A Snowy Spring Mountain Wedding
Audrey & Bryce | May 23rd | Ouray, Colorado
From the bride: We wanted to have a big party with good food and good music that happened to have a wedding ceremony beforehand. We strived to create an experience that was casual, fun, and memorable for both us and the guests.
The ceremony took place at a friends cabin on Hayden Mountain, just outside of Ouray. It was about a 15 minute drive up a Forest Service road so we had a Jeep shuttle available for friends that didn’t have four-wheel drive vehicles.
We chose to not have chairs at the ceremony location to create a more intimate setting with everyone standing beside us. We didn’t have a backup rain location, but instead told guests to bring blankets and umbrellas.
About halfway through the ceremony, big gentle snowflakes began to fall. Looking back, bad weather had been our primary concern about having an outdoor wedding on the top of a mountain in May. However, the snow became our favorite part of the day!
The reception took place at my in-law’s house, down the mountain from the ceremony location. Because of the bad weather, all of the tables and chairs were moved inside at the last minute, resulting in a 100-person dinner party in their living room with the band set up in the kitchen. I wanted to keep the décor as simple as possible. We used white linens and white china and the centerpieces were glass vases filled with peonies, sunflowers, snapdragons, and columbines.
Following the reception, we braved the cold for a bonfire on the lawn under the twinkling lights. We sang songs around the fire until the stars came out.