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.
From the JA Special Events…We 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 | Event Planning: JA Special Events | Floral Design: Statice Floral | Reception Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | DJ: Elite DJ | Officiate: Rocky Mountain Wedding Services