No detail was overlooked for Colleen and Dominic’s secret garden wedding under the night sky. This attention to detail included the entire guest experience, beginning the moment they received their invitation. The invitation suite was thoughtfully hand illustrated by Lana’s Shop and included an envelope liner donning a hand-painted night sky. The invitation boasted an illustration of Uley’s cabin, where cocktail hour and the reception took place and integrated Crested Butte’s renowned wildflowers. Guests received a map of Crested Butte featuring event locations and the couple’s other favorite local spots. One key element throughout the event was music, as being musicians is how the bride and groom met. Musical instruments were drawn on the welcome party invitations for each guest, emphasizing this element that brought the couple together. Hand-selected guests also received rehearsal invitations. Being mindful of the nature that the couple cherishes and adding simplicity, the invitation suite did not include a traditional RSVP card; instead, guests found a small RSVP card with an email address to send their response to.
The dress was designed by Mira Couture, based in Chicago. The long, lace sleeves, boat neck, and fabric that gracefully caught the wind were entirely the bride’s own concept. The bride gifted each member of her bridal party a matching denim jacket, reading “Going Places,” across the back.
Organic textures, rosewood, deep burgundy, and hints of navy comprised the florals designed by Dahlia Florals.
The couple chose to have an intimate first-look up Washington Gulch. It was just the two of them, a photographer, and videographer. Following the first look, the wedding party met the couple for photos. Having these photos taken before the ceremony allowed more time for enjoying cocktail hour and socializing with guests.
The ceremony took place at Queen of All Saints in the town of Crested Butte. Twelve flower children graced the aisle with the girls in ivory dresses and the boys in navy pants, suspenders, and newsboy hats.
Following the ceremony, guests were shuttled either directly to Uley’s Cabin or to the base of the ski area where they enjoyed a chairlift ride and scenic, twenty-minute hike to the reception venue. Along the hike from the top of the chairlift were hand-painted direction signs that the couple placed on the mountain the day before the wedding.
Guests were greeted with wildflower lemonade upon arrival at Uley’s cabin. Five appetizer options were served, each representing a different place the couple had lived. Signs, also hand painted by Lana’s Shop, were displayed around the venue with quotes that inspired the bride and groom. A smaller version of the band played during cocktail hour while the bride and groom surprised guests with their first dance on the deck.
Ciera created the seating chart, a scroll with an arrow shot through it, that thoughtfully matched the theme of the day.
Inside the tent, the stunning secret garden wedding aesthetic continued! Tent decor included twenty feet of custom wood wall adorned with ferns and moss behind the head table. Moss was also present covering the head table and in the bud vases. Guests could find a small lounge area in the tent, adding a welcoming touch.
Farm tables, cross-back chairs with cushions, and night sky themed table numbers were used to seat guests. Upon being seated, each table was served a cutting board of freshly baked bread with honey butter. Floral elements such as high arrangements on guest tables and the large greenery install above the dance floor artfully brought the eye up. Each place setting included a white and gold embellished charger, gold flatware, and a rosewood napkin wrapped in navy ribbon.
The cake was inspired by the night sky and featured mossy elements. The couple created a custom appetizer menu inspired by all the different places they had lived.
Complementing the bride and groom’s love for Crested Butte, dessert for the night was an array of ice cream from Third Bowl Ice Cream!
The couple treated their guests to a completely fitting surprise when they sang their first dance!
Continuing the attention to every detail, the couple had a telescope on the deck for guests to explore that was displayed with the quote “If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they would live a lot differently.”
The amazing vendor team behind this secret garden wedding:
Photography | Magnified Joy Photography
Reception Venue and Catering | Crested Butte Mountian Resort
Ceremony Venue | Queen of All Saints Church
Hair and Makeup | Natalie Duke Beauty and Natalie Vierling Makeup and Liz Boyle
Dress | Mira Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses | Jenny Yoo
Cake | Wildflour Sweets
Ice Cream | Third Bowl Ice Cream
Band | The Radio Band
Cinema | Olena Films
Florals | Dahlia Floral Design
Tux | The Black Tux
Planning and Design | Lucky Penny Event Planning
Officiant | Father Driscoll
Rentals | Lucky Penny Event Rentals and Settings Event Rentals and Crested Butte Rental Center and Sage Specialty Rentals
Stationary | Lana’s Shop
Trasportation | CB Limo and Alpine Express