If there is one thing that is going to absolutely make your Thursday afternoon feel like a Friday afternoon, it’s the nuptials of two people so fun, you can’t help but fall in love with them. And would you look at that, we’ve got just that kind of treat for you. Jason + Gina Photographers have sent over the absolutely gorgeous Colorado wedding of two lovebirds so sweet you’ll almost feel like you’re dancing into your weekend with a trip to the gallery!
With a little more from Elysium, your sure to fall in love with these two…
We’ve always been travelers and have explored dozens of countries together. Whenever we reflect on our adventures, the highlight of every journey is the people we’ve met along the way. People who’ve let us into their families, their homes, and their culture. We knew from the start that we wanted our wedding to be all about the people, so we started with ourselves. Amy grew up in the quaint and beautiful mountain town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, while Chris grew up right outside Washington, DC. So, with some inspiration from Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” we started our planning with the loose theme of small town girl (location, attire, events) meets city boy (food, drinks, music).
Since almost all of our guests would be coming from out-of-town, we knew our wedding weekend would be about more than just the ceremony and reception. We started things off with a homemade BBQ on Friday night (courtesy of Amy’s father), and we all headed to the Steamboat Pro Rodeo after. Seeing all of our friends and family dressed up in their country best was a major highlight of the weekend. While Amy got ready on Saturday and the groomsmen went shooting, many of our guests went on a horseback riding trip, while our incredible vendors made our wedding venue all come together perfectly. The venue was a quintessential ranch in Steamboat Springs, complete with a barn, a lake, and the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.<
Our wedding and reception was more amazing than either of us could have ever imagined. Maybe it’s because the wedding was all about the real “us.” Maybe it’s because the 130 friends and family we had there are some of the most amazing people in the world. Maybe it’s because we focused on the people and experiences that led us together when planning ever last little decoration. Who knows what it was, but at the end of the night, our vision was complete. We had a tearful, yet funny, ceremony (Amy’s dad even handcuffed himself to her at the alter… no joke). We enjoyed amazing cocktails (thanks to Bourbon and Branch), ate incredible food from around the world, and EVERYONE danced the night away. Oh, and a shot-ski managed to show up and send everyone off with a true Colorado experience.
Ultimately, despite our different backgrounds, our free-spirited attitude and deep desires to pave our own paths led us to create a truly unique and memorable experience. Though, whether it was our vintage engagement photos, the photos we put on our website, reading our vows from our iPhones, or serving milk and cookies instead of a cake, there was no shortage of conversations with our families about breaking the wedding norms they had been expecting.
If we could pass on one piece of advice, it’d be to spend as much time as it takes to find vendors who you love and trust. We gave no instruction to our photographers or videographers and empowered them to do what they do best. We let our rental companies set up the tent however they thought looked right. In fact, after 20 minutes on the phone with our florist, we left all of the decisions up to her… we didn’t even know what flowers we were having until we showed up at he ceremony. The right vendors allow you to forget about all the unnecessary details, and let you focus on what really matters.
Wedding Venue: Alpine Mountain Ranch | Wedding Photography: Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers | Cinematography: Alex Hill of Elysium | Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan from Nordstrom | Wedding Invitations: Minted | Catering: Steamboat Meat & Seafood | Tent + Rentals: Colorado Event Rentals + Pink Monkey Solutions | Men’s Suits: Indochino | Makeup: Talulla Boutique & Spa | Hair: Brio Salon and Spa