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If pretty-pink-princess-style weddings are so not your taste, you’ll love today’s styled shoot. We love the sleek, glamorous black-and-white vibe, and the venue – a hotel located in Colorado Springs’ turn-of-the-century commodities exchange building – has so much character. We love the modern ceremony backdrop, the centerpieces dripping with crystals, and the black-tie inspired place settings.

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Jessica & Michael

July 29

Aspen, Colorado

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It was the middle of winter when we found the T Lazy 7 Ranch. The grounds were covered in snow up to our knees, but when we drove up to the meadow and saw the maroon bells, we knew right then that we had found our place. I just could imagine how beautiful it would look in the summer, if it looked this breathtaking in the winter. We loved the natural beauty of the property, and the intimate and warm feeling it had even in the middle of January! That’s exactly what we had hoped to find!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

We really made it a point of adding a lot of special details. One of my favorites was the beignets and cannolis that were served as part of the dessert bar. Michael is from Louisiana and grew up eating beignets as a kid, and I come from a big Italian family where cannolis are the most devoured dessert, so it was a really fun personal touch to have incorporated. The photo wall when you walked into the ranch was probably my favorite detail though. My Mother- in-Law and I selected old family photos that included grandparents on their wedding day, family reunions and other memorable times that included everyone at the wedding. It was a nice way to show everyone there how much we appreciated them being there and being a special part of our life. The day before the wedding my Dad had tried to convince me that I should ride up on a horse from the stables on the property. I thought it sounded like a crazy idea and went to bed thinking no way! The next day literally minutes before the wedding ceremony was about to begin, my bridesmaids and Dad convinced me to do it. So, off I went in my full wedding gear on top of this beautiful horse with my dad stabilizing me on the one side. I’m happy I did it because it was such a special thing!

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about. 

I can’t stop thinking about when we read our vows. We wrote our own based on the idea of “promises.” It was such a special moment and a wonderful way to personalize the ceremony. Everyone there mentioned to me how much they loved that we had written our own vows.

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Nature-Inspired Late Summer Wedding in Colorado

Posted by Kim on Jul 30, 2012

Whitney & Nate

September 11

Fort Collins, Colorado

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Our Q&A with the bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Planning our wedding from a distance was a challenge.  And with so many family members flying in from all over the country, we wanted one location to make it easy for them to stay close and the day of.  The Tapestry House offered a brilliant oasis not far from the fun of Old Town.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

It may sound silly, but we kept the focus on us.  In the beginning of the process we agreed on the top three things that were most important to us.  We tried to be clear on what we wanted and most importantly, what we didn’t.  Because at the end of the day, no matter what went wrong or what Aunt Susie thought of my flowers or the ceremony music, we were married and it was a beautiful day.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

The moment I finally got to the front to stand in front of Nate.  That walk, albeit 100 feet, was the longest walk of my life!  It was amazing to see our closest friends and family and end up standing in front of my best friend, knowing we were about to make such an important commitment to each other.

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Lively Colorado Mountain Wedding

Posted by Kim on Jul 16, 2012

Chelsea & David

March 9

Vail, Colorado

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Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I loved the homemade stuff! My mom made a lot of the little pine cone candle holders and I made the centerpieces. I also loved our cake topper (which was made by a friend), and the guestbook/tree that my bridesmaid who could not be present at the wedding made for us.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Shop around! I didn’t bother having things priced out and I think we could have saved a few bucks if I had.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Dave and I got to have 10 precious minutes completely to ourselves while we rode the gondola up to the top of the mountain immediately following our ceremony. I don’t think a lot of brides and grooms get any alone time to look at each other and say, “Wow, we are married!” It was really special and something I will cherish forever.

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Natural Colorado Ranch Wedding

Posted by Kim on Jun 26, 2012

Catalina & Mark

April 13

Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, Colorado

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From our Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We chose Devil’s Thumb Ranch because of its unique and beautiful setting in the Colorado mountains. Devil’s Thumb Ranch is very special to us and we wanted to share it with our family and friends.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

We decided to decorate the tables with herbs and ferns. After the wedding, we gave the plants to friends and planted the remaining herbs in our garden. We hung photos of the weddings of our parents and grandparents from the birch tree escort card holder, along with small bouquets of herbs. Finally, it was very important to us to support local businesses.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

The moment we can’t stop thinking about is when we first saw each other. We decided to wait and see each other until the ceremony. As soon as our eyes met, we were overwhelmed with love and happiness.

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