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Sea Glass in the Mountains

Alba & Andrew  |  September 1st  |  Granby, Colorado

From the bride, Alba:
I wanted a romantic, rustic, elegant wedding without the stuffiness of formal weddings that aren’t really our style. Kara, my wedding planner, thought of the theme “Sea Glass in the Mountains” which I loved. We had blue and green glassware, with hints of yellow and milk white glass.

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My Anjolique dress was simple, yet detailed and very romantic. brinton0104 brinton0105 brinton0106Our ceremony took place in the yard outside my husband’s family home, which is located right on the Colorado River. It’s an understatement to call the location a backyard because it is so majestic.

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My father in law officiated the ceremony, and had it been anyone else, would not have been anywhere near as special. Hearing someone speak of love, marriage, and friendship that you hold in such high regard really hits close to our hearts.brinton0109 brinton0110 brinton0111 brinton0112 brinton0113 brinton0114 brinton0115

Our personalized wedding favors, which also served as name/table placards, were mini succulents.


The tables were just arranged perfectly by Kara. I was so lucky to have so many of the details I’d always dreamed of.

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Our first dance as husband and wife, my dance with my dad, looking out at our closest loved ones during dinner and taking in all the chatter and laughter and smiles – these are moments etched in my memory.brinton0119Looking back: I do wish I would have started planning sooner and gone with my gut instinct instead of entertaining everyone else’s ideas.  I wish I had spoken up sooner when I didn’t like something –it would have saved me a lot of time. Don’t worry about being perceived as nice and not difficult, just say what you want in a respectful way – you are paying these people after all, they work for you!


My advice: Enjoy your time, think about what makes you happy and don’t worry about what others tell you. Take advice constructively. Take help from the people who offer it!



Photographer: Brinton Studios!!! There are not enough words to describe how much the success of our event had to do with the Brintons.

Event Planner & Florist: Kara Delay at Love this Day Events. The best type of planner you can ask for- organized, very creative, a great listener and sometimes interpreter, and has great style and taste!

Caterer & Cake: Wildhorse Catering. The most delicious food we tasted – the best part was it tasted exactly the same on our wedding day as it did on the day we went in for our tastings.

Musicians: Leftover Salmon. They were awesome and learned some requested songs for us.

Tent & Rentals: Butler Rents  //  Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom  //  Groom’s Attire: Macy’s

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  • kara delay July 25, 2013 9:48 am

    I absolutely adored working with Andrew + Alba on this gorgeous wedding! Ocean meets mountains may be my new favorite design style!!
  • Brinton Studios » Luxe Mountain Wedding Publishing! July 26, 2013 10:51 am

    [...] and Andrew’s backyard Grand Lake wedding was published on the Luxe Mountain Weddings blog and it looks great! Their wedding was so sweet and beautiful and we couldn’t be happier [...]
Simple & Rustic in Wyoming by Jamye Chrisman Photography

Caroline & Trever | May 25th | Dubois, Wyoming

From the bride, Caroline:
Our mountain wedding was beautiful. The backdrop for pictures and the lighting was perfect. The fresh air was wholesome.  I’ve always loved the mountains, they feel like home to me. 
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The ceremony was only 15 minutes total including processions. It was quick, sweet, and straight to the point. Exactly what we wanted.

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My advice: Start making your invite list IMMEDIATELY and start asking for addresses.  Getting correct addresses was by far the longest process and what caused the most stress for the first few months. Also, we got engaged in January and married in May, so there was no time for fun engagement pictures and cute save the dates.  It wasn’t practical because literally by the time we got all the addresses, it was time to mail the actual invites. The short engagement also made this process a bit more stressful than normal. JaymeChristman18


Luxe Photographer: Jamye Chrisman Photography {more info  | website}. We LOVED her!

Venue: Crooked Creek Guest Ranch. Very nice people and beautiful location.

Wedding Gown: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner

Honeymoon Location:  Kauai, HawaiiWe stayed at the St. Regis. We LOVED it.  SO NICE!   We went snorkeling everyday, one of which we swam with 6 sea turtles!!!  And we went on a zip line tour one day. 

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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!


DavidLynn0101 DavidLynn0102The moment we can’t stop thinking about is when we first saw each other. We decided to wait and see each other until the ceremony. As soon as our eyes met, we were overwhelmed with love and happiness.DavidLynn0103 DavidLynn0105 DavidLynn0106We had herbs of rosemary, thyme, sage, basil and lavender, flowers and ferns as table decorations. We wanted to be able to reuse the decorations so we gave many plants to friends and family and also planted some in our herb garden. DavidLynn0107 DavidLynn0108 DavidLynn0109 DavidLynn0110By the end of the evening it was snowing and we were so happy. The snow made the night feel still and romantic. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. It was magical. DavidLynn0111 DavidLynn0112

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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