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Rocky Mountain Vows at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Catalina & Mark  |  April 13th  |   Devil’s Thumb Ranch

From the bride, Catalina:
Sustainability of our surroundings is very important to us and became a deciding factor when we chose the destination for our wedding.  We wanted our guests to experience the Colorado mountains and enjoy the incredible scenery.  We decided on an intimate wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch with the presence of just our family and closest friends.  Our wedding day was truly unforgettable!

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Catalina’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
All of the vendors we chose were absolutely wonderful. We wanted to support local businesses and had this in mind when we made our choices.

Venue: DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH {More info  | Website}We chose Devil’s Thumb Ranch because of its unique and beautiful setting in the Colorado mountains.
Photographer:  David Lynn PhotographyCaptured our wedding day exactly how we remember it.
Floral Designer: Plum Sage Flowers.  Amazing job with the herbs, flowers, plants and candles.
Cake: Teacup.  Unbelievably delicious.
Invitations, seating chart, table numbers:  Tasha Rae Designs
Hair Stylist: Weemala

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Country Chic at Moose Creek Ranch by Jamye Chrisman Photography

Emily & Jarrod  |  September 14th  |  Moose Creek Ranch, Idaho

From the bride, Emily:
We wanted to get married somewhere beautiful. A place where we could be married outside, hold the wedding and reception at the same place, and somewhere that could lodge our out of town guests. Moose Creek Ranch was the perfect place.

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A mountain destination wedding is perfect for those who love to be outside. Getting married is the most special day a couple can have and it should be in the most beautiful place possible. I loved the whole feel of Moose Creek Ranch, especially the barn with its twinkle lights.  JaymeChrisman0114

My advice: Try not to stress, and start planning early. It’s your wedding only do what you want. Also, I really didn’t want to organize a seating chart so instead I put up a sign outside the lodge that read, “Come as you are, stay as long as you can, we’re all family, no seating plan.” Best decision ever. JaymeChrisman0115

 Emily’s Recommended Vendors

Venue: Moose Creek Ranch { More info | Website }.  This place is beautiful, quiet, and has awesome ‘glamping’ tents.

Photographer: Jamye Chrisman Photography { More info | Website }.  Jamye was everywhere and nowhere all at once. She captured all the required shots, was very unassuming, all with a very reasonable price.

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Rustic Chic in Vermont

Lauren  & Harvey  |  June 24th  |  Stowe, Vermont

From the bride, Lauren:
Stowe has the mot beautiful scenery in the world! The air is clean and the mountains are beautiful. Everyone just relaxed the second they got there and got to enjoy a whole weekend away. So many of our guests have returned to Stowe  since our wedding because they loved it so much!

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We had beautiful personalized welcome bags in a rustic cream stiff cotton for all our guests. Each bag included Vermont pure water, Vermont nut free chocolate bars, Vermont Cabot aged cheddar, a bag of Vermont specialty crackers and a small bottle of Robert Mondavi Wine.

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My bridesmaids couldn’t decide on dress colors so I fired them all (in a nice way). They were actually happy they didn’t have to stand up through the ceremony or stress about the dresses. It was also way easier for me and for them. Everyone was much happier.

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Our programs were a beautiful double-sided fan with a wood handle with small hearts carved in at the top. The program listed who was walking down the aisle, who was with us in spirit, the traditions of a Jewish wedding, a thank you to everyone for traveling to Vermont to celebrate with us and a note that a donation had been made in everyone’s name to the allergy and Crohn’s foundation. KathleenLandwheir06 KathleenLandwheir07

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a country style rustic lemonade stand. Our signature Vodka Pink Lemonade was served in mason jars with twine tied around the top with different tags with cute tag lines.

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The ceremony was held outside on the terrace facing the spectacular Mt. Mansfield.

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The ceremony was very special to us. It was really casual and relaxed and filled with lots of laughter and joy.  Saying I do to your soul mate with your loved ones around you in front of one of the most beautiful mountains is a moment we will never forget.

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We had large torch candles along the curtain as you entered the reception.

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The centerpieces were a cluster of flowers, jugs, wooden containers, and candles.

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Our birch bark off-centered cake had the most beautiful handmade sugar flowers! KathleenLandwheir22 KathleenLandwheir25

The reception was very casual and the focus was on drinking, eating amazing food, relaxing and just enjoying being together! It was just a fun party!

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We served Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in mini personal containers and we had a sorbet stand served in cones. Both were served with personalized wooden mini spoons with our own personalized quotes on them.  We also had S’mores that were cooked outside at the fire pit. KathleenLandwheir29

We had a firework show just for our wedding. The first time we came to Stowe as a couple, we saw a firework show on the mountain and we really wanted to recreate this for our guests.

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My advice: We planned our wedding in 4 months.  I did my research every morning and evening and I got a little bit done every day. There are so many resources at our fingertips. You don’t need years of planning in order to make it perfect. The most important thing is to find great people to work with that are creative and really understand your vision. They should be able to help guide you on the path to having your perfect dream wedding.

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Lauren’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: Kathleen Landwehrle Photography.  Kathleen is so amazing. Calm, relaxed, creative. We really didn’t give Kathleen any directions and we couldn’t be happier with our pictures. She just knew exactly where to take us.

Venue & Food: Stowe Mountain Resort, Spruce Base Camp. The venue has incredibly high ceilings with the amazing wood beams. The floor to ceiling windows looking at the mountains within the circular room are jaw dropping! Lacy Walsh was amazing. We really wanted our wedding to just be a happy casual party where people could walk around and interact with each other and just have fun. Lacy was creative, patient, friendly and made everything easy. My whole family, including myself, are huge foodies! We really didn’t want typical wedding food or a sit down meal. The food was one of our biggest priorities and Chef Aaron was so great and used all market fresh ingredients as local as possible. The way they set up the serving stations with the chalkboards, wood planks, etc. made it so rustic and chic. They really understood our vision.

Florist: Nancy’s School House Garden.  Nancy is amazing at what she does. Our flowers and room décor was just out of this world. She understood exactly what I wanted. She was sensational and so easy to work with.

Cake: Vermont Sweet Tooth.  Marion was so sweet and thoughtful. Not only was the cake the most beautiful and special cake I have ever seen, but it was allergy free and so delicious!

Guest Lodging: Stowe Mountain Lodge. Sensationally amazing! The entire hotel is spectacular. The façade, the majestic lodge style lobby, the gorgeous rooms and the incredible service. One of the nicest hotels in the world! Also a 10 second walk to our venue.

Invitations, Programs, Welcome Bags, Drink Tags:  Andrea Abramovitch, Printcess Designs  //   Musicians: Vermont Symphony Orchestra, string trio.

Honeymoon Location:  Hawaii and L.A. -  Four Seasons, Maui  //  Fairmont Orchid, Big Island  //  Grand Hyatt, Kauia //  London Hotel, L.A

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  • Laura May 13, 2013 12:45 am

    This wedding was so beautifully decorated with the perfect amount of unique ideas! Where did the adorable little wooden spoons come from??