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Alex and Drew had no doubt High Lonesome Barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch was their perfect wedding venue—Drew was scoping it out before they were even engaged. The Colorado location played an important role in Alex’s childhood and inviting all their friends and family to there to celebrate their nuptials was a must. Calluna Events planned a day filled with voluminous lavender-hued florals and cascading greens by Cori Cook Floral Design, periwinkle paper goods by Whimsy Design Studio and personalized rustic details throughout. Jamee Photography was behind the lens and captured all the beautiful moments in these stunning images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I grew up going to Devil’s Thumb Ranch. It is just down the street from the home my grandparents built in Granby, CO, after my Grandfather became sick and could no longer travel. They built it with the hope that family and friends would use it to visit them and it would be a place to gather and celebrate. Devil’s Thumb was always a place that served for special occasions and beautiful, nearby hikes. It became equally special to my husband, Drew. We love hiking around the area and ending the day with a glass of wine on the restaurant’s deck. Before we were even engaged, Drew had already reached out to DTR to see what dates they had open for summer 2019. He knew that it was the only option. We did not look at any other venues and had Devil’s Thumb locked in for Labor Day just two days after our engagement. Having all of our family and friends in a place that is so special to us and being able to share that with them was incredible!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

The gown is Romona Keveza. I found it at Felice Bridal. It was the last dress I tried on there. I was deciding between two strapless gowns but something just did not feel right. The associate said there was one dress that they had just gotten in that day and she still had not seen it on anyone. It was the same as one of the strapless gowns I had tried on, but in a different cut that I had been liking on other dresses. I put it on and knew it was the one. I love that dress SO much!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

For our ceremony, we had Drew’s Uncle, who everyone lovingly refers to as “H”, officiate the ceremony. We wanted to be married by someone who we personally knew and someone who knew our relationship from day one. He killed it. It was the perfect combination of love, religion, humor, and personal touches. We had my Grandmother, who first introduced me to Devil’s Thumb, do a blessing, which included how we truly believe that we were meant to be together, and Drew’s sisters did a reading. It was so special to have people who we love so much be a part of our marriage. Some other fun touches we did were personalized cocktail napkins with fun facts about the couple, Alex (a HUGE Elvis fan who got third place in an Elvis impersonation contest in 3rd Grade) walked down the aisle to Can’t Help Falling in Love, we brought the outdoors in with beautiful ivy hanging all over the beams inside the reception, and had a 12 piece band that kept everyone on their feet all night!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The entire day I was so worried that it was going to rain. The weather had been beautiful up until that day and, of course, Saturday was the only day where rain threatened. You can see in a lot of the pictures how ominous the clouds look. There were a few drops during our first look and bridal party photos before the ceremony, but nothing crazy. In the middle of our ceremony, right when we started saying our vows, it started to rain. It was not a rain that makes you want to run inside or that will even get you super wet. It was a few heavy, scattered drops, but nothing more. I felt like, at that moment, my Grandfather, and all our other loved ones who are no longer with us, were there and making their presence known. It was comforting and peaceful. Looking into the man I love’s eyes and reciting our personal vows with this overwhelming sense of love was truly remarkable.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The amount of small world connections that Drew and I have made it clear that we were meant to meet one way or another. Drew is from Lake Forest, IL and Alex is from Denver, CO. Drew moved to Denver for a job, not knowing anyone but his sister and an old friend from high school. That old friend turned out to be the boyfriend (now fiance) of Alex’s lifetime best friend (and maid of honor) and introduced them only two weeks after Drew moved to Colorado. Once the two met, they were immediately inseparable and knew that something was different. Alex’s best friend from college was also from Lake Forest, IL, and Drew’s sister used to babysit her growing up. Both were bridesmaids in the wedding. Drew needed to sublet his apartment in Chicago after moving to Denver. Alex’s friend from high school had just moved to Chicago and was looking for a room, so she ended up subletting from Drew. After 4 years of dating, Drew and Alex decided that they were going to combine Christmas with both their families that year and everyone was invited to celebrate in Avon, CO, where Drew’s parents live. On a snowy morning walk overlooking the mountains, Drew got down on one knee and proposed with his Grandmother’s (and Great Grandmother’s!) ring. The surprises continued as Drew had planned for Alex’s best friends and grandparents to drive up to the house shortly after. We ended the night with a snow cat ride to Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek where we celebrated!

Photography: Jamee Photography // Planning: Calluna Events // Floral: Cori Cook Floral Design // Paper goods: Whimsy Design Studio // Venue: High Lonesome Barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch  // Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza from Felice Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses: Hayley Paige // Hair: Shear Bliss // Make up: Bobbi Brown // Decor & Rentals: Pink Monkey Solutions  / Tents and Events // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Band: Denver Radio Band // Cinematography: Lupher Arts // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Never has black, white and red all over looked as good as on Simone and Jeff’s Pebble Beach wedding day. With it’s stunning backdrop, Monterey Peninsula Country Club set the scene and wedding planner and designer Coastside Couture surely delivered with details perfectly balancing glam and effortless. The work of florist Fionna Floral incorporated a palette of rich reds and autumn fruits and flowed from the bridal party bouquets, to the ceremony arch, to the topiary escort card display to the lush tablescapes. Invitations were by Feel Good Wedding Invites with day-of paper by Heart Paper Soul and a killer cake from Edith Meyer and you can see it all in BrittRenePhoto‘s beautiful images below.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We were blessed with summer weather in November. The Central Coast is typically chilly and overcast, but our entire wedding week was in the 80’s! It was the one thing we couldn’t plan, and the sunshine made the overall mood feel even more celebratory. We had the most gorgeous autumn sunset on our wedding night, a true cotton candy sky!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

Right when I got home from Hawaii, my mom and sister came to visit me in LA. My sister surprised me with a few dress appointments she’d made for fun, but I had no intention of actually finding my wedding dress that day! Of course it wound up being at the first place we went to. I’ve always loved Oscar de la Renta because of his Spanish flair and I instantly fell in love with the beading and silk faille train on mine. It was definitely a bit impulsive considering we didn’t have a date set or a venue, but it all worked out perfectly!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Jeff and I have different religious backgrounds, but we still wanted to keep the wedding tradition of doing something together to unite us at the end of the ceremony. We decided to do a “Unity Drive” since our ceremony was on a driving range in Pebble Beach. It was a fun surprise for our guests and something that will always be unique to us. We still can’t believe we both managed to hit our drives wearing a tuxedo and a wedding gown!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Sharing our vows! Jeff’s were so funny and thoughtful, hearing his was my favorite part!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jeff and I met on a dance floor at a will.i.am concert! There was chemistry the night we met, but we didn’t start dating until 6 years later. He proposed last December at one of our favorite places in Hawaii!

Photographer: BrittRenePhoto // Wedding Planner & Designer: Coastside Couture // Florist: Fionna Floral // Invitations: Feel Good Wedding Invites // Day of Paper Goods: Heart Paper Soul // Venue: Monterey Peninsula Country Club // Dress: Oscar De La Renta // Hair and Makeup: The Hair and Makeup Company // Wedding Cakes: Edith Meyer // Ceremony Musicians: Monterey Strings // Bagpiper: Elise MacGregor Farrell // Band: Chris Clouse // Linen: La Tavola Linen // Transportation: Main Event

 

Natacha and Fábio were married privately in Cuba the year prior to their stunning wedding celebration in Portugal.  Their venue, Aqueduto Eventos, a one-stop-shop responsible for the stationery, cake, decoration, florals and catering; set the tone with moody lighting, and modern, textural romance. We’re loving the way the live trees look against the graphic, contemporary architecture. Gilded details add hints of glam while Natacha stuns in a Pronovias. Check out all the details of the couple’s big day in these photographs by João Almeida Fotografia.

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Natacha & Fábio | Elegant wedding in Porto from Vanessa & Ivo on Vimeo.

Video: Vanessa & Ivo // Photography: João Almeida Fotografia // Venue, Stationery, Cake, Decoration, Flowers and Catering: Aqueduto Eventos // Dress: Pronovias // Suit: Prassa // DJ: Nuno Rodrigues

 

Michael and Edita had a venue booked in Chicago, but on a trip to Escondido, California the couple visited Cordiano Winery and completely changed their wedding plans. Their midwest family and friends loved the destination wedding that was almost completely created by Sisti&Co—their planner who was responsible for designing, styling and creating the florals that made the day so memorable. A palette of warm neutrals punctuated by blush dahlias sets a gorgeous scene and it’s all captured beautifully by Dana Richards.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The venue! Michael and I visited Cordiano Winery with friends who live in the area and instantly fell in love with it. We had a venue booked back in Chicago, but upon experiencing the breathtaking views of Cordiano, we quickly made some huge changes to those plans! The majority of our guests were from the Midwest, so they all loved this designation wedding. Also, one of our close friends married us and put together a touching, humorous, and genuine ceremony.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I was meeting a business partner at a Starbucks that happened to be next door to the Crystal Bride in Geneva, IL. I saw their Maggie Sottero sign and popped in out of curiosity. The rest was history. I did end up going back to the salon with Mom and girls to try it on again, but it was the only dress I was interested in even trying on!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

From Kim, the designer:

We wanted to add a bit of the Bride’s Bosnian culture into the wedding, so we decided on infusing something traditional from home – a candy bowl at each setting. The bowls have a handmade saucer and a lid, and hold Turkish delight or chocolates. They are most commonly seen in Turkey at cafes, and are filled with tasty little sweets to nibble on while sipping coffee.

Edita’s bouquet was also very special. As the florist, I was tending to a bunch of cafe au lait dahlias. They are drop dead gorgeous blooms, and I knew that I wanted them to be the focus of her bouquet. I found the prettiest one of the bunch that was slightly nude, and had a little mauve coloring on the edges to take it over the top. It complemented her style perfectly. Feminine, and playful, with just a hint of violaceous drama.

 

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Design and Styling, Coordination & Florals: Kimberly Sisti/Sisti&Co  // Photography & Videography: Dana Richards // Paper goods: Minted-weddings // Venue: Cordiano Winery // Gown: Maggie Sottero // Bridal Salon: Crystal Bride // Bridesmaids: Lulu’s // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // His Wedding Band: Brilliant Earth // Her Wedding Band: CatBird NYC // Hair: Michelle Finch // Cake: Kimberly Sisti/Sisti&Co // DJ: Christian Palugod Just 4 Fun Entertainment // Linens: La Tavola Linen Luxe Linens // Rentals: Concepts Event Design // Tabletop: Cheri’s Vintage Table // Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting // Jewelry: Sara Gabriel // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

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Susie and Sam had us at custom-neon-light-floral-ceremony-structure. Their celebration at Accelerator Space in Baltimore fit their “personalities to a ‘T’.” Both collect taxidermy and the details planned by Eventi Floral & Events reflected the couple’s “more macabre sense of style.” The encased paper butterflies and ’til death’ neon sign were a way to incorporate those organic, yet modern, elements while still being beautiful and chic. A bold invitation suite by Ruby the Fox introduced the style perfectly and the florals are colorful and abundant and we are all so lucky that Marie Violet Photography was on hand to capture it all in these gorgeous images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Every little detail was well thought out, from the music to the table settings and it fit our personalities to a” T”.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it! 

The dress is by Made With Love. I visited my friends in St. Louis and this was probably the 5th store I had gone to. I just tried it on and knew that was the one and didn’t look any further.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We both collect taxidermy and have a more macabre sense of style. The encased paper butterflies and til death neon sign were a way to incorporate those organic yet modern elements while still being beautiful and chic.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Probably the speeches from my Dad and the groomsmen. They were heartfelt and so funny. All our guests were laughing so hard there were tears.  It was so wonderful to have our favorite people to toast to us on our day that traveled near and far to witness and be with us for our wedding day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met when we were 21 while attending CU Boulder. I was friends with his upstairs neighbor and we met, started dating a few months later and we’ve been together ever since. Sam proposed to me at our friends house in the LA hills.

Susie & Sam || Accelerator Space Wedding from Shutter And Sound Films on Vimeo

Photography: Marie Violet Photography // Wedding Planning & Florals: Eventi Floral & Events // Paper & Invitation Suite: Ruby the Fox // Venue: Accelerator Space, Baltimore Maryland // Dress: Frankie with pockets by Made With Love Bridal / White Dresses in Nashville, TN // Cake & Caterer: Chef’s Expressions // Videography: Shutter & Sound // Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil Beauty // Photo Assistant: Dami Or Photography // Groom’s ring and Engagement ring: Julio Banez at Artisan LA Jewelry // Bride’s band: Mother in law’s ring // Linens: BBJ Linen // Equipment: Go Events Pro // Equipment Rentals: Select Events Rentals // DJ: DJ Sean