20 Years After They First Met, This Texas Couple Threw a Wintry Destination Wedding in Colorado

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Photo: Lisa O'Dwyer

On a Friday night in 1994, shortly after Joette started attending a new high school, she was invited to her new friend Crystal's house. While the two women have been friends ever since, what really sparked that night was a romance. "I remember walking in and seeing this blonde guy sprawled on a sofa in the living room. Later, I asked Crystal who he was, and it turned out it was her brother, Justin," says Joette.

The pair dated for about two years in high school, then broke up when they parted ways for college. "I swore we'd never get back together," Joette remembers. But she and her family stayed close with Crystal and Justin's, and almost 20 years after they first met, Joette started consulting for the company for which Justin worked. "One Sunday evening, he came to my house and told me he had never gotten over me, and that he wanted to marry me." The pair started dating again, and one of their weekday lunch dates become so much more when Justin proposed. Though they live in Texas, Justin and Joette decided to head to the mountains for their March 14, 2015 wedding, falling in love with Estes Park, Colorado.

Keep reading to see their rustic-meets-romantic celebration, planned with Pink Diamond Events and photographed by Lisa O'Dwyer.

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Photo: Lisa O'Dwyer

Joette's oyster-hued trumpet gown paired perfectly with her vintage fur stole (that she found online and had re-lined and monogrammed with her new initials!) and loose bouquet of dahlias, ranunculus, roses, and sweet peas. But don't let the muted tones fool you! She accessorized with eye-catching hot pink Dior pumps.

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Photo: Lisa O'Dwyer

"We were worried it was going to be snowy and cold," says Joette, "but it ended up being a very mild March weekend." There was just enough chill in the air for the bride to comfortably don her stole without needing even more layers.

Justin wore a classic charcoal suit with a white tie. His daughters served as bridesmaids, wearing pale pink gowns and carrying soft bouquets that matched Joette's. Three nieces served as flower girls, wearing voluminous tulle dresses and faux fur jackets. "They were to die for!" says Joette.

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Photo: Lisa O'Dwyer

Joette's parents walked her down the aisle at the Black Canyon Inn, where two barrels topped with lush, wild arrangements marked the altar. "We had the mountains as our backdrop, so we didn't have to do very much," Joette says. When Justin convinced Joette to date him again, he made her three promises that he repeats to her almost daily. So, as part of their vows, the pair wrote three promises to share with one another.

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Photo: Lisa O'Dwyer

At Twin Owls Steakhouse, the pair complemented the log cabin styling with soft blooms in white and pink. Greenery and astilbe hung from the chandeliers. A photo book full of Joette and Justin's engagement pictures served as the guest book.

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Photo: Lisa O'Dwyer

A mix of branches, hydrangeas, and soft pink roses were lit by dozens of candles, all arranged on gold runners atop tables.

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Photo: Lisa O'Dwyer

After a dinner of Cajun elk bites, wild Norwegian salmon, and roasted potatoes, the bride and groom cut into a three-tiered cake decorated with shimmering sugar, gold swirls, and fresh dahlias and ranunculus. As the night came to a close, the guests left and the DJ played a last song for just the newlyweds. "It was just us, no cameras or crowd. I remember it more clearly than our first dance," says the bride.

Joette's advice is to control what you can, and to let go of what you can't. "Surround yourself with people you trust, have faith in your partner, and remember that the mark of a successful marriage isn't having a perfect wedding day, but how you navigate life together."

Ceremony Venue: Black Canyon Inn || Reception Venue: Twin Owls Steakhouse || Wedding Planner: Pink Diamond Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Circle Park Bridal || Shoes: Dior || Hair & Makeup: Bella Capelli Hair Studio || Floral Design: Hana Style Designs || Invitations: Write Selection || Music: Colorado Sound Studios || Catering: Twin Owls Steakhouse || Cake: Colorado Rose Cake Co. || Rentals: RC Special Events || Videography: Rising Moon Films || Photography: Lisa O'Dwyer Photography

Want more snowy wedding inspiration? Then check out another couple's winter wedding in the video below!

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