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elcome to the very romantic world of Della Terra At the end of the twisting road, Della Terra suddenly rises up before you, breathtakingly suspended, majestic, solid, yet magical. Nestled in the majestic grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, this extraordinary venue offers incomparable amenities and the perfect backdrop for every season.

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editor - in - chief Juli Rathke

associate editor - colorado Megan Erickson

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53. honeymoon at half moon

80. favorite etsy finds

what to bring and how to bring it

22. top mountain wedding venues

learn from one of the best in the business

26. professional profile

L elizabeth events - she does it all

36. the great gatsby

style shoot inspired by the roaring 20’s

pure romance at this jamaican oasis

56. professional profile

82. brush creek ranch, wy

58. 7 days of fashion

86. what’s trending?

meet imthiaz houseman of fine art boudoir

the look book for the week of your event

66. diy | dinner by the lake

ideas that will make your lakeside affair

what every groom should know

52. professional profile

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meet joann moore of the vail valley

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one stop shop for the best in music

78. bridal boudoir

even the girl next door is doing it

a true wedding paradise

cakes for him and fashion for the gossip girl

96. the back page

44. ode to the groomzilla

who isn’t addicted to the crafty site?

social networks share their advice


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Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or grand affair, we have majestic locations and extraordinary service to exceed your expectations. The Telluride Ski & Golf Resort boasts spectacular venues, including Gorrono Ranch and Allred’s, that offer elegance for any occasion.

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19. nikki & brad breckenridge, colorado

photography: danieldunnphoto.com

48. katherine & james telluride, colorado

photography: alpineweddingphotography.com

30. kelly & connor beaver creek , colorado

70. adrienne & jack tabernash, colorado

photography: francesphotography.com

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holly resignolo moved to Colorado in 1990 to ski and has lived there full-time ever since. She began her career as the Wedding Planner for Keystone Resort and is proud to be celebrating her 23rd year of marriage in April. Loving all things mountain, her family and the outdoors, she has recently launched a daily blog about all things related to the mountain lifestyle. Holly has written for various regional magazines and blogs over the years. She is currently the editor of MTN Town Magazine and Director of Sales for RMB. Contact her at holly@r2-mediagroup.com..

hannah pobar

is a born and bred Colorado wedding photographer inspired by the sweet and

simple things in life. Hannah fosters a love for the entrepreneurial spirit, in addition to, of course, cupcakes, puppies and compelling novels. From the sleepy suburbs of Parker, she has found a home in the hustle and bustle of Boulder, nestled right under the flatirons. She spends her days retouching her latest sessions, and her nights as a freelance graphic designer. hannahp@rockymountainbride.com

holli owen is the Wedding and Special Events Planner for the Telluride Ski & Golf Resort. Holli’s love and passion for the mountains won her over. Now a resident of Telluride for the past nine years, she is committed to growing Telluride as one of the world’s foremost romantic wedding destinations. You will find her out enjoying the San Juan Mountains with friends and her two beautiful children, Hayden and Elle. You can contact Holli at weddings@tellurideskiresort.com

j. meehan fee is the owner of Telluride Unveiled, a boutique Rocky Mountain wedding and events company. After over a decade of event planning and design experience in the Rocky Mountains, Meehan and Telluride Unveiled excel in the unique management of destination weddings and events by intertwining the breathtaking landscape of the area with a couple’s personal accents and style. Contact Meehan at meehan.fee@tellurideunveiled.com

megan erickson

joined RMB as the associate CO editor in 2012. With a successful track record across a

myriad of production and media disciplines, Megan’s joining forces with the magazine brings new perspective. A leader and connector in developing both domestic and global media strategy for a large number of consumer brands, we are thrilled to have her on board for our most recent household endeavor, Rocky Mountain Bride Productions. She is passionate about people, and their stories. megan@rmbproductions.com

j audrey nelson has been contributing to Rocky Mountain Bride for over five years. As a production/fashion editor she contributes through hairstyling, wardrobe styling, make-up and modeling. She moved to Denver in 2010 as she wanted to get more involved in the growing fashion scene. She owns a hair studio in an eclectic warehouse space and specializes in women’s cut and color. J Audrey has recently worked with famed designers Mondo Guerra and Mona Lucero. To contact J Audrey, visit jaudreyhairstudio.com

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on the spring cover Location: Crooked Willow Farms Photographer: Laura Murray Photography Model: Brytny Marquez Styling & Design: Holly Gerard / Mile High Bride Florist: Oakes Fields Florist Vintage Rentals: A Vintage Affair Rentals Gown: Blue Bridal Boutique Makeup: Natosha Cooke Makeup Artistry Hair: Hair Design by Brandice Paper Goods: Little Green Chair Studio Pies: Three Little Blackbirds Liquor: Mondo Vino

on the summer cover Location: The Manor House, Photographer: Volkel Image Bride: Cydney Johnson Bridesmaids: Marisa Herder, Cydney Johnson, Kim Walz, Katie Herman Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm Blush (bride) and Jim Hjelm Occasions (MOH and Bridesmaids) Hair: Lady Charm Artistry Makeup: Heather Kautz Couture Wedding Planner: Stiletto Events Floral: Oakes Fields

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Juli Rathke, Publisher/Editor

from the editor Congratulations on your engagement and thanks for taking us along for the ride in planning your special day. We have been bringing you the best of Rocky Mountain weddings for 18 years. We have been there and back again, so please enjoy the Colorado edition of Rocky Mountain Bride as we showcase the best this region has to offer. We continue to cover all the of the Rocky Mountain region online. From Sedona to Sun Valley, Jackson to Aspen and all the mountain valleys in between. Stay tuned for a Wyoming and Montana print edition this 2013. Visit our blog and FaceBook for weekly inspirations, real weddings, local trunk & bridal shows and many giveaways complete with ski passes and romantic weekends away. Enjoy your engagement, it truly is a special time in your lives and thanks again for sharing your stories with RMB Magazine.

Your Editor, Juli Rathke


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Packing for the event! by Julie Meehan Fee, Telluride Unveiled Event Planners

Imagine – you’re barefoot with excited chatter all around you. You’re not at a resort though, you’re at the airport, and right now, a gentleman is apologetically confiscating your expensive foundation, moisturizer, or can’t-live-without hair product because it is larger than 3.4 ounces. It happens to everyone, but you don’t want it to happen while you are traveling to your wedding! 14

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“You should carry your wedding dress on the plane!”

Traveling for your Rocky Mountain destination wedding takes as much planning as the wedding itself, and it is important to prepare for everything so that once you arrive, you are relaxed and ready to spend an amazing few days with friends and family. The mountains are breathtakingly gorgeous but the remote destinations are not the best locations to find specific items that you may forget to bring. The weather in the mountains changes quite a bit throughout the day in the summer months. Keep in mind that the days are hot, but the nights are cool. Make sure that a cardigan, wrap or jacket figure into your evening outfits. Pack several types of shoes - sneakers, ballet flats, flip flops, and several heels. Decide which shoes you will be wearing during the ceremony and rehearsal if it is outside, and how you will walk if the ground is uneven or wet. Generally, it rains a bit each day in the summer, and so a rain jacket and perhaps even a pair of rain boots are essential. Make sure that you have the appropriate undergarments for all of your outfits. More than likely, the destination won’t have the perfect solution, and you will waste an entire day looking for a bra that suits a particular dress. Bring a few extras – our mountain destinations have wonderful boutiques, and it is possible that you may even find something that you want to wear over the week that you weren’t planning on.

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Your wedding dress is essential, and you should plan to carry your

Ten days prior to your arrival, ship everything that you will need for your

dress on the plane with you. Airlines consider your wedding dress to

destination wedding, including your clothing and personal care products

be a carry on item, and therefore, must be able to fit in the overhead

for the week. This will allow you to complete the wedding planning

compartment. Most airplanes do have a closet on board that is

a little early, so that you can enjoy the last week before the wedding.

controlled by the flight attendants. Upon arrival at the airport, speak

Hotels and lodging companies generally allow for boxes to arrive for

with both the ticketing agent as well as the gate agent to have your

guests five days prior to arrival. Check with your reservation agent as

dress hung in the closet. Be prepared that you may need to put the

to how the boxes should be labeled for guest delivery, and ensure that

dress overhead though, and consider purchasing a hand steamer to

you ship the box with tracking info, so that you can monitor its travel and

have shipped out in advance so that you can steam out any wrinkles.

arrival. Label your boxes by event and include packing lists within each,

Wedding dresses are specialty items, and therefore local dry cleaning

so that you can simply deliver the boxes to your venues or wedding

services would likely not be available.

planner upon arrival.

Since your dress will serve as your carry on, only pack essentials in your

If you are planning to take advantage of any of the mountains’ amazing

personal bag – your wedding planning documents, e-ticket and hotel

outdoor activities, you can rent all of the gear necessary at various

confirmations, your jewelry and any medications you might need. Pack

outfitters within the destination. Whether golfing, fly fishing, rafting or

an emergency change of clothing as well in your personal bag, in case

more, these businesses will be able to provide you with everything you

your flight is delayed. You will likely also be traveling with your fiancé

need, and most importantly, everything you do not need to bring from

as well, and this is an excellent time to ensure that they understands

home!

that “what’s yours is mine” absolutely pertains to 50% of their carry on

Most importantly, remember that the only thing you truly need for your

baggage! Workout clothing, a bathing suit and cover up, travel size

wedding is each other. Relax and enjoy every minute of your family and

personal products and your fiancé’s wedding attire and accessories

friends gathering to celebrate and embrace the two of you.

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nikki and brad

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breckenridge, colorado Nikki, a graphic designer/artist by trade met Brad, a GIS

map maker, one afternoon

recreation center in Breckenridge, Colorado. They soon came to realize they had many things in common. After the two of them had been dating for a couple of years exploring the mountains together, Nikki, a world-class high alpine endurance

at the local

runner, and Brad, an athlete in his own right, went out on a 16-mile run with friends one afternoon. It was that day he proposed at the top of

Red Buffalo Pass.

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the theme

the couple love climbing

mountains, running, skiing and just being in the high alpine environment. So they decided to incorporate Mountain Goats into their decor and theme.

the family

Nikki’s father passed away

some years ago so they all decided to wear buttons with him on it to bring him closer to their special occasion and to everyone there.

the ceremony the couple put a lot of time and forethought into the ceremony and the guests shared were really touched. The choice of having Chipotle cater the event added a fun/nonchalant spin to the whole thing. The couple entertained everyone with a local bluegrass band, the Pine Beatles.

the dress

both the bride and the

bridesmaid selected their dresses from Anthropologie (a favorite of RMB). It was a warm and very sunny August afternoon in Breckenridge, so the shorter length was fun-filled and quite appropriate.


the advice

”Don’t sweat the small stuff – prioritize what is important to you and put

that stuff first. The little details don’t have to be perfect. And aiming for perfection will just drive you crazy.”

the honeymoon

The couple hasn’t taken their honeymoon yet, but they are thinking

about heading to Alaska when there is a break in the action.

three words

The adjectives Nikki & Brad chose to describe their wedding were, “Fun,

Meaningful, a Big Community Party”.

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Love Lives Here

Photo by: Dream Time Images

Vail Wedding Deck

By Holly Resignolo

So you found the perfect who, now you need to find the perfect where. Vail Resorts brings a whole new meaning to the word Icon with picture perfect locations and venues in their Iconic Weddings portfolio. 57 venues in three states and a Caribbean location provide breath taking settings with every amenity available to make your wedding and reception perfect. In Colorado, Breckenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek and Vail offer 43 unique Iconic Weddings locations to choose from. Intimate private dining rooms for smaller events to gala sized

ballrooms will accommodate your wedding and reception needs. Ceremony locations offer stunning backdrops whether you choose an open air location or a religious establishment. Planning options allow you to take the reins in the creative process or you can let someone take care of the details with their highly trained seasoned professionals planning services with. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. Iconic Weddings will make the destination as great as the journey.


  

V ail Photos by: James Christianson Photography

The Arrabelle, Vail

Yes they are Epic! Offering 13 top notch romantic locations each venue is special and offers a unique character that cannot be duplicated. RMB's Favorites: The Lodge at Vail & The Arrabelle

Beaver Creek Up a valley and tucked away you will find contemporary ambiance and European sophistication in Iconic Resorts 11 unique wedding and reception settings. Allies Cabin, Beaver Creek

RMB's Favorites: Allies Cabin & Saddle Ridge

Keystone Resort Keystone Resort offers beautiful lodging accommodations and in resort transportation to and from 10 lovely and unique reception locations. Choose a site high atop a mountain or tucked away in their wooded and open valleys. RMB's Favorites: Ski Tip Lodge & Outpost Photo by: Dream Time Images

Outpost, Keystone

Breckenridge There are 9 Venues in this Victorian town to choose from with locations accommodating 40 to 300 people. On mountain or in town Breckenridge will delight you and your guests. RMB's Favorites: One Ski Hill & Ten Mile Station

Alpine, Old World, Western, Contemporary or Elegant whatever the style of your affair Iconic Weddings perfect destinations will One Ski Hill Place, Breckenridge

make it unforgettable.

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professional profile L Elizabeth Events Laura Pearson, Owner

Tell us a little about yourself and how you

Where do you get your inspirations from?

What question do you think couples should

came to be in the wedding industry? I grew

Everyday life affords an endless amount of

ask you but never do? My couples are smart

up a beach girl in sunny San Diego then

inspiration if you look for it. For weddings, I

cookies and ask all the important questions.

moved to the quaint ski town of Breckenridge

get inspiration from the couples I’m working

One thing couples may not know about me is

in 1996. I spent 8 years in Breckenridge

with.

that I’m a dancer, as well, as a planner and

then moved to Denver. In 2010, I decided to

For myself personally, I get inspiration from

photographer so if they want to learn some

keep my office full-time in Denver where I can

couples who have been married a long time.

fun moves for the dance floor or a perfectly

serve brides in the mountains and the city. I

Their commitment to each other through all of

choreographed first dance, I can also help

started specifically working in the wedding

life’s bumps and bruises inspires me. They

them with that too.

industry in 2005, but I have been in the

have shared in the partnership of joy, sorrow

production and event industry most of my life.

and everything in between and have lived

Do you have any words of wisdom or

My background is in large-scale arts based

through the craziness of life. There is

advice to pass on to the couple? This is a

production. When I started planning

something so impressive about that kind of

great quote that I think sums it up well. “Love

weddings, I was already working as a

love and commitment.

each other and you will be happy – it’s as

photographer so I decided to marry the two

difficult and as easy as that.” by Michael

things I enjoyed doing most: creating and

What should a couple understand about

Leunig. Marriage is a commitment. It’s about

capturing life’s great moments.

what you do? I believe every couple

making a choice everyday to love that

deserves someone knowledgeable to help

person, protect that person, and walk along

What makes your work unique? My work is

them with the planning process. In most

side them through all of life’s adventures. It

driven by the relationship and love of each

cases, I save couples more money than they

isn’t always easy but it is always worth it.

couple I work with and the unique qualities

spend on my services. I design everything I

they possess. At every event, I hope I have

do around what is needed and necessary for

Laura Pearson | 303.250.8089 | laura@

created a physical manifestation of the

them to have a wonderful and well balanced

lelizabethevents.com; lelizabethevents.com

couple’s personalities.

wedding or event.


Stunning views, award-winning service, one unforgettable day.

The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera offers a variety of spectacular ceremony and reception venues featuring unforgettable Rocky Mountain views. Celebrate your special day at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera and experience a destination wedding that you and your guests will remember forever. 2205 Cordillera Way - Edwards, CO 81632 | www.cordilleralodge.com P: 970-569-6214 F: 970-926-2714 E: asuppa@cordilleralodge.com

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Exceptional Weddings, Exceptional Service. Your best day ever...

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kelly and connor

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beaver creek, colorado Kelly Gordon and Connor Walberg who were married in Beaver Creek, Colorado at the

Beaver Creek Chapel, on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Kelly is a local school teacher and Connor a photographer. They had the bride's uncle, Fr. Hampton Davis, from Louisiana marry them in a full Catholic ceremony complete with a celebration following at the Spruce Saddle in Beaver Creek.


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the theme

Chalk board signs directed guests to the chair lift following the

chapel ceremony. The chalk boards were to celebrate Kelly’s love for teaching.

the cake

The couple had a lovely wedding cake with a silly skier’s cake toppe.

The groom's cake was of a mountain, celebrating the couples love for the mountains and skiing. Later in the evening the guests were surprised and treated to a chocolate fountain, celebrating their love for chocolate.

the ceremony

The couple planned a very personal ceremony. They not only

wrote their own vows, but they also had a special message for each other that they read for the first time during the ceremony. There wasn't a dry eye anywhere.

the reception

The reception was held at the Spruce Saddle in Beaver Creek.

The tables and decor were immaculately set in golds, purples, whites with fine linens. There were no place cards, as the bride and groom wanted the family and friends to enjoy their family members and sit where ever they wished.

the fun

The couple incorporated a photo booth with props for all the guests to

have fun with.

three words

The three adjectives the couple used to describe their wedding

day were, "Happy, Beautiful and Charming".

the dance

At the end of the evening, the couple did a New Orleans style

dance to “When the Saints Go Marching In”. All the guests had streamers to waive around while the bride and groom danced under festive umbrellas.


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he Parkside Mansion in Denver, Colorado sets the backdrop for this romantic 1920s-inspired shoot. With the 2013 release of The Great Gatsby just around the corner, Coloradobased blog, One Hitched Lane, brought A Vintage Affair Rentals, Tess Pace Photography, Bare Root Flora, and several other Colorado wedding professionals together to bring the vision of this shoot to life.

In lieu of the 2013 release of The Great Gatsby, One Hitched Lane reached out to collaborate on a 1920s-inspired wedding shoot. The 1920s were a golden age in American history and the parties of the Jazz Age, as the era is known, were glamorous. We chose a unique color scheme of green, pink, gold, and ivory for the shoot because we felt it captured the luxe and romanticism of the Jazz Age - with a modern twist. From there, it was all in the details: flowing drinks (even under Prohibition!), dramatic bow ties, extravagant hats and headpieces, vintage cars, soft & romantic flowers, letterpress invitations, fantastic dresses, flapper-style hair, whiskey tables, and more.

We wanted a soft, romantic look to the florals, and texture is one of our signature elements. So we paired gorgeous peonies, dahlia, roses and ranunculus with lots of lush and textural eucalyptus, camellia, and olive foliage, and privet and pepper berries. Anemone, veronica, Queen Anne's lace, and scabiosa gave the pieces the loose, draped feel we were going for.


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Those aren't the flowers I ordered!

Ode

to

the

Groomzilla by Holli Owen

For anyone that has been involved in the wedding planning business for over a decade, then you too have been exposed to a paradigm shift; long gone are the days of the wedding planning being handled exclusively by the bride and her mother.

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"But I thought you liked liver and onions."

A fascination with weddings and planning, thanks in part to reality television, has created a new version of grooms who are ‘oh so’ heavily involved. One of my besties and I often jokingly refer to her husband as her 'blushing bride', in remembrance of a chair lift ride where he gushed about his opulent dreams and ideas for their wedding day, like a parade in progression. His passionate vision completely transcribed to me like a Hemingway novel, included getting married at 12,200 feet, cocktailing, and hosting a reception at a little ski chalet at the top of the ski resort here in Telluride—which (to our surprise) has since become a signature intimate wedding venue. My dear friend took the back seat and let him ‘go with it’ maintaining poise and grace, coupled with a lot of giggles. This was our personal intro to the ‘groomzilla’. If there is not a new reality show pilot in production in Hollywood on ‘The Rise of the Groomzilla’, believe me it is soon to be in the making and will rival the wedding networks favorites such as the long standing ‘Bridezilla’ and ‘Say Yes to the Dress’. A recent, unprecedented ‘groomzilla’ experience involved an hour-long phone conversation with one of our casted stars, discussing mountain dress code. Half way through this conversation it became stingily clear to me that this guy had absolutely no concept of his soon-to-be wife’s vision of their big day. Today grooms are more hands on than ever before, so much so there are increasing instances of having very little contact with the bride until the actual wedding day. It is not uncommon that both partners are working and career driven. While pulling equal weight with the economic vitality of their households it has become common that the bride is under significantly more career stress. The bride may be in a PhD program or tied up writing a thesis, and so the planning of the wedding falls naturally on her grooms shoulders.

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Here is my professional advice to any bride whose groom is in the

making the big decisions together as a couple! If you give him free rein,

wedding planning driver’s seat. There can be balance brought to the

chances are good your cake will be chocolate/chocolate, he will opt for

planning process when the couple is on the same page from the

the raw wooden table versus the linen and he too will ask if there is a TV

beginning stages.

available on the premise if there is an important college football game

1. Sit down soon after the engagement and discuss the big picture of the

happening on your day!

day to make sure you share a similar vision. If the guy’s vision involves a

4. Discuss the look and feel you both want for the wedding day and be

pig on a spit, run!

specific! Ladies, guys really do believe mountain casual to include flip

2. Make lists separately of the things that are most important to each of

flops, koozies and corn toss—no joke! So spell it out!

you. Take an afternoon off together to share your lists, compromise with

All jokes aside, it is refreshing to see the progression of grooms wanting

each other until you have a common picture of the wedding day. Let your

to be involved in the full scope of the planning process aside from the

guy feel like he has a say and just introduce the raised eyebrow that will

typical bar order, band and DJ. They are breaking out of their shell and

come in handy for the entirety of your marriage when he asks if he really

having voice creatively beyond the craft beer selections. Grooms win at

needs to wear a coat and actually button it.

being incredibly decisive and non-emotional decision makers.

3. If it is in the budget, consult with a wedding planner from the starting

The wedding is truly about the unity of the bride and the groom and is a

gate. It is their job to create the couple’s realistic version of their wedding

celebration and reflection of 'who they are as a couple' not

vision. The wedding planner can also help to keep the couple unified

independently. This advice will hopefully define an on track groom with

throughout the process. If a planner is not in the budget and the groom is

the ‘unified vision’, to a hopeless ‘groomzilla’ wanting to discuss mountain

handling the planning task him with the research and make sure you are

wedding attire for an hour.


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telluride, colorado Katherine and James met in

middle school! They lived a mile apart and started “going

sixth grade. They dated through high school and a memorable date was a Willie Nelson concert in 10th grade. But they didn’t talk for about four years after. They reunited in 2007. James took her to a thousand-year-old oak tree (Angel Oak) halfway between Charleston and Savannah where he proposed. out” in


the theme

The couple wanted everyone

to feel relaxed and at ease but also wanted it pretty formal and romantic. They picked Telluride so that the natural beauty would be a bigger focus than the decor. And for everyone to make the whole weekend a vacation.

the dress

Katherine wore a Monique

Lhullier wedding gown. She described her dress as "ethereal, meticulous and actually very comfortable!"

the unexpected

The power went out in

the whole county and the bride was stuck at the bottom of the mountain needing to ride the gondola to venue. The power was restored and it all worked out just 1-hour before the wedding.

the colors

Katherine chose navy with

cream and green as her colors used throughout.

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the weekend

The couple enjoyed being able to see everyone that was there

and spend time with them throughout the weekend (including our dogs!) because they didn’t over schedule. Everyone got to do their own thing but also have a lot of joint time to hang out. It was also the weekend of Jazz Festival so that was definitely an added bonus!

the ceremony

The couple planned a very personal ceremony. They decided

to write their own vows and they wed at the top of the San Sophia Overlook atop the Telluride ski mountain. The views were beyond picturesque, they were majestic.

the party

The couple had ninety friends and family in attendance on that sunny

day in Telluride. They also included 3 men of honor, 5 groomsmen, 1 maid of honor, 2 matrons of honor, 5 bridesmaids, 2 ushers, 1 flower girl and 1 reader to complete the wedding party.

the menu

hey served caviar and a variety of hors d’oeuvres, including fried

macaroni and cheese balls (the bride's favorite), elk, chicken, a variety of local vegetables and breads, then late night grilled cheeses and Blue Bell ice cream.

the cake

the cake was a buttercream and coconut cream cake with

buttercream icing. It was three-tiered and had mountains on the sides of it. The cake rested it on a stand that they had made from an old tree that had the wedding date branded into it.

the first dance

was to "Bring it on Home" by Sam Cooke because the couple

have many good memories associated with Sam Cooke’s music.


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the advice

Ask for what you really want. In trying to please everyone else and trying

to be an easy bride, I got talked into a few thing. I was too concerned with being agreeable. That being said, once decisions are made, move on and don’t look back...just relax and enjoy."

the honeymoon The couple went to the Galapagos Islands. three words The three adjectives the couple used to describe their wedding day were, "Joyous, Significant and Effervescent ".

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professional profile

mountains & meadows weddings & events JoAnn Moore

Tell us a little about yourself and how you

herself, I get inspired with the bride and

Do you have any words of wisdom or

came to be in the wedding industry?

groom’s stories and what excites the couples I

advice to pass on to the couple?

My name is JoAnn Moore, and business name

work with. From sports, hobbies and the

Try to find the time to take it all in. A wedding

is Mountains and Meadows Weddings and

stories they tell, we try to use those stories and

is not about the shades of colors in the flowers

Events. I’ve lived in the mountains of Colorado

experiences as our inspirations.

or if the weather is going to cooperate. It’s

for over 33 years, having moved to Colorado

about a new beginning with the most

from Southern California. I started working in

What should a couple understand about

important person to you. It’s a day to

the events industry over 30 years ago,

what you do?

celebrate the love between a couple and the

volunteering for town festivals, parades and

I have lived in the beautiful Colorado

family and friends that love them as well. The

celebrations. I soon after was asked to put

Mountains for a very long time and

little hiccups that happen on the wedding day

together weddings for co-workers and

understand and appreciate what we have

make for amazing stories and fun memories in

associates and my wedding planner career

here. I am constantly continuing my education

years to come.

was off and running.

and training as Wedding Planner, as I do not take for granted my responsibility to the

How can you be reached?

What makes your work unique?

couple and the how important their wedding

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I love the outdoors and enjoy incorporating

day is. I understand I have one chance to get

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it right and I get it right!

joann@mmweddingscolorado.com |

possible. I enjoy the details and thinking

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outside of the box, no cookie cutter events.

What question do you think couples should

Each and every couple are very different and

ask you but never do?

unique, I try to bring out their style and tastes

I never get asked if I planned my own

in their wedding.

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professional profile Fine Art Boudoir Imthiaz Houseman

What makes your work unique?

and I promise you will look beautiful!

My number one goal for every session is to

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the wedding industry? Back in 2009 one of our brides approached us about doing a boudoir session. She wanted a gift she could give her husband the night before the wedding. At that point none of our brides were asking about boudoir sessions. We realized boudoir photography was very popular in other wedding markets so we jumped at the chance to embark on a new project. My husband and I wanted to push the limits of our photography and be inspired by new things. The first day shooting boudoir changed our business in ways we never would have thought. Shortly after the first session we launched boudoir photography as part of our photography services. Over the years we experimented with different styles and lighting. In the end, I found a true passion for wanting to make women feel and look beautiful. Since then I have been fortunate enough to pursue boudoir photography full-time.

help my clients feel comfortable and look

What should brides look for when

natural. This session is not just about a great

searching for a boudoir photographer?

wedding gift; it is also about empowering

First and foremost a bride should find a

yourself and finding your inner beauty. To do

boudoir photographer with a style they like.

this I only photograph with natural and

Trying to find a photographer who shoots

available light. In other words, I never

boudoir can be overwhelming since most

introduce any artificial (studio) lights or fancy

wedding photographers have boudoir as part

backgrounds to any room. I always make

of their services and their styles can vary

sure we shoot in a location with plenty of

considerably. Make sure to ask if their

window light. This really helps me show off

approach is more artistic or more

the natural beauty of every woman.

documentary. It is also important to check to see what your photographer’s comfort level is

Where do you get your inspirations from?

with nudity. Some won’t photograph full nude

My clients. It takes a lot of courage to be

and some will. Overall, it is best to make sure

photographed in your undergarments or

both parties are on the same page and are

nothing at all. I’m always inspired by these

comfortable with the client’s vision while

women and their ability to trust me to capture

staying true to the photographer’s style.

their natural beauty. It’s the best feeling in the world to see a woman feel beautiful and that

Do you have any words of wisdom or

is what inspires me to create. It’s a huge

advice to pass on to the women?

responsibility really, and one that I take very

Don’t break the bank on lots of new outfits or

seriously.

lingerie. Most often my client’s favorite images are the most simple. It really is easy to overdo

What should a client understand about

the outfits and accessories. Trust me ladies.

what you do?

Nothing beats a white tee shirt, gorgeous

Boudoir is about feeling beautiful. It really is

light or his favorite outfit.

that simple. Women tell me all the time they were so nervous or scared to do boudoir or

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1 | Bachelorette Party

Red Embroidered Dress, Black studded bow belt, wrap bracelet, black gemstone earrings, cheetah clutch by Francesca’s A stunning dress in a bold hue put’s all the attention on you, bride-to-be! A studded bow belt and print clutch liven this look. Chic wedges in a neutral tone are chic and comfortable.

When planning your wedding week, there are many events leading up to the actual day that need a little prior thought as well when it comes to what to wear! Here are some detailed summer looks appropriate for all your prewedding festivities. Including looks for a bachelorette party, yoga/workout, last date night out, trip to the spa, rehearsal dinner, day of getting ready, and the day after the wedding. Hannah Pobar


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2 | Yoga/Workout

Printed Halter Top, Fold over yoga pants both by PrAna Take a day out of your week to ease, unwind and forget (for a few minutes) about the last minute details of your big day coming together. Clear your head and focus your mind on what really matters the one you love- in stylish yoga pants and a colorful top.


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When planning a mountain wedding, the effects of altitude should be

high in carbohydrates, drinking more water than usual and using less salt

addressed. It need not be a scary thing, but if everyone has the facts, it is

may also help.

easier for your friends and family to be at ease. ALTITUDE FACTS: As you ascend to higher altitudes, atmospheric pressure

is important in the prevention of altitude illness. Drink two or three times

decreases, the air is thinner and less oxygen is available. It is also colder,

more water or fluid than usual. Limit alcohol consumption for two or three

drier and the ultraviolet rays from the sun are stronger.

days and minimize caffeine intake. Limit salty foods and increase carbo-

After arriving at high altitude, you will probably notice that your breath-

of your physical capabilities.

ing is faster and/or deeper, and you may feel short of breath especially

hydrate consumption. Above all, listen to your body! Do not push the limits

when exercising. This is the body's first and most effective response to

Increase Fluid Intake

higher elevation. In addition, your heart is likely to beat faster and you

Decrease Salt Intake

may develop nausea, unusual tiredness, headache, or have difficulty sleeping.

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3 | Last Date Night

Lace and Chiffon Dress, gold waist belt, wedge shoes, turquoise earrings, teal stacked cuffs by Francesca’s Celebrate a night out with your man prewedding! A girly belted dress and cute shoes will have him dreaming of the other one you’ll be wearing in just a few days!

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4 | Trip to the Spa

Cotton Peacoat Jacket, Burnout tee, Skinny stretch jeans by PrAna

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5 | Rehearsal Dinner

Turquoise Jewel Necklace, Golden sparkle flats by Francesca’s

White lace dress Dress, skinny caramel belt, black wedge shoes and mint post earrings & pearl stacked bracelets by Francesca’s

Simple, chic and perfect for a trip to the spa. Relax and be pampered in cropped jeans, a comfy tee and flats. A statement necklace is the perfect touch to pull this stress-free look together.

Shine in a white lace dress the night before your big day! A belt and little details, like a statement necklace in your signature wedding color, will have your family and guests swooning.


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6 | Brunch with the Girls

White lace half sleeve dress, blush flowered belt, gold layer necklaces, rhinestone embellished earrings & brown wedge shoes by Francesca’s Morning brunch just trendy. A white dress with delicate details is the perfect look for a pre-wedding brunch with your closest girls.

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High-low Sweater, Tribe print dress, suede boots, jeweled bracelets by Francesca’s Nothing say’s “vacation” like this printed dress. If you are jet set, a thin sweater is the perfect layer for unpredictable airplane temperatures. Cuddle up in a contrasting hue.


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Lake view venues can be few and far between when it comes to mountain wedding locations. So when you have the chance to set up that lakeside groom's dinner or reception you will want to pull out all the stops. Go all out with boats, canoes, tiki lights, s'mores, campfires, unique birch bark candles and more. Here are a few inspirations from one of our Rocky Mountain Brides.

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Inspiration. A heart cut into a birch tree with the bride and

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groom’s initials. Carry this theme throughout the entire event, from invitations to place settings. To create a magical setting, lighting is key. Candles floating in mason jars on the tables and hanging from the birch tree inside the tent create a romantic mood. Natural Design Elements: Birch, moss, burlap, and rocks with mason jars/mugs, palm leaf plates, and galvanized metal. Repeat use of elements throughout the event.

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Birch: gather birch bark, birch logs, and branches from downed trees.

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Harvest live moss in the woods for the moss topiaries. Burlap can be bought by the bolt depending on how much you need.

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To compliment the natural theme, use biodegradable palm leaf plates. Each one is uniquely beautiful.

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For individual s’mores, package two graham cracker halves, one-half Hersey’s chocolate bar, and two marshmallows poked on wooded kabob skewer in a small twist-tied cellophane bag, found at most craft stores; lay across each plate.

2. For roasting marshmallows, make tabletop campfires by placing a can of Sterno gel fuel in a small, galvanized pail topped with river rocks. Use them as table numbers by

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3. The invitations were hand crafted with layers of card stock, frayed burlap and vellum embellished with wood-burned initials on a birch bark heart, tied on with burlap string.

4. Create romantic tabletop lighting by floating candles in various sized mason jars. River rock in the bottom on the Mason jars add interest.

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5. Surround the head table around a birch tree or bring one in. Use a 5-gallon bucket for water and tree stand. Tie the tree to the tent pole using jute twine. Burlap table runners are easily made my measuring each table width and length. Cut runners to size minus 4” from width and length, fray edges and center runners on tables. Save the pulled threads for use on the invitations and mugs.

A color book wedding reception program adds some fun elements for the kids as well!

6. For the buffet table centerpiece, cut birch logs of various heights and carve the same heart and initials into the bark as on the invitation. Tie the logs together with jute twine to stabilize.

7. Continue the romantic lighting by making hanging Mason jar lights. Wrap jute twine around and under the jar treads and attach wire hangers, simply bent and twisted from silver wire from the hardware store. It is important to use metal wire for the hangers as other materials could be a fire hazard. Float candles in water and hang from the birch tree at various heights.

8. Use various size Mason jars for the tabletop floating candles. Roasted nuts for the bar top can be labeled with birch branch slices tied on with burlap string like the mugs.

9. Use a canoe for bottled beverages on ice. Charming!

10. Two types of centerpieces were made. Moss topiary centerpieces were hand crafted with fresh moss harvested from the woods. First, prepare the base. Use birch-covered vases weighted with rocks and filled with Plaster of Paris to weight the bottom to keep it from toppling. Insert a few small bundled birch branches BEFORE the plaster sets. Once it sets, cut branches to desired height plus a few inches and cut them at an angle. Top the branches with an 8” green foam ball by stabbing the foam ball down onto the branches. Cover the foam ball with fresh moss using u-shaped pins or wire bent into a ‘U’ shape.

Not the do-it-yourself kind of person? Then find a qualified vendor in our vendor section or in the online vendor directory at rockymountainbride.com!


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the proposal

A day at Rocky Mountain

National Park, they had stopped for a bit to enjoy the sun, when all of a sudden they were surrounded by around a herd elk; it was the closest they had ever been to elk. Just after, they didn’t think the day could get anymore special, but a small bottle of champagne appeared and Jack proposed.

the colors

They did not choose colors

but instead had bridesmaids pick out their choice of a navy blue dress, and they held sunflowers for the ceremony.

the dress

A simple strapless fitted A-line

cut that with strips of lace.

the ceremony

Adrienne and Jack

shared their vows outside, in a field, surrounded by the continental divide and mountain peaks.

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the advice

"Spend the money to do a trial run with your hair. All in all it really did not

matter or change how wonderful the day was but it’s the only thing I would do differently."

the dance

There was a lot of dancing!!! The couple's friend, Malcolm Dyson, DJ’d, he

played everything from Motown, to Hip Hop, to 80’s music.

the surprise

Adrienne’s girlfriends set up a piñata that was dropped into the middle of

the dance floor during the reception -

the honeymoon

The couple spent their honeymoon in Tulum, Mexico and a trip to

Machu Picchu, Peru is in their future.

the three words

The three adjectives the couple used to describe their day were:

“Wonderful, Beautiful and Exciting”.

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professional profile

Party Singers

Shannon Steele, CO Director Julia Tobey, Owner

Tell us a little about yourself and how

listen to our clients’ needs and implement

Where do you get your inspirations

you came to be in the wedding industry?

their feedback. It’s a win, win situation for

from?

Party Singers got its start in NYC doing

everyone!

We love to look to the latest trends in pop

strictly holiday entertainment. After the

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culture so we can see what’s relevant,

holidays each year, our happy clients

What makes your work unique?

what’s selling and also stay rooted in

always asked for more. We started putting

There is no other company like Party

beautiful, classical traditions. We try

together completely unique entertainment

Singers in the state of Colorado. We offer

something, often based on trends, see the

offerings for events and weddings and the

multiple musical offerings under one

reaction, and if people’s eyes aren’t welling

company took off! We combined efforts

company umbrella to satisfy each distinct

up, or if the crowd isn’t moved to shake

with our sister company in LA and officially

taste and wedding or event concept.

their groove thing, we toss the idea out the

launched our year-round Weddings &

“I grew up in Centennial, Colorado, so I’m

window.

Events division in LA, NYC and Colorado

a ‘cactus and coyotes girl’ at heart. But I’ve

with an immediate, positive response.

had the privilege of living in NYC, Tokyo,

What should a couple understand about

Our company’s owner and directors are all

Europe and now LA and working with a

what you do?

professional singers, musicians, dancers

huge range of entertainment companies.

We offer a very customized, elite product

and actors who have been “in the biz” for

Giants like Disney and tiny blackbox

at a competitive price. Not only are our

decades now. We know what it’s like to be

off-Broadway theatres in Manhattan. So I

singers and musicians professionals and

on the performers’ side. We have worked

like to think I’ve seen a lot. I see what

experienced, but they are specifically

with top international entertainment

works and I see what doesn’t. We try to

groomed to offer a wedding product. Not

companies and producers and have

bring an international, cosmopolitan flair to

all bands know how to emcee a reception,

learned a lot! We have developed or own

all of our offerings. We work hard to make

make Grandpa cry for the first dance, and

tried and true systems based on a lifetime

what we do completely fresh and

keep the wedding party dancing until the

of experience. We treat our Talent like gold

unparalleled,” says Party Singers owner

wee hours of the morning. Our Talent is top

and they in turn perform beautifully. We

Julia Tobey.

notch in everything they do.

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What question do you think couples should ask you but never do? “Here’s my concept, what music is the best fit?” Avoid getting set on a string quartet because it’s romantic. While that may be the best fit for you, there are so many other options. Be open-minded, our alternatives may just rock your world and leave your guests talking about your wedding or event for years to come. Do you have any words of wisdom or advice to pass on to the couple? Begin your planning process as early as possible to ensure you get exactly what you want. The most talented vendors tend to book well in advance. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take time for yourself when planning a wedding, take care and BREATHE! How do we get in contact with you? Party Singers | partysingers.com 877 716 7464 | info@partysingers.com Acts: Rockslide Rocky Mtn. Bluegrass Absolute Romance Latin Band Guitar Duo Vintage Jazz Quartets Pianists Opera Singers Pop Singers Harpists Flutists Holiday Carolers String Ensembles and much more! "Canned music at an event is like serving canned food at a dinner party. There is no substitute for live music." - David Fletcher

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Boudoir Photography Q&A and Images By: Tori Aaker, Photographer

...why brides are doing it! 1. What is the number one question you

shoot?

you book them! Working with a photographer

receive from brides who are considering a

I think that every bride should consider a

you trust is so important! Ask them the process

boudoir shoot?

boudoir session! 1- You typically your best right

of viewing images after your session. My

The number one question I get from brides

before your wedding day. 2- If you’re surprising

style of boudoir sessions is really soft, timeless

about boudoir shoots is “What do I wear?” My

him with a boudoir album, it’s easier to do it

and beautiful. If you wear what you feel

answer - Something light, lovely and feminine.

secretly before the wedding than after you’re

most comfortable in you know you’re going

If he’s already seen you in lingerie, then bring

married! 3-It’s the perfect gift for every groom!

to look great! I always recommend to have

his favorite piece. Other popular items are

I’ve never heard of one being disappointed by

professional hair and make-up done before

apparel from his favorite sports team, or maybe

it! Boudoir shoots are my favorite! I always get

your shoot so you feel even more pretty! During

one of his dress shirts and a tie! I love lace,

the reaction “Oh WOW! I look good!” And

the session we listen to your favorite music,

light fabrics, soft and nearly see through! Bring

let’s be real - Who doesn’t want to feel like a

get it warm in the room so you don’t have

items that make you feel beautiful and you think

Victoria’s Secret model?!

goosebumps, and have a lot of guidance with

included! By the end you may be comfortable

3. What can you tell our readers to help

camera you’ll warm right up!

enough to go topless!

dispel the fears and myths associated with

you look pretty in, favorite color and material

2. Why should someone consider a boudoir

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posing beautiful! After the first few clicks of the

doing a nearly naked photo shoot?

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favorite etsy things

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Who doesn't look at etsy for an idea or two? Well, we are kind of addicted. This season, here are some of the new favorites we found. Enjoy, and tell etsy we sent you!

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perfect pillow Chevron pillow with a beautiful three initial Natural Circle monogram. Background is natural (not white). Shown with dark brown embroidery. So cute! Makes a terrific gift for a wedding, housewarming and more! Can be embroidered in any color you need. There are lots of different fabrics and patterns.

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mine wine Wow your guests with a unique idea from Let's Talk Chalk! Elegant silver chalkboard wine charms that will set your event apart from the rest. Your wine charms can be personalized to fit your celebration’s theme, making your event one to remember. Your guests will be wowed by your creativity with a little help from Let’s Talk Chalk.

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wedding banner "To have and to hold"....literally with this mini "just married" burlap banner sign in whimsical lower case letters with glitter heart in middle (any color you would like). This mini version can be held by newlyweds, measuring approximately 54 inches. This was a custom order for a bride who wanted to hold this while kissing her husband after their wedding for their pictures. The burlap is painted white burlap with jute sewn right onto top for a very unique and rustic look.

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fabulous for fido Even boy dogs need handsome accessories. Need instant style for a special occasion or just to wear on the walk to the coffee shop? Add a dapper bow tie to your dog's current collar! Pictured is a 1" Medium Collar and a medium 5" bow tie. Bow ties are available in your choice of xsmall, small, medium or large. Time to get fido fitted.

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bridesmaid set This pretty necklace features one matte silver plated open branch leaf, one custom birthstone and one leaf initial on a 17 inch sterling silver chain. The order comes in a set of 5, each necklaces perfectly wrapped and ready to be given to your bridesmaids. They look adorable on too!

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The

Lodge

Brush

&

Creek

Spa

at

Ranch

by Juli Rathke

When we drove through the gates of The Lodge & destination wedding locales in the country, and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch just north of Steamboat we have seen a lot of them. An authentic Western Springs near Saratoga, Wyoming, we knew we were experience, where impeccable service, understated in for an experience like no other. This 15,000-acre luxury and endless activities come together to create private getaway unfolds as one of the most unique memories as vast as their grand western skies.


"An allinclusive boutique resort like no other!"

Set deep in the heart of Wyoming’s Sierra Madre range, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch is an all-inclusive boutique resort exclusively designed for discretionary travelers, corporate group retreats, family escapes and destination weddings. The Ranch features a stately 38,000-square foot lodge, a luxury spa, a finely appointed collection of cabins suites & residences, lodge rooms, and a plentitude of authentic outdoor adventures in every season, including unparallel Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing. With unique, all-inclusive format, all lodging, food, premium beverages, and a wide assortment of activities are all included in your stay. Bringing my family was the best thing I could have done to 'test' the experience one would have at an event on this property. We were shown to our rooms for the night and invited to the Saloon where all the adults had sat down outside for some live music that evening. We didn't realize we were in for the time of our lives! The next morning at breakfast (which was at a banquet table in the main lodge with made-to-order service) we were greeted by the owners, and my kids were greeted by "kid wranglers" asking them what they wanted to do that day. The staff already knew each of our names and the activity list was displayed for each of us to sign up for any myriad of things. Truly amazing! The activities varied from shooting, riding horses, yoga, biking, hiking, fishing, live music (only the top performers will do like Martina McBride), to indoor recreation complete with simulated golf, rock climbing wall and a full basketball court. At that point we realized that this Ranch left no stone unturned when it came to rolling up your sleeves and diving right in. That day we met Zach, Director of Operations for the Ranch. In spending rockymountainbride.com

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the day touring the amenities, we knew why this Ranch was such a

So what would it be like to get married at this unique location you

special gem. It offers true live-changing opportunities for people who

ask? Well, knowing how they tailor each and every event to each and

visit. Whether you are there to get married, or just getting away from

every guest, I can easily promise you one of the most unique wedding

it all, the people you meet on the ranch become lifelong friends as the

experiences you and your guests could ever even imagine.

experiences you share together are not only unforgettable, but truly selfdiscovering on many different levels, removing you from your element.

I thought I had seen it all, but in nearing my 10 year wedding anniversary, I did ask my husband to visit this ranch again. Perhaps next

"The Ranch tailors all its services to the guests on property." Zach shared.

time for a family reunion or just a romantic get-away. When I asked him,

"If you want to pitch manure, you can do that. If you want to barrel ride,

his face lit up realizing he loved it as much as I did. Time stands still on

you can do that. If you want to learn to fly-fish or even clean fish... you

the Ranch, and the friends we met around the camp fire the first night

can do that. All you have to do is ask."

are still talked about by first name at our home like we had known them

The property is all-inclusive, meaning, once you are there... the doors

forever. We are all looking forward to our next trip to the Ranch.

remained unlocked, the wallets are left in room, the fridge open (and the

Couples can begin creating their dream ranch wedding adventure by

wine cellar) and all the activities you can think of are part of the experience.

calling 307 327 5284 or contacting sales@brushcreekranch.com.


What's Coming Fall/Winter Coming Fall/Winter 2013

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just for him... {trending}

Are groom's cakes just a phase? Maybe, maybe not. We shopped around a bit and it seems like this fad is sticking around for awhile, as the guys like to showcase their unique likes through cake. Here are a few fun ones for inspiration.

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a different beat Not as much a cake as an edible work of art,

how's your aspen?

this drum set cake is great for a guy who makes his own music. Cake design by Charm City Cakes.

hot sauce!

The bride surprised her groom, who grew up

This incredibly realistic cake version of the

skiing in Aspen, with a carrot-cake rendering of

groom's favorite condiment is made with

his favorite ski runs.

chocolate cake and Irish Cream filling.

Cake design by Take the Cake

Cake design by Gateaux Inc

the longhorns The groom, a football player at the University of Texas at Austin, wanted a Longhorn-themed cake for the reception. Whallah! A miniature football stadium (complete with customized signs!) filled with cake ball spectators.

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and for the gossip girl

{trending}

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Whether or not you are a fan of the teenage drama-rama 'Gossip Girl', no one can deny the impact the CW hit has had on fashion. For six seasons every episode has set trends and allowed us all to dream of having a closet on the Upper East Side, filled with labels and over the top "everyday" wear. The series finale did not disappoint, with both leading ladies getting married in bold, nontraditional gowns. Blair chose a gorgeous spring 2012 Elie Saab Couture gown. The long sleeved dress in powder blue was on trend, sexy and sleek with stunning embellishments. Flash forward five years and it's Serenas turn to walk down the isle in a gold and white Georges Chakra Couture gown. This dress is larger than life with a full tulle skirt, low back and a playful metallic design. But is it fashion forward? I'm not sold. Who wore it better? Like Rocky Mountain Bride on facebook and tell us what you think! I vote Blair! Photos courtesy of Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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wedding planning checklist APPROXIMATELY ONE YEAR OUT:

• • • • • • • • •

Buy a binder, the best place to hold ideas, contracts and other info, and keep it nearby -- you never know when inspiration will strike! Make a guest list, and start collecting snail-mail and email addresses. Hammer out a budget -- figure out where you can cut back and where you want to splurge. Decide on a destination. Unsure? Talk to a travel agent or hit the internet. Research the marriage requirements in your chosen destination. Look into the potential wedding and reception sites, hotels and wedding planners in your locale. Book your engagement photo session. Start shopping for your gown, taking into consideration the ceremony site and the destination's climate. Choose your maid of honor, best man and other attendants. Design a wedding website. Add links to the tourism board, hotel and venues so your guests can have important info and get excited about where they're going.

SIX TO NINE MONTHS OUT:

• • •

• • • • •

Set the date, reserve your site and pick your planner. Send out your save-the-dates with your website address. Select vendors, including caterer, photographer, florist, and band or DJ. Get recommendations from your hotel or planner, and check references from past clients. Choose an officiant, and start planning the service. Research activities and tours available in your locale, and plan at least one group option per day. Order your gown, and select attendants' dresses. Investigate any ethnic customs or cultural traditions you might want to incorporate into your event. Register for gifts or create a honeymoon registry.

FOUR TO SIX MONTHS OUT:

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Order your wedding rings. Obtain your passports and visas, and if necessary, get any needed blood tests or vaccinations. Arrange any rental needs like chair covers and sound equipment. Order your wedding invitations and thank-you cards, plus any special stationery (welcome letters, menus, maps, itineraries, signs). Buy or reserve wedding duds for the groom and wedding party. Buy gifts for your attendants and family members, and start composing your thank-you notes to them. Book accommodations and airfare for your wedding and honeymoon.

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Make hair, makeup and spa appointments for you and your 'maids. Shop for wedding accessories (shoes, jewelry, headpiece, lingerie), resort wear, decor and other goods (cake topper, guest book, ring pillow).

TWO TO FOUR MONTHS OUT:

• •

Arrange and confirm all of your group activities, including transportation for off site excursions. Finalize details with your vendors, including menus, photo poses and locations, floral specifics and special songs -- and get everything in writing.

Make or order the guest favors and welcome-bag items.

ONE TO TWO MONTHS OUT:

• • • •

Send out your formal invites six to eight weeks before the big day; include a program of scheduled events, plus dress code, if applicable. Arrange for when and how welcome-bag items and decor should be delivered to your hotel. Have your final gown fitting, complete with lingerie and accessories. Assign wedding-weekend tasks to trusted friends and family members. Write your vows.

TWO WEEKS OUT:

• •

Review all the details you agreed on with your planner, caterer, photographer, videographer, florist, musicians and any other vendors involved in the wedding events. Confirm your travel bookings. Put together a seating chart, if needed, and make place cards.

ON ARRIVAL:

• • • •

Confirm details with your planner and officiant. Apply for a marriage license. Inspect ceremony and reception sites. Assemble or approve welcome bags, and have them delivered to guests' rooms before they arrive.

THE WEDDING DAY:

Forget about all the planning and focus on having a blast!


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cakes

phone website

area

MountainBrew

970 879 7846

www.steamboatbaker.com

CO/SB

consultants & event planners

phone

website

area

Mountains & Meadows Wedding & Event Planning

970 926 2177

www.mmweddingscolorado.com

CO/VV

Telluride Unveiled

914 830 2238

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CO/TELL

Weddings by Couture Consulting

720 425 3610

www.weddingsbycc.com

CO/ALL

Stiletto Event Planning

303 956 4990

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CO/ALL

L Elizabeth Events

303 250 8089

www.lelizabethevents.com

CO/ALL

entertainment, djs, musicians & bands

phone

website

area

Great Time DJ

970 845 8566

www.greatimedj.com

CO/ALL

Party Singers

877 716 7464

www.partysingers.com

CO/ALL

florists

phone website

area

Pick Me! Floral & Event Design

970 531 2479

www.lovethisday.com

CO/ALL

Brilliant Brooch Bouquets

406 459 4346

facebook.com/brilliantbroochbouquets

ALL

formal wear & gowns

phone

website

area

Frisco Fun & Formal Wear

970 668 5732

www.friscotux.com

CO/ALL

Little White Dress

303 814 8972

Denver, CO | www.lwdbridal.com

CO/ALL

Wtoo & Watters

416 921 8882

www.wtoo.com | www.watters.com

ALL/WEB

D'Anelli Bridal Boutique

303 980 1400

Lakewood, CO

CO

Style Bridal Boutique

719 586 0006

Pueblo, CO

CO

Bella Bridesmaid

303 377 2025

Denver, CO

CO

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health & wellness

phone

website

area

Title Boxing Club

303 799 4804

www.titleboxingclub.com

CO/DEN

invitations

phone website

area

Piper Vitale

917 497 7550

ALL/WEB

jewelry

phone website

www.pipervitale.com

area

Bloom Jewelry

www.jewelrybybloom.com

ALL/WEB

Sima Gilady, Customized Jewelry

Online

www.simagilady.com

ALL/WEB

Tiffany & Co.

303 322 4747

www.tiffany.com

ALL/WEB

Cartier

877.Cartier www.bridal.cartier.com

ALL/WEB

officiants

phone website

area

Summit Celebrant

970 389 9654

www.summitcelebrant.com

ALL CO

Gretchen Abernathy, Minister Universal Life Church

970 453 6893

please call

CO/SC, VV

photographers

phone website

area

Rocky Mountain Bride Productions

720 849 9131

www.rmbproductions.com

ALL

Cali Frankovic Photography

406 539 8665

www.calisfrankovic.com

ALL

Real Life Photographs

970 275 2477

www.reallifephotographs.com

ALL

Lola Visuals

www.lolavisuals.com

ALL

Laura Murray Photography

303 378 4969

www.lauramurrayphotography.com

ALL

Fine Art Boudoir

720 296 2839

www.fineartboudoir.net

ALL

Sunny Memories Photo Booth

303 525 6146

www.sunnymemoriesphotobooth.com

ALL

Shutter Chic Photography

970 443 1426

www.shutterchicphoto.com

ALL

Wedding Snap App

www.weddingsnap.com

ALL

reception/rehearsal/lodging phone

website

area

Della Terra Mountain Chateau

970 586 2501

www.dellaterramountainchateau.com

CO/EST

Silverthorne Pavilion

970 262 7396

www.silverthornepavilion.org

CO/SC

Telluride Ski Resort

970 728 7446

www.tellurideskiresort.com/weddings

CO/TELL

Mountain Lodge Telluride

970 369 5000

www.mountainlodgetelluride.com

CO/TELL

Lumiere Hotel Telluride

970 369 0400

www.lumierehotels.com

CO/TELL

Hotel Madeline Telluride

970 369 8976

www.hotelmadelinetelluride.com

CO/TELL

New Sheridan Hotel & Chop House

800 200 1891

www.newsheridan.com

CO/TELL

Estes Park Wedding Association

970 586 6066

www.estesparkweddings.com

CO/EST

SummitCove.com Vacation Lodging

866 976 7895

www.summitcove.com

CO/SC rockymountainbride.com

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Paragon Lodging

866 369 5082

www.paragonlodging.com

CO/SC

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

970 453 8716

www.beaverrun.com

CO/SC

Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin

970 513 5773

www.summitcountywedding.com

CO/SC

Frias Properties of Aspen

877 495 1378

www.friasproperties.com CO/ASP

Aspen Chamber

866.564.8623

www.aspenchamber.org/wed

CO/ASP

C Lazy U Ranch

970 887 3344

www.clazyu.com

CO/WP

Winter Park Resort & Lodging

800 731 6906 x 4

www.winterparkresortweddings.com

CO/WP

Devils Thumb Ranch

970 726 7002

www.devilsthumbranch.com

CO/WP

Stanley Hotel

970 577 4018

www.stanleyweddings.com

CO/EST

Go Breck - Breckenridge Resort Chamber

866 683 6409

www.gobreck.com

CO/SC

Nordic Inn Crested Butte

800 542 7669

www.nordicinncb.com

CO/CB

Gunnison Crested Butte Wedding Council

800 215 2226

www.gunnisoncrestedbutteweddings.com

CO/CB

Hearthstone/MiCasa Restaurant

970 453 1023

www.stormrestaurants.com

CO/SC

Keystone Resort

800 649 3295

www.iconicweddings.com/keystone

CO/SC

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa

970 790 6000

www.westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com

CO/VV

Four Seasons Vail

970 477 8600

www.fourseasons.com/vail

CO/VV

Lodge & Spa at Cordillera

970 569 6214

www.cordilleralodge.com

CO/VV

Grand County Tourism

800 247 2636

www.infograndcounty.com

CO

Ocean Prime

303 825 3663

www.ocean-prime.com

CO/DEN

Denver Botanic Gardens

720 865 3551

www.botanicgardens.org

CO/DEN

Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch

307 327 5284

www.brushcreekranch.com

CO/WY

spas & salons

phone

website

area

Blue Sage Spa

970 453 7676

www.bluesagespa.com

CO/SC

Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront Resort

970 790 3020

www.spaanjali.com

CO/BC, VV

Allegria Spa

970 748 7500

www.allegriaspa.com

CO/BC, VV

Sara Gambino Weddings & Hair

970 485 0210

www.hairbysaragambino.com

CO/SC, VV

Shine Nail Salon

970 389 0901

www.shinenailsalon.com

CO/SC, VV

J Audrey Hair Studio

303 284 8905

www.jaudreyhairstudio.com

CO/Travel

wineries

phone website

area

Breckenridge Distillery

970 439 5120

www.breckenridgedistillery.com

CO/SC/WEB

Winter Park Winery

970 726 4514

www.winterparkwinery.com

CO/W/WEB

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