Michael and Carlyle’s Steamboat Soiree—a study in polished unconvention

You know what the key is to planning your wedding? Practice. Like anything, practice makes perfect. Lucky for Sean and I, we had a wedding to attend a week before our own. The couple chose a gorgeous setting—the Catamount Ranch & Club in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Similar to our own situation, the rain held off for an hour while we witnessed the union of Michael (Sean’s best friend) and Carlyle (my new friend!). Not only did we get some great practice before our big day, but Michael and Carlyle had so many unconventional, creative details that made their wedding an incredibly fun and extremely personalized event. I have to share!

But, before I share my mediocre photos taken with my point and shoot, I want to give props to Michael and Carlyle’s wedding photographer, Justin Edmonds. You can read his blog post from the wedding here… I love his style of photography, especially the black and white selections. I wanted to share a few…

Photo by Justin Edmonds © 2011 Justin Edmonds

The happy couple… this photo really captures their personality. Love that.

Photo by Justin Edmonds © 2011 Justin Edmonds

I also love the yellow and purple colors that Carlyle and Michael chose. The bridesmaid dresses came from Anthropologie’s newest venture, BHLDN. They were definitely something the ladies could wear again. Cute website, by the way… be sure to check it out for ideas—even accessories.

Photo by Justin Edmonds © 2011 Justin Edmonds

Photo by Josh Couper © 2011 Josh Couper

Carlyle’s dress was stunning. The lace detailing and intricate beadwork made it timelessly chic. The neckline accented her freckles ever-so slightly, and her red lipstick made the whole look pop with glamor. Love.

Photo by Justin Edmonds © 2011

Here are a few of my shots. The first is the “program.” Instead of doing conventional programs for each guest, M & C utilized this cute chalk board for guests to read before walking to the ceremony site. All the information was right there–how simple and easy! Similar to how Sean structured his party for our wedding, Sean was Michael’s Best Man #2. Michael’s father, Brett was Best Man #1.

Instead of lighting a unity candle, Michael and Carlyle created a unity wine with a customized pairing of red and white. All I could think during this part of the ceremony (after I wondered what the heck the wine might taste like) was AHH! WHITE DRESS AND RED WINE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY! Alas, no spills happened, thank goodness.

Photo by Josh Couper © 2011 Josh Couper

One great idea I took away from the ceremony were the mounted readings. Carlyle mounted their readings on pieces of cute paper. This way, readers didn’t have to whip out a bible, or pull a crumpled piece of notebook paper from their pocket. Definitely something I didn’t think of till I saw them in action.

Photo by Josh Couper © 2011 Josh Couper

My personal favorite part of the decor were the seating devices. The couple has friends that harvest honey, and thus each guest received a jar of honey with their name on it, along with a table number. The accompanying yellow frame was adorable, and very Busby-esque.

Photo by Josh Couper © 2011 Josh Couper

Because table numbers were such an ordeal for me (more on that soon), I paid close attention to what Michael and Carlyle did for theirs. It was fitting they chose tree sections to fit in with the rustic, Steamboat setting.

Photo by Josh Couper © 2011 Josh Couper

And who needs cake and a cake topper when you can have locally-baked pies and this unconventional wire-made Bride and Groom. Made me smile!

Another creative idea were their guest books. Instead of just one, they had three chapters (a trilogy, if you will) that guests could choose to sign—one for each year they have known each other.

(I signed book three because I’m looking forward to spending more time with Michael and Carlyle now that we’re both done planning our weddings.)

Lastly, I wanted to mention their EPIC photobooth. Quite different than the one Sean and I used, Justin Edmonds set up this system where an iPad was rigged to a camera and a foot pedal. Guests could use any number of props in the boathouse and then when ready, step on the pedal which would trigger the camera to shoot. Then, the photo would pop up on the screen of the iPad. So smart.

Photo by Justin Edmonds © 2011 Justin Edmonds

Sean and I had a little too much fun…

Congrats, again, to Michael and Carlyle. We love you both 🙂

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Carlyle Bradley Nann
October 25, 2011 1:47 pm

Mollie! I teared up reading through your description of Michael and my wedding! Thank you so much for the kind words. You and Sean are truly the BEST! Also, I must say, your wedding was uber creative, gorgeous and an absolute blast!

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Oh Carlyle! I can’t wait to see you guys again soon! Perhaps after the new year… been meaning to have a Riding On Insulin board meeting. Will email you both soon! XOXOX

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