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From the bride, Kaley:  Zach is originally from the East Coast and I am from the Midwest. We met in Colorado four years ago. Not only did we fall for one another, but we also fell in love with Colorado. Thus, it was important for us to have the wedding in Colorado. We wanted to share the place that we hold so dearly to our hearts with the most loved people in our lives, our guests. We chose to host a fall wedding, which is our favorite time of the year. The wedding date fell on the peak weekend of Colorado’s signature gold Aspen Tree foliage.

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 We had a neutral color scheme with accents of green and yellow to incorporate the earth tones of the mountain and Aspen trees.

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Before the ceremony, we had our first look and read our hand written vows to one another. This allowed for intimate moments that were sacred to us. In addition, we spent time taking pictures with just the two of us before the wedding party met us. The time together eased our nerves and alleviated pressure before the ceremony as we had time to be together to show our love and appreciation for one another and reflect on the meaning of the day.

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My cousins wrote and co-officiated the ceremony, which made it tremendously personal and meaningful for Zach and me. Our wedding readings were from our favorite book, The Alchemist.

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 The flower girls carried small boxwood wreaths.

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 An extra special moment was when our dear friend surprised us with the most unique 36” diameter Pin Oak wood slab monogrammed with our wedding logo. We used this as a focal creation for the décor of our reception.

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 Instead of doing the routine order of events, we decided to mix up the order of our reception. As soon as we were announced to the guests, we went to the middle of the dance floor and cut the cake and had our first dance. After the first chorus of our first dance, we invited all guests to the dance with us. It was a huge surrounding of love. After the first dance, we jumped right into the dancing for a few songs to start the night off on the right foot. The guests seemed to really like the mix-up events.

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 My advice: Every wedding is beautiful and there is no wrong or right way to do it. Be true to yourselves as a couple, be mindful of the meaning of the day instead of getting lost in the details, and absorb all the love.

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hotographer: Emilyanne Photography  //  Event Planner & Floral Design: Petal and Bean  //  Musicians: The Schwingers  //   Uplighting: Highlights Colorado  //   Wedding Gown: a & be bridal shop  //  Hair: Sarah Winter, Three Cutters on Pearl  //   Makeup: Michelle Knoebel, Clementine’s Boutique Salon  //  Videographer: Ampersand Family   //  Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Timber Ridge Lodge Keystone

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A Mountain Destination Wedding in Colorado

From the bride, Sani: Having grown up in California, all our family and most of our friends were traveling out of state to celebrate. That was something really special for us. We have been in Colorado for about 5 years and when we were invited to a wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch three years ago we instantly fell in love with the venue and knew it was where we would say our I do’s. Over the last several years, we’ve stayed at the Ranch on and off, taken our family and friends, and got to know the area very well. On the actual day of the event, because we had been there for several days, we were both pretty relaxed. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen were carefully chosen and represented different snippets of our lives. Our families were also integral to how happy we both were. Everyone’s love and encouragement not only that weekend, but through our entire relationship, has been so overwhelming, so we were very fortunate to have all of our close friends and family celebrating with us. We really want to take this opportunity to thank everyone again for traveling such long distances to be with us and help us start our journey as a married, happy couple. Every single person there, including all the incredible vendors, made this the best party we’ve ever been to. This REALLY was the best day of our lives.

 

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THE VENDOR TEAM

Photographer:  Frances Photography  |  Event Planner:  Stellar Events  |  Venue, Catering & Lodging: Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa  |  Floral Designer: The Perfect Petal  |  DJ: DJ RipM  | Hair Stylist: Erin Ferris Designs

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A Mountain Destination Wedding in Breckenridge

This is a super sweet mountain wedding from Susannah Storch Photography. The couple is from Chicago, but on a trip to Breckenridge years earlier, they had discussed how one day they wanted to be in Breck with all of their loved ones. This dream came true last July. The couple put together a lot of details playing on their newly shared last name of “key.”

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 THE VENDOR TEAM
Photographer: Susannah Storch Photography   //  Venue: Breckenridge Lodge and Spa    //  Cake Designer: Blue Moon Bakery  //  Floral Designer: Petal and Bean  //  Officiant: Summit Celebrant  //  DJ: Hampton Entertainment

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A Sacred Love Styled Shoot

From the photographer: This collaborative styled shoot started around the concept of an upscale Cinco de Mayo/Latin flavored reception in the mountains. What it evolved into was really an intimate, spiritual shoot centered on the theme of community. We are a community of vendors working as a team to produce unique events. We pictured a wedding where every attendee was part of the couple’s tribe; their community of supporters. When a wedding involves community it is ultimately a more meaningful event. We used warm colors, a full reception table display and lots of warm candlelight for details that speak to that community idea. We even had some of the vendors join in the shoot as guests to showcase the close knit community theme. We kept the latin flavor with spiritual elements, the dress and veil style, the tile signage and churros for dessert.

 

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THE STYLE TEAM

Photographer:  Meredith Harris Photographers, LLC  //  Event Planner & Designer: L Elizabeth Events  //  Decor: Candlelight Ambiance  //  Floral Designer: Bella Calla   //  Dress Store: A & Be Bridal Shop  //  Hair & Makeup: Allegria Spa  //  Invitation Designer: Anthologie Press   //  Rentals: Event Rents &  The Wright Group   //  Tuxedo and Mens Attire: J. Hilburn  //  Venue: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek   //  Video: Visualanties TM  //  Cake Designer: Yours Truly Cupcake  //   Jewelry: Geri’s Gems – A Chloe + Isabel Boutique

 

 


 

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From the Magazine: Marsala Mountain Elegance

Pulled from the print edition of Luxe Mountain Weddings, this editorial shoot was inspired by marsala, the 2015 Pantone color of the year. The talented team of Rachel Havel,  Pink Paisley Events & Lale Florals pulled inspiration from the deep shades in pomegranates, blackberries, and burgundy to contrast against the powder snow in the Rocky Mountains. For the tablescapes, the team incorporated seasonal fruits, berries and walnuts. The florals included hot pinks, burgundy, currant reds and soft subtle blues to bring out the marsala hue. Lots of pretty to inspire the mountain bride.

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Photographer: Rachel Havel  //  Styling & Planning: Pink Paisley Events  //  Floral Design: Lale Florals  //  Venue & Cake: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch  //  Rentals: Colorado Tents and Events  //  Stationery: Four 13 Designs  //  Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes from Emma and Grace Bridal  //  Hair: Erin Ferris Designs  // Makeup: Steele the Spotlight

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A Fall Mountain Wedding in Aspen, Colorado

From the bride, Amanda: The mountains are so beautiful and help set the mood for an extremely special and important day. I am quite traditional and wanted a lot of the traditional aspects of a wedding. Since we had it in the mountains, I wanted a bit of the rustic appeal, but nothing overboard. Because it was a fall wedding, we made sure to have the theme fit the season with a palette of fall colors.

 

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We planned a day wedding with the ceremony and reception on top of the mountain. We followed this with an after party at the hotel. We wanted to make sure we got to spend the entire day with our friends and family as well as be able to cut a rug without any worries about obligations.

 

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The ceremony was on the Aspen Wedding Deck on the top of Aspen Mountain. The views are gorgeous but you could not see them. We literally had rain, hail and a thunder and lightning bolt that hit 30 feet away.

 

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We had to stop the ceremony half way through and run inside to avoid getting soaked any further.

 

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After we ran inside to escape the storm, my husband & I spent 5 minutes collecting ourselves before we went back out to start the ceremony again. Yes, that’s hail in my veil. There may have been a shot of whiskey involved to warm us up, but this was my favorite memory of the ceremony.

 

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We had a good friend be our officiant. He did an amazing job, twice, since we had to start over.

 

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When the clouds finally parted, it was pretty magical. I loved everything except the weather. A few tears were shed, but looking back, it made for a very memorable experience.

 

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Virginia Stiles Photography  //  Venue, Caterer & Cake: The Little Nell

Honeymoon Location: The Viceroy, Riviera Maya

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A Simple Mountain Wedding in Colorado

From the bride, Jenna: We fell in love snowboarding in the mountains. We spent many vacations snowboarding in both California and Colorado!  To get married in the snow just seemed like the perfect fit.  We loved the idea of having as many people in the same place as possible and Devil’s Thumb Ranch could not have been more perfect.  Almost all of our guests stayed on the Ranch, enjoyed everything from skiing, ice fishing, sleigh rides, sledding, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, to massages and just lounging around.  The venue and location provided something for everyone!

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 We had our ceremony in the restored Broad Axe Barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  It took place in front of the fireplace with very simple cream and wood chairs, cream curtains, chandeliers and tons of candles lining the aisle.  The space was crisp and intimate creating a dream-like feeling.

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The seating chart was completely DIY.  We glued each and every petal on each and every flower (24 petals for each flower), on both the escort card and the place cards.  They turned out great, but were so time consuming.

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Our décor was absolutely perfect. Simple, yet elegant and dreamlike.  The cream curtains, with tons of candles and simple floral designs allowed the setting and our surroundings to shine through.

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My advice:Do NOT try to make everyone else happy. You will fail.  Be respectful to your family and friends, but when it comes down to difficult decisions, they are your decisions.  Also, have fun with the process. Don’t stress out too much and enjoy the journey.

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Jemma’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue, Caterer, Cake & Lodging: DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH  //  Photographer: Brinton Studios  //  Event Planning, Design & Florals: Love This Day Events  //  Hair & Makeup: Beauty on Location by Liz  //  Wedding Gown Designer:  Galina Signature  //  Bridesmaid Dresses:  Joanna August, sea of love  //  Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein  // Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang

Honeymoon Location:  Bali! Secretly planned by Matt. I had no clue where they were going until we arrived at the airport in Taiwan and received my boarding pass!

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A Colorado Mountain Wedding

From the bride, Carley:
We choose a mountain wedding because Jared and I both grew up in Colorado and have a strong connection to the outdoors. Passion for the mountains has been a part of both our lives from a young age and we couldn’t think of a better place to join our two lives together.

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Details-1167We played non-traditional ceremony music, blue grass! We wanted to make sure the ceremony reflected us, and blue grass was a great representation of that.  We also did a stone blessing: we placed a stone that we had collected form our favorite locations on everyone’s chair during the ceremony and asked them to give a blessing or wish to use. We collected them at the end and now have a beautiful glass container in our home with the stones. 

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Venue & Caterer: Timber Ridge, Keystone Resort  //  Photographer: Becky Young Photography  //  Flowers: Petal and Bean  //  DJ: Great Time DJ’s  //  Videographer: Larisa Graham Videography  //  Hair & Makeup: Weemala Hair and Makeup

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