A Mountain Romance in Creede
From the bride, Kelly: We met in Creede and our first date involved a long drive over Stoney Pass, a big truck in 4-wheel drive, a large (and very jubilant) yellow dog, a fly rod and a steady fall into a life filled with joy and love. Although we live in Bayfield, we knew we wanted to be married in the mountains where we met, fell in love and got engaged.
A good friend gave us both new fishing reels, so during our first look, we drove down to the creek and cast a few flies. It was a fun way to do something we love together before all of the festivities.
For the ceremony, we lined up some hay bales and covered them with burlap. We wrote vows to each other, which were both humorous and sincere. Rio – our dog – was the ring-bearer and managed to fit in a sweet nap while his parents said their nuptials. The setting was perfect and the weather was spectacular.
For our unity symbol, we had a brand made and branded a slice of Aspen, which will hang on our wall.
My favorite moment was our first dance to “Swept Away” by The Avett Brothers. A couple of our friends learned the song and played it for us. It was such a beautiful rendition, and so special to have it played by people we love.
My girlfriends and I set up an outside photo booth, decorating with antlers, Cory’s grandfather’s old fly-fishing vest, an old chair and some other trinkets. Guests could take their picture and sign a card that would later have their picture glued to it. This served as a guestbook and a place to add a personal message for us.
We love sky lanterns, so we had 100 of them for everybody to light after we finished the first dance and toasts. It was so cool!
My advice: Enjoy being engaged. Choose a couple of elements that are really important to you and be willing to let some of the less important details go. Looking back, I do wish we would have hired a videographer.
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