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Nontraditional Mountain Wedding With an Intimate Guest List

You already know this stylish couple from their Austin engagement session, but today we’re diving right into the wedding celebration that followed. Think a destination “I do” in the Colorado mountains with only the couple’s nearest and dearest to bear witness. One Fine Day Productions planned, the amazing Andy Barnhart photographed, and we’re welcoming it all into The Vault.

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From The Bride…When Will & I started planning our wedding we had no idea where to start. I am from California, he is from Texas, but we wanted to find a place that felt like “us,” and have a celebration that was relaxed, non-traditional, and just fun. We began looking at venues in the Vail area, where Will’s parents live, and decided that the perfect setting would be a backyard wedding that felt small & intimate, ideally on a larger property where people could stay, hang out, and all get to know one another over the course of a long weekend. That’s when we found the Bella Vista Estate – it wasn’t in Vail, but in Steamboat Springs, a place that I had never even heard of at the time! But it was everything we were looking for: a large private estate that could house plenty of family & friends, with a huge lawn, and sweeping views of the breath-taking Yampa River Valley below. It was the perfect place to have a wedding AND a vacation with 100 of our closest family & friends, and we jumped at the chance to have our wedding there.

After finding the venue, the hard part started. How were we supposed to plan a wedding in a city I had never even been to, 1,000 miles away from our home in Austin, Texas? Luckily we were able to hire the best in the biz: Lindsey Grannis of One Fine Day Productions, a local legend in Steamboat. Lindsey understood our vision for the event: a wedding for non-wedding people. She immediately connected us to all of the best vendors in the area and our Dream Team was built – Andy Barnhart Photography, Marno’s Custom Catering, Cupcake Minibar Bakery, and Colorado Event Rentals. The best part about it was this Dream Team felt like family by the time of the wedding – we had spent time with Andy & his wife, Emily, during Steamboat planning visits & in Austin for our engagement photoshoot. Cassie Crooke of Cupcake Minibar ended up being the best friend of my coworker and a fellow bride-to-be herself. They helped our wedding feel intimate and uniquely us, even before the big day happened.

Instead of a wedding day, Will & I wanted a wedding weekend, where we could spend more time with all of our loved ones that had made the long trek to Steamboat. We kicked off the weekend with a tubing trip down the Yampa river the Thursday before. On Friday, we decided against a big rehearsal dinner and instead opted for an intimate brunch with immediate family, followed by a welcome pool party on the Bella Vista property complete with swimming, lawn games, a BBQ, s’mores by the fire pit at dusk, and a photo slideshow organized by our best friends. By the actual wedding day, all of our friends had already gotten to know one another well and everyone was ready to party together for the main event! On our actual wedding day, we lucked out with perfect weather. Our two dogs served as our ring-bearers, and our close mutual friend & coworker, Chris Burton, officiated our intimate ceremony that was held on the estate’s lawn overlooking Lake Catamount.

Afterward, guests enjoyed sparkling rosé and appetizers around the pool before the reception began in the nearby tent that was set-up over the property’s tennis court. Halfway through the reception, we were blessed with the most vibrant pink & orange sunset, and the entire crowd went back out to the lawn for pictures & the bouquet toss. The subsequent party & after-party went well into the night, fueled by tunes from the DJ and a late night pizza delivery. The next day, we saw our guests off with a goodbye brunch, and – of course – a swim party at the Bella Vista to cap off an amazing weekend. We will always look back on our wedding weekend and remember how much fun we had with our closest family & friends, and we hope they will, too.

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Photography: Andy Barnhart Photography | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Cake: Cupcake Mini Bar | Catering: Marnos | Hair + Makeup: Off 7th Studio | DJ: Affinity For Music | Venue: Bella Vista Estate | Event Planning + Floral Design: One Fine Day Productions | Rentals: Colorado Event Rentals

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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: Steve Coolidge | Pie: Annie Gunn's | Rentals: Colorado Event Rentals

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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: anna be bridal boutique | Cake: Mountain Brew | Catering: Steamboat Meat And Seafood | Hair And Makeup: Indiesix | Band: Diamond Empire Band | Venue: Perry Mansfield | Groom's Vest: J.Crew | Ribbons And Lights: Colorado Event Rentals

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