What a joy it was being a part of Shannon + Steve’s stunning wedding at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge. Every little detail that the couple incorporated added to rustic beauty of the venue itself. IN Photography captured gorgeous photos from the day that the couple will cherish for years to come, and Statice Floral created lovely florals for the ceremony and venue alike, adding earthy greens and whites to the already beautiful setting. All event planning and coordination were taken care of by the talented JA Special Events. The day was perfect in every way, congratulations Shannon + Steve!

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Vendor Credits

Event planning & coordination: JA Special Events | Venue: Ten Mile Station | Photography: IN Photography | Florals: Statice Floral | DJ: A Music Plus | Cake: Kelley Kakes


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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There’s something extra special about the combination of summertime in the mountains and the gift of marriage. What a privilege it was to share in Kate and Justin’s gorgeous day at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. The natural pops of color by Statice Floral added such beauty to the day and David Lynn Photography captured the moments with both class and creativity. JA Special Events crafted the planning and coordination and Elite Production enhanced the ambiance with their lighting. We are so thrilled for you, Kate and Justin, and loved sharing in your day!

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Vendor Credits

Planning & event coordination: JA Special Events | Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Photography: David Lynn Photography | Florals and Decor: Statice Floral | DJ and Ceremony Amplification: Standing Room Only, Jay | Videography: Larisa Graham | Lighting: Elite Production | Linens: via Chair Covers and Linens | Chairs: Charming Chairs

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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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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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)


Amy and Scott are a truly beautiful couple, inside and out. We had the pleasure of coordinating their wedding experience which included a horse-drawn wagon ride (with a few umbrellas) to a stunning mountain meadow ceremony at Devil’s Thumb Ranch followed by an intimate family dinner in an Italian styled wine grotto. On Day 2, the vibe changed to Colorado urban as family and friends gathered in Denver at the History Colorado Museum for a party celebration. Guests enjoyed private access to the “Toys of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s” exhibit during cocktail hour and the fourth floor patio offered downtown city skyline views while music from Elite DJ kept the dance floor lively all evening.  Statice Floral created custom terrarium style centerpieces, incorporating succulents, moss, tree slices, and pops of mango roses for an earthy Colorado look. A delicious assortment of mini pies from Shamane’s Bake Shoppe displayed on tree trunks were labeled with little wooden signposts crafted by the groom. Daylene Wilson did a phenomenal job of capturing the graceful style both days and it’s a treat to relive the moments of this kind-hearted couple and their wonderful families.

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The Creative Team

Event Planning & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Ceremony Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Reception Venue:  History Colorado | Photography:  Daylene Wilson Photography | Floral & Decor:  Statice Floral Design | DJ & Uplights:  Elite DJ & Production | Pies:  Shamane’s Bake Shoppe


Nicky & Karl brought their easy-going fun spirits and their magnificent grand style to Devil’s Thumb Ranch for an entirely memorable July celebration.  From Nicky’s fabulous feather accented dress, playful sunflower bouquet, and golden aisle of rose petals to the post-ceremony horse-drawn wagon ride after an unexpected downpour (yes, that’s Jessica holding an umbrella over the proceedings!), to the lavish arrangements of purple orchids, roses, and calla lilies spotlighted under luxurious folds of soft drape and glittering chandeliers in High Lonesome Barn, the exquisite moments were captured in all their loveliness by the uber-talented Frances Photography.  Designing this soiree with elements of rustic summer ranch that flowed into luxurious elegance was an absolute pleasure with Nicky, her sweet mom Peggy, and the creative resourcefulness of Michelle from Design Works.  Some great music from Elite DJ & Entertainment made the party complete!

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The Creative Team

Event Planning & Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography:  Frances Photography | Flowers, Decor, Lighting, Drape, & Linens:  Design Works | DJ:  Elite Entertainment | Escort Cards:  Melissa Clarke Designs | Cake:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch | S’mores favors:  JA Special Events


1473Lauren & Brendan love animals, good food, Colorado, Subarus, and great photography.  Their wedding somehow combined all of these elements in perfect winter style this January when they drove from Texas with their beloved dogs Ryleigh & Enzo, to Boulder where the two had met in college.  The fun-spirited ceremony was celebrated outside on the patio of Flagstaff House, known for excellent cuisine and breathtaking views.  Zorn Photography captured not only the fun and fashion of the wedding day but they also spent time with the newlyweds in Breckenridge with snowboards, snowy village scenes, and a bit of snow-angel frolicking.  As of this summer, we’re delighted to welcome Lauren & Brendan back to Colorado as residents…where their hearts have long been and where their dogs and other assorted animals will be happy to call home!

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The Creative Team

Event Coordination:  JA Special Events | Venue:  Flagstaff House | Photography:  Zorn Photography | Floral Design & Centerpieces:  Painted Primrose | Officiant:  Diego DeCastro, esteemed friend | Hair & Makeup:  Crystal, CMP Bridal | Cupcakes:  Flagstaff House | Cookies:  Boulder Baked | Limo & Shuttles:  Presidential Worldwide Transportation


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