Colorado Mountain Weddings

A Snowy Colorado Wedding | Taylor + Thomas

Record snowfall on the Grand Mesa made for an Epic Snowy Colorado Wedding for Taylor and Thomas!  The canyon like paths that led to the cabins and through the trees were so amazing to see.  I honestly don't think I've seen that much snow in my entire life living in Colorado!  Thomas and Taylor embraced the beauty as they said I do and wish to give thanks to their many friends and family who helped lend a hand to see that their day went off without a hitch!  The day was stunningly beautiful, see for yourself...

Vendors for the day included:

Venue and Catering: Mesa Lakes Resort || Wedding Cake: Simply Cakes by Camberly || Floral Design: Country Elegance Florist || Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal || Men's Attire: Boot Barn || Bride and Groom Rings: Kay Jewelers || Photography: Carrie Johnson Photography

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Roaring Fork Valley Wedding Photographer | Braulio + Keli

Fall is the perfect time for a wedding especially in the glorious Roaring Fork Valley!  It has some of the most amazing venues and landscapes to escape for a Mountain Wedding!  Braulio and Keli chose the Redstone Inn for their October 1st wedding and it was incredible!

Vendors for the day included:

Venue, lodging & catering: Redstone Inn  \\  Cake: Sunshine & Moons  \\  Hair Design: Hairbrainz  \\  Entertainment: DJ Naka G  \\  Bridal Gown: Victoria Rose (Lillian West Design)  \\  Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus.com \\  Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse  \\  Photography: Carrie Johnson Photography & Assistant Kelsey Hoisington

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Aspen Wedding Photographer | Carson + Alyssa

Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of being the Aspen Wedding Photographer for Carson and Alyssa's gorgeous mountain wedding!  Here is a brief glimpse of their incredible day at Mollie Gibson Park in Aspen, CO, coordinated by Mountain Events by Windy.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more of this wedding!

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Mox + Courtney | Palisade Colorado Wedding Photographer

I'm terrible at writing for my blog so I'm trying something a little different and I asked Courtney and Mox to share their love story with us!  Here goes....

From the Bride:  I actually don't remember meeting Mox the first time. It was the 3rd of July and I was subbing for a friend on Mox's kickball team. The group went out for drinks after the game and I do remember fireworks, but not the kind that Mox had hoped for! He remembered me and somehow we ended up with a bunch of mutual friends a few days later celebrating Mox's birthday. A month later I was a regular on the kickball team and we began to hang out as a team on a weekly basis. It wasn't until the end of August when a group of us all went to the Mumford and Sons concert at Red Rocks that I knew I really liked this guy - who doesn't want a gentleman to walk her to the porta potty! We had already shared our first kiss before we had our first official date together in early September. From the very beginning, it was all so comfortable and so natural to just be ourselves together - I didn't even freak when he bought me a ticket to meet his family in Minnesota only a month or so after dating - something he's never done with any other girl! He said I love you first but we both were already madly in love and though we never really talked about it, we both just knew that this was it. On Memorial Day weekend 2014, I was recovering from bronchitis and begrudgingly agreed to take a hike above Lake Dillon. It was above the lake where he proposed and I was so taken back, I tripped over a rock and nearly tumbled down the mountain! Of course I said yes!

After an engagement party, a trip to New York, India, Thailand, and China - the wedding planning began. We knew we wanted to have the wedding in Colorado and to make it somewhat of a destination, so we decided to scope out the Western Slope. We instantly fell in love with the area. After seeing only two venues, we knew that Maison la Belle Vie was the one - it was large enough to accommodate our huge family, yet quaint enough to feel intimate and cozy.

Mox and I both worked together on nearly every aspect of the wedding, from the DIY save the dates and invitations, to the small details like the homemade lavender soap favors! I know grooms who sit back and allow their brides to take the reigns, but Mox being so involved made the entire process so easy and fun! Someone actually said to me "I don't know whether to be worried or impressed about how laid back you are!" We tried to enjoy every minute of the planning - the countless hours we spent punching holes and gluing together invitations (all the while drinking red wine from the venue, of course!), the painstaking process of reupholstering our vintage chairs (an amazing $10 find at Goodwill), sweating bullets while potting herbs in the parking lot of our Grand Junction hotel the day before the wedding, and even the "worst" part of any wedding planning - the cupcake tasting:) We could not have seen our vision come to fruition without the help of my bestie Danielle (who needs to follow her calling of being a wedding coordinator extraordinaire). She spent the morning filling the mason jars with lavender bundles, stacking the lemons, lining up the place cards, setting the gorgeous sweeheart table and every other little detail. One tiny snag - our wedding officiant's office flooded and our marriage license was destroyed. So weren't official until after the honeymoon! If that's the worst that could happen I'd say the day was a success.

It couldn't have gone any smoother otherwise! A wedding will go where it wants to go based on the tone set by the bride and groom - the little things that every bride thinks will matter, in the end, work out exactly the way they are supposed to. At the end of the day, I got to marry my best friend and that's the most important thing of all!

Vendors for the day included:

Bridal Gown:  Blue Willow by Anne Barge, D'Anelli Bridal \\ Hair:  Estilos II \\ Makeup:  Nicolette Holstrom \\ Bridesmaid & Flower Girl Dresses:  David's Bridal \\ Jewelry:  Charming Charlies \\ Groom & Groomsmen Attire:  H&M \\ Floral Design:  3 Leaf Floral \\ Lavender:  Sprigs and Sprouts \\ Cake & Cupcakes:  Pattie's Tiny Cakes \\ Venue & Catering:  Maison la Belle Vie Winery \\ DJ:  DJ Ryan Griz Entertainment \\ Officiant:  Paul Paiva \\ Libations:  Fisher's Liquor Barn \\ Photography:  Carrie Johnson Photography

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Congratulations Mox & Courtney!

xo

Carrie

Ty + Aprille | Flying Dog Ranch | Carbondale Wedding Photographer

Here is a little DIY Wedding inspiration for those brides who like to have a little more control!  Ty and Aprille were married this past September at the beautiful Flying Dog Ranch in Carbondale, Colorado.  As you can see from the photos, the ranch fits any rustic country theme complete with breathtaking views of Mt. Sopris.  It was important to the bride and groom that most of their decor have a personal touch from family and friends.  Everyone chipped in to help out and almost all of the decorations were put together by hand, even the alter and the cake stand!

Vendors for the day included:

Venue:  Flying Dog Ranch \ Catering:  Cesar Catering & Family \ Cake:  The Cake Lady \ Floral Design:  The Bride \ Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses:  David's Bridal \ Groom & Groomsmen attire:  Treadz \ Hair & Makeup:  Dania LaGiglia \ Photography:  Carrie Johnson Photography

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Congratulations Ty & Aprille!  I really enjoyed spending such a memorable day with you!

Best,

Carrie

Silverthorne Wedding Photographer | Seth + Kelsey

Silverthorne, Colorado is the perfect destination for a mountain wedding!  Seth and Kelsey were wed on May 1st at the gorgeous Silverthorne Pavilion and I must say that the day was just lovely (despite the iffy weather)!  Together they did a spectacular job of hosting a party to remember, every guest was on the dance floor!

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If you are planning your own destination wedding in the mountains, consider some of the vendors that participated in the memorable event:

Venue:  Silverthorne Pavilion \\ Catering:  Footers  \\  Cake: Monika's Cookies  \\  Floral Design: Fleur de Liz  \\  Music & DJ: DJ Drake \\ Hair & MUA:  Stephanie Ogden (Paper Rock Shears) \\  Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses:  The Bridal Collection  \\  Groomsmen Attire:  Men's Wearhouse  \\  Photography & Video:  Carrie Johnson Photography

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Congratulations Seth and Kelsey!

xo

Carrie

David + Michelle | Redstone Colorado Wedding Photographer

David and Michelle tied the knot on Valentine's Day in beautiful Redstone Colorado!  It was a beautiful winter wedding held at the historic Redstone Inn.  We enjoyed photographing such a fun group and learning so much history about Redstone while we were there.  Michelle planned the entire day all on her own wight the help of local vendors familiar to the mountain area.

Vendors for the day included:

Venue and catering:  Redstone Inn

Flower arrangements and table centerpieces:  Susans Flowers & Gifts

Cake:  City Market (El Jebel)

Cake Topper:  Mudcards

Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses:  David's Bridal

Groomsmen Attire:  Men's Warehouse

Flowergirl Dresses:  ekidsbridalusa

Hair & Makeup:  Dania LaGiglia (Glaze Studio, Glenwood Springs)

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Congratulations David & Michelle!

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Carrie

Inspiration Winter Wedding Shoot | Colorado Wedding Photographer

Why plan a winter wedding?

As a wedding vendor I know that the busiest months for marriage are May through September and you can be sure that couples book the vendors they want up to a year in advance.  Couples often miss out on the perfect venue or wedding photographer or even the most popular DJ because the summer months fill up so quickly.  So, why not plan a winter wedding?

Here are a few reasons you might want to consider holding off until the snow flies!

~ A winter wedding provides a magical feel of "winter wonderland"!

~  Guests schedules are less busy during the winter months because most people plan family vacations throughout the warmer season.  You are sure to see a lot more RSVP's from your guest list!

~  The snow and dreary backdrops are surprisingly beneficial when planning out your color scheme as they pretty much go with anything.  You can add as much contrast as you like without worrying about whether or not your wedding colors will clash with the freshly mowed green grass.

~  If you are a holiday fanatic then you have the option of planning for a Christmas or New Year's themed wedding

~   Most of all:  Winter weddings can be much lighter on the pocket book and your budget as most vendors offer discounts during the slower seasons!  (That's reason enough right there!)

Check out the video below to see what myself and the pros at I Do and Parties Too and The Bride and Bloom Design Company  can do to help you plan the perfect winter wedding!

 

Special thanks to all of the vendors that helped coordinate this beautiful inspiration shoot held in the mountains of gorgeous Colorado!

Wedding Planning and Design:  I Do and Parties Too

Floral Design:  Bride and Bloom Design Company

Wedding Gown:  Victoria Rose Bridal

Hair Design:  Blush Salon and Spa (Keeli Vanlandingham)

Makeup Design:  Kiss & Makeup by Marielle Michelle Fazzi

Cake:  Hello Sugar Cakery LLC

Venue:  Five Winds Ranch Weddings

And of course we couldn't forget our talented models - Marlin & Kuersten and Gipp!

Thank you all so much!

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Go ahead, plan your winter wedding!