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Hi, my name is Brit and I have a problem.  Mostly an obsession. With Colorado weddings.  And, this gorgeous one took place at Crystal Farms Ranch in Aspen, CO.

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Image courtesy of Brion Hopkins via Green Wedding Shoes

Check out the tights and shoes on this flower girl! How fun?!

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Image courtesy of Jodi Schlosser Photography

It’s cold outside, but that does not mean your winter engagement photos have to be boring.  This, my friends, is how you have fun with your e-pics in the winter.  And, thankfully, we have a few outdoor skating rinks in town during winter!

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What is fantastic about the idea of doing something for your engagement session, is that the photographer is truly able to capture real moments of interaction, as Sara mentions on her blog.

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Images courtesy of SjMacky Photography

We may be landlocked here in the middle of the country, but we do have a lighthouse!  Props to a couple of Jodi Schlosser‘s for suggesting this location to her for their engagement photos!

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Images courtesy of Jodi Schlosser Photography

Cream cheese icing to be specific.  And, the only cake that is a true match for cream cheese icing? Red Velvet, of course.

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Image courtesy of NYC Cake Decorators

We fully intend on making sure one layer of our cake is red velvet.  The Pilot isn’t much of a fan, but, man, how can you not love it?

As for the other layers…we have plenty of time to think about that.

With a chill in the air and perhaps a few snowflakes, I wanted to share this fantastic winter wedding from Grazier Photography.

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Images courtesy of Grazier Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Merry Christmas!

I always love when I can find a creative decor idea from a couple.  Sometimes we all get caught up in the idea of just using flowers (which there is absolutely nothing wrong with).

This particular couple hung about 40 different glass ornaments above the table.  In the dim holiday light, over candles, they really sparkle, and add an element of wonder to the celebration.

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Images courtesy of Anna Sawin Photography via Style Me Pretty

The takeaway?  Don’t forget that you can hang things over tables, too!

Most couples are opting out of the traditional wedding guestbook for obvious reasons (what do you really do with a book of everyone’s name and/or addresses other than send out thank you cards).

So, what is the new trend?  A guestbook photobook of your engagement photos.  Guests sign on a blank page of a book filled with images of you and your fiance.

BUT, when I saw this idea last week, I thought this was a fantastic idea!

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Image courtesy of Jonas Peterson via Earth Friendly Weddings

It’s a “Wedding Tree.”  Have each of your guests place their thumbprint somewhere on the tree.  Then, the happy couple can have it framed and put it in their home.  The “Wedding Tree” is a great memento and a great guestbook alternative.  It would probably work best with a smaller wedding, but if you have a hefty guest list, you could do a few different trees and have a collection of artwork for your house.  It’s fun and different, and just plain awesome.

With Christmas this week, and my leaving for Florida on Wednesday, posting will be a bit light.

Anyway….

Feast your eyes on this beautiful set up!  The lighting is gorgeous, and the venue is quaint and cozy. The chandeliers and candelabras were a fantastic way for them to dress up the space and create that vintage feel.

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Images courtesy of Susan Stripling Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Be sure to head over to Bride Tide to vote for your favorite wedding blogs.  All you have to do is check out this post, and leave a comment listing your favorite blog(s).  They will be posting the Top 100 wedding blogs on January 4, 2010.

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Image courtesy of Bride Tide

Happy Voting!