Sarah & Scott’s Ridgway Wedding at The Beaumont Hotel
“Choosing Ben as our wedding photographer was one of the best planning decisions we made! He was easygoing and made us feel comfortable throughout the day. He knows his craft well and creates beautiful shots of both human and natural subjects. Our ceremony was outdoors and we loved how Ben worked the gorgeous mountain scenery into our photos. He was also very efficient, which was helpful during a hot and sunny afternoon photo session. He was everywhere at once during our reception, capturing great moments all night long; our guests even remarked on how hard he worked through the evening to get all the right shots! Afterward, he turned the photos around to us quickly despite having multiple other upcoming events to shoot. He then put together a beautiful layout for our album. Overall it was SUCH a pleasure to work with him.” -Sarah
Vendors on this wedding:
Ceremony Venue: Ridgway State Reservoir
Reception Venue: The Beaumont Hotel
Catering: Honga’s Louts Root
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? A: We decided early on in the planning process to use nature as our inspiration, both having a great love for the outdoors/natural world. Everything was fairly relaxed. We did not incorporate any religious traditions, and we had a relative perform our ceremony. We let the scenery be the decor.
Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? A: Our reception was in a hotel courtyard. We used simple white tablecloths, napkins, & chairs, as well as small flower arrangements and greenery on the reception tables. Candles and existing string lights added to the atmosphere as the sun went down.
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? A: We used a mixture of garden roses and in-season wildflowers for all our floral arrangements, including bridal bouquets, boutonnieres & corsages, and table decor. Our florist was Dahlia Floral Design of Montrose, CO. We went with a slightly more undone, “wild” and natural style for our flowers to reflect the natural theme of the wedding and our personal style.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? A: For music, we hired a live band that kept people on the dance floor all evening. For food, we hired a local caterer – Lotus Root Kitchen. We both love Asian cuisines, so we had Honga Im, the chef/owner, create a pan-Asian menu with a great mix of dishes. The best thing about the wedding was of course everyone having fun together. But some of our favorite components were the food and our flowers. We felt our choices really fit us well.
Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail. A: We chose comfort over style, but our style still went with the vibe of the wedding day. The groom wore a light blue linen sport coat over a white linen shirt with dark blue pants, suspenders, and a floral bow tie. The bride wore a simple off-white evening dress with blush-toned heeled sandals, a small pearl necklace, and a small flower crown.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. A: We met in college while on a camping trip. Our proposal happened in the mountains on a hike during a ski trip with friends and family. He placed the ring inside a colorful geode and pretended to pick up the rock from the ground. Everyone else was in on it.
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? A: Celebrating with loved ones from all over who came together for us. That feeling outshone any of the details.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day? A: Don’t be too concerned with details. We were easygoing about the details and didn’t get that bothered if something went slightly awry. Years down the road, you’ll only remember the important bits of the day anyway.