The gorgeous you are about to set eyes on is what happens when our Little Black Book vendors truly come together to create a wedding masterpiece. With IN Photography behind the lens, Love This Day Events leading the design + coordination, Plum Sage in charge of the florals, and Tee & Cakes in the bakery, the wedding was bound to be a knockout. But add to that a stunning bride with a serious sense of style, and a groom who loves her to pieces, and what you’ve got is something out of this world fabulous. Click here to see it all!
Andy and I were married on April 28th, 2012 at the rustic and beautiful Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado. Andy and I had been dating for about five years when he proposed to me. Before Labor Day weekend 2011, Andy told me to pack a bag for a weekend getaway in the mountains of Colorado. Not knowing where we were going, I packed more than usual because I wanted to be prepared. On the way up to the mountains, it started to get chilly so I reached in the back of his SUV to get my fleece in my bag…and there was no bag. He had forgotten my bag! As soon as we arrived in the small mountain town, we hit up the only clothing choices in town (a big discount store and a sports store). That evening I did my best to look nice in a yoga dress, flip flops and grocery makeup. Little did I know, this was my outfit we got engaged in! It is a funny story but now looking back it didn’t really matter what I was wearing or how ridiculous I looked, it was truly one of the most memorable days of my life!
Andy and I love the mountains and this was our inspiration for our wedding. When we saw Devil’s Thumb Ranch (our first wedding venue visit!), we knew this was the place to host our wedding. We were married in the ranch’s 150 year old barn with the very large barn doors open to an amazing view of the Continental divide.
For our colors we went for various shades of gray, nude, taupe and ivory with small touch of apricot. The neutral colors really played up the beauty of the old barn wood and breathtaking views. The floral design was very important to me and we were so lucky to work with Erin at Plum Sage. She was absolutely amazing and easy to work with. She really took my ideas, offered some of hers and the outcome was more than I could dream of: romantic and organic! White Lisianthus, ivory balsawood flowers (yes they are made out of wood!), dyed apricot and taupe colored garden roses, gray succulents and seeded eucalyptus pods were just some of the beautiful flowers we used in our arrangements.
All of our décor was mixed woods, glass and mercury glass. Finding all of these items on my own was a challenge but I was able to get everything on a budget with searching the internet and after holiday sales. One of my most favorite elements of the décor was the 100 glass terrarium globes hung from the old barn beams. We added moss and flameless candles to really give the space the whimsical touch we wanted. Huge thanks to our day of planner Kara Delay from Love this Day! for helping us execute this look.
I cannot say enough about how many beautiful photos that Mark and Michele from IN Photography delivered to us. We receive compliments all of the time about how our photos turned out so beautiful and how they look like a documentary of our day. One of our favorite photos is of us standing by a lake with beautiful aspens tree and the Colorado sky reflecting into a lake.
We decided to make our wedding more of a celebration weekend so on the actual wedding day it was very fun because the guest had already mingled with one another. The evening before our wedding it snowed! The day of our wedding it was chilly but beautiful, exactly what we wanted.
Our Christian ceremony was very important to us and to our families. We wanted to incorporate several symbols into our ceremony. We had a lantern that was lit at the beginning of our ceremony and stayed lit the entire evening. This symbolized those who could not be with us, especially our deceased grandparents. We also did a “Knot” ceremony. Huge thanks and love to Pastor Mark Tidd from Highlands Church for bringing this idea to us. We took six pieces of rope and after answering questions about how we intend to act towards one another in our marriage, we draped the ropes over our joined hands. In the end, we pulled on the opposite ends of the ropes and it made a knot. After the ceremony, we had cocktail hour in a glass house and on the patio near the barn. During cocktail hour, we had our guest ink their fingerprint and name onto a hand drawn tree in lieu of the traditional book signing. Both the tree of fingerprints leafs and the knot from our ceremony are special symbols we display at home. Andy and I are proud that not only both of our parents but all of our grandparents are still married. We honored them by displaying photos from their weddings.
For our reception, we went back to the barn for fabulous food and teary speeches. When the dancing started…it just didn’t stop. The dance floor was packed and everyone had a blast celebrating. You cannot beat a great DJ at a wedding. The entire day was made complete by our friends and family that joined us in celebrating. Keeping everything in prospective is important during this exciting transition of life.
One of my most memorable moments of the day was when my dad and I were walking into the barn for the ceremony. When we turned to walk down the aisle toward the large barn doors open to the amazing view, I became completely overcome with the amount of love I felt in the room and with seeing Andy. I was so affected, that I froze with tears running down my face and my dad squeezed my hand. A family friend of Andy’s was sitting in the last row of barn and she whispered to me “it is good, it is good”. Her kind words put it all in prospective for me. It was good, it is great, because I married my best friend.