Their Story: "We actually met through Facebook and had many mutual friends. We are from Texas and we love to travel and take our kids to do fun things. We chose a small wedding in Colorado because we went on vacation to Colorado in November 2020 and fell in love with it. We always knew we wanted a small destination wedding. We thought Colorado would be the perfect place to get married with our closest friends and family.”
Small Wedding Planning: Originally when Alexis reached out to us just around 11-months prior to their anticipated wedding day, she wanted a small, intimate wedding in the Rocky Mountains with a beautiful background. Then after the exchange of vows, she envisioned going to eat at a nice restaurant. Overall with the intimate wedding package, she wanted to stay under $5,000. YES! YES! and YES!
She cruised our GALLERIES page and found a site that she loved. So, instead of doing the Ceremony Site Report, we jumped right into designing a package for her. To keep it within their budget, Alexis and Cody did not have a wedding party (bride-people or grooms-people) and only had their kids standing up with them. Also, they chose to have a standing cermeony as all 28 of their guests were healthy.... and the ceremonies are about 15 to 20 minutes if you don't add a bunch of readings, poems and unity candles. Thus, they decided on Sapphire Point Overlook located in Summit County overlooking the shores of Lake Dillon.
Sapphire Point, though a wonderful small wedding venue in Colorado, can be a challenging site for couples to book. And yes - per their permitting regulations, they couple has to book the site (vendors cannot do it for you). The booking is all online and it opens exactly 6-months out for the wedding date. Which means other people can also be trying to secure your same date/time-slot at the same time. Thus, when it cam time to book, they lost out. But, no worries. Whenever couples book a Sapphire Point wedding with us in advance of the 6-month out booking, we have a handful of back-up sites that are nearby so that they can still plan their wedding day with things like lodging, hair/makeup, and restaurants. We also like to plan a 3.5 hour or a 4.0 hour photography/coordination service (of course you can always add on more hours) so that we can take the couple over to the Sapphire Point (or other) areas for a few post-wedding photos. Read more about planning a Sapphire Point wedding and also the current situation (construction) and alternate small wedding venues in the county for backup sites.
Alexis started day off right with professional makeup by Breckenridge Hair. It helps to get ready in a tidy and organized dressing room, complete with all your essentials laid out. Before the photographer arrives, make sure everyone helping the bride (not the bride) is dressed and ready to go. This makes it so that the photographer can start shooting amazing details and capture those moments of the bride getting ready with her mom, sisters or best friends helping out.
One of the highlights of the day was the couples’ first look, where we captured some stunning and intimate photos of the couple. The photographer also managed to capture some pre-wedding photos of the couple with immediate family members.
Afterward, the couple and their 28 guests made their way to the snow-covered shores of Lake Dillon for the ceremony. Yes, in November we could have sunshine and warmth or snow as it is a transition season in Colorado. Some ski resorts will have some runs open in the early part of November..... and, as the month progresses, more snow will arrive and more runs will open. The cold weather though did not stop the couple and their guests to celebrate the love between Alexis and Cody. They all wore winter coats, snow boots, hats, and gloves while standing against the picturesque landscape of the lake. The ceremony was beautiful, and we managed to capture some amazing moments throughout.
The celebration continued with group photos and the signing of the marriage license before guests drove back to the vacation house where a personal chef awaited with hors d'oeuvres. Meanwhile, the couple finished their photoshoot at Sapphire and around Lake Dillon. Upon arrival at the vacation house, the couple cut the ceremonial cake and had a quick toast. They then seated down for dinner preparation, which marked the end of photography and coordination.
Alexis and Cody's small winter wedding at Lake Dillon was truly magical and breathtaking. Their small yet intimate wedding was filled with love, warmth, and joy. The love between this couple was mesmerizing, and their wedding day was a true reflection of this. Every detail of the day was executed seamlessly, including the hair, makeup, and wedding coordination. This small Colorado wedding will always remain engraved in our memories as it was an extraordinary ceremony, and we wish the couple nothing but the best for their future together.
Mother, teacher, planner, gardener, mountain biker, entrepreneur, librarian, hiker, snowboarder, reader, dork, chocoholic, trail runner and creative. Wendee has been planning weddings in Colorado since 1995. In 2012, she decided to "go small" and only plans micro-weddings & elopements with 35 or fewer guests. Contact Wendee to get started planning your intimate small Colorado wedding.
I've been planning weddings since 1995 when I moved to Colorado from Iowa. I cut my teeth at Keystone Resort in their wedding department, then then ventured on to planning corporate meetings. But, I kept helping friends and their friends with weddings starting my first full-service company in 2002 (yes - planned the big overwhelming ones). In 2012 with the birth of my son, values shifted and I decided to go small, intimate and meaningful. Please connect with me to make your dreamy, simple mountain wedding come true!
Behind the Scenes
Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes of a micro-wedding day? Jaime L. Barba, one of our talented professional photographers, captured me at work from one of our May 2023 weddings in Boulder, Colorado. Enjoy! .... and yes, she does wedding-day content creation (a great alternative if you cannot afford videography) for couples as well as photography.
What is a wedding day content creator? It’s someone who is there on your wedding day taking pictures on a cell phone (or in Jaime's case, her professional equipement), documenting behind-the-scenes moments, capturing and telling stories, and delivering short-form media content of your wedding day in real-time. Checkout one from our September 2023 weddings ⬇️.