Inspired | Styled | Seen

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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

 

Sydney’s “Fall Ball” bat mitzvah theme was inspired by the autumn season and her mitzvah project focusing on EKAR farms.  Celebrated at JW Marriott, Cherry Creek, it had a touch of Colorado elegance and sophistication, accented with activities and entertainment perfect to entertain the young and the young at heart.  Captured here in all the vibrant fun by Brinton Studios with floral design by Newberry Brothers and lighting décor by Pure Energy.

        

 

A fall-themed Kiddush lunch following services set the tone for an elegant and fun and sophisticated celebration.  Sydney’s mitzvah project involved the urban farm, EKAR, where gourds, pumpkins and other vegetables were gathered for tablescape décor to compliment centerpieces by Newberry Brothers.

   

      

Décor from the lunch was integrated into the evening party theme as well.  Scented candles in autumn colors were adorned by die cut paper leaves serving as escort cards.  The candles and river stone guest book were selected and designed by Sydney with her mom.

             

A build your own pasta bar kept the kids happy while creative displays of soup shooters, salads, pasta, and carving stations provided hearty fall fare for adults.  After some dancing, a caramel apple station with colorful candies and nuts for dipping continued the fall theme and was a hit with both adults and kids.  A nine layer macaroon tower was also featured for dessert.

         

Dance Trax provided a very interactive dj/mc and a team of dancers to engage the kids and keep the energy level and excitement high all night.  A photobooth and flipbook station with props added fun options off the dance floor as well.

       

Congratulations on your fun sophisticated “Fall Ball”, Sydney!  It was a pleasure celebrating with you and your family!

The Vendor Team

Event Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek | Photography:  Brinton Studios | Invitations & Favors:  Swoozies of Cherry Creek | Floral:  Newberry Brothers | Lighting:  Pure Energy | Entertainment/DJ:  Dance Trax | Photobooth:  A Custom Look | Linens:  Chair Covers & Linens

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Mira’s “Jeans & Jewels” Bat Mitzvah was featured recently in Occasions Online!

Check out all the colorful glam details captured by Brinton Studios at The Inverness Hotel with a personalized write-up by Holly:  Blue, Purple and White “Jeans and Jewels” Bat Mitzvah

Also recently showcased in our blog:  “Jeans & Jewels, A Sparkly Bat Mitzvah at the Inverness Hotel”

Congratulations, Mira!

We’ve had a fantastic week in the blogs!

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Becca & Ryan’s Woodland Whimsy Wedding featured in the Little White Dress Blog,

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Elizabeth & Parker’s Grand Lake Lodge mountain wedding showcased on Luxe Mountain Weddings,

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& Debbie & Frank’s Classically Elegant Brown Palace Wedding graced Couture Colorado.

couture feature.jpg Congratulations to all of our beloved couples and families and thanks to Karen High Photography, Durling Photography, and Rebecca Bonner Photography for sharing your gorgeous images!

Deb and Matt celebrated their Breckenridge mountain wedding in the backyard of a gorgeous private rental home.  Friends and family arrived days before to start celebrating and spend time together.  Sweet Dahlia Wedding Photography captured the numerous handcrafted details that enriched the weekend with a vintage vibe; embroidered flower boutonnieres crafted by a family member, a display of family quilts, (including one made by the bride’s grandmother), an eclectic collection of vintage-style linen and lace overlays from the bride’s mom, and Deb’s floral artwork drawn adorning menus and escort cards.

    

Dogs decked in bowties joined the back lawn ceremony facing grand mountain vistas.  Guests enjoyed cocktails from Footer’s Catering on the front lawn, music from a friend’s band, and a tented reception decorated with lanterns, vibrant sunflower centerpieces, and vases of willow branches with sprays of yellow orchids from Statice Floral. The summer backyard celebration feel was complete with a dessert table of assorted pies, baked by the bride’s mom.

   

 

  

 

    

The Backyard Vendor Team

Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Private Rental Home | Photography:  Sweet Dahlia Wedding Photography | Catering:  Footers Catering | Flowers:  Statice Floral

Check out this wedding featured on Couture Colorado:  Vintage Mountain Wedding

There is a sense of stunning prettiness in the details of Leigh & Jake’s winter wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  From the luxurious ruffles and sparkled detail on Leigh’s dress to the pale blue bridesmaid dresses against a snowy mountain landscape; from soft drape framing a romantic fireside ceremony to lush masses of white hydrangea atop tall vases of submerged orchids; loads of candles and vine entwined balls accented in twinkle lights all converge in jaw-dropping loveliness.  Amazing work by Statice Floral and sweetly captured by Brinton Studios.

  

Leigh and Jake compliment one another perfectly.  They met through their daughters who were already friends and are now sisters.  The girls were part of much of the planning and celebration.  You can tell the quality of a person by the company they keep and Leigh and Jake had the most fun, funny, dynamic, and sincere group of guests.  Jake and Leigh were both involved in many of the details and were great at compromising and combining their tastes.  That is a good recipe for marriage as well.

    

   

    

   

     

    

Congratulations to you and your “lil miss” duo, Leigh & Jake.  It’s been so delightful and we miss your smiles already!

 

The Vendor Team:

Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography:  Brinton Studios | Flowers & Décor:  Statice Floral | Linens:  All Events

Check out this gorgeous wedding featured on Borrowed & Blue!  Leigh & Jake’s Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Kim & Ben are professionals with a great sense of humor and personality.  Their wedding at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is a perfect example of tasteful elegance.   A sophisticated palette of charcoal and white linens and florals complimented the soft yellow walls and gracefully arched stage of the beautiful Concert Hall.  Lush floral arrangements of varying height from Statice Floral added visual texture in the high ceilinged room while a masterpiece cake from Shamane’s Bake Shoppe fashioned as gift boxes with pearl beads, fondant charcoal ribbon, and exquisite sugar flowers and surrounded by assorted mini-desserts on white pedestals adorned one side wall.  Personalized menus, table numbers, and signage with a custom crest reflected a love of wine and the theme was carried into wine cork escort card holders, labeled candies on the tables, and wine stopper guest favors.

   

During their outdoor ceremony back dropped by mountain vista, the pair poured themselves each a “unity shot” of Angel’s Envy Bourbon Whiskey from their engraved flask and toasted their marriage—a unique twist on the traditional unity ceremony.  Two other “shots” taken by the talented Armitage Photography and orchestrated by DJ, Pure Energy Events, were taken from the second floor balcony and inspired by a concept from “The Shining” (which had its original inspiration from the Stanley Hotel).

    

Congratulations on your wedding, Kim & Ben.  We appreciate your infusion of character, taste, and elegance and wish you an endless supply of Angel’s Envy!

The Vendor Team:

Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Stanley Hotel | Photography:  Armitage Photography | Flowers:  Statice Floral | DJ:  Pure Energy Events | Cake:  Shamane’s Bake Shoppe | Linens:  All Events | Custom Menus & Signage:  Melissa Clarke Designs

Natasha & Chris were the first couple to say their wedding vows in High Lonesome Barn, the newest event space at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.  Today, we are thrilled to see the beautiful pictures from Robin Cain Photography featured on Style Me Pretty!

 

Check out the feature in all it’s pretty detail:  Colorado Winter Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch .

 

Also part of the team that brought this beautiful wedding to life:

Statice Floral, Elite DJ, and Rocky Mountain Wedding Services.

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