DIY in Crested Butte

Erin & Daniel |  September 3, 2011 | Crested Butte, Colorado

From the bride:
We fell in love with Crested Butte from the very beginning. We shared many years of camping, riding mountain bikes and simply enjoying this cool little town. When we thought about our wedding it was the perfect place to bring all the people around the globe to a spot that was so close to our hearts.  The mountains are a magical place and we wanted to share that. Our ceremony was outside under a beautiful blue-sky overlooking the mountains, on a field of cut hay, and the gorgeous Colorado aspens.I strolled down the aisle with my mom and dad on either side to Coldplay’s, “Till Kingdom Come” which had everyone- including the bride and groom- in tears!We worked hard to incorporate personal elements into the ceremony with the traditional vows. A good friend read an excerpt from the book “The Alchemist” while other friends recited meaningful poems.The reception tent was located next to the wedding ceremony.  It was so cozy and intimate inside the tents. Our invitations were a “wedding wheel” designed to look like a log.

I collected clear glass jars for a year. I was a regular at every thrift store and knew when the 50% tags happened- it was hilarious. I even met a woman at the thrift store who was looking for small jars to can with, and after I told her what I was doing, sold me 2 boxes of big mason jars she couldn’t use for canning for $20 bucks! Plus, she made her poor husband drive home and get them and bring them back while she keep shopping…ahhh love. We bought mass quantities of cute blue fleece blankets from IKEA (a steal at $2.25 each!) and tied twine around each one for guest to use when they got cold.  We also handmade a sign for the blankets that read “Cold? Take a blanket!”Our favors were homemade strawberry jam from Daniel’s mom and sister- it was AMAZING. They make the best jam and give us some every year for Christmas so when they asked how could they help for the wedding, I joked, “make jam for thank you gifts” and they were thrilled! I couldn’t believe that they did it- 200 jars of jam made in Kentucky that slowly made its way to Colorado over the summer- we had a lot of friends driving from all over the US so we loaded people up!Our first dance was to “Whatever It Is” by Zac Brown Band. Advice from the groom: Listen and agree with your bride….she has the vision.  Do everything possible to help her out.  There is a lot of stress and pressure and just remind yourself to relax and enjoy the moment. 


Gown: Marisa  // Caterer: Front Range BBQ //  Cake: Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery  //  Florist: Sunflower Creative  //  Invitations: Burning House SF   //   Guest Lodging: Pioneer Guest Cabins //  Hair & Makeup: Rare Bird Salon //  Photographer/event planner: family friend