Rustic Colorado Ranch Wedding: Jessica + Zach

devils thumb ranch

I hope you lovelies had an amazing weekend! We’re starting the week off with a cozy Colorado ranch wedding captured by the super talented Phil Chester! The location for this wedding is pretty special; after an unplanned visit during their one year anniversary trip and discovering a unique tie to Jessica’s childhood, Jessica + Zach both knew they would someday be married at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. With the venue’s towering pines, expansive meadows and a gorgeous barn, I think they made a great decision! :)  A bit more of the story from Zach:

During our anniversary trip we stayed at a bed and breakfast just down the road from Devil’s Thumb Ranch. We stumbled onto the ranch when we were looking for a place to hike that weekend, and we immediately fell in love with it. We went to dinner there that night and, even though we weren’t engaged, we decided at that moment that we would get married there. Jessica had a weird deja vu sensation at the ranch, and it wasn’t until after we had left that she realized that as a little girl her parents would take her there for nordic skiing. At that time it was a small one room building. We both love the mountains and Colorado, so an elegant, rustic, mountain wedding in a barn was just what we were looking for.


favor bags

glitter heel shoes

Love the glitter heel on her Kate Spade shoes!




I’m in awe of the gorgeous surroundings + love this teepee made from tree branches. What a fun location for a first look!

first look

first look

branch teepee




wedding party

bride and groom in the woods

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride twirling

bride and groom on mountaintop

ranch wedding




Our vows definitely! We both wrote our own...we were both super nervous... but, when we started to say them to each other, it was kind of an out of body experience. Those few minutes of words were the reason we had been planning for the entire past year!



seating cards



place setting menu

cascading flower cake

Processional: Pachelbel – Canon in D

Recessional: Ben Howard – Only Love

First Dance: Mat Kearney – All I Need

bride and groom

bride and groom

Plan early; choose things that represent who you are as a couple; choose a few areas you want to "go big" on because they mean the most to you, then budget on the rest; stay organized and have fun!

photography: Phil Chester // venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch Tabernash, Colorado // event planner: Something Blue Colorado // floral design: Plum Sage Flowers // wedding dress: Vera Wang // hairpieces: Rainwater Studios // shoes: Kate Spade // bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal // hair + makeup: Fraser Hair Company // groom suit: SuitSupply // paper goods: Foosie Design // calligraphy: Connie Gibson (Mother of the Bride) // catering + cake: Devil’s Thumb Ranch // music: AVALANCHE! Mobile Entertainment

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  1. This is my favorite wedding dress of all time…. probably because it is the one I wore on my wedding day as well! Check out my wedding video to see!
    Beautiful wedding – thanks for sharing!

  2. Is this the Vera Wang from the Davids Bridal collection? Wow, I love it!!!

  3. What a spectacular wedding! The photographs are stunning!

  4. The location of the wedding is so beautiful. The decoration is done so intricately and beautifully.

  5. This truly is rustic, and so beautiful. DTR is one of my favorite places on earth. I love that they got married here!

  6. Good job to Phil Chester! Your photos rock!

  7. I love this wedding! The bridesmaids bags were super cute. Do you know if they were handmade or purchased?


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