Devil’s Thumb Ranch is such a magical place, especially in the winter. Natasha and Chris chose this venue for it’s gorgeous mountain snow and it’s central location for guests, who enjoyed an enchanting weekend at the ranch. JA Special Events planned this heartfelt wedding and Robin Cain Photography captured every detail beautifully.
From the Bride…
Chris and I met in high school, we didn’t start dating until after my first year in college. We dated for 6 years before getting married. Our main hobby together is breeding golden retrievers. When we first started dating Chris had an amazing Golden named Lexi, we decided to breed her so that I could keep a puppy. After that first litter we fell in love and we have been breeding goldens ever since. We now have four dogs, Lexi, Abbey, Brooklyn, and Sully.
Our dogs were a huge inspiration for our wedding, we wanted to include them even though they couldn’t be present. Each table at our wedding was named after one of our dogs that we currently own or goldens that we have breed. Many of the people that came to the wedding got to sit at their own dogs table!
Another inspiration was my mom. Almost 4 years ago my mother past away, her favorite color was yellow. I wanted the memory of her to be there throughout the whole wedding, that is why our colors were yellow and grey. The yellow flowers everywhere was such an amazing sight, she would have loved it! Also her picture in the front row, helped remind me she has the best seat in the house and was watching the whole thing. (The way you set up her photo was amazing! Thank you).
For the ceremony, it was important to us for it to be unique. We found that the padlocks was a great way to have a unity ceremony that was different from all other weddings. I also wanted right after the ceremony to start off the party, so we had our wedding party dance back down the aisle to an upbeat song!
My favorite memory of the day was the first look. I was against the first look in the beginning, but it completely helped calm my nerves. And it was also fun to have a moment just the two of us. Another favorite moment was during dancing when the whole dance floor joined in a circle and we all sang and danced together. Such a cool moment! Chris said his favorite moment from the day was just all the love that was shared by our friends and family. Many came a long long way and even traveled through a rough snow storm to celebrate with us! We couldn’t describe how special we felt!
Best Advice for Mountain Brides
Hire a planner! Having Jessica the wedding planning process so easy and carefree. I can honestly say I never felt stressed throughout the whole process. She and all the vendors she recommended, definitely delivered above and beyond all our expectations! But the other piece of advise is to enjoy the process, have fun with it, be willing to accept others when they offer to help, and have an open mind and go with the flow!
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding Vendors
Photography: Robin Cain Photography | Event Planning: JA Special Events | Floral Design: Statice Floral| Reception Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | DJ: Elite DJ | Officiate: Rocky Mountain Wedding Services