Inspired by the Colorado Rocky Mountains, this Bohemian styled elopement marries vibrant colored flowers and ethereal attire with the natural landscape of Colorado. A beautiful day for an intimate ceremony in the mountains to celebrate life and love in nature.
This romantic shoot has us dreaming of spring. We love the backdrop of white flowering trees, the romantic Claire Pettibone gown, and the pretty bouquet and floral crown incorporating Pantone’s 2017 color of the year, greenery.
From the bride, Stephanie:
We were fully inspired by the mountains! We love being deep in the woods and wanted to share that magical experience with our guests! Our colors were navy blue and tan, and our decor was a lot of wood pieces and candles, creating the romantic woodland fairytale we envisioned. Almost everything in our wedding was made by my mom!
We wanted the ceremony to completely reflect us, and our love. We both wrote our own vows in very special locations a week prior, and the day of the wedding our officiant had them printed into a binder so that we could read them to each other while he held it up.
As we were announced husband and wife, the wind began to blow, and my veil wrapped around our heads as we kissed for the first time! It was so adorable!
We had already told our photographer, Katie, and the wedding party that we were going to take a few minutes alone right after the ceremony. This was one of the greatest moments of the night! Before seeing anyone else, we got to enjoy time together for the very first time as a married couple! We cried like crazy, and kissed and hugged! But most importantly we got a chance to be together, alone!
I am so thankful that we had two years to plan our wedding. It seems so long, but in the end, it was worth it! Taking the time to really make each detail the way we wanted, while also having the time to realize what we don’t actually need. So many things go in and out of style, watching my Pinterest feed change so often made me truly discover what I loved most, and what was a trend I was trying to follow.
Make a list of what is actually important to you, and stick to it. An open bar and great food matter a lot to us, so that is where we spent the money. If it looks and feels the way YOU want it to, you nailed it!
From the designer, Colleen of April’s Garden: Durango had just gotten fresh snow the week of Thanksgiving. As soon as the snow stopped falling and the sky opened to a beautiful blue, photographer Jenne Anne and I gathered dresses, make-up, flowers, a lovely model, and a couple of 4×4 trucks, and we headed up into the mountains to capture the best light. Winter greens fit so well for a holiday shoot and the color of the year GREENERY!!! is so exciting. It was a blast to use locally grown stems in a wedding wreath and flower crown. Glossy magnolia and vintage garden roses all were made to fit the setting and the look we were going for to highlight Colorado and the upcoming Durango Wedding Expo. Hope to see you all there.
From the photographer, Jenne Anne: When some of the first snow of the season started to fly, I was thrilled and filled with ideas. Colleen (Lilia Floral Design) and I connected for a small styled shoot to kick off and capture the feel of the season. We wanted deep hues and texture to contrast against the beautiful white landscape with a soft romantic feel. Colleen always has an incredible vision, we can share our ideas and run with our creative freedom and really make an incredible team. We wanted to capture the soft delicate nature of this beauty in the snowscape and florals as well as make a statement for the holidays. We are really looking forward to sharing what we are bringing together especially for the Durango Wedding Expo. Be sure to swing by and see us!
Inspired by the alluring Italian movie star, Sophia Loren, this wedding inspiration shoot showcases a timeless, romantic, and glamorous European affair with a luxurious vibe. To help capture the essence of Italian glamour, the couple was styled to the nines. With the groom in the most dapper steel gray tux, the bride donned diamonds, fur, Louboutins, and a Kelly Faetanini bridal gown before changing into a poppy red Monique Lhuillier party dress, perfect for dancing the night away! The shoot features a color palette of rich colors found in Italy’s wine region landscape: deep reds, purples, greens, gold, and a pop of Tiffany blue. The bride and groom arrived to their swanky soiree chauffeured in a restored vintage London Cab, and after dining al fresco, bid “Arriverdverci!” to guests, as they zoomed off on a cherry red vespa to Happily Ever After!
The wood feasting table-top featured custom designed menus and place cards, as well as cut crystal glassware, gold flatware, and the most beautiful mismatched teacups and china to add interest and detail making each place setting unique.
The elegance continued into soft seating vignettes accented by gold and crystal candelabras and to-die-for lush florals that included organic Tuscan inspired elements like real grapes, artichokes, and pears, in addition to an olive branch garland accented with deep-toned garden roses, anemones, and dahlias.
THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer: Daylene Wilson Photographic // Concept Design & Planning: Bello & Blue Events // Floral: A Design Resource // Rentals: Eclectic Hive & Colorado Party Rentals // Invitations & Paper Suite: The Paper Guppy // Cake: Gateaux // Transportation: Denver Celebration Taxi // Hair & Makeup: Brittany Will // Bride’s Styling: Emma and Grace Bridal // Groom’s Styling: Ted’s Clothiers // Shoot Location: Solterra // Models: Jessie Watson & Kelvin Kosbab
From the bride, Madi: We wanted to keep the day very natural and elegant. We also wanted to play off the simplicity and elegance of greenery. The décor was all a natural wood color with eucalyptus as the accent. My little sister added a soft feminine touch with her calligraphy and lettering. I absolutely loved our décor because it was all made by our families. It made the wedding feel so personal and intimate.
Our color palette was cream, white, green and light blush.
It rained all afternoon and gave me a slight heart attack because the ceremony was scheduled to occur outside. However, the clouds parted right as the ceremony was to begin and the rain held off until we drove off at the end of the night!
The ceremony was located in a field called “Grace’s Chapel.” The altar is located under this giant tree and looks out towards the foothills. It is absolutely stunning. We had our pastor from my church growing up marrying us. We also had our sisters read verses during the ceremony. My favorite memory was saying our vows to one another. It felt like it was just him and I in that moment. We wrote our own vows and also said some traditional vows. It was perfect for us.
During our ceremony, we planned to take communion. They had the wine all set at the outside ceremony site. However, because it had been raining all day the wine had accumulated a bunch of sticks and leaves in it! So, they poured it out before the ceremony and had planned to refill it right before it started. However, if you have ever been to a wedding, you know that right before can be somewhat craziness with all the nerves and excitement. So, when the ceremony started, the wine cup was still empty! When it came time for communion, our Pastor laughed and casually whispered in our ear to just pretend like we were drinking the wine. I remember giggling under my breathe as I watched Noah act like he was drinking the wine.
We made wooden boxes for the centerpieces and stained them to get a natural worn wood color. In the boxes we had three different sized vases with simple white candles in them and eucalyptus threaded throughout the candles. We used the extra wood as our table number signs. My little sister designed the table number signs with her amazing calligraphy.
My mom made a big marquee “d” (our new last name is Drake) that sat by the fireplace mantel at our reception.
Coffee beans in personalized bags.
The best advice that I received during our engagement was to embrace the imperfections. The imperfections are what makes the stories rich and memorable and totally and completely ours. Embrace the imperfections of everything! God has your day and your marriage under control, so just enjoy the day like it’s a gift!
Photographer: Melissa Yocum Photography // Floral Designer: Petals Lakewood // Wedding Gown Designer: Hailey Paige // Bridesmaid Dresses: Lauren Conrad // Men’s Wear: Combatant Gentlemen // Veils and headpieces: Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces // Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch
From the photographer, Jamie Beth Photography: There is a misconception that minimalistic decor can’t be bold. We disagree! We wanted something classy, simple and elegant… something that featured the natural mountain backdrop of Colorado, but also highlighted the green and white color palette of the spring season in the mountains. Subtle touches of rich wood decor and just the slightest hint of gold made this pretty package absolute mountainside perfection.
VENDORS: Photographer: Jamie Beth Photography // Event Planner: The Simply Elegant Group // Design and Decor: Patina Preferred: A Vintage Rental Boutique // Invitation Designer: Lucky Onion // Dress Store: Brilliant Bridal // Groomsman Attire: Knotty Tie Co. // Makeup Artist: Kylie Youmans Makeup Artistry // Restaurant: Tavern West
From the bride, Katie: We chose Pagosa Springs as our wedding destination because Pagosa was our first vacation together. We went skiing at Wolf Creek over spring break in 2015. We would highly recommend a wedding in Pagosa because everyone was very accommodating and the hospitality is second to none. Plus there was plenty of things to do – white water rafting, hiking, shopping, ziplining, and of course dining options.
The ceremony was held outside overlooking a breathtaking view of the canyon. The décor was fairly simple and consisted of flowers and hanging baskets lining the aisles and pergola. People could not believe how beautiful and romantic it was.
My favorite reception memory was our first dance. We took weeks of dance lessons and had prepared a choreographed dance to Ed Sheerans, ‘Thinking Out Loud.” It was so much fun preparing with Tom and when our special day was here it made it so special to dance together. It felt like we were the only two people in the room and was so romantic. We still love doing our dance together.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
The most memorable moment was when there was a triple rainbow over our reception tent. All of our guests came out of the tent to look and watched as our photographer caught the magical moment.
One thing that I wish that we had done was hire a videographer. I so wish I had the day documented.
Venue, Event Planner, Caterer, Cake, Flowers: Canyon Crest Lodge | Photographer: Fizelwink Photography