Intimate Wedding in the Colorado Rockies: Krista + Addison

Rocky Mountain wedding

An intimate wedding, with only a handful of your faves, is the perfect answer for couples who want to elope, but just can’t imagine doing so without their best friends and family by their side. You kind of get the best of both worlds, right? And we love that Krista + Addison were of that same thought processes when they planned their small wedding against the beautiful backdrop of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. As self-professed wanderers who enjoy every minute of planning their next adventure, these guys knew they wanted to tie the knot in an incredible location. Krista grew up taking family vacations to the Rockies, but Addison had never been, so she took the opportunity to share her most favorite state with her husband-to-be and together they planned an unforgettable, intimate destination wedding!

Addison and I are a very free spirited couple. We love nature and knew we wanted a peaceful scenic area where we could run away and do something different and out of the ordinary! So we made invitations to send to the friends and family that had very specific rules: No checking in on Social media. No telling anyone who you’re going out of town with and where and why. We wanted the day to be very intimate and about one another, and we feel social media can really take the excitement out of it sometimes. It was the most thrilling adventure. I think our family and friends having to keep it a secret was the hardest part, but they did it!

Love it so much! Big thanks to Levi Tijerina for the super pretty photos and congrats to Krista + Addison on a beautiful day that was exactly what they wanted!

Rocky Mountain wedding

mountain groom

mountain groom

first look in the mountains

The first look. Definitely the first look, we were in such close quarters getting ready that morning in a cabin across from Addison's and still hadn't seen one another. That moment leading up to me calling his name and him turning around to see me for the first time in a dress all done up was the most amazing moment ever! Having a minute to hug and breathe before the small ceremony was so great!

first look in the mountains

first look in the mountains

mountain bride and groom


We adore all the warm tones in Krista’s pretty bouquet by Brigitte from Floral Design of Europe.

mountain bouquet

Rocky Mountain wedding

Rocky Mountain wedding

Rocky Mountain wedding

Rocky Mountain wedding

Rocky Mountain wedding

Rocky Mountain wedding

Rocky Mountain wedding

Rocky Mountain wedding

Rocky Mountain wedding

Rocky Mountain wedding

mountain bride and groom

mountain bride and groom

Doesn’t Krista’s David’s Bridal gown have the prettiest detailing on the bodice? And love her flower crown hairpiece by Amore Bride, too!

mountain bride

flower crown

mountain bride and groom

flower crown

mountain bride and groom

mountain bouquet 1

mountain bride and groom

mountain bride and groom

mountain bride and groom

Such a fun shot of these two!

mountain bride and groom

mountain bride and groom

mountain bride and groom

mountain bride and groom

mountain bride and groom

rockies

mountain bride and groom

mountain bride and groom

mountain bride and groom

the rockies bride and groom

And be sure to check out the lovely film from Forget Me Not Media!

Well, I would tell everybody to have a secret destination wedding but then that becomes a trend and it's not so secret anymore Haha, there was no stress at all! We were engaged for a month and that was just enough time! I guess I would say to those considering eloping, DO IT! You won't regret it. And those who are planning a big wedding, don't stress and if you do, just look at your significant other and breathe for a minute, enjoy the time planning together.

photography: Levi Tijerina // location: Estes Park, Colorado // florals: Brigitte from Floral Design of Europe // wedding dress: David’s Bridal // hairpiece: Amore Bride // sandals: Minnetonka // hair + makeup: My best friend Dee // groom suit: outfit from H&M, shoes from Ben Sherman // videography: Forget Me Not Media

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryLevi Tijerina is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Handmade Vintage Barn Wedding: Paige + Geoff

Graff Barn wedding

There’s nothing quite like a good barn wedding, and as soon as we laid eyes on Paige + Geoff’s handmade, vintage-inspired celebration, we knew you guys would love it. These two went the extra mile to ensure their day was as personal as it could be and took a fun, creative approach to planning their I Dos. They planted a tree together during the ceremony, shared poems and songs they love during the reception, and drove off at the end of the night in Geoff’s classic car. In between, all the little details like the groomsmen’s ties (which were hand-knit by Paige), their unique polaroid transfer Save the Date, and the hand-drawn signage + paper goods were all fun representations of the two of them + their beautiful life together!

From the Bride, We  wanted our wedding to immediately reflect who we are and what we believe, we both think outside of the box and like to do things our own way instead of doing things just because tradition say so. Geoff and I thought through each step of the traditional wedding process and decided if we wanted to stay traditional or do our own thing. Quite a few of the detail touches to the wedding were courtesy of many trips to the flea market and estate sales. We thought about what we wanted for the decor and then figured out a way to create it. We found wooden sewing spools, made a stand to put in the spool and used them for the seating assignments. We wanted to do as much as we could by ourselves. For example, my maid of honor and I love to crochet, we decided to crochet each of the ties for the groomsmen.

Thanks so much to Josh Gruetzmacher for sharing these lovely photos of Paige + Geoff’s wedding with us and big congrats to the happy couple!

photo invitation

vintage inspired invitation

bride

bridesmaids in skirts

The bridesmaid skirts were handmade by a friend of the couple + paired with simple lace tops from Free People. Such a sweet look for a laid back barn wedding!

bridesmaids in skirts

bridesmaids in skirts

lace bouquet

bridesmaids in maxi skirts

BHLDN bride

miner inspired groom

personalized knife

groomsmen

And how great do Geoff + the groomsmen look?! We’re pretty into all of the wedding party fashion (and the decor) from P + G’s awesome, rustic shindig! Check out the fun shopping guide we’ve created to help you get the look if you love it, too!

vintage boutonniere

vintage boutonnieres

bride and groom before ceremony

vintage ceremony jugs

garland aisle runner

Processional: The wedding party walked down to Ashokan Farewell played by a brass trio and violin (all close friends)

Recessional: Shenandoah – Tom Waits (sung by the wedding party)

First Dance: Love – George Burns + Floyd Huddleston

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

potting a plant

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn wedding

wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

Neither Geoff or I like champagne but we still wanted to have a time for toasts, Geoff is a bread baker so we decided to have “toast” for toasts!

bread

vintage handkerchief display

spool place cards

graff barn reception

bunting

vintage vases

vintage bottles

leather pouch

vintage plates

The reception barn + tent were decorated with lovely + quintessential vintage barn decor. The tablescapes featured vintage lace linens, found handkerchief runners, and antique ribbon spools, books + floral vessels. Such a pretty look!

leather pouch

table names

bread bar

vintage teacups

breaking bread

first dance

At the very end of the reception right before we were going to leave in our get away car, Geoff and I had everyone leave the barn and we had one dance all by ourselves with the barn door shut. This was the only time Geoff and I had by ourselves through the entire wedding day and it was such a perfect way to end it!

first dance

Think through the entire wedding and decide what YOU want to do, don't do things that you are not interested in and try to personalize it the best you can, in the end the personal touches will be the best memories.

photography: Josh Gruetzmacher // venue: Graf Family Barn Oxnard, California // event design: Bride and Groom // florals + flower crown: La Fleur Du Jour // wedding dress: BHLDN // shoes: Frye flats // bridesmaid dresses: skirts hand made by a friend, tops are Free People // groom + groomsmen shirts: LL Bean // paper goods: Bride and Groom // “toast” bread: Genuine Bread Co. // music: DJ Persian Housecat

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Dreamy Bohemian Scottish Elopement Shoot: Sarah + Shaun

Scotland elopement

True, we may be biased, but we really think that GWS couples know how to rock a photoshoot with style. And this adorable duo, Sarah + Shaun, and their pre-wedding elopement shoot at the foot of Ben Nevis in Scotland, backs up our theory big time. With a traditional wedding ceremony planned for this Fall back home in Singapore, Sarah + Shaun decided to do something special in the country where they met + fell in love. Knowing it wasn’t feasible to fly their 400 guests to Scotland, a dreamy photoshoot, filled with simple yet sweet bohemian details, was the perfect plan to ensure they’d get the wedding photographs they really wanted.

Scotland holds many fond memories for us as we first met there in 2007 when we studied medicine at the University of Glasgow. The Scottish Highlands is nature at its rawest, untainted beauty. We wanted to capture some moments together in a place that would remind us of love that is carefree, bold and endearing through all weathers, even the heaviest storms. We were inspired by the styled pre-wedding film photography shoots we had read about all over Wedding Sparrow! They were refreshing compared to the usual studio photoshoots quite popular in our part of the world and we thought, “what could be a better place than Scotland!”. We wanted to capture two main elements of the Scottish Highlands- elegant castles and the rustic wilderness and found them to be perfectly amalgamated at Inverlochy Castle Hotel at Fort William. Located near the foot of Ben Nevis, we had stunning views of the tallest peak in Scotland and the castle also had its own private wood and lake! We felt so blessed to be able to shoot at this romantic venue.

Big thanks to Louise and Teo of Taylor & Porter for the gorgeous photos and congratulations to Sarah + Shaun!

Scotland elopement

coral invitation

bride getting ready

Scotland elopement

dinner for two

The Bloomery did an incredible job crafting gorgeous arrangements in a pretty palette that was just right for summer!

coral floral arrangement

Scotland elopement

whiskey bar

two tier cake

Scotland elopement

Scotland elopement

Sarah + Shaun changed into something a little more comfortable for the 2nd part of the shoot. And (as we like to say) you just can’t go wrong with a Claire Pettibone gown! :)

Scotland elopement

boutonniere

Scotland elopement

scotland canoe

We love these shots of Sarah + Shaun in that garland-clad row boat! Too sweet!

Scotland elopement

Scotland elopement

Scotland elopement

Scotland elopement

coral bouquet

flower crown scotland elopement

Our advice to anyone planning an elopement, engagement or a wedding in Scotland would be that we certainly recommend giving it a shot! Scotland is an understated country full of beautiful landmarks that will make awesome photographs. We were very fortunate with the weather as it did not rain at all, but the skies can get cloudy (or sunny) quite quickly within the day, so be prepared to be always on the move for opportunistic shots! If we had to do it all over again, we would still use the same vendors and choose film photography to have the best photos to look back on.

photography: Taylor & Porter // styling + planning: Wedding Sparrow // location: Inverlochy Castle Fort William, Scotland // florals: The Bloomery // stationery + calligraphy: La Happy // dress: Adagio by Claire Pettibone via Exquisite Bridal Couture // suit: Custom made // cake: Blush Bakery // hair + make up: Perfect10 Make Up Artistry

 

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