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Colorado Wedding from IN Photography + Love This Day Events + Plum Sage

The gorgeous you are about to set eyes on is what happens when our Little Black Book vendors truly come together to create a wedding masterpiece. With IN Photography behind the lens, Love This Day Events leading the design + coordination, Plum Sage in charge of the florals, and Tee & Cakes in the bakery, the wedding was bound to be a knockout. But add to that a stunning bride with a serious sense of style, and a groom who loves her to pieces, and what you’ve got is something out of this world fabulous. Click here to see it all!

Andy and I were married on April 28th, 2012 at the rustic and beautiful Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado. Andy and I had been dating for about five years when he proposed to me. Before Labor Day weekend 2011, Andy told me to pack a bag for a weekend getaway in the mountains of Colorado. Not knowing where we were going, I packed more than usual because I wanted to be prepared. On the way up to the mountains, it started to get chilly so I reached in the back of his SUV to get my fleece in my bag…and there was no bag. He had forgotten my bag! As soon as we arrived in the small mountain town, we hit up the only clothing choices in town (a big discount store and a sports store). That evening I did my best to look nice in a yoga dress, flip flops and grocery makeup. Little did I know, this was my outfit we got engaged in! It is a funny story but now looking back it didn’t really matter what I was wearing or how ridiculous I looked, it was truly one of the most memorable days of my life!

Andy and I love the mountains and this was our inspiration for our wedding. When we saw Devil’s Thumb Ranch (our first wedding venue visit!), we knew this was the place to host our wedding. We were married in the ranch’s 150 year old barn with the very large barn doors open to an amazing view of the Continental divide.

For our colors we went for various shades of gray, nude, taupe and ivory with small touch of apricot. The neutral colors really played up the beauty of the old barn wood and breathtaking views. The floral design was very important to me and we were so lucky to work with Erin at Plum Sage. She was absolutely amazing and easy to work with. She really took my ideas, offered some of hers and the outcome was more than I could dream of: romantic and organic! White Lisianthus, ivory balsawood flowers (yes they are made out of wood!), dyed apricot and taupe colored garden roses, gray succulents and seeded eucalyptus pods were just some of the beautiful flowers we used in our arrangements.

All of our décor was mixed woods, glass and mercury glass. Finding all of these items on my own was a challenge but I was able to get everything on a budget with searching the internet and after holiday sales. One of my most favorite elements of the décor was the 100 glass terrarium globes hung from the old barn beams. We added moss and flameless candles to really give the space the whimsical touch we wanted. Huge thanks to our day of planner Kara Delay from Love this Day! for helping us execute this look.

I cannot say enough about how many beautiful photos that Mark and Michele from IN Photography delivered to us. We receive compliments all of the time about how our photos turned out so beautiful and how they look like a documentary of our day. One of our favorite photos is of us standing by a lake with beautiful aspens tree and the Colorado sky reflecting into a lake.

We decided to make our wedding more of a celebration weekend so on the actual wedding day it was very fun because the guest had already mingled with one another. The evening before our wedding it snowed! The day of our wedding it was chilly but beautiful, exactly what we wanted.

Our Christian ceremony was very important to us and to our families. We wanted to incorporate several symbols into our ceremony. We had a lantern that was lit at the beginning of our ceremony and stayed lit the entire evening. This symbolized those who could not be with us, especially our deceased grandparents. We also did a “Knot” ceremony. Huge thanks and love to Pastor Mark Tidd from Highlands Church for bringing this idea to us. We took six pieces of rope and after answering questions about how we intend to act towards one another in our marriage, we draped the ropes over our joined hands. In the end, we pulled on the opposite ends of the ropes and it made a knot. After the ceremony, we had cocktail hour in a glass house and on the patio near the barn. During cocktail hour, we had our guest ink their fingerprint and name onto a hand drawn tree in lieu of the traditional book signing. Both the tree of fingerprints leafs and the knot from our ceremony are special symbols we display at home. Andy and I are proud that not only both of our parents but all of our grandparents are still married. We honored them by displaying photos from their weddings.

For our reception, we went back to the barn for fabulous food and teary speeches. When the dancing started…it just didn’t stop. The dance floor was packed and everyone had a blast celebrating. You cannot beat a great DJ at a wedding. The entire day was made complete by our friends and family that joined us in celebrating. Keeping everything in prospective is important during this exciting transition of life.

One of my most memorable moments of the day was when my dad and I were walking into the barn for the ceremony. When we turned to walk down the aisle toward the large barn doors open to the amazing view, I became completely overcome with the amount of love I felt in the room and with seeing Andy. I was so affected, that I froze with tears running down my face and my dad squeezed my hand. A family friend of Andy’s was sitting in the last row of barn and she whispered to me “it is good, it is good”. Her kind words put it all in prospective for me. It was good, it is great, because I married my best friend.

Photographer: IN Photography / Ceremony & Reception: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Coordinator: Kara Delay of Love This Day Events / Florist: Plum Sage / Cupcakes: Tee & Cakes / DJ: Elite DJ

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Devils Thumb Ranch Wedding from Love This Day Events + Jamee Photography

When it comes to Style Me Pretty, we think a swooning fit is ALWAYS a good thing. Because our swooning fits just so happen to come about thanks to some of the prettiest (and I mean seriously pretty) weddings. Colorado weddings with Love This Day Events at the design helm, with Jamee Photography behind her magical camera. Swooning fit. An entire gallery of swooning fits, actually.

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When I set out to buy a wedding dress one weekend in March I thought I was well prepared. I had read the magazines, researched designers, and had my support staff flown in to take part in the momentous occasion (my mom, my dad, and my best friend). I wanted a traditional, classic, simple lace dress, maybe with cap sleeves. Nothing Disney, nothing big, it was my only ground rule. Matter of fact I declined to try on a few of them along the way. The last dress at the last shop was just that. Disney princess all the way and everyone wanted me to try it on. I assumed only for the mockery of a 6’3 tomboy in this monster of a gown. Nope. It was because it was perfection on a hanger. It slipped on like a glass slipper and felt like the comfiest of jeans. It was, dare I say, my wedding dress. I danced around Elegant Bridal, twirled around like a little girl and giggled with giddy at my own reflection. “The” dress, my dress is Fatima by Enzoani. My reception belt is the Fern belt, also by Enzonai.

I met this dashing tall man on a street corner in St Louis, at least that’s where I physically met him for the first time. We met on Match.com and emailed for a few weeks before our first date on February 14, 2010. Yes, we accidentally went on our first date on Valentine’s Day. It was during the winter Olympics and I’m a big fan of the Olympics so while I was casually watching them and trying to engage in conversation Josh was sure he was bombing the date. After about 3 hours of talking he walked me to my car, in the snow, and offered to clear the snow off for me. He had me then! A sweet kiss goodnight sealed the deal. I called my best friend on the way home to announce my new boyfriend and the man that I was so going to marry!

Josh is from Southern Colorado and I’m from Texas and we live in St Louis, so regardless of where we decided to get married it would be a destination wedding for most of our guests. Since Josh loves the mountains and I prefer the beach, we settled on a mountain wedding with a 5-year vow renewal in Maui. I started looking around at venues fairly casually and shared my search with some of my-coworkers. During lunch one afternoon a girl I work with showed me Devils Thumb Ranch. After about 5 minutes on their website I was sold (yes, despite everyone and my mother telling me to never book a venue without seeing it yourself!). When we did finally see it with our own eyes it was just as perfect.

My top 5 favorite moments were: Having everyone we love in one room to share this moment with us, the love in the air was thick you had no choice but to smile. Our first look, it was adorable. Josh didn’t want to see my dress or know anything about it, so every detail was a secret for over a year. Rumor has it I ran towards him, I disagree since I know I can’t run at altitude, but when I finally got to see him and saw the look in his eyes with me in my dress. It was a perfect moment. All the details: The barn! The mason jars! The linens! The candles and the flowers! Holy Batman! Kara did the most breathtakingly beautiful job transforming the barn into a magical wonderland where flowers and candles rained down from the beams. It was pure perfection. Our vows, the were our words and our silliness. Last, but not least, the fact that at the end of the day I had married the most amazing man I’ve ever known and became a stepmom just in time for Mother’s Day.

My advice to other brides: make the days yours. Don’t do something because you should, make your ceremony, reception, the whole day about what you want it to be. I had bacon for breakfast. I made lame jokes in my vows. We had a wine ritual so that we can share our interests and passion with our guests. This is about your love and your relationship, not all about tradition.

Photography: Jamee Photography / Planning, Coordination, Flowers and Decor: Love This Day Events / Venue: Devils Thumb Ranch / Cake: Teacup / Gown: Fatima by Enzoani / Bride’s Belt: Fern belt by Enzonai

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Della Terra Wedding from Jenna Walker Photographers + Plum Sage Flowers

We have a full-blown, high altitude induced wedding crush on this Colorado soiree, planned by LBBer Calluna Events. It’s breaks every preconceived notion you’ve got about a mountain wedding at a summer camp. The rustic charm is ridiculously glamourous, the day is classic black tie layered with mason jars and wildflowers from Plum Sage Flowers. And the lovely couple are a stunning display of polkadot bowties and lace dresses. It’s time to rethink the mountain wedding, á la Jenna Walker Photographers and the full image gallery!

Sarah and Stuart ‘officially’ met in 2005 in Estes Park, Colorado, while working at the summer camp they both spent years attending as children. It wasn’t until 2007 when they re-connected in the Rocky Mountains that they both quickly realized this relationship was one that was bound to grow into something very special.  Grow it did over the next four years, and in July, 2010, Stuart asked Sarah to be his bride on a hike in… Estes Park, Colorado (notice a trend?).

Stuart is from the small town of Seattle, Washington, and Sarah hails from the booming metropolis of Fremont, Nebraska.  They both spent their childhood and college years visiting various points on the globe, and when it came to choosing a location for their wedding, they wanted to choose a spot that meant something to both them.  Estes Park was the shoe-in choice to fit the bill, and so the planning began.

We chose a classic color scheme (navy and grey) with a pop of whimsy (bright wildflower bouquets) that complimented the natural rustic surroundings.  Sarah collected milk glass vases from local thrift stores, Stuart engineered two delicious homebrews for the guests (Nupti-Ale and Labor Day IPA), and lavender was tossed as the newly minted husband and wife joined the cocktail hour.  The wedding cake by Living the Sweet Life was a coconut cake with vanilla crème cheese frosting, topped with crushed pistachios…and was one of many cakes on the dessert bar (how can you pick just one?!).  The night capped with both families representing very well on the dance floor and creating long lasting ‘memories’ in the photo booth.

We have SO many bright memories of our wedding day.   Spending the weekend amongst our friends and family joining together in a celebration of our love was an unforgettable feeling!

Photographer: Jenna Walker Photographers / Wedding Planner: Heather Dwight, Calluna Events / Ceremony Site: Cheley Camp / Reception site: Della Terra Mountain Chateau / Caterer: Spice of Life / Baker: Living the Sweet Life / Florist: Plum Sage Flowers / Musicians: Raising Cain / Decor & Lighting Company: Pink Monkey Solutions / Hair Stylist: Sonia Warden / Make Up Artist: The Face Lab / Letterpress invitations: Sweetletter Press / Photobooth: Bamboo Booth

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