From the Photographer, Stella Kelsie Photography
“With a twinkle in her eye that lasted the whole evening, Kalyn said she knew Brian was ‘bad news’ when she first saw him driving his truck in high school. They had no idea that that first flirty interaction they had with each other would eventually lead to Brian watching Kalyn open a special Christmas gift: a well wrapped package that contained an absolutely stunning engagement ring! They knew that they wanted their engagement session to reflect their country roots without going over the top, so we opted for the simplicity of open fields of tall grass, and a visit with a couple of curious horses. These two were nothing short of incredible in front of the camera! The electric chemistry that they share didn’t shy away at all during our time together. The evening wrapped them up in kisses, giggles, dancing, and light breezes, and ended with dramatic clouds as the sun finally set behind the mountains.”
Photography: Stella Kelsie Photography
About the Wedding
“As a pair of Colorado natives, Aparna and Brady wanted a laid-back mountain wedding. They also wanted to honor Aparna’s Indian heritage. So they pieced together a Hindu ceremony, a buffet dinner of Indian curries and western BBQ, and a Colorado bluegrass band—all in the backyard of Brady’s family ranch in Steamboat Springs. The couple paid tribute to the colors and flavors of India with block printed tablecloths, antique brass vases, bright florals featuring marigolds and jasmine, a mango signature drink, and Aparna’s bridal look: intricate henna and a silk saree in red and gold. Then there were the rustic details, like a handmade wooden arbor, farm tables, lawn games, a flannel suit for Brady, and an outfit change for Aparna into country lace and cowboy boots. The result: a joyous union of Indian tradition with the spirit of the mountain West!”
Cake Designer: The Dessert Stand // Caterer: All Love Catering // Dress Designer: Nicolangela // Floral Designer: Bella Lu Floral // Henna: Hummingbird Henna // Invitation Designer: The Laughing Owl Press Co. // Photo Booth Equipment: The ShutterBus // Photographer: Lee Sun Hee Photography // Musicians: Trout Steak Revival // Venue: Private Residence
About the Wedding
Caleb and Sarah met when she was playing tennis and she sprained her ankle. Caleb is a Colorado firefighter, and he was the one who helped her! The rest is history. He asked her to marry him during her favorite hike in Colorado, in the middle of a blizzard!
The wedding, which took place at The Pinery at the Hill, was filled with love, laughter, and plenty of DIY details. Sarah’s mother designed custom cap sleeves for Sarah’s wedding dress, and sewed a a blue monogram wreath inside the dress for the “something blue”. Sarah made her own shoes as well as the Star Wars cake toppers (Caleb was a huge Star Wars fan as a kid). The couple chose to have their first look at the Garden of the Gods, and the pictures of the moment, captured by Elizabeth Ann Photography, are absolutely spectacular.
Belt: Sheeta Designs // Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung // Dress: Something New Boutique (Custom cap sleeves and embroidered blue wreath by Mother of the Bride) // Hair: Kristy Bove // Photography: Elizabeth Ann Photography and Kreatid Designs // Stationery: Minted // Venue, Cake, Flowers: The Pinery at the Hill // Vintage Furs: Owned by the Bride // Wedding Cake Toppers: Target, Decorated by Bride
About the Wedding
From Photographers, Mitchell & Sancia Toth
“Emily & Logan were married atop a hill overlooking the mountains just outside of Pincher Creek. Though we were exposed to the elements, no amount of wind chill could dampen the joy we witnessed! The girls arrived at the ceremony in a Ford truck, and the groomsmen arrived on horseback. After the couple had officially tied the knot, and after they had greeted their guests, Emily mentioned that she would like to play the piano (yes, they brought a grand piano up to the lookout) before continuing with photos. After playing a few bars she said, “This isn’t mom and dads piano…,” and realized to her delight that it was actually her parents’ wedding gift to her!
The reception was complete with a chainsaw cake cutting, live music, and family who shared the sweetest words of support for the couple. And as much as the photos will suggest that there were many vendors at work, the family and their community can be credited with almost everything, including the arch, the benches, and the decor. The reception venue was a private barn, and the ceremony location was private land in the foothills.”
Inspiration Behind the Shoot
From the Planner, Carly Witzburg of Milk Glass Productions
“One of the main challenges with any wedding or event is the mixing of different two styles to create one that is unique. Clients often choose a venue that is one style, and we then have to figure out how to tie in a totally different style to accommodate the couple’s tastes. In this shoot, we wanted to tie together the traditional elegance of the downtown Oxford Hotel with a Bohemian twist. At the same time, we wanted to use the alleyway of the Oxford Hotel as the main backdrop to bring in an urban, downtown feel.
The Diamond Reserve in Cherry Creek provided us with $150k worth of jaw-dropping beautiful jewelry, including earrings, two gorgeous rings, and three tennis bracelets. Riki Dalal, an Israeli designer, shipped us a gorgeous two-piece bridal dress from Israel. Link Photography has an unbelievable eye and such a romantic style, we are totally in love with the pictures. We had so much fun doing a Romeo and Juliet type shot out of an upper window from the salon at the Oxford. The flowers, by Fiori Flowers, completed the look with beautiful colors and greenery for a whimsical look. Our models, Katie Floyd and Blake Sutton, were drop-dead gorgeous, and Megan Cary totally aced the look we were going for. Thank you to our amazing vendors and the Oxford Hotel for hosting us!”
Fun fact: The darling models in this shoot are now engaged to be married! Congratulations Katie and Blake on your upcoming “I do!”
Chairs: Charming Chairs // Diamonds: The Diamond Reserve // Dress: Riki Dalal // Event Design & Planning: Milk Glass Productions // Flowers: Fiori Flowers // Hair and Makeup: Megan Cary Artistry // Photographer: Link Photography // Rentals: Plank and Pearl & All Well Rents // Suit: El Guapo Tuxedo // Sweets: Indulge Bakery // Stationery: The Fancy Envelope // Venue: The Oxford Hotel