From the bride, Holly: I wanted our wedding to really be personal. It needed to be a description of who we are as a couple and individually. We chose a color palette with shades of beige/brown with pops of turquoise.
My corgi was our ring bearer, he greeted almost every guest during our ceremony.
Our ceremony was on top of a hill with beautiful meadows below. In the center of our arch was Pikes Peak. Some highlights; our officiant (he was hilarious! & kept me from sobbing the whole time). My favorite memory from the ceremony is when my husband read his vows. We wrote our own vows, per his request, and I’ve been told there wasn’t a dry eye at the ceremony after hearing our vows. They were extremely personal and spoke true to our past, present and future relationship.
In place of the unity candle, we branded a hide, which really made the ceremony and the sealing of our marriage personal.
The ceremony was a whirlwind of tears for me. Fastest 30 minutes ever!
The décor of our reception was rustic with a vintage touch.
We had a S’mores Bar out by a fire pit. It was a huge hit!
Looking back, If I were to plan my wedding again, I would have followed through on more details that fell off the list the closer our wedding date got. I had so many good ideas that I wasn’t able to complete because time really does fly!
ADVICE: Enjoy it! Take the time to make your wedding as personal as possible.
The most memorable moment of our reception would be when Carson and I snuck off to take some pictures under the hay barn and in the rain. These are some of our FAVORITE pictures and we got a moment to ourselves amongst those we love having fun. I can vividly remember dancing under the hay barn with the music and laughter in the background.
Photographer: Sarah Goff Photography // Event Coordinator: Glow Events // Caterer: Broken Bones BBQ // Cake: Kristin’s Kakery // Wedding Gown Designer: Winstyn by Maggie Sottero // Hair: Wedding Hair by Melissa and Amy // Makeup: Bella Grace Home Spa // Venue: Younger Ranch
From the bride, Elizabeth: Our destination wedding was centered on the idea of bringing family and friends from Texas and Arizona together to celebrate our love for Colorado and for each other. Our love story began five years prior in Silverton, Colorado so, we invited our loved ones to join us in the place we first fell in love, for a small intimate wedding in the mountains.
The most unforgettable memory was being surrounded by our friends and family sharing tears of joy as we pledged our love to each other with a breathtaking 360-degree mountain view with Mt. Wilson as the backdrop.
Our wedding design comprised a vintage theme with classic elements characterizing Colorado. We incorporated lace, mercury glass, and candle light with subtle shades of blush, ivory, and beige.
Each table illumined with mercury glass candle holders, softly lighting the room and providing a graceful romantic feel. The tall floral centerpieces with hints of pine cones and spruce branches gave the rustic room a very stylish, refined wedding atmosphere.
Our wedding favors included sweet caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and S’mores for our Roast and Toast.
ADVICE: Always remind out of town vendors and guests to follow the main highways in Colorado; otherwise, Google Maps may send them for a wild ride across rugged 4-wheel drive mountain passes.
VENDORS: Photographer: Allison Ragsdale Photography // Venue & Caterer: Gorrono Ranch // Event Coordinator: Jackie Shaw // Cake: The Yellow Carrot // Wedding Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay
From the bride, Morgan: Our ceremony took place against the gorgeous backdrop of downtown Denver seen through the foothills and surrounded by the faces of our biggest fans and those we love most deeply. We wrote our own ceremony and vows, which definitely set the stage of this day as our very own.
The aisle was lined with mint DIY distressed mason jars and beautiful fresh flowers.
I made all of the centerpieces which included gathering photographs of my husband and me at the age of each table, collecting unique and eclectic picture frames, and painting and distressing mason jars. We also had a variety of herbs placed around tea lights at each table, which I loved as a fresh, feel good touch from nature since we are both very outdoorsy.
My advice: Smile, you found your forever person! Don’t get bogged down in the details of planning. Take wedding planning as another reason to have fun interacting with your significant other rather than a point of stress.
Abbey & Jordan | July 13th | Estes Park, Colorado
From the photographer, Aldabella Photography:
From the venue to the color palette, we knew this wedding would be gorgeous. From the moment we arrived, Abbey was glowing, so relaxed and excited to marry her best friend. As the moments drew near to see her handsome fiance, we took a few moments to give dad the very first look at his baby girl. As soon as Abbey turned around, the tears started to flow. Dad was speechless as he stood there holding her. After a first look like that, we didn’t think anything could top the emotion that was just witnessed. Boy were we wrong…As we brought Jordan down to see his bride, they were asked to do a few things before we allowed them to open their eyes. We had them take a few steps away from each other just before seeing each other and all I remember was Abbey just laughing and smiling in anticipation. Once their eyes were open, Jordan’s dream was standing there in radiance as Abbey became weak in her knees, she simply laughed uncontrollably.We went from tears of joy to more laughter than I thought possible in less than 20 min. As the day progressed, two families became one, they never stopped smiling and could be found in arms length of each other all night.
Riley & Raphael | August 30th | Montrose, Colorado
From the bride: My wedding day was filled with joy and excitement. I have not had that much of an adrenaline rush through me since the births of my children. It was an amazing feeling, and so amazing to finally be marrying the love of my life! I wish all the time that I could go back and relive that day because it flew by. I had a friend give me the advice to really try and stop and take it in as much as you can because before you know it will all be over. Boy, that’s the truth.
Carrie & John | February 16th | Cascade, Colorado
From the bride, Carrie:
Our wedding day was a beautiful, Colorado Saturday with bright sunshine and no wind. A perfect day to get married!! I took the advice of many friends that said, “just slow down and enjoy it,” and “just capture the moments and don’t worry about the little things.” I’m glad I didn’t fret the small stuff. John and I both had waited a long time to get married and we wanted to cherish the day and really “feel it.” We didn’t want the day to come and go in such a breeze that we didn’t get to capture the beauty and joy in it, and lucky for us, it didn’t. It was lovely in every imaginable way.
I have always loved vintage postcards. Instead of giving each table an assigned number, we thought, why not give the tables an assigned place where John and I spent time together and places we have memories together? We had 8 tables, each with some of our favorite places. For example, there was Sausalito (where we were engaged); San Luis Valley in Colorado (where John’s family ranch was always a favorite camping trip); fabulous Denver (where I lived for a year and half while we were dating and where we have many memories), Colorado Springs (where we met), etc.
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Photographer: Ashley Durham Photography // Event Planner: Delighted Events // Ceremony: Holy Rosary Chapel // Reception Site & Caterer: The Mining Exchange // Flowers: Ambience Floral