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Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend? We are starting off the week with this absolutely gorgeous Colorado wedding that has been sent to me by Emmy from Searching For The Light. The wedding takes in the most stunning scenery, the snowy mountains of Telluride, which makes the most amazing backdrop to the wedding ceremony. With accents fo blue and lots of lovely rustic touches this wedding is a real beauty and the perfect way to start the week.
Brie and Tyler were married on 5th June 2015. The Ceremony was held at San Sophia Overlook, Telluride Ski Resort, Telluride, Colorado and the reception at Gorrono Ranch Telluride Ski Resort, Telluride, Colorado. ‘We love the outdoors so getting married outside was a must. We love the mountains so I spent a lot of time researching different wedding venues in CO. Our families live kind of all over the place so it was going to be a destination wedding for a lot of people no matter what. When I found San Sophia Overlook online I was blown away. We drove to Telluride from Denver and back on Labor Day and were sold after being up there for less than an hour. We absolutely love Telluride and we had a fantastic experience with everything there. We are so glad we went for it because it ended up being our dream day. We were engaged about 2 years. We found the wedding venue and my dress within the first 6 months but the bulk of the wedding planning was done 1 year out from our wedding date. We had 55 guests in total.’
How they met
We met in school and started dating a few months later. It has been over 4 years now!
The proposal was so amazing. We went engagement ring shopping the day before he proposed, little did I know he already had a ring and plans. We were taking a quick overnight trip to visit Antelope Canyon. We were in the first group of the day to go down into the canyon and as we asked someone to take our picture I felt him leaning down. I thought he was just doing something for the picture and when I looked over he was down on one knee with the ring. All he got out was “Brie, I love you” and then I yelled “yes” and kissed him. Haha. It felt like an out-of-body experience. We laugh about that so much now.
How did you allocate your budget
We spent most of our budget on the food/venue and preserving our memories with the photography and videography. Then we just tried to keep costs as low as possible everywhere else, while keeping true to our vision of the day.
Where did you splurge and where did you save
Getting really nice pictures and having a wedding video were things we really wanted to have. They turned out so so great and we are so glad we spent that money. We saved on our invitations- we figured that it was something that people would glance at a few times and it was not super important to us. We also did not feel we needed much for decorations or flowers because of how naturally beautiful the setting was. I think we made the right decision in both aspects. The flowers we did have were a perfect complement to the setting and the decorations we had were mostly made by us and meant a lot.
How did you choose your photographer
I found our wedding photographer online. She had gorgeous photos that seemed to really capture the essence of the couples and the personalities she was photographing –nothing looked forced or unnatural. Budget factored into our decision as well and we were able to book a package for both engagement and wedding photos that helped.
My dress was by Maggie Sottero. The accessories I wore were different than the ones I purchased for the day. My husband gave me a necklace with our daughter’s birthstone (ruby) on our wedding day that I wore and my Nanna gave me a pair of vintage pearl earrings that were hers. I had a rhinestone and rose gold bracelet that matched my engagement ring that my Mom purchased for me. I won’t say it all matched perfectly but the sentiment behind it meant more to me than being picture perfect.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
We got my husband’s suit at Men’s Wear house. He loves it. The bridesmaid dresses were purchased on Etsy through CoralieBeatrix. They were so soft and beautifully made I wish I had one!
Theme or Colour Scheme
We didn’t really have a theme but wanted to emphasize a natural and rustic feeling. We also liked the colors navy with blush and cream accents. Besides apparel I am not sure that we really had much of a color scheme but his suit was a bright navy and my dress was cream lace over blush.
I wanted some very green and soft centrepieces so instead of flowers we had moss and ferns with soft lighting. I loved them and actually was able to keep some of the plants/ gift them to relatives. They were awesome. My bouquet had peonies and was very light pinks with cream and some blue accents. The bridesmaid bouquets were made up of wildflowers.
We had centerpieces that were made with moss and ferns that also decorated the bar downstairs and the bouquets from the ceremony decorated the welcome table. We hand writen our vows on butcher paper to hang and then we had some pictures from our engagement session and of us as a family that we had out as well. There was a lot of candlelight and low lighting that just accented the rustic feel of Gorrono Ranch.
Before dinner we had passed appetizers- bacon wrapped dates, Caesar salad bites in parmesan cups. We had a chicken and steak option at our dinner. My husband and I shared one of each. The food was great!
Our wedding cake was so beautiful It was a naked cake with flowers and strawberries decorating it and then we had cupcakes to make eating them easier. They were strawberry shortcake.
We had a d.j. I was so tired by the time we got around to dancing that I barely remember that part of the night. We also had an oxygen bar with different types of aromatherapy that people could try.
We got our invitations through Zazzle. They are so affordable and very high quality.
Personal or Handmade Touches
I made my veil and my jewellery was all gift from relatives. We put together a wood pallet with our initials and personal photos. We also hand wrote our vows.
There are so many awesome moments it’s hard not to write a novel about them. My husband made me a keepsake notebook about our lives as a couple and gave me a necklace with our daughter’s birthstone that I wore that day. His vows during the ceremony were so meaningful and heartfelt. Our 11 month daughter all dolled up was so adorable and she was such a trooper all day. Our first dance was so fun; we took dance lessons but my dress was so restrictive that we ended up cracking up the entire time because I thought I was going to fall over.
Advice to other couples
The best advice I can give is to not let the small details stress you out. Everything happens so quickly and it is easy to feel overwhelmed but getting married is not about the wedding day as much as we plan so much for it. No matter how hard you try there will be things that are out of your control. The big picture is what matters- the rest of your lives together.
The weather! It was supposed to be beautiful and then a few days before the wedding the forecast changed to rain. It ended up snowing and raining that morning and we were debating whether to move the ceremony indoors right up until when it was scheduled. It was freezing out but we decided to go for it and the clouds parted and the sun came out just in time for the ceremony. It felt meant to be.
I’m a whimsical teller of authentic and adventurous love stories. I’m a mountain wedding photographer based out of Colorado. My style is inspired by capturing the light that illuminates our hearts, capturing the passion in human connection in the midst of beautiful landscapes or beautiful places right under our noses.