The outdoor setting complemented by the navy, gray and warm wood tones of today's wedding makes a stunning combination! I love Kayla and Jason's rustic style and how goes perfectly with their Colorado ranch venue. I'm especially a fan of how they use paper lanterns to create an intimate reception. And how cute are their mead wedding favors? Enjoy today's gray and navy outdoor wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Kayla + Jason
September 12, 2015
Pine, Colorado | Lower Lake Ranch
What was your budget?
We had a $20k budget and came in right on track!!! This was for the entire weekend which included a rehearsal dinner the night before, and lodging for the entire bridal party for the weekend. Here is a breakdown:
Dress & Suit: $1,086
Décor, gifts & Stationary: $1,546
Food & Alcohol: $5,425
Venue & Lodging: $9,220
How many guests did you have?
We had 153 total guests, including children.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
All the tiny personal touches are what made our wedding so perfect! For me, I wore my grandmother's pearl necklace and Jason wore his grandfather’s trout fish cufflinks. Also, I gave all the girls earrings made of bullets; it’s an acknowledgement of the inner tomboys inside each beautiful and strong woman I had stand beside me.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
I selected a discount dress. My dress only cost $800 total after alterations and accessories were added. After shopping around at smaller boutiques, I found that I felt just as beautiful, and just as “bride-esque,” in the discount dress that cost at least a third less than the small boutiques!
Our sister-in-law did all the flowers for the bridesmaids, which then became the centerpieces for the reception. She is talented so they were absolutely amazing. However, even if they weren’t perfect, they are a very small piece of what made the day special!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Make sure you don’t spend time, money and effort on items no one will ever notice. I did not upgrade, and never gave a second thought to, linens, plates or flatware. Guess what? NO ONE NOTICED and the evening was still perfect!
The one area I would make sure to be a bit more picky on is the DJ – they can make the reception exceptional or exceptionally ordinary.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our venue was our biggest splurge. It was $7295.00 for the facility rental for the weekend. I believe there are much less expensive locations, but we choose to splurge here because it was located close to Denver, had a mountain feel, had a stream and a lake, on-site lodging, and allowed us to bring our own alcohol (which was important because we used my Dad’s homemade mead – honey wine – as the guest favors). We found it challenging to find a different venue that met all these criteria.
What was your favorite detail?
I had two favorite pieces: My veil and our party favors. My veil was made by Jason's sister, Jessie, out of their grandmother's wedding dress. His sister wore it for her wedding then passed it down to me. My other favorite detail was our weddings favors which was Mead (honey wine) made by my father and the bottle labels were designed by my brother, Kyle.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Aside from exchanging our vows, my bridesmaids rapped a song about Jason and my relationship to the tune of Fresh Prince of Bel Air. It was hilarious!
Photographer: Katie Keighin • Venue: Lower Lake Ranch • Photo Booth: The Picture Booth • Hair and Makeup: Nancie at Bottle & Brush • Women’s Jewelry: Ricochet Rounds • Cake: Dairy Queen and family • Florist: Family of Groom • DJ: ABC Music • Rehearsal Dinner: Biker Jims Gourmet Dogs