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Baby’s breath and burlap are a sweet combination for any ranch wedding, especially this sweet celebration at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  Ashley and Brian added fun to the mix with chalkboard tabletop signs like “I solemnly swear to protect you from spiders as long as we both shall live” and “I don’t get drunk, I get awesome”.   We love the details captured by Brinton Studios and so did Borrowed & Blue, who recently published this pretty wedding:  Ashley & Brian at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

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The Creative Team

Event Planning:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography & Photobooth:  Brinton Studios | DJ:  Elite DJ

020Some of the most magical wedding days include a torrential downpour that, contrary to the hourly forecast, clears just in time for the marriage ceremony. The sun shines brighter as vows are exchanged and guests feel a sense of awe and appreciation at the timely cooperation of nature.  Casey of Two One Photography captured just such a wedding day with us this past May.

Meg and Bryan, doctor and lawyer by trade, flew from Chicago to Colorado during the third week of daily lingering rainstorms, an out of character weather pattern for the normally sunny western state. The wedding day forecast noted a 100% chance of rain, right at the ceremony time. Clearing skies clouded over again and at ten minutes to go time, we decided to bank on a patch of blue on the mountain horizon and were rewarded with sunny skies by the exchange of rings. Meg’s father officiated the ceremony that included movie quote readings (followed by the audience guessing which movie the quote was from), a fun interaction inspired by Meg & Bryan’s love of movies. The rain didn’t start again until guests were enjoying cocktails in the cozy library of Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Hotel is an elegant turn of the century historic landmark, nestled at the base of the towering Rocky Mountains in the charming town of Estes Park. Most noted for inspiring Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel in The Shining, the hotel offers a popular evening ghost tour and lays claim to the 4th most haunted building in the United States, incidentally the Concert Hall where we celebrated Meg & Bryan’s reception under blown glass Chihuly chandeliers.

As guests entered the Concert Hall for dinner, they were greeted by a hand-painted sign from one of the couple’s friends and adorable pine cone escort card holders created from Texas pine cone tops mounted on Colorado tree branch slices, all made by Bryan’s father.

Tabletops continued the mountain rustic elegance with candlelit lanterns set on tree slices and adorned with vases of burgundy peonies, ranunculus, and dusty miller. Vintage styled postcards were framed as table names and a clever write-up on the back of each gave the highlights and personal history of places like Portland, Texas, Notre Dame, Chicago, St. Louis, and more.

One display table was dedicated to generations of marriage and it included a photo of Meg and Bryan surrounded by wedding photos of siblings, parents, grand-parents, and even great-grandparents, some ornately framed while other photos were displayed on a digital frame slideshow.

Meg incorporated one of her grandmother’s beautiful brooches into a striking feather hairpiece, complimenting the exquisite Omelia gown from designer Catherine Deane of London. Her stunning bouquet of burgundy peonies added a lovely richness to the timeless elegant look.

Guests enjoyed the celebration so much that Rob of Elite DJ got an encore at the end of the night. Twice! Friends and family circled the dance floor with arms around each other, swaying and singing together, ending the night in full appreciation of the timely sunshine, the sumptuous four course dinner, the wine, the mountainous beauty, and the warmth of a kind-hearted, stylish, brilliant couple.

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The Creative Team

Event Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  The Stanley Hotel | Photography:  Two One Photography | Floral Design:  Boulder Blooms | Music & Lighting:  Elite DJ | Ceremony Music:  Cheza String Quartet | Wedding Gown:  Omelia by Catherine Deane | Hair & Make-up:  Amethyst Spa at The Stanley Hotel | Cake & Desserts:  Shamane’s Bake Shoppe

Check out Meg & Bryan’s wedding featured on Couture Colorado Weddings!

Classic Wedding with Red Details


Mountain weather can be unpredictable in April but as Vail locals, Ashley and Mark completely embraced the gently falling snow that softened their wedding day.  Brinton Studios beautifully captured the romance of that first dance on the Donovan Pavilion patio surrounded by friends, family, baby’s breath, and shimmering bubbles, the festive bridal party serenade from a green Turtle Bus, the sacred moments of a meaningful ceremony at Vail Chapel, and hand-crafted details like the pretzel ski poles dipped in chocolate by Ashley’s mom, the escort cards displayed in wine corks on wine-box cheeseboards crafted by Mark, and the aspen tree masterpiece cake by Mountain Flour.  A gourmet mac and cheese station from Footers Catering warmed guests up for an evening of fun and dancing.

Ashley and Mark, you are such a beautiful couple, inside and out, and we are so grateful to have been part of your weekend!

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The Creative Team

Event Planning:  JA Special Events | Ceremony Venue:  Vail Chapel | Reception Venue:  Donovan Pavilion | Photography:  Brinton Studios | Catering:  Footers Catering | Floral:  Sarah Pounder | DJ:  Ben (friend) | Hair:  Creek | Videography:  Burlap Productions | Cake:  Mountain Flour | Rentals:  Alpine Party Rentals

Hayley and Jorge exchanged their vows on the stately grounds of Castle Cliff Estates where every detail delighted the senses.  Jenny from Photojennette captured the moments beautifully.  From getting ready in the exquisite mansion’s rooms, to the music of Cheza String Quartet welcoming guests from a balcony as they arrived, to cocktails on the front lawn and dinner from Three Tomatoes Catering under a garden tent around romantic rose centerpieces from Newberry Brothers, to a night of dancing outdoors with music from Elite DJ, the experience was incredible.  We absolutely loved working with Hayley and her mom, Mary in planning this elegant soiree and based on the fun-loving crowd, we can tell that both Hayley and Jorge are a well-loved couple with friends who truly appreciate a good time!

Congratulations and thank you for letting us share in your day!

The Creative Team

Event Planning:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Castle Cliff Estates | Photography:  Photojennette | Catering:  Three Tomatoes Catering | Floral Design:  Newberry Brothers | Tent & Lighting:  Benson Tent Rent | Rentals:  Event Rents | DJ:  Elite DJ | Ceremony Music:  Cheza String Quartet | Bar:  Peak Beverage | Party Bus Shuttle:  Pimped Out | Officiant:  Father Frank Gold | Cake:  Elsa, mother of the groom | Hair & Make-up:  Double Dutch | Wedding Gown:  The Bridal Collection

Borrowed & Blue, Ashley

Delicate clouds of baby’s breath, a lacy blue shawl, and swirls of navy on the burlap runner…the details in this sweet Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding are delightfully captured by Brinton Studios and featured in Borrowed & Blue!  Congratulations to Ashley & Bryan on such a lovely weekend!

Check out the feature here:  Ashley & Bryan’s Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Couture Colorado Outlook Lodge

Erin & Dan’s Outlook Lodge wedding is gracing the blog pages of Couture Colorado in stylish detail this week!  Contemporary romantic details with floral from Twigs & Posies, a stunning dress from The Bridal Collection, and exquisite images from Elizabeth Ann Photography make for an inspiring experience.

Check out the full feature here!  Contemporary Mountain Style

Colorado Weddings Magazine feature

Sweet, gorgeous, romantic, stunning views…Courtney & Adam’s Grand Lake Lodge wedding had it all and we think the photos featured on Colorado Weddings Magazine from Lisa Ann Photography are just beautiful!  Thank you Statice Floral, Jay Kacik of Standing Room Only DJ, and Matt Raynak of Rocky Mountain Wedding Services for a truly lovely weekend!

Check out the feature here:  A Country Rustic Wedding on Grand Lake