Kelsey and Marko lived in London and planned their Colorado wedding day around it being a European affair in the Rocky Mountains. They found the perfect setting at Devil’s Thumb Ranch that made for an intimate celebration, complete with mountain views and a meteor shower to close out their night.
Planning a wedding across an ocean can be overwhelming, but this couple found comfort in the guidance of their planner, The Styled Soiree, who helped them focus their ideas and make decisions based upon what mattered most to them. A beautiful location, a mountain inspired menu, gorgeous colorful wildflowers from Emma Lea Floral and an unforgettable evening of celebration created their perfect wedding day.
We love the special moments and personal details that this couple shared with us, and you will surely love the stunning images that Sara Lynn captured throughout their day.
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).
We worked hard to have a wedding that reflected us. It was an intimate group in the Rockies which is a place that we have spent a lot of time as a couple and we wanted to incorporate the natural beauty of the area as much as possible (outside ceremony and cocktail with sweeping views of the mountains). But we also wanted it to feel light and casual and used light touches and pops of color to keep it playful.
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
The venue, food and music were our priorities. We wanted an outdoor venue with capacity to host our guests for the entire weekend and we chose regional food (elk & local salmon) and a live folk band which we thought would contribute to the atmosphere.
Neither of us felt very strongly about the invitations or programs on the day so we ordered these fairly cheaply through Minted.
And we are not big cake people, so instead opted for cupcakes in our favorite candy flavors.
What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)
Writing our own vows was a highlight of the day. While it was stressful and nerve-wracking, it made the ceremony so much more personal and special.
The wedding happened to coincide with a meteor shower and we saw many shooting stars with our guests!
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
Traditional Portuguese tiles played a large element in the design. The groom’s family is from Portugal and we wanted to incorporate his heritage into the experience. We used the tiles as table decorations with flowers and used the pattern in the pocket squares for the groomsmen and fathers.
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Our wedding planner was a godsend! She helped us to manage everything, gave amazing advice on what to spend time and money on, and helped coordinate everything on the back end. While wedding planners are an extra cost, they are often worth it to simplify the process so that the couple can actually enjoy it!
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Pick the top three priorities and focus on these, everything else doesn’t really matter.
Such a gorgeous evening, and how special that they got to enjoy a meteor shower and a sky of shooting starts with guests as the welcomed this new adventure!
VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…
Photography: Sara Lynn // Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch // Event Planning: The Styled Soiree // Floral: Emma Lea Floral // Stationery: Minted // Wedding Cake: Sift Cakes at Wild Horse Catering // Hair: Chelsea Garcia Beauty // Makeup: Beauty Mark by Kacie // Band: Professional Folk // Entertainment: DJ Cyn // Accessories: ANIK DA VIN // Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock // Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply // Bridal Salon: Little White Dress Bridal Shop // Accessories: Custom Pocket Square by