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A Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches

Lorena & Drew | July 19th | Twin Lakes, Colorado

From the bride:  Our first “kind of” date was a bike ride, and we like to mountain bike and road bike together often. Drew even proposed while on a mountain bike ride. So it was fitting to have an underlying bike theme. Our favors were silver bike bells. They doubled as napkin holders and when we were introduced, everyone rang the bells, creating a beautiful melodic sound.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

 We made our engagement ring and wedding rings for each other after taking a metalsmithing class together while dating. We also designed and hand letterpressed the invitations, programs, thank you notes and boxes for the lavender toss.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

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We went to a harp duet concert while dating and fell in love with the sound of two harpists, so we wanted to share that with our guests at the ceremony.

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We asked our guests to bring a small stone from their home. During the ceremony, each guest placed the stone on the soil of a bonsai tree as a symbol of their blessing of the union and to help support us in our marriage.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

My 99-year old grandmother (who traveled from Massachusetts) recited (from memory) a poem she wrote for us. The poem tied into the bonsai tree and our love for nature.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

Drew likes to create origami as a little hobby. He made me origami flowers on one of our first dates. For the wedding, each guest received a handmade origami animal as their name card, hanging from a wire frame with mini clothespins. They found their table with a larger matching origami animal as part of the centerpiece.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes ColoradoWe are animal lovers so we had a “cat” table (we each brought a cat to the relationship), the angelfish table (we both like to scuba dive and Drew takes underwater photos and an angelfish is hanging up in our hallway), the turtle table (I collect turtle items) and the “fox” table, of course (my last name).

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

Guests loved our handmade guest book costume photo booth. We set up an iPad with a photo booth app and had it connect to a mini photo printer. Two photo strips were automatically printed, one for the guests to take home and one to put in the book and sign.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

 Drew also made 3D origami swans that formed a heart when together.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

We made a wire metal cake topper of us on a tandem bike with a sign post containing our names and wedding date.

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Lorena’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Ceremony: A Wolf Den B&B  //   Reception: The Twin Lakes Inn  //   Photographer: Jesse LaPlante Photography  //  Flowers: Love Letters Floral  //  Ceremony Harpists: Erin Newton and Margot Krimmel  //  Cocktail Hour & Dinner Music: David Tipton  //  Reception DJ: Derek Russo at The Higher Sound  //  Hair: LeAnna at Roots Hair Studio

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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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