From the photographer, Jennie Crate: We started the evening at Echo Lake to take some time wandering among the evergreen trees, taking advantage of the filtered sun. Then, we headed up the road to the Mount Evans summit, jumping out of the car anytime the light and the scenery inspired us. The rocky landscape of Colorado has a very barren, awe-inspiring power and its similarities to the New Zealand landscape featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy became our inspiration for this shoot. We finished the evening at one of the most magical landscapes featuring rocks, glacial lakes, mountain goats, and the perfect setting sun.
From the couple, Sarah & Chris: Our wedding was focused on joining our families together, since we have kids from prior relationships, we wanted an intimate and personal ceremony. We wanted the day focused on our small family rather than trying to entertain guests.
We live in Colorado and wanted a setting that represented the beauty of Colorado. Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park had the mountain views we wanted. The National Park Service was very helpful and easy to work with. They were able to recommend times and dates and we highly recommend a National Park as a venue option.
Nathan with Dreamtime Images was an outstanding photographer. He knew the area very well and helped recommend best day of the week/time of day to avoid the spring showers and crowds. We are extremely glad we were able to book him and highly recommend him. We look back at our pictures and are able to remember a wonderful day as it happened.
We are glad we did the wedding we wanted instead of trying to meet other people’s expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed the process of planning since we focused on what fit our personalities and what we wanted. It will be different for every couple, but we do think it is important to see your wedding as a celebration of your marriage and an enjoyable beginning rather than an event focused on guests.
From the photographer, Ellen Ashton Photography: This gorgeous setting on top of Mount Scott created the perfect atmosphere for a sweet, precious and romantic engagement session. It’s so easy to see through the photographs that Callie and Justin are totally in love. This session reminds me of the song that says, “ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley, ain’t no river wide enough baby”.
Brad proposed to Jennifer in the mountains of Colorado. The two immediately went to Vail, a town very special to them, to celebrate the grand occasion. When it came time to pick the location for their wedding, they could think of no better place to gather all of their friends and family than Vail, Colorado. They wanted a special place to celebrate with their loved ones that was accessible, but far enough to allow for a full weekend getaway. They chose a beautiful October weekend for their nuptials and celebration.
The Wedding Team
Photographer: True North Photography | Event Planner: I Do | Floral Designer: Petals & Pours | Invitation Designer: Four 13 Designs | Handmade Goods Designer: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Band: RoeHouse Entertainment | Reception: Sonnenalp Hotel | Ceremony: Vail Interfaith Chapel | Dress Designer: Ines di Santo | Bridesmaid Dresses: JLM Couture | Men’s Attire: Generation Tux
From the bride: We live in Los Angeles, but I’m from Colorado, and a mountain girl at heart. For our wedding, we wanted to be surrounded by the mountains and be able to smell the pine trees. We also wanted our day to be classy and elegant with a color palette of blush, cream, and rose gold.
Let Love Grow was a theme for the wedding. We want our love to always be growing, so we incorporated it in many ways throughout the wedding such as a tree planting ceremony within the ceremony and potted succulents for the escort cards.
I wanted a dress that was different and I loved the idea of having a light blush dress. I didn’t think I would like the style of my dress (I thought I’d go with a mermaid style), but the moment I tried it on, I knew it was the perfect combination of classic yet unique.
Get organized. Create a very detailed day-of schedule, stay on top of your guest list, finalize your seating chart and make escort cards. These things will make all the difference. You’ll be less stressed on the day and your guests will have a better time at your wedding. Hire a day-of coordinator so you can pass all this along and just enjoy your big day.
The Colorado Wedding Team
Photographer: Trystan Photography | Ceremony Decor: Newberry Brothers | Cake: Gateaux Bakery | Dress Store: Luv Bridal | Makeup Artist: Allison Beach | Hair Stylist: Brittani Estes Hair | Venue: Sanctuary Golf Course
From the bride: More than anything Joshua and I just wanted the day to be about us. We wanted to be focused and not stressed out about the tiny details that come with planning your traditional wedding. We wanted to savor every moment and be able to look back and remember our wedding like it was yesterday. I can honestly say that we can. It was perfect!
Elope! Take the money you would spend on a wedding and put it as a down payment on a house. Our family knew about our plans to elope so instead of inviting everyone to our wedding, we took pictures along the way (picking up our rental car, signing our marriage license, picking up our flowers, etc.) and posted them on Facebook so they could be a part of it.
Meghan Rolfe Photography. Meghan took care of all the details and her photography is phenomenal.
From the style team: Wilco Creative brought all the pieces of this beautiful day together by creating a wedding style that was classic and tailored. The inspiration came from the colors of a fig, the soft autumn weather, and a special vintage ring. To hail from Colorado calls for reckless abandon to embrace the fall season and celebrate marriage; one of the greatest events possible. There is something effortless and freeing about being able to traipse off wherever your heart leads you to share your vows and the mutual commitment of love. Surprisingly, one doesn’t need an officiant to get married in the beautiful state of Colorado. With the ease of performing your own ceremony, we still wanted to bring the touches of an important and tailored event. In fact, the simplicity of it all made our vision of creating a sophisticated fall garden wedding develop gracefully.
The bride’s dress was elegant with its simple lines and minimalistic embellishments. Her hair was effortless yet classic.
The bride’s ring is a vintage art deco engagement ring circa 1920 from Victor Barbone. The ring centers a box-set old European cut diamond that has a low profile that rounded out our theme with subtle elegance.
THE COLORADO STYLE TEAM
Photographer: Sarah Porter Photography | Design and Decor: Wilco Creative | Floral Designer: Bella Calla | Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield | Dress Store: Dora Grace | Hair Stylist: Monica at Cellar Door | Calligrapher: Oh Joyful Day | Cake Designer: Sam Keith Cake Design | Invitation Designer: Veronica Preston Design | Ring Designer: Victor Barbone Jewelry
From the bride, Monica: Our wedding was more on the nontraditional side. My wedding dress was black, which is what I had always wanted. I love the fall and the mountains so I wanted our wedding to have both. We also wanted our family to experience the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
My parents are antique dealers, so my mom found brooches at estate sales and my dad made them all into bouquets.
My ring is a black diamond set in a halo of white diamonds, just perfect!
We tied the knot in Estes Park surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and the fall colors.
Don’t let anyone influence your decisions with planning. Plan your day how you want it!
The dancing was so much fun. It was important to us that our wedding had a laid back feel so that our guests could enjoy themselves and it felt like we really captured that.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: Erika Overholt Photography | Cake: The Dessert Stand | Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Marys Lake Lodge | DJ: The Music Man DJ Service | Wedding Gown Designer: Venus Bridal | Wedding Rings: Jay Feder Jewelers | Hair & Makeup: Hair by Gabrielle | Flowers: Ironwood Floral and Greenhouse | Honeymoon Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic