Kati and Christopher were married at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Col. on May 31. “Christopher has been visiting Winter Park with his family since he was a child,” Kati said. “As we approached the main lodge on the dirt road to Devil’s Thumb Ranch, we both started laughing right then and there. With a beautiful surrounding meadow and the continental divide as its backdrop, we both knew it was the perfect place for our wedding.” She wore an ivory cotton lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a statement necklace and scallop-edged platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a tie and sneakers. Bridesmaids posed arm-in-arm in their pastel dresses in different styles in the woods before the ceremony! “The moment we remember so well is reciting our vows to each other in front of our closet family and friends with the breathtaking backdrop behind us,” she said. “It was in this moment that the entire wedding came together for us.” Notice the “Best Day Ever” letters that hung over the altar? Inside the barn, tables were decorated with burlap runners, centerpieces filled with garden roses, astilbes, and larkspurs and glitter numbers. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Breathe. Make sure that it’s your day. You only get it once, and it happens in a blink, so enjoy every second of it.”
Niki and Stephen were married at Sarchet Event Center in Platteville, Colo. on August 16. The bride wore a lace bodice a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of Badgley Mischka jeweled peep-toe pumps, while her bridesmaids wore turquoise dresses with illusion halter necklines. Their red bouquets featured roses and dahlias. Guests were greeted with a “You have my whole heart for my whole life” sign and paper fans to keep cool. During the outdoor ceremony underneath the garden’s gazebo, they combined different colored jars of sand into an hourglass to symbolize their unity. Portraits were then taken amongst the free range and prairie as the sun was minutes away from setting. Bonus: golden hour! You won’t want to miss the AMAZING sparkler send off too.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Estes Park is in the base of the Rocky Mountain National Park (one of our favorite places in Colorado), and the ceremony location is breathtaking. The moment we walked underneath the pavilion,we just knew it was the place.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Beer growlers instead of table numbers
2. Hanging flowers behind our sweetheart table
3. Bridesmaid’s bouquets
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Jack and I did our “first look” in the Rocky Mountain National Park (same place we got engaged). Seeing him for the first time, while being in the mountains, was my favorite moment of the day. Also, I didn’t walk down the aisle to any music. Last minute, I realized I hadn’t chose a song to walk to (crazy, I know), so I let nature choose my music for me. It was completely peaceful and quiet, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Many of our guests approached me after the ceremony and commented about how wonderful they thought it was that I didn’t play music because you could hear the rain in the distance over the mountains, the wind in the trees, and the birds singing to each other. It was truly calming and beautiful.
From the photographer: “Kara and Ryan’s wedding was held at one of my favorite venues in Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods Club. With not a cloud in the sky, the weather was absolutely beautiful that day for their outdoor unity sand ceremony. Friends and family flocked from all over the country to celebrate their marriage. Everything about their day couldn’t have been more perfect, from the majestic mountain backdrop to the The Briar Rose String Quartet who played during their ceremony. The eight-piece Diamond Orchestra made the reception a sensation. Karol Peat of Willows n’ Weeds crafted a gorgeous bouquet complete with a small photo pendant honoring Kara’s sister.” -Stephanie Brauer Photography
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We wanted a venue that provided space for our guest to have small gatherings wherein they could catch up and share stories. But we also wanted to be able to have an indoor/outdoor option that accentuated the beauty of where we live.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Saying our vows under an umbrella as sprinkles fell around us
The groomsmen shaking things up with chivalry as they gave their coats to the bridesmaids.
The toasts from my Best Man and Cali – one of Kit’s bridesmaids.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Get as much of the big stuff out of the way early, and as you get closer to the date delegate so that you can be present with each other and family to enjoy the celebration. You can plan all you want but in the end, hold it loosely so you can enjoy the day whatever may come. Probably good advice for a marriage too.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Kendall: I could not get through my vows without crying and for all attempts to keep it together I just let the tears come and smiled my way through it as Kit tried not to cry, looking into my water-filled eyes. Plenty of tears and laughter throughout.
Kit: Saying our vows and holding hands was a moment I will always remember. Looking into his eyes knowing that this was it for the rest of our lives and vowing to create a beautiful partnership through all the good and the bad is something I hold so close to my heart. Our first dance “When It Don’t come Easy” by Patty Griffin was the epitome of what our marriage is and continues to become. He is my best friend and I couldn’t imagine life without him!!