A Sunny September Wedding in Crested Butte

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Planning Suzanne Dezelan and Anthony Nance’s wedding was a blast. They’re locals (she’s a bartender at Breckenridge Brewery, you’ll find him at Kenosha Steakhouse), but her family is from the Windy City, so they celebrated their mountain home and also threw a bash worthy of her city roots. It was a destination wedding the way a destination wedding should be: a weekend filled with lots of activities, amazing food, and great company, all capped off with a spectacularly sunny ceremony and an all-night party.

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Suzanne and Anthony kicked off their wedding weekend by welcoming their guests to the mountains with some seriously fun activities. Horse lovers took a trail ride through the hills with Fantasy Ranch, while those looking for more of an adrenaline rush hopped on mountain bikes to really get a feel for Crested Butte’s gorgeous scenery and rugged terrain. For those handy with a set of clubs, the Club at Crested Butte’s 18 holes was a great way to spend the afternoon, and it doesn’t skimp on the views, either! One of the things I love most about destination weddings is taking that extra time to introduce guests to all the area has to offer, and Anthony and Suzanne really took that to heart.

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A bridal brunch at West End Public House and a rehearsal dinner at a local steakhouse showed guests what Crested Butte has to offer, and gave everyone extra time to mix, mingle, and enjoy the local fare.

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The wedding itself was amazing, and a great way to wrap up wedding season. Beautiful sunshine, a breathtaking location, and love and laughter all around. Of course the mountain bride and her bridesmaids wore cowboy boots! And I love how perfectly the flowers on the back of Suzanne’s Claire Pettibone gown match her peach garden rose bouquet.

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I’ll take every chance I can get to have a ceremony outside, and Crested Butte’s Woods Walk is something out of a dream. We edged the aisle with stones and aspen branches, and sat guests in mismatched chairs (including a few couches and settees for good measure) provided by Chairished. The couple’s dog, Hance, really stole the show in his floral collar, though we were concerned that he’d get too excited seeing his humans tying the knot, so we had to slip him a puppy sedative! Thankfully it did the trick, and he lay peacefully on his back all the way through the vows.
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After the vows, everyone headed to the Club at Crested Butte for the reception. Though the party was definitely big city-worthy, the decor was all mountain town. Farm tables from Colorado Tents & Events, lace runners, and lush garden roses and hydrangeas arranged by Bloom. The Club at Crested Butte’s amazing executive chef, Ben Breslaur, put together an awesome menu, and that cake by Sugar… Can you believe those are sugar flowers? Whitewater Ramble, an awesome local bluegrass band, played for the ceremony and the beginning of the reception before Funkiphino took over for the dance party. But Whitewater Ramble wasn’t done for the night. They had a show in town later that evening, and the wedding party and vendors and I ended up in the crowd after the reception ended. It was the perfect way to wrap up our season!

It was such a blast working with Suzanne and Anthony to plan their local-meets-destination wedding, and to help their friends and family fall in love with Colorado.

Photography & Videography: James Michael Photography
Invitations: Richard’s Notebook
Bridal Brunch: West End Public House
Bride’s Dress: Claire Pettibone
Hair & Makeup: Colorado Makeup and Hair
Ceremony Venue: Woods Walk
Officiant: Rev. Tom Dickleman
Ceremony Music: Whitewater Ramble
Reception Venue & Catering: Club at Crested Butte
Chair Rentals: Chairished
Table Rentals: Colorado Tents & Events
Florist: Bloom
Reception Music: Funkiphino
Cake: Sugar
Transportation: Alpine Express
Design and Planning: Bella Design and Planning

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