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Elegant + Rustic Colorado Wedding

Rustic elegance set against a breathtaking Colorado backdrop is always a beautiful thing, especially when it features a duo as seriously sweet as these two cuties, plus a stunning Leanne Marshall gown and a breakfast burrito send-off.  (Awesome.)  Head to THE VAULT to soak in every brilliant image captured by Andy Barnhart Photography… it’s all sorts of pretty and then some.

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From the Bride… We met on our study abroad semester in Chile in Spring 2008, and pretty much hit it off right from orientation. When the program ended in June, we agreed we had to give it a shot. I was a junior at UVA in Charlottesville and Jason a senior at George Washington University in DC, so we made it work on Greyhound buses for two years until I moved to DC. Throughout our seven years of dating, we took every opportunity we could to be outside and in the wilderness, taking trips to Northwest Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and to the Adirondacks in upstate New York. In March 2013, I moved to Boston for a new job, and Jason decided to come to Boston, too — a big moment for both of us. That summer, we got a rescued hound puppy and settled in to a new apartment. A year after moving to Boston, Jason got down on one knee in the middle of Boston Common and proposed, surprising me with both families the next morning.

We knew what mattered most for us was to get married surrounded by mountains — the backdrop for our best memories together and where we feel our best selves. We chose Steamboat Springs because it is another home for me after spending ten years there going to and eventually working at a wilderness camp, and is more recently for Jason too. We found Midnight Ranch after a long day of searching other venues and knew immediately it was the place – -wide open, remote, and authentic.

For the wedding, we wanted a ceremony that reflected our passions and shared values of family, friends, and the earth, so my aunt who we really admire officiated, and we also wrote our own vows for each other. The most important thing to us was to have fun, so we focused on having a great band (found by Jason’s brother in Denver!), a beautiful space bursting with flowers and lights, and lots of dancing. We really lucked out with a beautiful blue sky for the ceremony, and got to enjoy the cocktail reception for an hour before raindrops ushered everyone into the tent.

We had delicious local Colorado trout and lamb for dinner, and amazing pies brought all the way from my hometown for dessert. We mixed it up for our first dance and did a rowdy song that got everyone on the dance floor, and sent everyone home with breakfast burritos after late night around the bonfire. It was so perfectly “us” and the happiest day we’ve had, but looking forward to many more.

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Photography: Andy Barnhart Photography | Event Planning: Last Call Events | Floral Design: Mountain Flowers Of Aspen | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Jewelry: BHLDN | Catering: Marnos | Hair + Makeup: Waterside Day Spa | Band: Moses Jones | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: Midnight Ranch | Pie: Annie Gunn's | Rentals: Colorado Event Rentals | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Vintage + Rustic Fall Steamboat Springs Wedding

The Bride and Groom’s elated smiles say it all—this Colorado wedding is full of love and happiness. From the Bride’s pretty pink and peach ranunculus flower crown and effortlessly elegant lace dress to the sweetest golden retriever pup and shabby chic dessert table, this day is exactly how the Bride described it: “vintage, rustic and hippie-chic.” See all the pretty from Andy Barnhart Photography in THE VAULT.

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From The Bride…I’m a planner. Within the first weeks of meeting Matt I was on Pinterest like a crazy person, pinning all my ideas, my visions, my dreams and of course the engagement ring I hadn’t received yet. Matt and I are both transplants from the Midwest, Michigan and Illinois but when we met we both shared an intense love for Steamboat Springs. It was an easy agreement that we would get married there. Fast forward to our vintage, rustic, hippie-chic September wedding. Some brides have wedding planners…I had my mother. I would have an idea and sometimes a photo and she was able to bring it to life. Two of my favorites were the ribbon and twinkle light ceiling decoration and the amazing dessert table. They both captured the fun and sweetness of our wedding. With the help of family she created centerpieces of wood rounds, dyed mason jars and coral and mint flowers. I chose subtle colors for the bouquets of garden roses. Family helped collect vintage mismatched china used for the dinnerware.

We found Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp made a perfect venue for our myriad wedding theme. It had it’s quirks but just felt good. Not many venues let you walk over a babbling creek on your way to get married in an aspen grove. I have always been a hippy at heart and my lace dress, cowboy boots and flower crown made me feel beautiful. Our guests sat on straw bales covered in vibrant mismatched fabric. One of my best friends married us in a non- traditional but spiritual ceremony filled with emotion, laughter and music. We walked out as a married couple with the band singing Edwarde Sharpe’s “Home” and lavender being tossed in celebration. Guests moved on to the cocktail hour outside the reception Pavilion with a surrounding pond and beautiful mountains with the sun setting. They played corn hole and giant Jenga that were monogrammed and hand built by Matt. Straw bales were mixed in with vintage couches. Meanwhile there were so many amazing photos being taken. My maids of honors were bustling my dress and a deer just walked on by. Later Matt and I pet a horse in a pasture on the venue. It may have just wanted to eat my bouquet but it made for a funny photo and just a truly enchanting moment. At the reception we ate great food, took tons of photo booth pictures, danced to the live band and ended the night running down a line of our guests holding sparklers and cheering for us. Our friends, family, vendors and our awesome photographer team truly helped make all my planning and dreaming perfectly real.

 

Photography: Andy Barnhart Photography | Wedding Dress: A And Be Bridal | Cake: Mountain Brew | Catering: Steamboat Meat And Seafood | Hair And Makeup: Indiesix | Band: Diamond Empire Band | Venue: Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp | Groom's Vest: JCrew | Ribbons And Lights: Colorado Event Rentals | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Rustic Fall Wedding at Priest Creek Ranch

I’ve been to Steamboat Springs and let me tell you, this place is special. So it’s no surprise that these SoCal cuties chose it to say “I do.” And this celebration of theirs was “them” to a tee, with donuts for dessert and the Groom’s grandfather officiating the ceremony. With Bare Root Flora’s pretty petals and Andy Barnhart’s pics to bring smiles for years, this bash is giving Steamboat’s beauty a run for its money.

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From the Bride… From the beginning Kyle and I knew we wanted a unique, low key, intimate wedding, surrounded by close friends and family. Both being from Southern California and having been dating for nine years we knew the only way to make this happen would be to have a destination wedding. Steamboat Springs was a natural fit. My husband’s family has a beautiful home just outside of town – set on the hillside surrounded by nature and wildlife. Our first trip as a couple was to Steamboat Springs and I vividly recall standing on the 2nd floor balcony looking out into the backyard thinking – we will get married here. Fast forward nine years to our white tent, rustic decor, and perfect sunset!

Priest Creek Ranch was the perfect setting. We had our ceremony at an old, rustic chapel on the property. Both being religious, this was the perfect backdrop. My favorite part was all of the animals on the ranch – dogs, goats, chickens, donkeys and horses. We choose rustic flowers to compliment the natural beauty of the ranch. We had our guests sit on wooden benches which made the event feel both intimate and casual.

A few details helped us keep our wedding intimate and unique – my bridesmaids dressed in white and wore flower crowns in lieu of the typical bridesmaids dress and bouquet. I rode in on a horse drawn carriage. My husband’s grandfather officiated the ceremony and we wrote and read our own vows. We had a close friend and local Steamboat native create my bouquet which was so special. I had very little guidelines and let each of my vendors lead the conversations on details. The most important thing for both of us was to make sure that our guests had fun and that we got to enjoy the party as well. We served Mexican food – not so traditional at a farm wedding, and donuts for dessert. The table settings were rustic, natural and organic. My dad made the centerpieces which served as thank you gifts for our close family. Our flowers were natural and each vase had a vintage western belt buckle around it. We also added baby horseshoes to each table setting to incorporate some of the Western feelings of Steamboat. It was a perfect day and we were so lucky to celebrate with great family and friends. All of our vendors, especially our amazing photographers, made our special day absolutely perfect.

Photography: Andy Barnhart Photography | Event Planning: One Fine Day Productions | Floral Design: One Fine Day Productions | Floral Design: Bare Root Flora | Cake: Cupcake Mini Bar | Ceremony Venue: Priest Creek Chapel | Reception Venue: Priest Creek Ranch | Catering: Drunken Onion | Rentals: Colorado Event Rentals | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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