Their Story: “We are both transplants to Atlanta. However, we didn’t start dating until 2019 when we met on a dating app and coincidentally it turned out that we had mutual friends! We both share a love of an active lifestyle, traveling, and the outdoors. We have been on 21 trips and counting in the two and a half years we have been dating, eight of which have been to Colorado, both in winter (for skiing and snowboarding) and summer (for hiking). On our last trip to Colorado, Russell proposed in Telluride on a hike overlooking the beautiful mountains. Colorado seemed like a natural destination for our wedding, given our many trips there, the location of our engagement, and love for being outdoors and active. And neither of us wanted a big wedding and any of the stress that can go with it. A small micro-wedding with close family and friends in Colorado seems like an ideal wedding for what we are both envisioning.”
Wedding Details: We started working with Laura and Russell when the reached out to us through our ceremony site report services, which is a written consultation with detailed information about site options that will work with couple’s vision, budget, needs and priorities. They identified their top priorities as an outdoors ceremony with mountain views, having a restaurant with private outdoors space, and accessibility for elder guests.
A secondary priority for them was to have a wooden arch, but upon advising how decorations like this work on public lands (often there isn’t the time to setup and structures may either not be allowed or it cannot be staked + they can actually obstruct views), they decided to pass on it and allocate more of their budget to the celebration dinner. If you’d like more ideas for what to do with decorations for your small wedding, here is an article on “how to plan flowers for an elopement-styled microwedding".
Laura and Russell decided to have their ceremony at Sapphire Point Overlook located in Summit County where there is a plethora of lodging and restaurants. They decided to base their festivities out of Breckenridge where they rented a VRBO and bought-out a small restaurant that has both an indoor space and outdoor patio area. Laura added a couple of unique touches: she sent us a piece of her mom’d wedding dress and our florist incorporated it into the wrap of her bouquet. They added-on our wooden benches for seating, a boutonniere and wrist corsage for mom, greenery and candles for the the dinner decorations. It couldn’t have been a more charming day with simple beauty!
If you are interested in a scenic, all inclusive small-wedding package in Estes Park, reach out to Wendee. She can get you started with a customized ceremony site report, which is a written consultation of various natural and private spots that are customized to your needs, budget, vision, and priorities. This is a great way to get started planning a Colorado small wedding. 🎉
Tips and Ideas: Even with small intimate weddings, there are often multiple moving parts. While Laura was getting-ready with our main coordinator Celine and the photographer, we had a second coordinator arriving at the restaurant to setup the greenery, candles and cake at the restaurant. Then, we went over the the ceremony site to setup the benches.
So, to setup all these logistics, we start planning with couples setting up an “Agenda” very early on. This is a logistical blueprint with timing & sequencing in how the wedding day will flow. There are many things to consider when plugging in activities on the wedding day:
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 ⬇️.