Not all fairytales start smoothly – just ask Ashley and Tyler. For when their original venue suddenly closed they thought all was lost, but thankfully their misfortune was short lived. Soon after they discovered Cherokee Ranch And Castle and their fairy godmother Lisa O’Dwyer. Joined by Fortuna Films behind the lens, see their storybook ending in The Vault!
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From Lisa O’Dwyer…Ashley and Tyler’s wedding is at a Cherokee Castle, a historic castle in Colorado near Denver built by an English family in the 1920s. The couple had lost their original wedding venue when it closed suddenly, but their planner Isabelle Kline found a gorgeous new one for them that they fell in love with! I loved the garlanded market lighting for their outside reception which looked very European amongst the English castle-inspired architecture.
From The Bride…The inspiration for our wedding really came from both Tyler and my backgrounds. I was born and raised in Central California, which is also the same place that we met and started dating. Tyler was born and raised in Littleton, and obviously would be the place where we would choose to start our lives together. It was important for the both of us to incorporate both California and Colorado themes into our wedding by way of California wines, Colorado craft beers, and a Colorado-inspired menu, while still keeping it very timeless and classy. As most of our guests were traveling to Colorado from over 15 different states, it was also important to us that we could share what we love about where we were beginning our future with our family and friends.
In regards to the venue that we lost, now that we’ve both been able to really look back on the whole thing, what we thought at the time was a complete wedding planning disaster turned into us wondering how we would have had anything different. Being able to host a wedding in a Colorado historical landmark was another way to entertain our guests, too. We decided against offering wedding favors, and instead giving them an experience we hope they’ll never forget through castle tours, local craft beer tastings (which were hand-made by my Dad), the wildlife and the incredible views on top of the mountain, literally. I did the calligraphy for the invitations and signs (my company is Aspens and Inks on Etsy).
Photography: Lisa O'Dwyer Photography | Cinematography: Fortuna Films | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Cupcakes: Gigi's Cupcakes | Invitations: The Paper Source | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Allure Bridal | Catering: Three Tomatoes | Hair: Rebekah Klueber | Calligraphy: Aspens And Inks On Etsy | Band: Masterful Musicians | Venue: Cherokee Ranch And Castle Foundation | Bride's Rings: The Shane Co. | Dress Alterations: The Garden Gate | Event Planning + Floral Design: Isabelle Kline | Groom's Ring: 2nd Street Ring Craft | Lighting + Garland: Lighting and Design by Scott | Linens: Luxe Linen