budget and our phenomenal bridesmaids worked tirelessly to create beautiful bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces.
Kelsey always knew she wanted bridesmaids dresses to be a deep red wine, and the remaining colors of golds, yellows and purples came as a result of the wildflowers and natural setting around us. We always knew we wanted a Fall wedding, so the turning color of the trees added to it all.
Our vows were extremely personal and touched on our extensive travels around the world together. The sermon was written and delivered by my father. My brother built the amazing arch.
Neither of us made it more than 3 words into our vows with dry eyes, and we both started the waterworks early when we first saw each other from across the field.
Our most memorable moment was dancing the night away in such a surreal environment: the fields were glowing, the stars were unreal above us, and the wine kept flowing!
My advice: If you don’t have a wedding planner like us, delegate tasks and don’t try to do it all on your own. People consistently asked what they could do or how they could help, and we too often didn’t want to burden them and took the responsibility on ourselves… there’s just too much to do and the when the time comes the last thing you’ll be thinking about is all the little details- so let others help!
Joey’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Honeymoon Location: Nicaragua– best choice ever!
Karen & Aaron | October 4th | Salida, Colorado
From the bride: I’ve heard that no matter how much you plan, your wedding day is never how you had hoped, as something always goes wrong. Either I’m the exception to this statement, or simply naive about what really happened that day, because I truly believe I had the perfect wedding. I married the man of my dreams, the true love of my life, and nothing can top that.
I dyed and assembled the bridal bouquets and groomsmen boutonnieres out of balsa wood flowers. It turned out beautifully and most importantly, it matched our creative style.
We wanted our wedding to fit our style and personality. When looking for a ritual to do during the ceremony, we didn’t fit the traditional molds of a unity candle, or sand, or planting a tree together. Instead, we came up with our own tradition, which we call a unity map. Through pins and a canvas map, we told the story of how we met, where we have lived since then, and how our lives brought us finally together to the same state. My husband and I are adventurers and this was a great way to highlight our travels and the time we spent in a long distance relationship. It was important to us that we involve our guests, so during the ceremony people raised their hand according to where they had met us. It was fun and magical at the same time. The map now sits in our living room, a reminder of how our past has shaped the present.
My mother brought homemade currant jelly and apple butter to give as favors.
Looking back, I will always remember the beautiful golden aspen leaves on the bank of the Arkansas River in Salida. The perfectly blue-sky and snow-capped mountains in the background made the day that much better.