When the year began, Lucky Penny had eighteen weddings on the books. 2020 had other plans. One-third of the celebrations were called canceled, one-third of them were postponed until 2021, and the other third of them drastically altered plans to ensure safety because the love could not be stopped!
With fewer weddings on the calendar this year, photoshoots were a great way for creativity to flow. This began in January with a cozy, fur-laden shoot inspired by natural elements.
Towards the beginning of the lockdown, in June, a group of all local Crested Butte vendors teamed up with wood, copper, and black elements to make some magic and keep spirits high!
On June 24th, Elizabeth and Michael eloped in the Gothic Valley and enjoyed a backyard dinner of Secret Stash with their beloved ferrets by their side.
On July 14th, Lucky Penny took part in a photo shoot at a brand new venue: CB Chalet. This shoot with terracotta and rose-colored elements was energizing with both the new venue and vendors that we had never worked with before, including Bramble and Bloom Floral Design.
Photos by Cat Galletti Photogrpahy
Erika and Colin scouted out a ceremony site on trail 403 one month prior to their intimate elopement. On July 20th, just the two of them, a photographer, and Ciera attended their off-the-grid mountaintop wedding. The couple got ready together and stayed at Scarp’s Ridge Lodge. Following the ceremony, the couple had a Zoom call with their family while Ciera and the photographer put together a picnic complete with an etched wine bottle, charcuterie board, fairy lights, and dinner by Eleven on the deck of the Lodge.
Lisa and Dan drastically cut down their guest list. On August 2nd, their wedding party, immediate family, and a few close friends gathered at the Wedding Garden for a ceremony and reception.
At the last minute, the schedule opened up on August 8th for Ashley and Peter’s big day. With their original venue no longer available, their immediate family joined them at the private Grant Lake, while guests who still wanted to visit Crested Butte stood yards away and cheered the couple on with cowbells. The ceremony was followed by reception and toasts on the deck of the Brick Oven Pizzeria.
On August 15th, Ashley and Thomas got married at Grant Lake with a reception in the covered pavilion. At sunset, the couple walked just one hundred feet across the road to Ashley’s parent’s house for post-reception festivities, cake, and a photo booth.
On September 4th, Lucky Penny had the pleasure of working with a familiar family who wanted to host a backyard dinner party in Crested Butte with farm tables and an abundance of candles. As always, it was great to catch up with friendly faces!
Lucky Penny was already working with Lauren and Spencer on the rental side of things, and then the calendar opened up for planning and designing a September 6th celebration. With the venue changing one month before, the couple decided on a ceremony at Gunsight Bridge. Cocktails and the reception were enjoyed at the Center for the Arts, complete with entertainment flown in from California. Keeping a safe distance from the guests, the dj, drummer, and saxophone player-created something memorable!
A good amount of snow fell the first week of September and kept the Lucky Penny on their toes for Sara and David’s September 12 tented wedding at Town Ranch. Sure enough, the weather came through and the wedding day was stunning. The couple looked to integrate cozy nooks and crannies into their wedding so we set up lounge areas around the tent as well as a tipi.
On September 15, the Lucky Penny team loaded the truck up with the green velvet couch and additional matching decor and headed over to The Barn at Sunset Ranch in Buena Vista. There we met eight photographers from all over the country who were collaborating together on this beautiful photoshoot and used it as a workshop for each other. We were delighted to provide the rentals.
Sara and Jed exchanged vows on September 19 at Woods Walk followed by a tented reception at a tented reception just a few hundred yards from their ceremony site. Sara had grown up in Crested Butte with Woods Walk as her back yard and had always envisioned walking from her childhood home to the ceremony – which is what happened! The tent was adorned with farm tables, beautiful floral berry-colored napkins, and handfuls of flowers and fur rugs.
On September 23, Audra and Andrew eloped in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The vendor team stayed in the same cabin and was awake at 4:30am to meet the couple by 5 for the sunrise, exchanging letters, and spreading ashes in memory of their late fathers. What followed was a two-hour hike to tire their dogs out before returning to the hotel where Ciera even gave the dogs a bath! Next, the couple went out to the cabin for the ceremony before returning to the national park for photos in various locations, including this Moulton barn. Finally, the couple returned to the cabin where Ciera set up a dinner table for two. The six-course meal was prepared by a personal chef and was followed by the couple’s first dance and cake cutting on the deck.
On October 4th, Alexandra and Joseph were joined by their two good friends, the bride’s mom, and the groom’s parents for a sunrise ceremony at Emerald Lake. After the morning ceremony, they went to Paradise Cafe and did a Zoom call with the entire family. Alexandra’s mom had mailed each person a brunch package with champagne and flutes so toasts could be given and enjoyed with everyone!
This year, Lucky Penny adjusted and made changes right alongside every couple. We certainly proved that nothing can stop love, though!