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Winter Colorado Elopement

There will forever be something so romantic about elopements — just the idea of one couple reveling alone in the joy of joining together for a lifetime is so touching! Kelly of Frosted Pink Weddings planned their dream celebration to the nines. James Christianson tagged along to photograph the couple as they exchanged vows, ate a peaceful meal together, and skated around Devil’s Thumb Ranch’s outdoor rink.


Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch
Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

From the bride: My idea of romance is a private cabin for two curled up next to a fireplace under twinkly lights. I always wanted a winter wedding and to celebrate at such a magical time of year. Chad wanted to be in the mountains, so we flew out to Colorado; just the two of us. Devil’s Thumb Ranch had the perfect blend of a rustic backdrop with luxury amenities. We were lucky enough to be the first couple to get married in the newly built Yager House, let alone the first couple to elope at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Ella Fitzgerald was playing while I was getting ready and it set the mood for the rest of the day. It was 25º all morning, but I didn’t care at all. I just hiked up my dress and ran through the snow as we took photos. I can’t even tell you how excited we were for ice skating. The sun was setting and we had the incredible mountains (including Devil’s Thumb) behind us while we skated around the outdoor rink.


Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

By then the temperature dropped to 9º and we ran inside to warm up with some hot chocolate. The staff was setting up our table for dinner and then our song came on, “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke. We took to the floor in a circle of peony petals and giggled about our day.

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

The food was incredible, we joked about how couples rarely get to eat at their own weddings while making the rounds. All four courses were served with its own wine pairing. At the end of the night we were served two petit fours in place of a wedding cake. There’s a special place in my heart for miniaturized food, so it was perfect. Everything was perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing. We spent the rest of the week exploring Colorado as our honeymoon before traveling back to New England for three days worth of parties.


Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch


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Wedding Vendors (Colorado):

Wedding Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Photographer: James Christianson / Event Planning: Frosted Pink Weddings / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Hair Accessory: Lo Boheme / Earmuffs: Flat Tail Furs / Furs and Jewelry: Vintage / Bride’s Shoes: Miz Mooz / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Necktie: General Knot & Co. / Groom’s Shoes: Sebago / Wedding Flowers: Pink Posey Design / Officiant: Matt Raynek at Lyssabeth’s Wedding Officiants

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