Heartwarming Alta Lakes Observatory Micro Wedding *

Heartwarming Alta Lakes Observatory Micro Wedding *

With stunning mountain ranges, an intimate guest list, and a log cabin in the woods, Adriana and Scott opted for an Alta Lakes Observatory micro wedding. After hearing about the passing of the groom’s father—and COVID changing their original plan— this adventurous couple chose to self-solemnize their wedding and surround themselves with 12 close friends and family, and their cute dog.  

Junebug member K2 Event Co. helped this couple create a stunning outdoor lakeside ceremony and reception—complete with a bonfire and a canoe ride. Outdoor enthusiasts, this one’s for you! Keep scrolling to see this micro wedding captured by Nate Shepard.

The Couple:

Adriana and Scott

The Wedding:

Alta Lakes Observatory, Telluride, CO

Sunrise Hikes And First Looks

The most memorable part of our day was the sunrise hike and first look. It was always important for us to start our wedding day with some kind of adventure with just us. In many ways, it felt like we were married twice on the same day. The first, was after our first look when we held each other, exchanged quiet words, and took in the sunrise. The second was in the afternoon witnessed by family and friends. Both surreal and beautiful in their own ways and both equally vital. I think if you are able to create some time in your day that is just yours to share together, that is the greatest gift.

An Alta Lakes Observatory Micro Wedding

We really wanted to create an experience for our family and friends. Despite being limited by the number of people we could have with us, each person was there because they have given us so much and this was our way of giving back to them. It was important that we create a feeling of intimacy throughout the entire weekend. Not only for our guests to enjoy, but for Scott and I to be able to savor each and every moment with them.

Self Solemnized Wedding And Homage To Dad

When we first became engaged, Scott and I knew that we wanted his dad, RJ, to officiate our wedding. Unfortunately, he passed away in early March of this year and we struggled to think of anyone else who could take his place. We chose to self solemnize for this reason, but wanted to still include him as part of our ceremony. K2 Event Co. set up the most beautiful table with his photograph, a candle, and some florals so that we could have a moment of silence to honor his life and memory. As we went to light the candle, the wind began to blow and we think it was RJ there with us. That moment, along with so many others, solidified the magic that surrounded us that day.

Why Alta Lakes Observatory? 

On one of our visits to Telluride, we were hiking up the ridge-line on Black Iron bowl and I spotted a cabin surrounded by lakes. As Scott and I looked down, we both said that one day we had to go there. However, with COVID-19 limiting our hopes of having a larger celebration, we knew that this would be the perfect place to have our intimate October wedding. It feels like you’ve been transported somewhere beyond Colorado. Being there freezes time and forces you to slow down, recharge, and immerse yourself in nature. We are so grateful to Matty, the owner, for sharing this special place with us and others and look forward to returning soon.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Nate Shepard 
Event Planning – Kristen Rosenbaum of K2 Event Co.
Venue – Alta Lakes Observatory
Floral Design – Bridal Veil Floral
Catering – Mountain Top Catering
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Erin Cain of Sunshine Hillbilly
Wedding Dress – Willowby by Watters
Groom’s Apparel – Hickey Freeman New York 
Rings – Sarah O Jewelry
Rentals – BBJ Linens, La Tavola Linens, & Premier Special Events

Congratulations to Adriana and Scott on their breathtaking Alta Lakes Observatory micro wedding. Huge shoutout to Junebug member K2 Event Co. for sharing this day with us. If you loved her work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding planners from around the world

And for adventurous couples looking for more inspiration, check out these wedding boots perfect for trekking the mountains.


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Elegant And Intimate St Vrain Wedding *

Elegant And Intimate St Vrain Wedding *

When it comes to your wedding day, it really is just that—your wedding day. And for Eric and Eric, they created an elegant and intimate St. Vrain wedding that was all their own, with help of wedding planner Brindle & Oak. Not only was their ceremony and reception space completely dreamy, with florals by Project Floral, but emotions run high in the images captured of their guests’ participating and blessing their wedding. They literally seated their friends and family in circular seating arrangement to be even more intimate and personal. 

And let’s not forget the stunning wedding day style. Both Erics rocked matching floral ties, but one wore a dark blue suit and the other a light grey suit—and colorful suits are one of our favorite trends. To end the night, their reception included spirits, dancing, and a sparkler send-off—so Pinterest-worthy. Keep scrolling to see more of this St Vrain wedding expertly captured by Haley Hawn Photo

The Couple:

Eric and Eric

The Wedding:

The St Vrain, Longmont, CO

Why A St. Vrain Wedding?

The St Vrain provided us with the perfect location to have a ceremony and reception in a single location. They have an amazing space that is versatile and fit a lot of our needs. Since they have an amazing set of preferred vendors, we were able to work stress-free throughout much of the process. They did an amazing job!

Truly Surrounded By Their Loved Ones

The most memorable part of the day was definitely the ceremony itself. We decided to have a ceremony in-the-round to make it feel more intimate and personal. We involved friends and family throughout the ceremony as they all play a big part in our life. It felt incredibly meaningful to be physically and figuratively surrounded by the people we love most. Our friends who performed the ceremony provided a beautiful and meaningful service that reflected on our relationship. Tears all around!

Wedding Advice For Nearlyweds

Don’t lose sight of the big picture. It’s easy to get consumed with the small details and stressed about things you think are really important. Just continue to remind each other that the purpose of the day is to celebrate your relationship and commitment to one another. Make sure you make decisions that reflect that bigger picture and it will translate into an amazing guest experience. Also, give yourself some grace and slack. It’s a lot to plan and put together!

Close And Personal Ceremony

We set up the wedding ceremony in-the-round so that the two of us stood surrounded by our friends and family. We had family and friends perform the ceremony and provided time for each member of our wedding party to stand up and provide a word of encouragement or blessing before we tied the knot.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Haley Hawn Photo
Event Planning – Brindle & Oak
Venue – The St Vrain
Floral Design – Project Floral
Catering – Sugar Pine Catering
Live Music – Radio Band
Videography – Canvas + Light
Invitation Design – Sarah Adams
Grooms’ Apparel – Indochino
Grooms’ Shoes – Taft Shoes
Rings – Sarah O Jewelry

Congratulations to Eric and Eric on their gorgeous St. Vrain wedding. Big thanks to Haley Hawn Photo for capturing and sharing this special day with us. If you loved the grooms’ style, check out these unique groom style ideas and our dreamy colorful suit roundup. Don’t blame us if you’re inclined to snag a colorful suit of your own—actually, you can blame us! 


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