A Pink Rustic Wedding in a Barn in Colorado
Jessica and Greg
Two things have been constants in Jessica and Greg's relationship: mountains and romance. The lovebirds first met their sophomore year at University of Denver. Five years later, on August 4, 2012, they tied the knot. Jessica, the owner of A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals in Denver, put her skills as a wedding stylist and planner to good use, in creating her dream day.
With its grand view of the Rocky Mountains, Devil's Thumb Ranch was ideal the setting for their wedding weekend full of festivities like hiking, mountain biking, and spa time.
A Special Touch
A personalized ribbon reading "Let's grow old together" was wrapped around the stems of the bride’s bouquet. It echoed the engraved sentiment on Greg’s wedding ring: "Grow old with me." Jessica also selected sayings for the ribbons on each of her bridesmaids' bouquets.
When he arrived at the ranch, Greg gave Jessica a vintage locket to hold wedding photos from their celebration.
In the bridal suite, she set up a perfume bar, with fragrant spritzing options for the girls. "I figured they might forget to bring perfume with them so I thought it would be lovely if I brought a bunch of my own for them to choose from. Every girl wants to smell pretty," Jessica said.
The attendants wore different dresses in coordinating colors.
Lambs' ear and scabiosa were tied with pink velvet ribbons and pinned to lapels.
The Ring Pillow
Greg's mother repurposed the handkerchief wedding invitation by backing it with fabric that mimicked the skirt of the bride's gown and sewing it into a small cushion for the wedding bands.
The Flowergirl's Clutch
A small burlap basket was filled with rose petals for the bride's young cousin to scatter down the aisle.
The Ceremony Spot
Greg made wood signs which were then calligraphed by Pink Ink Paper. One at the ceremony read "They could not remember a time until now, that forever did not seem long enough."
The Ceremony Decor
The backdrop for their I do's was kept simple and airy to showcase the scenery. Hanging garlands of ombre carnations did the trick.
After Jessica was escorted down the aisle by her brother, she and Greg placed love letters to each other in a custom wooden box. A bottle of the same Champagne they drank on the day they got engaged was already inside. They plan to open the box on their first anniversary, and each year thereafter, to read the previous year’s letter and enjoy the bubbly. They will put a new letter and a new bottle in annually.
The Signature Drinks
His-and-hers cocktails included a "Colorado Julep" made with Maker's Mark, muddled mint, and lemonade; and a "Blushing Bride," of Kettle One vodka, pink lemonade, and a lemon wedge.
A Cute Detail
The couple made "sip and repeat" coasters for the cocktail hour. The project was simple: a custom stamp pressed onto premade kraft coasters using white ink.
Another calligraphed board quoted Dr. Seuss: "When you are in love you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams."
Photographer Laura Murray snapped shots of the couple after their ceremony and at sunset on another area of the property.
Pretty in Pink
Jessica painted table numbers onto Ikea bottles and filled them with pink lemonade.
Long tables were dressed up with linens in the color palette.
Wooden stands held glass bottles of scabiosa pods, astilbe, and hydrangea.
A Special Note
A thank you note was tucked into each napkin and tied with a "better together" ribbon.
Their 93 guests dined on pan-seared pasture-raised chicken with a pinot noir sauce and sage risotto cake, and Colorado filet mignon with red onion confit, potato soufflé, and grilled asparagus.
A collection of postcards pictured places special to the couple: Colorado (where they live and where Greg is from), California (the bride's home state), and the Mediterranean (their honeymoon destination). In lieu of a guestbook, well-wishers wrote their sentiments on the cards. Note by note, the maid of honor will mail them to the couple throughout their first year of marriage.
The centerpiece in the spread was a three-tiered zucchini-lime cake with cream cheese frosting and decorated with fresh blooms.
The other cakes included a two-tiered coconut confection with pineapple filling and cream cheese frosting that had "stitched" details (as a nod to the groom's mother who sewed various items for the wedding); a two-tiered chocolate cake with chocolate mousse decorated to mimic the rosettes on the wedding gown; a tall exposed ombre cake; and this vanilla cake with raspberry and blackberry filling and decorated with sugary hearts in a pink to white gradient.
The First Dance
The newlyweds chose "Hey Pretty Girl" by Kip Moore for their spin on the dancefloor.
Peanut butter cookies made by the mother of the groom served as midnight snacks. "She'd send them to Greg when we were in college, and I’d always end up eating half of them," Jessica said.
Photography: Laura Murray Photography
Location: Devil's Thumb Ranch
Event design and vintage rentals: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals
Day-of coordination: Kara Delay of Love This Day Events
Flowers: Cori Cook Floral Design
Calligraphy: Pink Ink Paper
Cakes: Intricate Icings
Linens: La Tavola
Hair: Alex Sternberg from The Look Beauty Boutique Salon
Makeup: Natosha Cooke Makeup Artistry
Bride's Dress: Anna Be Bridal Boutique