On Top of a Mountain

September 24, 2012 in
Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Photo by Sean Flanigan

Christina Rouse
MeiMeiArt

Christina Rouse is the Senior Journal Editor for Visual Supply Co, a company that creates digital tools for the modern creative. With previous work experience as a chocolatier, photographer, and graphic designer, she enjoys a number of creative outlets in her free time, including photography, drawing, cooking, crafting, thrifting, and yoga.

Perhaps the ring I wear explains the mentality behind our wedding. I grew up seeing the ring my mother wore, without a single diamond or embellishment — just a thin band of gold worth little in terms of monetary value. But to me, the ring signified something priceless, a lasting love between my parents, a commitment they made to each other and have stuck with for 41 years.

So when Nathan proposed to me, he did so with a plain gold band. It signified his love for me, but also an agreement to live simply and focus on the things that really matter — not the extravagance of a fancy wedding, but a dedication to be faithful to each other in plenty or in want. We set out to create a simple, stripped down and intimate wedding full of meaning and nostalgia, one that would be aesthetically pleasing but allow the focus to be on our love for each other.

We decided on a ceremony with our immediate families and celebrated post-honeymoon with friends by throwing a summer pool party. We were wed on a mountaintop in Manitou Springs, Colorado, the town where I was born and raised. When Nathan’s friend showed us the location, we were instantly taken with the place. The views were breathtaking.

As the only people to have ever been married on that rock outcropping, it felt like God had made that place just for us. With such a naturally beautiful setting, we choose to add minimal touches. Our decorations were either items we already owned, finds from thrift and antique stores, or things we made ourselves.

Our wedding was definitely a DIY event. We did everything ourselves, with the help of family. The day before the wedding, the ladies dug up succulents in my mom’s garden to create my bouquet, Nathan’s boutonniere, and a few terrariums. My talented sister-in-law did my hair and makeup, and I sewed my birdcage veil.

Nathan and I both like to draw, so we drew butterflies and created our own dinnerware using a Make-A-Plate children’s kit. We had wood slabs cut at a lumber mill up the pass, and Nathan sanded and stained them to use as chargers under our plates. We had fun going to a number of antique stores to look for individual gifts for our guests. Each woman received a vintage handkerchief and brooch, and the men received various gifts like baseball card sets, an accordion, a pocketknife or geodes.

For our reception, we had an outdoor picnic by the lake, catered by our favorite local BBQ restaurant. It was at this restaurant that Nathan first told me he wanted to date me (although it was 10 months before I decided I felt the same). At dinner, we set out some of our favorite records, allowing anyone to dj the party as they pleased. My mom baked our cake, and I painted two wooden cake toppers to look like Nate and me.

Perhaps the most meaningful part of our ceremony was the time set apart to have our family gather around and pray for us. Marriages so often fail these days. We wanted to ask the Lord’s blessing on our marriage and acknowledge that our vows were not only made to each other but before a faithful, powerful God.

All photographs by Sean Flanigan.

  • sbanghart

    Sheena Lewis from BeautifulAgainBridal says:

    I love that your marriage was about you two and the commitment... too often now a days we get so wrapped up in the planning that we forget the reason we are getting married to begin with. Beautiful day :)

    2 years ago

  • timelapse

    timelapse from timelapse says:

    I live up the road in Castle Rock, so it was wonderful reading of your wedding on an outcropping above Manitou...a place very special to my daughter and I. We wish you a lifetime of happiness. You are starting out with the right frame of mind. Bless you both!

    2 years ago

  • MetalheartDesign

    MetalheartDesign from MetalheartDesign says:

    So beautiful! I love all the perfect little details, and your dress is absolutely gorgeous!

    2 years ago

  • WireHearts

    Ilze from WireHearts says:

    Aaaawwww, the whole story became a bit blurry towards the end and I had to read it again after I wiped my tears away. Congratulations on your beautiful celebration of LOVE. May you be blessed for many, many years to come.

    2 years ago

  • Ridgevales

    Lindsay from SweetThreesBoutique says:

    How absolutely beautiful! Love the pictures and how you made it so very personal to the both of you!

    2 years ago

  • LittleWeeShop

    Jennifer from LittleWeeShop says:

    Wonderful that both you and your husband participated in creating some really memorable pieces. I adore your make a plate idea! Congratulations you 'out crop' Pair!

    2 years ago

  • NestedYellow

    Anna Vasquez from NestedYellow says:

    Very beautiful and moving story of love! Love the setting, sentimental details and your dress. Congrats and best wishes!

    2 years ago

  • AlbumOptions

    Pam from AlbumOptions says:

    beautiful in every way... this is what is all about ( or should be) Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • beepobjects

    beepobjects from beepobjects says:

    A lovely story, All the best for a DIY future and to keeping things simple!

    2 years ago

  • SundayOwl

    Lisa from SundayOwl says:

    This is one of the sweetest stories. I love your simple wedding, so warm, pretty and peaceful. I wish you both a lovely simple life together.

    2 years ago

  • selenadesigns

    Selena from ThereOnceWasAGirl says:

    Beautiful! Where you were wed looks spectacular!

    2 years ago

  • manonbot

    Manon Bot says:

    Hey! I loved your story and thought your dress was absolutely magnificent. Who's the designer?

    2 years ago

  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags says:

    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • Ozrockin

    Christine Orozco says:

    I admire both the beauty and sentiment of your wedding, many blessings to a beautiful faithful couple!

    2 years ago

  • aiseirigh

    Cat Shanahan from aiseirigh says:

    Favourite Real Wedding ever! Total little dream! That dress gave me goosebumps! Gorgeous bride!

    2 years ago

  • cherrytime

    Mojca from cherrytime says:

    Very beautiful and unique!!

    2 years ago

  • MeiMeiArt

    MeiMeiArt from MeiMeiArt says:

    Thanks to all of you for your kind words. :) Manon, my dress was a vintage inspired ball gown by Tadashi Shoji.

    2 years ago

  • tanyadavey

    Tanya DAvey says:

    A true love story.... very special and inspiring. And an absolutely stunning gown! Congratulations and much happiness to you both.

    2 years ago

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique says:

    The location, simplicity, and intimacy of this wedding give it such charm. A wedding focused entirely on what's most important, a joining of two lives in commitment with each other to grow in love every day. Your birdcage veil suits you beautifully!! You managed the vintage bride aesthetic so gracefully. The wedding and the couple looked stunning! Congrats to you both, many blessings xo.

    2 years ago

  • lsp333

    Gisselle Jimenez says:

    I love how Christ-centered your wedding was. Glory be to God always and may He bless your marriage.

    2 years ago

  • emblematicdoodles

    Mary Catherine from MaryWeaverArt says:

    Beautiful wedding!

    2 years ago

  • juditageciene

    Judita Gečienė from JUMANT says:

    I loved your story! Good luck!

    2 years ago

  • kgpaintings

    Kirsten Gilmore from PaintingsByKEGilmore says:

    So pretty--I'm envious. :)

    2 years ago

  • fantasygarden

    Anna Kikute from fantasygarden says:

    Beautiful wedding I like your stile

    2 years ago

  • Cheerupcherup

    Alaina Cherup from CheerUpCherup says:

    wow, just gorgeous.

    2 years ago

  • MockaMooseMarket

    Shirley Griffin from MockaMooseMarket says:

    Beautiful story and photos. My niece was married this weekend in an outdoor wedding in a beautiful mountain setting in the Salida, CO area. As with you, they focused on the true meaning of their wedding - a vow of commitment first and foremost to God and then to each other. I love how you stated this in your words, "a dedication to be faithful to each other in plenty or in want." God bless you always!

    2 years ago

  • kbc10

    Karen from kbc10 says:

    Love your story. Much peace and Happiness to you.

    2 years ago

  • christorious15

    christorious15 says:

    Stunning. Congrats to you both. I love your story.

    2 years ago

  • RacheLPhotos

    Rachel L from RacheLPhotos says:

    Such a wonderful, beautiful, and inspirational story. Thank you so much for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • InspirationNook

    LARY from InspirationNook says:

    OMG! This is lovely.

    2 years ago

  • erynn11

    Erin D says:

    This just proves the saying,"Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication".

    2 years ago

  • ABotanicalPressPro

    A Botanical Press Production from ABotanicalPress says:

    This is perfect. I want a wedding half as beautiful.

    2 years ago

  • artsyEVE

    Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! The "cathedral" setting in the mountains could not have been more beautiful. The simplicity and sincerity of your wedding should be an inspiration to everyone.

    2 years ago

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl says:

    It looks like you guys had a great time. I love, love your dress, so full of fun details. I also love your location, it is beautiful. I have been thinking about an outdoor reception in the mountains as well, but I am not sure yet. Do love it. I also love how much you incorporated God into you wedding as well, with Him we can do anything. Good luck with life.

    2 years ago

  • cybrosh

    Noam Brosh says:

    Beautiful and inspiring....

    2 years ago

  • tennesseeapril

    tennesseeapril says:

    I remember seeing your wedding on a blog and loved everything about it. Especially that it took place in Manitou - just down the road from where live in Denver, and where I go when I'm in need of a funnel cake. So beautiful and thank you for sharing your photos and story. April ourshiponthesea.com

    2 years ago

  • StudioBotanica

    Cristy Beck from StudioBotanica says:

    This is gorgeous. What a lovely wedding, and so unique on a mountain top! Romantic!

    2 years ago

  • SerendipityCrafts

    Elizabeth & Hugh from SerendipityCrafts says:

    I love the beautiful simplicity of your wedding day. Your details were perfect! Thank you for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • bucko1510

    bucko1510 from StripesonStripes says:

    Just lovely. I actually shed a tear!!!! I thought it was amazing and I love Sean Flanigan's work!!!!!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • MissLucyA

    Lucy Ashby from bylucy says:

    So beautiful, congratulations. I am so envious that in America you can get married where ever you wish!

    2 years ago

  • PolishMeFreddy

    Alfredo Ramos from PolishMeFreddy says:

    This was such a beautiful story to read. <3 I loved the wedding gown, just beautiful. My favorite part was that you painted the wooden cake toppers, they came out so cute.

    2 years ago

  • paperklipdesign

    Melinda Andersen from paperklipdesign says:

    Love IS all you need, you for sharing your special day.

    2 years ago

  • paperklipdesign

    Melinda Andersen from paperklipdesign says:

    I was meaning to say thank you, the cat sat on the keyboard!

    2 years ago

  • anordicrose

    virginie lykins from anordicrose says:

    Lovely place for a wedding !

    2 years ago

  • lumiere07

    Adria Surey González Nieves says:

    This is a dream wedding. Every single thing is magical. 2 very in love individuals and a very special and peaceful place to start a life together. The dress is absolutely breathtaking... I wish you a life of adventure and simple enjoyment of the journey to the top of your mountain.

    2 years ago

  • CraftyMrsP

    Jayne Potter from CraftyMrsP says:

    Beautiful...looks like it was a real day of love and friendship...just lovely x

    2 years ago

  • LittleNik

    LittleNik from YoungBards says:

    What a beautiful day for you and your families! So many get carried away with the materialism that surrounds so many weddings these days. Your wedding reminds me of my own; small, handcrafted and just perfect! I love your description of your mother's plain gold band...just what it is all about really! Thanks for the inspiration, God bless you both x

    2 years ago

  • Nakkashe

    Nakkashe from Nakkashe says:

    The place is wonderful, wish you happyness

    2 years ago

  • pamelam

    Pamela Munger from pamelam says:

    Oh wow! Breathtaking pictures. I'm not one for weddings but I had to stop and read about this one. You two did a wonderful job. I bet everyone that attended said it was the best wedding they ever went to!

    2 years ago

  • redheart2

    Tom and Jennifer Tyndall from RedHeartCreations says:

    I love all of the simple, elegant details!

    2 years ago

  • Morganna

    Deb from DorothysRubies says:

    How simple and sweet and beautiful. I got choked up when I read your story. I love weddings! Have a beautiful life.

    2 years ago

  • instantjim

    instantjim says:

    so why are you holding that skull? awesome dresses, though

    2 years ago

  • decadesbydianne

    Dianne from decadesbydianne says:

    This touched me...the artistry, the backdrop, the intimacy, the commitment and the nod to God - who is the creator of all things good, including marriages.

    2 years ago

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    Janine from MomsantiquesNthings says:

    Unique and beautiful, congrats to you both.

    2 years ago

  • noemydesigns

    noemydesigns from noemydesigns says:

    Absolutely amazing! It made my cry! I guess because we made the same thing and got married religiously after 7 years because we wanted to ask God to bless our marriage.

    2 years ago

  • AdrienneLojeck

    Adrienne Lojeck from WingsOfClay says:

    LOVE this wedding! The simplicity of the decor and the panoramic vistas really let the essence of the wedding shine through: the bride and groom's love for one another! I hope someday to have a wedding this lovely!

    2 years ago

  • seaofwild

    Kathleen from seaofwild says:

    beautiful :) amore e benedizioni!

    2 years ago

  • sweetpeapair

    Heather 'n Ashley from SweetpeaWishes says:

    This is so beautiful! God bless you both in your new life together.

    2 years ago

  • julieandco2

    Julie from julieandco2 says:

    So beautiful and lovely! Many blessings on your marriage!!

    2 years ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights says:

    Beautiful! Congrats on having found each other!

    2 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 from Parachute425 says:

    Beautiful dress! Thank you for sharing your special day. Best wishes.

    2 years ago

  • dutchpearl

    Astrid from dutchpearl says:

    What a lovely and gorgeous wedding!

    2 years ago

  • katetameshrew

    katetameshrew from katetameshrew says:

    Just gorgeous. Simplicity is beauty. Wshing you both a wonderful life.

    2 years ago

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace says:

    oh my goodness what an amazing setting and how beautiful the message is here. wishing you the best and that you have a long happy marriage.

    2 years ago

  • ResaArtDesign

    Resa Wilkinson from ResaWilkinson says:

    What a wonderful posting of a wedding between two truly committed people. So refreshing to see nature and simplicity. I love everything used for this wedding. Congratulations. GREAT photography as well. :)

    2 years ago

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly says:

    simple and sweet!

    2 years ago

  • starvingartistdsgns

    Heather from starvingartistdsgns says:

    Just lovely! Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • TintedVintage

    Ketti from TintedVintage says:

    Pass me a tissue please. Simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • misschristiana

    Christiana Odum from YarnDarlin says:

    So charming and wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld says:

    I have a plain gold wedding band that means more to me than any diamond, and my husband and I got married in his grandparents' back yard on the Oregon coast. Keeping things simple meant we started our marriage on sound financial footing and knew we were getting married for the right reasons — not because I wanted to be a fairy tale princess in a white gown at a fancy ball for one night.

    2 years ago

  • Clodis

    claudia costanza says:

    just perfect! Congratulation :)

    2 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    Jana from bhangtiez says:

    Beautiful! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • christieshippycloset

    Christie from christieshippycloset says:

    Heart warming- Wishing you a long and blessed future together.

    2 years ago

  • JasmineLund

    Hannah Jasmine Tucker from TheMiddleButton says:

    So very beautiful. I love your story. God bless your marriage!

    2 years ago

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer says:

    Beautiful wedding! Love the dress!

    2 years ago

  • AudMod Admin

    Audrey says:

    Beautiful wedding. That dress is amazing!

    2 years ago

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts says:

    What a beautiful setting for a wedding! I enjoyed reading your story. Congratulations to you both!

    2 years ago

  • Attractive1

    Elena Fom from Attractive1 says:

    Eveything is amasing!!!

    2 years ago

  • mochamacaroon

    Celia from SproutandSprout says:

    What a beautiful dress!!!! And a beautiful everything else too! Looks like it was an amazing day!

    2 years ago

  • ladylikeness

    Rachael Poklitar from ladylikeness says:

    this was beautiful to read. i love the simplicity of it all. what a place to tie the knot!

    2 years ago

  • bigbadwolf8

    Kelly Wilburn says:

    My breath is taken away looking at this stunning wedding. A gorgeous couple and a union that will last a lifetime. A very encouraging testimony you both display together.

    2 years ago

  • mforrest3

    M Forrest says:

    You look absolutely beautiful. And the wedding seems so sentimental! I know all involved surely enjoyed and will remember it. It's refreshing to see the meaning of a wedding and marriage is not lost. Your personal and simple wedding is to be commended, and is a true reflection of what it is intended to be. Best wishes to you both!

    2 years ago

  • truthbeautyandlove27

    Colleen O'Neal from truthbeautyandlove27 says:

    I live in the pocono mountains of PA, love nature and want a simple wedding. Your story has given me so much inspiration and hope that it can be done! I love the spot where the actual ceremony took place! So stunning and breathtaking. Congratulations on a wedding well done and a commitment that I think will last a lifetime

    2 years ago

  • cjwJewelry

    Crista from cjwJewelry says:

    Beautiful story. It's heartwarming to hear of a couple getting married for the reasons you have. I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness :)

    2 years ago

  • SummitRidge

    SummitRidge from SummitRidge says:

    Beautiful!

    2 years ago

  • crownring

    crownring says:

    I love how brides and grooms are deciding to ditch the glitz and have a beautiful and meaningful wedding on their own terms. And what a glorious place for a wedding! God bless and keep you both. :)

    2 years ago

  • EmSewCrazy

    Emily from EmSewCrazy says:

    Beautiful! I love the simplicity and the intimate family setting! Your dress is AMazing as well! Thanks for sharing your wedding and your faith so tastefully.

    2 years ago

  • CallieK124

    Caroline Knoepffler says:

    Your dress is gorgeous!

    2 years ago

  • sageandolivia

    Simone from sageandolivia says:

    What a lovely story, and gorgeous wedding! Thanks for sharing it with us, and for sharing how you are committing yourselves to the Lord God - may He bless you both for the rest of your days!

    2 years ago

  • SquirrelsSpot

    Ashley M. from SquirrelsSpot says:

    I love how you worked with nature and let the beauty speak for itself. This deepens my hope that I will visit Colorado someday.

    2 years ago

  • kgummey

    Kristine from kgummey says:

    The simplest weddings are often the most beautiful and meaning full!! Lovely wedding!!

    2 years ago

  • TuesdaysChildShoppe

    TuesdaysChildShoppe from TuesdaysChildShoppe says:

    Wowzers! Inspiring! :)

    2 years ago

  • FawningInLove

    Fawning Inlove from FawningInLove says:

    I adore your place settings and location for your vows! All the details that made your wedding day just lovely, thank you for sharing with us all! Congratulations to you both!

    2 years ago

  • homedecorlab

    SW from HomeDecorLab says:

    So beautiful! Congratulations! :)

    2 years ago

  • annyschoo
  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry from GoddessOfJewelry says:

    loved reading this! So refreshing to see a wedding that isn't about the wedding, but rather the union that results in a marriage that should last a lifetime. Congratulations to you both! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

    2 years ago

  • WeddingAndGems

    Kerrie Giles from WeddingAndGems says:

    Congrats on your amazing wedding, it looks so amazing, especially the location.

    2 years ago

  • ppetroske

    ppetroske says:

    Perfect, I am in tears of happiness. That is what marriage is about.

    2 years ago

  • whack

    Aracely from whack says:

    This is one of the most beautiful Real Wedding feature I've ever seen. Very well done, congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin says:

    A wonderful journey in the making ~ Beautiful both inside and out ~ Cheers to the both of you ~

    2 years ago

  • nicolanis

    Michelle from FoamyFactory says:

    beautiful pictures! and the dress! Oh my! amazing! Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious says:

    A beautiful location and wonderful sentiment. Thank you so much for sharing your special day!

    2 years ago

  • snappher

    snappher says:

    I am tears, looking at the beauty and simplicity of your wedding. I have been to so many big, over-the-top, basically meaningless weddings....yours is the loveliest I've ever seen. You and your husband look serene and happy, and the setting is unparallelled! I love that every little aspect meant something to you and to your guests. Your wedding was focused on what truly matters -your vows, your family, your love. Thank you so much for sharing it! I wish you the very best in your marriage :)

    2 years ago

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo says:

    this is amazing! The photos are just beautiful! It reminds me so much of my Dad and Step Moms wedding, they got married in a meadow under their favorite climb (they are bot rock climbers). They were almost late for the wedding because they had to get one climb in before the ceremony! This is so amazing.

    2 years ago

  • JKistlerStudios

    Jennifer Kistler from JKistlerStudios says:

    wow, very moving wedding story! May the two of you be very blessed in your life together. Love the natural setting, and the butterfly plates you made!

    2 years ago

  • laraharrisweddings

    Lara Harris from LaraHarrisWeddings says:

    just beautiful!

    2 years ago

  • hardcandy426

    Natalie says:

    what a beautiful wedding - an inspiration. May your marriage be strong and joyous as well!

    2 years ago

  • loveleeflowers

    Lonnalee from loveleeflowers says:

    LOVE your wedding! Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • Buttonsbloomsandbows

    Katie from ButtonsBloomsandBows says:

    So simple and sweet....God Bless your marriage!

    2 years ago

  • Sweetvintangelady

    Gladys from Sweetvintagelady says:

    Love your wedding story. May God bless you both and make your union strong in his name. Enjoy this wonderful adventure called marriage!

    2 years ago

  • kadydesigns

    Denise Vining from kadydesigns says:

    Beautiful wedding!! So meaningful and sweet. Congraulations to ya'll!

    2 years ago

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom says:

    Very cool! Love the idea of a mountaintop wedding. The decor is very creative and pretty- butterfly plates and pine leaves with guest names. I wonder how cold it would be up there though, I don't do well in the cold. Nice idea buying vintage brooches, scarves, and trinkets as gifts, sounds like something I would do. Thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • DewyMorningVintage

    DewyMorningVintage from DewyMorningVintage says:

    So so beautiful! I loved all the simple and thoughtful details of your amazing wedding! I loved the painted wedding cake toppers! Your dress was so gorgeous! Congratulations on your new life together!

    2 years ago

  • imeimeh

    Aunt Maemoe says:

    beautiful!

    2 years ago

  • suzannedupuisfincary

    Suzanne Dupuis-Fincaryk from MamaSuesQuilts says:

    Beautiful celebration... First thing that came to mind was Walton mountain lol Wonderful and simple! it's nice to see you went back to the basics to celebrate your love.! :) I wish you many year of happiness!

    2 years ago

  • hellolollipop

    Amanda from hellolollipop says:

    So beautiful and I absolutely love the way you both incorporated God into the ceremony and that you boldly shared that in your post. I get emotional just seeing the pictures of you all praying, it's lovely to see others dedicate their marriages to the Lord. May God bless you both!

    2 years ago

  • byjodi

    byjodi from byjodi says:

    I think this is one of the most beautiful weddings I have seen showcased on Etsy. Not just visually, but conceptually. From beginning to end. What a beautiful heart you have!!! Congrats and many, many blessings to you and your husband!!

    2 years ago

  • ElizabethAnne53

    Elizabeth Anne Hin says:

    All the blessings and beauty in the world to you.

    2 years ago

  • JustPureandLovely

    JustPureandLovely from JustPureandLovely says:

    Lovely, so lovely.

    2 years ago

  • BettyandRoland

    BettyandRoland from BettyandRoland says:

    How lovely - I wish you all the best.

    2 years ago

  • NostOWLgia

    Caitlan from NostOWLgia says:

    So inspiring! I love your commitment to simplicity and to each other, so beautiful!

    2 years ago

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate says:

    beautiful wedding!

    2 years ago

  • CatherinesUnique

    Catherine Roseman from CatherinesUnique says:

    Congratulations Nathan and Christina! Being a native of Colorado myself, I also love the simplicity of thing and our great outdoors, all of God's wonderful creations. Your story and wedding were absolutely marvelous, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you both a Lifetime of Happiness!

    2 years ago

  • monocircus

    monocircus from monocircus says:

    beautiful, touching, amazing! Bliss, happiness, beauty, love, joy, laughter to you both!

    2 years ago

  • maureencarrigan

    maureen leona from maureencarrigan says:

    Really touching and beautiful! Good job guys. I live in CO and this really spoke to me. Photographer was amazing.

    2 years ago

  • pillowsbytamilyn

    Tami Lyn Stanton from pillowsbytamilyn says:

    Your wedding sounds so awesome...what a blessing! Congrats you two...God Bless you both!

    2 years ago

  • monicaruthp

    Monica Powell says:

    What an artistically holistic way to begin your journey together. Amazing location, creativity, and story...may you two be blessed!

    2 years ago

  • nestboxvintage

    nestboxvintage from nestboxvintage says:

    Just as a day I would dream; very creative, meaningful touches, small and intimate, sweet, with the presence of family, a few close friends and God's blessing!!! ~ Thank you for sharing your day! Beautiful! Enjoy and the best to you both! :-)

    2 years ago

  • susansdesign

    SUSAN ANTONE from susansdesign says:

    The vintage looking picture of the two of you standing on the top of the mountain really caught my attention . I thought the two of you looked so lovely. Thank you for sharing the story of your beautiful day. It is an inspiration to all who desire a simple wedding that celebrates family, faith, God's creation. The prayers by your family and friends for you will always be a source of strength and I hope you have a most blessed life together.

    2 years ago

  • letl260

    Emily Lee says:

    I commend you for making God the focal point of your wedding. You and your guests will remember that shared prayer for the rest of your lives. Thanks for sharing. May God bless your life together.

    2 years ago

  • CutiePopper

    CutiePopper from CutiePopper says:

    Absolutely breathtaking! Amazing and so unique! Congratulations to the both of you! :)

    2 years ago

  • MidwestGypsy

    Nancy Dopler from MidwestGypsy says:

    As a woman of faith, I esp. like what you said in the last paragraph. This wedding is so much more beautiful than any that costs thousands of dollars.

    2 years ago

  • charschi

    Charlene says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Just how a wedding should be close, intimate, loving. I wish you both the best of everything!

    2 years ago

  • sendasong

    Alice from bygoneglory says:

    beautiful setting for a beautiful wedding! the place settings are the best! May God bless you with a beautiful marriage!

    2 years ago

  • designlab443

    Tracy from designlab443 says:

    I LOVE your dress, so pretty! Congrats and sending you both wishes for 100 years together! Cheers!

    2 years ago

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry says:

    Oh my......truly my favorite Etsy wedding post. I love your serious approach to your vows and commitment before God. I wish you two a forever, and wonderful marriage!

    2 years ago

  • inspirationalbanners

    Linda Plum from inspirationalbanners says:

    It doesn't take a lot of money to have a rich wedding! Lovely!

    2 years ago

  • anewday54

    anewday54 says:

    Your wedding was absolutely beautiful! May you both have an abundance of love, laughter, happiness and be blessed always!

    2 years ago

  • DiTerra

    DiTerra from DiTerra says:

    Where is your dress from?! Absolutely gorgeous.

    2 years ago

  • MeadowlandDesigns

    Catherine Sorensen from MeadowlandDesigns says:

    I pray that God will bless your marriage & your lifetime commitment. Thank you so much for sharing a bit of the love & joy you have with the rest of us! Many blessings! ~Catherine

    2 years ago

  • labellefairy

    labellefairy from LaBelleFairy says:

    Simple and perfect~

    2 years ago

  • KARW

    Krista says:

    lovely

    2 years ago

  • PinwheelStudio

    Whitney from PinwheelStudio says:

    What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing the simply beautiful details of your wedding. Indeed, you showed the essence of simplicity, love, and family. Awesome how your family prayed for you together!

    2 years ago

  • PureJoyVintage

    Leah Croft from PureJoyVintage says:

    Christina and Nathan...I read your story, looked at your pictures and read absolutely every comment above. I just want to say that I second every single one of them. A huge congratulations from me and my fiance'. I hope that when our day comes, we can do it half as gracefully! all the best to you both!

    2 years ago

  • laTeefahDoLLs1898
  • mayaruhi

    Pearl from mayaruhi says:

    Breathtaking! Aesthetically, and Spiritually. All the best with your life as One, Christina and Nathan! Thank you for sharing. :)

    2 years ago

  • SarafinaDreams

    Janie from SarafinaDreams says:

    Incredibly beautiful. I Love everything about this wedding. The details are perfection. Love surrounded by love. How could you possibly go wrong? Blessings to you all.

    2 years ago

  • laralewis

    Laurie Lewis from ShopHedgerowRose says:

    So, so beautiful. I don't even have words! Congratulations. :)

    2 years ago

  • songbead

    Rebecca Anderson from songbead says:

    As a musician who has played at many, many lovely but essentially cardboard cutout weddings, I really loved both the aesthetic 'look' of your wedding, but even more, the ethos behind it. Simple and personal. I tried to capture that on my own special day; of course so different from yours, but I think - I hope! - it had that same personal, meaningful feel. What a stunningly beautiful setting - really, you don't need much more than that. Thanks so much for sharing it here with us.

    2 years ago

  • jjparchman2

    Judy Parchman from jjparchman2 says:

    You had a beautiful, romantic wedding. It's refreshing to see a couple who realize that their vows are to God as well as to each other. I wish you many happy years together. God Bless You.

    2 years ago

  • autumnlobach

    Autumn Wood from Letterstojane says:

    Wow, this was truly a breathtaking wedding, and a touching story as well! I was feeling a little choked up towards the end! Beautiful dress, beautiful surroundings, and more than anything a beautiful world-changing kind of love!

    2 years ago

  • artcrafthome

    S Corridori from artcrafthome says:

    simply beautiful. may God bless you and your new life together!

    2 years ago

  • akatale

    Natalie from akatale says:

    Thank you so much for publicly putting God in your marriage! My husband and I were visiting Manitou Springs that same weekend and fell in love with the town. Congrats!!

    2 years ago

  • HandsomeandBella

    Ali Perez from HandsomeandBella says:

    I love the photo of your people bowing your head before the meal.

    2 years ago

  • auntyjuju

    justine Reynolds from Juslapuce says:

    Wow, you two have really moved me, only wish i'd been there!

    2 years ago

  • OnToVintage

    OnToVintage from OnToVintage says:

    simply lovely!

    2 years ago

  • HedgeTiggy

    HedgeTiggy from HedgeTiggy says:

    Beautiful. My husband and I did the same thing when we got married, keeping it small and on a mountain with a gorgous view of the surrounding countryside. I like that you made your own decorations, what a nice touch! Marriage is hard work, but the time goes fast if you find the right person and are willing to keep communicating. It's been 16 years for us, may you find as much lasting joy as we have.

    2 years ago

  • thesecretboutique

    Jade Locke from thesecretboutique says:

    Thank you for sharing. This is beautiful. I live in Colorado as well and I always love a good love story and weddings.

    2 years ago

  • forrestinavintage

    Tina Pfeiffer from forrestinavintage says:

    Creative and so meaningful. Ours was also DIY but looking back, I wish we'd paired it down even more. What you wrote about your families praying and your Christ-focused ceremony made me cry, too. May He bless you both in your life together and shower you with His love and grace along the way.

    2 years ago

  • ilovevintagestuff

    ilovevintagestuff from ilovevintagestuff says:

    I love all the vintage touches you added to your wedding. Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth says:

    I love the idea of a summer pool party celebration. ♥ your day was beautiful.

    2 years ago

  • mamajen

    mamajen says:

    Praise God for your wedding and giving Him the glory. It is a rare thing today to have a Christ centered marriage. I know the Lord will bless your marriage because of it. We do serve an awesome and faithful God!!!!

    2 years ago

  • paisleybeading

    LuAnn Poli from PaisleyBeading says:

    Congratulations, Christina & Nathan! How wonderful that you pared down your wedding to a simplistic celebration of your love for each other! Love the personal touches. You both were involved and you made it your own. So detailed, but without the frivolities! With God at the center of your marriage, it is sure to thrive. A cord of three strands is not easily broken!

    2 years ago

  • Unit1

    Hans Timman says:

    Wow, fantastic story and article! Brings you back to the essence of what it is all about... Beautiful : )

    2 years ago

  • OhSoEnchanting

    Suzi from OhSoEnchanting says:

    What a beautiful wedding, thank you so much for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • Wishingwellportraits

    Alisa Statham from WishingwellArt says:

    Thank you for sharing this lovely wedding story. It left me misty eyed thinking of the weddings to be for my daughters and sons. This blog was a treasure for the ideas you've given me ;)

    2 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts from unflappableproducts says:

    Wow o Wow This is so amazing - so unique and personal Best wishes for at least 41 years!

    2 years ago

  • SassySisterVintage

    Kim Strozewski from SassySisterVintage says:

    So gorgeous!!!! In Every Way!

    2 years ago

  • heathergtodd

    Heather Todd from tickledrainbow says:

    Very nice and individual and meaningful to you two. Good luck in your future together. I was married on that date 1983 and am still in love with my husband... and still counting.

    2 years ago

  • tamilopez

    Tami Lopez from TamiLopezDesigns says:

    My husband and I have been married for 30 years. We met when we were just teenagers. Your heart is absolutely in the right place! So sweet and beautiful and real. God bless your marriage. Thanks for sharing your story with us!

    2 years ago

  • TheKraftRoom

    TheKraftRoom from TheKraftRoom says:

    This is so beautiful and I wish you the best.

    2 years ago

  • CabinCrochet

    Rebecca Vickers from CabinCrochet says:

    So beautiful and inspiring--I would love to have a wedding just like yours.

    2 years ago

  • threefingerssawmill

    James Dykema from ThreeFingersSawmill says:

    Love the style of your wedding! The wooden chargers look fantastic. If anyone needs wooden chargers That can be arranged. Here's my one and only posting but message me if you're thinking of something else: https://www.etsy.com/listing/108756483/wooden-cookies-wedding-tabletoppers-home

    2 years ago

  • akz113

    Kita from akz113 says:

    What a gorgeous wedding. That you want to build your marriage on the rock solid foundation of God makes this all the more amazing. I'm so moved. Many heartfelt congratulations to you both!

    2 years ago

  • Ugirihirwe

    Sonia Mugabo says:

    I love her wedding dress....where can I get it?

    2 years ago

  • feliica

    felica chapman says:

    i love the place of choice!

    2 years ago

  • mandaleighf

    Amanda Fortier from MandaleighDesigns says:

    I wish I knew what you did ten years ago. Life would have been simpler, but I got my simple band on our 10 year anniversary instead. Life will teach you that all you need is Faith in God and Family =) Blessings to you!

    2 years ago

  • DanasaurDesigns

    Dana Lauren from DanasaurDesigns says:

    beautiful! So much meaning and thought went into this wedding. I love it!

    2 years ago

  • PosyField

    Krista Reimer from TheRusticRaven says:

    I wish I could have attended your wedding!

    2 years ago

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan says:

    Beautiful wedding ! Congrats :)

    2 years ago

  • kelekubby

    kelekubby from kelekubby says:

    I agree with all the above comments. So spectacularly simple and beautiful. Where is your dress from? SO GORGEOUS.

    2 years ago

  • HandiworkinGirls

    HandiworkinGirls from HandiworkinGirls says:

    The whole wedding is breathtaking...whoever thought that more was more was wrong! The group in prayer photo is priceless. We spend so much time praying over meals and at family events, but rarely do we have a photo of those times. Congratulations, and God's blessings to you both!

    2 years ago

  • terryanngillette

    Terry Ann Gillette from Bubblewandsandjewels says:

    This is so awesome. Life is so precious and your wedding really created a sacred sense of awe within nature. Thanks for sharing such an amazing wedding..

    2 years ago

  • lumafina

    hilary ann from lumafina says:

    Rock on. Very inspiring, blessings to you both!

    2 years ago

  • lumafina

    hilary ann from lumafina says:

    If this is helpful, she stated above in the comments that her dress is a vintage-inspired gown from designer Tadashi Shoji.

    2 years ago

  • RenditionStudios

    Laurie Farr from RenditionStudios says:

    GORGEOUS photography, wedding style and location, Love it all.

    2 years ago

  • amytee252

    Amy Tee from prettylittletitch says:

    Soo beautiful! On top of a rock too! It looks very intimate and perfect...

    2 years ago

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans says:

    Earthy and beautiful. Congratulations and best wishes.

    2 years ago

  • Firbrand

    Cherie de Clerck says:

    This made me cry. It's really beautiful! Thank God for you both.

    2 years ago

  • ZiBagz

    Lisa Z ♥ from ZiBagz says:

    Ooooo I love this story!!! My hubby & I wanted to marry on top of Murphy Dome out of Fairbanks Alaska. It snow (ALOT) a week before and all was moved indoors... Your wedding was soooo perfect! Just what I imagined .. ours was wonderful too but I always wished .. we just had our 23 anniversary .. may be for our 25th we will have a celebration up on the mountain top! Congratulations to you both.

    2 years ago

  • BglorifiedBoutique

    Cindy from BglorifiedBoutique says:

    Truly one of the most intimate, loving, beautiful and meaningful weddings I have ever seen - thank you for sharing with us! May God bless your marriage :)

    2 years ago

  • amyloomis11

    Olivia from ollygrace says:

    this is just so beautiful ! I wish you the best of luck and absolutely love that dress!

    2 years ago

  • pixbycat

    Cat from CCordaPhotography says:

    Lovely.... your dress was perfect. Photos awesome. Love.

    2 years ago

  • jillefresh1

    jillefresh1 says:

    Beautiful, in more ways than one! My fiance and I are in beginning weeks of planning our day and yours was very inspirational! Congratulations and have enough in your lives together : )

    2 years ago

  • HelloMountains

    Audrey from HelloMountains says:

    beautiful!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • elcimail1

    Elizabeth Higgins from PetiteMargaux says:

    The lace on your dress is absolutely stunning - so unique.

    2 years ago

  • TheAmateurNaturalist

    Beth Anne and Sarah Schwamberger from TheAmateurNaturalist says:

    So incredibly beautiful. You focused on the important and so very right things, and instead of being a stressed out bride, you have the memory of a peaceful, love-filled, faith-centered day. How very wise to ask for prayer and realize that marriage takes faith and support. Many blessings to you two as you start your love adventure together.

    2 years ago

  • SecretScentSociete

    Tori Jackson from SecretScentSociete says:

    The dress is amazing. Very simplistic but beautiful.

    2 years ago

  • showbelles

    Rhonda Griffin from Showbelles says:

    It just doesn't get any better than this. You are a beautiful couple, and the setting could not be better. I love the simple elegance. And your gown is second to none. Breathtaking beauty is as close as I can come to describing your ceremony.

    2 years ago

  • myAvonlea

    Alison Elane from MyAvonlea says:

    Your words are such a deep encouragement in such dry times. Egotism is so prevelant and the idea of truly sacrificing yourself to not only your husband but above all your Lord, seems so foreign these days. Very refreshing to hear of your Love for one another as unto your Lord. My hubby and I have commited ourselves unto our Lord and Savior as well and He guides us daily especially on how to specifically lead and love our children as unto Him. Forget books and statistics, He forms and knows all from the beginning He is the One who can guide every facet and detail of our lives. I look forward to your journey growing more in Him and the experience your children will open in your heart towards God. I never knew how selfless and deep His Love was until I had children. The way He shows us to deal with them is through Love, Patience, Mercy, and Trust in the discipline - beautifully enough its the reflection of His dealings with us. I love how there is no waste with God and nothing without purpose or significance. Blessings of His Love for you both on your journey <3

    2 years ago

  • kaitlinhadder

    Kaitlin Hadder says:

    Who is the designer for your dress?

    2 years ago

  • Honkcormorant

    Honkcormorant says:

    WOW- truly- Where did you get your dress?? I have been looking for something like that for a LONG TIME!!

    2 years ago

  • gmoise07

    Gaelle Moise says:

    I love your wedding, such an inspiration. Im having a really casual wedding of immediate friends and family (29 guests total with lots of children). I dont want to get caught up in the formalities, any suggestions for a wedding timeline that fits with my vision?

    2 years ago

  • gmoise07

    Gaelle Moise says:

    the dress is by Tadashi Shoji, just google lace and chiffon Tadashi

    2 years ago

  • omydesigns

    Elvira from omydesigns says:

    Your wedding dress was stunning. The ceremony location was breathtaking. The butterfly theme was fantastic. The photographer took incredible photos. You had a truly amazing wedding!

    2 years ago

  • TrousseauDeMarieA

    TrousseauDeMarieA from TrousseauDeMarieA says:

    Gorgeous! My parents were married in Manitou Springs as well - lovely area and I so adore how your wedding showcased its natural splendor! Simple, elegant, and deeply personal - love it!

    1 year ago

  • CreateTheCutPaper

    Create The Cut - Paper from CreateTheCutPaper says:

    This was so simple and beautiful!

    1 year ago

  • elisaavraam

    Elsa A from CloudPearls says:

    Thank you for sharing this! It is such an inspiration! Everything looks and feels so harmonically arranged!Wishing you all the best!!!

    1 year ago

  • wishflowervintage

    Erin Conley from CurioVNTG says:

    The story took my breath even more than the pictures (that's saying something)! To center the entire event around God and His creation is something I've always desired for my (someday) wedding too-- how encouraging, heart warming and beautiful. Congrats and thanks for sharing! :)

    1 year ago

  • 5gardenias

    kathi roussel from 5gardenias says:

    Truly beautiful!

    1 year ago

  • BolstersMillsCards

    mia from BolstersMillsCards says:

    your wonderful wedding and thoughtful blog post about it all, meant so much to me as I read about your story and of your strong faith. the touches were perfect, and of course, my favorite part was the vintage hankies and brooches given to the ladies <3 May the Lord truly bless you and your marriage!

    1 year ago

  • AurumBayJewelry

    AurumBay from AurumBayJewelry says:

    Extremely sweet story! Congratulations. And soooo picturesque. Nature is the best background for any photographical memory. I love when people think about their jewelry and what it means to them. I've always hated that Christmas/Valentines/Mother's Day rush that drives people in droves to jewelry stores looking for anything "within their budget" which is often not much with the extremely overblown prices these days instead of sitting down and thinking, Who am I purchasing this gift for? Do they even want jewelry, or would they rather I take a day off of work and plan a special day just for them, filled with all the things in life that you have paid attention to and know that they will love and appreciate such as a stroll through the park with a good cone of homemade ice-cream, or a surprise road trip. Or if they want jewelry, what do they wear on a daily basis? What is their favorite color? What style to they like, big and bold? Retro? delicate and dainty? Hearing stories like this is so special and really fuels my passion to provide the opportunity for people to be themselves and find the necessary components that they need to make their life truly meaningful and special. Lovely photos, Lovely story, Lovely couple!

    1 year ago

  • psaraim2789

    patricia manjarrez says:

    this wedding it is fabulous!! exactly what I want I am absolutely in love with everything you did . I hope God gives more love in your marriage so you can love your spouse how God loves us!

    1 year ago

  • mlozano43

    Marcela Lozano says:

    So simple, so sincere. Congrats, guys!

    1 year ago

  • Lilywinkel

    Annie and Suzanne from Lilywinkel says:

    I loved your testimony all throughout that it is our all-powerful God who strengthens a marriage and keeps your love faithful! Without the love of Jesus Christ teaching you how to love, it is so easy for a marriage to flop. That is exactly what I believe and what I hope for when I, too, will get married someday. Bless you for saying it so boldly on Etsy! I'm sharing this article on my fb page-- all my Christian Colorado friends will love it too I know. :)

    1 year ago

  • nanniesgracee05

    Phyllis Dew says:

    Christina, I enjoyed reading your story and description of your wedding, the simple preparations but oh so meaningful sentiments and heartfelt respect to your parents'long marriage and your own vows for the same. The setting of your wedding was beautiful and involvement of your family, not spending a fortune like some brides feel the need to do. Your dress was beautiful, you a beautiful bride. Thanks for sharing your story. God bless your marriage and love for each other and future .

    1 year ago

  • queta54

    Henrietta Garcia from quetaslovelyjewelry says:

    thank you for sharing your beautiful story:-) May God Bless Your Marriage!

    1 year ago

  • sherilyndahl

    Sherilyn Swan says:

    Gorgeous, fun, personal and meaningful - just what a wedding should be! I love the DIY and vintage touches that were so 'you.' Congratulations and much happiness!

    1 year ago

  • DamsonTreePottery

    Marieanne Cavaciuti from damsontreepottery says:

    Wonderful! What a fabulous idea of wedding location, beautiful dress, handmade details and most of all your commitment to each other with God's help! My husband proposed to me on top of Federation Peak Tasmania - how could I say no!

    1 year ago

  • irenebuckingham

    Irene Buckingham says:

    Absolutle wonderful.You found the most beautyful and meaningful wedding location.Next year we celebrating our Silver Wedding (25 years) and we wish you from the bottem of our heart, that you are allways so happy as we are. Love. light and many blessings.

    1 year ago

  • MadebySue

    Sue Marsh says:

    I didn't know that I cried when "reading" stories about weddings - but the tears rolled down my face when I read your story. How beautiful it was, full of love and kindness, not only for the two of you, but for your family, friends and the environment. I know that you will cherish your photos and the day for the rest of your life. Much love and many, many blessings to a beautiful couple.

    1 year ago

  • janetup

    Janet Wicks says:

    In a nation of extravagance and celebrity obsession it is rewarding to see more and more couples choosing simplicity and sustainability for their weddings and their lives together. Creativity and clever ideas made your wedding experience all your own. Congratulations ...

    1 year ago

  • irismiller

    Iris Miller from SimplyAbundantLife says:

    This is divine- a wedding in God's glory. Bless you for sharing the inspiration!

    1 year ago

  • lenglund

    Lisa E says:

    Gorgeous! The meanings behind every detail were so special, I couldn't help but love your story! I also love your dress. Any chance you'd share where you got it? I've been looking for something alternative and nothing has moved me until I saw yours. So lovely!

    1 year ago

  • mouserrano

    Lisa Serrano Diaz from PrincessMouseyCards says:

    I just returned from vacation in Estes Park, CO & I was so inspired to make a woodland wedding treasury. It is just so beautiful there. Your wedding was my reality treasury! Wishing you a Blessed Marriage!

    1 year ago

  • fabricdepo

    Sammy Wo from fabricdepo says:

    Wedding On Top of a Mountain, the best wedding picture that I ever seem! Beautiful !

    1 year ago

  • artXchic

    Hannah M. from artXchic says:

    What a gorgeous wedding! I love the butterfly details and of course the wooden cake toppers are so cute! My shop creates custom wooden wedding cake toppers for those who are a bit rusty with their paint skills! Congrats on your lovely day!

    1 year ago

  • artXchic

    Hannah M. from artXchic says:

    Lovely wedding! I love the butterfly details, and especially the cake toppers! They are so cute and I also create them for those who feel their DIY paint skills are a bit rusty :) Congrats on a gorgeous wedding!

    1 year ago

  • ahmahsheila

    ahmahsheila says:

    in this day and age it is sometimes difficult to be unique, this wedding was truly a one-and-only. the details were the simplest and done with such care and love. may you be happy and in your life may you use all of your lovely creativity to navigate through the river of life. peace

    1 year ago

  • kimbequeen

    joanna Wharton says:

    the prayer around the table made my heart skip! something Echo's from your mountain.

    1 year ago

  • whatsit

    Candice from blissfulfinds says:

    Lovely, lovely wedding! Weddings must be about the couple and their love for each other, but including their closest loved ones. Not all the fancy trappings and broohaw that causes so much stress and "bridezilla-ness"! I loved how you stated you had fun and enjoyed going to the antique shops together and purchased special gifts for each of your guests, very nice touch. And going "green" is becoming more popular with couples now adays. Plus you included God chosing such a gorgeous "natural venue for your ceremony and having the prayers.....touches the heart so deeply.

    1 year ago

  • studiolara316

    Lara Harris from studiolara316 says:

    Love seeing photos of people praying at weddings...it's a big commitment in life & having God present makes all the difference...beautiful.

    1 year ago

  • yaolihe

    Yalikes Mr·Yao from Dressweding says:

    Lovely wedding! i can make any wedding dress.

    1 year ago

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock says:

    Gorgeous wedding!!

    1 year ago

  • ryanallendorf

    Ryan Allendorf from RyansConceptions says:

    Why so ssssssseriousssssss???

    1 year ago

  • megmorsillo

    Meg Morsillo says:

    This was gorgeous.

    1 year ago

  • jamielmader

    jamielmader says:

    So beautiful! Love that your family and friends prayed for you, such an important part to a successful marriage. God bless you and your hubby!

    1 year ago

  • rebekahgarrison

    Rebekah Garrison says:

    Beautiful wedding, and beautiful symbolism. May God be glorified through your new life together for Him!

    1 year ago

  • CopperAndTin

    Carrie Schindler Schwab from CopperAndTin says:

    Your story put a big smile on my face! Thank you for sharing your special day with all of us, and congratulations to you and Nathan!

    1 year ago

  • CopperAndTin

    Carrie Schindler Schwab from CopperAndTin says:

    Oh, and the picture of the back of your dress is just stunning (as are all of the photos)!

    1 year ago

  • wingflash

    wingflash from wingflash says:

    Tell us more about that dress! It's gorgeous!

    1 year ago

  • snowflakesara20

    Sara from UrbanFarmhouseTampa says:

    What an inspirational wedding. I love how the girls used succulents to make the bouquet from your moms garden. Wishing you both many happy years together! God bless.

    1 year ago

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio says:

    delightful! congratulations

    1 year ago

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  • aqneru

    aqneru from aqneru says:

    I love your story and wedding! It's so inspiring to hear you both prepared so many things together and with family...at the end is all about that: being together, doing together. I need to mention of course how beautifully you looked: dress, hair, make up. I wish you a lot of joy together and love! ps. I bookmarked your story to be inspired in the future :) Thanks! xxx

    1 year ago

  • KimJohnston2112

    Kim Johnston from WindsorNots says:

    inspiring and beautiful - thank you for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • iREfurbish

    SUSANE WILLIAMS from LAREfurbish says:

    so so Lovely.every intimately created detail&most importantly GOD:) inspiring creativity&story.

    1 year ago

  • tnull628

    Tatiana Null says:

    wow... So beautiful and creative. Simple but absolutely breath taking. Congratulations! May The Lord bless your marriage

    1 year ago

  • nbellamy

    Natalie from TheBluEyedHorse says:

    I love that you had the real idea and intention of marriage at the front of your plans. Your wedding was beautiful and creative like marriage should be. Your lives are blessed!

    1 year ago

  • shannonvandermeer

    Shannon VanderMeer from PalmerLakeArt says:

    Love Manitou...live in Palmer Lake. Gorgeous wedding! Loved your plates and chargers. Succulents are my fave! Best wishes!

    1 year ago

  • loveisneverfarsimple

    Whitney Haynie says:

    Love it to bad I don't live by the mountains.

    1 year ago

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords says:

    Wow. So incredibly Breathtaking. Such a wonderful and meaningful celebration. I love the simplicity and focus on what truly matters, the love & commitment of the couple surrounded by the support and warmth of a gathering of family & friends. Every detail was so beautifully crafted with care & love. And the spectacular setting of that amazing mountain top! Well Done!

    1 year ago

  • debkells

    Deborah Hunter-Kells says:

    Hi there.. Lovely..! I would love to feature on my Facebook page a couple of photos with credits and a link back to your page here. Warmly Deborah https://www.facebook.com/RandomandRelaxedStyle Thanks for quoting your page link when you get back to me. Many regards

    1 year ago

  • tyranosaurusbex

    Rebekah Hogarth says:

    Amazing! Really simple, lovely and inspiring!

    1 year ago

  • studiolara316

    Lara Harris from studiolara316 says:

    truly breathtaking :)

    1 year ago

  • lovebugcolorhouse

    tracy pomeroy from LovebugColorhouse says:

    The most beautiful wedding story I have ever laid my eyes upon. By now you have past your first wedding anniversary and I know by my own experiences that you have been not only challenged and tried but also shared abundant joy and bliss like no other, maybe even a start of a new life of a child together to bond between you even more. Even though my earthly passions have been full of art and appreciation the one thing I enjoyed the most about you sharing your wedding story was the hopes and prayers of others that God would bless your efforts of unionship in your bonding called marriage. I know by the simplicity of your heart and the humbled nature to not be ashamed to expresss that we need His blessings and favor upon us, that by this alone God will bless you greatly and your marriage along with you heritage you leave behind. I have truly been inspired this day and thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul that you chose to share and steer other's in the direction that is most important.....that is relationship.....not possessions, luxuries or opulence. Kinship, friendship and connection in this life is what matters most.

    1 year ago

  • leehyosun

    lee hyosun says:

    lovely wedding...

    1 year ago

  • alexandrafarr

    Ally Farr says:

    So Beautiful, it gave me goose bumps reading your love story. I can defiantly relate and i hope my wedding will be like this.

    1 year ago

  • klassencindy

    Cindy Klassen from colouraddiction says:

    Just so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing this.

    1 year ago

  • sissyseattle

    Marianne Miller says:

    Simply soooooo Splendid...

    355 days ago

  • sohocatalyst

    sohocatalyst says:

    Your description was so sweet and full of faith, it made me cry. May the Lord bless and protect you both for the rest of your lives.

    260 days ago

  • tayloravm

    Taylor Vanmeter says:

    This is so beautiful! Exactly what I want. Did you have to contact someone to be able to have your ceremony there? If so, I would love to know who! I was proposed to last night and I am so eager to get things going!

    196 days ago