If your wedding is a destination for your guests, it's helpful to pick a venue like Devil's Thumb Ranch where your guests can stay, play, (stare in awe at the Rocky Mountains) and celebrate all in one spot. And if you keep scrolling through David Lynn Photography's pictures of the day, you'll see good decisions all over the place like the bride's lace Anna Be gown and gorgeous bouquets from Love This Day Events. Love!
From The Bride...Gary and I were engaged on our second anniversary while celebrating at Devil's Thumb Ranch. I first heard about Devil's Thumb Ranch while I was working in the magazine industry in NYC. I would look at their website multiple times a week thinking, "I should move to a state that has a place that beautiful". Six months later, I bought a one-way plane ticket to Denver, where I met Gary only two months later in a bar downtown. I haven't looked back since. Though I am from New York, and Gary is from New Mexico, we wanted to get married where we lived and had fallen in love. Being that our families were coming from all over, Devil's Thumb Ranch was the perfect place in that everyone could stay on site. Above all, we wanted our wedding to be fun! From start to finish, we tried to find ways for everyone to know how important they are to us, and to enjoy themselves. For the ceremony, we had a "keep warm" station with hot coca, cider, and shawls. There were also maracas and newspaper cones full of lavender for people to use at the end of the ceremony. During the cocktail hour, we had Polaroid cameras and felt props for guests to use. We also had yard games, like corn hole made by a close friend, and beer pong handmade by one of the groomsmen. Our band rocked! Guests of all ages were up dancing the night away. We handed out glow necklaces, glasses and bracelets after dinner, which everyone enjoyed. The last dance of the night was "Hey Jude" by the Beatles, where everyone linked arms and formed a circle. It was one of my favorite moments of the day-seeing all our family members and friends together full of love for us. Gary and I both put a lot of work into planning the wedding throughout our ten-month engagement. There were so many small touches incorporated into the day, which held a lot of meaning to us. My father passed away three years ago, and I wanted to recognize him on this day, without bringing too much sadness. I was raised Jewish, so we hung my father's prayer shawl, which he received during his Bar Mitzvah, around the ceremony structure. The first gift that Gary gave me was a 1919 New York typewriter, which was a huge influence for our wedding design. The other literary elements developed from there. We had so much fun collecting the old books, and making the Scrabble tile signs (and playing a few games along the way)! Artichokes were another inspiration for our wedding day. I have an obsession with artichokes- they are always in our fridge and around our house. They have a heart! When I first met with Kara Delay of Love This Day Events, I told her I wanted to have artichokes in my bouquet and on the tables. She immediately understood my vision, and we booked her that day. Our families are so important to both Gary and me. We wanted to represent their significance, and the wide spectrum of ages throughout the day. Gary's adorable niece, Sophie, who is five-years-old, was our flower girl. She was accompanied by my aunt's dog, Gibbs, who is professionally trained in obedience. Then, there was my eleven-year-old brother, Harry, who was a groomsman and my grandmother who just turned 90! We are so grateful for the incredible team we had behind us to capture our day and bring it to life. Though it went by too fast, it was really a magical day spent with our favorite people in the world.