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Destination Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Amy & Joe |  April 13th  |  Devil’s Thumb Ranch

From the bride, Amy:
We wanted a wedding destination where everyone could come and stay for a few days and be together.  Devil’s Thumb Ranch was the perfect fit. The ranch has something for everyone: outdoor activities, a relaxing spa and great food.

Our inspiration for our celebration was the beautiful Colorado landscape with New York City in our hearts. As a surprise, I sewed a heart on Joe’s tie that said I Love You.

My most memorable moment was our first look.  We were both a little nervous during the morning, but we both relaxed once we were able to see each other.  At that moment, we both said “I feel so much better now” and I just reaffirmed that no matter what with everything going on that day is really was just the two of us.

Brinton04When they opened the barn doors immediately before the processional , there was an audible gasp in the room. Both the setting and the view were stunning. I walked into the barn and down the aisle to M. Ward’s, “Here Comes the Sun”.

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The ceremony was short and sweet, but incredibly memorable. The whole thing last about 8 minutes!

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My advice:  Try not to argue too much during the process of planning a wedding. And during the wedding, take a few steps back to hit pause and take note of what is happening.

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Amy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue, Food, Lodging: DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH { more info | website }

Event Planner: JA Special Events. Jessica was an essential part of our wedding. We could not have done it without her. She made everything so easy. We would highly recommend her.

Photographer: Brinton Studios. CR and Tiffany take amazing photos and blend into the wedding incredibly well. We barely knew they were there, and were thrilled with the results.

Wedding Gown Designer: Anne Barge #617

Honeymoon Location: Dunton Hot Springs and St Lucia (Ladera and Ti Kaye). One week we were snowshoeing, and one week we were on a beach. It was a great mix. Highly recommend both.

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Styled Shoot: Woodsy Vintage

From the photographer, Amanda Lloyd Photography:
I’m over the moon about the details in this styled shoot! Washington has its own element of outdoor romance and is the perfect place for an outdoor styled shoot! Dyan and Daniel were celebrating their 6th wedding anniversary and were so excited to do this shoot! Vintage was the theme and local antique shops proved to be exactly what I was looking for! We went for a neutral color palette: tans, browns, grays and colors with a hint of teal and yellow.  Let me say that the weather for our shoot was total CHAOS! It was sunshine, then pouring rain! Then, we decided to head up to Summit at Steven’s Pass for insanely gorgeous snowfall! It was DOWNPOUR snow! Dyan and Daniel were complete troopers and totally rocked the shoot! The weather was typical of Washington, and I loved every bit of it!

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Zong Her of Her Couture designed the gorgeous veil and all the amazing flowers.  ALoyod02 ALoyod03 ALoyod04 ALoyod05

Dianne’s Delights in Seattle provided the seriously adorable cream colored ruffed cake, complete with a burlap banner style cake topper. ALoyod06

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Simply Perfect on Snowmass Mountain

Danielle & Pete | June 23rd | Aspen, Colorado

From the bride, Danielle:
Our day could not have been more perfect. Crisp blue skies, the Colorado mountain air, and 165 of our closest friends and family. Being from Chicago, we were so touched to be able to share our love for the area with our guests. The fact that we were able to have our ceremony and reception on the mountain I had been skiing and hiking on since I was 3 years old, just made it even more special.

Selah01Since Pete and I are both from large close-knit families, it was very important for us to capture and honor the love and support that we would continue to build off of in our life together. From collecting nearly 200 plates of china from our moms, aunts and friends across the country, to serving our family’s infamous pies and cookies (that my mom and brother baked all week!), there was a lot of love in every detail.

Selah02 Selah03 Selah04 Selah05 Selah06We kept it simple—set up the reception chairs on the open lawn near the cabin overlooking the valley below. We had a unity ceremony where we combined sand from Chicago and Colorado, and then took a moment to stand there together overlooking the incredible view and to take in that we had just said our vows.

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I gave my dad the job of making wooden signs to direct our guests, and he took it over with great enthusiasm- making us a ‘Just Married’ sign to hang on the chairlift, with cans and all.

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One of my favorite moments of our wedding day was the time Pete and I were able to have together after the ceremony. I had at first resisted leaving the party, but followed the sound advice and am so glad that we did. We took a chairlift ride together to soak in our just-sealed marriage and it could not have been more perfect.

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Selah12Another memorable moment was walking into our reception tent. I had never before felt such love and support as in that moment. Both Pete and I teared up as we walked in and stood on the dance floor looking at everyone around us that we loved cheering us on.

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I am a sucker for vintage jewelry and design, so mixing vintage details in with the beautiful rustic setting was a natural fit; for the reception we mixed hard wood tables, heirloom china and lace runners with antique floral vases and jars.

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We named our tables after our favorite restaurants.

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We danced under the stars until they had to close the tent down. Selah18

My advice: The best advice I was given was to remember that the day is about the two of you! Enjoy it and make sure to spend as much of it together.

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Danielle’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Lynn Britt Cabin, Snowmass Mountain.  An incredible site for a wedding!

Photographer: Selah Photography. Jackie and Matt were incredible to work with, both for our special day and since in putting together our album. They are so talented—we could not believe the images they were able to capture!

Guest Lodging: Villas at the Snowmass Club. They were so accommodating for our very large group, with over 75% traveling from out of state, they were so helpful in coordinate transportation and taking the best of care of for them!

Videographer: KHODGE FilmsKyle worked with us to create a custom package for our budget, and then went above and beyond to put together an incredible film with custom animation and music.

Event Planner: Jane Floyd and Associates  //  Cake: D’Elissious Cake Studio  //  Florist and Decor: The Aspen Branch   //   Caterer: ASC Catering  //  Reception Band: The Fab 4   //  Tent & Party Rentals: Bethel Party Rentals  //  Wedding Gown: Carolina Herrera from Ultimate Bride in Chicago  // Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale, LulaKate and Bella Bridesmaid  //  Hair & Makeup: Becky Hanrahan, Studio B Beaute   //  MOH Suit: J.Crew

Honeymoon Location: Barcelona, Spain

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