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Rustic Winter Bridal Inspiration

This, my friends, is how you convince the world that winter is absolutely stunning. From the snowcapped mountain views to the gorgeous florals and cozy fur shawl, this bridal shoot by Candice Benjamin has made a new winter aficionado out of me, and you can be sure I’ll be bookmarking this gallery to have at my disposal whenever I become grumpy with the grey skies outside.

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From Candice Benjamin PhotographyWe were inspired by the clean, snow-covered Rocky Mountains for this lovely bridal session. We wanted to inspire brides to think outside of spring + summer bridal sessions and to see how a little snow can make anything magical! Plus, we know that everyone has that perfect wrap hanging in their closet!

The styling was done by Candice Benjamin Photography and Lace + Lilies. Candace of Dotted with Hearts created the fabulous bridal makeup look. Lace + Lilies created a beautiful flower crown and bouquet that could easily be also used as a table arrangement, as well as a simple floral garland for a repurposed vintage chair.

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Florist: Lace & Lilies | Invitations: Minted | Makeup: Dotted With Hearts | Belt: Anthropologie | Bridal Dress: Dora Grace Bridal | Fur Shrug: Nine West

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Fort Collins, Colorado Elopement from DeFiore Photography

Elopements this pretty are my everything. Because at first glance, the beautiful images from DeFiore Photography make it feel like it was the grandest of affairs. With a stylish nod to this couples’ love for the bike culture throughout, and a sophisticated yet laid back vibe – it has all the makings for a biggest of bashes. But it’s just that much better knowing that it was pulled together with the help of their family and friends, and was as intimate (and as beautiful) as they come. See it all here.

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From DeFiore PhotographyLacy and Austin came to Fort Collins from Washington DC for a holiday with family.  About a month before arriving, they surprised their loved ones with the news that they were planning to elope just days before the New Year! Extended family and friends rushed in from all over the states to help them celebrate.

Their wedding was amazing from start to finish. The couple began the day with getting ready at the historic Armstrong Hotel in downtown Fort Collins. Lacy’s delicate lace dress looked stunning on her and Austin’s bright green suspenders complimented the colors of the day perfectly. The couple loves bikes culture so they decked out the ceremony with old tandem and cruisers bikes!

An intimate slow first dance was shared on the balcony where the two were married followed by a send off in style with sparklers and Dream Team pedicabs who picked them up at the end of the evening carrying them back to the honeymoon suite at the Armstrong.  

From the Bride…From the moment I said “let’s elope to Colorado over the holidays” I knew it was the perfect decision for us. I wasn’t sure if our families would go for it, but I was so overwhelmed by their support and love.  With our family getting together for Christmas in Fort. Collins, CO, I knew this would be the perfect place to celebrate our marriage.

We had amazing support from family and friends in planning our day.  The centerpieces were created by a local florist and my sister hand drew all the beautiful calligraphy place cards. We were so fortunate to have family make all of the arrangements  so Austin and I could enjoy the festivities when we arrived to town.

Austin and I love the bike culture so one of the biggest treats our family planned for us was the surprise pedicab send off!  Some of the heirlooms we included in our day was Austin’s grandmothers’ fur coat and a dear friends’ pearls from her own wedding.

One of my favorite parts of our wedding was the ceremony where almost everyone cried, when the best man played “The Wedding Song” on his guitar and we vowed to “love, cherish and snuggled” for the rest of our lives.

The special touches of the day will never be erased from my mind. Not to mention that it snowed the day before the wedding making it the winter wedding I had always dreamed of. In the end it was us, our families and a couple of pretty sweet bikes.

Wedding Photography: DeFiore Photography | Wedding Venue: Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado | Floral Design: Palmer Flowers | Wedding Invitations: Sunshine and Ravioli | Transportation: Dream Team Pedicabs | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie | Makeup: Steele the Spotlight

Navy Blue and Yellow Wedding by Cori Cook

We have so much wedding goodness coming up on SMP today…starting with this incredibly charming navy blue and yellow affair. This particular color palette has been a huge hit in the past (remember Laura and Brad’s amazing wedding?) so I wanted to pass along this little gem with the hopes that you would find lots of steal-worthy ideas that you could apply to your own big day.

The wedding took place at the Tapestry House in Ft. Collins, Colorado and was sent to us by Cori Cook who decked the place out in some of the most charming flowers a girl could want. Totally approachable, sweet and utterly chic. Love that.

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From Cori Cook

Jenn and Adam’s Wedding was an absolute blast to work on.  Not only are they amazing people, but they just had so much fun with their wedding.  Jenn’s wedding colors were navy, white, and yellow.  We used lemons, billy balls, roses, hydrangea, and orchids as signature flowers for her wedding, while also incorporating a navy and white striped ribbon where ever we could.   She did an amazing job of stylizing her wedding with DIY ideas!

We used her grandmother’s antique earrings as brooches on her bridal bouquet.  To top it off, Jenn baked each of her vendors cookies and wrote thank you notes to each of us!  How thoughtful!

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The photographer behind these gorgeous images is Becky Young, who also happened to fall head over heels for this wedding. Becky’s blog is choc-a-block full of fun details that we haven’t shown here, as well as a quick behind the scenes take on the day. Lovely, all together lovely.

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Thank you so much, Cori, for sending this little chunk of heaven our way. The bride and groom are literally glowing with a joy that is completely contageous. We have so much more eye candy on the way today!

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