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Rustic Meets Refined Glamour in This Outdoor Ranch Wedding

Connie Whitlock has a way with weddings that speaks directly to your heart. Take Anne and Ryan’s glamorous outdoor ranch celebration as evidence, because every single detail is downright lovable. Don’t believe me? See it all for yourself in The Vault!

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From Connie WhitlockFrom Being from New York City, Anne and Ryan wanted open spaces and sprawling mountain views for the backdrop for their wedding. Devil’s Thumb Ranch is situated on 6,000 acres of flowering meadows and lush woodlands with the ceremony and reception location at the base of some stunning peaks on the property. As guests arrived, they were immediately greeted by the expansive views. The couple exchanged vows under a floral covered pergola facing open horse pasture and watercolored, lush, blue and green mountains – surrounded by family and friends from all over the country. As guests made their way up to the outdoor cocktail hour, they enjoyed libations and passed hor d’oeuvres while enjoying the views and the perfect weather that day. The reception barn was softened with floor to ceiling draping on the columns, and the head table was a long exposed wood table that sat the entire bridal party. The bride and groom sat on chairs adorned with frames containing childhood photos of themselves. Guests found their seats one handwritten magnolia leaves as escort cards, and sat at round, silk covered tables on elegant crossback chairs surrounding the bride and groom. Large barn doors that were opened during dining allowed for everyone to continue enjoying the views as they ate and danced the night away.

From the Bride… Ryan and I wanted a weekend celebration in a classically Colorado setting – Devil’s Thumb Ranch was a no brainer. Not only is it stunningly gorgeous, most of our guests stayed on the property and were able to enjoy days full of fly fishing and horseback riding. It was really important to us that we maximize our time with friends and family and because no one had to deal with transportation, we were able to do that. We organized a group hike, a welcome celebration at the Pavillion with corn hole and plenty to eat and drink, and of the course, the wedding itself. For the wedding, we wanted it to feel “Colorado” – not like we were somewhere else. It had a rustic elegance and included touches such as Magnolia leaves for escort cards, birch wood as center pieces, and Mountain inspired table names. We also wanted to incorporate a ton of greenery throughout the ceremony and reception space to give a natural and organic feeling. Overall, it was absolutely the best weekend of our lives.

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Photography: Connie Whitlock | Cinematography : Red Mountain Productions | Event Planner: JA Special Events | Floral Design: Statice Floral | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Reception Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Band: Raising Cain | Ties: The Tie Bar | Chair Rental: Charming Chairs | Dress Boutique: a&be bridal shop | Dress Designer: Rue De Seine | Getting Ready Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Hairpiece: anna be bridal boutique | Linens: Linen Hero | Photobooth: Ear 2 Ear

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Elegant Destination Outdoor Mountain Wedding

When Callie and Vince first began planning their wedding day, they made a must-have list (if you haven’t done this yet, do it!) as a jumping off point. Number one? A mountain setting. Number two? A venue that would fit their every pre/post wedding need. The results? Wedding day perfection. With Lane Dittoe on hand capturing every second, Love This Day Events coordinated the magic and honestly it just doesn’t get any better. Watch the moving Velare film below and see it all in The Vault!

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From The Bride…When Vince and I first started brainstorming on where we wanted to get married, we had a few top priorities.  First of all, we knew we wanted to get married in the mountains.  I grew up in Colorado, and we spend a lot of time there still despite living in San Francisco.   Secondly, we wanted a venue that would allow for all our wedding events to be onsite as well as accommodations.  Many of our guests were going to be traveling, so we wanted to create a fun and stress-free weekend that would allow our guests to fully enjoy the great outdoors of Colorado without having to worry about transportation between events.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch was a perfect match.  Situated in the middle of 6,000 acres with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, it both a stunning backdrop and also provided an abundance of activities!  We knew it was the venue for us the second we stepped foot on the property.  Vince and I both love spending time outdoors with our dog, so Devil’s Thumb Ranch seemed to reflect us as a couple.  When looking at past weddings held at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, I kept on bookmarking the ones that were designed and planned by Kara Delay of Love this Day Events.  We reached out to her and immediately knew she would be the one to help us create the perfect wedding weekend.  Our mutual love for chocolate labs was only the beginning of us becoming fast friends.  Since we had already seen (and fell in love with) so many of the weddings Kara had planned, we knew we could completely trust her to help us create something that aligned with what we had envisioned for our wedding.  I was in full-time grad school and working, so I didn’t have a ton of time to dedicate to planning.  And while we had some requests and ideas, we put our complete trust in Kara to make suggestions and decisions, including helping us hire our other vendors.  She enlisted the amazing Gretchen from Yonder Floral and Décor House to help pull our vision together.  The two of them designed and executed such a beautiful wedding, and we could not have been happier with the results.  Everything down to Charlie’s floral collar was perfect.

Vince and I agreed that the setting of our venue was so beautiful itself that we didn’t want to do anything over the top in terms of our flowers or décor.  We decided to incorporate whites, blushes, and sage into our flowers and tablescapes, with lots of greenery!  The interior of the barn where the reception was held has beautiful exposed beams and a gorgeous fireplace.  We didn’t want to take away from the rustic beauty of the space, so we filled the tables with low-set flowers and lots of candles.  Kara strung some drapery from the beams and added a couple of chandeliers to pull the whole look together.  It was pretty amazing walking in for the first time and seeing our vision become reality.

We felt so lucky to work with the vendors that we did for our wedding.  While some knew each other and some did not, they all worked so well together throughout the planning process and on our wedding day.  For our photographer, we were recommended Lane Dittoe, who was based both in Boulder and Los Angeles.  Logistically it worked perfectly, as we were able to do our engagement photos in San Francisco, and then he did our wedding in Colorado, without having to do too much traveling.  He has such a calm demeanor that put Vince and me at ease in front of the camera.  And as you can see in the photographs, he is extremely talented.

Micah and Will from Velare did an unbelievable job on our wedding film.  The highlight film turned out to be beyond our expectations, and we could not be happier.  They were such a treat to work with, also making us feel comfortable in front of the camera.  Simply put, they are some really cool dudes with wild talent, and we feel so lucky that we were able to have them shoot our special day.  We are anxiously awaiting our feature film!

On the days surrounding the wedding, our guests enjoyed mountain biking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and more! Being somewhat of a destination wedding, it was the perfect place to organize a weekend of events for our guests to show our appreciation for their travels.  Friday kicked off with a game day on the front lawn of the ranch followed by a casual BBQ rehearsal dinner for all guests.  While the girls were getting ready on Saturday, the boys hiked around the property playing a round of Frisbee golf, with our girl Charlie happily running around beside them.  Having our dog there for the weekend and a part of our wedding was especially important to us.  She served as a floral girl of sorts, and my heart still melts every time I see an image or video of Vince walking down the aisle with her.

The whole weekend went off without a hitch (at least as far we know!), and we had an absolute blast.  While we were able to share this special time in our lives with all our most loved family and friends, we also felt like we were able to cherish each moment together as a couple and acknowledge the true meaning of the weekend.  We took a few deliberate moments to step away to take it all in and just have some private time together.  We were both pretty emotional leading up to the ceremony and throughout the ceremony, but we were able to let loose during the reception and dance the night away as a newly married couple.

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Photography: lane Dittoe fine art wedding photographs | Cinematography: Velare | Coordination: Love This Day Events | Floral Design: Yonder Floral And Decor House | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Hair + Makeup: Christina Trostel | Band: Tunisia | Groom's Attire: Isaia | Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Groom's Shoes: Gallo Bianco

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Rustic Colorado Ranch Wedding Infused with Southern Charm

What do you get when you have a Bride with a vision and a team of incredible vendors like Brett HeidebrechtElysium ProductionsLove This Day Events and Wildflower Linens? Wedding day magic. True to the Bride’s vision, Devil’s Thumb Ranch was transformed into lush, elegant, blush and romantic wonderland. Head to The Vault to see all the gorgeous details, including a stunning invitation suite, beautiful florals and some killer cowboy boots!


From Love This Day Events… Katie and Tom’s Colorado Ranch wedding was absolutely one of the best weddings I have ever had the pleasure of working on. Katie and Tom (and Katie’s amazing mom Paula) are the kindest, funniest and quite frankly, loveliest of families. The inspiration for this gorgeous day was a celebration of Colorado (thank you Devil’s Thumb Ranch) chocked full of southern charm.

From The Bride…Tom and I met in 2011 in Winter Park, Colorado at Ullrs Tavern. My best friend had a little too much to drink and got sick in the hallway. As I was frantically trying to clean it up and close our tabs so we could get out of there I look over and see a guy (Tom) talking to my friend. I quickly went over and told him he needed to leave her alone because she was intoxicated and he ask me if he could give her a ride home. I said absolutely not because I thought it was a bad idea to ride home with a stranger. He assured me that his friends wife was sober and they could get her home safely. After securing a reference (his Mom) and his social security number I let my friend get a ride home with these seemingly nice, complete strangers. Moments after they drove away I panicked and couldn’t believe I had let my friend leave with complete strangers (I stayed behind because I had paid a $30.00 cover to see Trampled by Turtles and I wasn’t going to leave 10 minutes into the show) so I ran home to make sure she was safe. Upon arrival I found my friend tucked under a blanket on the couch with a cup of water and the trash can beside her and a note from Tom. I thought…wow. What a truly amazing guy and I was very intrigued to see more of this guy and hook him up with my friend….Well that was a failed attempt but in the following weeks Tom and I started to meet up at the mountain to ski. I quickly fell for Tom because he was such a gentlemen which was a rare find in a mountain town. Following that winter Tom and I started spending a lot of time together, going on hikes, bike rides and other mountain adventures and we really just became best friends! That is what our relationship started out as, just two great friends having fun and enjoying the mountains together. After about 2 years of this madness I went home with Tom to Kentucky. At this time I was head over heels for him but had no idea where we stood. I quickly found out that Tom had told his family and friends that I was his girlfriend so after years of stalking and hard work I finally had a BOYFRIEND! I continue to fall more in love with Tom every day. We complement each other in every way and we are so blessed that God put us in each other’s lives, we can’t wait to continue on this beautiful adventure together!

So I had been begging Tom to go on my favorite hike all summer and every time I brought it up he came up with something else he wanted to do that day. The hike is to Columbine Lake and it was the first hike I did when I moved to Colorado and I made it a point to do the hike again every year after that, so I understood that we had other things to cross off the bucket list since we had already done that hike 5 times but I still had to get it done! So…suddenly Tom wants to go on the hike. The weather was not looking good and our dog had just had emergency surgery 3 days earlier but he insisted that this was the day and that the dogs had to come with us. So….annoyed with him…we set out on our adventure. He was acting weird all morning and when we reached the summit he was so worried about getting the camera set up just right so that we could get a perfect picture. With a storm rolling in I was just ready to get down and knew that our dog that had just had surgery was struggling. As I was looking out over the lake and taking in the beauty I hear some rustling behind me and turn around to find Tom on one knee holding the most beautiful ring I had ever seen in my life! He was so nervous he couldn’t even get a word out! I said, “you have to say something!!” He replied “Katie, will you marry me?” and I obviously said yes followed by lots of tears and “Is this real life?!?” It was the happiest most beautiful moment of my life and he couldn’t have planned the occasion more perfectly! (Oh and we have perfect pictures too!)

I have known since my first visit to Devil’s Thumb Ranch that I wanted to get married there and so when searching out Pinterest ideas I found Kara Delay and Love This Day Events. I called her the day after Tom proposed and she started creating my dream wedding! Immediately after talking to Kara I knew that Devil’s Thumb was the place and Kara was the gal to make it happen. It was a fairly simple process for me.

My favorite part of the day was after the ceremony and all of the pictures when Tom and I got to have a few moments just by ourselves and reflect on all the craziness that just happened. Kara (our wedding planner) took us into the reception area and it was like a fairytale. The room was so perfect and beautiful and it was just Tom and I in there. We got to enjoy each other in this beautiful space and just be in love and happy and married. It was such an amazing moment that we got to share. I will never forget those first few minutes as Mrs. Strohmeier when I just got to be with my husband and celebrate all that we had shared together and dream of all that the future would hold following the commitment we made to each other that day. It was truly amazing and reminded me why we worked so hard and planned such a perfect day to celebrate our love!

Something that was really important to me was romantic lighting so that was where my vision started. Also, I really didn’t want to take away from the rustic beauty of Devils Thumb and after we were engaged in a field of wildflowers I wanted to carry that over into our wedding day. When meeting with Kara and Rachel I told them these few tidbits and that I wanted to stick with a neutral/blush/gold theme they took it away and created the perfect vision for what I had in my mind. Lush, elegant, blush and romantic!

My biggest piece of advice for brides is just have fun! Really I had so much fun with Tom, my Mom, Kara and Rachel planning the wedding. I think so many brides get all worked up in every little detail and forget the purpose of planning the perfect day! Remember that in the end no matter what flowers, centerpieces or linens you pick the day is all about you, your spouse and the commitment that you are making with each other and God. Don’t forget to just love your spouse while you are planning and take in every silly moment because in a blink all that planning will just be a bunch of amazing memories. I think with Pinterest and social media we are all so wrapped up in the details when really the most important detail is the love shared between the two people getting married that day! So remember just to love your Husband and if you keep your eye on the reason for the big event everything else will fall in place perfectly!! Oh and… hire an amazing wedding planner. That will help too! :)

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Photography: Brett Heidebrecht Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Planning: Love This Day Events | Floral Design: March Floral Designs | Invitations: The Paper Guppy | Hair + Makeup: Christina Trostel | Band: RockSlide (via Partysingers) | Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Linen Rentals: Linen Hero

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