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Richness of detail in a wedding communicates love in a very tangible way, giving sensory expression to the personality, style, and thoughtfulness of a couple who cherishes the friends and family they are hosting.  Unexpected details delight and engage guests in the journey of their experience.  From the rustic “Almost There” arrival sign on the dirt road of a luxury mountain ranch, to the departure gift of homemade limoncello, hand-tied with custom “grazie” tags, thoughtful details enriched Laura and Paul’s sophisticated country wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa.  Tastefully designed with décor from Homefest and captured with incredible poignancy by the very talented Laura Esmond of Hannah Photography.


Some of the best details are inspired unintentionally.  In her invitation search, Laura discovered this gold embossed bee on an RSVP card (We will “bee” there) and the bee motif makes an appearance on custom water bottles, dancing flip flops, and favor tags.  It’s understated but offers a playful thread of continuity in the overall experience from invitation to end of the night.


Revered wedding dress designer Amsale Aberra defines her signature style as “understated, confident elegance”.  She further explains, “I think it’s hitting the perfect balance of exquisite simplicity and luxurious restraint”. (taken from her March 11, 2013 blog post)

Laura graced the meadow aisle in a modern elegant Amsale gown from Sak’s Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.  Her beaded hairpiece was originally part of the dress’s waist accent and the couture veil was designed by Denver-based Sara Gabriel.  “Exquisite simplicity”, “understated”, and “confident elegance”…Amsale describes her perfectly.

Ribbon hand-tied around soft shawls and cascading from a chic parasol, “Just in Case” written in beautiful calligraphy on a card, a basket of dancing flip flops later in the evening…all details provided with guest comfort in mind, even for those “just in case” scenarios.


Breathtaking mountain views beyond the split rail fence where a pinto grazed, sweet melodic notes from an acoustic guitar carried across the daisy-strewn meadow on a comfortable summer breeze, laughter over wine after vows were shared…guests reveled in the natural beauty of a luxurious mountain ranch setting.


The vintage bee pin on Laura’s bouquet belonged to her grandmother who couldn’t travel to the wedding but was fondly represented in a way that used the subtle bee motif.


A sophisticated color palate of soft grey, white, and green tastefully compliment rustic elements of burnished wooden barrels, wrought iron lanterns, and the rough hand-hewn beams of a civil war era barn.


The overall “sophisticated country” look was attained with many artisan crafted items from Homefest, a luxury home décor store in Greenwood Village owned by the bride’s parents.  It was such an honor to join Laura’s parents in a tour of Homefest, discussing their ideas and vision for the sophisticated country look.  On the wedding day, their team unpacked wooden angels, bird nests, glass chargers, chic chandeliers, candles in all sizes, silver pedestals and so much more and it was a joy to see the whole vision come together.  Stunning centerpieces created by the talented team incorporated both fresh and silk florals (from Homefest).

Paul, a restaurant manager and sommelier, understands the defining importance of excellent food and wine in any celebratory event.  His guests feasted on filet mignon and pasture-raised chicken while sipping on glasses of specially ordered wines in the warm glow of mercury glass votives, slender tapers, pillar candles, and chic wooden chandeliers.




Silver stands heaped with fruit and gourmet cheeses, wooden platters of tartlets and cheesecake bites, and a bird’s nest of chocolate espresso beans adorned the dessert table.

Laura & Paul thanked each guest with a vintage style bottle of homemade limoncello featuring “grazie” notes (inspired by Laura’s time in Italy), hand-tied in twine knots.  A heartfelt detail of departure to summarize the weekend experience, “Please Enjoy.  Fatto con amore.” (made with love)


Laura & Paul, we appreciate you and your families and we thoroughly enjoyed being part of your richly detailed, tastefully elegant, thoughtfully designed celebration.  Our heartfelt congratulations to you both!

The Classy Vendors for this Sophisticated Soiree:

Design, Décor, & Floral:  Homefest  |  Coordination:  JA Special Events  |  Photography:  Hannah Photography  |  Venue:  Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa  |  Hair:  Shawna Pirovano  |  Makeup:  Bre Ortola, Alchemy Mineral Blends  |  Ceremony Music:  Tyler Payne  |  Reception Music:  Soul X Band, Starkey Productions  |  Officiate:  Steve Peterson, YMCA of the Rockies


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