The couples story from the bride, Katie: Chris and I were looking for a fun, relaxing, and unique outdoor wedding venue. Throughout our childhood, we were involved with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and still love being outdoors, so we couldn’t imagine our wedding without an outdoor element. We explored a ton of options from all around the country until we found Crested Butte, which clicked with us right away. After a quick visit, we immediately fell in love with the town and the location and knew Uley’s Cabin was the perfect setting for our wedding.
We live in Minneapolis, so we quickly realized that planning a destination wedding was going to be difficult. Reallocating a portion of our budget to enlist the help of a wedding planner was probably the best decision we could have made. Not only did it greatly reduce the stress of planning a wedding, but their experience was invaluable in coordinating all of the smaller details that can be easily overlooked during the very busy months leading up to the wedding. We prioritized what was important to us; photography, flowers, food, and beverages, then we loosened the reins on the rest. Fortunately, there is a surprising amount of talent in Crested Butte and all of our vendors nailed it; our flowers were more lush than expected, our DJ read the crowd perfectly, and we received countless compliments on our officiant.
During the wedding weekend it was important to us to spend as much time as possible with our wedding guests that made the journey to Crested Butte. We planned a hike to Judd Falls the day before the wedding so that our guests could explore the town and surrounding areas and see why we fell in love with this remote town. The hike was a lot of fun and we felt so fortunate to have a little extra time to hang out with our guests before the main event.
The day of the wedding was pretty magical. The weather was perfect and everything went off without a hitch. Chris and I shared a fun and intimate first look and then met our small wedding party in town before heading up the mountain to a few stunning locations to take more beautiful pictures. The ceremony was one of my favorite moments of the day. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world as I looked at my soon to be husband and our closest friends and family all together in the most beautiful setting I could imagine. Although our one remaining grandparent was unable to make the trip, the presence of our grandparents was strongly felt during the ceremony. My engagement and wedding rings belonged to my paternal and maternal grandmothers and it is so special to have them with me every day.
The reception was everything we had hoped for and more. The menu included some interesting local items; in particular our guests really seemed to enjoy the elk sausage and filet entree which we selected as a fun nod to the Colorado mountain surroundings. The centerpieces varied by table, including lush purple flowers and greenery, antique books, as well as mercury glass and silver candlesticks that my mom and I collected over the year leading up to the wedding. Each place setting had a fern leaf tucked into the napkin as subtle reference to the Fern Room of the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, where we got engaged. Neither Chris nor I are big on cake so we opted for cheesecake for the guests and a monogrammed pie for us to cut. After the pie cutting, we continued one of the bride’s family traditions and drank from a traditional German wedding cup, which is supposed to bring us love, faithfulness, and good luck. We even had a friendly fox wander down the mountain and crash our wedding.
Chris and I were so thrilled that our friends and family were willing to make the trip to support us, especially to a remote town most of them had never heard of. Thanks to our wedding planner and vendors, we had the luxury of being able to relax, enjoy the day, and just be in the moment, all of which was very important to us.
I received an abundance of advice before the wedding and two recommendations were particularly helpful. First, on the wedding day, smile and let things go. No one will remember, or even know, that your speeches ran long or that you forgot your mother’s cake knife, but they will remember if the bride or groom looked stressed out. Second, the party will naturally follow the bride, so if you want that dance floor hopping, get out there–trust me, it totally works!
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