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A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte

Emily & Matt  |  July 6th  |  Crested Butte Mountain Resort

From the bride: We wanted to do a mountain wedding in a place that really puts everyone in vacation mode. We love Crested Butte — the beautiful historic town, filled with laid-back, friendly people, and plus amazing scenery…hard to beat that! Having it in Crested Butte over Fourth of July weekend allowed us to create an entire weekend full of events, soaking up more time with everyone and taking advantage of everything Crested Butte has to offer. People went to the 4th of July parade, went biking, hiking, climbing, picnicked at a park in town and ate at many a tasty restaurants. It was a perfect weekend of festivities!

A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte

We wanted our wedding to feel outdoorsy, bright, laid-back, and super fun! Everyone knows that we’re not fancy, formal people, so we wanted to stay true to our personalities. Plus, we both love to hike, ski, climb, and simply be outdoors, so this wedding venue and style suited us well.

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Our ceremony was at the top of Red Lady Express chairlift at over 10,000 feet.  A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte We each wrote our own vows and didn’t share them until the actual ceremony. This was extremely emotional for us both and we were also quite amazed at how similar they were.

A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte

When we were saying our vows,  I just remember thinking “Wow, here we are on top of a mountain, with all our family and friends, making this amazing commitment to each other.” It was powerful.

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Our reception started with a cocktail hour on the deck at Uley’s Cabin with Moscow Mules for all. Dinner and dancing followed in a tent next to Uley’s.

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For the tables, we had burlap runners, bright wildflowers in tin watering cans and slate table numbers.

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We made burlap banners that said “Better Together” (our song for our first dance) and “Oh Happy Day” (our recessional song from the ceremony).

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I’ll never forget how overwhelmed with love and gratitude I felt looking out at all of our family and friends, trying to say a few words of thanks. It is the most amazing feeling in the world to have the people you love and care about gathered together.

A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte

My advice: Enjoy the process and the fun that comes with it! It is overwhelming and stressful at times, but it’s important to keep your perspective. Remember, the reason you’re planning a wedding is so you can marry the love of your life. Also, no one besides you will notice the little things that may not go exactly as planned.

A Destination Wedding Weekend in Crested Butte

Emily’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Venue: Crested Butte Mountain Resort {more info}

Photographer: Kara Pearson Photography  //  Florist: Field Florals  //  Tent Rental: Crested Butte Rental Center  //   Cake: Lazy F Bar Ranch

Honeymoon Location: Nicaragua.  Matt planned the entire two week honeymoon and surprised me with a big announcement at our brunch the day after the wedding. I knew it was a beach trip, so I was already packed, but I had no idea where we were going! He even created a travel brochure and gave me a necklace from Nicaragua! It was so sweet that he had put that much thought and attention into all the planning!!

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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.

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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.

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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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