When Liz and Patrick got engaged over the holidays in 2012, the couple knew they wanted to plan a wedding at a venue that would make the process as simple as possible. They chose Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado not only because it was beautiful, but also because it afforded the couple the peace of mind they were hoping for. "They were a total one stop shop for two people that had busy schedules and couldn't spend a million hours worrying about every little detail," says Liz.
The bride and groom worked with Kara of Love This Day Events to plan a fun and summery bash filled with colorful ikat patterns. After two years of planning, the couple wed on June 28, 2014 in front of 175 guests. Keep reading to see their day come to life, as captured by Dennis Kwan!
A graphic designer by trade, Liz chose to design all of her paper products, including her save-the-date cards and wedding invitations. She kept the design sleek and elegant, with a navy-and-white motif.
"I only tried on a handful of dresses and knew this was the one immediately," Liz says of her strapless lace Anna Maier Ulla Maija wedding dress. She accessorized with a Vera Wang belt and carried a colorful bouquet that included peonies, ranunculus, and thistle.
Liz's bridesmaids wore convertible navy dresses from Jenny Yoo. "Each girl could wear it any way that they wanted," she says of the versatile floor-length chiffon gowns.
Patrick wore a classic navy suit while his groomsmen came dressed in navy blazer and linen slacks.
To keep guests comfortable during their outdoor ceremony, the couple provided sunglasses and parasols that guests could grab on their way to their seats. Liz and Patrick's close friend performed acoustic guitar as guests arrived and throughout the ceremony.
Liz's father walked her down the stone aisle where she met Patrick beneath a wooden altar. A garland of greenery was studded with colorful blooms. The couple planned a surprise final reading — a letter the groom's mother had written to Liz and Patrick — which moved the crowd to tears. "She sent us a letter about a month before the wedding and it was all about life and love and advice about being good to one another," the bride remembers. "She was shocked. She had no idea we had decided to make it into a reading, but she loved it."
After guests had their fill, they found their seating assignments on escort cards displayed across a clothesline. The couple stuck with a largely navy-and-gold color palette from their reception. Round tables were topped with royal blue linens and low gold urns were filled with multicolor peonies, zinnias, roses, and ranunculus. White menus, which highlighted selections for the couple's three-course dinner, were tucked into blue-and-white ikat napkins.
Gold chandeliers were decorated with the same mix of flowers found on each table and gave off a soft glow thanks to faux candles.
Along with a three-tiered wedding cake, the couple offered mini mason jar pies and cheesecakes.
"Relax and enjoy it!" Liz advises. "The day flies by so fast, it's nice to take a few minutes to look around and soak it all in."
Venue, Catering & Rentals: Devil's Thumb Ranch || Wedding Planner: Kara Delay of Love This Day Events || Officiant: Father Marty Hunckler || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Invitations & Paper Goods: Liz Homans Design || Music: The Congress Band || Videographer: Atlantica Pictures || Photographer: Dennis Kwan Photography
Did you love all of the color at this outdoor wedding? Then check out another bright bash in the video below!