Bride in boots. What more do I need to say?? Handsome-as-can-be groom? Horses (that one usually gets me)? Charming rustic details? Heavenly florals? Adorable redhead in shades? How about… completely chic Colorado celebration filled with bold blue hues?? Whatever words come to mind when you see this wedding, we know that beautiful will be one of them. Planned and designed to absolute perfection by Brit Stewart Weddings and photographed by the talented Michele Hart Photography this Rocky Mountain affair is sure to leave you speechless. You can see even more right here in the gallery.
From the Bride… Nate and I started thinking about our wedding day the day we got engaged. Our first thought was that we needed to locate the wedding in Colorado –although I’m from Georgia and Nate is from Wyoming, Colorado is our home. All in all, our primary goal for the day was to share a big celebration with our friends and families. We knew that a Georgia wedding would exclude a lot of Nate’s family and our Colorado friends, and a Wyoming wedding would exclude a lot of my family and our Colorado friends, so it was easy to decide on Colorado for our wedding.
We loved the idea of a vintage and rustic style that captured the Colorado spirit and blended the casual wedding style of Wyoming with the formal wedding style of Georgia–that’s all. It was also important to Nate and I that we kept the wedding as eco-friendly as possible. Our first vendor pick was Michele Hart for photography. Although we wanted to keep our vendors local to our location (which we hadn’t picked yet), photography was one of our priorities and We found her on the Green Bride Guide and just loved her photo-journalistic style and beautiful compositions. We also loved that she strives to keep her environmental footprint to a minimum.
Our next big decision was location. We wanted a mountain town and we just love Steamboat because of all the activities there, the town’s eco-friendly vibe, and it’s ranching and skiing history. We wanted a ‘ranch-ish’ location, but were struggling a bit to find one that was available on our weekend. A waiter told us about a wedding he had gone to at Perry Mansfield and said it was a beautiful location–we checked it out and fell in love with it! It was the perfect setting that we were hoping for and had the added bonus of on site cabins.
With a growing guest list, a venue that required a bit of logistical prowess, and a destination wedding, we also knew we needed some help. We found Brit Tucker Stewart, a wedding stylist and planner, on the Green Bride Guide and immediately liked her attention to detail, style, and commitment to the environment and marriage equality. She helped keep us calm and on track for the many planning months and details ahead. Our caterer,The Drunken Onion, was an easy choice because he provided a seasonal, organic, and local menu for us to choose from. Ben created a colorful and creative menu for us, incorporating some of our favorite foods (beets! peaches!) and serving them family style.
Our wedding day was special for so many reasons – from the time spent with bridesmaids and groomsman in the morning, seeing Nate for our first look, saying our vows to each other in the presence of so many of our special friends and family, to dancing the night away. Nate and I memorized our vows over the weekend, so we were super nervous about reciting them and messing up. Even though we’d practiced saying them to each other dozens of times before the ceremony, hearing them from Nate and saying them in that moment was so easy and natural and felt so right. Neither of us flubbed!
The reception was every bit the party and celebration we were hoping for–the band was fantastic, the food and wine were perfect, and the whole room and ambiance was delightful and fun. Our favorite moment was… all of it.
Photography: Michele Hart Photography / Event Planning & Design: Brit Stewart Weddings / Floral Design: Tall Tulips Flower Shop / Venue: Perry Mansfield / Invitations: Paper Guppy / Shoes: Nina Shoes / Dress: anna bé / Caterer: The Drunken Onion / Cake: Mountain Flour / Transportation: GoAlpine / Chairs + Tables: Colorado Event Rentals / Linens: Cloth Connection / Hair Salon: Brio Salon and Spa / Make-up: Rocky Mountain Day Spa / Ceremony Musician: Ribbons & Strings / Reception Band: Ricardo Pena Band / Dilly Beans: Made by the bride / Officiate: Friend of the couple