Meghan and Justin's wedding was so beautiful. They had a small, intimate ceremony on top of the Crested Butte mountain with a few friends and family members. The leaves had just started changing color and it could not have been a more stunning day. After there ceremony, we all went into town to The Bacchanale where there was a 5+ course meal of amazingly delicious food. It was the perfect celebration and I'm so glad to have been a part of it! Here's what Meghan had to say...
How did you and Justin meet...
"We met on a camping/jeeping trip in September 2008. I had moved to Denver from NY just two weeks prior (planning to be single for a while!). It was group camping/off roading trip, there were 6 of us, and we hit it off the first night and were inseparable since! They always say it happens when you aren't looking for it!"
How did Justin propose...
"I was on a 6 week trip in Nepal, volunteering after nursing school. Justin came out to meet me for the last two weeks of my trip to do a trek in the himalayas.On the second day of our trek we stopped in a Nepalese village, Ghorepani, to relax until we resumed our trek the next day. It was off season so we practially had the place to ourselves, we did not see any other tourists that day. After lunch we went for a walk to see the village and it started to rain. Since I'm not a big fan of rain, we stopped for a minute and took cover under the overhang of a small local shop. He had me hold the umbrella and out came the ring! I was so shocked, I thought for sure he would't travel halfway around the world with a ring. The only observers were the horses."
"I wanted a fall wedding and mountain views. Our relationship revolved around fun in the mountains for the first few years; we love the outdoors. We love Colorado, our life is here. We settled on Crested Butte as it is our favorite mountain town in Colorado. It is one of the few "authentic" ski towns that still has that original ski town vibe; it isn't over-commercialized - you aren't going to find a Starbucks or McDonalds, just great down-to-earth flavor and friendly, welcoming locals. You can't be there and not being happy, its contagious!
We wanted a "low maintenance" natural feel to our wedding. We let the outdoor ceremony and mountain views be the decorations. We added a few personal touches: the flowers and aspen trees (my favorite) to tie in the fall/colorado feel. We used painted mason jars (thank you Pinterest) that we made ourselves because they are versatile and fit the natural look perfectly. We had a few hours for cocktails/appetizers on the mountain to enjoy the views and weather. Everyone loved it and the setting was amazing for photos!
We had our reception inside at the Bacchanale, in old town Crested Butte, because the town is what we truly love about CB and we wanted to make sure our guests were able to experience that. The Bacchanale is another gorgeous setting that requires little to no supplemental decoration. We added more flowers to tie in the colors/theme from the mountain ceremony, and that was about it. We had amazing food, a 5 course meal(!), a playlist playing in the background for music, and our guests had fun eating and socializing.
We started our wedding at 1:00pm, which was "early". All of our guests were from out of town so we wanted to make sure we were able to spend as much time as possible with them. With a small wedding (approx 55 guests), this was easy. We were able to spend time with everyone and really visit with our guests. We felt "complete" at the end of the day and we didnt feel like things were rushed. We didn't sit back and think "we barely talked to that person!". It was perfect. More perfect that we could have imagined and far beyond our expectations!"
Advice you could give to future couples on wedding planning or the wedding day...
"Enjoy every moment. Wheter it is a "fun" part of wedding planning or not; and even if its something one of you are into and the other isn't, enjoy it. Enjoy every second of it and be present in every moment. Your wedding day flies by, and the whole process is fast. Be present, have fun with it, and do what is important and true to you as an individual or as a couple. Remember why you are doing this in the first place! Do what will make you happy and remember, at the end of the day, if you married the one you love, your wedding was a success!"
Working with Liz...
"We were extremely happy with the quality of our wedding photographs. We got a lot of variety, and Liz truly captured all of the important moments of the day. Working with Liz was Easy, seamless, and she is very organized. With so much going on, planning the wedding ourselves, she was great at knowing what needed to be done and had the perfect time-frame for everything - not too much, not too little. She was very flexible, had a lot of options for us, and was extremely cooperative and easy to work with!
When looking for our wedding photographer, I was overwhelmed with some of the photographers I had met, whether it was price or personality, I just didn't find a good fit. When I found out about Liz I looked over her website and saw we had a lot in common - as in she loves to travel, and so do we! We met her and she was kind, informative, and just gave us a great calm vibe that every wedding-planing process needs - no stress! It was an effortless fit and we had a great time working with her. We would absolutely work with her and recommend her to anyone and everyone."
Officiant: Reverand Tim Clark (from United Congregational Church)
Shoes: Eskka, from Anthropologie
Music: Pianist Jon Wirtz
Flowers: Whole Foods Market, DIY
Food: Caterer: Chris Ladoulis and Kate, Owners of The Bacchanale
Reception & Welcome Dinner: Django's
Cocktail Hour Food: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Cake: 'Sweet As Pie' in Denver, CO
Invitations/Stationary: 'Merci' stationary in Denver, CO
Hair: Metamorphosis Hair Salon in Gunnison, CO
Shuttle: CB Specialty Services