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Rustic handmade wedding in Colorado: Jess + TJ

August 3, 2011

Let’s pretend there’s a drumroll happening right about now and a guy with a megaphone announcing: “And, now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…Jess + TJ’s wedding!”. It’s been a magical couple of days that have now led us to their incredible ceremony + reception. As you’d imagine after looking at their hoedown and rehearsal dinner, the main event of their weekend-long festivities was nothing less than breathtaking. We’re so excited to share this bundle of inspiration with y’all!

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Sorry, we’re going to have to bite our tongue on sharing too many words about Jess’s to-die-for dress because it honestly needs its own dedicated post. We’re not lying. Come back tomorrow to hear how creating her own dress and working with Suzanne at Atelier des Modiste was one of Jess’s favorite parts about the whole wedding planning process!

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The groomsmen got to pick out what they wanted to wear the day of, while TJ and I picked out some super fun vintage bow ties on Etsy from xoelle. I thought learning to tie their first bow tie with the instructions was pretty fun (especially for his younger brothers).

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For the ceremony Jess made these glassine packets of rice (well heart shaped, bird safe, candy confetti rice really). Later today we’ll be featuring Jess’s step-by-step tutorial on these colorful little bags o’ fun, so keep an eye out!

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Far and away my favorite DIY of the entire wedding was our quilt. As a part of our response card we asked for guests to send a piece of fabric. To my surprise nearly everyone did (people sent everything from shirts, to baby blankets, to jeans and just random fabric). I pieced together the quilt and then a local quilter did the heart embroidery on top and finished it off.

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It rained for about 1/2 of the ceremony, and at the very end when we were exchanging rings and saying I do, the sun popped out and hooked us up with a double rainbow- which was amazing!

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This “Room 4 Dessert” sign was super simple to make. I cut the burlap, spray painted the letters on via stencil, added some glitter, and sewed a string up top to hang.

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That installation of suspended watering cans filled with flowers, created by Sweet Pea Flowers & Pink Monkey Solutions is incredible, right?

Around the lounge area we made a pseudo wall to bring the space in (that barn was HUGE) by hanging 3 old doors that I had bought for a few bucks at the resource yard and distressed. I then broke the glass/screen part of the top, tied some string across and clothes-pinned photos of friends and family for guests to take a look at while they were grabbing a drink.

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Recognize that colorful quilt? That’s the same quilt they used during their ceremony! We love how they used that as their photobooth backdrop!

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Jess + TJ, you knocked it out of the park and across the lake! Congratulations on your fantabulous wedding! If you can believe it, there’s still a tad more to share. Come back tomorrow for a detailed account (plus real-life sketches) on Jess’s stunning dress!

Photography: Gia Canali Photography / Venue: C Lazy U Ranch / Wedding Planner: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Event Designer: Duet Events (Jess’s own wedding design company) / Florist: Lisa Anderson of Sweet Pea Flowers / DJ: Smiles Davis / Catering: C Lazy U Ranch / Dessert: Tee and Cakes / Lighting: Pink Monkey Solutions / Invitations & paper items: Keegan Meegan Press

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