Sunflowers & Puppies, a Winter Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Natasha & Chris have the unique distinction of being the first couple ever wed in High Lonesome Barn, a civil war era reconstruction opened in January 2014 at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Their party moved to Ranch House Restaurant for cocktail hour (designed around the original homestead cabin on site) and then over to Broad Axe Barn for dinner and dancing. Inspired by a love of dogs (the pair breeds Golden Retrievers), dad’s wood crafting skills, and mom’s favorite color, this wedding bursts with personal details in a vibrant yellow and sophisticated charcoal palette. Robin Cain Photography captured the day in a fun and beautiful style.
We’ve included some design inspiration, favorite moments, and advice from Natasha for your enjoyment!
From the bride: We chose Devil’s Thumb because we wanted a snowy location and we wanted a place where all our friends and family could come and make a weekend long celebration. We loved the rustic feel of the ranch, which inspired our rustic theme.
Another inspiration was my mom. Almost 4 years ago my mother past away, her favorite color was yellow. I wanted the memory of her to be there throughout the whole wedding, that is why our colors were yellow and grey. The yellow flowers everywhere (from Statice Floral) were such an amazing sight, she would have loved it! Also her picture in the front row, helped remind me she has the best seat in the house and was watching the whole thing.
Grandma crocheted yellow shawls with a soft grey ruffle for each of the bridesmaids–a much appreciated detail on the wintry day!
For the ceremony, it was important to us for it to be unique. We found that the padlocks was a great way to have a unity ceremony that was different from all other weddings. I also wanted right after the ceremony to start off the party, so we had our wedding party dance back down the aisle to an upbeat song!
Chris and I met in high school but we didn’t start dating until after my first year in college. We dated for 6 years before getting married. Our main hobby together is breeding Golden Retrievers. When we first started dating Chris had an amazing Golden named Lexi. We decided to breed her so that I could keep a puppy. After that first litter we fell in love and we have been breeding Goldens ever since. We now have four dogs, Lexi, Abbey, Brooklyn, and Sully.
Our dogs were a huge inspiration for our wedding, we wanted to include them even though they couldn’t be present. Each table at our wedding was named after one of our dogs that we currently own or Goldens that we have breed. Many of the people that came to the wedding got to sit at their own dog’s table!
My dad is very handy with wood crafting, he made many of the wood decorations such as the card box, place card holders, and table name holders.
My favorite memory of the day was the first look. I was against the first look in the beginning, but it completely helped calm my nerves. And it was also fun to have a moment, just the two of us. Another favorite moment was during dancing when the whole dance floor joined in a circle and we all sang and danced together. Such a cool moment! Chris said his favorite moment from the day was just all the love that was shared by our friends and family. Many came a long long way and even traveled through a rough snow storm to celebrate with us! We couldn’t describe how special we felt!
Advice for a bride and groom who are planning a wedding:
#1 HIRE JESSICA!!! Having her made the process so easy and carefree. I can honestly say I never felt stressed throughout the whole process. She and all the vendors she recommended, definitely delivered above and beyond all our expectations!
#2 Enjoy the process, have fun with it, be willing to accept others when they offer to help, and have an open mind and go with the flow!
From Team Switchell sunglasses to doggie bags of puppy chow, we loved every detail of your special day, Natasha & Chris. Thank you for letting us be part of your unique, personal, and well celebrated wedding!
The Vendor Team
Event Coordination: JA Special Events | Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography: Robin Cain Photography | Flowers: Statice Floral | DJ: Elite DJ | Officiate: Rocky Mountain Wedding Services
Check out Natasha & Chris’s wedding on Style Me Pretty: Colorado Winter Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch