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Colorado Mountainside Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Poring through these pictures was like stepping into every little girl’s dream — bridesmaids in shades of pink, breathtaking mountain scenery, and horses roaming freely. Add in a stunning couple shot by Rachael Grace Photography and you have Joseph and Stacey’s Colorado wedding. Keep an eye out for some incredible bouquets and a lace wedding cake!


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From the bride, Stacey: Our theme was definitely mountain wedding. We had a outdoor/indoor cozy lodge wedding. It was vintage, romantic, casual, and intimate. There were tons of DIY projects involved. My self and the groom spent countless hours in antique stores picking out the books for the centerpieces, the vintage suit cases, and some of the old jars. We made all of the glass candles for the centerpieces that we wrapped some in lace and some in book pages. Each book page was something that was meaningful to us. Some had definitions of love, love poems and maps of places we have lived or traveled to, and some had our invitations wrapped around them. The brooches on the bouquets were all from my grandmother and great-grandmother.


colorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photography

colorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photography

colorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photographycolorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photography

colorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photography

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The groom stained all of the mason jars that sat on the windowsills blue and tied twine around them. We borrowed the green glass vases from another bride who had used them for her weddings centerpieces. (She cut 150 green glass wine bottles into vases.) We made the mini chalk boards that had menu items on them. We went to our favorite local candy shop to get all of the candy for the dessert table. I made all of the favors from pretty boxes and ribbons that I ordered online and the paper straws were ordered in the same place. One of the bridesmaids, who is a graphic designer, designed and made all of our invitations and response cards. We also bought all of the pillows and blankets that covered the seating during the cocktail hour for a cozy feel.


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colorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photography

colorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photographycolorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photography

The unity candle was the same candle that my sister used for her wedding 10 years ago and it is pink in honor of our mother who passed away from breast cancer. We also made welcome baskets for all of our guests, most of them were from out of town. They included all local Colorado themed items and little gift bags for any of the children that were at the wedding including little games and candies to keep them busy! We also spent a Saturday going out to a farm and picking up pumpkins, mums, and cider and other tasty treats that were used for ceremony decor and welcome baskets.


colorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photography

colorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photographycolorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photography

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Something that I am sure every bride has heard numerous times but keep in mind what you and your soon to be spouse want. If you try to please everyone you will not be able to please yourself. It is your day and should be done your way. Ask for help if you need it. I had amazing support from all of my friends and family who went above and beyond and they really made everything that much more special for us. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! They will be happy to help and you will be less overwhelmed.

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colorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photography

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colorado mountainside vintage wedding from rachael grace photography


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “All I Want Is You,” U2 cover by Vitamin String Quartets
Bride’s Processional: “Canon in D Major,” Pachelbel
Recessional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Cake Cutting Song: “You and Me,” Dave Matthews Band

Wedding Vendors (Tabernash, Colorado):

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Rachael Grace Photography / Event Planner and Large Wedding Sign: Jazmine Polite of A Touch of Bliss / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet “St. Barts” / Wedding Veil: Sara Gabriel “Rae” / Bridesmaids Dresses: Jasmine Belsoie / Wedding Flowers: Pretty Petal / Wedding Caterer: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Cake: Teacup / Cake Pops: Starbucks / Linens: Linen Hero / Makeup Artist: Blush Artistry and Company / Wedding Invitations: Elizabeth Mitkish / Wood Signs: Made by groom

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

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Chicago Woodland Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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Even though wedding season might be slowing down as the cold weather continues to roll in, some vendors are taking this as an opportunity to meet up and throw together incredible inspiration shoots. A Chicago team of vendors did just this, led by Katie of Jayne Weddings and Events and Jessie of Simply Jessie Photography. We love how this shoot manages to be somewhat masculine while still retaining a sense of regal femininity!

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woodsy purple bouquet

From the Event Stylist, Katie of Jayne Weddings and Events: A group of Chicago vendors worked together on this barren forest look. Wedding season has slowed and we all wanted to do something creative and fun with only one rule: no pastels. We all love happy sunny weddings, but what about the bride with a love of nature and the beautiful emptiness it holds during the winter months. We painted a picture of our lovely snow-white-esque bride awaiting her prince, semi-vintage and a bit more opulent then rustic.

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woodland forest wedding inspiration from simply jessie and jayne weddings chicago

We set the table to reflect how long she waits. Woodland creatures take over the once lush table, flowers are replaced my items found on the forest floor, but the candles still flicker and the linens still gleam a bright shade of purple. Using candle plates instead of typical salad plates brought a nice matte black finish to the table. The chairs were wrapped in a braided fabric rope to make them look festive, but not over the top. Bundles of sticks were wrapped in matching mini rope as a “favor” to the guest.

woodland forest wedding inspiration from simply jessie and jayne weddings chicago

We paired the wedding dress with a knee high lace up boot to create a more edgy feel. Her hair and makeup was done to be more dramatic then most brides would choose to have, and looked a bit regal. The bride lays and daydreams of her love in a bed of gold fallen leaves.

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In keeping with the natural melancholy aesthetic of shoot, the film was shot in an dramatic raw perspective with an original music composition by Paper Door. We didn’t want a smooth over-produced video but the edges a bit unkempt and an intimate perspective into this bride’s waiting.


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Wedding Vendors (Chicago, IL):

Event Design and Coordination: Katie of Jayne Weddings and Events / Wedding Photography: Simply Jessie Photography / Wedding Dress: Mignonette Designs / Hair: Shelby Smith / Makeup: Dena Miller / Wedding Flowers: Fleur / Paper Goods: Ruby the Fox / Linens: Private Label Linens / Vintage Rentals: Aged Vintage Rentals / Cinematography: Put Down the Bourbon by Simply Jessie / Model: Brit Cooper Robinson

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Corkey Creations

Corkey Creations offers the largest selection of wine cork place card holders, including personalized and custom printing. We also offer whole corks for save the dates, guest book corks, magnets and key-chains and vinyl wine bottle decor for table numbers and/or centerpiece decorations.

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DIY Birch Bark Lamps

DIY Projects

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I have no words to describe how excited I am to make this DIY project myself. If you loved these birch bark pendant lamps from this truly woodsy Michigan wedding, today you’re in luck. I will leave you with Nora, the bride: Our birch tree lanterns came from an idea that evolved down from hollowed-log lights we had seen in Finland and attempted to make them ourselves.

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DIY birch bark lanternsBirch Bark Lampshades DIY
DIY birch bark lamps

DIY birch bark lanternsBark Lampshades DIY


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Supply list:

  • twine or fishing line
  • bark
  • utility knife
  • leather punch
  • 60 watt lightbulbs
  • 14 gauge electrical wire and sockets or pendant lamp kits (available at local hardware stores or at Ikea)

Instructions:

From Nora: One of my brother’s neighbors peeled the birch bark off of a dead birch tree he had seen. Jared cut them to the right size we wanted, and using a leather punch he cut holes on each end of the “lampshade”. He then stitched the ends together with twine.

The lamps were wired together along a really long piece of 14 gauge lamp wire, outfitted with 60 watt incandescent bulbs. The birch bark lampshade was then tied to the pendant wire with the lightbulb suspended in the middle.

A few tips:

You can use hot glue instead of stitching the lampshade ends if you intend to use these them for decoration only without lightbulbs. Otherwise the hot glue bond may eventually loosen up with the heat from the lightbulb. If you plan on using this birch bark lampshade tutorial for your home, we recommend using a lightbulb wattage that you feel makes the most sense for the size shade you’ll be using. Birch bark can be found in the woods, and it’s free! If you’re getting birch bark from its natural source, rinse it with water and a splash of bleach before you bring it indoors, and let it dry. Another thing to note is that over time, birch bark will eventually dry out and crack. If you plan on using them for your house, consider applying a coat of acrylic clear matte medium. It’s a water based sealant, and it won’t yellow like polyurethane. If you live in an area where birch bark is not accessible, you can purchase birch veneer sheets anywhere online.

If you’re not familiar with wiring electrical cords, I recommend using pendant lamp kits. Each lamp will be lit independently, which means you could hang each lamp above a table! If you like these lamps but prefer a seamless look to them, you can use nylon fishing line instead of twine. Table lampshades will need a spider top fitter, available at lamp shade part stores like this one.

Using the same instructions + tips, you can use birch bark to wrap containers to use as centerpieces, make napkin rings, and votive holders! We’d love to see what you come up with!

All photos by Ellagraph Studios.

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!
Stéphanie

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