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Jody and her handsome groom Drew tied the knot at a beautiful local community support farm. All the details of the wedding reflected on their relationship and the things that are important to them. There are truly too many wonderful parts of it to name and it seems more fitting to just let them be observed and enjoyed for what they are.


Photographer:  Julia Vandenoever//Caterer: Pastry Chef Samm Sherman//Dress Store: ECO-Bridal Gowns//Culinary:Garnish Mobile Craft Bartending//Musicians:Touchstone Coyote//Caterer: eat, llc//Other Location: Lyons Farmette//

From the Photographer: 

Kelsey and Cameron were two of the most laid back people I have met. They were full of love and excitement on their wedding day and up for anything. The bridal party was cracking jokes most of the day and troopers for all the photos the bride wanted captured. The toasters had the entire room cracking up laughing in tears with all the jokes and stories and the dance floor stayed packed for the evening. The pianist was a local guy the couple found at a local restaurant and he was amazing to say the least. Kelsey and Cameron were high school sweet hearts and they are continuing their journey together in England next summer!! Two special things to note about the day-the necklace Kelsey wore was made from the stones from her parents wedding rings. Also, Cameron’s best friend was killed 2 years ago so they made a “space” for her in all the photos as the best “man”. So sweet! It was definitely an honor to share this day!

Photographer:  Dash Photography//Hair Stylist:Fraser Hair//Musicians:Riah Finch//Floral Designer: Rustic Urn//Event Venue:Western Riviera//Caterer:Wild Horse Catering//


From the Photographer: While some prefer a big celebration after they say their nuptials, others prefer a romantic, intimate date with their new spouse. This shoot was my vision of an incredibly romantic, personal elopement in the beautiful Colorado Mountains. One where the only thing that matters is that you’ve vowed to make a life together and that you’re still head over heels. On a night like this, a bride and groom incorporate things that they love and in this case, I picked a few that me and my fiancé love. Red wine, sunset and adventure. I picked Deer Creek Valley Ranch because it’s a peaceful, natural location with a beautiful backdrop. What is more romantic than cuddling up on a boat at sunset with a glass of wine, a good book and the love of your life?

Photographer:  Rayna McGinnis Photography//Bridesmaid Dresses:Jessica McClintock//Floral Designer: Amore Fiori//Hair Stylist:Bedazzled Beauty//Makeup Artist: Brandy M. Rich//Reception Venue: Deer Creek Valley Ranch//


From the Photographer:
Tara and I went to school together and since we graduated I have had so much fun seeing her and Dan’s cute pictures on Facebook and Instagram! Without knowing Dan, I knew that he was Tara’s other half! Shortly after getting engaged, Tara contacted me and said that she wanted me to photograph their wedding, and I was obviously beyond happy! And it only got better from there. They are getting married at the adorable New Children’s Museum in San Diego, California next year (that I CANNOT wait to photograph), AND she asked if I would go out to Denver (their new home town) for a destination engagement session to photograph their engagement portraits, yes please!!! I such had a fantastic time running around Denver with this super fun, adorable couple! Dan had Tara laughing the whole time, and they made me feel so welcome – it was seriously so fun!

I really appreciate a well done wedding theme, and it’s even better when a couple really puts their lives and personalities into a theme, making it uniquely theirs. Stephanie and Cory did just that, incorporating a subtle travel theme without overwhelming their guests with details that weren’t really related to them. In addition to that, their unique bridal party attire really makes this wedding stand out: Two-tone dresses for the bridesmaids and earthy feeling bouquets, and bow-ties and dapper hats for the groomsmen. All of this gives the wedding a laid-back, personal feel, which is so refreshing.

From the Photographer:

Stephanie and Cory wanted to add in decor and flavors from each phase of their lives together; Colorado (where Stephanie is from), California (where they currently live) and finally Thailand (home of their favorite food). They have traveled around the world throughout their relationship and wanted to include a “travel theme” without incorporating the traditional decor and inclusions that you think of with travel themed weddings. Since Stephanie is an interior designer and Cory is a landscape architect, they were able to do this through DIY centerpieces, organic and eco-friendly decorations, plus handmade truffles from the bride.

When I first stepped foot into Colorado almost seven years ago, I knew I had to call it home. See, I grew up in Florida and beaches are nice and all, but seeing snow-topped peaks, and trees that turned amazing hues of red and orange and yellow and other colors I can’t even put words to, won my heart in a millisecond. I was hooked! I think that it is this natural beauty that makes this landlocked region an amazing location for not only weddings, but intimate honeymoon getaways! Doesn’t just sounds so romantic waking up to freshly fallen snow softly blanketing everything outside while sitting by a fire snuggled up to someone special. A really great way to experience that is through some of the Front Range’s amazingly cozy and romantic bed and breakfasts. But these aren’t your typical bed and breakfasts with lace, your grandmother’s antiques and those creepy dolls that seem to stare you at you no matter where you go in the room. These B&Bs offer a timeless, yet modern, feel with all the luxurious amenities, décor and more that you’d get at any other city hotel or resort. We’ve collected a few of our favorites tucked into the corners of the Front Range.

Arrowhead Manor is a luxury bed and breakfast in Morrison, Colorado, near Denver. It offers incredible mountain views private balconies, luxury linens and modern meets antique décor.

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The Highland Haven Creekside Inn can be found in Evergreen, Colorado, and offers a modern touch to the typical bed and breakfast experience. You’ll find warm woods, private entries, and a sleek, modern aesthetic in the guest suites and common areas. Plus who could resist an inn that serves Romance welcome packages, including one with champagne and a “Cuddle Blanket”?

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For the still urban loving couple looking for a unique place to stay, The Queen Anne Urban Bed and Breakfast offers sleek décor and an urban oasis in the heart of Downtown Denver married with historic architecture.

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Snow + Mountains = So. much. fun.  It’s not unheard of to see so many newly engaged couples out in the snow for their engagement session in Colorado.  Given that it doesn’t happen too much in other parts of the country, it always makes me happy when they land on my desk (or email, in this case).

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Shannon and Justin’s wedding at Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs was full of so much character – the details all had a wonderful vintage flair. The dessert bar had more sweets that I am willing to admit I’d eat (because I’m positive I’d have to try one of everything). Shannon’s gown and accessories were the perfect balance of classic and vintage. Let’s not forget the venue. Oh, the venue. It’s earthy and vintage. It’s full of personality.  And, it was the perfect back drop for Shannon and Justin’s wedding.

Photographer: Autumn Cutaia Photography / Catering: Bird Dog BBQ / Groom’s Attire: Bridal Elegance / Groomsmen Attire: Bridal Elegance / Bridal Salon: Something New Boutique / Dance Instructor: World of Dance Studio / Cake Baker: Melody Bigger Bakery / Ceremony Venue: Hillside Gardens / Reception Venue: Hillside Gardens

Nicole + Eric’s Love Story:
Nicole and Eric grew up in Florida. After several request for a date Nicole finally accepted. They immediately fell in love. After dating a short bit they decided to move and check out the scenery in Colorado. Once they arrived they knew this was where they were going to be (Winter Park, Colorado). They fell in love with the beautiful scenery and endless outdoor activities. During the winter they snowboard and ski and in the summer they hike and bike. Both work in the WP resort area. Eric proposed last spring while on a golf outing with some friends. Nicole happily accepted and it was only right for Nicole and Eric to marry in the place they now call home.

I just spent a long weekend in Steamboat Springs visiting with my best friend and her family. A weekend in the mountains full of nature and beautiful scenery. And, it had me thinking about how Colorado really has some of the most beautiful backdrops. And, every time I catch a glimpse of a mountain wedding, my heart flutters. Because not only is this couple taking a big leap toward their next life chapter, but they get to do it in front of friends and family in the heart of all that nature has to offer.

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From the Bride:
We always knew we wanted to get married in the mountains. Having spent many summers in Gunnison county, we were drawn to Crested Butte and its laid back, rustic charm. We were traveling in Massachusetts, celebrating the start of our final year of medical school, when Tyler proposed. The wedding planning started shortly thereafter, and my mother Nancy acted as our wedding planner. We had one year, and Nancy turned our wedding dreams into realities. For our rehearsal dinner, we floated down the Gunnison River to one of our very favorite restaurants. Our wedding day was magical! Incredible weather, beautiful scenery, being surrounded by loved ones, and getting to marry your best friend. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day!

Reception Venue: The Club at Crested Butte | Photographer:  Lauren Brimhall Photography | Wedding Gown: Nolte’s Bridal | Tuxedos: The Toggery | Stationery: Statements | Make-up: Metamorphosis Salon & Spa | Hair Stylist: Eleve Salon | Nails: CB Hand and Foot Care | DJ/Ceremony Guitarist: Ryan Herr | Florist: Misty Mountain Floral | Cake: Connie Guerrieri | Shuttle: Alpine Express Charter