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Rustic Wedding In The Rocky Mountains

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!

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Fall
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Rustic
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.

Photography: David Lynn Photography | Wedding Dress: Watters | Wedding Dress: Anna Be | Cake: Devils Thumb Ranch | Ceremony Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Reception Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aria | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Hair: Chelsea Garcia | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Matt Raynak | Ceremony Music: Tunisia | Bride's Veil And Headpiece: Sara Gabriel | Desserts Other Than Cake: Sugar Bakeshop | Floral Design And Day-of Coordination: Love This Day Events | Flower Girl's Dress: Seahorse By Watters | Invitations And Save-the-Dates: One Plus One | Makeup: Maura Kelso | Paper Goods: Swoozie's Denver | Reception Music: Tunisia | Ring Bearer Pillow And Guest Book: Susan Gurry

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Beautiful Budget Friendly Wedding

This is the type of wedding that really puts a smile on your face.  A drop-dead gorgeous, budget friendly affair dreamt up by a darling bride and groom who happen to know a thing or two about putting on a super sweet affair. Think an intimate morning ceremony followed by champagne brunch reception filled with travel-inspired details and vibrant hues.  See it all captured by Two One Photography right here.

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From Two One Photography… Lindsay and Tom are extremely cute together and very creative. They have a wonderful and funny love story. The two unexpectedly met each other at the Denver Cruisers Wednesday night pub crawl and it was love at first sight. In their mind there was no question they were right for each other. So they decided to have a small morning wedding and celebrate by leaving the following day on a European Cruise. The two were married at the beautiful Chatfield Botanical Gardens. They had a vintage theme with teal, orange and pink pops of color. Since they were going on a trip around Europe the theme of the wedding was travel. They brought a globe to point out where they were going and vintage suitcases. It was such a fun day to be a part of.

From The Bride… I feel very blessed to have grown up on a farm/ranch here in Colorado. Although I’m a city girl now, and live over four hours away from my family’s farm, it’s still a very important part of my life. When looking for a wedding venue, we wanted to stay close to our home in Denver, but wanted that country atmosphere I grew up knowing. With our first steps into The Botanic Gardens at Chatfield we knew this was where we would be married. This location is a working farm located on the outskirts of Denver in Deer Creek Canyon. Lush scenery, walking trails, an old red barn, a turn-of-the century farm house with wrap-around porch, and the vista of the Rocky Mountain foothills are just a few of the perks we took advantage of on our special day.

The inspiration for our wedding day is a map print on our wall that reads, “Let’s run away to a beautiful place.”  I had purchased it a year prior to remind us to always keep travel at the top of our bucket list. We have singly and collectively been all over the world; our mutual love of travel is one of the many reasons we fell in love. To signify this we used vintage travel themed items such as globes, suitcases and cameras, and mini flag printed pinwheels as decorations. A map’s colors of orange, blue, yellow, brown, pink and white provided the color palate.

It was important to us to keep our wedding small and intimate. Our 26 guests included immediate family and close friends. Most of our family members participated in the ceremony as we chose not to have attendants. Instead, two of our nephews carried a burlap sign that read “Uncle Tom, Here Comes Your Bride” and another two walked our sweet dog, Bea, down the aisle. During the ceremony our older niece and nephew read Taylor Mali’s poem, “How Owning a Dog is like Falling in Love.”  Our mothers were both included as well; mine offering the opening prayer and Tom’s presenting our rings. Tom’s brother-in-law, Scott, officiated.

An amazing highlight of our day was the acoustic trio that played during the ceremony and for our reception dance. The bass player for HomeSlice, Peter, has been my friend for over 10 years and I have been going to listen to the band for just as long. We asked the trio to sing non-traditional songs like Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” and, The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey.”

My gift to my husband? “His and Hers” Oregon State Beavers cake toppers. Tom played football at OSU in his college years and is still a big supporter of the team. He was excited to have this important part of him included in our day. To make it even more special for him, I asked the designer to include a football with #71, his team number.

Planning a budget friendly wedding can be challenging, but also rewarding in many ways. My favorite purchase was my dress that I found in the very back corner of a bridal consignment store! With the help of a very talented seamstress, we were able to add Italian lace to one shoulder and the result was simple, breathtaking and unique. A pair of favorite teal shoes right out of my closet added a pop of color at the hem. I stayed under my $500 budget and had money left over to spend on other areas. Other ways we saved money:

-By having a morning wedding with a champagne brunch reception we were able to save on the costs of our venue.

-The invitations we loved were found on Etsy, but the price was too high. We contacted the designer who sold us the pdf file for an affordable price and our invitations were printed at a local print shop.

-My mother loaned us her cake stands and glass trays to add interest to our cake table – perfect for our budget-cutting decision to skip the usual expensive cupcakes and instead serving mini-bundt cakes and French macaroons as desserts.

-We used our own collection of vintage globes, suitcases, tins, and vases for decorations.

-As a wedding gift to us, my very talented friend crafted both the burlap and wood signs that we used in our ceremony.

-In lieu of using a caterer, we arranged for Udi’s (a local deli) to deliver artisan sandwiches and sides.

-I made the tissue paper napkin rings and our dog’s flower halo.

-The burlap overlays (on white table linens) were borrowed from a coworker who had recently married.

-Because we were married on a Friday morning, our photographer’s prices were lower than they would be for a weekend wedding.

-Two girlfriends and my two sisters helped with the set-up and decorating.

-Small glass vases and mason jars filled with mixed cut flowers served as decorations and favors for our guests.

Although we were on a tight budget, we didn’t have to skimp on any of the details that were important to us. It may take a little more planning to save money, but if you open your mind to different ideas and ways of doing things you can still have the wedding of your dreams! Because Tom and I stayed within our budget, we were able to spend the first three weeks as husband and wife traveling through Europe!

Photography: Two One Photography | Floral Design: Kimball Floral | Wedding Dress: Eco Bridal Gowns | Shoes: DSW | Jewelry: Anthropologie | Catering: Udi's | Hair: Larriena Hill | Grooms Attire: Dillards | Bridal Makeup: Brooke Jones With MAC | Bundt Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Cake Topper: Etsy-The Pink Koala | French Macarons: Happy Cakes Bakeshop | Invitation PDF: Etsy-Deer Daisy | Invitation Printer: Minuteman Press-DTC | Kid's Ties: Etsy-Tangled Ties | Music: The HomeSlice Band | Veil: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Wedding Dress Alterations And Design: Sophie Melich | Wedding Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens At Chatfield

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Summer Aspen Mountain Wedding

Ever since my trip to the Rocky Mountains last month, I’ve been not-so-secretly planning my return. Not only was I taken with the sweeping views and natural beauty, but this state happens to be home to some amazing creatives like Robin Proctor and Bluebird Productions who sent along this Aspen beauty. Get ready pretties, because this peek is only the beginning!

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Summer
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Rustic

From Bluebird Productions… We adored working with Sara and Jacob and their respective families on their gorgeous Aspen, CO wedding summer of 2013. We first met with them on a very snowy wintery day with site tours to various venues via Snowmobile! They chose the top of Aspen Mountain for their very naturally elegant wedding. We incorporated their mixed Christian and Jewish faiths in the ceremony and their Southern roots in the stationed and heavy cocktail style of the reception. Everything from the food to décor selections enhanced the natural beauty of the venue while remaining very Colorado in feel yet true to the couple.

Photography: Robin Proctor Photography | Planner: Bluebird Productions | Floral Design: The Aspen Branch | Dress: Bliss By Monique Lhullier | Cake: Caribou Club | Lighting And Sound: Halcyon Productions | Officiant: Jill Pidcock | Music: Chasin' The Dream By Starky Productions | Rentals: Premier Party Rentals

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