Craig & Catherine's Romantic Ranch Wedding
We were so in love with the photos by Ash Meier Photography, that we just had to write another blog about the Harrison Ranch wedding in Fort Collins to showcase her work!
Sometimes, My Big Day wedding planners are brought in at the last minute, for “day of” only help. Other times, we are fortunate enough to work with a couple, crafting and creating THE perfect day from start to finish. While we are always happy to fill either role, crafting a couple’s dream wedding vision from start to finish is always a labor of love and considered a privilege. Craig & Catherine Harrison had a vision for their Big Day, and we had the privilege of making that dream come true!
Craig and Catherine dreamed of celebrating with friends and family on their family owned ranch located just outside of Timnath, Colorado. Their expansive property was the perfect place to not only be wed to to each other, but to also combine their love of their new longhorn cattle herd operation and new show barn, with Catherine’s fondness of all things glamorous and shiny! Open pastures, bubbling brooks, and painted mountains provided the perfect backdrop for this dream wedding, and the newly constructed show barn offered the perfect spot for a festive cocktail hour and dancing.
As wedding planners, we always have an eye for detail - small details and touches pack a punch and can pull everything together. Catherine was all about the details - from the feminine and soft floral arrangements hand picked and held in family heirloom vases, to the old books and picture frames, repurposed as barn decor. She pulled this vision of “high sophistication with a rustic flare” together with antique furniture, lace and tulle, wine barrels, and candlelight provided by sparkly votive jars. The floral arrangements that were placed throughout the ceremony site, barn, and dining tent were simply stunning.
Our job of pulling all of the details together began early on September 16. Our team oversaw the set up the ceremony site and stage - complete with a hand made lectern provided by our groom, Craig. We worked closely with florist, Lace and Lillies as well as baker, Sarah B's Bakery, to place floral displays throughout the venue, as well as a delicious dessert bar, located in the barn. Caterers Juli y Juan, and their team worked to create flawless displays of tasty dishes, hand picked by the bride and groom for their guests. First look and pre-ceremony photos took place throughout the property, and were lovingly captured by Ash Meier Weddings and Arcadian Pictures.
Venue: Home in Timnath, CO
Dress: Tara LaTour from Anna-Be Bridal Boutique
Fur: Coyote Creations
Groom's Suit: B.Spoke Clothing
Cake: Sarah B's Bakery
Hair: Tara at Suite C Salon
Music: Jonathon Moody Band
Flowers: Lace and Lilies
Event Planner: My Big Day Events
Catering: Juli and Juan's Kitchen
Photography: Ash Meier Weddings
Decor Rentals: House of Yonder
Event Rentals: Flexx Productions
Car Service: NoCo Party Bus
Carriage: Colorado Carriage & Wagon
Cigar Bar: The Cigar Guys
Videography: Arcadian Pictures
Enjoy the slideshow below with some of our favorite photos from Ash Meier Photography!
Contact My Big Day
"Dream Big, Live Big. For Life's Events"
Original Ideas, superior strategies, your own private party planner.
~Event Planning, Coordination & Management~
My Big Day llc
Phone: 970-613-1455 or 303-886-3068
Located in Loveland, CO
As event planners, we serve the entire Front Range; Southern Wyoming, the CO Mountains, and Northern Colorado: Loveland, Fort Collins, Greeley, Windsor, Berthoud, Estes Park, Lyons, Longmont, Boulder, Wellington, Johnstown, Evans, Severance, Timnath, Mead, Frederick, Firestone, Milliken
“My Big Date,” a Valentine’s Day getaway in Loveland, Colorado
Loveland, Colorado January 4, 2016 – The brainchild of three Loveland-based, female owned business owners, My Big Date is an opportunity for couples to experience the Sweetheart City on Valentine’s Day.
In its third year, My Big Date represents three various outings on Valentine’s Day weekend in Loveland, Colorado including a brunch and brew tour, a spirits tour and, new this year, a VIP brunch and brew tour.
“Loveland is the perfect place to visit on Valentine’s Day and we’ve put together packages that celebrate some of the best this town has to offer,” said Christine Forster, founder of My Big Day Events, LLC, an event planning company in Loveland.
Each tour is provided transportation on NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC, a brewery tour service founded by Mechelle Martz-Mayfield. Colorado travel writer and promotor Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, founder of HeidiTown.com, rounds out the three woman trio behind My Big Date.
“We want to make it easy for folks to enjoy Loveland on Valentine’s Day weekend. We provide the transportation, food and drinks so that guests can just sit back and enjoy the experience and enjoy each other,” said Martz-Mayfield.
There are three packages available this year, and space is limited.
On Saturday, February 13, 2016 there will be two Brunch & Brew packages offered. This package includes a coffee tasting at Loco Artisan Coffeehouse, a beer and brunch pairing at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and a beer tasting paired with B. Sweet Cupcakes at Loveland Aleworks. Guests are then invited to spend some time strolling Loveland’s Fire & Ice Festival in downtown. Transportation between venues will be provided by NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC.
Also on Saturday, February 13, 2016, in the afternoon, there are two Spirits Tours available. Guests start their tour with cocktails and tapas at Origins Wine Bar in downtown Loveland and then proceed to Climb Hard Cider for a flight of delicious 10 delicious ciders. The last stop is Spring 44 for a spirits tasting and cupcakes from B. Sweet Cupcakes. Transportation between venues will be provided by NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC and time will be allotted for guests to experience the Fire & Ice Festival.
The VIP Brunch & Brew tour will be offered once on Sunday, February 14, 2016 only. This package is similar to the Saturday Brunch & Brew tour, but includes extras such as one six-pack per couple of Grimm’s special Valentine’s Day beer, Bleeding Heart, pint glasses from Loveland Aleworks, a bag of LOCO Artisan Coffee’s special Valentine’s Day blend and an additional stop at the Loveland Museum Gallery to tour the Sweetheart City, USA exhibit.
This year, My Big Date has collaborated with Candlewood Suites Loveland to offer a discounted room rate to the first ten couples who book a package.
“I believe that once folks experience Loveland on My Big Date, they will want to come back again and again. We’re just giving them a small taste of what the Sweetheart City is all about and there’s so much more for them to discover,” said Kerr-Schlaefer.
The founders of My Big Date polled last year’s participants and 100% of guests who responded stated that they would take the tour again.
“We think that’s a pretty compelling endorsement of My Big Date,” said Forster.
My Big Date packages are available for purchase at ValentinesDayinLoveland.com.
My Big Date is brought to you by My Big Day, LLC, NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC and HeidiTown.com, and has been endorsed by Visit Loveland. For more information on the subject matter of the press release call Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer at (970) 213-2354, email TheMayor@HeidiTown.com.
The My Big Day team was honored to be a part of this spectacular wedding at Spruce Mountain Ranch and witness the love between Sean & Sarah. We love all the details of a winter wedding!
Thank you to all the vendors who came together to make their BIG day simply amazing!
Event Planners: My Big Day
Ceremony: Spruce Mountain Ranch
Reception: Spruce Mountain Ranch
DJ: Jason Davis
Photographer: One OAK Photography
Hair/Make-Up: Jen Goodrich
Florist: Palmer Flowers
Catering: Tony Rosacci's Catering
Bar: Peak Beverage
Rentals: Event Rents
Photo booth: Lightbooth
Contact My Big Day
Have Fun. Be Young. Let us know how we can help!
Original Ideas, superior strategies, your own private party planner...
My Big Day llc
Phone: 970-613-1455 or 303-886-3068
Located in Loveland, CO
As event planners, we serve the entire front range; Northern Colorado,
Southern Wyoming and mountain venues.
Clayton and Grace chose My Big Day to help them execute their romantic destination wedding at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.
The bride and groom chose an indoor ceremony, with picture windows that looked out at the breathtaking Colorado Mountains.
All of the little details were hand-picked by Clayton and Grace. Everything had a hidden meaning, or sentimental tie!
We loved every moment with this sweet Kansas City couple!
Thank you for trusting us with your BIG DAY!
Event Planners: My Big Day
Ceremony: Stanley Hotel, Estes Park
Reception: Stanley Hotel, Estes Park
DJ: A Music Plus
Photographer: All Digital Photo & Video
Hair: Jen Goodrich
Florist: Enchanted Florist
Nanny: Seeking Sitters
Cake: Indulge Bakery
Quartet: Cheza String Quartet
from our friends at the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival....
Warm Weather, Vandalism Trigger Transition from Snow Sculpting to Ice Sculpting at Loveland Fire and Ice Festival Feb. 13 and 14
In snow sculpting, they say that Mother Nature is the fourth teammate. Following days of 60+ degree weather, more warmth in the forecast and this weekend’s vandalism of produced snow and the snow making machine, the Loveland Fire and Ice Festival has had to alter its snow sculpting competition. Today, after consulting with participating snow sculpting teams, the event will instead feature an ice sculpting competition.
Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the Loveland Fire & Ice team has been working to create snow in preparation for the competition. The team was working on several contingency plans to ensure the competition had snow; however, the entire state of Colorado is feeling the impact of reduced snow and moisture.
We have been keeping an eye on the weather forecast while we have been working to make our own snow for the event and have been collaborating with some of our partners and contacts around the state to find alternative options to meet the needs of the competition,” said Nate Webb, owner of Blazen Illuminations and Loveland Fire and Ice event organizer. “Unfortunately, our snow pile and our snow machine at Fairgrounds Park were vandalized over the weekend, reducing the amount of snow that we have locally. The snow machine is currently inoperable, meaning we no longer have the capability of making snow locally. Even the high country is struggling to keep its snow count and that eliminates our Plan B. We have been working hard to ensure that our snow sculpting competition has the resources that it needs;however, with less than three days until the competition was set to start, we needed to take action.”
The Loveland Fire and Ice Festival snow sculpting competition will become an ice sculpting competition in 2015. Participating snow sculpting teams have been contacted and as of today, six teams will be participating, including the 2014snow sculpting champions, team Snice from Breckenridge and the 2014 snow sculpting People’s Choice Award winner, the Snow Fuddz. Ted Struckman with Struckman Sculpture Ice is providing 60 blocks of ice at 18” x 30” x 10”, the standard ice sculpting competition size. Instead of sculpting one 8’ x 8’ block of snow, each team will now have up to six blocks of ice to sculpt. Webb estimates that there should still be enough snow to pack 2-4 blocks during the snow stomping party on Wed. Feb. 11, but there isn’t enough to fill all blocks to keep the snow sculpting competition intact. The ice blocks will arrive Friday morning and that will be when ice sculpting teams can start to work.
Despite the changes with the snow sculpting competition, all other aspects of the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival remain the same.
Presented by Visit Loveland Colorado and Blazen Illuminations, the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival is a family-friendly event featuring a live show-stopping light show musical spectacular that will transform 4thStreet in downtown Loveland with lighting projections, illuminations and fireworks accompanied by snow and ice sculptures, a Snow Vehicle Car Show, live,free music and more. Programming kicks of at 3 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday, with the light show musical spectacular at 6:15 and 9 p.m. each evening.
“Loveland is known as the nation’s Sweetheart City and is the perfect place to host an unforgettable and uniqueValentine’s Day celebration,” said Webb. “We wanted to bring an event to Loveland that ties in with the city’s focus on Valentine’s Day, art and community, and one that is exciting and fun for the entire family. The festival was inspired by Disneyland’s Main Street USA light and fireworks show and Montréal En Lumière, making it a great way to celebrate the holiday.”
Buildings along 4thStreet in downtown Loveland will be illuminated with Valentine-themed red and white lights and designs. The light show musical spectacular will feature the lights dancing to live music and accompanied by a festive fireworks display. In addition to the special effects, lighting, fireworks and ice sculpting competition, attendees can experience:
· Live, free music and performances throughout the event
· Snow Vehicle Car Show with a collection of vintage and new snow machines and vehicles on display
· Romantic carriage rides along 4thStreet
· Hot chocolate and S’more stations for families
· Local Loveland food and artisan vendors and more.
Loveland’s Fire & Ice Festival brings Colorado’s best talent together to produce a show stopping light show and special effects display. Blazen Illuminations has been a major player in many Colorado productions including the Denver City and County building Christmas display,and developing Civic Center Conservancy’s concept for Denver’s Independence Eve lighting and firework display. Blazen has partnered with Angel Light Pyrotechnics for the event. Angel Light provides fireworks and special effects displays around Colorado including the nationally recognized Fourth of July show for the city of Loveland, Independence Eve for the city of Denver, and the Larimer County Fair.
In addition, the festival will showcase the many talents and products of local downtown businesses as vendors for event attendees coming to Loveland from other areas of Colorado and beyond.
The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at LovelandFireAndIce.com.
Valentine's Date Aphrodisiac Menu
Pre-Dinner: Champagne and Strawberries
Why: A sexy appetizer to get your taste buds ready.
Drink: A glass of red wine
Why: Grape skins contain the antioxidant resveratrol, the closest thing we have to an actual aphrodisiac. It increases estrogen production, say Northwestern University researchers, and that heightens sexual appetite and makes lubrication easier for her later in the evening. Red wines from muscadine grapes have a higher resveratrol content than other reds do, say researchers at Mississippi State University.
Appetizer: Shrimp cocktail
Why: The zinc-dense shrimp increase sperm levels and make orgasms more powerful, according to a study in Fertility and Sterility. They also contain a stress-reducing amino acid and the feel-good hormone serotonin.
Entrée: Filet mignon au poivre (6 oz) (Garlic, ginger, mustard, pepper rub, porcini mushrooms)
Why: High-protein foods boost production of dopamine and norepinephrine, hormones that increase alertness and assertiveness.
Black pepper aids digestion, according to an Indian Journal of Medical Research study -- helpful for any energetic activities after dinner.
Side: Baked sweet potato
Why: It's high in potassium, which helps reduce stress--a great way to curb performance anxiety later that night.
Top the potato with a dollop of sour cream, another source of libido-friendly protein.
Side: Spinach salad (Spinach, Arugula, Pine nuts, Basil Vinaigrette, Parmesan cheese, carrots )
Why: Spinach is a potent source of magnesium, which helps dilate blood vessels, ensuring the smooth bloodflow that's crucial for strong erections, according to Japanese researchers.
Dessert: Fresh raspberries drizzled with melted dark chocolate
Why: British scientists have discovered that women release four times more endorphins after eating chocolate than they do after making out. The caffeine in chocolate also increases your alertness for what's to come after dessert. Try using Dark Chocolate on the raspberries, and pair them with a glass of port. You'll get a double dose of polyphenols -- antioxidants that increase your HDL (good) cholesterol.
Loveland Hearts 2015
Only $45 puts your personal message on a Valentine Heart! Hearts are displayed on light poles around the city for the month of February. What a great way to show your favorite Valentine(s) that you really care! Like last year, there will only be a limited amount (+/- 20) heart locations available near Lake Loveland. If your desire is to have your heart hung along the lake, get your order in early. Orders will be taken on a 1st come 1st serve basis. We will, however, be extending the borders West past K-Mart and East past Sam’s Warehouse.
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