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Simple Mountain Elegance at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Jemma & Matthew | March 28th |  Tabernash, Colorado

From the bride: We fell in love snowboarding in the mountains. We spent many vacations snowboarding in both California and Colorado!  To get married in the snow just seemed like the perfect fit.  We loved the idea of having as many people in the same place as possible and Devil’s Thumb Ranch could not have been more perfect.  Almost all of our guests stayed on the Ranch, enjoyed everything from skiing, ice fishing, sleigh rides, sledding, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, to massages and just lounging around.  The venue and location provided something for everyone!

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Simple Mountain Elegance Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch, Colorado

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 We had our ceremony in the restored Broad Axe Barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  It took place in front of the fireplace with very simple cream and wood chairs, cream curtains, chandeliers and tons of candles lining the aisle.  The space was crisp and intimate creating a dream-like feeling.

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The seating chart was completely DIY.  We glued each and every petal on each and every flower (24 petals for each flower), on both the escort card and the place cards.  They turned out great, but were so time consuming.

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Our décor was absolutely perfect. Simple, yet elegant and dreamlike.  The cream curtains, with tons of candles and simple floral designs allowed the setting and our surroundings to shine through.

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My advice:Do NOT try to make everyone else happy. You will fail.  Be respectful to your family and friends, but when it comes down to difficult decisions, they are your decisions.  Also, have fun with the process. Don’t stress out too much and enjoy the journey.

Simple Mountain Elegance Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch, Colorado

Jemma’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Luxe Venue, Caterer, Cake & Lodging: DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH { more info }. Literally, perfect. Honestly, the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding, or in general really.

Photographer: Brinton Studios! People still comment on our pictures. They made us look 10x better than in real life.

Event Planning, Design & Florals: Kara Delay of Love This Day Events. She got our style so quickly, worked with us on everything, even from 1000 miles away! We were so comfortable just handing it off to Kara and trusting everything would go as planned.

Hair & Makeup: Beauty on Location by Liz. I couldn’t say enough wonderful things about Liz, and highly recommend her to any bride.

Wedding Gown Designer:  Galina Signature  //  Bridesmaid Dresses:  Joanna August, sea of love  //  Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein  // Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang

DJ: Elite DJ  //  Musicians: Cheza Quartet  //  Videographer:  Jon Byron (wedding: http://vimeo.com/95353756 Photo Booth: http://vimeo.com/97198102)

Honeymoon Location:  Bali! Secretly planned by Matt. I had no clue where they were going until we arrived at the airport in Taiwan and received my boarding pass!

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Mountain Bliss in Colorado

Erica & Jace  |  August 4th  |  Larkspur, Colorado

From the bride: I would have to say that Crooked Willow Farms was my inspiration. The rustic barns and grounds are used to breed and train beautiful jumper horses. I just really loved the mix of country with graceful elegance. The beautiful red barns with fresh flowers beds pretty much encompassed all that we wanted, simple with splashes of color. Although we felt like we didn’t add too many small touches, a lot of guests stated that our wedding was very much “us”.Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Colorado - Luxe Mountain Weddings

I folded 800 paper cranes to create the ceremony backdrop. 

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For our escort cards, I used a paper crane with an origami envelope below that contained each guest’s table number.

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Erica’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer & Photo Booth: Brinton Studios  // Event Planner & Floral Design: Kara Delay, Love this Day Events  //  Venue: Crooked Willow Farms  //  Caterer: Catering by Design  //  DJ: Chris Cockroft, Tip Top Music

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Rustic Mountain Glam in Vail

Elise & John  |  August 30th  | Vail, Colorado

From the bride: Having been born and raised in Colorado, I knew I wanted to make our wedding truly authentic with all the things that I love about my home state. Since John and I have so many wonderful memories in Vail, it was an easy decision to make when choosing our wedding destination. Our wedding planning started with a few themes: simple, rustic and elegant with a vintage flare. We started with a few details and it grew from there.Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

 The flowers at the ceremony and reception stayed true to our theme. I envisioned a natural wild flower look,but still elegant. Lizzy from Soul Flower Floral Designs made that vision come to life. I was absolutely obsessed with my bouquet, my bridesmaids’ bouquets, and the beautiful arrangements used throughout the reception.

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 John and I decided to do a first look at the top of Vail Mountain which was so incredibly special. It was nice to have a moment alone with each other before the ceremony overlooking the Rocky Mountain Range. The view truly took our breath away and the moment was perfect. Chris McLaughlin did an incredible job making us comfortable and the photos he took throughout the day truly captured the joy that we felt.

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 One personalized moment that I will always remember was having John’s brother play the guitar, while my dear friend sang ”When the Right One Comes Along” during the ceremony. We were so overwhelmed with love in that moment and it will stand out in my mind as the most complete I have ever felt.

Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado Another special moment was when John and I took pictures with our wedding party under the iconic Covered Bridge in Vail Village. There was a food and wine festival happening that weekend making the bridge a very busy intersection. To have complete strangers be so accommodating while those photos were being taken was also very special. Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Continuing with our authentic Colorado theme, we used vintage skis as our guestbook and gave guests wild flower seeds to “spread the love.” We provided personalized mason jars to drink our “I Do” beer from Gore Range Brewery. We also had fun games for the guests to play that tied in with our rustic theme such as the corn hole and pinball.

Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Jessica from A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals and her team went above and beyond to ensure the reception encompassed all the elements of our theme.  Each aspect of the décor was truly perfect, from the whiskey barrel dessert table, to the beautiful lounge area, and the use of wooden crates to display pictures from our parents wedding. Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

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Elise’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer:  Chris McLaughlin Photography  // Planner and Event Designer: A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals  // Ceremony Venue: The Vail Interfaith Chapel  // Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion //  Florist: Soul Flower Floral Designs  //  Caterer: Gourmet Cowboy  //  Chair and Linen Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals  // Cocktail Hour & Reception Music: Tent Show Kings  // Bistro Lighting: Pink Monkey Solutions  // Cake: Mountain Flour  //  Hair & Makeup: Blush and Brush Group  //  Stationary (invites,menus,escort cards, programs): Fleur De Lis  /  Transportation: Turtle Bus Bar

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