Rocky Mountain Bride Colorado Fall/Winter 2022

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MEMORIES START HERE Located at the base of Vail Mountain along picturesque Gore Creek and walking distance to Vail Village, Grand Hyatt Vail offers 285 luxurious guest rooms, suites, private residences, and a variety of venues to perfectly compliment your special day. Featuring naturally lit ballroom space with direct access to tranquil outdoor spaces and Vail’s largest outdoor Pavilion, Grand Hyatt Vail is the ideal destination for weddings of all sizes. Whatever the season, our event specialists are here to assist you to ensure that we create the day you have been dreaming of! Our award-winning culinary team offers creative, locally sourced menu choices that not only celebrate you, but also the beautiful destination you have carefully selected for this special occasion. Grand memories start here. GRAND HYAT T VAIL — @grandhyattvail | | @vail_residences | 970-479-1033 | 1300 Westhaven Drive | Vail, CO 81657
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Picture yourself marrying the love of your life in the most beautiful location in Colorado. With sweeping panoramas of the Garden of the Gods National Landmark, Pikes Peak and Rocky Mountain backdrop, Garden of the Gods Resort and Club is Colorado Springs’ most exclusive setting for weddings. In addition to hosting weddings, ceremonies and receptions, this inclusive resort is a highly sought-aftervenue for engagement parties, bridal showers, baby showers, rehearsal dinners and farewell brunches. The property welcomes diverse cultural traditions, interfaith ceremonies and LGBTQ+ celebrations. The onsite expert wedding specialists understand the unique needs and attention required to create a breathtakingly beautiful and memorable event to impress every guest on your list.

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Majestic mountain views in every direction. Beautiful on-mountain wedding options. A vibrant village and world-class outdoor adventures for all. Your day is destined to be unforgettable. Welcome to life magnified.

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The Nest Above is the Bird’s Nest is a newly built event space. The second story of the Bird’s Nest will be exclusively yours. We have created a warm, stunning second-story event space. Located close to the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Nest Above is the perfect venue with a rustic modern look framed by beautiful mountain views. We offer in-house and offsite catering providing your special event with quality, ingredient-driven Colorado cuisine, and exclusive wine and bar selections. Our upstairs event space is accessible by stairs or lift and can seat up to 90 guests. A full buy out of Bird’s Nest is available upon request, accommodating up to 125 guests.

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It’s that time of year again, when the day’s become a bit shorter and the hustle and bustle of summer’s full calendar begins to wind down. The promise of a slower, cozier pace easily welcomed. Evenings snuggled around the fire with a glass of wine or hot chocolate lend themselves perfectly to wedding planning and pondering of one’s own special celebration. Be inspired by lively discussions of what you and your partner truly desire for your day; getting curious and dreaming up what details will embody your love.

In the pages ahead you will find beautiful true-to-season inspiration awaiting. A warm winter palette sets itself gorgeously amongst a snow fallen Taylor River elopement in Almont. Thinking of donning not one but two fits for your day? We’ve got you covered with various getaway looks to keep guests on their toes and for you to have a little fun as your wedding comes to a close. While appetizers might start the evening off, there’s something to be said about a late-night snack on the dance floor to keep the moves coming... my personal favorite being the black bean corn dog beautifully crafted by GB Culinary. Yum!

Wherever you are at in your planning journey, we are so thrilled you chose to be here with us as you gather bits and pieces that resonate with your vision. We cannot wait to see your own completely unique Colorado wedding come to life! xx, brit

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INSPIRATION wintertime escape A snowy elopement at Eleven’s Taylor River Lodge late night cravings After dark delights with GB Culinary the getaway outfit Fun & funky looks for your fabulous departure 38. 114. 126. 50. 126. 22. 106. 38. heather jackson photography emily francis photography jacie marguerite murphy e photography meraki photo co. PHOTO CREDIT Top to bottom, left to right INSPIRE TABLE OF CONTENTS TRUE LOVE beginnings 22. 26. 30. katie + mikhail - Aspen ayah + abu - Denver krystle + dave - Denver

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love stories cassidee + wyatt - Durango mallory + kyle - Vail gigi + wayne - Montrose noelle + hetwortha - Denver alyssa + sean - Steamboat Springs megan + matthew - Larkspur julia + grayson - Denver larissa + lane - Idaho Springs

always 140. brittany + karlos - Vail

PHOTO CREDIT Top to bottom, left to right

26. 66. 98. 152. cait swithers photo + film haley hawn grace gatto sierra dawn photo marissa nichole photo
58. @mainstreetflowermarket Stunning, Unique & Memorable Flower Design Parker, Denver, Colorado Front Range & Surrounding Areas

April’s Garden is Durango’s Best Floral Shop – voted best of Durango every year for the last nine years and more in counting, and what do we do best? Weddings. With each and every wedding, we wholly invest ourselves into each bride and groom and the look of their wedding. From the moment you lay eyes on our sweet little mountain town, we are the heart located therein. We are your go-to gals for all of your wedding day needs. We want you to feel like you’re that gitty 5-year old, 15 or 25 year old talking with your best friend about the look of your wedding day dream. The best part is we will be the best friend who helps create it and see it through. When you walk down that aisle on your day – we will be there with tears in our eyes, proud of that beautiful day and living it up right beside you. Our brides trust the best, and you deserve the best.

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Blackstone Rivers Ranch is the premier riverfront mountain special event destination in the Colorado Rockies, located just 35 minutes west of Denver! Our exquisite event spaces and relaxing atmosphere, will wow you and your guests. Blackstone Rivers Ranch is the perfect boutique venue for your luxury wedding or special event. We host one, completely unique, curated and exclusive event each day. Our venue is reserved for you, and ONLY YOU on your most special day. Whether you seek ultimate adventure, unapologetic luxury, and everything in between, we know that your time with us will be filled with amazing & unforgettable moments. 303-567-2339
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Getting married at Viewline Resort Snowmass is a breath of fresh air—literally. Dramatic mountain views and extraordinary natural surroundings, a generous array of beautiful interior and exterior venues, and a talented team of expert planners and creative chefs will make your wedding a truly pinnacle experience.

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22. 26. 30. katie + mikhail - Aspen ayah + abu - Denver krystle + dave - Denver ENGAGEMENTS jacie margeurite



Katie and Mikhail are a classic modern love story. After meeting on Hinge, the pair went on their first date in the spring of 2021. Katie was instantly charmed by Mikhail’s long hair, ridiculously large truck, and propensity for Adidas tracksuits. When Mikhail planned gnome painting for their second date, she knew he was the one. Mikhail wasn’t deterred by Katie’s constant talk of babies and even came up with three nicknames for their future children on the first date. Unlike Katie, Mikhail only needed one date to know that he was in the presence of his future wife. Fast forward seven months, Mikhail proposed to Katie on Christmas Day in front of their families in matching pajamas!

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Photographer: Jacie Marguerite |

Engagement Ring: Miro Jewelers |

Hats: Kemo Sabe |



Ayah and Abu met while attending the same university, Ayah in her freshman year and Abu in his senior year. The couple’s story first began when Abu noticed Ayah the semester prior, however, he didn’t think he would have a chance to interact with this beautiful girl, so he let it go. That’s until the fall of 2015, Ayah and Abu serendipitously became officers in a club on campus. The spark was obvious and the two quickly formed a close friendship. As time passed, Ayah and Abu began seeing each other more often and it wasn’t long before they found themselves falling in love. Six years later, Abu proposed on a rooftop in Denver as the sun set beyond the Mile High City, complete with flowers and a sweatshirt that read “Ayah, will you marry me?”

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Photographer: Haley Hawn Photo | Engagement Ring: Forever For Love |



During the summer of 2013, Krystle and Dave met at a wine festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As fate would have it, Krystle ran into Dave’s sister, Jess, who was a fellow student at the same pharmacy school. Unknowingly, Jess then introduced her brother to his future wife. But it would take three years before Krystle and Dave became a couple. “We became instant friends, but were in very different times in our lives. However, that connection carried over various casual events through the years and we officially started dating in 2016,” Krystle shares. Six years later, Dave proposed on New Year’s Eve. Each year the couple would set a goal to visit a new city for every New Year, but in typical pandemic style, they rang in 2022 with a quiet evening among friends in their home city of Albuquerque. When the 10-second countdown began, Dave dropped to one knee and asked Krystle to marry him. Dave would later go on to say that it took Krystle until the next year to finally say, “Yes!”

Photographer: KMM Photography | Engagement Ring: Zales |
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only ten miles from downtown Telluride, CO on the historic Aldasoro Sheep Ranch, AB Weddings is the perfect location to host your mountain top wedding. You bring the party, we’ll take care of the views.

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The Briaoni Ballroom can seat up to 300 guests banquet style.

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wintertime escape


Hidden in the Colorado countryside lives Eleven’s Taylor River Lodge, a collection of exceptionally styled log cabins that line the canyon and run alongside the tumbling Taylor River. The property offers the perfect combination of rustic laid-back luxury coupled with an intimate atmosphere. The design team of Lucky Penny Events thoughtfully curated a winter inspired elopement, where the design aesthetic embodies the area’s rugged beauty through earth tones of monochromatic browns, creams and taupe.

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meet me in the mountains

Steeped in nature, blue skies, towering evergreen trees, granite cliffs, and a blanket of the whitest snow frame the ceremony as Murphy E Photography captures every moment and detail of the day. Breathtaking florals grace an intricately carved wooden screen evoking vintage charm. As you walk towards your partner, Bramble & Bloom’s arrangements of white, cream, terracotta, and pale pink florals, complement the aisle and add a touch of texture.

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taylor river lodge reception

Following the ceremony, celebrate your authentic Rocky Mountain romance with a hygge inspired reception back at the lodge for a meal prepared by culinary chefs on site. Given the venue’s remote location, there is an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Dishes like smoked pulled pork with heirloom grit soufflé and cast iron chicken with cornbread Panzanella salad are among the menu choices. The mountain chic décor carried all the way to the three-tiered, decadent chocolate cake from Cake Me Away displayed on a thick wooden bark charger which was then accented with toffee and cream colored floral.

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Venue: Taylor River Lodge

Planning, Design & Rentals: Lucky Penny Events |

Photographer: Murphy E Photography |

Florist: Bramble & Bloom |

Invitations: Skelley West Design Co + Letterpress |

Cake: Cake Me Away |

Dress: The Bridal Collection |

Gown Designer: Justin Alexander |

Hair: New Moon Salon |

Makeup: Natalie Vierling |

Linens: Nüage Design |

Candles: Chandlerie |

Models: Emmali & Tre

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cassidee + wyatt - Durango mallory + kyle - Vail gigi + wayne - Montrose noelle + hetwortha - Denver alyssa + sean - Steamboat Springs megan + matthew - Larkspur julia + grayson - Denver larissa + lane - Idaho Springs

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Cassidee + Wyatt

When Cassidee and Wyatt met during their junior year of high school they became best friends right off the bat. As it often happens, the pair stepped out of the friend zone to take their connection to the next level and never looked back. Six years later, Wyatt proposed on an annual beach trip to South Padre, Texas. While Cassidee and Wyatt call Texas home, the couple planned a dreamy, boho wedding in Southwest Colorado.

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For the wedding ceremony, Cassidee and Wyatt exchanged vows in front of a circular arch adorned with a mix of pampas grass, dried palm leaves, and greenery to create a cool, modern focal point against the rugged and breathtaking San Juan Mountains. To incorporate a touch of Texas, they opted for a rustic style cowhide rug as the altar.

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“Make it your day! It’s totally about the two of you.”


Venue & Lodging Purgatory Resort |

Photographer Emily Francis Photography |


By The Millers |

Florist April’s Garden |

Sweets Sweet Addition

Music & Entertainment Aiko Aiko Sound |

Bridal Boutique Blue Bridal Boutique |

Gown Designer Made With Love |

Bride’s Shoes Marc Fisher |

Bride’s Jewelry Diamonds Direct | Nordstrom |

Beauty Summer Blonde Co. |

Groom’s Attire Suitsupply |

Groom’s Shoes Vince Camuto |

Officiant Brother of the Bride

Welcome Party The Nugget |

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Mallory + Kyle

Missouri natives, Mallory and Kyle go way back to the days of performing in their high school marching band together. The two began dating the summer between their junior and senior year and soon fell in love. After six years of dating, Kyle proposed at the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland. “My mom grew up in California and worked at Disneyland when she was in high school. She started taking my sister and I every summer when we were kids and it became our special place. Kyle had never been before so one January he joined my family and he got down on one knee in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. It was magical!” shares the bride. Mallory and Kyle planned an outdoor destination wedding with boho details.

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“Enjoy the moments on your big day that you didn’t plan! Those moments turned into some of our favorite memories.”
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Venue, Catering, Lodging & Rehearsal Dinner

The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa |

Wedding Planner

Tied With a Bow Weddings |


Grace Gatto |

Florist Erin Ashley Design |


Niki Press Designs | etsy: nikipressdesigns

Rentals Wallower Rentals & Decor | Colorado Party Rentals |


June Poppies |

Music & Entertainment Elope Wedding Ceremony Music | Music on TAP |

Bridal Boutique True Society by Belle Vogue Bridal |

Gown Designer All Who Wander |

Bride’s Shoes Nina |

Bride’s Jewelry With love, Alex Abigail | @withlove.alexabigail

Bride’s Ring Designer Helzberg |

Beauty Chelsea Hunter Hair | @chelseahunterhair

Bridesmaids’ Dresses BHLDN |

Bridesmaids’ Jewelry Made by Mary |

Groom’s Attire Men’s Wearhouse |

Groom’s Accessories Daisy and Oak Studio |

Groom’s Shoes Steve Madden |

Officiant Colby Carpenter

Transportation Colorado Party Bus |

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A SA B I A NCA B R I D AL is simply part of our fabric
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Gigi + Wayne

On a weekend getaway to the alpine village of Vail, nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Wayne proposed to his then-girlfriend Gigi. Wayne knew he wanted to pop the question in an impressive and romantic location that would always be remembered and hold significance from that day forward. So, the couple set off to explore the Dillon Ice Castles, a real winter wonderland experience with castle-like ice sculptures carved by artists featuring tunnels, slides and illuminations. “I was genuinely surprised and amazed by the effort and detail that went into the planning of the night and don’t get me started on the RING! Just... WOW!” Gigi shares.

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far as the planning of the wedding goes, do your research and hire a phenomenal wedding planner! Most importantly never lose sight of the whole point of the wedding, which is you as a couple and remember to have fun with the process.”

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When the newly engaged couple first sat down to discuss what they envisioned for their big day, Gigi, of course, created a Pinterest board with bold color palette choices, acrylics, and neon signs. It was a clear sign of an autumn wedding in the mountains utilizing hues of emerald and rust paired with bohemian touches.

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Venue & Rehearsal Dinner Storm King Mountain Ranch |

Wedding Planner

Elevation Weddings & Events |

Photographer Sierra Dawn Photo |

Videographer Will Campbell Productions |

Florist Dahlia Floral |

Invitations Gravix Studiolab | @gravixstudiolab Rentals Event Rents |

Catering Flavors by Sodexo

Sweets Jacque’s Sweet Treats |

Music & Entertainment Elevated DJs | @elevateddjs German Duarte | @germanduartemusic

Bridal Boutique & Veil a&bé bridal shop |

Gown Designer Anais Anette |

Bride’s Shoes Custom |

Bride’s Jewelry Etsy |

Bride’s Ring Designer John Atencio, custom design |

Hair Salon Envy |

Makeup Boheme Beauty Boutique | @bohemebeautyboutique_

Bridesmaids’ Dresses Azazie |

Groom’s Attire, Accessories & Shoes Custom |

Groomsmen’s Attire Express |

Officiant Dr. Steven Porter

Transportation Western Slope Rides |

Morning-After Catering Double Barrel Taco Company |

Honeymoon Azulik, Tulum, Mexico | Isla Mujeres, Mexico

photography by: Bridget Burnett Photography, Cait Swithers Photo + Film & Sarah Porter Photography
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Noelle + Hetwortha

Noelle and Hetwortha met online in 2011 when Hetwortha followed Noelle’s blog on Tumblr. After Hetwortha messaged Noelle, the two quickly bonded over their shared love of film and art. Within a few months Noelle and Hetwortha began dating and as they say, the rest is history! On a trip to Colorado in October nearly ten years later, Hetwortha popped the question at Denver Botanic Gardens. While the couple was visiting the Mile High City for a Jonas Brothers concert, Noelle had no reason to believe anything was amiss as they moseyed through the 24-acre urban oasis. “We walked around the garden and toward the end of our stay he led me back to the Woodland Mosaic & Solarium, arguably our favorite spot, and proposed! It was so beautiful and intimate, just us and nature,” Noelle recalls. Noelle and Hetwortha planned a romantic art deco wedding.

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“My husband is from India so it was very important to us to incorporate some of his cultural traditions in our big day. I was able to get henna done with my bridal party a few days before the wedding by Leah Reddell. We also did a few rituals during the ceremony including the exchanging of varmala, one of the oldest traditions in Indian wedding ceremonies. During this ceremony, the bride and groom exchange garlands around each other’s neck. The flowers represent excitement, happiness, and beauty – all tied together on a string signifying the marital union. Most importantly we hired Priya Hariharan, an Indian classical singer, to sing live during the Indian rituals of our ceremony.”

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partner during all the chaos and just have fun!”
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Ceremony Location Denver Botanic Gardens |

Reception Venue SPACE Gallery |

Full Planning & Design Amara Collective |

Photographer Laura Rachelle Photography |

Videographer Bri Poehler Films |

Florist Hadley & Ren |

Paper & Signage Scarlet Gilia Creative |


Event Rents |

Colorado Party Rentals | Hazel Grove Rentals |

Bear Aesthetic |

The Borrowing Bride | Denver Wedding Rental |

Catering Biscuits & Berries |

Sweets Kelley Kakes

Music & Entertainment Great Family Reunion |

Indian Classical Singer Priya Hariharan

Bridal Boutique Anomalie |

Bride’s Ring Designer Heidi Gibson |

Beauty Candelaria Beauty |

Bridesmaids’ Dresses BHLDN |

Groom’s Attire, Accessories & Shoes Custom Indian Sherwani | @bellabrides1

Officiant Derek X Garcia Rehearsal Dinner Coohills |

Linens BBJ La Tavola |

Lighting Event Lighting Rental |

Photo Booth Chipperbooth |

Henna Artist Leah Reddell |

Live Artist

Bethany Presley | @presleypaints

Honeymoon Tokyo, Japan

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Alyssa + Sean

Alyssa and Sean met in Steamboat Springs during the fall of 2017. Sean had been living in Colorado’s Yampa Valley for eight years when Alyssa moved to the charming mountain town. While Sean’s friends met Alyssa first and shared the news with him about the new girl in town, Alyssa had already become friends with Sean’s sisters and was looking forward to meeting this wild snowboarder named Sean. The two were finally introduced to each other at a group dinner where Alyssa was instantly smitten. She even called her best friend at the end of the evening exclaiming that she was “in trouble.” From there, Alyssa and Sean were inseparable. Two years later, Sean asked Alyssa to marry him at 14,265 feet on the summit of Mount Quandary in the White River National Forest.

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The morning of the wedding, Alyssa and her bridesmaids slipped into the perfect mix of laid-back, cozy, and festive flannel pajamas. While the bride wore a sophisticated set of white accented with black piping, her bridal party looked especially stylish in mismatched red plaid pajamas, a wintertime staple we all know and love.

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“When it comes to your wedding, remember to stay true to what you truly envision for that day. Don’t be afraid to dream outside of the box a little!”


Venue & Lodging Sky Valley Chateau |

Photographer Lindsey Boluyt Photography |

Florist Boulder Blooms |

Invitations The Knot |

Rentals Colorado Event Rentals |

Catering The Cabin at Steamboat Grand | Sweets Inclusions Bakery and Dessert Bar |

Bridal Boutique Meadowbrooke Bridal |

Gown Designer Lotus Threads |

Bride’s Alterations & Custom Sleeves Charles Josef Bridal | @charlesjosefbridal

Bride’s Veil Sara Gabriel |

Bride’s Ring Designer Alexis Russell |

Beauty Kara Durecki | @kara.d.aesthetic

Bridesmaids’ Dresses Baltic Born |

Groom’s Attire StudioSuits |

Groom’s Accessories Jos. A. Bank |

Rehearsal Dinner Los Locos |

Honeymoon Steamboat Ski Resort |

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Megan + Matthew

In the age of online dating apps, a true blind date is more uncommon than not. However, Megan and Matthew are proof that the so-called, old school, pre smartphone dating experience still exists. While Matthew lived in North Carolina, he spent the summers working as a backpacking guide in Fraser, Colorado alongside Megan’s college roommate at Colorado State University. In May of 2020, Matthew moved from North Carolina to Colorado and immediately, Macy, the mutual friend of the two, claimed Megan and Matthew would be perfect for each other. Equally enjoying being single in their twenties, Megan and Matthew weren’t interested, but after much persistence from Macy, Matthew finally gave in. Neither of them had met before, or even talked, when Matthew called Megan to ask her to dinner. The pair settled on a date and time and to their surprise they ended up talking for five hours. Nearly a year later, Matthew took Megan to Crested Butte where their story first began. “My plan was to go to Lake Erwin, make her a French toast breakfast with bacon and mimosas on my backpacking stove. Then after breakfast, I would get down on one knee and ask the woman I fell in love with to marry me…so I thought.” After witnessing the crowd on the lake, Matthew quickly pivoted his plans by suggesting a walk down a nearby trail through the valley where he got down on one knee and asked Megan to marry him. Megan and Matthew said, “I do” at Spruce Mountain Ranch.

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Spruce Mountain Ranch |

Wedding Planner

Sarah Jessica Sathre Events |

Photographer Cait Swithers |

Catering Rocky Mountain Catering |

Cake Malorie Wilson

Paper & Calligraphy DIY

Music & Entertainment A Music Plus Entertainment |

Bridal Boutique a&bé bridal shop |

Gown Designer Jenny by Jenny Yoo |

Bride’s Veil Marry Bridal | Etsy: MarryBridalUS

Bride’s Shoes Shyanne Cowboy Boots |

Bride & Bridesmaids’ Jewelry Olive + Piper |

Bridesmaids’ Attire

Mia Dream Design | Etsy: MiaDreamDesign

Beauty Olson Bridal Co. |

Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire & Shoes Men’s Warehouse |

Groom & Groomsmen’s Accessories

My Tie Shop | Etsy: MyTieShop


Greg Sanders,Vintage City Church |

Lodging Hilton |

Rehearsal Dinner Maggianos |

Honeymoon Kauai, Hawaii


Looking back on their wedding day, the couple reminisces about the opening prayer of the ceremony. “Matthew and I embraced tightly as we received our first blessing as a couple. At that moment all I could think was, ‘I can’t believe we are here,’” Megan shares.


“Delay your honeymoon, and just do something close and easy for a couple days after the wedding.”

Julia + Grayson

Julia and Grayson met at Julia’s high school senior prom, however, they weren’t each other’s date. Grayson attended a different school and was a blind date for one of Julia’s friends, yes you read that correctly, a blind date to a high school prom! The two mingled that evening and ended up following one another on social media, it wasn’t until a year later that Grayson DM’d Julia on Twitter about Avalanche Hockey. The pair bonded over sports and music, but nothing came of it. Then, in 2014 Julia and Grayson bumped into each other at Country Jam Music Festival in Grand Junction where they reconnected over Beersby and music. From that day on they became inseparable. After seven years of dating, Grayson got down on one knee and proposed during the couple’s anniversary trip to Keystone. That Saturday evening before dinner, Julia and Grayson walked their dog, Mack, along the Keystone Valley where a hidden photographer captured the proposal. “Gray turned to me mid-walk and went for it - it was so fast I just started crying and fell to the ground, honestly not sure if I said ‘yes’ out loud,” Julia shares.

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The couple spent the morning of their wedding day getting ready together. “It was something we knew we wanted, really the most important part was that we were together the whole day, start to end. We woke up together, had breakfast in bed and slowly got ready together,” the bride says. Julia found her A-line gown with a corset bustier top and tulle skirt from an online Ukrainian-based brand. While the dress was a complete risk, having never tried it on, the combination of off-theshoulder ruffled sleeves and semi-transparent corset boning, turned out to be a big hit.

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“It’s been said a thousand times, but just do things the way you as a couple want to. We were so incredibly lucky to have family on board with our choice to elope! Our parents knew when it was happening and we shared the news with the rest of our close family and friends! But we would have eloped no matter what, it was definitely the right thing for us and it’s just the cherry on top to have all the support. As a photographer and a bride, I think the only thing I will always share is trust your gut and do what feels good for your marriage.”


Ceremony Location Byron White Courthouse

Photographer Marissa Nichole Photography |


Calla Blue Florals |


Kelly Leigh Cakes |

Bridal Boutique Milla Dress |

Bride’s Shoes & Jewelry Thifted

Bride’s Ring Designer Sarah O. Jewelry |

Makeup Sabrina Deemer Makeup |

Groom’s Attire Men’s Wearhouse |

Lodging Hotel Monaco Denver |


The Midnight Mercedes | @themidnightmercedes

gracegatto . com | @_ gracegatto YOU DO YOUR THING. I’LL DO MINE. TOGETHER, WE’LL MAKE MAGIC.
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Larissa + Lane

Larissa and Lane first met in 2008 while attending Oregon State University. Three years later, the pair unexpectedly and fatefully bumped into one another while studying at the campus library. It all started when Lane called Larissa a few days after their encounter to ask her on what was his version of a first date, a leisurely run. The couple jokes that this really set the stage for what would become many years of outdoor adventures. After ten years of dating, Lane got down on one knee and proposed on a beautiful bluebird day in Vail. Larissa and Lane planned a romantic and whimsical wedding at North Star Gatherings in Idaho Springs.

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Once the vows were exchanged and the rings were on, the newlyweds took a moment to themselves to make things official and celebrate alone before joining the reception. “Immediately after the ceremony, we went up to the loft of the venue together where we signed our marriage certificate with our dog as the witness. We sat there, just the two of us and our dog. It was such a special moment to get some time alone while watching our guests come into the reception space one by one,” says the bride.

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“Wedding planning can be stressful, but try not to stress about the small stuff. In the end, celebrating your love with all of your most cherished people will make for the best day of your life, no matter if a few things don’t work out exactly as planned.”




North Star Gatherings |

Wedding Planner

Birch & Honey Collective |


Meraki Photo Co |

Florist Pepper Rose |


August + White |

Paper & Calligraphy Paper and Dust Co. |


Ethereal Creations Colorado | @_ethereal_creations_colorado_


The Borrowing Bride |

Colorado Party Rentals |

Catering & Sweets

GB Culinary |

Bartending Wandering Wagon |

Music & Entertainment The Get Down |

Bridal Boutique & Gown Designer

Grace Loves Lace |

Bride’s Veil Sara Gabriel |

Bride’s Shoes Dolce Vita |

Bride’s Fur Coat: Overland |

Bride’s Jewelry Etsy |

Bride’s Ring Designer Trice Jewelers |


Glammed Up Designs |

Groom’s Attire Calvin Klein |

Groom’s Accessories Kind Design |

Groom’s Shoes

Cole Haan |


Friend of the Couple


The Eddy Taproom & Hotel |


Ride Experiences |

Rehearsal Dinner

New Terrain Brewing Company |

Honeymoon Italy

PROVIDING UNFORGETTABLE WEDDINGS SINCE 1971 1138 FLAGSTAFF ROAD BOULDER, COLORADO | 303-442-4640 EVENTS@FLAGSTAFFHOUSE.COM | @FLAGSTAFFHOUSE_RESTAURANT What about Catering for Weddings & Rehearsals | Boulder, CO | | @tacosdelnortetruck FOOD TRUCK STREET TAQUERIA TACOS DEL NORTE Boulder,Co What about tacos for your special day?
Photography by: @kellyerinphotography



When planning your wedding menu, don’t forget about late-night snacks to serve on the dance floor. It goes without saying, drinking guests need to be fed in order to keep the party going all night long. GB Culinary has plenty of unique options and organically grown ingredients that will reflect the very date and style of your wedding. Whether you prefer a sugary treat to satisfy your sweet tooth or your idea of the midnight munchies means something savory, look no further.

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As the party goes to the wee hours of the morning, rest assured breakfast is at your fingertips with an undeniably delicious dish of buffalo hash topped with a breaded fried egg and served with a bit of fire.


A scrumptious snack for the vegetarian crowd, or even the meat-lover who won’t be able to resist this plant-based comfort food. Made of black beans, this healthy and mouthwatering alternative to traditional corn dogs will have you going back for seconds.



PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE CHICHARRÓNES Indulge in two cravings with just one bite. A perfect pairing of sweet and salty flavor, these chicharrónes, also known as fried pork rinds, are tossed in peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar for the right amount of crunch.

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Who doesn’t want a chocolate milkshake while moving and grooving to “About Damn Time” by Lizzo? Treat your guests to a childhood classic with a summer twist. Bring the flavor of toasted campfire treats with an irresistible warm and gooey marshmallow atop a cinnamon churro cookie for a decadent dessert.


Photographer: Autumn Cutaia |

Caterer: GB Culinary |

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Located a short distance from Colorado Springs and Denver, Flying Horse Ranch is perfectly nestled in Larkspur, Colorado on a 1,400 familyowned ranch. With views of Pikes Peak America’s Mountain and the rolling green grasslands of the ranch, couples have the opportunity to experience everything the ranch has to offer, including the luxurious 14,000 square foot venue.

From the elegant chic ballroom to the charming barn, Flying Horse Ranch is designed to meet the needs and style of modern day weddings. The ranch house boasts custom hardwood floors, gorgeous white ceiling beams and elegant chandeliers in the ballroom, offering the perfect ambiance for a formal dinner or ceremony site. Prepare to be impressed by the indoor beauty of the natural wood tones of our rustic, yet modern barn, complete with open and airy starry night skies when dancing on the outdoor patio.

Colorado weddings are unforgettable at Flying Horse Ranch. Email,, today to schedule a private tour. We would love to show you around!

photography by: melanie & tyler, tina joiner photography & epic imagery

Bride’s Jumpsuit: Nadine Merabi |

Ring: Custom Ring by Saint Mae |

Earrings: Elizabeth Cole Jewelry |

Purse: Show Me Your Mumu |


Cheers to becoming Mr. and Mrs. now it’s time for the grand finale. It’s easy to make your wedding exit just as exciting as your entrance with an outfit change into a chic, sexy, or glamorous second look. Perhaps, even a third if you’re a bride who’s immersed in the fashion scene. In recent years, brides have started to wear more than one dress on their wedding day, so why not choose something in opposition to the traditional ceremony gown. From fanciful feathered minis to shimmering sequin jumpsuits, find a breakdown of potential options for your celebratory send-off.

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The red carpet might be best known for celebrity fashion, similar to a bride on her wedding day. Take this as your opportunity to slip on something flashy, sassy, and show-stopping such as the Eliza jumpsuit from Nadine Merabi. The British, Lebanese designer is reinventing bridal with a contemporary twist for the modern day bride who is too glam to give a damn.

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A true classic, pearls evoke the beauty of vintage elegance, however if you’re leaning into the trendy and relaxed look, opt for an ultra feminine denim jacket accented with pearls scattered across the shoulders from Gemini Fusion. The vinyl printing of “Till death do us part” gives the getaway style a sense of rock ‘n’ roll edge without overpowering the minimal tea length dress that instantly transports you to a 1950s Audrey Hepburn film.

Bride’s Dress: Lulus |

Bridal Jacket: Gemini Fusion |

Rings: Jolene Engagement Ring, In Every Direction Band & Only Love Ballerina Band by Saint Mae

Earrings & Headband: Jennifer Behr |

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Bride’s Attire: ASOS |

Veil: Jane Rhyan |

Rings: Landslide Engagement Ring, Killer Queen Band & Stairway to Heaven Band by Saint Mae |

Shoes: Converse |


Yes, the ‘70s might have been the era of disco, but the ‘80s embraced wearable everyday garments coupled with bold playfulness. While the athleisure staple seems like an obvious choice for jet setting away to the tropics for your honeymoon, it’s not reserved for casual occasions alone. If you’re a bride who equally loves comfort and style, step into an all-white sweatsuit with elevated accessories at the end of the evening. Finish the coordinated set with an unexpected yet timeless sheer tulle veil from Jane Rhyan and platform Chucks to further this fashion throwback.

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Travel back in time to the Roaring ‘20s romantic era of glitz, glamor, and opulence captured in the movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’. For the reception, change into a gorgeous white mini featuring flouncing feathers and rhinestone embellished straps to dance the night away. With a sense of style just as rich and relevant over a century later, you can be certain your ensemble will remain iconic in photos for years to come.

Bride’s Dress: Bronx and Banco |

Rings: Dreams Engagement Ring, Low Tide Headdress Band & Wildflower Band by Saint Mae |

Earrings: Elizabeth Cole Jewelry |


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If you and your newly minted partner depart for the airport to honeymoon right away, find fashion inspiration from the past that will continue to resonate today and tomorrow. In the ‘60s luxury ruled the sky with lavish perks and grandeur air travel, so why not revisit the status-symbol style after exchanging vows? Give a subtle nod to Jackie O’s timeless style in a cream tweed cropped jacket adorned with the daintiest pearl buttons and a matching mini skirt from Show Me Your Mumu. Take it up a notch with Gigi Pip’s collection of straw hats for plenty of sun drenched days still ahead.

Bride’s Attire: Show Me Your Mumu |

Ring: Sweet Thing Engagement Ring, Bloom Band & Wildflower Band by Saint Mae |

Earrings: Maria Elena | Hat & Hat Bag: Gigi Pip |


Venue: Realm |

Photographer: Heather Jackson Photography |

Florist: Fern and Bloom |

Cold Sparkler Machines: Have a Seat |

Beauty: Brazen Hair Co. |

Engagement Rings: Saint Mae |

Models: Anh & Regan


This genuine mountain town is tucked away and surrounded by awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain scenery. From rehearsal dinner to send-off, you and your guests will be immersed in something old, something new, something breathtaking, and something blue. Choose from one of 12 venues and endless seasons for romance, then let our experts craft your carefree wedding day. This destination of real beauty, real heritage, and real fun will be the setting for your unforgettable wedding day.

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Where Tuscan charm meets a wedding & event venue | 303.805.2295 |
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sarah kempers photography

The story of Brittany and Karlos began below the Mason–Dixon Line in their home state of Mississippi. After catching sight of Brittany a handful of times at church, Karlos chivalrously approached Brittany and asked her on a date. To propose, Karlos created a storybook of the couple’s courtship and sang an India Arie song to Brittany, serenading her with a fake guitar solo. Brittany and Karlos celebrated eight years of marriage with an anniversary session nestled at the base of Vail Mountain.

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Photographer: Whitney Rae Photography |
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“We advise couples to ask each other one simple question: Are you flourishing under my care and if not, how can I help you flourish? Learn each other's love languages and everything about them.”


A two-night event dedicated to imagination, featuring a stacked list of incredible creators. Hosted at Realm, a venue that believes monotony ends where malleability begins.


December 1st - Event Industry Night December 2nd - Open to the Public



Imagine taking your first steps together as a married couple, walking out onto a stunning mountain scene, the sun splashing down on you and your smiling loved ones all around. At The Broadmoor, we have everything you need to make the happiest day of your life absolute bliss with endless luxurious spaces to suit your tastes and a medley of amenities that delight every one of your guests. Celebrate at The Broadmoor, the perfect place for your special day.

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