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Rustic Vintage in Ridgway

Jessica & Ben | Ridgway, Colorado

From the bride: We chose to get married in Colorado because we wanted a small wedding that would be memorable for ourselves and our guests.  Every detail of the day was handmade by myself or my parents. It was so much fun to see my vision come to life.
Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, ColoradoGuests were greeted by a pretty wooden table that my dad refinished, a piece of driftwood that had the words ‘welcome’ written on it and a large serving platter with sharpies that served as a guestbook.

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

For all our signs, we found old cabinets and painted the inside with chalkboard paint then distressed them.

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day. There was not a cloud in the sky and the sun was shining. This didn’t hold up for long. As the bridal party was waiting to march down the aisle, the wind picked up. Our pretty flower pales fell over and guests were trying to hold them upright. We had a cupcake tree under one of the pavilions, and all I heard was splat, splat, splat; cupcakes were flying off the tree left and right! Amidst all of the chaos from the wind, I knew that I was about to walk towards the most amazing man and become his wife.

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

During the ceremony the wind would not die down. My groom’s uncle officiated the wedding for us and he would go from yelling to his normal voice. I was trying so hard to control this wild thing on my head that they call a veil. Finally, I interrupted the officiant and asked if someone could please take this thing off my head. This got every one laughing, which was a nice thing to hear. You could just feel the out-pouring love from our family and friends during the ceremony. As luck would have it, once the ceremony ended so did the wind.

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

We handmade the seed bomb guest favors. Each bag was stamped and dyed with tea.

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

Our sweetheart table was oozing romance. My dad handcrafted a wooden votive holder and soft pastels graced the top.

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

The tables were draped with a midnight blue linen. Drriftwood (which we hand collected) dripping with bright flowers lined the center of the table.

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

I really wanted a sparkler send-off but the park had a fire restriction so I had to improvise. I made tinsel-shakers, that when waved back and forth, looked like sparklers in the photographs!

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

Jessica’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue: Pa-Co-Chu-Puk, Ridgway State Park  //  Design & Decor:  The Social Soiree  //  Photography: Captivated Studio  //  Flowers: Dahlia Floral Design  //  Catering: Camp Robber  //  Cupcakes: Dilly Dale’s Delights  //  DJ: High Altitude Entertainment

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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!

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Nikki’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

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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DIY in the Mountains

Abigail & Tim | July 6th | Silverthorne Pavilion {more info}

From the bride: The whole wedding day was one big celebration. I had always dreamed of a mountain wedding growing up in beautiful Colorado.  I just wish the day could have lasted longer!

DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn Pavilion

Our wedding was held at the beautiful Silverthorne Pavilion. We chose to have our ceremony on the north lawn because it was not only spacious and provided plenty of room, it was also set right in front of a beautiful mountain backdrop showing Buffalo Mountain and the Gore Range. I loved having a nice amount of room to set everything up and as I walked down the aisle, I was able to see the beautiful mountains waiting in front of me. Since the Silverthorne Pavilion sits right off of the Blue River, we didn’t have to work very hard to create a beautiful setting.DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn Pavilion

Tim made a beautiful aspen arbor to stand under during the ceremony, along with stumps to line the aisle.

DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn Pavilion

My favorite moment was when I finally heard those words, “You may now kiss your bride!!” Such a feeling of joy and relief swept over me that we had finally made it to that point and it was now time to celebrate spending the rest of our lives together!!

DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn Pavilion DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn Pavilion  Each of the guest tables had a wood slice in the center with a big jar of flowers. A flickering lantern also sat in the middle of each table. The wood slices were sprinkled with river rocks, which tied in the Blue River. Tim and I both worked on the centerpieces together so that made each piece a little more special.

DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn Pavilion

My most memorable moment was our first dance. We danced to “The Love I Found In You” by Jim Brinkman. Just being close to each other, surrounded by all of our friends and family who love us most was as perfect as a moment could get. Everything else seemed to disappear for those few moments as if we were the only people in the room!!

DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn Pavilion

DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn PavilionMy advice: Enjoy every moment!! Try not to get too wrapped up and stressed out by planning the wedding. The whole day should be a celebration of your commitment to one another and a great time with friends and family surrounding you!! When the wedding day finally comes, take time to take it all in… don’t be too hurried through everything. Don’t forget to enjoy all the little details and the food!! Just remember that even if you have glitches in your planning or at the wedding, you have still found that perfect person to spend the rest of your life with!! Remember the big picture and cherish your time together!!

DIY in Colorado at Silverthorn Pavilion

Abby & Tim’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Venue: Silverthorne Pavilion {more info}

Photographer: Meghan Shaw Photography  //  Linens: Smarty Had A Party   //  White Resin Chairs: Colorado Tents and Events  //  Caterer & Cake: Simply Perfect   //  Officiant: Randy Kroening  //  Bride’s Gown: Mori Lee Blu Collection from D’Anelli Bridal

Honeymoon Location: Oahu, Hawaii

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