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Elegant Destination Outdoor Mountain Wedding

When Callie and Vince first began planning their wedding day, they made a must-have list (if you haven’t done this yet, do it!) as a jumping off point. Number one? A mountain setting. Number two? A venue that would fit their every pre/post wedding need. The results? Wedding day perfection. With Lane Dittoe on hand capturing every second, Love This Day Events coordinated the magic and honestly it just doesn’t get any better. Watch the moving Velare film below and see it all in The Vault!

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From The Bride…When Vince and I first started brainstorming on where we wanted to get married, we had a few top priorities.  First of all, we knew we wanted to get married in the mountains.  I grew up in Colorado, and we spend a lot of time there still despite living in San Francisco.   Secondly, we wanted a venue that would allow for all our wedding events to be onsite as well as accommodations.  Many of our guests were going to be traveling, so we wanted to create a fun and stress-free weekend that would allow our guests to fully enjoy the great outdoors of Colorado without having to worry about transportation between events.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch was a perfect match.  Situated in the middle of 6,000 acres with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, it both a stunning backdrop and also provided an abundance of activities!  We knew it was the venue for us the second we stepped foot on the property.  Vince and I both love spending time outdoors with our dog, so Devil’s Thumb Ranch seemed to reflect us as a couple.  When looking at past weddings held at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, I kept on bookmarking the ones that were designed and planned by Kara Delay of Love this Day Events.  We reached out to her and immediately knew she would be the one to help us create the perfect wedding weekend.  Our mutual love for chocolate labs was only the beginning of us becoming fast friends.  Since we had already seen (and fell in love with) so many of the weddings Kara had planned, we knew we could completely trust her to help us create something that aligned with what we had envisioned for our wedding.  I was in full-time grad school and working, so I didn’t have a ton of time to dedicate to planning.  And while we had some requests and ideas, we put our complete trust in Kara to make suggestions and decisions, including helping us hire our other vendors.  She enlisted the amazing Gretchen from Yonder Floral and Décor House to help pull our vision together.  The two of them designed and executed such a beautiful wedding, and we could not have been happier with the results.  Everything down to Charlie’s floral collar was perfect.

Vince and I agreed that the setting of our venue was so beautiful itself that we didn’t want to do anything over the top in terms of our flowers or décor.  We decided to incorporate whites, blushes, and sage into our flowers and tablescapes, with lots of greenery!  The interior of the barn where the reception was held has beautiful exposed beams and a gorgeous fireplace.  We didn’t want to take away from the rustic beauty of the space, so we filled the tables with low-set flowers and lots of candles.  Kara strung some drapery from the beams and added a couple of chandeliers to pull the whole look together.  It was pretty amazing walking in for the first time and seeing our vision become reality.

We felt so lucky to work with the vendors that we did for our wedding.  While some knew each other and some did not, they all worked so well together throughout the planning process and on our wedding day.  For our photographer, we were recommended Lane Dittoe, who was based both in Boulder and Los Angeles.  Logistically it worked perfectly, as we were able to do our engagement photos in San Francisco, and then he did our wedding in Colorado, without having to do too much traveling.  He has such a calm demeanor that put Vince and me at ease in front of the camera.  And as you can see in the photographs, he is extremely talented.

Micah and Will from Velare did an unbelievable job on our wedding film.  The highlight film turned out to be beyond our expectations, and we could not be happier.  They were such a treat to work with, also making us feel comfortable in front of the camera.  Simply put, they are some really cool dudes with wild talent, and we feel so lucky that we were able to have them shoot our special day.  We are anxiously awaiting our feature film!

On the days surrounding the wedding, our guests enjoyed mountain biking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and more! Being somewhat of a destination wedding, it was the perfect place to organize a weekend of events for our guests to show our appreciation for their travels.  Friday kicked off with a game day on the front lawn of the ranch followed by a casual BBQ rehearsal dinner for all guests.  While the girls were getting ready on Saturday, the boys hiked around the property playing a round of Frisbee golf, with our girl Charlie happily running around beside them.  Having our dog there for the weekend and a part of our wedding was especially important to us.  She served as a floral girl of sorts, and my heart still melts every time I see an image or video of Vince walking down the aisle with her.

The whole weekend went off without a hitch (at least as far we know!), and we had an absolute blast.  While we were able to share this special time in our lives with all our most loved family and friends, we also felt like we were able to cherish each moment together as a couple and acknowledge the true meaning of the weekend.  We took a few deliberate moments to step away to take it all in and just have some private time together.  We were both pretty emotional leading up to the ceremony and throughout the ceremony, but we were able to let loose during the reception and dance the night away as a newly married couple.

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Photography: lane Dittoe fine art wedding photographs | Cinematography: Velare | Coordination: Love This Day Events | Floral Design: Yonder Floral And Decor House | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Hair + Makeup: Christina Trostel | Band: Tunisia | Groom's Attire: Isaia | Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Groom's Shoes: Gallo Bianco

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Rustic Colorado Ranch Wedding Infused with Southern Charm

What do you get when you have a Bride with a vision and a team of incredible vendors like Brett HeidebrechtElysium ProductionsLove This Day Events and Wildflower Linens? Wedding day magic. True to the Bride’s vision, Devil’s Thumb Ranch was transformed into lush, elegant, blush and romantic wonderland. Head to The Vault to see all the gorgeous details, including a stunning invitation suite, beautiful florals and some killer cowboy boots!


From Love This Day Events… Katie and Tom’s Colorado Ranch wedding was absolutely one of the best weddings I have ever had the pleasure of working on. Katie and Tom (and Katie’s amazing mom Paula) are the kindest, funniest and quite frankly, loveliest of families. The inspiration for this gorgeous day was a celebration of Colorado (thank you Devil’s Thumb Ranch) chocked full of southern charm.

From The Bride…Tom and I met in 2011 in Winter Park, Colorado at Ullrs Tavern. My best friend had a little too much to drink and got sick in the hallway. As I was frantically trying to clean it up and close our tabs so we could get out of there I look over and see a guy (Tom) talking to my friend. I quickly went over and told him he needed to leave her alone because she was intoxicated and he ask me if he could give her a ride home. I said absolutely not because I thought it was a bad idea to ride home with a stranger. He assured me that his friends wife was sober and they could get her home safely. After securing a reference (his Mom) and his social security number I let my friend get a ride home with these seemingly nice, complete strangers. Moments after they drove away I panicked and couldn’t believe I had let my friend leave with complete strangers (I stayed behind because I had paid a $30.00 cover to see Trampled by Turtles and I wasn’t going to leave 10 minutes into the show) so I ran home to make sure she was safe. Upon arrival I found my friend tucked under a blanket on the couch with a cup of water and the trash can beside her and a note from Tom. I thought…wow. What a truly amazing guy and I was very intrigued to see more of this guy and hook him up with my friend….Well that was a failed attempt but in the following weeks Tom and I started to meet up at the mountain to ski. I quickly fell for Tom because he was such a gentlemen which was a rare find in a mountain town. Following that winter Tom and I started spending a lot of time together, going on hikes, bike rides and other mountain adventures and we really just became best friends! That is what our relationship started out as, just two great friends having fun and enjoying the mountains together. After about 2 years of this madness I went home with Tom to Kentucky. At this time I was head over heels for him but had no idea where we stood. I quickly found out that Tom had told his family and friends that I was his girlfriend so after years of stalking and hard work I finally had a BOYFRIEND! I continue to fall more in love with Tom every day. We complement each other in every way and we are so blessed that God put us in each other’s lives, we can’t wait to continue on this beautiful adventure together!

So I had been begging Tom to go on my favorite hike all summer and every time I brought it up he came up with something else he wanted to do that day. The hike is to Columbine Lake and it was the first hike I did when I moved to Colorado and I made it a point to do the hike again every year after that, so I understood that we had other things to cross off the bucket list since we had already done that hike 5 times but I still had to get it done! So…suddenly Tom wants to go on the hike. The weather was not looking good and our dog had just had emergency surgery 3 days earlier but he insisted that this was the day and that the dogs had to come with us. So….annoyed with him…we set out on our adventure. He was acting weird all morning and when we reached the summit he was so worried about getting the camera set up just right so that we could get a perfect picture. With a storm rolling in I was just ready to get down and knew that our dog that had just had surgery was struggling. As I was looking out over the lake and taking in the beauty I hear some rustling behind me and turn around to find Tom on one knee holding the most beautiful ring I had ever seen in my life! He was so nervous he couldn’t even get a word out! I said, “you have to say something!!” He replied “Katie, will you marry me?” and I obviously said yes followed by lots of tears and “Is this real life?!?” It was the happiest most beautiful moment of my life and he couldn’t have planned the occasion more perfectly! (Oh and we have perfect pictures too!)

I have known since my first visit to Devil’s Thumb Ranch that I wanted to get married there and so when searching out Pinterest ideas I found Kara Delay and Love This Day Events. I called her the day after Tom proposed and she started creating my dream wedding! Immediately after talking to Kara I knew that Devil’s Thumb was the place and Kara was the gal to make it happen. It was a fairly simple process for me.

My favorite part of the day was after the ceremony and all of the pictures when Tom and I got to have a few moments just by ourselves and reflect on all the craziness that just happened. Kara (our wedding planner) took us into the reception area and it was like a fairytale. The room was so perfect and beautiful and it was just Tom and I in there. We got to enjoy each other in this beautiful space and just be in love and happy and married. It was such an amazing moment that we got to share. I will never forget those first few minutes as Mrs. Strohmeier when I just got to be with my husband and celebrate all that we had shared together and dream of all that the future would hold following the commitment we made to each other that day. It was truly amazing and reminded me why we worked so hard and planned such a perfect day to celebrate our love!

Something that was really important to me was romantic lighting so that was where my vision started. Also, I really didn’t want to take away from the rustic beauty of Devils Thumb and after we were engaged in a field of wildflowers I wanted to carry that over into our wedding day. When meeting with Kara and Rachel I told them these few tidbits and that I wanted to stick with a neutral/blush/gold theme they took it away and created the perfect vision for what I had in my mind. Lush, elegant, blush and romantic!

My biggest piece of advice for brides is just have fun! Really I had so much fun with Tom, my Mom, Kara and Rachel planning the wedding. I think so many brides get all worked up in every little detail and forget the purpose of planning the perfect day! Remember that in the end no matter what flowers, centerpieces or linens you pick the day is all about you, your spouse and the commitment that you are making with each other and God. Don’t forget to just love your spouse while you are planning and take in every silly moment because in a blink all that planning will just be a bunch of amazing memories. I think with Pinterest and social media we are all so wrapped up in the details when really the most important detail is the love shared between the two people getting married that day! So remember just to love your Husband and if you keep your eye on the reason for the big event everything else will fall in place perfectly!! Oh and… hire an amazing wedding planner. That will help too! :)

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Photography: Brett Heidebrecht Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Planning: Love This Day Events | Floral Design: March Floral Designs | Invitations: The Paper Guppy | Hair + Makeup: Christina Trostel | Band: RockSlide (via Partysingers) | Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Linen Rentals: Linen Hero

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Romantic Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding

This wedding has it all.  A breathtaking Devil’s Thumb Ranch locale, sweet Colorado-inspired details and crazy beautiful florals from Statice Floral.  Plus, don’t even get me started on that stunning Augusta Jones gown from Anna Be.  (It’s awesome.)  Think a full-fledged pretty party, all captured by Kelli Lyn Photography.  Head to The Vault now to soak in every amazing ounce.

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From The Bride… After Dan and I got engaged in Kauai last April, we immediately agreed that we wanted our wedding to be in Colorado at a mountain venue that would allow our mostly out-of-town guests to experience a full weekend in our home state. We also decided that no matter what the flowers looked like or the food tasted like, what was most important to both of us was that our guests left our wedding weekend remembering just how much fun they had. Devil’s Thumb Ranch was recommended to us by a number of people and when we visited the breathtaking resort late last spring, we instantly knew it was the perfect venue — knowing our first date was just a few miles away at Grand Lake was icing on the cake.

Dan and I spend a lot of time outdoors hiking, fly fishing and chasing our 2-year-old chocolate lab, Decker, so the inspiration for our color palette of lavender, pale pink, cream, peach and green came from the natural colors of the Rocky Mountains in the summer. My goal in designing the florals and decor was to complement the Ranch’s wildflowers and incredible Civil War-era barn rather than overshadow it with dramatic arrangements. A trip to a Denver floral wholesaler in late July (recommended by my wonderful planner) helped me make sure I selected flowers and shades that would be in season, something I highly recommend to brides who have the luxury of a year long engagement.

Looking back my favorite details were the custom light installations dripping with eucalyptus that our florist designed, which my mother referred to as “show-stoppers.” We didn’t bring in any other lighting and the soft glow they created throughout the barn was stunning. We also tucked individual sprigs of lavender into every place setting so the room smelled like we were still sitting outside.

From our invitation suite, that featured a rustic custom antler and floral monogram, to our menu filled with items like venison and bison, we really tried to incorporate the Colorado theme throughout every aspect of the weekend. When it came to other details, Dan and I tried to stay as true to ourselves as possible like opting for a dessert bar filled with bite-sized treats, since neither of us like cake, and choosing music, like Tiesto’s “Chasing Summers,” the song that was playing when we first met at a Las Vegas pool party, for our reception entrance.

Receiving our photos from the incredibly kind and talented Kelli Lyn Photography was such a treat, not only because Dan and I got to see all of the details we missed that day but also because we got to see just how much fun the party was, complete with spontaneous performances of both of our college fight songs, dance moves that caused ripped suit pants and more than one wedding crasher. With too many dancing photos to share, the most amazing and important thing was being able to see the dance floor chock full of our family and friends. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Rocky Mountain wedding weekend!

Photography: Kelli Lynn Photography | Event Design: Sarah Nickell | Event Planning: JA Special Events | Floral Design: Statice Floral | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Bride's Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Hair And Makeup: Belle Shea Salon | Band: Raising Cain | Groomsmen's Ties: Michael Kors | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Raising Cain | Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Bridal Boutique: anna be bridal boutique | Bride's Hair Pins: BHLDN | Flower Girl Dresses: David's Bridal | Garter: The Wedding Garter Co. | Groom's Tie: Canali | Invitations & Print Work: The Paper Guppy | Linen Rentals: Linen Hero | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Carolina Herrera | Mother Of The Bride's Shoes: Diane Von Furstenberg | Robes: BHLDN | Veil & Sash: Sara Gabriel

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