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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Love & Laughter at Flying Dog Ranch

Kearstin & Luke  |  Flying Dog Ranch 

From the bride:
The vision for our wedding began with my shoes. That may be unusual for some, but being a fan of fabulous footwear, I knew I found our colors when I locked eyes on a pair of tangerine and fuchsia peep toe heels. Both colors are bright, bold, and scream “Happy!”

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Like many, we viewed our wedding as a great cause for celebration. Fun, playful, welcoming, and full of details reflecting our personalities were the feelings we wanted to evoke in our guests. Speaking of guests, aside from our dear friend Anne, who served as our officiant, we consciously chose not to have a wedding party. We felt that all our guests (friends & family) were there to support us and filled that role.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

My grandmother’s favorite brooch was placed at the base of my wedding bouquet. A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Having planned and designed many friends’ weddings, ranging from flowers, decorations, coordinating with vendors, and even baking a cake, it was exciting to now be able to create our wedding. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to use or re-purpose things. This began with our handmade invitations, which were playful in their wording and interactive.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

 Guests were greeted by our hand crafted lemonade stand, complete with a tasseled awning and a few engagement photos strung along brake cable from a bike.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Mason jars with hand etched stripes, ribbon, and a bike charm awaited guests to enjoy drinks pre and post ceremony; not to mention serving as a fun take home gift.

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 Bike cogs served as our napkin ring holders. They were the perfect size and spoke (pun intended) to our love of bikes. The cogs were a big hit; we were pleasantly surprised to find that most guests took them home.

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Being lovers of food, especially dessert, we offered our guests a dessert buffet comprised of our favorite sweet treats: fruit pies from Wisconsin, smiley face cookies from my hometown bakery, a three tiered Rice Krispie treat cake, creamsicles, a variety of candies like orange sherbert Jelly Bellys, Twizzlers, cotton candy, M & M’s in an antique gumball machine in our wedding colors served in and on antique glassware. And last, were the chocolate salted caramel cupcakes served up on a three tier bicycle wheel cupcake stand.

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I can’t help but smile when I reflect on our wedding day. It was amazing to see and feel so much love and laughter from those near and dear to our hearts.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

My advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff and go with the flow; guests tend not to notice and are unaware of unfinished details. Unexpected events, like an umbrella catapulting into the pond at our ceremony site, only add to the conversation of the day; no one was hurt. At the end of the day it is about the union of two people who love each other, so have fun, and don’t forget to eat!

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Kearstin & Luke’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

{Luxe Mountain} Venue: FLYING DOG RANCH {more info}.  We wanted a venue that not only felt intimate, but showcased the beautiful Roaring Fork valley. Flying Dog Ranch allowed us the perfect setting.

Photographer: David Gillette Photography. In addition to being talented, and creative, Dave loves his job and he is wonderful to work with.

Catering: Pan and Fork Supper Club. Chef Phillip is an artiste in the kitchen, the food was delicious and the service impeccable. Susan is great to work with and paid attention to details like having their staff wear orange serving aprons to match our colors; a fabulous touch.

Linens: Purchased from The Tablecloths Factory.  Great quality and selection. Since I was doing all the set up and I didn’t mind washing them after our wedding, purchasing the linens saved money and allowed us to order more linens to design with than if I rented them.

Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones

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