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A Simple Rustic Wedding in Estes Park

Devin & Darren |  June 21st  |  Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride: We wanted an intimate, rustic, cozy, natural, and outdoorsy wedding with earth tones and neutrals.

A Simple Mountain Rustic Wedding at Twin Owls Steakhouse, Estes ark Colorado A Simple Mountain Rustic Wedding at Twin Owls Steakhouse, Estes ark Colorado A Simple Mountain Rustic Wedding at Twin Owls Steakhouse, Estes ark Colorado

My favorite ceremony memory was seeing each other for the first time.  We are not very traditional, but preserving the “walking down the aisle” moment was special to Darren, so we kept true to tradition.  It was worth it to have that experience filled with excitement and love. 

A Simple Mountain Rustic Wedding at Twin Owls Steakhouse, Estes ark Colorado

 Another one of our favorite moments from the ceremony was the unexpected change in weather; the wind was blowing, rain was falling, and thunder was rolling in like crazy!  During this exact moment, Amy was reading the blessing that said that now that we are married, we will feel no rain.  It was a funny and sweet moment, and it reminded us of what was truly important.

A Simple Mountain Rustic Wedding at Twin Owls Steakhouse, Estes ark Colorado A Simple Mountain Rustic Wedding at Twin Owls Steakhouse, Estes ark Colorado

 We held the reception at the Twin Owls Steakhouse. We kept the décor very simple: white linens, wood vases and all white flowers, candles in mason jars.

A Simple Mountain Rustic Wedding at Twin Owls Steakhouse, Estes ark Colorado

Darren’s dad made flower planter boxes with a “D” from old barn wood.

A Simple Mountain Rustic Wedding at Twin Owls Steakhouse, Estes ark Colorado

 Looking back, we ’ve both laughed about how we wish we would have eaten more of our delicious food.  There was so much going on that we got too distracted!

A Simple Mountain Rustic Wedding at Twin Owls Steakhouse, Estes ark Colorado

My advice: Do what you want, regardless of the well-meaning advice of others.  Make your wedding your own and don’t worry about what others are doing; this is a celebration of you and your significant other. Similarly, remember to focus on the bigger picture. Although the wedding is a joyous day full of memories, it is really about what comes after the wedding: your life together.

A Simple Mountain Rustic Wedding at Twin Owls Steakhouse, Estes ark Colorado

Devin’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Reception Site & Caterer: Twin Owls Steakhouse {more info}. Intimate setting and great food!
Photographer: Christina Kiffney Photography. She was absolutely amazing, easy, and detail oriented.  We couldn’t be happier with the images she caught of our day.
Ceremony Site & Lodging: Black Canyon Inn  //  Wedding Gown: Wtoo by Watters from Dora Grace Bridal  //  Hair & Makeup: Melissa Richter  //  Groom’s suit: Armani  //  Event Planner: Lucky & In Love Events  //  Florist: Blooms Flower Market

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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.

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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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