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What a privilege it is to share some of our favorite images of 2016-what a remarkable year it has been! We are blessed to work alongside some of the very best clients and vendors around; so a big thank you to all of those who made this year truly spectacular! Enjoy taking a walk down memory lane with JA Special Events-we love what we do all thanks to you!

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What a privilege it was celebrating the marriage of Lauren + Jonathan at the picturesque Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Gorgeous images of the couple’s special day were captured by the talented Daylene Wilson. With the lovely fall colors adding such natural beauty, the stunning florals and decor provided by Statice Floral were the perfect addition to the overall ambiance. JA Special Events ensured that all planning and coordination were handled so that the couple could relax and enjoy their beautiful day. We are so very happy for you, Lauren + Jonathan!

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Vendor Credits

Event planning & coordination: JA Special Events | Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Photography: Daylene Wilson Photography | Florals & Decor: Statice Floral | Videography: Otherworldly Productions | Linens & Chair Covers: Linen Hero | Croquembouche: Bonjour Bakery

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What a special day it was celebrating the marriage between Sarah + Alex at the always picturesque Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Beautiful images were captured by Susan Pacek Photography, and Statice Floral added such elegance with their florals and decor. DJ Digi kept the party going into the night and JA Special Events enhanced the entire day with their planning and coordination. Congratulations on your beautiful marriage, Sarah + Alex!

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Vendor Credits

Event planning & coordination: JA Special Events | Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Photography: Susan Pacek | Florals & Decor: Statice Floral | Ceremony Music: Sandra Wong Music | DJ: DJ Digi with Dancetrax Productions | Chairs: Charming Chairs | Linens: Via Chair Covers and Linens

We love seeing Ashley and Mark’s fun-loving Vail wedding at Donovan Pavilion on Colorado Weddings Magazine blog today with some romantic snowy photos by Brinton Studios, a heart-warming mac and cheese bar from Footers Catering, and a cake masterpiece by Mountain Flour.  Check out all the fun details and the complete vendor team in the feature:

A Spring Wedding in Vail

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Winter weddings have a flair of adventure and beauty unique to the season and when you bring an adorable kind-hearted couple from Connecticut to the mountains for a winter wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, well, it becomes a little magical.  Milestone Imaging was a pleasure to work with and they’ve captured the sweetest moments beautifully.

Lucy designed her lovely wedding with some supportive input from Vinny and we were privileged to help pull everything together with day-of coordination.  A soft palette of blue and green complimented the natural setting and softened the hand-hewn beam interior of Broad Axe Barn.  Pops of anemone added a little dramatic flair in lovely arrangements from Somerset Floral Design while birch-wrapped vases, tree slices, and cute birch table name holders added an outdoor mountain element to guest tables.  Sprigs of evergreen submerged in elegant vases of water were topped with floating candles on the impressive king’s table and the look was a perfect combination of winter forest and cozy romance.

Elite DJ completed the experience with their expert music mixing.  Family and friends had traveled from around the country to celebrate with Lucy & Vinny and they celebrated well in the unforgettable winter mountain setting.

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Vendor Credits

Day of coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography:  Milestone Imaging | Flowers:  Somerset Floral Design | DJ:  Elite DJ

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Heather and Kyle’s Devil’s Thumb Ranch mountain wedding was full of both exquisite poise and unfettered fun and it could not have been captured more beautifully in these images by From the Hip.

Statement elk antlers arched gracefully over mercury glass and hydrangea from Statice Floral while Carl the cow skull, carefully transported in bubble wrap over a mountain pass, made his wedding debut by the cupcake table. Matt Raynak of Rocky Mountain Wedding Services led the couple in their vows under the watchful lens of a GoPro tucked in greenery, sending the experience to special family members unable to make the Colorado trek.  Friends contributed sweet hand-crafted signage, vintage style wooden boxes for centerpiece décor, and even dog chauffer services to an adventurous meadow photo shoot. Equally impressive were the three hours of joyful abandon under a swath of festive market lights on a dance floor led by Elite Entertainment. Truly a beautiful thoughtful couple with full-hearted friends and family. Thank you, Heather & Kyle, for letting us be part of your celebration!

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Vendor Credits

Event planning & coordination: JA Special Events | Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography: From the Hip  | Flowers & Elk Antlers: Statice Floral | Additional box and candle decor:  Megan (friend of the bride) | DJ & market lighting:  Elite Entertainment | Runners: Allwell Rents | Officiant: Matt Raynak, Rocky Mountain Wedding Services | Hair & Makeup: Logan’s Pro Beauty | Transportation: First Student Transit

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A wax seal stamped with Heather & Brian’s custom crest adorned ceremony programs held by friends and family on the slopeside deck of Allie’s Cabin where Heather’s father officiated the beautiful nuptials. Scarlett, the couple’s adorable dog, acted as flower girl with the help of a few treats and some gentle coaxing down the aisle.

Inside the cabin, tall arrangements of orchids, roses, and calla lilies from Pink Posey Design elevated the elegance of the room while table runners of greenery accented with flowers complimented the natural setting. The team at Allie’s cabin were top notch in service and food, an absolute pleasure to work with. Matt with Elite DJ not only brought the party to life, he invited (by special arrangement) Brian to dance with Heather’s grandmother, the first dance in her life and a touching experience to witness.  David Lynn Photography captured the day in their soulful style and the photos couldn’t be more poignant as they recount a weekend of special moments and thoughtful touches, a weekend we were truly honored to be part of.

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The Creative Team

Event Planning & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Allie’s Cabin | Photography:  David Lynn Photography | Floral Design:  Pink Posey Design | DJ:  Elite DJ | Ceremony Music:  Songs from the Heart | Cake:  Elegant Bakery | Linens:  Chair Covers & Linens | Lodging:  Park Hyatt | Rehearsal Dinner:  Metropolitan | Brunch:  CBar | Hair:  Hair Artistry by Hilary | Makeup:  Pink Lashes

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Lauren & Devin were married in mid-September as aspen trees were turning golden in the Rocky Mountains and the fall air was crisp enough for a crackling fire during cocktail hour but pleasant enough for an outdoor ceremony under the wooden pergola outside High Lonesome Barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

Daylene Wilson Photography captured the early part of the day with Devin and the guys casting their fly fishing lines in hopes of landing trout and later with Lauren and her girls getting ready.   The stone archways and wrought iron doors of the ranch’s wine grotto were an exquisite setting for Lauren as her bridesmaids assisted her into a gorgeous gown from The Bridal Collection.

Majestic peaks, an aisle lined with flower-adorned lanterns, and an elegant swag of fabric trimmed in eucalyptus garland gave guests plenty to admire, even before the dapper suited Devin watched his lovely bride walk down the aisle to say “I do”.

Escort cards creatively displayed in succulents growing from mercury glass containers, directed friends and family to table names hand-painted on weathered barnwood signs.  Inside the reception barn, market lights added a festive twinkle while textured linens from Chair Covers & Linens warmed the room in soft golden hues.  Table centerpieces from Statice Floral Design were a playful floral mix of pinks, peaches, and orange, artfully displayed in a variety of styles throughout the room including terrariums on tree slices, eclectic lantern collections, manzanita trees with candles, and barnwood boxes.

That 80’s Band, as always, kept the crowd entertained from a bridal party entrance complete with wild wigs, colored hats, and sunglasses to the end of a very full and satisfying evening on the dance floor.

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The Creative Team

Event Planning & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch, High Lonesome Barn | Photography:  Daylene Wilson Photography | Floral:  Statice Floral Design | Linens:  Chair Covers & Linens via JA Special Events | Lighting & Drape:  Lighting & Design by Scott | Catering, Cake, & Desserts:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Band:  That 80’s Band | Wedding Dress:  The Bridal Collection | Ceremony Music:  Strings Ensemble, Masterful Musicians | Officiant:  Greg Hydle (friend)

It’s been a great day in the wedding blogs for two of our couples!

Courtney and Jesse’s Highlands Ranch Mansion wedding with Pink Posey Design, shot by the talented Caitlin Hamilton Photography is featured on Borrowed & Blue while Sarah & Dan’s Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding with Statice Floral as beautifully captured by Kelli Lyn Photography is gracing the Couture Colorado Weddings blog.

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Sarah & Dan’s summer wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch was an absolutely beautiful celebration.  From the exquisite Paper Guppy invitations to the eucalyptus garlands accented with peach garden roses from Statice Floral Design to the orbital chandeliers dripping in amaranthus, the vibe was natural mountain elegance and it perfectly complimented the High Lonesome Barn venue.  Sarah was stunning in her Augusta Jones lace gown from Anna Be Bridal Boutique and shimmering Jimmy Choo heels.  Kelli Lynn Photography captured such lovely images of Dan & Sarah and all of their pretty details that we were thrilled to see the wedding featured earlier this summer on Style Me Pretty!

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The Creative Team

Event Planning & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue, Catering, & Dessert:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photographer:  Kelli Lyn Photography | Videography:  Carl Grandinetti (family friend) | Flowers & Decor:  Statice Floral Design | Linens:  Linen Hero via JA Special Events | Band:  Raising Cain | Hair & Makeup:  Belle Shea Salon | Officiant:  Richard “Dick” DeLuce (grandfather of the bride) | Printed Items:  The Paper Guppy | Bride’s Dress:  Augusta Jones from Anna Be Bridal Boutique

Also check out this wedding featured on Style Me Pretty:  Romantic Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding

And on Couture Colorado Weddings:  Elegant Colorado Mountain Wedding