One of the newest and most quaint Colorado wedding venues has popped up in the small town of Howard, Colorado. Owned by husband and wife, Aly and Orlin Camerlo, the quintessential rustic Barn at Howard Creek Farm has quite a story! Built in 1861 in Indiana, this barn lacks nothing when it comes to character and history! Aly and Orlin undertook the quest of moving and rebuilding the barn in 2019 at their 11 acre property sitting on the Arkansas River just fifteen minutes outside of Salida, Colorado. Their beautiful property sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and is complete with chickens, hay fields, a river backdrop, and of course, Teague (their energetic puppy mascot).
During this weird year of COVID-19, myself and a few other creatives were really itching to collaborate and create something beautiful! Aly and I had already chatted about organizing a styled wedding shoot at the barn before it had even finished completion. This time and space to collaborate and create couldn’t have come at a better time. And thanks to our friends and wonderful couple, Lexy and Pat, our vision to execute a boho meets eclectic meets country chic styled wedding was incredible!
Despite the gnarly storms that came in and seemingly could have stopped us, they made for the most incredible backdrop, skies, and lighting. Poor Lauren of Vanilla Pines Floristry in Buena Vista, Colorado, came running into the barn soaked to the bone and dang near in tears because she feared that the downpour had just wiped out the incredible amount of work she had just spent over two hours on for the alter florals. We walked through the glistening field towards her artwork and somehow, the rain made her creation look even more majestic!
When I chatted with Ashley of A Vow to Artistry located in Westcliff, Colorado, she asked what style and look we were going for at this session. I assured her she had free reign on anything she wanted to create and experiment with! She was so stoked and took the look of our sweet bride to a whole new level that none of us were expecting! Needless to say, Ashley’s take on cat eyes with a periwinkle eyeliner and boho braid on Lexy was perfectly on point for this colorful wedding shoot! Thanks to Aly’s collection of beautiful glass and Settings Event Rentals creative eye for country-meets-eclectic, we were able to totally embrace the bright colors up against the dark gray sky.
What’s more, is I was so excited to work alongside the super creative and hilarious Alyson of Alpine Tree Films based out of Buena Vista, Colorado. Her laid back approach to videography is both refreshing and grounding. She recently moved to Buena Vista and I for one am absolutely thrilled she’s here creating magic for couples and businesses alike!
We hope you love and find as much inspiration in this styled wedding as we did! The bright colors, fruit, and laughter are sure to make you smile if nothing else.
When you’re obsessed with the Colorado mountains and music festivals, what do you do? You have a music festival themed wedding at one of Colorado’s most iconic ranch wedding venues, Spruce Mountain Ranch in Larkspur, Colorado! Becca and Justin’s love for music was so apparent at their wedding when guests went home with guitar picks and their seating assignment was a ticket stub! We loved their attention to detail to make their wedding uniquely them in every sense of the word.
From the moment we arrived, Becca was beaming with smiles and giggles. Literally, Mike came over to me at one point and showed me the back of his camera and said, “We’ve never had a bride smile as much as Becca!” And it was true, her smile graced the back of our cameras all day long. Especially during their first dances that were held outside as the rain sprinkled down.
During their reception, Becca’s sister and maid-of-honor had all their guests hold hands in a circle around them. This was arguably one of the most sincere and moving moments of their day as loved ones said sweet words and wishes for the bride and groom. Becca and Justin were able to focus on being in the moment and watch as those they loved most gathered to support them as they began their journey into marriage.
After a delicious dinner that consisted of meals from every single origin of the world, we threw the newlyweds into our car to head to the top of Spruce Mountain Ranch’s property to catch some epic storms rolling in. I’m not going to lie, at one point we were all running for our cars, with videographers Nick and Kristin, as fast as we could because the bolts of lightning were coming in quickly! Needless to say, the storm clouds made for an incredibly epic sunset that we couldn’t wait to share with y’all. So without further, adieu, Becca and Justin’s beautiful music festival themed wedding at the iconic Spruce Mountain Ranch!
Mike and Tay
Planning & Flowers | Prive Event Design
Videography | Villani Photos
Venue | Spruce Mountain Ranch
Bar/Alcohol | Peak Beverage
Cake | Yours Truly
Caterer | Occasions
DJ | DJ Connection
Hair | Jenni Brown of Prism Riot Hair Studio
Makeup | Simply Pretty
Rentals | Event Rents
Invitations | Lucky Onion
Rosewolff Studio Wedding | Los Angeles California | Matt & Emily
If you’ve followed us for any amount of time, you likely saw my best friends surprise proposal earlier last year (CLICK HERE if you didn’t). And upon reading that you’ll have learned she’s a much better writer than I am. Aside from saying how much I love this couple and what a true honor it was to capture my best friend’s (since I was 17) wedding, I will, once again, leave the story telling to the well-versed, hilarious, and stunning bride in this beautiful Rosewolff Studio wedding: Emily.
We love you both dearly and I can’t thank you enough for letting me be your photographer/honorary bridesmaid.
In the meantime, Matt was working 10-12 hour days, 6-7 days a week at the new Rams stadium in Inglewood. He had been considering the whole online dating thing and decided to test the waters when he saw a commercial for a free 5-day trial on match.com. Lucky for me, his first [and only] Match date was me–March 31, 2018.”
Things I enjoyed:
• Researching vendors and spaces to find the best fit for us. There are so many cool spots in LA!
• Working with our budget…which sounds insane, I know. We had an exceptionally low budget for a Southern California event, so it was like solving a puzzle trying to decide what I could make myself and what we could afford to splurge on.
• Making everything!…paper chargers; paper lanterns; designing menus/ceremony programs/invitations; our giant 14’ x 14’ paper flower ceremony backdrop; paper leaf/greenery garlands for the backs of all the chairs. We bought all our flowers wholesale from the downtown LA Flower Market/Flower Moxie, and my closest fam/friends made all the flower pieces ourselves (dining centerpieces, bouquets, etc.). They turned out beautifully!
• Having the opportunity to make practically everything special. On our first date, we had burgers, so we also served burgers at the wedding. I found an adorable hamburger wax seal that I used to make all the place cards. I also had a metal stamping kit, so I hand-stamped metal tags and made wine charms for all our guests. I also made clutches, personalized champagne glasses, and monogrammed robes for my bridesmaids and our moms which was so much fun to give them as we were getting ready.
• I went full type A and made a diagram of everything we had to set up – dining tables, the bar, our guestbook table, the cake and cake table, the layout of the reception room (allseated.com is a seriously amazing free event/space planner that lets you create event spaces *to scale*. I am waiting for them to start charging users because it’s so amazingly thorough, easy to use, and customizable). This allowed me to not only make sure everything was set up how I had planned, but it took all the pressure off of me the day of trying to delegate and setup 1,000 things at once. And it also allowed me to easily incorporate family and friends that wanted to help setup while maintaining our vision and design. This was especially important to me because I worked so hard to make this event about more than just us. I wanted family and close friends to become part of our setup process and enjoy spending time with everyone (especially out-of-town guests who we rarely see) instead of being one of those nutso brides who’s so preoccupied with everything else she blows the whole day without ever truly just being present. That was one of my biggest fears leading up to the day, I think…missing all the important stuff because I was giving all my energy to the stupid stuff.
• So much for these brief bullet points.”
Venue: Rosewolff Studio, @rosewolffstudio
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort Winter Wedding Photos
Okay, I’m just going to say it…can we ALWAYS shoot winter weddings? I mean, come on, folks! How can you not want to get married on the snowiest day of the year at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort after seeing these photos? Lucky for us, Mount Princeton is practically our backyard, so we were absolutely thrilled to shoot Jackie and Bryan’s wedding day for them just a few days after Christmas and less than three weeks after having our little boy. The magic of their big day was unmatched and we were so honored to work with them and alongside some of our favorite vendors. A huge thanks to Avery with Paper Posey Photography who second shoot with us to help me through those first postpartum weeks after pregnancy.
Congratulations, Jackie and Bryan!
Taylor and Mike (and Avery)
“Through the Tinder App.”
Flowers: Rancho Verde Flowers
Photography: Taylor Jones Photography
Hair and Makeup: Face of Make up
Videography: Hickory Grove Pictures
Venue: Mount Princeton Hot Springs
The Barn at Sunset Ranch Wedding Photos | Kathleen and Will | Buena Vista, Colorado
If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again…we live in the most beautiful place in the world! So it’s so surprise that when world travelers Kat and Will were deciding where to have their mountain wedding, they spontaneously ended up in Buena Vista, Colorado at the Barn at Sunset Ranch. What started as a hunt in Summit county ended in our beautiful valley. When we first met Will and Kathleen, their passion for traveling and adventure (plus their sense of humor…#kathehir) tugged at our heartstrings and we were elated for the opportunity to work with them on their big day! Kat’s vintage style and worldly approach to their wedding was perfectly paired with the stunning 14er views the Barn had to offer at their fall wedding.
We love you guys and are so thrilled to have been there with you as you started your biggest adventure of all…marriage! Thank you!
Mike & Tay
How did the two of you meet?
“We met through the dating app, Hinge.”
Tell us about your first date!
Will, how did you propose?
How did you guys choose to host your wedding at the Barn at Sunset Ranch in Buena Vista, Colorado?
What was the most fun part of wedding planning for you?
Tell us about your first look! Having done one, would you do it again?
What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day?
What are you most looking forward to in marriage?
If you could pick one word to describe your wedding ceremony, what would it be and why?
What advice do you have for couples planning their wedding now?
Flowers: Rancho Verde
Videographer: Sarah Stip
Rentals: Settings Event Rental
DJ: TH Entertainment
Ceremony Music: Noelle Hogan and Friends
Officiant: Jack Highberger
Hair and Makeup: Face of Makeup
Caterer and Cake: Kalamatapit Catering
Coordinator: Knot Just Another Wedding
Wedding Transportation: Dvorak Rafting
Alcohol: Total Wine Beverage
Eclectic Ranch Wedding in Buena Vista Colorado | Lexy and Pat
Oh, friends. I don’t think we could be any more elated to share this amazing couples wedding day with y’all! We met Lexy and Pat through our wonderful mutual friends, Carrie and Alex (who ironically also introduced and setup this couple at their own wedding). It’s crazy the parallels in our lives before we ever even met! Pat and I grew up about 45 minutes from each other, and we all now live in the same small Colorado town that Lexy grew up in. Unbeknownst to us, Pat also bought a dirt bike from Mike before we ever met…we were super embarrassed to find out he was “THE PAT?!” after the sale took place. Since their eclectic and intimate wedding at Lexy’s parents home, we’ve quickly developed our friendship. We were so excited when Lexy was our labor and delivery nurse just a few weeks after their wedding when we had our son, Dawson, and we feel so thankful to have them in our lives!
Lexy’s parents deserve some serious praise! Her mama is an insanely talented designer and envisioned and executed the over all classy yet boho look of their reception. What’s more is Lexy’s dad and Pat actually built the barn they had their reception in! It was truly one of the most beautiful days and we are honored to have been the ones to capture this amazing time for them.
Love you guys!
Mike & Tay