Kate & Tony’s wedding at Spruce Mountain Ranch was to die for! A copper & navy fall wedding is on trend which we were excited to design! A perfect blend of a Colorado backdrop boasting a formal and tailored design. Kate and Tony were a blast to work with! She is a pediatric burn nurse and he works in events so understands our crazy business. Both have hearts of gold! Their engagement story is a fantastic collection of a chance meeting, a crazy dream and coincidence but that’s another post!

The design was based on a formal look with subtle rustic elements using copper and navy for the colors.  Fall is gorgeous in Colorado and the weather thankfully cooperated for the ceremony! It was a little chilly but guests wrapped up in blankets placed on their chairs for added warmth. For the ceremony, the existing structure at Trey’s Vista was lightly covered in smilax. Finally, a boardwalk was used for the aisle with two fantastic floral entrance pieces on wine barrels at the start of the aisle. 

The Ponderosa Room was dressed to the nines with farm tables, copper chargers, luxurious floral centerpieces and crystal chandeliers. Added detail elements of privet berries and copper and navy pine cone menus were the finishing touches to the tables. Fabulous food, cake, dessert and coffee bars delighted the crowd. Guests loved the photo booth which also made for great favors. The Radio rocked the music all night long that kept the dance floor packed!

Thank you to Frances Photography for the amazing photos and to our amazing vendor team: Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch | Planner: Cloud 9 | Florals: Perfect Petal | Catering: Epicurean | Band: The Radio | Lighting: LMD Productions | Rentals: Event Rents | Cake: Gateaux | Bar: Peak Beverage | Day of Papers: Cloud 9 | Ceremony Music: Columbine Entertainment | Photographer: Frances Photography| Photo Booth: Light Booth | Transportation: Chauffeured Events | Copper Chargers: Yonder Floral + Decor | Hotel: The Denver Hilton Inverness

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Copper and navy fall wedding

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Tifani’s Fine Caramels

A few weeks ago, we met with the owner of Tifani’s Fine Caramels, a Colorado vendor, and boy, were we in for a treat!  Not only did we learn about the amazing story behind Tifani’s Fine Caramels, but we were able to taste some delicious caramels made by Gabriel Ricket, an NFL player recovering from an injury.

An NFL player with a caramel business?  Yes, you heard right!  Gabe grew up in Georgetown, Colorado.  In December of 2016, he received a call from The Chiefs in Kansas to go play for them but unfortunately, he tore his ACL in April.  There’s only so much you can do on one leg during recovery, so why not wheel around the kitchen on a scooter and make caramels?  The recipe that he uses is a family recipe.  The story that was passed down in his family was that the recipe dates back to when his family crossed the ocean on the Mayflower in 1620 and then, made its way to Colorado.

During the holidays, these caramels are made by his mother, Tifani, as a tradition and now Gabe wants to share them with you!

These caramels are handmade and comes in different flavors; Chocolate Pecan, Salted Oreo, Honey Toffee Caramel, Fine Walnut Caramel, and many more.  Gabe is also willing to customize the flavors, if you want to try something out of the ordinary.  The caramels aren’t the only thing that is handmade, the packaging is too!  They either can come in a customizable handmade display box that is cherry stained or in a customizable handmade cabin.  The handmade cabin and the cabin on the display box is the same cabin Gabe grew up in.

Display Box

 

Gabriel Ricket (Tifani’s Fine Caramels)

Display Cabin

Gabriel Ricket (Tifani’s Fine Caramels)

Gabriel Ricket (Tifani’s Fine Caramels)

Chocolate Pecan

Gabriel Ricket (Tifani’s Fine Caramels)

Gabriel Ricket 

Salted Oreo

Gabriel Ricket (Tifani’s Fine Caramels)

Honey Toffee Caramel

Gabriel Ricket (Tifany’s Fine Caramels)

Fine Walnut Caramel

Gabriel Ricket (Tifani’s Fine Caramels)

The Cabin

This is the cabin that the display cabin and the cabin on the display box is modeled after.

Gabriel Ricket (Tifani’s Fine Caramels)

Look at the handmade display box and The Honey Toffee Caramels that Gabe made for us!

Thank you so much, Gabe!  We can’t wait to incorporate these caramels in our future weddings as favors.

September 16th Silverthorne Backyard Wedding

Here’s a sneak peek of Morgan and Mike’s astonishing home wedding!  This wedding was in the backyard of Morgan’s family’s vacation home in Silverthorne.  Thank you so much to our vendors that helped make this wedding absolutely stunning; Biscuits and Berries, A Design Resource, and A Cake Come True.

The Floral

The Ceremony & View

Cocktail Area

Reception Area

The Cake

The Guest Favors

We can wait to see the professional photos from Chris McLaughlin Photography!

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding – Ashley and Mason met in Ornithology class and what better way to celebrate how they met than through incorporating birds in their wedding design! Ashley and Mason live in Texas and wanted their guests to enjoy everything Colorado has to offer. They chose Devil’s Thumb Ranch as their wedding destination. High Lonesome Barn was the perfect backdrop to their vision. The ceremony and reception site has incredible views of Devil’s Thumb, the Continental Divide, and Ranch Creek Valley.

We LOVE Devil’s Thumb Ranch weddings. Perfect for fabulous palettes like Ashley and Mason’s vision. Their colors were soft ivories, blushes and greens. It was a blast working with Ashley and her mom Debbie and finally meeting Mason at the rehearsal as they are the most fun and gracious people! From the first look down through the wedding ceremony, the love filled the space.  Down to the last dance, this evening was filled with family, friends and celebration. 

Thank you to our vendor team: Venue- Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Planning- Cloud 9 Weddings, Photography- Cassidy Brooke Photography, Florals – Bella Lu Floral, Lighting and DJ – Elite, Videography- Canvas and Light, Linens – Chair Covers and Linens, Chairs – Charming Chairs, Dress – The Bridal Collection, Hair and Makeup – Megan Carey

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The role of bridesmaids and groomsmen have changed and evolved over the years.  Back then, the bridal party didn’t just help plan the wedding and be there for emotional support.  The bridal party had more of an important role.  Here are some interesting facts about the history of bridesmaids and groomsmen!

Jen and Chris’ Four Seasons Wedding

Photographer: Zorn Photography

It Was The Law 

In ancient Roman times there was a law that required witnesses to be present at the wedding, ten witnesses to be exact; five bridesmaids and five groomsmen.  During this time the bridal party dressed like the bride and groom in order to confuse the evil spirits or jealous guests so neither one could harm the newlywed.

Ellen and Robbby’s Organic Mountain Wedding

Photographer: Ampersand Family

Groomsmen

In an Anglo-Saxon tradition, the groomsmen, also known as the bride’s knights, would fend off the angry mobs and family members that would interfere with the kidnapping of the bride whether the bride was willing to go or not.  Groomsmen were also in charge of the bride’s safety during her transportation to the wedding and then to the groom’s home.  

Jessie and Trever’s Spruce Mountain Ranch Wedding

Photographer: Frances Photography

Best Man

The role of the best man originated from the Germanic Goths in the 16th century.  The best man was the “best man” for helping the bride escape from her disapproving family.  It was most likely that he was the best swordsman.  During the wedding, the best man would stand next to the bride at all times, even during the ceremony.  This was to make sure that no one could harm or steal the bride or to make sure she didn’t run away.  

Stacy and Gideon’s Winter Wedding

Photographer: Frances Photography

Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids would assist the bride in decorating for the wedding and anything else the bride needed help with.  In the medieval  times, the bridesmaids would also give the bride tons of gifts before the wedding in case her father didn’t approve of her groom.  If he didn’t approve then the father wouldn’t provide a sufficient amount of money for the dowry for his daughter to marry.  The gifts that the bridesmaids gave would become the dowry.

Maria and Craig’s Scottish Wedding

Photographer: Connie Whitlock

Matron of Honor

In ancient Roman weddings, the matron of honor, an older and married version of the maid of honor and also known as a senior maid, needed to attend to the bride a couple of days before the wedding.  She stood by the bride on her wedding day to constantly make sure the bride looked absolutely stunning at all times.  In order for one to be a matron of honor, they had to be married only once and they couldn’t of been a widow.  The matron of honor also joined the right hands of the couple for the first time during the ceremony.

Brandelin and Austin’s Spruce Mountain Ranch Wedding

Photographer: Elevate Photography

Fun Fact

During Anglo-Saxon times, instead of a bouquet, brides would throw shoes at the bridesmaids to see which one of them would marry next.  Whoever caught the shoe would then throw the shoe at the groomsmen, and the first guy they hit would be the lucky fellow to marry the bridesmaid.  Imagine if the bride or bridesmaid had terrible aim?  That could go on forever!  Or even yet, what if they had a hard throw?  The shoe could seriously hurt someone!  Luckily a bouquet is used in today’s’ weddings.  It does less harm than a shoe!

“Shoes White Wedding Slippers Bouquet Femane” by Canon EOS Rebel T3i is licensed under CC0 1.0

The reason for having a wedding part has changed over decades.  In today’s weddings, bridesmaids and groomsmen are used for different reasons.  It’s a way to incorporate close relatives and/or friends in your ceremony; to show that the relationship and the person is special to you.  Some couples choose not to incorporate  bridesmaids or groomsmen in their wedding.  That is perfectly OK.   Whether the couple is leaning more towards having a bridal party or not having one will not matter as long as the couple is happy and comfortable with their decision.  There is not a “right” and “wrong” wedding.  It’s all about personal preferences!

Allison and Andrew’s Highlands Ranch Mansion Wedding

Photographer: Photogenic Lab