Inspired | Styled | Seen

A weathered wedding sign points the way past an old wagon wheel, under a canopy of lush green trees, over a rustic wooden bridge atop a little gurgling creek, to an open lawn where Lauren and Jake celebrated their wedding day.  There is a sense of authenticity in backyard farm weddings and Pastures of Plenty Farm in Boulder captures that well with their own fields supplying both produce for dinner and flowers for bouquets and centerpieces arranged on site.  Meat grilled on open flame during cocktail hour joins colorful vegetables in carved platters atop planked wooden tables for the main course.  One has the sense that the fading blue paint of a small bench holding luscious fruit probably got its beautiful vintage look right there on the farm.  Unpretentious.  Beautiful.  Close to the land.  Authentic.

Lauren and Jake’s ability to be completely present in their day, deeply personal in their vows, and unabashedly expressive with their emotions complimented the earthy authenticity of Pastures of Plenty and was captured expertly by Garrett Hacking of Photography G.  From the gracious laughter under romantic market lights  (Pure Energy) to the breathless gasp on a hora chair to the raw tears when Lauren’s uncle gave her late father’s shoes to Jake and told him he had “big shoes to fill”, the entire wedding experience was beautiful.  Unpretentious.  Close to the heart.  Authentic.

           

   

We think of our relationship as a strong foundation upon which we can both grow individually and together.  We support each other in our own individual journeys of growth and self discovery and we feel lucky to walk hand in hand as we journey together. We are deeply connected in profound ways, but we also know how to let loose and goof around.  

We believe that if you and your partner love each other and you are both passionate about growing consciously as a person and seeking true, profound happiness, you can get through anything! 

          

From the Bride:  We are big foodies and we worked on an organic family farm together in 2011. We believe in sustainable food, so Pastures was such an immediate draw for us.  We also really wanted a place that had laid-back, natural energy and scenery and that was also obvious with Pastures of Plenty.

         

Lauren and Jake, we were so touched to be part of your celebration.  Thank you for expressing yourselves so beautifully and naturally.  We wish you a deeply meaningful life together!

 

The Vendor Team

Event Coordination & Design:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Pastures of Plenty Farm | Photography:  Photography G, Garret Hacking | Catering:  Big Bang Catering | Flowers:  Pastures of Plenty Farm | Additional Tabletop Décor:  JA Special Events | Tent, Tables, Chairs, & Linens:  All Events | Lighting & Drape:  Pure Energy Events | Cake:  Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | DJ:  Pure Energy Events | Parasols (in case of rain):  Splendor For Your Guests | Transportation:  Banjo Billy Bus Tours

From the day Phil asked if he and his groomsmen could fly into the ceremony on a helicopter, we knew this would be a fun wedding.  Elements of surprise and humor throughout the day kept guests memorably entertained and perfectly reflected Phil and Kristy’s fun-loving endearing uniqueness.  A light snowfall on the fall-inspired day was just the first pleasant twist in this Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding.  We were so fortunate to work with the well-traveled Jac & Heath Photography.  Their exquisite photos below show the grace and laughter of an incredible day.  Be sure to check out the video from All Digital Studios, too: Kristy & Phil at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

   

Proposal story from the Groom (who is, incidentally, a pilot):

I told Kristy we were going for a picnic in La Jolla and we showed up at the airport in front of the helicopter place. We had a pilot fly us all over San Diego County and I had it planned with the pilot to land at Torrey Pines Glider Port which is a take-off and landing area for paragliders and hang gliders. It is rare to find a spot to land on the coast but for a small fee we were able to land there. We had all our picnic stuff with us so after we landed we went and sat at a table on this nice grassy knoll on the cliff overlooking the ocean. We had some wine, cheese, figs, etc, and after a few minutes we got up to take a selfie.  Once the picture was taken, I said a few words, got down on one knee, pulled out the ring and asked her to marry me.

Then we got back in the chopper and flew around and finished the tour de San Diego from the air.  Afterwards, we celebrated with dinner and drinks at our favorite restaurant in San Diego called Cucina Urbana.

           

 

 

 

Their ceremony “flight plan” changed to a surfboard entrance (Phil on a surfboard carried by groomsmen, reminiscent of California where the pair lives) but as surfboards are rare in the Colorado mountains, and since snow was forecasted for the late October day, the plan changed once more, a day before the wedding.

 

   

In fact, Phil’s entrance was perfectly normal as he walked into the civil war era barn ceremony.  Groomsmen in orange striped bowties sporting boutonnieres of yellow billy balls and red berries stood opposite bridesmaids in ruffled orange & white polka dot dresses, brown leather boots, and autumn colored bouquets.   One of the groomsmen grabbed a guitar and a friend stood up to sing in clear melodic tones while massive barn doors were pulled back to reveal a breathtaking Rocky Mountain vista.  Kristy walked the barn aisle in her stunning lace dress and shiny orange toe peep wedges.  A black lab in bowtie watched ceremony and scenery next to Phil.

    

Phil and Kristy were pronounced husband and wife.  They kissed.  They turned to face their guests.  And then they turned around and mysteriously walked out the barn doors instead of down the aisle.  Puzzled looks turned to laughter as Phil pedaled Kristy by the barn doors on a tandem bicycle.  They made a turn and came back to ride down the aisle in a most memorable exit, one of the highlights of their wedding weekend.

 

    

 

    

  

The fun continued with homemade baklava favors, the Harlem shake in a horse mask, and dancing on a snowy deck draped in market lights.  And laughter.  Lots of laughter.

 

Kristy & Phil, congratulations.  Thank you for making the planning process so fun, for being unique in your wedding celebration, and for your generous offer of an airplane ride to the beach.  Or am I confusing that last part with our offer of a glass of wine when you’re in town…whatever the scenario, we look forward to laughing with you both again soon!

The Vendor Team

Event Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography:  Jac & Heath Photography | Flowers:  Fleur de Liz | DJ:  Elite DJ | Videography:  All Digital Studios | Photobooth:  Ear2Ear Photobooths

The wedding video from All Digital Studios:  Kristy & Phil at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Phil & Kristy’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!  Check it out:  Rustic Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding

We are SO THRILLED to see Kristy & Phil’s wedding featured on Style Me Pretty today:  Rustic Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding with stunning images from Jac & Heath Photography and a stellar vendor team including Fleur de Liz, Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Ear2Ear Photobooths, All Digital Studios, and Elite DJ.

Congratulations to Kristy & Phil!  We are excited to share their wedding on our own blog in just a couple days!

Natasha & Chris have the unique distinction of being the first couple ever wed in High Lonesome Barn, a civil war era reconstruction opened in January 2014 at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  Their party moved to Ranch House Restaurant for cocktail hour (designed around the original homestead cabin on site) and then over to Broad Axe Barn for dinner and dancing.  Inspired by a love of dogs (the pair breeds Golden Retrievers), dad’s wood crafting skills, and mom’s favorite color, this wedding bursts with personal details in a vibrant yellow and sophisticated charcoal palette.  Robin Cain Photography captured the day in a fun and beautiful style.

We’ve included some design inspiration, favorite moments, and advice from Natasha for your enjoyment!

  

From the bride:  We chose Devil’s Thumb because we wanted a snowy location and we wanted a place where all our friends and family could come and make a weekend long celebration. We loved the rustic feel of the ranch, which inspired our rustic theme.

 

Another inspiration was my mom. Almost 4 years ago my mother past away, her favorite color was yellow. I wanted the memory of her to be there throughout the whole wedding, that is why our colors were yellow and grey. The yellow flowers everywhere (from Statice Floralwere such an amazing sight, she would have loved it! Also her picture in the front row, helped remind me she has the best seat in the house and was watching the whole thing.

   

   

Grandma crocheted yellow shawls with a soft grey ruffle for each of the bridesmaids–a much appreciated detail on the wintry day!

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For the ceremony, it was important to us for it to be unique. We found that the padlocks was a great way to have a unity ceremony that was different from all other weddings. I also wanted right after the ceremony to start off the party, so we had our wedding party dance back down the aisle to an upbeat song!

         

 

Chris and I met in high school but we didn’t start dating until after my first year in college. We dated for 6 years before getting married. Our main hobby together is breeding Golden Retrievers. When we first started dating Chris had an amazing Golden named Lexi.  We decided to breed her so that I could keep a puppy. After that first litter we fell in love and we have been breeding Goldens ever since. We now have four dogs, Lexi, Abbey, Brooklyn, and Sully.

Our dogs were a huge inspiration for our wedding, we wanted to include them even though they couldn’t be present. Each table at our wedding was named after one of our dogs that we currently own or Goldens that we have breed.  Many of the people that came to the wedding got to sit at their own dog’s table!

 

My dad is very handy with wood crafting, he made many of the wood decorations such as the card box, place card holders, and table name holders.

 

My favorite memory of the day was the first look. I was against the first look in the beginning, but it completely helped calm my nerves. And it was also fun to have a moment, just the two of us. Another favorite moment was during dancing when the whole dance floor joined in a circle and we all sang and danced together. Such a cool moment! Chris said his favorite moment from the day was just all the love that was shared by our friends and family. Many came a long long way and even traveled through a rough snow storm to celebrate with us! We couldn’t describe how special we felt!

 

Advice for a bride and groom who are planning a wedding:  

#1 HIRE JESSICA!!! Having her made the process so easy and carefree. I can honestly say I never felt stressed throughout the whole process. She and all the vendors she recommended, definitely delivered above and beyond all our expectations! 

#2 Enjoy the process, have fun with it, be willing to accept others when they offer to help, and have an open mind and go with the flow!

 

From Team Switchell sunglasses to doggie bags of puppy chow, we loved every detail of your special day, Natasha & Chris.  Thank you for letting us be part of your unique, personal, and well celebrated wedding!

   

The Vendor Team

Event Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography:  Robin Cain Photography | Flowers:  Statice Floral | DJ:  Elite DJ | Officiate:  Rocky Mountain Wedding Services

Check out Natasha & Chris’s wedding on Style Me PrettyColorado Winter Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

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From the sparkling snow, blue skies, and mountain backdrop of Carolyn & Sean’s first look to the dripping orchids and soft drape framing their St. Julien ceremony; from the twinkle lights on evergreen trees to the glimmer of sequined flowers on table linens; and from the touching toasts to the human pyramid, this wedding showcases the beauty and romance of winter in all its elegance.  Inspiration abounds in the stunning images captured by Studio JK.  With the stellar team of Statice Floral, LMD Productions, Shamane’s Bake Shoppe, Top Hat Entertainment, the details are gorgeous!  Carolyn graciously spoke to the inspiration behind their day, favorite moments, and some parting advice, quoted below.

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Picking our favorite memory of the day is tough because the whole entire weekend was just fantastic.  We had an absolute ball,  loved every moment and truly did not stress about a thing (a big thank you to JA Special Events for helping to make that possible). If I had to choose,  I think one of our favorite moments was our first look… Sean and I really want get some photos outside so we had planned to meet up at Chautauqua Park. Little did we know how cold it would be… but we had fun regardless. It was great to have some time together (just us)  before the actual ceremony… Joe & Joyce (Studio JK) were so fantastic and such troopers to endure the zero degree temperatures with us. We absolutely LOVE the shots they got!

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My mom & I really wanted the decor to be elegant  & festive with a touch of “rustic” to honor our (Sean & my) love of the outdoors.  During the planning stage, my Mom said she wanted the room to be “magical”.  Which it most certainly was… from the candle lit ceremony, to the gorgeous flowers, the Christmas trees, & the beautiful table settings, it really could not have been more perfect.0686_1208_173826sk  0674_1208_173209jk0672_1208_173014sk  0690_1208_174206jk0648_1208_171039sk  0643_1208_165834sk0660_1208_171750jk

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My only advice would be to be present! The best thing that we did was to just enjoy every moment, each other and all of our friends & family.  Stressing and worrying about the details is not worth it (it will all come together!). Take in every wonderful moment in…It goes so quickly… have a blast! It truly was the best weekend of our lives…”

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What an honor to work with you and your families, Carolyn & Sean!  You are two incredible people and we truly enjoyed being part of the magic of your elegant wintry celebration!

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The Vendor Team

Event Design & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue & Catering:  St. Julien Hotel & Spa | Photography:  Studio JK | Floral:  Statice Floral | Linens:  Chair Covers & Linens | Cake & Desserts:  Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | Lighting & Drape:  LMD Productions | Ceremony & Cocktail Music:  A Touch of Class | DJ:  Top Hat Entertainment

Check out this lovely wedding featured on Borrowed & Blue!  Carolyn & Sean’s St. Julien Wedding

And again on Couture Colorado!  A Classic Witer Wedding in Boulder, Colorado

In this post, we thought it would be fun to share a little more of the story behind the celebration, some inspiration in the process.  Enjoy!

Becca and Ryan’s wedding mirrors the woodland romance of “Twilight”, the rich forest depth of “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and a touch of whimsy from “Alice in Wonderland”.  Intertwined manzanita branches dripping in white orchids framed the first married kiss while pops of purple and orange under abstract curls of willow emerge from birch-wrapped vases and beds of moss by Statice Floral.  Guest tables softened by candlelight and surrounded by columns of twinkling lights rained down from the hand-hewn beams of an aged barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  Karen High Photography captured the magical images below, including Becca’s stunning Jenny Packham attire from Little White Dress.

 

Planning for the weekend was an organic evolving process.  Becca & Ryan wanted their wedding to be entirely unique, inspired by who they are and their love for each other.  “In retrospect,” Becca says, “it has a little bit of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or ‘Alice in Wonderland’, although that wasn’t how we started out.”  The pair drew inspiration from nature, movies, contemporary floral designs, their architectural backgrounds, and from their love of the mountains.

 

Becca and Ryan chose Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa as their wedding venue.  Nestled at the base of the Continental Divide, the ranch not only offered breathtaking mountain views and an architecturally pleasing civil war era barn for the reception celebration, but it also offered what Becca and Ryan wanted most for their guests, an elegant yet unpretentious setting ideal to foster unplanned interactions and relaxing memories.  Over the weekend, guests would run into each other at Heck’s restaurant and swap stories of seeing horses in the meadow, enjoying a massage at the spa, exploring the 6,000 acres of largely undeveloped mountain landscape.  Becca and Ryan had gathered 82 of their closes friends and family, people who had significantly contributed to making them who they were.  Not only did they make a point to greet everyone at the cocktail reception on Friday night, they assigned family members to make sure that everyone felt welcome and at ease throughout the weekend.

 

“Finding my dress is what really pulled everything together for me and helped me define our wedding,” Becca remembers.  When she tried on “Willow” by Jenny Packham at Little White Dress, she literally started shaking and crying.  “It made me feel like myself and I knew it was my dress.  It was perfect.”  She describes the vintage inspired dress with its effortless graceful fabric, exposed back, and intricate beading as “natural and comfortable, not too structured or rigid.”  Just like them.  Just like their wedding.

      

Ryan gifted his groomsmen with high quality headphones.  The guys live far apart but connect frequently via text over football and music.  Headphones were a practical gift that would also be a great reminder to each of the friendship they shared.

 

Becca’s earrings & bracelet were special pieces from her late paternal grandmother and the purple ring was from her maternal grandmother.

   

 

A particularly tender moment occurred when Ryan surprised Becca on their wedding morning with a custom book of date night certificates that she could redeem at will.  They included a Ferris Bueller Day (one day Ryan will play hooky from work for her), a Spontaneous Vacation to Somewhere Warm, a Night Unplugged, a Housecleaning from Ryan, a Massage, and more.  Touched by his thoughtfulness, a teary Becca points to Ryan’s thoughtful gift as both a settling moment and a profound reminder that they were there to celebrate their love for each other.

   

Using their graphic skills, Becca and Ryan designed a custom logo that was incorporated in the whiskey cask they made (to seal a bottle of whiskey for their five year anniversary), the shot ski they designed (which guests very much appreciated), and the custom menus they created.

      

“We know what we like when we see it,” Becca explains.  And when she saw an art installation with lateral lights, she incorporated that into the reception décor.  After a visit to the floral warehouse with her planner, Jessica, she really started thinking about what flowers she thought were beautiful and how she wanted the arrangements to seem like they were naturally growing from the tables instead of placed “out of context” as just a vase on a table.  Statice Floral brought the vision together beautifully.

         

Two planning tips from Becca & Ryan

  1.  Drink lots of wine!  Make an event out of your planning.  Plan to make (for example) two decisions over a glass of wine in the evening and if that goes well, pour another glass and make some more decisions.  This relaxing and celebratory strategy makes for easier conversations and makes the planning more fun.
  2. Decide and Move On.  Be respectful of other people’s input but don’t ask for too many opinions.  Be true to your nature and stick with your decisions

  

Looking back on the day, the pair is extremely happy with how the weekend went.

“The planning really paid off,” Ryan concludes.

“We were able to just let go and enjoy everything on the weekend,” Becca adds.

They were the last people at all three events they hosted and they feel like they fully enjoyed every moment with their loved ones.

Congratulations to both of you and thank you for sharing some “behind the scenes” insight!  We thoroughly enjoyed working with you both!

 

The Vendor Team

Event Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography:  Karen High Photography | Floral:  Statice Floral | DJ:  Sound Choice Entertainment | Officant:  Steve Peterson, YMCA chaplain | Bridal gown:  Willow by Jenny Packham at Little White Dress

Check out Becca & Ryan’s wedding feature on the Sweet Violet Bride blog:  Woodsy Colorado Mountain Wedding

& on the Little White Dress Blog:  Becca’s Woodland Whimsy Wedding

RMB feature

Deidre + Collin | Beautiful Beaver Creek Wedding is featured today on Rocky Mountain Bride blog!  We had the pleasure of working with this lovely couple and their talented families, the friendly staff at Saddle Ridge, uber-talented Jason + Gina Photography, All Digital Videography, Shamane’s Bake Shoppe, and All Events Rentals.

Deidre’s beautiful wedding dress is from one of Denver’s favorite bridal boutiques (and one of our vendor partners), Little White Dress.

 

 

 

 

Luxe Mountain feature

It’s a beautiful day in the blogs with Amber and Jared’s vibrant sunflower-adorned wedding at Crooked Willow Farms with Statice Floral, Catering by Design, Brinton Studios, DJ RIPM, and Lupher Arts.

Check out the feature:  Rustic Comfort in Colorado

And more on our blog post:  Sunflowers, Burlap, and Camels; a Fun Rustic Farm Wedding at Crooked Willow Farms