When it comes to knocking weddings out of the park, look no further than the team of Laura Murray Photography, Calluna Events, and Flora and Folly. Nicole and Alex’s wedding in the mountains of Colorado is romantic, elegant, and still relaxed — the perfect recipe for an unforgettable day.
From the bride, Nicole: We knew we wanted to be married in the mountains of Colorado. We wanted a location that would show off the beauty of Colorado, yet be convenient for the majority of the guests who were traveling from all over the US. This made choosing Devils Thumb Ranch a very easy decision. We could hold a ceremony outside overlooking the mountain range, a reception in a beautiful barn, and all of our guests could stay on the ranch and spend the entire weekend with us.
I wanted a romantic and soft color palette to soften up the rustic atmosphere. We also wanted there to be several different types of textures involved by using varying types of greenery. The color palette was white, coral, peach, pink, and varying shades of green. We also used touches of gold throughout.
Bouquet recipe: Mostly round in shape but neither tight nor wild. Flowers included garden roses, dahlias, astilbe, scabiosa, mint & maidenhair fern. The bouquet had a white backdrop with several pops of bright pink/coral tones. It was wrapped with blush and lace ribbons. The lace ribbon was made from my grandmother’s wedding dress. My husband Alex loves ferns, which is why we chose to incorporate them in my bouquet. The other flowers are favorites of mine.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay true to yourself and your style. It is impossible to please everyone. Talk to your fiancé about what is really important to each of you and make sure that you stay focused on that throughout the planning process. I felt guilty because many of my family members from Ohio were not able to fly to Colorado for the wedding and I felt that this disappointed my parents. I thought they might have been happier if we chose a location closer to home. However, now having lived through that amazing day, I can’t imagine doing it any other way. It was exactly what we wanted. Colorado is so special to Alex and me. We chose the location for a reason. We threw a celebration that was truly us and I am proud of that. Our families had a blast and really just wanted to make sure we had the best day. I recommend doing engagement photos with your wedding photographer before your big day, despite how awkward you fear they may be. It’s a great way to get to know your photographer and to get the awkwardness out of the way. It’s like a warm-up for the big day. Do a first look! It is so much fun and allows you to enjoy more of your wedding day. It was such a good decision. We did our maid of honor and best man toasts at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. We didn’t want them to be stressed the day of the wedding about having to make a speech in front of a large crowd of people. They were so thankful to be able to do it in a small intimate setting and to have it out of the way for the big day. It can be emotional and stressful for some people. We know how much they love us and didn’t feel the need to hear them say it in front of 100 people. Hire a day of coordinator if it is in your budget. This advice was given to us from our friends that were married. I am glad we listened to them.
We had a violinist at our ceremony and a 7 piece band for our reception.
Bridal Party Processional: Ave Maria (my mother’s favorite)
Bridal Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “So Happy Together,” The Turtles
First Dance: “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison