From the groom, Nick: We planned our wedding within a matter of a few months. We wanted something very simple, yet beautiful and special. We did our best to incorporate all of the important touches with the time we had.
The ceremony was short and sweet. We exchanged vows overlooking the Rocky Mountains.
After the ceremony, we drove down to Barker Reservoir for some romantic photos by the water. The lighting was amazing and a perfect match to Sara’s beautiful dress.
Our reception dinner was about being with the people we love and sharing these special moments. Our families had never officially met so that was probably one of the most important parts for us.
Our cake was a left-hand milk stout cake (stacked) with mountains and trees. We picked the pine cones/greenery to top the cake.
Memorable Moment: A little fox wandered onto the deck to join us about 11pm. I will never forget that. We named him Reginald and declared him the featured guest.
From the bride, Shannon:
We live in New Orleans but all of our family/friends are back in Wisconsin & Minnesota so we decided a smaller destination wedding was our best option. We love the mountains and knew we wanted a snowy winter wedding. We love to ski/snowboard but wanted a location that had a variety of activities for our friends/family that don’t ski.
My favorite memory was walking down the aisle to Donny.
We had garland and candles over the mantel in the foyer.
For our wedding favors, my sister and I hand dipped pinecones in wax to create pinecone fire starters.
Instead of having a guestbook, we had our friends/family sign some vintage snow skis.
My favorite decorations were the gold picture frames with love quotes on each table because Donny and I picked the quotes out together.
Looking back, I was a nervous wreck leading up to it the wedding and I wish I would have just relaxed cause everything turned out great and we had the most amazing wedding day, but nothing compares to being married to your soulmate.
RECOMMENDED VENDORS: Photographer: Danna Frost Photography // Floral Designer: Petal and Bean // Venue, Caterer & Lodging: The Lodge at Breckenridge // Wedding Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero // Men’s Wear: JCPenny’s // Hair & Makeup: Mink Salon // Invitations: Minted.com // Love quote prints: SongbirdPaperie
Aliesha and John love visiting Colorado so much that they decided to get married in Colorado. They planned a small, intimate wedding that also served as a mini-vacation for their guests. The ceremony took place at 10,700 feet overlooking the Continental Divide followed by a mountaintop reception at the The Lodge at Sunspot. Bella Calla designed all the pretty florals and decor while Dylan Burr perfectly photographed the celebration.
Eve and Don met in Afghanistan, got engaged in Ireland, and tied the knot at one of our favorite Colorado venues, Devil’s Thumb Ranch. JA Special Events planned this heart-felt celebration that was perfectly captured by Brinton Studios. The bride wore a custom-made dress by Deedee Vicory at The Wedding Seamstress while the groom chose a custom-made suit by Luke Faricy at Rutledge’s. Add in gorgeous florals by Statice Floral, a pretty cake by Devil’s Thumb Ranch with a color palette of navy, light blue, copper, and cream and you can see why we could not resist featuring this unique wedding in the magazine!
Advice from the couple: Include the things which you love and make you happy; let your choices be a reflection of the two of you. Most importantly, have fun planning your wedding TOGETHER. We strongly recommend hiring a wedding planner!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Darren’s dad made flower planter boxes with a “D” from old barn wood.
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!
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.
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Bonnie & Brad | February 14th | Durango, Colorado
From the bride: My wedding at Durango Mountain Resort was an absolute dream, truly. We chose Valentine’s Day for several reasons: it’s my husband’s birthday, it’s the day we got engaged, and it’s been my favorite day of the year since I was two. We met at Durango Mountain Resort and fell in love at first sight. When we decided to get married, we knew we wanted to get married at the exact spot where we met. I was finishing nursing school, so we decided to have a very tiny and special ceremony.
Looking back, my itty-bitty wedding was everything I hoped it would be. Durango is a magical place and I will treasure my romantic Valentine’s Day wedding memories for life!
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