A Romantic and Rustic Elopement in Fort Collins, Colorado
Sarah and Devin Biekert debated between a smaller elopement or a bigger event—so they decided to do a little of both. "We managed to have a wedding that suited our (expensive) taste, for 15 people, for $5,000," Sarah says. "We kept our guest list small and prioritized from the beginning where we were going to splurge to achieve the look and feel we wanted for the event." The couple decorated their Colorado venue with a romantic and rustic aesthetic, which started with the soft-colored invitation suite with calligraphy. "We wanted to use a lot of neutral, natural colors with pops of peach and dusty rose," Sarah says. "I wanted the wedding to feel current, but not so trendy that we would look back and cringe." The ceremony took place on a wooden deck overlooking the mountains. Sarah wore a long-sleeved A-line dress with a mauve underskirt, while Devin sported tailored black jeans with a suit jacket. The couple exchanged vows underneath a wedding arch adorned with greenery and white hanging vines, while guests sat on cross-back chairs in the serene outdoor setting. "One of my favorite moments during the wedding ceremony was when one of our two-year-old twin daughters decided to join us at the altar—it was just a candid, warm, funny moment," Sarah says. Afterward, everyone attended a reception in a farmhouse the couple rented, and they admired a single-tiered wedding cake with romantic pink blooms. "Having a small wedding made everything feel much more casual and relaxed," Sarah says. "I was able to enjoy getting ready in the house we rented for the weekend, then just walk downstairs and be at my ceremony and reception venue."