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Rustic Elegance Rocky Mountain Bridal Inspiration

Can something be both ridiculously elegant and downright cozy at the same exact time? Yes m’dears, it can. Majesta Patterson Weddings & Portraits shows us the beauty of both coming together in perfect unity with this shoot set amongst the Rocky Mountains, with lush bouquets by Natasha Kolenko and gorgeous gowns from Blue Bridal Boutique. See all this rustic romance right this way!

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From Majesta Patterson Weddings & PortraitsAs my trip to Colorado grew closer, I decided to reach out to some Denver-local wedding vendors because I was dying to photograph those big, gorgeous Rocky Mountains and create Colorado magic! With blue skies and green fields, we were pleasantly surprised by a fresh dusting of snow the night before our shoot. Blue Bridal Boutique selected a soft tulled Wtoo gown, creating a delicate balance against the rustic charm at the Chautauqua forest in Boulder. Our florist, Natasha, who also flew in from San Francisco, designed lush arrangements with golds and blues to accent against the majestic flat iron mountains. These bright, organic florals created a beautiful pop of color, complimenting the blue hued snow. Sarah Swell offered her organic gold jewelry to compliment the romanticism of our look. Everything for this shoot just fell into place like it was meant to be; to epitomize that Colorado-esque beauty!

Photography: Majesta Patterson Weddings & Portraits | Floral Design: Natasha Kolenko | Wedding Dress: Watters Wtoo | Jewelry: Sarah Swell | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Sameera | Hair Stylist: Noelle Benjamin | Bridal Boutique: Blue Bridal Boutique | Model: Cayte B

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Elegant All-White Tented Aspen Wedding

Not only is this next fete fabulously elegant, it also goes to show that even a neutral palette can be beautifully bold. Planned in the hands of Calluna Events, this textured white-hued affair is overflowing with divine details. From the Bride’s barely blush gown to the breathtaking scenery, Kate Holstein captured it all in the gallery!

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Fall
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From the beautiful Bride… Scott & I had a similar vision for our wedding from the start, one dictated by the beautiful place we were engaged & decided to get married, Aspen. With such a gorgeous location, we only wanted to highlight the scenery, not take away from it. Thus, with our amazing wedding planner, Heather Dwight of Calluna Events, we created a simple, classic, elegant & warm wedding that complimented the breathtaking scenery behind the patio at the St. Regis.

Given all of the rich colors of Aspen in early September – various shades of green with some golden tones hinting of Fall – we chose white as our wedding color. Not just a flat white, but all types of white & cream for texture & depth. My bridesmaids wore off-white, lace dresses, the tent for dinner was white, with white drapery & clear chandeliers, & our tablecloths were a cream taffeta. Our amazing flowers, provided by Aspen Branch, included orchids, hydrangea & ranunculus roses with green leaves, including Aspen leaves & Aspen branches. We could not have enough candles, placing them all over the dinner tables & inside the St. Regis where our band, The Hudson Project, played for 4 straight hours. Apparently, golden up-lighting in combination with natural candlelight guarantees that your guests will celebrate & dance until midnight.

Our talented photographer, Kate Holstein, and videographer, Forget Me Not Media, not only captured the day, but the mood, feel & ambience. Our photos and video are touching & beautiful.

Simply put, everything was perfect.

Photography: Kate Holstein | Cinematography: Forget Me Not Media | Event Planning: Calluna Events | Floral Design: The Aspen Branch | Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett | Stationery: SWEET Letterpress & Design | Ceremony Venue: Aspen Chapel | Hair & Makeup: Salon Tullio | Calligraphy: Designsgirl | Band: The Hudson Project | Accommodations + Reception Venue: St. Regis | Ceremony Musicians: Silver City Strings | Desserts: D'ELissious | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Little Nell | Rentals: Premier Party Rentals | Welcome Party Venue: Hotel Jerome

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Lyons Farmette Wedding from Andy Barnhart Photography

When it comes to farm weddings you should really have two things: animals and wildflowers. This couple had both which means their wedding was not only fun, but beautiful. Captured by Andy Barnhart Photography, playful touches make this farm wedding a cannot miss. You can see every detail (and the animals) here!

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Summer
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From The Bride…When Nick and I began planning our wedding, we started by visiting several venues. Just when it looked like we weren’t going to find anything, a friend mentioned the Lyons Farmette. We scheduled a visit, and it was absolutely perfect! Most of our guests were coming from out of state, and we wanted to create a fun, relaxed experience for them. The Farmette is beautiful with its flower gardens and flowing stream. The animals are adorable and were enjoyed by kids and adults alike. By adding lawn games and a food truck we were able to create a festive atmosphere with plenty of activities for our guests.

There were many elements that made our wedding day special. Reading our vows that we wrote for each other was definitely the highlight for us! With the help of friends and family, we added may DIY touches which really helped with the budget and created that vintage farm look. We were also extremely lucky to find such wonderful vendors. Everyone did an amazing job. Our gift to our guests was local organic honey from Lyons that Jax DeCoster from the Farmette infused with lavender. It was such a special day for us and we are glad we could share it with our family and friends.

Photography: Andy Barnhart Photography | Floral Design: A florae | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Invitations: Kate Acuff | Rings: Shane Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | DJ: Dancin' Shoes DJ | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Rev. Girard Sheffield | Wedding Venue: Lyons Farmette | Food Truck: Heirloom Food Truck | Hair and Make-up: Bri Sudberry, Indie Six | Music: James Davis | Pie: My Mom's Pie | Tie: The Belle and The Beau

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Simple Elopement in the Colorado Mountains

The only thing better than eloping in the mountains with the one you love is doing so with Brumley & Wells by your side. It’s exactly the route this couple chose for their truly intimate “I do,” and Celeste Greene designed each and every moment. One look in the gallery and you just might decide that sweet and simple is the only way to go.

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From Celeste GreeneAfter their first date Wendy and Brian knew they had found the person they wanted to be with for the rest of their lives. They decided to elope and chose the Colorado mountains as their perfect backdrop. Brian, Wendy, their parents and pastor gathered on top of a beautiful mountain overlooking Durango, Colorado to share their natural, intimate and elegant ceremony.

Photography: Brumley & Wells | Floral Design: April's Garden | Cake: The Yellow Carrot | Ceremony Venue: The Glacier Club | Planning & Design: Celeste Greene

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Colorfully Organic Glamper Wedding Inspiration

Glamping is kind of the best thing. It’s a mashup of cozy and fancy all in one and it doesn’t really get any better than that. This slice of goodness from Carrie King and Yonder Floral And Decor House is taking glamper status to a whole new level m’dears. With utterly beautiful bites from Chef Crystal Melanson of Zen Eats in every corner, wild blooms galore and a flowing Gemy Maalouf number from Anna Be, you’ll be feeling all kinds of happy after perusing this gallery.

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From Yonder Floral and Decor HouseThe inspiration behind the shoot began with the discovery of 6 yellow taper candles in varying shades that jumped out at a local antique store. I wanted to create a look that was neutral and fresh with elements of jewel tones and citrus accents. The mix of the light woods and soft greys paired beautifully with subtle pops of yellow with lavender accents. The glamping trailer was a neutral backdrop for our couple’s reception offering beautiful lines and wood details, so we wanted to soften the look with lush blooms and pastel colors. The bride Crystal is a beautiful and talented Paleo chef and nutrition coach who prepared a feast of healthy and beautiful dishes or the dinner. This shoot proved to be a lovely combination of natural woods and tones paired with lush greens and pastel blooms with varying options of textured and silk tops with the beautiful Gemmy Malouf skirt from AnnaBe Bridal Shop.

Menu by Chef Crystal Melanson

Lemon Tart: Creamy lemon tart with fresh meyer lemons, a coconut and date crust and garnished with lavender and blackberries

Blood Orange Cupcakes: Vanilla, orange and coconut cupcakes topped with vanilla frosting and blood orange segments

Grilled Chicken Skewers: marinated and grilled, local and organic chicken with fresh papaya, cucumber, and blackberries

Butternut Squash and Cashew Cheese Ravioli: Butternut squash filled with creamy raw cashew cheese and served with fresh pesto vinaigrette

Beet and Mint Salad: Roasted red and golden beets with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and fresh mint

Roasted Carrots and Crispy Ham: Roasted rainbow carrots drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and served with crispy organic ham

Zucchini and Summer Squash Pasta: Raw Zucchini, yellow summer squash and carrot pasta marinated in a tangy vinaigrette and garnished with hemp seeds

By eating meals made from real, fresh ingredients, such as organic vegetables, grass-fed meats, nuts, seeds, oils, and fruits, you not only support your health but the environment around you as well. Eating Paleo replaces a diet of toxins, GMOs, and low nutrient foods, with wholesome, nutrient-dense real ingredients. Keeping your body healthy and energized with such a diet helps reduce your risk of disease and obesity. Not only does eating locally and organic support your community and local farmers, but it provides your family with a diet of sustainable foods while reducing negative environmental impacts and producing less waste.

Zen Eats is a Fort Collins,CO chef services company, owned and operated by Chef Crystal Melanson, that creates beautiful and nutritious Paleo meals made from scratch for her clients. All dishes are made from fresh and organic ingredients, sourced locally when possible.

Photography: Carrie King Photographer | Floral Design: Yonder Floral And Decor House | Food: Zen Eats - Chef Crystal Melanson | Makeup: Pretty Bride Shop | Hair: Chloe Paige Beauty | Wedding Venue: Blanc Denver | "Gabrielle" Scalloped Lace Bridal Jacket: Anna Maier | Bridal Boutique: Anna Be' | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Glamper Rental: Yonder Floral And Decor House | Rentals: Yonder Floral And Decor House | Skirt Designer: Gemy Maalouf

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Elegant Summer Bachelor Gulch Wedding

As a future fellow mountain bride, when photos like these from Brinton Studios come across my desk, I get extra excited. With a backdrop as breathtakingly beautiful as these Colorado mountains, and a couple of lovebirds as adorable as these two, I’m smitten from the start. And then I came upon this Pnina Tornai dress and it’s the absolute icing on the cake. See all this and more right here!

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From Brinton StudiosIt can be a little nerve racking meeting a couple for the first time on their wedding day. In Lindsay and Tyler’s case, it was a breeze! I mean just look at these two!! To say they made our job easy was an understatement. It was great to get some perfect timing on light and to be with these two amazing people all day. The Ritz Bachelor Gulch served up another perfect day. We just adore working there! Thanks Lindsay and Tyler for being so wonderful!

From The Bride… Tyler and I met at Cooper Middle School and attended Langley High School together as well. It is far from your high school sweetheart story, though I did fall deeply in love with Tyler quickly after meeting back up with him and some friends at the Georgetown waterfront in DC. My best friend was in town and my high school friend Nick Zahra insisted on meeting her. Nick brought Tyler along so Tyler and I ended up being the 3rd and 4th wheel. The rest is history!

Tyler supported me in pursuing my dream of riding horses again and even agreed to buying our first home together in the horse country of Middleburg, Virginia. It was no surprise that he used our first horse purchased together to propose on my birthday. It turned out to be the best day of my life to that point. He had shipped my birthday present to my barn so I wouldn’t open it and insisted we grab it before dinner. He said I needed to march up to the hay loft to open my present. There he had set up champagne and hors d’oeuvres overlooking the sunset. He gave me a very nice camera for my birthday and encouraged me to look at the picture he took when ‘trying it out.’ I was so confused as there was a picture of my horse, Indian Princess, with a sign tied to her neck. I was shocked, excited, overwhelmed, and beyond happy when I read what was on the sign, ‘will you marry me?’ ‘Yes’ was the only word that crossed my mind.

Albeit to say, Tyler helped in making my life the most perfect fairytale that I could ever imagine living. We are lucky to have both been brought up by beautiful families. They aided in each decision along the way and we can’t thank them enough. My sister, mother, and I went to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York to pick out my wedding dress which was designed by Pnina Tornai. We chose to use Rose Petals in Vail, CO as our florist. Kyle Hodge Films recorded our video. We choose to have our rehearsal dinner at Sweet Basil in Vail, CO. Inga Cox did our hair. Michele McKamie did our makeup.

Photography: Brinton Studios | Cinematography: Kyle Hodge Films | Floral Design: Rose Petals | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch | Makeup: Michele McKamie | Hair: Inga Cox | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal

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