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Colorado New Years Eve Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

New Years Eve weddings are genius to me. Ringing in the New Year with your nearest and dearest and saying I do all in the same day? Doesn’t get any better. That is unless you have Love This Day Events planning every perfect cozy, glam, winter moment at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, and Kelli Lyn behind the lens making sure those moments are captured in a way you’ll treasure year after year. That’s as good as it gets, lovelies. See more here.

From Love This Day EventsBailee and Tyler’s New Years Eve Colorado Ranch wedding was a dream to work on! Bailee had such amazing inspiration ideas and let’s face it, I am sucker for glitter. Add in crazy amounts of New Years Eve details, glitter and geometric details and this will go down as one of my favorite weddings of all time!

How did you and Tyler meet and fall in love?

Tyler and I met our freshman year of college. We met when a mutual friend was giving us both a ride to the beach to hang out with a bunch of friends. Tyler remembers this moment distinctly and claims that “a spotlight shone down from heaven and music started playing” as I walked out of my dorm… I don’t quite remember it happening like that. Anyway, we quickly became close friends and not long after, Tyler decided that he was going to make me his if He died trying. It took him a few months to break me, but after a week spent with his family and a few of our best friends over spring break, It’s safe to say that I had an intense crush. A couple months later on the last night of a vacation with friends, he surprised me and took me on a hike through the mountains with hot coco and a blanket in hand. We sat down looking out over the most incredible view and he told me that he had been thinking about this moment for months. He confessed his feelings for me and that he wanted to officially call me his girlfriend. We talked that night about all of our hopes for our relationship and how happy we were to be together – and the rest is history!

How did he propose?

My alarm went off at 5:00 am one cold November thursday and I immediately dreaded a long weekend of work, school and missing my boyfriend and best friend that I thought I was approaching. I quickly got ready to take my best friend to the airport, the same airport that I had dropped Tyler off at the day before. By 6:30 am, I found myself in the line about to board a flight to Colorado. SURPRISE! As my best friend dropped me off a complete emotional mess, she handed me the first of many precious letters, this one from Tyler. The letter assured me that this would be the most incredible day of my life, and encouraged me to relax and enjoy every moment… also directions for where to find the next letter. Once the flight took off, I read the next letter tucked into my carry on from my little sister Chloe, which evoked the first set of tears of the day. Praying and reflecting, I enjoyed a peaceful flight to Colorado, where I would find my amazing, beautiful sister’s to be Tarah and Jessi! They greeted me with hugs and squeals and handed me the next letter, from my not so little brother Micah. We embarked on our girls day, and headed to lunch at a quaint old tea house where we caught up and talked about what a great day this would be. Next, we drove to my mother in law to be/talented esthetician’s home where I received a relaxing facial and massage. My older-little sister Morgie’s letter also awaited, evoking yet more tears. From there, us three girls headed to get manicures per my now Fiancé Tyler, then they dropped me off to have a couple hours to freshen up, think and get ready for the night. As I was about to do my make-up, I read the next letter, the one that would send me into a whirl of emotions and deeply felt love. My Dad wrote the words that every daughter dreams of hearing. Tarah, Jessi and I then headed out for Sushi. Up until this point, I had felt peaceful and had been able to really enjoy every moment of the day with a clear mind… but then I realized how close I was to the most significant and life-changing moment of my life. As my girls prepped me with encouraging words and mints, I read the last letter of the day, my mom’s. Next I nervously walked in to a tiny little old church in downtown Colorado Springs decorated with twinkle lights and lace and candles and all things pretty. I walked up to a table where I found our very first photo. Most importantly though, I found the last letter of the day, the best one! I opened the envelope to find a letter that Tyler wrote to me the night he asked me to be his girlfriend on July 17, 2011, the night he also knew that he loved me and dreamed of one day asking me to be his wife. That day, July 17, 2011 Tyler dreamt of and wrote how he would propose and composed a song which he would have playing in the back ground. As I struggled to read those words through my tears, I realized that he had stuck to it all, from the proposal and the song to the prayers and desires that he had for our relationship. Next thing I knew we were bawling and laughing in each others arms, I had my dream ring on my finger and got my first kiss of my life from the man of my dreams. Oh, and then my parents walk out for the final and most special surprise of the day which led us into a beautiful night of celebration with our friends and family.

How did you pick your venue?

I’m a sucker for a cozy winter night and have an obsession with fireplaces. I wanted to create an intimate, romantic, cozy winter vibe and Devil’s Thumb Ranch’s Broad Axe Barn was perfect with it’s big beautiful fireplace and gorgeous winter mountain setting.

Why New Years Eve?

We wanted a winter wedding but were struggling to find a date that worked for both of our families – so we said “hey, why not give all our people something awesome to do on NYE?!” And we loved it! Designing and creating a NYE wedding gave us a great excuse to use lots of sparkle and lots of fun reception details!

What was your design inspiration?

“Cozy Glam” I wanted the whole night to feel really intimate and cozy, but I also LOVE sparkle! I wanted to incorporate fun NYE elements while maintaining the cozy winter wedding vibe. Chandeliers and tassels in a barn with a fireplace perfectly achieved our “cozy glam” goal!

If you had one piece of advice to give to other couples, what would it be?

Do everything you can to bring in personal and intimate touches to your day. Create an environment that makes you and your fiancé feel most comfortable and that is a true reflection of your personalities and relationship!

Photography: Kelli Lyn Photography | Cake: Intricate Icings | Hair And Makeup: Christina Trostel | DJ: My Elite DJ | Devil's Thumb Ranch: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Linen: La Tavola | Planning, Design And Coordination: Love This Day Events | Print Work: The Paper Guppy

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Colorado Winter Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

I love a winter wedding. And a winter wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch? Well that’s just the icing on the cake. This wedding planned to perfection by JA Special Events and captured beautifully by Robin Cain Photography is the perfect example of why winter weddings will always have top billing in my book, and you can see all the reasons why right here.

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From the JA Special EventsWe think your readers will love the colorful handcrafted details in Natasha & Chris’s winter mountain wedding. Theirs was the first wedding ceremony ever held in High Lonesome Barn, a reconstructed civil-war era barn recently opened at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. From the “mountain rustic with touches of vintage” ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails in an early century cabin-converted restaurant and then moved to the Broad Axe Barn (the original civil war era barn reconstruction) to discover Golden Retriever-themed tables and yellow chevron accents in front of a cozy fireplace.

The two are passionate dog breeders so they framed some of their favorite canine photos and featured them on guest tables named after the dogs. Little dog paw prints on the double-layered escort cards and “doggie bags” for dog bone treats on the favors table carried the fun theme from cocktails to departure.

Family members were especially involved in the handcrafted details. Grandma crocheted each of the bridesmaids an exquisite yellow shawl with soft gray ruffles. Dad lovingly sanded a large collection of aspen branches to hold escort cards and table names. Another family member artistically wrote out the wedding program and other signage on framed chalkboards. The card holder was a log stump with a removable top secured with rope handles. Natasha’s dress had a blue heart hand-sewn inside the bodice. Fun squares of yellow and gray patterned fabric topped each jar of their s’mores inspired favor.

Fun yellow details popped against the sophisticated charcoal palette. Sunflowers enhanced a collection of lanterns down the ceremony aisle, vibrant yellow ranunculus boutonnieres complimented the little ringbearer’s suspenders and bowtie, Enzo Angiolini flats peeked out from beneath Natasha’s lacy dress, and yellow chevron across charcoal linen at the bridal party table especially coordinated with the groomsmen’s yellow vests and ties.

From the Bride…Here is a little about us. Chris and I met in high school, we didn’t start dating until after my first year in college. We dated for 6 years before getting married. Our main hobby together is breeding golden retrievers. When we first started dating Chris had an amazing Golden named Lexi, we decided to breed her so that I could keep a puppy. After that first litter we fell in love and we have been breeding goldens ever since. We now have four dogs, Lexi, Abbey, Brooklyn, and Sully.

Our dogs were a huge inspiration for our wedding, we wanted to include them even though they couldn’t be present. Each table at our wedding was named after one of our dogs that we currently own or goldens that we have breed. Many of the people that came to the wedding got to sit at their own dogs table!

Another inspiration was my mom. Almost 4 years ago my mother past away, her favorite color was yellow. I wanted the memory of her to be there throughout the whole wedding, that is why our colors were yellow and grey. The yellow flowers everywhere was such an amazing sight, she would have loved it! Also her picture in the front row, helped remind me she has the best seat in the house and was watching the whole thing. (The way you set up her photo was amazing! Thank you).

We choose Devil’s Thumb because we wanted a snowy location and we wanted a place where all our friends and family could come and make a weekend long celebration. We loved the rustic feel of the ranch, which inspired our rustic theme. My dad is very handy with wood crafting, he made many of the wood decorations such as the card box, place card holders, and table name holders.

Our music selection stemmed from my huge love of 80′s and 90′s music. Our grand entrance song was an 80′s song You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates! Our DJ did an amazing job of keeping to the oldies but still making sure the dance floor was always full. Chris and I both love country and that is why our ceremony song selections, first dance, and mother-son, and father-daughter dances were all country.

For the ceremony, it was important to us for it to be unique. We found that the padlocks was a great way to have a unity ceremony that was different from all other weddings. I also wanted right after the ceremony to start off the party, so we had our wedding party dance back down the aisle to an upbeat song!

My favorite memory of the day was the first look. I was against the first look in the beginning, but it completely helped calm my nerves. And it was also fun to have a moment just the two of us. Another favorite moment was during dancing when the whole dance floor joined in a circle and we all sang and danced together. Such a cool moment! Chris said his favorite moment from the day was just all the love that was shared by our friends and family. Many came a long long way and even traveled through a rough snow storm to celebrate with us! We couldn’t describe how special we felt!

Advise for a bride and groom who are planning a wedding: #1 HIRE JESSICA!!! Having her made the process so easy and carefree. I can honestly say I never felt stressed throughout the whole process. She and all the vendors she recommended, definitely delivered above and beyond all our expectations! But the other piece of advise is to enjoy the process, have fun with it, be willing to accept others when they offer to help, and have an open mind and go with the flow!

Photography: Robin Cain Photography | Floral Design: Statice Floral | Reception Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Event Planning: JA Special Events | DJ: Elite DJ | Officiate: Rocky Mountain Wedding Services

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