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
- 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.
- 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