Haley loves cowboy boots. Eddie loves bowties. So the theme of their wedding was a perfect and unique combination of their interests: “Boots and Bowties.” You’ll love every cheerful and colorful detail of this casual wedding at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge. IN Photography was on-hand to capture every moment and detail.
Haley + Eddie
Ten Mile Station, Breckenridge, CO
August 17, 2013
Why did you choose the Mountains for your wedding?
Eddie and I both grew up in Colorado and because of that, feel a strong connection to the mountains. Summer in the mountains is our absolute favorite- perfect weather, gorgeous views, outdoor activities, we love all of it!
Wedding Day Weather
Sunny and 75
Number of guests that attended
What was your theme for your wedding?
Boots and bow ties. I’m a boots and country music girl and Eddie loves his bow ties. It was a perfect blend of the two of us.
Where did you find your inspiration?
Because we were getting married in August in Colorado, we wanted to capture the beauty of the state that time of year. We really wanted bright, fun colors, so chose orange, navy, and pink as our base, but added pops of extra color any chance we could. We also wanted to capture our personalities, so tried to pull in pieces that represented us throughout.
Photographer, flowers, and a band (all worth it!)
Stations instead of a sit down meal- we wanted more of a party atmosphere, so this made it feel less formal
How did you choose to personalize your wedding?
We did many things to personalize the wedding starting with the theme! We encouraged everyone to wear boots and bow ties to match our favorite ‘look’. Eddie and I also love local craft beer, so we included a beer truck packed with our favorite options. We also switched things up from a ‘traditional’ wedding to fit our likes- for instance we avoided cake and opted for a table full of our choice of desserts. I also surprised Eddie on the day of with a bag piper playing up on the mountain while people arrived. Finally, we actually chose to get married on the Wednesday before the actual reception at our ‘home’ church where we both grew up. So, the Saturday event was a blessing of the rings, which made both events very special and unique for us.
What was your favorite part of the reception?
- For me- the dancing!
- For Eddie- the amazing view as the sun went down.
- For both of us- celebrating with the most important people in our lives.
What are three things you’re super glad you did?
- Had a very small wedding with just our immediate family before the big event. It was such a special day we will always treasure.
- Arranged for a weekend full of activities to encourage people to come for several days. It was wonderful to be able to spend several days with everyone!
- Wore cowboy boots! It sounds silly but I was so comfortable ALL night.
What was the biggest challenge in planning your mountain wedding and how did you overcome it?
Eddie and I currently live in Boston, so planning a wedding from a distance was definitely challenging. Luckily both of our families live in Colorado and were a huge help in pulling things together. Also, having vendors that you really trust and who you can count on is very important- we were lucky that we had that.
How did you find and choose your vendors?
As soon as we selected Ten Mile Station we immediately asked around to find the best vendors. We didn’t waste any time securing our vendors because we knew that people book up fast in the mountains! Our venue was a big help in finding the vendors. We also looked around online to check out reviews and photos of their previous weddings.
What is your best piece of advice to other mountain brides who are planning their weddings?
If this is going to be a destination wedding, plan enough events so that it is worth people flying all the way out! The mountains are often not convenient to get to, so you want to make it super fun and easy once they are there.
Don’t sweat the small stuff- the mountain culture is laid back and relaxed, go with it. You’ll be glad you did because you’ll be less stressed and your guests will have more fun!