From the photographer: From the Hip Photo:  “Till death do us part” the traditional wedding vows exchanged by the married couple who intend to spend the remainder of their lives together. For Christy and Danny, these words were only a mere reminder of their timeless love for each other. With gothic styled flourishes, the masterminds behind the Denver Zombie Crawl, the bride and groom themselves, conjured up a wedding that would even make Tim Burton jealous. However, Christy was no corpse bride. In fact, she glowed with absolute happiness standing next to her groom making what would generally be a spooky graveyard into a romantic and intimate backdrop for the duo.  As the day continued and the ceremony began, Christy, in her classic wedding gown, made her procession down the aisle. The moment Christy and Danny intertwined fingers, looked into each other eyes and exchanged touching vows, in the form of eulogies, was a moment no one would forget.

 

 

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The reception was definitely a monster mash. Each table was beautifully decorated with a unique and individual centerpiece. From old, vintage books, dominoes, chess pieces, tarot cards, and spirit boards, to mossy tablecloths and tiny music boxes, each item represented the couple in one way or another. WWII-era love notes hung from the ceiling above the dance floor where Christy danced with her father who then handed his daughter off to his son-in-law for their first waltz as a married couple.

As the couple began their first dance, Itchy-O, a Denver-based percussion-centered electronic performance band, crash-surprised the couple’s first dance with a dizzying electric cacophony. Shortly after, gorgeous ballet dancers put on a performance for Christy, Danny, and their guests.

After dancing their lives away with their friends and family, Christy and Danny drove off into the sunset in a vintage hearse with a license plate that read “til death.”

 


THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: From the Hip Photo  |  Floral Designer: Ladybird Poppy Floral Design  |  Venue: Mile High Station

 


 

From the bride, Elisa: Having been born and raised in Colorado, I knew I wanted to make our wedding truly authentic with all the things that I love about my home state. Since John and I have so many wonderful memories in Vail, it was an easy decision to make when choosing our wedding destination. Our wedding planning started with a few themes: simple, rustic and elegant with a vintage flare. We started with a few details and it grew from there.Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

 The flowers at the ceremony and reception stayed true to our theme. I envisioned a natural wild flower look,but still elegant. Lizzy from Soul Flower Floral Designs made that vision come to life. I was absolutely obsessed with my bouquet, my bridesmaids’ bouquets, and the beautiful arrangements used throughout the reception.

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 John and I decided to do a first look at the top of Vail Mountain which was so incredibly special. It was nice to have a moment alone with each other before the ceremony overlooking the Rocky Mountain Range. The view truly took our breath away and the moment was perfect. Chris McLaughlin did an incredible job making us comfortable and the photos he took throughout the day truly captured the joy that we felt.

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 One personalized moment that I will always remember was having John’s brother play the guitar, while my dear friend sang ”When the Right One Comes Along” during the ceremony. We were so overwhelmed with love in that moment and it will stand out in my mind as the most complete I have ever felt.

Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado Another special moment was when John and I took pictures with our wedding party under the iconic Covered Bridge in Vail Village. There was a food and wine festival happening that weekend making the bridge a very busy intersection. To have complete strangers be so accommodating while those photos were being taken was also very special. Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

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Continuing with our authentic Colorado theme, we used vintage skis as our guestbook and gave guests wild flower seeds to “spread the love.” We provided personalized mason jars to drink our “I Do” beer from Gore Range Brewery. We also had fun games for the guests to play that tied in with our rustic theme such as the corn hole and pinball.

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Jessica from A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals and her team went above and beyond to ensure the reception encompassed all the elements of our theme.  Each aspect of the décor was truly perfect, from the whiskey barrel dessert table, to the beautiful lounge area, and the use of wooden crates to display pictures from our parents wedding. Rustic Mountain Glam Wedding in Vail, Colorado

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Elise’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer:  Chris McLaughlin Photography  // Planner and Event Designer: A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals  // Ceremony Venue: The Vail Interfaith Chapel  // Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion //  Florist: Soul Flower Floral Designs  //  Caterer: Gourmet Cowboy  //  Chair and Linen Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals  // Cocktail Hour & Reception Music: Tent Show Kings  // Bistro Lighting: Pink Monkey Solutions  // Cake: Mountain Flour  //  Hair & Makeup: Blush and Brush Group  //  Stationary (invites,menus,escort cards, programs): Fleur De Lis  /  Transportation: Turtle Bus Bar

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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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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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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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From the bride, Donna:
I find such joy in God’s landscape and serenity in the nature that unfolds across the Blue Ridge Mountains. I truly feel ‘at home’ here. Neither one of us could imagine pledging our love, devotion, respect and trust to one another anywhere but in these mountains.

taylor01Wrapped around my bouquet, I carried a handkerchief of my great great grandmother. My mother also carried this same handkerchief in her wedding.taylor02 taylor03It had rained earlier in the day. But when the music began (Bridal March by Jonathan Cain – a beautiful rendition for an outdoor wedding) and my father started walking me out across the lawn, the sun came out and provided the most stunning view as I approached the love of my life.  taylor04

We tailored our ceremony to reflect the blending of our lives. It was very personal and not only did we live and experience each word but so did our guests. We also incorporated a reading, which was an excerpt of a letter written by Kent Nerburn to his son (‘Why people fall in love’ – which is where we got the theme of ‘love is a gift’). We coupled that with exchanging of love letters written to one another. We will open these on our 5th wedding anniversary.

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The tables had burlap covering a table cloth, each had indigenous flowers with various decorations (i.e. old books, vases, bird cages). The table settings represented different stoneware and china created from the 1950’s through the 1980’s. Multi-colored cloth napkins were a nice accompaniment.

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I wish I could have slowed down time. Many people told me that the day would go by so quickly and to enjoy every moment.

taylor09My advice:
-Think about what is really important to you as a couple and personalize your special day to incorporate those things.  You will be happy and your guests will also experience those special customizations.

-Hire a planner or have someone help you plan the event.

-Have someone in charge for the day of your wedding. As the bride, you should concentrate on feeling beautiful and preparing for your ceremony. You need to enjoy every minute and not feel any stress!

-Hire a good photographer to capture all those special moments. The photos will be remembered and cherished for a lifetime.

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Donna’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer:  Fletcher & Fletcher Photography.  They are incredible to work with, have great ‘eyes’, and their photographs exceeded our expectations.

Venue & Caterer & Lodging:  Crestwood Resort & Spa. Fantastic destination. Beautiful views inside and out. FANTASTIC staff and service!

Event Planner: CeCe Hampton Wedding Planning & Design. Phenomenal. Great ideas, patient, works well within a budget and has connections with great vendors.

Florist and Design: Events by Elisabeth Ashley  //  Cake: Hallmark Cakes  //  DJ: Anything Music  //  Tent & Party Rentals: Boone Rent All and Party Reflections  //  Dinnerware: Miss Match Rentals    //  Gown: David’s Bridal  //  Men’s Wear:  Men’s Wearhouse

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From the bride, Danielle:
Our day could not have been more perfect. Crisp blue skies, the Colorado mountain air, and 165 of our closest friends and family. Being from Chicago, we were so touched to be able to share our love for the area with our guests. The fact that we were able to have our ceremony and reception on the mountain I had been skiing and hiking on since I was 3 years old, just made it even more special.

Selah01Since Pete and I are both from large close-knit families, it was very important for us to capture and honor the love and support that we would continue to build off of in our life together. From collecting nearly 200 plates of china from our moms, aunts and friends across the country, to serving our family’s infamous pies and cookies (that my mom and brother baked all week!), there was a lot of love in every detail.

Selah02 Selah03 Selah04 Selah05 Selah06We kept it simple—set up the reception chairs on the open lawn near the cabin overlooking the valley below. We had a unity ceremony where we combined sand from Chicago and Colorado, and then took a moment to stand there together overlooking the incredible view and to take in that we had just said our vows.

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I gave my dad the job of making wooden signs to direct our guests, and he took it over with great enthusiasm- making us a ‘Just Married’ sign to hang on the chairlift, with cans and all.

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One of my favorite moments of our wedding day was the time Pete and I were able to have together after the ceremony. I had at first resisted leaving the party, but followed the sound advice and am so glad that we did. We took a chairlift ride together to soak in our just-sealed marriage and it could not have been more perfect.

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Selah12Another memorable moment was walking into our reception tent. I had never before felt such love and support as in that moment. Both Pete and I teared up as we walked in and stood on the dance floor looking at everyone around us that we loved cheering us on.

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I am a sucker for vintage jewelry and design, so mixing vintage details in with the beautiful rustic setting was a natural fit; for the reception we mixed hard wood tables, heirloom china and lace runners with antique floral vases and jars.

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We named our tables after our favorite restaurants.

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We danced under the stars until they had to close the tent down. Selah18

My advice: The best advice I was given was to remember that the day is about the two of you! Enjoy it and make sure to spend as much of it together.

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Danielle’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Lynn Britt Cabin, Snowmass Mountain.  An incredible site for a wedding!

Photographer: Selah Photography. Jackie and Matt were incredible to work with, both for our special day and since in putting together our album. They are so talented—we could not believe the images they were able to capture!

Guest Lodging: Villas at the Snowmass Club. They were so accommodating for our very large group, with over 75% traveling from out of state, they were so helpful in coordinate transportation and taking the best of care of for them!

Videographer: KHODGE FilmsKyle worked with us to create a custom package for our budget, and then went above and beyond to put together an incredible film with custom animation and music.

Event Planner: Jane Floyd and Associates  //  Cake: D’Elissious Cake Studio  //  Florist and Decor: The Aspen Branch   //   Caterer: ASC Catering  //  Reception Band: The Fab 4   //  Tent & Party Rentals: Bethel Party Rentals  //  Wedding Gown: Carolina Herrera from Ultimate Bride in Chicago  // Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale, LulaKate and Bella Bridesmaid  //  Hair & Makeup: Becky Hanrahan, Studio B Beaute   //  MOH Suit: J.Crew

Honeymoon Location: Barcelona, Spain

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 Lauren & Lucas  |  June 2nd  |  Evergreen, Colorado

From the photographer, Daylene Wilson Photographic:
Lucas bought Lauren’s vintage ring and hid it in his guitar case for over 6 months before proposing!

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Lauren’s family made every dessert on the morning of the wedding by hand!

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THE VENDOR TEAM
Photographer: Daylene Wilson Photographic  //  Event Designer: Vintage Rentals Denver  //  Venue: The Meadows at Marshdale  //  Caterer: Relish Catering & Events

Jill & Francisco | March 2nd |  Lake Tahoe, California

We are in total love with this vintage inspired wedding and the romantic images captured by Rose Street Studio.

From the photographer, Jaime Emery of Rose Street Studio:
Fran and Jill are probably two of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life. They’re totally obsessed with their dogs, Lake Tahoe and The San Francisco Giants. They met in 2007 as catastrophe adjusters during the California wildfires. Jill says they truly are best friends and just simply enjoy each other and any activity they take on.  How many couples can live and work together in a one bedroom high rise condo, Monday through Friday, and still want to spend the weekend skiing or hiking together?  They had a very classic wedding with a little bit of vintage for their decor. Mostly they just wanted to enjoy a beautiful winter wedding in Lake Tahoe, and with a few inches of fresh snow falling the night before, they got their wish.  The day was absolutely perfect!

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Photographer: Rose Street Studio  //  Event Design:  Quality Event Design by Christina Perry  //  Venue:  Edgewood Tahoe //  Cake Designer:  Sugar Pine Cakery  // DJ:  Lake Tahoe DJ  // Hair Stylist: Imagine Salon

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