A Whimsical Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rockies

From the bride, Kristen: Winter Park has been a family vacation spot for years now, and Sean proposed to me there one year before our wedding. The two of us met in Houston after both having lived all over Texas, and we wanted to share a special place and the beauty of a Rocky Mountain winter with our Texan friends and family.

A Whimsical Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rockies

Initially, we were mostly attracted to rustic wedding trends (wood carvings, antiques, simple cake style) but we wanted to incorporate some of the strong colors and metallics featured in our home. Our main focus was to highlight the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

A Whimsical Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rockies

I love paper products and had lots of input in the form of amateur sketches of our wedding invitations that a professional artist brought to life.

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There was also a fair amount of whimsy in our faux fur stoles (a little Game of Thrones-esque) and in the forest animals featured on our wedding invitations and in golden figurines scattered amongst the décor.

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Sean and I stood in front of open barn doors allowing the beauty of the mountains beyond the altar serve as the backdrop for the ceremony. 

A Whimsical Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rockies

We crafted our ceremony to include both goofy and touching readings from our best friends, and the vows we wrote to one another ended up wringing out tears from many in the crowd but especially from each other.  Our music choices were especially important as they were all songs reminiscent of other important moments in our lives and relived in the happy context of our wedding.

A Whimsical Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rockies A Whimsical Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rockies A Whimsical Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rockies

My dad salvaged two old windows from a cabin near Yellowstone that has been in our family for generations and spent all summer prior to our wedding collecting and pressing Idaho flowers to place in the windowpanes.  We then used glass markers to make these into the seating chart.  This was my favorite detail.

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For the reception, we wanted a soft, intimate ambiance. The roaring fireplace, candles, and twinkling aspen trees were exactly the lighting that created this feel.

A Whimsical Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rockies

The lit aspen trees surrounding the pillars inside the barn were cut from my parents’ yard in Denver.

A Whimsical Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rockies

For favors, we gave out chocolate and caramel covered apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  A yummy choice for the end of the night!

A Whimsical Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rockies

  The flowers were delicate and flawlessly arranged to intermingle with worn, gilded collectibles such as trumpets and miniature animals.

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 My advice: Definitely hire a wedding planner if you live at a distance – their advice from having worked for years in that city can save you a ton in time, energy, and money.  They already know which vendors are awesome, what the weather will realistically be like, and how to troubleshoot that venue if they’ve worked it many times before.

A Whimsical Winter Wedding in the Colorado Rockies

Kristen’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue, Caterer & Cake, Lodging: DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH  //  Photographer: Brinton Studios  //  Event Design & Planning, Flowers: Alexan Events  //  Invitations: Shhh My Darling  //  Wedding Gown Designer: Marisa  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Love Lane  //  Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss from Nordstrom  // Groomsmen: Blue suits from Men’s Wearhouse

Honeymoon Location: Hotel Chocolat in St. Lucia

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