Gretchen and Duncan's wedding album design from their wedding at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Steamboat Springs Colorado. Gretchen's family lived in Steamboat Springs for a long time, so when it came time to get married it was the perfect area to come back to from New York City, where the couple lives now. Duncan's family heritage is Scottish, so the groom and groomsmen wore kilts. Gretchen work an elegant, custom-designed dress. The wedding featured beautiful details, aspen trees, bagpipes, and views of the mountains and horse-filled pastures. The wedding was bitter-sweet for Gretchen because her dad had advanced Alzheimer's at the time and couldn't attend the wedding. But her dad's best friend was able to lead her down the aisle in an emotional moment.
For the wedding colors, the men in the groom’s family already owned their own kilts so the couple drew the color palette from those. The colors were deep purple, fuschia, hunter green and navy. The bride had her doubts but it worked beautifully!
The bride's favorite DIY details were the gold antler table settings and chandelier. The groom’s parents scored a huge lot of antlers in auction in Missouri and Gretchen spent many happy afternoons lovingly spray painting them gold. Everyone was skeptical but they looked amazing. They split them among the family after the wedding and they make great decorations at Christmas. Who said DIY wedding details have to go to waste? (DIY warning: sawing antlers off their mounts is no easy task and they had to enlist the help of a friend with some serious tools.)
From the bride's own words about her day:
We were married at Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, CO on September 6th. Perry-Mansfield is a beautiful ranch with views of the mountain that has been the site of a performing arts summer camp since 1913. My parents live in Steamboat and the groom's aunt actually taught at Perry Mansfield many years ago, making it a meaningful venue for both families. We had the property for the whole of Labor Day weekend so all of our friends were able to come and stay in cute little A-frame cabins on the site. We were married the Aspen Grove by Duncan's doctoral advisor and then headed over to the main pavilion for drinks dinner and dancing. It rained the three days prior to the wedding and then we had absolutely perfect weather! The groom's father emigrated from Scotland in the 1980's so we thought we'd go all out with the kilts, which were actually chosen by the groom's sister-in- law for their wedding in 2013.
I hope you enjoy Gretchen and Duncan's wedding album, custom-designed by Mark.