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A Handmade Wedding in the Mountains

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.

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

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.

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

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.

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado MountainsThe mountain backdrop for our ceremony was so beautiful! 

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado MountainsDuring the ceremony, it started to sprinkle and the wind picked up, which made our candle lighting ceremony impossible (we had to redo it later).

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains I stained and lacquered creates for the table centerpieces. We filled tall blue bottles with wild flowers.

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

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. A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

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.

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

Korby is a big hunter so I incorporated some deer antlers into the décor.

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

The sunset was so beautiful that night!

A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains A Handmade Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

Kerstyn’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

By far our favorite vender was our photographers, Irving PhotographyMathew 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.

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Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

Ali & Chris  |  September 27th  |  The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park

From the bride: We chose Evergreen because we love the mountains and wanted the wedding weekend to be laid back and as outdoorsy as possible, but we also wanted to be near Denver, due to the amount of guests flying in for the weekend.

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

Chris and I are avid hikers, campers, skiers and snowboarders. We’re both down-to-earth people who didn’t want anything over-the-top. However, we wanted it to remain formal enough to feel like a wedding.

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

My wedding dress was more than twice what I budgeted! I never thought I’d do that, but I loved it!

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

We held the reception at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park. The weather and location were beautiful. We had a cocktail hour, which Chris and I made sure we participated in. That’s why we had a first look and took all our photos beforehand. We wanted to make sure we were there with our guests, since they made the effort to be there for us.

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

We  decided that our escort cards would be small envelopes with each person or couple’s name and table number on it, with a personal note to that person or couple inside. Chris and I spent way more time than we should have personalizing each note, but it was one way we could make each person—especially those who dedicated time and money to traveling to Colorado—to feel special and loved, even if we didn’t get to see them a lot throughout the wedding day.

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

My mom decorated the barn with ferns and plants. We wanted it to seem very “woodsy” without getting too rustic. The barn’s stained glass windows and elk antler chandelier definitely added to the atmosphere.

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Our favors were Blue Spruce seedlings from Nurseymen.com.

Colorado Mountain Casual in EvergreenColorado Mountain Casual in EvergreenColorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

My advice:

-Pick your date, book your venue and hire your photographer ASAP. They book up quickly.

-Do not save all the DIY projects until the week before the wedding! I waited until my mom got in town to help me and we spent way too much time preparing those things.

-If you work full-time and your family is from out-of-town, hire a planner! My mom and I wish we had a person, other than us, to lead the way and let us know we were doing things correctly.

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

Ali’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Venue: The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park {more info}

Photographer: Red Shoes Photography  //  Caterer, Dessert, S’mores Bar, Linens: Fresh Tracks Catering  //  Florals: Lale Florals  //  Wedding Gown Designer: Kelly Faetinini from Emma & Grace Bridal Studio  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm from D’Anelli Bridal  //  Men’s Wear: Joseph Banks

Honeymoon Location: Yasawa Island Resort & Spa and Nanuku Auberge Resort, Fiji

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A Vintage Inspired Mountain Wedding

Dani & Colby | July 19th | La Veta, Colorado

From the bride: I always wanted an outdoor wedding in the summer, but not in hot and humid Oklahoma. We have always loved the mountains, especially in Colorado so, we decided on a mountain wedding in Colorado. This allowed us to get married with the perfect backdrop – pure nature – and keep our guest list small.
DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination WeddingOur wedding felt like a vintage-mixed-with-nature fantastically fun family get-together. To us, it was the perfect mixture of elegance and ease. DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination WeddingMy shoes from Anthropology were the first purchase for the wedding and this is where our wedding style inspiration stemmed from. They had a funky vintage style and I’ve always loved that feel, so when I found my dress (Mori Lee), it was a perfect fit for that style. They led me to the resulting colors we incorporated and so much more.

DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

I used a wood burner to write each of the bridesmaids names and the date on the dress hangers.

DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination WeddingThe bridesmaids all picked out their own dresses in a neutral cream.

DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

We decided to write our own vows to really personalize them for our marriage to each other. We also “planted” an oak tree together instead of the unity candle. We will plant it at the first home we buy (it’s still growing strong!) and watch it grow as we do together.

DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

For months, my mom and I went to shops, estate sales, and thrift stores to collect all of the unique, mix-matched glassware we used for the flowers on tables. We made all of the table runners out of dusty blue burlap we purchased at hobby lobby.

DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

My advice: The absolute hardest thing to keep in perspective while engaged is that it’s really not at all about planning a wedding. It’s really about preparing for marriage – a whole new life together. Don’t forget to focus on each other and building your relationship as a couple while in the midst of wedding planning madness. The wedding only lasts a day, but your marriage is for life.

DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

Dani’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer:  Libby Neder Photography  //  Venue: Bristlecone Ridge Ranch  //  Caterer & Cake: Annalee Hickey  //  Videographer: April Kirby

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