It has to be near sublime about getting married on a mountain top among the clouds. Romantic, right? And with the help of Bluebird Productions, this wedding was elevated in almost every sense of the word — florals from Harrington Smith, Louboutins, and of course one stunning Anna Maier gown. Just take a peek at the moments captured by Elysium Productions and Robin Proctor Photography.
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From the bride… Brandon and I met about 10 years ago on a tiny island in the Bahamas called Cat Cay. Our families often vacationed there but we’d didn’t cross paths until August 2003 when Brandon approached me in Bu’s Bar, the only bar on the island at the time. We decided to keep in touch and exchanged AIM screen names-yep this was even before Facebook days. We were both born and raised in Miami so over the years we ran into each other a few times but the timing never seemed right to start dating until August 25, 2008 when we finally had our first official date (once I was officially of age and single). Fast forward to November 26, 2011, Brandon asked me to marry him. Early on in our relationship we had taken several trips out to his family’s house in Aspen and fell in love with the town. Even though it was going to be tricky getting our guests there, we knew Aspen was the best choice for an unforgettable wedding. We still wanted to keep our roots close to us, so we decided to engrave Cat Cay’s coordinates inside our wedding rings to always keep that special place close to us. Planning a destination wedding while in law school was very tricky to say the least, but it felt so amazing to see how our family and friends reacted to Aspen once they arrived for the wedding weekend. Some of guests had only been to Aspen in the winter while most had never been there at all, so the beautiful setting blew them away. Brandon and I wanted an elegant yet warm and romantic wedding where our friends could enjoy sipping champagne by the fireplace. With that in mind, our colors naturally gravitated to soft golden and ivory colors with hints of deep red. The morning of my wedding I remember jumping out of bed and rushing towards the window to inspect the sky just above the mountain range for clouds. Many Aspen locals had told me about the regular Colorado afternoon showers during the summer and that was pretty much the only thing I was nervous about since the ceremony was outdoors at the top of Aspen Mountain. The local weather forecast, which I tried to avoid checking at all costs, also predicted rain on our wedding day. Our wedding began at 5 p.m. and for the first time in a week, the sun shone brightly all day. You can imagine how grateful we were! Once we arrived to the ceremony site, I was excited to have our violin quartet play several versions of modern songs like “Marry You” by Bruno Mars and the Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” for our guests. Brandon even convinced me to have “The Final Countdown” violin piece play as he walked down the aisle — marriage is all about compromise right? Since Brandon is Jewish and I’m Catholic, the religious ceremony celebrated both of our religions and it was wonderful to see Rabbi Vardy blend our cultures in such a lovely way. After the ceremony, we descended back to downtown Aspen on the Silver Queen Gondola. This was one of our favorite moments because it gave us about 10 minutes of privacy after our ceremony to savor the beautiful afternoon light cast over the mountains just moments after becoming husband and wife. You could hardly ask for a more serene and romantic moment on such a whirlwind day.Once we arrived at the bottom, we nestled into a horse drawn carriage that whisked us away to the Hotel Jerome reception where our family and friends were waiting for us. One of my favorite moments was walking into the entrance of our cocktail hour and reception where you could see all the details come to life from the branch archway twinkling with lights to our wedding cake covered in ombre pink, red and purple calla lilies. We had decided to give our guests pine-scented candles as favors to remember Aspen and we lit some extra ones around the table. Soon the cocktail room was filled with the scent of pine trees as we watched the sommelier pour champagne down a tower of coupe glasses assembled below a dear antler chandelier. After the cocktails, I reluctantly shed my long lace veil that had my new initial “K” woven at the bottom. I loved it so much I hope to hang it over our baby’s crib one day. Once the doors were opened to the ballroom, it was wonderful to see the afternoon light pouring in from the large windows around the room with views of the mountains. We were also excited to see how guests reacted to the oxygen bar. Most Miamians have never really experienced one so it was fun watching everyone head over throughout the night to get their fix of purified oxygen in eucalyptus and mint aromas. The air around us was filled with a wonderful blend of music as our band and DJ artfully infused the playlist with everything form the Jewish Hava Nagila to the Cuban Guantanamera. I also loved seeing the mirrored table numbers hanging delicately under a mass of beautiful dahlia centerpieces. The flowers even followed us all the way to our suite when Brandon and I stumbled upon scattered petals, which my bridesmaids Cat, Eli and Dolo secretly arranged in our Hotel Jerome suite before the after party was over. Brandon and I met out in the ocean but we created our new life together on top of a mountain at 11,212 ft. It truly felt like the closest we could get to heaven and we are so incredibly thankful for everyone who helped make it happen!!
Photography: Robin Proctor Photography | Videography: Elysium Productions | Event Planning: Bluebird Productions | Flowers: Harrington Smith | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier From Gabriella's | Cake: D'elissious Cake Studio | Ceremony: The Wedding Deck At The Little Nell | Reception: Hotel Jerome | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair & Makeup: Kiss This Makeup | Band: RockSlide (via Partysingers) | Ceremony Music: Silver City Strings | Bridesmaids Gifts: The Blooming Thread | Linen: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Parrot Design Studio | The Oxygen Bar: The Oxygen Company
This is one of those awesome weddings that mixes classic stylings with a breathtaking setting like Devil’s Thumb Ranch and pulls it off beautifully. It’s rich hues playing nice with gorgeous invites from Regas, sophisticated details from Calluna Events and a bride who will take your breath away in Amsale. Oh, and then there’s the gallery of stunning images from Chowen Photography. See them here.
From Chowen Photography… Maris and Tyler reside in NYC, but have a great love for Colorado, so they had their lovely wedding at the beautiful Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Northern Colorado. It is the perfect location for a destination wedding. They had such an ease about them and we truly enjoyed photographing their sweet love for one another, their family and wedding weekend. They trusted us completely and we couldn’t ask for anything more.
Their wedding day was perfection with blue Colorado skies, white fluffy clouds and the perfect temperature. The wedding day was simple and sweet. The bride’s mother was even in her wedding party and her step-father married them. We loved how close the couple was to their families. Maris and Tyler also chose to do a first look and have couple’s portraits before the ceremony and it was so special. They had a chance to just be alone and enjoy the moments, scenery and each other before the ceremony and celebrating all night. During the ceremony, they had the wedding rings passed along a ribbon and passed by friends and family members before being put on their fingers. It was a super sweet way to send the rings to the couple.
The ceremony overlooked the mountains and the dinner and reception took place in a large barn type building. There was a lot of dancing and fun after that.
Calluna Events was so amazing at putting together all the details for this sweet and simple wedding in the mountains for the loveliest couple.
Photography: Chowen Photography | Event Planning: Calluna Events | Florist: The Perfect Petal | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Tee & Cakes | Invitations: Regas | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup Artist: Sally Walker | Hair Stylist: Jacqui Jolly | DJ: DJ Jahsonic | Groom's Suit: Martin Greenfield | Bride's Clutch & Bridemaid's Gifts: Kotur | Bride's Earrings: Margaret Elizabeth | Wedding Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch
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If your wedding is a destination for your guests, it’s helpful to pick a venue like Devil’s Thumb Ranch where your guests can stay, play, (stare in awe at the Rocky Mountains) and celebrate all in one spot. And if you keep scrolling through David Lynn Photography‘s pictures of the day, you’ll see good decisions all over the place like the bride’s lace Anna Be gown and gorgeous bouquets from Love This Day Events. Love!
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From The Bride…Gary and I were engaged on our second anniversary while celebrating at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. I first heard about Devil’s Thumb Ranch while I was working in the magazine industry in NYC. I would look at their website multiple times a week thinking, “I should move to a state that has a place that beautiful”. Six months later, I bought a one-way plane ticket to Denver, where I met Gary only two months later in a bar downtown. I haven’t looked back since. Though I am from New York, and Gary is from New Mexico, we wanted to get married where we lived and had fallen in love. Being that our families were coming from all over, Devil’s Thumb Ranch was the perfect place in that everyone could stay on site. Above all, we wanted our wedding to be fun! From start to finish, we tried to find ways for everyone to know how important they are to us, and to enjoy themselves. For the ceremony, we had a “keep warm” station with hot coca, cider, and shawls. There were also maracas and newspaper cones full of lavender for people to use at the end of the ceremony. During the cocktail hour, we had Polaroid cameras and felt props for guests to use. We also had yard games, like corn hole made by a close friend, and beer pong handmade by one of the groomsmen. Our band rocked! Guests of all ages were up dancing the night away. We handed out glow necklaces, glasses and bracelets after dinner, which everyone enjoyed. The last dance of the night was “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, where everyone linked arms and formed a circle. It was one of my favorite moments of the day-seeing all our family members and friends together full of love for us. Gary and I both put a lot of work into planning the wedding throughout our ten-month engagement. There were so many small touches incorporated into the day, which held a lot of meaning to us. My father passed away three years ago, and I wanted to recognize him on this day, without bringing too much sadness. I was raised Jewish, so we hung my father’s prayer shawl, which he received during his Bar Mitzvah, around the ceremony structure. The first gift that Gary gave me was a 1919 New York typewriter, which was a huge influence for our wedding design. The other literary elements developed from there. We had so much fun collecting the old books, and making the Scrabble tile signs (and playing a few games along the way)! Artichokes were another inspiration for our wedding day. I have an obsession with artichokes- they are always in our fridge and around our house. They have a heart! When I first met with Kara Delay of Love This Day Events, I told her I wanted to have artichokes in my bouquet and on the tables. She immediately understood my vision, and we booked her that day. Our families are so important to both Gary and me. We wanted to represent their significance, and the wide spectrum of ages throughout the day. Gary’s adorable niece, Sophie, who is five-years-old, was our flower girl. She was accompanied by my aunt’s dog, Gibbs, who is professionally trained in obedience. Then, there was my eleven-year-old brother, Harry, who was a groomsman and my grandmother who just turned 90! We are so grateful for the incredible team we had behind us to capture our day and bring it to life. Though it went by too fast, it was really a magical day spent with our favorite people in the world.
Photography: David Lynn Photography | Wedding Dress: Watters | Wedding Dress: Anna Be | Cake: Devils Thumb Ranch | Ceremony Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Reception Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aria | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Hair: Chelsea Garcia | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Matt Raynak | Ceremony Music: Tunisia | Bride's Veil And Headpiece: Sara Gabriel | Desserts Other Than Cake: Sugar Bakeshop | Floral Design And Day-of Coordination: Love This Day Events | Flower Girl's Dress: Seahorse By Watters | Invitations And Save-the-Dates: One Plus One | Makeup: Maura Kelso | Paper Goods: Swoozie's Denver | Reception Music: Tunisia | Ring Bearer Pillow And Guest Book: Susan Gurry
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