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Fall in the Mountains at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Carole & Jeff  |  October 5th  |  Devil’s Thumb Ranch {more info | website}

From the bride:
We moved to Colorado last year and immediately knew that wanted to have a mountain wedding. We fell in love with the scenery and the facilities at Devil’s Thumb Ranch and thought it would be a good welcome for our friends and family to the Colorado mountains.

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We created a wedding reflective of our personalities – maintaining a formal wedding feel while incorporating naturalistic and rustic elements. We chose a color palette of midnight blue with fall colors (burgundy, orange, and yellow).

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We hoped to have the ceremony outdoors, but an early fall cold front and snow storm moved us indoors to the Timber House. Brinton Studios 0115 Brinton Studios 0116

 We did a wine box ceremony where we wrote letters to one another and had our parents write letters to us with their most important pieces of marital advice.  We sealed the letters in a wine box with a bottle of wine by nailing the wine box shut, to open in celebration of 5yrs of marriage.

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With such a beautiful barn and backdrop, we didn’t really feel like we needed a ton of decorations.  We hung a chandelier and lanterns from the barn beams.  We had a mix of tall and short floral centerpieces — tall vases with eucalyptus leaves to mimic aspens and short vases wrapped in birch bark.

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The most memorable moment of the night was our first dance (rumba) to Queen, “You’re my Best Friend.”

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My advice: Enjoy the process and remember it is supposed to be fun!  No one else will notice if things don’t turn out 100% the way you wanted them to.

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Carole & Jeff’s
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Luxe Mountain Venue, Caterer & Lodging: DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH {more info | website}
Event Planner: Touch of Bliss  //  Photographer: Brinton Studios  //  Floral Designer: Swank Stems  //  DJ: Elite DJ  //  Bride’s Gown: Modern Trousseau  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale

Honeymoon Location: Thailand

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You Are My Sunshine

Beverly & Raymond  |  September 14th  |  Cashiers, North Carolina

From the bride:
My mom had been vacationing in Cashiers for 20+ years. My mom passed away suddenly from cancer three years ago and I wanted to feel close to her spirit.  There is nothing prettier than the vistas and backdrops of being in the mountains.  Just being outside in the mountains with God’s creation puts me in a good mood.

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In lieu of bridesmaids (other than my two daughters), I elected to have my seven closest friends “randomly” stand up from their seats and recite the LOVE verses from I Cor 13.  It brought the audience into the ceremony and felt like my friends were speaking words of scripture directly to us.

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Ray and I decided not only would I walk down, but we would leave as husband and wife, to “You Are My Sunshine” – a song my mom sang to my girls when they were babies and we discovered Ray’s mom had done the same with him.

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I loved that Ray and I, with my girls, led the procession of our guests from the ceremony site along a streamer lined gravel path to the barn, where the reception was held.

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My advice: ENJOY this time as an engaged couple and planning of the wedding together, as a couple. Then choose a well experienced and local wedding planning to coordinate your ideas.

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Beverly & Raymond’s
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Venue: Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley. The best natural setting around the area.

Event Planner/Designer:  Elizabeth Fletcher, I DO Events Atlanta.  She is so much more than your typical wedding coordinator…..she is a creative planner that can help you bring all your ideas into a singular event.  Plus, having the been in so many aspects of wedding planning, she has a myriad of contacts for absolutely anything you may need.

Photographer:  Marisu Wehrenberg and Shannah Montgomery of Zoomworks Photography. They were fantastic to work with…..loved having two there the entire day, as they got great angles.

Band: The Boomers. Vaughn and David rocked, literally, and even lent their Christian song writing and acoustic voices for our ceremony.

Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting. Dave Watson was fabulous.

Florist: Rooms in Bloom Flowers.  Paul was beyond wonderful to work with, and I just loved the finished product.

Wedding Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillieradored my dress…..best splurge ever!

Hair Stylist: Joel Jacovino, Salon Muse.

Honeymoon Location: Oia, Santorini, Greece…..BEST location for a honeymoon….so romantic.

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Destination Vail, Colorado

Alyson & Jason  | May 11th  |  Vail, Colorado

From the bride:
We wanted to go somewhere out-of-town enough that people would come and really relax and be present, but close enough that it was affordable for people to travel to.  I grew up going to the Sonnenalp Hotel of Vail so it was the perfect fit.

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We had a Catholic Ceremony at the Vail Interfaith Chapel.  My two 4 year-old nieces preceded me pulling a wooden wagon carrying my 1 year old niece (all in matching white flower girl dresses).  The wagon had a sign that read “Here Comes Auntie Al” on it.

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The cake topper was specially made for my grandparents wedding ceremony shortly before my grandfather went overseas with the Navy to fight in World War II.

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 Rather than having a large wedding cake, we had eighteen small cakes, one for each table.

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 Centerpieces included 3 pottery barn gold jeweled bark candles set on square glass mirrors with bright pink rose petals and  diamond shaped jewels.  Chairs were covered with crème chair covers and had thick gold laced burlap tied around them.  The restaurant at the Sonnenalp, Ludwigs, is naturally decorated with a mix of mountain and German décor and didn’t need much to make it special.

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Alyson & Jason’s
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Photographer: Frances Photography. We were stunned at how much we loved our photos.  Frances and her staff were a joy to work with.

Ceremony Site: Vail Interfaith Chapel. A picturesque chapel and one of your only choices for a Catholic wedding in Vail (Catholic religion requires it be in a church). Unfortunately, a bit expensive.

Reception Site, Caterer, Cake, Lodging: The Sonnenalp Hotel of Vail. One of the most uniquely beautiful hotels in the gorgeous town of Vail.  Exceptionally accommodating and memorable.

Flowers: Sweet Pea Designs. Friendly, fairly priced, gorgeous flowers.

Band: Dressed in Black. Wonderfully talented, great event emcee who plays great music.

Wedding Gown Designer:  Pronovias Manuel Moto,  style: Edecan. I ordered directly from Pronovias HQ in Spain (no samples were made of the dress … purchased it before I could even try it on, YIKES!)

Honeymoon Location: Belize!!

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  • Sasser Stills February 18, 2014 10:58 am

    I just love the girls covering their eyes during the kiss. Reminds me of being little! Great images!