Photo: Brinton Studios
Kristin and Duncan "never thought about having a destination wedding," the bride says. Yet when it came time to plan their June nuptials, the couple's minds wandered from their home in Dallas to Denver—the city in which Duncan proposed—and landed on Devil's Thumb Ranch. "On our engagement weekend, we toured the resort just to check it out," Kristin recalls. "We fell in love with the incredible scenery, and the fact that we would be able to spend all weekend with our closest friends and family."
That fact would set the tone for the entire event. From warm peach hues to welcome bags, the couple put their guests at ease with every detail. "We wanted everything to feel very personal, warm and inviting, because our friends and family had flown in from all over," the bride says. "We were so excited to spend the weekend with everyone, and we wanted to make each person feel welcome and know that they are a huge part of our lives."
When it came to her dress, Kristin wanted something different—something "that I hadn't seen a lot of," she says. The plunging back of the bride's lace Casablanca gown and its intricate head-to-toe beading fit the bill. Kristin traded beaded heels by Nina for the comfort of a friend's cowboy boots when it came time to walk around the ranch. "I thought the dress was perfect for either my boots or my more formal heels," she says.
Baby's breath adorned the stone-paved aisle and sat atop the ceremony stage. The site "didn't need too much decor," the bride says, "because the mountains were a beautiful backdrop."
Kristin designed the couple's peach-and-cream ceremony programs, which included the words to two of the bride's favorite hymns. In addition to singing with their guests, the couple recited the Lord's Prayer. "We say the Lord's Prayer at church every week, so it was important to say it with all of our friends and family," Kristin explains.
The couple's four-year-old cousin, Dylan, walked ahead of the bride as she came down the aisle and led the couple away from the ceremony with a sign that read, "Here come the Millingtons." The bride reports, "He took his job very seriously."
Five bridesmaids and five groomsmen—from siblings to sorority sisters—wore coordinating colors of apricot and tan. Once Kristin found the bridesmaids dresses, "everything really fell into place," she says.
Kristin was determined to have her dress steal the show. "I wanted a mostly-white bouquet so that nothing took away from my dress," she says. But "my florist pointed out that a lot of the time, white flowers get washed out in the sun in outdoor weddings. So I added a little bit of color." Pale orange roses popped against ivory blooms and green hypericum berries.
Duncan wore a boutonniere made of ivory spray roses and green berries on his cream-colored lapel. "We wanted everyone to feel comfortable and relaxed, so we wanted a casual feeling—nothing too fancy or stuffy," Kristin says. "I was set on having the groomsman wear khaki suits and luckily, so was Duncan."
All of the couple's 130 guests received an original painting by Duncan's grandfather, "a talented artist," the bride says. "He graciously painted each guest a beautiful scene of Colorado that they could take home as a keepsake. We wanted those displayed so everyone could see the canvases, so my mom and I tied each escort card to the paintings and displayed them in frames that my grandfather had built."
"To offset the rustic feel of Devil's Thumb—which was one of the things we fell in love with—I wanted to use a clean color palette and add touches of elegance," the bride says. Alternating low and high centerpieces of roses and curly willow dotted tables inside the ranch's Broad Axe Barn. Candles filled in any open spaces—the head table alone held 100 votive candles, the bride says.
Kristin and Duncan gave guests flip-flops so they could dance to everything from country tunes to top 40 hits. "During Shout, our friends lifted Duncan and me up on their shoulders and bounced us around," Kristin recalls. "That's one of my favorite memories."
Says the bride, "Everything was truly a family affair, and I had such a great time bonding with my mom over the little details throughout the planning process. I hope that our guests felt just as much love as we did that day."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch || Stationery: The Magic Pen || Florist: Love This Day Events || Caterer: Devil's Thumb Ranch || Cake: Kelley Kakes || Music: Elite DJ || Gown: Casablanca || Suit: Men's Wearhouse || Photography: Brinton Studios