Ashley and Stefan had a beautiful fall wedding at Dry Gulch Placer in Breckenridge. The venue used to be a gold mine that is now a really secluded wedding venue only 15 minutes from Breckenridge. The gorgeous mountain vistas and laid back environment was the perfect backdrop for these two to say their vows. Their dog, Luna, was also able to be there throughout the day and had a blast running around the property, chasing chipmunks! It was a gorgeous wedding and I'm so happy for Ashley and Stefan!
Tell us a little about your wedding...
"We both love the outdoors and mountain living, so Dry Gulch Placer felt right as soon as we saw it. It was a beautiful historic mine way off the usual beaten path in Breckenridge. The landscape and views were perfect! We wanted our guests from around the country to experience the beauty of Colorado's natural landscape and in the comfortable style of a family barbeque.
I guess you could say we decided on a rustic, autumn theme including a home-style barbeque buffet and home-made desserts (except for the traditional French croquembouche). Pinterest was a great resource, as most of our decorations were DIY projects. Some of our favorite details were the flowers, antique window seating chart, decorative barrels and antique skis in place of a guest book.
We encouraged guests to dress up as much as they wanted as long as it was comfortable for an evening in the mountains (i.e. bring a sweater, leave the heels) and a lot of dancing. Even the bridal party wore cowboy boots. Our band, The Fever, out of Boulder was fantastic and it seems like they can play ANY style. Beer from Avery and a full open bar offered something for everyone to loosen up -we tried to stick with Colorado spirits when possible.
The best thing of all was being able to have Luna (faithful pooch) as a part of our special day!"
How did you and Stefan meet?
"We met in college at Clemson University through mutual friends. We were very close friends and even roommates for years before we started dating. We moved to Washington DC together after graduation, but now we love to call Colorado home."
How did Stefan propose?
"We had planned our first backpacking trip in Colorado for early October 2013. When we woke up that day, the weather called for snow rather than the anticipated mild weather. During the first day's hike, we stopped for an early lunch when the sun finally came out -it was a beautiful spot with a view of Pike's Peak. Stefan surprised me with the ring and we opted to head home and enjoy some champagne by the fireplace, rather than begin our engagement in a frozen tent. "
What was it like working with Elizabeth Cryan Photography?
"Liz was a fantastic photographer from start to finish! We chose Liz after looking at various underwhelming photographers online, including some recommended by friends. We were tipped off about Liz by one of our wedding vendors and once I saw her work, I knew the search was over -it was not even comparable to other photographers I had contacted in the area. Meet with her even once and you will know what I mean.
She was especially helpful during the process, as I am not the best about having my eyes open (or even looking at the camera) for pictures. In addition, Liz is great at capturing both the emotion of her subjects and the surrounding scenery to really tell a story with each picture. Every detail captured helped us to relive our special day when we got back our photos -it was such an awesome experience.
The wedding and engagement photos were of the highest quality and the entire experience was both personal and highly professional. Several people and other couples at our wedding expressed interest in her services just from watching her work and seeing the awesome, unique shots she was getting. We would recommend Elizabeth Cryan Photography to anyone and really hope to use her again for future family occasions!"
What advice would you could give to future couples on wedding planning or the wedding day?
Your wedding should never be based on expectations and should always be an expression of your unique personalities. It is a celebration of your love and that's all that really matters. It feels like a ton of work for a few hours because it is! Try not too sweat the small stuff too much and just have fun. That being said, doing it right on the big stuff (I would say music, libations and photographer) helps make the small stuff even easier to manage.
Venue: Dry Gulch Placer - Breckenridge, CO
Officiant: Phil Nieto (personal friend)
Planner/Coordinator: Ourselves... and Liz & the Band
DJ/Band: The Fever (Boulder, CO)
Flowers: Garden of Eden
Caterer: Moe's Barbeque
Cake: Croquembouche (Lisa Nieto) and homemade pies/cakes
Invitations/Stationary: Invitations by Dawn
BeerL provided by Avery Brewery