A Rustic Styled Shoot in Vail

On a peaceful alpine lake surrounded by the stunning Gore Mountain range, this amazing style team created a beautiful example of outdoorsy rustic meets simple elegance that has us wishing we could beam ourselves into this gorgeous setting!

Outdoorsy, Rustic, Nature-inspired fishing wedding at Piney River Ranch, Vail ColoradoFrom the photographer Katie Bicket of Katie Corinne Photography:
An outdoorsy, rustic theme doesn’t have to be overly masculine.  This shoot is the perfect blend for both a bride and groom.  A fishing theme was incorporated into the boutonniere, a lure, and into the name markers for guests.  Of course, a few antlers as part of the centerpieces, compliment the decorative blue and white vases spread along the table with birch bark wrapped candles.  The floral colors are especially stunning against the dark blue flatware.  The floral work on this bouquet is amazing with pink, yellow, dark blue and violet pops of color, all wrapped with ribbon, lace, and a vintage brooch.
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THE STYLE TEAM
Location: Piney River Ranch  //  Wedding Design & Coordinator: Katie from Day Planner Events  //  Photographer: Katie Corinne Photography  //   Makeup: Make-up by Tira Rae  //  Flowers: Southern Charm Weddings & Events

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A Rustic Glam Wedding in Colorado

From the bride, Lindsey: Growing up, every year my family would take a ski trip to Colorado. I fell in love with Colorado and the mountains at an early age. Adel and I spent several vacations in Estes Park and made lasting memories that forever impacted our relationship. It was only natural that we would chose to get married in the town we loved and shared such strong memories.

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I never was a big fan of uniform Bridesmaid dresses. I gave my bridesmaids a color palette (blush/taupe/metallic) and encouraged them to choose dresses that fit their personalities. There is nothing worse than having to buy and wear a dress you do not love. I wanted each bridesmaids to look and feel her best.

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Each bridesmaid was given a fur collar to pair with their dress to wear on the big day- It ended up looking amazing!Rustic Glam Wedding in Colorado

We couldn’t have gotten married without our dog, Micky being a part of the day! Rustic Glam Wedding in Colorado

I wore a Nicole Miller gown from Nordstrom.

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We placed a big focus on neutrals colors and flowers with pine cone and greenery elements.  Vintage Rustic Glam wedding in Colorado Vintage Rustic Glam wedding in Colorado Vintage Rustic Glam wedding in ColoradoWe incorporated Native American elements into the ceremony, many of which my husband picked out himself.

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Looking back, I never imagined I would be so stress free and relaxed the day of my wedding. I enjoyed taking in every moment of the big day! Vintage Rustic Glam wedding in Colorado

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We had a blast creating custom wedding gift bags for our guests!

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 For the centerpieces, we incorporated pieces of my personal milk glass collection. I have collected hundreds of pieces over the years that I am a little obsessed with.

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My advice: Hire a wedding planner! Having a great wedding planner allows you to be able to relax and enjoy your big day. You shouldn’t have to worry about anything except getting married and having an amazing time!

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Lindsey & Adel’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Luxe Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch. This is by far the most unique, upscale resort and venue in Winter Park. Service, people, and venue are 5 star and absolutely top notch. We were treated like royalty the entire week. I would highly recommend getting married at Devils Thumb Ranch!

Photographer: Brinton Studios. CR and Tiff are a gorgeous, fun, professional husband and wife photography team. I highly, highly recommend them! Their photos speak volumes about their work, but this couple is so much more than just Amazing photography. They made the entire process so easy and comfortable for us.

Event Design & Planning, Flowers: Kara Delay, Love This Day Events. I don’t think I can say it enough- Kara Delay is Amazing!! She did such a fantastic job and was an absolute joy to work with. Not only was she fantastic as a wedding planner, but this girl has such a fun personality and is so much fun to be around that you instantly want to be best friends with her. Her passion for everything wedding is so contagious- it has even caused me to rethink my career and what I want in life. She is an inspiration and a perfect example of “Do what you love, and love what you do.”

 

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A Rustic Fall Wedding in Colorado

From the bride, Amber: We just wanted a laid back wedding that was “comfortable” for everyone to enjoy yet memorable!

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The ceremony was held on the lawn with the beautiful mountains in the background!  The location just couldn’t be beat in our opinions! The highlight was the wonderful weather we had that day.

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Rustic Comfort Wedding in ColoradoJared wrote a little story on everyone’s personalized menu about the table that they were sitting at which was a different city/town in Germany that we were going to visit on our honeymoon!

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Rustic Comfort Wedding in ColoradoLooking back, I LOVED that feeling of it being “your” day!! I HATED how fast the day went!  Yikes it flew by!  I CRIED as I walked down the aisle!  Yep I was one of “those”!!!  And yes I LAUGHED AND GIGGLED when I knew I would spend the rest of my life with the man I love!!!  We had an awesome wedding!!! Rustic Comfort Wedding in Colorado

Amber & Jared’s
RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue:  Crooked Willow FarmsBeautiful, nothing can compare in my opinion!
Event Design & Planner: JA Special EventsJessica was wonderful to work with!!  Love her and everything she did for us.
Photographer: Brinton Studios. Very easy and laid back couple.  They were fun to work with and the results were amazing!!  We love our pictures and they will be cherished forever!
Musicians: DJ RIPM and Maestro Hughes. Couldn’t have asked for anyone better!  These two are remarkable together and really made that lasting touch for our wedding that everyone remembered!
Caterer & Dessert:  Catering By Design  //   Florist: Statice Floral  //    Guest Lodging: Inverness Hotel  //  Videographer: Lupher Arts  //   Hair & Makeup: Haute Hair and Makeup

Honeymoon Location:  Europe! England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Italy!!

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A Colorado Mountain Wedding

From the bride, Elizabeth:
We absolutely love the outdoors and that was a priority of ours- finding a venue that reflected that desire, as well as displayed the grandeur of Jesus. The town of Grand Lake is so quaint and there is so much at your fingertips for your guests to experience.

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With the grandeur of Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake encompassing us, our wedding ceremony took place outdoors. There was such a lovely feeling of rustic elegance in our natural surroundings.

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The flowers were a spectacular assortment of ivory, coral and eucalyptus green combined with the contrast of birch bark and aspen branches.

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Event Planner: Jessica Adler, JA Special Events.  Jessica’s experience, connections, insight, and flexibility made our nine-month engagement move so flawlessly into our special day.
Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Grand Lake Lodge  //  Photographer: Durling Photography  //   Cake: Mulberries Cake Shop  //   Florist: Statice Floral   //   Personalize Stationary, Wedding & Announcement Invitations and Personalized Thank You Gifts: The Perfect Paperie   //  Bride’s Gown: Lea Ann Belter from Felice Bridal Salon  //  Hair & Makeup: Kut Above Salon  //  DJ: Elite DJ Entertainment  //   Videographer: One Fine Day Productions – view the film

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A Bohemian Wedding in Boulder, Colorado

From the bride, Aryn: We both attended Colorado State University, and although we moved for our careers following college, Colorado still felt like home. My sister lives in Boulder, and we realized we could have the intimate ceremony at her house, walk to amazing dining at Colterra, and return to have the reception without time limits typically set by venues. We decided to have the wedding in her backyard, not to save on cost, but to be somewhere we truly felt comfortable to enjoy the day and being together.

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Everything was personalized and handmade! We draped burlap and chiffon fabric along the outside of the house, hung countless bulb lights, hung glass vases filled with wildflowers and candles, had pictures printed of us, incorporated antique trunks, mismatched antique chairs, vintage boxes and so many unique elements. Both of our names start with A, so we had A’s around the venue and tables. MichelleKoechle0104 MichelleKoechle0105

We loved vintage pieces mixed with the sort of effortless that bohemian and rustic offers. MichelleKoechle0106 MichelleKoechle0107 MichelleKoechle0108 MichelleKoechle0109

My husband and I spent hours writing our own ceremony that would mix our personalities and views on marriage. Writing it ourselves took a lot of work, but it was so personal and filled with love. Our brother in law married us, and brought such comfort to the ceremony since we know him so well. We wrote our own vows, and there was plenty of emotion all around!

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Rain was threatening all day, but as we kissed for the first time, a loud rumble of thunder hit. Our guests still talk about it today and what perfect and crazy timing it was.

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My husband and I have been together for 9 years before we got married, and have so many life events that have occurred. We handed out cards during cocktail hour for people to write their favorite memories, stories or ideas of our future. As we walked to dinner, we had “stations” set up with dates on a chalkboard that were meaningful for Aaron and I. At each stop, our friends and family shared what was on their card, and we were all able to talk and laugh as we took a trip down memory lane and our story came full circle at the last stop, our wedding day.

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My advice: Relax and just be true to yourselves as couple. There is no “right” way to get married. It is such an emotional day, and should be focused on two people committing their lives together, not on what centerpiece you have. Stay focused on the real purpose, and your guests will feel that love and energy to create an unforgettable day.

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Aryn & Aaron
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Ceremony Site: My sister’s house! Pick somewhere you feel comfortable!

Reception Site: Colterra and the back to my sister’s house for dancing, drinks and dessert. Colterra has an amazing patio and world-class food in a cozy setting. Also, they are farm to table and utilize local ingredients!

Event Planner: Ali Polson of Parties on a Pedestal.  I cannot say enough about her ability to plan, create, remain calm, fun, supportive, etc. She made the day so special and totally unique to my now husband and I. Not only is she crazy talented and makes everything herself, she is calm, attentive, sweet, and was just perfect at planning the day and making it so much more than we ever expected.

Photographer: Michelle Koechle Photography. Michelle and her husband are masters at catching the emotions of the wedding. They are so easy and amazing to work with, my husband and I could just be ourselves, and they captured it perfectly. We now have a wall of our wedding pictures because we love them so much!

Mismatched Vintage Chairs: Chairs with Character  //  Florist: Longmont Florist  //  Cake: Colterra  //  Dessert Bar: Shamane’s Bake Shop //  Bride’s Gown: J. Crew  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropolgie //  Hair & Makeup: Theresa of Voodoo Hair Lounge  //  DJ: Tip Top Entertainment //  Musician: Dave Solzberg  //  Guest Lodging: Niwot Inn

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A Montana Mountain Ranch Wedding

From the bride, Kelsie:
Johnny and I spend most of our time together in the mountains and we both knew that a mountain wedding would best suit us.  We also wanted our guests to be able to experience a little piece of our lives.

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 Every time we set out for a mountain adventure no matter what season it is, we are both amazed by the beauty of nature itself, so our inspiration for our style of wedding was to create an overall natural appearance. JacilynM03 JacilynM04

 Our dog Rocco held the “ Here Comes the Bride” sign.  He had no practice before the wedding and walked down the aisle perfectly while our guests laughed.

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 Our ceremony was set right on the Big Hole River surrounded by mountains.  Johnny’s brother, Joe had spent weeks building a willow arch for us. During the ceremony there were a few moments of thunder, which was very special to us, because when Johnny proposed to me it was on the side of a mountain during a heavy rain and lightning storm.  We could not help but smile at each other. JacilynM07

Saying our vows was one of the most emotional experiences I have ever felt.  In that moment we both felt all the love, pain, and struggles we had went through to be able stand together in front of God, our family, and friends to be married.

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 We had white tablecloths with burlap runners and beautiful mountain bouquets in mason jars resting on top of fresh cut tree bark slabs with river rock sprinkled around everything. JacilynM15

 We rented big white tents for the reception so our guests could enjoy the beautiful Montana scenery. Two live bands played into the dark as the sun set behind the mountains. JacilynM16I wanted to have sunset photos, so Jacilyn took us away to enjoy a moment I will never forget.  Being able to have that special moment with the one you love the most was magnificent! JacilynM17

Kelsie & Johnny’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer:  Jacilyn M PhotographyJacilyn was amazing, and she is so creative and fun!   We both felt so comfortable! I am so glad I found her, thanks to Luxe Mountain Weddings!

Event Design & Planner:  Posh Paper Weddings. We could not say enough about the Posh team, they went above and beyond. We never worried about what was going on.  I don’t know what we would have done without them.  Definitely a 5 star service!  

Wedding Gown:  Mori Lee from Eskay Bridal The girls at Eskay were so nice!  I was overwhelmed and they help me find the dress for me.  Great experience!

Florist:  Brenda’s Florist  //  Hair & Makeup:  Jade Hair Studio and Spa  //  Tent Rental:  Sun Party Rentals  //  Cake:  Creative Cakes by Dee Dee   //  Linens: Linen Tablecloth  //  Invitations:  Wedding Paper Divas  //  Shoes:  Lane Boots  //   Bridesmaid Dresses:  Encore Collection by Watters

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Mountain Climbers Tie the Knot in Silverthorne, Colorado

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From the bride: We decided that anything we did had to be a reflection of “our” taste, not just one or the other. So we had a sit-down together to discuss and came out of it looking for a venue in the mountains (we are both huge outdoor enthusiasts), that had an outdoor ceremony site, and that felt intimate and down-to-earth. We ended up loving the Silverthorne Pavilion. It had the added perk of being a really cool vacation destination, and since most of our guests were from out of town, we thought that would show them a good time.

 

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THE STYLE

We are both really into climbing (that’s how we met), biking, hiking, and camping, so we went for a mix of rustic and contemporary. All of the details were inspired by nature.

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THE WEATHER

The actual day was rainy, literally right up until 10 minutes before the ceremony! Then it just stopped and the sun came out for the rest of the day.

 

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THE CEREMONY

One of my favorite elements was in the ceremony, we had our families add stones to create a cairn (a sort of guidepost made out of stones that climbers, hikers, and bikers use) to symbolize their guidance in our lives.

 

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THE SEATING CHART

The biggest handmade DIY project was our escort cards. The tables were named after Colorado 14’ers, and the seating card was a topographical map of the mountain you were sitting at, overlaid with your name and tagged with a carabiner since we met climbing. Brent and his dad put together this awesome hanging display.

 

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THE FAVORS

We made the wildflower seed envelopes for the favors.

 

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THE GUESTBOOK

The guestbook was river stones that guests could write on and throw in a bell jar.

 

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ADVICE

My biggest advice is work with your budget. I made the mistake of starting to spend without portioning out money, and so the things that came first in planning are the ones that saw the most money. That meant that it got hard to work on things that came later, like the bar! My other advice is don’t get too involved in pinning, at a certain point you need to go out and see what’s actually available for your wedding and budget, and that’s way more fun than pinning!

 

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Venue:  The Silverthorne Pavilion. Very customizable and intimate.
Photographer:  Kendall Pavan Photography  |  Wedding Dress: Something New Boutique |  Caterer: Footers Catering | Cake Pops: T & Cakes

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A Vail Mountain Wedding

From the bride, Molly:
We wanted to bring in the rustic, woodsy elements of the great outdoors of Colorado yet still have the elegance of a wedding.
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We personalized the day by bringing in elements to represent where we are both from. Both Nick and I are from Wisconsin, so we wanted to bring in quiet reminders of our home state. We decided to do a Green Bay Packers Cheesehead grooms cake, our escort card holders were little Wisconsin-shaped wood cuts, and our late night snack consisted of brats and cheese curds (to pay homage to some Wisconsin favorites!). We also brought our foam cheese heads to add to the photo booth prop table.

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 Our wedding ceremony encompassed a mix of cultures and history. We were inspired to do this because my grandparents suddenly passed away two years ago. They were primarily Scottish and English and had a passion for the Native American culture, so we encompassed these cultures and traditions into our wedding ceremony.

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Throughout the entire ceremony, a hawk was flying above us, which is the sign of your ancestors in the Native America culture, so we took this as my grandparents were looking down on us. It was a very special moment!

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We had late night dessert cups which were little s’more and strawberry shortcake desserts in tall glass shot glasses.

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My advice: Enjoy the engagement period and don’t get too stressed out about wedding planning. Remember that the wedding is about you and your groom and you should do what makes both of you happy. Also, on the day of your wedding, don’t forget to stop and take in moments of the day together. It will help you remember the day and slow it down a bit. It goes by way too fast!

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Molly’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Ceremony Site: Vail Mountain Wedding Deck.

Reception Site: Donovan Pavilion. It is a great reception venue because not only is it gorgeous and highlight the beautiful Colorado outdoors with floor to ceiling windows and wood beams, but it is a blank canvas which allows you to bring in whatever you want to personalize the space to your liking.

Photographer: Elevate Photography. I would highly recommend Elevate Photography to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. They were fabulous to work with and provided us with some absolutely amazing photos and memories of our wedding day.

Florist: Plum Sage. I would highly recommend Plum Sage. They are a great florist with amazing ideas and cost saving solutions. They were attentive and helpful on the day. They also made the planning process very easy for us and took the ideas we brought to them and made them come to life.

Caterer: Caterers of Vail. We are extremely happy that we chose Caterers of Vail because the food and service was wonderful. We received many compliments from our guests on how great certain appetizers and dishes were as well as how seamless the service was throughout the night. I would highly recommend Caterers of Vail to anyone looking to hire a caterer for an event.

Cake: Cornerstone Chocolates. Their lemon poppyseed cake is amazing! Felicia is very creative and was willing to work with our many ideas and our budget.

Invitations: Cloud 9. We created custom wedding invitations with Ann. She was very easy to work with and got the vision we were trying to create right away. She made the process very easy and she was very responsive throughout the entire time we worked with her. I would highly recommend her for helping you create standard or custom wedding invitations. She’s full of great ideas and will work with any budget.

Escort Cards: Paper Guppy. We created these using our invitation artwork. Maura was very easy to work with and had a very fast turnaround.

Videographer: 1321 Studios. Jeff was extremely easy to work with and was very much in the background throughout the entire day. His team was very friendly.

Chairs, tables, linens: Colorado Party Rental  //  Transportation: The Turtle Bus  //  Celebrant: Leon “Littlebird” Joseph  //  Gown Designer: Justin Alexander  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: B2 by Jasmine (Style # B2078) in Platinum  //  Men’s Wear: Jos. A. Bank

 Honeymoon Location: Bora Bora and Moorea in the Tahitian Islands

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