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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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Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding from Love This Day Events + Julie Harris Photographer

Cowboy Boot wearing, Rocky Mountain loving, adventurous brides and grooms, this wedding is dedicated to you. It was planned and designed by the always lovely Love This Day Events. It was captured by Julie Harris Photographer. And it was everything a rustic, Colorado wedding should be. And then some. Click here for more!

Rick and I love living in Colorado and both enjoy the many activities available to us because of the Rocky Mountains. The Rocky Mountains are where we fell in love, so naturally it was only fitting for us to find a wedding venue that encompassed the “real” Colorado and what the West was all about. After touring multiple venues all over the state…we finally found the perfect match – Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado. Devil’s Thumb Ranch is elegant and rustic, quaint but magnificent. Every person who works there is warm, friendly and eager to help….and the food is amazing! Saying our vows while overlooking the Continental Divide and dancing the night away in a barn constructed from hand hewn beams from a Civil War-era Indiana barn was in a word….perfect.

The most important detail for me was the photographer. I had Julie Harris Photographer already selected as our photographer, long before Rick ever proposed! I have long been an admirer of Julie’s work and I could not wait to finally meet and work with her. Julie has a knack for capturing the real, “raw,” and true emotions of the day…and that is exactly what she did for us. When we viewed our wedding photos for the first time, I could not believe how perfectly she captured every emotion of that day. I cannot thank her enough for such beautiful memories.

Kara Delay of Love This Day Events was the first and ONLY wedding planner we considered. From the moment we first met her I knew she was the perfect person to help us plan our wedding… her smile and enthusiasm are contagious. She made every SO easy…we could not have done it without her! The colors we went with were purple flowers and touches of burgundy/wine and soft browns. Kara also provided all of the décor for the reception, including the gorgeous table florals.

The Aspen trees were at their brilliant yellow peak, the weather was a perfect 70 degrees with bright blue skies, and the Colorado Rockies looked more beautiful than ever. Our entire day was pure magic.

Ceremony & Reception: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Planner: Kara Delay, Love This Day Events / Florist (décor only) & decor: Kara Delay, Love This Day Events/Pick Me / Florist (bridal party & family): Denice, friend of the bride / Photographer: Julie Harris Photographer / Cake: Paula, Teacup / DJ: Matt, Elite DJ / Bridal Gown: Pronovias, Grecia / Alterations: Darcy Lewis / Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group, style 6505 in Burgundy / Cowboy Boots: Sheplers / Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Jos.A.Bank, Traveler Tailored Fit 2 Button Suit in Grey / Groom & Groomsmen Ties: The Dress Group / Officiant: Groom’s Great Uncle / Hair & Makeup: Chrissy Neidig, Aveda Academy Denver / Chalkboard for guest book: Morgan Hill Designs / Heart charms for guest seating: Morgan Hill Designs / Engraved heart for wagon: Morgan Hill Designs / Art Deco Pearl Teardrop Earrings: Luxe Deluxe / Art Deco Rhinestone Hair Comb: Etsy / Flower Girl Dress: Zappos / Flower Girl Boots: Zappos

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Aspen Ranch Wedding from Love This Day Events + Jared Wilson Photography

The pretty parade of 2012 just keeps on going, and today it’s stopping at this gorgeous Aspen wedding. Filled to the lovely little brim with gorgeous, soft, romantic colors, flowers, and sweet travel details, all courtesy of the talented Love This Day Events, it is pure wedded bliss, for not just the bride and groom, but for all of us as well. I can’t stop sucking up every sweet detail, captured fantastically by Jared Wilson Photography, in the gallery. Care to join me?

Craig and I are both travel buffs and had literally been around the world together in the past year before deciding to take a last-minute trip to Paris after Christmas. We spent our days exploring the Louvre, discovering yet another fantastic French bistro for lunch, visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, and finding cobblestone streets filled with all sorts of intriguing shops. Our nights were spent walking down the twinkling Champs Elysees after dinner, taking a romantic candlelight dinner cruise down the Seine river, and enjoying the glittering Eiffel tower from Paris rooftops. It was amazing! On the last night (which was also New Year’s Eve), we managed to get tickets to a ballet held in Paris’s famous opera house, the Palais Garnier. It was on these steps after the performance that Craig bent down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage. It was so sweet, so romantic, and I wish I could do it all over again!

We chose to get married in Aspen during the summer because it is just so beautiful and it’s one of our favorite places to ski in the winter. We wanted a small, intimate wedding weekend with activities for everyone leading up to our special day, and that’s exactly what we got! Our wedding coordinator and event planner, Kara Delay, was absolutely amazing and I knew the first time we spoke several months previously, that she and I shared the same vision of a rustic and romantic mountain wedding. When I arrived at the site on our wedding day, I was absolutely blown away at what Kara had been able to create. It was my vision but times 10! Throughout the entire process, I felt so at ease planning a destination wedding knowing Kara was there to help me manage the details. She went above and beyond anything I could’ve imaged and I’m so grateful that she was able to help us create such a special day for us.

While the whole thing was spectacular but if I had to single out one favorite moment, it would be the ceremony. It was a very powerful moment spiritually, and everyone felt God’s presence right there in the meadow. It was as if His hand were on us, sealing the commitment we made to one another to have and to hold, through better or worse, from this day forward. We read letters that we had written to each other, which made it that much more personal. I still tear up thinking about it!

Floral & Event Design: Kara Delay, Love This Day Events / Wedding Planning & Coordination: Love This Day Events / Venue: T Lazy 7 Ranch / Photographer: Jared Wilson Photography / Dress: Pronovias / Belt: Romona Keveza / Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Ring: Romance Diamond

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Aspen Mountaintop Wedding from Ashley Garmon Photographers

Destination weddings are so, so romantic. You and your betrothed, your closest family and friends, jetting away to a beautiful, exotic locale to say your I Do’s. And when the destination is Aspen, Colorado, it is promised to be beyond gorgeous. The Rocky Mountain peaks alone can add a total sense of style to a wedding. Add to that a fantastic color palette filled with romantic, soft details, and a bride & groom with style coming out of their ears? Well you got one fabulous wedding as the platform for starting the rest of your lives together. So when Ashley Garmon Photographers sent over an affair just like this one, captured brilliantly – I might add – I knew it was something special. And I think you’ll agree with me, especially after a trip to the full image gallery!

We have always loved Colorado. Scott was born there and our favorite trips have always been to the mountains. It was an easy decision to have our wedding in Aspen.

The inspiration for the wedding was the surroundings. Aspen is exquisitely beautiful in the fall. The aspen leaves turn yellow and are accented by evergreens and gray mountains. Instead of competing with the landscape, we decided to incorporate the colors surrounding us into our wedding and opted for a palette of gray, green, and yellow.

There were so many special moments during the wedding. We had a vase of freshly picked wildflowers that were handed to the guests with their program as they entered the wedding. The officiant explained to our guests towards the end of the ceremony that the flowers represented all of the meaningful people that are part of our lives and asked them to bless the flowers with well wishes for our marriage. She then collected the flowers and placed them in a vase at the altar. Lastly, she asked Scott and I to bless two yellow roses as a symbol for our love for one another and our love for our family and friends and placed them in the same vase. It was a poignant and beautiful moment seeing all the varied wildflowers together in the same vase and knowing that it represented our lives together.

The other special moment was the presentation of our wedding quilt. I am a Southern girl and all the women in my family have always sewn and quilted. My grandmother, Bartletta, in fact sewed every outfit by hand that I wore until I was eight years old. As a surprise, she and all the women in my family had saved the dresses and used the fabric to sew a quilt for my wedding day. My grandmother was the only person still living that had originally sewed the quilt and presented it at the wedding. It was very emotional seeing all the dresses that I wore as I child for the first time in 17 years. I had never seen the quilt, and it is a symbol of where I come from and the love of all the women in my family and their blessings for our marriage. I will always treasure it.

I have two favorite moments. The first is seeing my Dad for the first time in my wedding gown. My dad is in no way a crier. But when he saw his first child in a wedding gown and he took my hand, we both knew that I had grown up, that his knobby kneed 12 year old girl was now 25 and a bride and it impossible to hold back tears. My other favorite moment was seeing Scott, my husband to be, while walking down the aisle. I have never seen him look more handsome, most wistful and more loving in my entire life and I will never forget that moment. He looked how I felt, that this was the most important moment in our lives and that we were the luckiest two people in the entire world.

My favorite photograph is a moment that Ashley caught when I was walking down the aisle. Scott has tears in his eyes and you can see a hand at his back supporting him. It was his best man, his big brother with a hand on Scott’s back letting him know that he was still there.

Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Stationery: Hayden Avery / Flowers: Aspen Branch / Cake: Delissious Cakes Aspen / Photographer: Ashley Garmon Photographers / Wedding Planner: Jason Burns / Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN / Wedding Jewelry: Kendra Scott for Bridesmaids / Favors (mini pecan pies): Homemade by Bride and Groom / Custom Wedding Hanger: Heirloom

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Canada Castle Wedding from Orange Girl Photographs

It’s no secret that we love Orange Girl Photographs. Based in Canada, she so often captures unbelievable affairs set in the mountains with buckets of snow. In fact, one of my first features on the LBB Blog was actually an inspiration shoot of hers! Obviously, Orange Girl never disappoints, so when I opened my email to find her name in the inbox, along with the words elegant, lace, and castle, I knew we were in for a treat. And a treat it most definitely is. A romantic castle venue, fantastic Rocky Mountain view, and a bride with the prettiest hair, this is one of those weddings that makes my heart speed up a bit. So if you’re ready for your cardio workout today, click here for more!

When Morgan proposed on top of Fairview Mountain overlooking Lake Louise we knew the Rockies would have to play a feature role in our wedding. After hiking back down the mountain we cleaned up for a beautiful engagement dinner at the Banffshire Club in the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and walked away with a wedding brochure and the hope that we might just be able to pull off a wedding in a castle.

The idea was to have a classically elegant wedding with some unique personal touches to make the day feel like it was truly ours. I had grown up in Calgary with the mountains in my backyard but my family moved here from Northern Ireland and I hoped to incorporate their history into a spectacular Canadian setting. My mother and I had gone dress shopping shortly after the proposal and as soon as we saw an ivory mermaid gown with cap sleeves of the most beautiful lace we knew it would be something even my paternal grandmother who made lace herself would be proud of (you can see her handwork on the gown’s hanger). My maternal grandmother’s locket was included in my heart shaped bouquet of old fashioned flowers and contained a picture of her and my grandfather on their wedding day with a snippet of her wedding dress from 1934.

Morgan grew up in Ottawa so Banff became a true destination for his family, also bringing their own traditions. During our ceremony we both drank champagne from a Quaich (a Scottish loving cup used to seal an agreement) which was engraved with our names along with Morgan’s parents, his grandparents and great grandparents. Morgan is also a military man, currently a Captain with the Canadian Forces, and took great pleasure in cutting the cake with his ceremonial sword. In fact, Morgan was lucky to even make the wedding as the army was responding to a domestic emergency in Manitoba. He was only released a day before we were scheduled to make the drive to Banff and had to return to the flood a few short days after the wedding.

One of the greatest compliments we received that day was how relaxed we were. Our wedding planner, Connie Grace of Elegant Banff Occasions, thought of everything. She brought our amazing vendors together and thought of things we never would have dreamed of on our own. She encouraged us to get a vintage Bentley that took us to a most incredible location for photos. It might have been a small hike but Morgan bought me special wedding day Uggs to get us to a ridge with stunning views of the mountains and our Fairmont castle. Connie did a wonderful job of coordinating our stationer, cake maker and florist and helped provide decor to create a stunning event in ivory, gold and green. Every detail was perfect and we could not have been happier, and it shows in all of our photographs. We cherish this day of love and laughter with friends and family that became a true fairy tale and our happy ever after.

Photography: Orange Girl Photographs / Event Design: Connie Grace of Elegant Banff Weddings / Event Planning: Connie Grace of Elegant Banff Weddings / 1952 Silver Bentley: Highland Executive Chauffeur / Flowers: Forget me Not / Ceremony Location: Mount Stephen Hall at The Fairmont Banff Springs / Reception Location: Mount Stephen Hall at The Fairmont Banff Springs / Dress: Pronovias, Adela, 2011 / Harp: Harp Angel / Cupcakes: Cake Creations /

Wedding stationery: Jenelle of PinkPolka Design / DJ: Patrick Smiley
Rocky Mountain Wedding by Smitten Photography

I just love me a good outdoor mountain wedding. Maybe it’s the Thoreau lover inside of me that gets all giddy when couples head to the great outdoors to profess their love and celebrate under big, old trees and mountain vistas. This rustic, vintage gem just so happens to be captured by the super talented Sharon at Smitten Photography so you know it’s gonna be beyond beautiful. And for all you mountain loving brides out there, wondering how you can pull something like this together, you’re in luck because we have a buying guide coming up in just a little bit, filled with all the essential goodies of this amazing wedding. So stay tuned! And in the meantime, head over to the gallery for even more homespun goodness!

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Burlap, antique mason jars, vintage buttons and lace, a rustic aspen log arbor, and a stained glass window from home, log benches, an old church pew, a borrowed altar, and combined talents from family and friends, all came together to make our wedding day more beautiful than we had dreamed.  Mount Princeton Hot Springs, located at the base of one of Colorado’s 14,000 ft peaks, set the stage for this awe inspiring splendor.  A simple Kraft paper welcome bag tied with a flower made from industrial paper towels and tulle greeted each guest. The flowers and decorating were all created and assembled at Mount Princeton by family and friends, so the spirit of community was in joyful celebration for a day and a half up to the ceremony and reception.

The reception was time to celebrate the newlyweds! Vintage tags, strung up with old wooden clothespins, directed guests to their tables. A DIY photo booth complete with old wood  picture frames, paper bow ties and mustaches made for a a fun keepsake. Vintage typewriters for typing a message to the Bride and Groom added to the guest book that was created from engagement photos. Old wedding photos of parents and grandparents and great grandparents were hung on rope.  An old blue suitcase from the 50′s, found at a Thrift store, held favor bags of freshly ground coffee, labeled  Jenna and Mark’s Blend,  from the local Roastery. We were showered with lavender buds as we drove away in a classic Volkswagen “Thing.”

Wedding Photography: Smitten Photography / Wedding Gown: Mori Lee / Bride’s Shoes: The Frye Company / Bridal Wrap: Vintage / Floral Design: Kelly Brown / Wedding Cake and Desserts: Michelle Gapp / Cake Topper, Ring Bearer Pillow, Table Numbers and Tags, Flag Banners: Mother of the Bride / Location: Mt. Princeton Hot Springs / Bridesmaid Dresses: Target / Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Kenneth Cole Reaction / Flower Girl Dresses: Target / Bridesmaid Sweaters: JCrew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor / Reception Music: Celebration Station DJ / Caterer: Mt. Princeton Hot Springs / Bride’s Hair + Make-up: Mouton Salon (Jenn Williams) / Hairpieces + Fascinators: Mother of the Bride / Favors: Buena Vista Roastery / Calligrapher, Invitations, + Programs: Angela Tingle / Bow Ties: Etsy / Arbor: Ron Reese

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