A Simple & Relaxed Wedding in Vallecito

From the bride, Laura: Our wedding was at Blue Spruce campgrounds near Vallecito. The really awesome part was family and friends started coming into town the week before the wedding- we rented all their cabins, and several people camped out as well. It was a push getting all packed up and out there, but once we were all there it made for a relaxing, fun-filled weekend with tons of quality time with the people we love most.

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 Our color palette was green and pink (like a flower), accented by other neutral, natural colors.

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Several family members helped me decorate for the wedding, which brought a wonderful eclectic style to the tables and also this heartwarming, genuine sense of community.

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 It rained and hailed until about 1.5 hours before our ceremony, then miraculously cleared up! My younger brother passed away in 2010.  My parents inherited his dog, Foster, a minature Australian Sheppard who walked me down the aisle with my dad.  It was my way to honor and include my brother, whom I wish could have been there more than anything.

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I started collecting fabric about a year ago, which I used for the arch. I sewed our initials into the fabric draped across the arch.

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I handmade all our decorations and used a lot of repurposed thrift store finds to keep us in budget and to reduce waste. All the figurines and vases were second-hand, and painted with a matte paint they mixed up for me at Krogers in my color scheme.  I made dozens of paper flowers out of dyed coffee filters and tissue paper.  At the end of the night, we gave them away as mementos to guests.

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Our favors were Honeyville honey jars that matched our color and theme perfectly – Mountain Peach. Our guests LOVED these – it was so cool to send a little sweet Colorado treat home with everyone.

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 I loved our guest book I ordered from the Etsy site, Mystic Wildcraft. Everyone signed this beautiful tree slice that they had wood-burned our details into and stained.  It will be a unique, beautiful piece of art we will always display in our home.

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I love, loved our cupcake tower that resembled a beautiful flower garden.  Nevada at Albertson’s bakery was so creative and accommodating, I highly recommend her. Guests loved the variety of cupcakes, and serving/ cleanup was simple.

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The reception was a blast. We hired this amazing blue grass band called Ruckus and the Rice Patties, and just asked them to do their thing. Everyone let their guard down and was dancing and having a great time- there was no pressure for certain formal dances or songs, and we didn’t do the traditional bouquet or garter toss which often can feel awkward or disrupt the flow of the night. A genuine good time was had by all, honestly- it was the best party I’ve ever been to!


My advice: Make sure to take a honeymoon. Worth it. Make it happen.


Photographer by Faith Photography







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