This boho wedding in the Colorado mountains is gorgeous from beginning to end. Less than an hour before Logan and Zack’s ceremony at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado, the temperature dropped and it poured with rain. After a short delay, this beautiful, unique ceremony took place where butterflies were released to honor family members who had passed away. Oh, and a tequila toast by the bride and groom!
Zack was born in Illinois and Logan was born in Wyoming but both of them call Colorado home. One of their mutual friends introduced them at a party. When Logan first saw Zack, she called first dibs on him. “I didn’t know it at the time, but he said the same thing to his buddy about me! The night we met, everyone was just getting together to have a drink and a good time. We didn’t plan on even meeting someone.” – Logan.
Zack loves that Logan is a go-getter, and that she got him a puppy for Christmas. “She always keeps me on my toes. Logan has seen me at my best and worst and her love for me has never changed, she supports me always.”
Logan loves that Zack balances her out, and she loves his beard! “Sometimes I tend to care too much about things and he’s taught me it’s okay to put myself first. He’s captivating. I love that I can always be myself around Zack, quirky traits and all. I love how much my family loves him.”
Logan and Zack were just nineteen when they met, and to some that’s too young to know what you want. “We both had it figured out within a month of meeting. Our relationship has never felt forced. We felt truly content and never complacent. We both changed a lot, but we still grew together. We never had to do big fancy dates or awkward family time. It all just happened naturally and has always felt right. We’re always laughing. We also have a big support group of family and friends that have always been in our corner.”
Like many couples, Zack and Logan had decided to save for a house before they got married, so it was a big surprise when he popped the question. Logan had a feeling something was up. On Easter morning, Zack organised a trip to Logan’s aunt’s house, and arranged for family and friends to meet them there. Taking Logan out to the back porch to look at the mountains and amazing view, he got down on one knee.
“I turned to go inside and I saw that he was down on one knee. I was so shocked that I literally started laughing and asked if he was joking. Once it actually all set in and I realised what was happening, of course I said yes! He put the ring on my finger and we looked inside the house to see all of our 20+ family and friends hooting and hollering for us.” – Logan
Wedding Theme & Colour Palette
“I wanted us to look back on our memories and photos and feel like it was truly our day and to not have this generic wedding feel. There weren’t specific colours, just dark gem tones. I guess maybe you could describe it as boho or eclectic. I wanted it to feel cozy yet beautiful with lots of personality. The bridesmaids wore a variety of jewel toned dresses which looked beautiful against the fall colors; the flower girls looked adorable in their floral crowns.”
“The venue we chose was the only one we looked at in person. We had a couple others on our list to see, but once we walked into Wild Basin Lodge we knew it was the one. We wanted a venue that felt very Colorado, something with more of a mountain feel rather than ranch-like. It was perfect because Mother Nature did most of the decorating for us, it was a beautiful setting. The owners made us feel like we were part of the family.”
Guests & Drop Out Rate
“Wherever we ended up, Zack and I knew we wanted to be surrounded by nature. We are very blessed that our families get along so well, so we wanted a beautiful gathering place for everyone to have a great time. Our family is very important to us, so we made sure to add aspects to our ceremony and reception to remember those that weren’t able to be there with us. Guests enjoyed an evening of toasts, dancing and a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream bar! We sent out around 150-160 invites and 125 people attended.” – Logan
Bibles & Butterflies
We tied a bible that was covered in pearls to my bouquet. My grandfather had given it to my grandmother on their wedding day many years ago. My cousin gave me a good luck charm that she had during her wedding, so that was tied around the bible as well. During our ceremony we did a butterfly release, each butterfly representing a lost loved one. Instead of champagne toasts, we gave out little cans of Dr. Pepper to all of our guests. Zack’s little brother loved Dr. Pepper, he was always drinking it. He passed away four years ago and it was the perfect way to honour his memory. So it only felt right to be drinking it during our toasts.
Our Favourite Memories
Zack’s favourite part of their wedding was the first look. “I loved being able to see Logan before anyone else did. It gave us some alone time to really be with each other before the rest of the wedding day went on. You really don’t get much one-on-one time with all the festivities, so this was really special.”
Logan loved the ceremony, right after it had poured with rain. “It was very misty when I walked down the aisle and everything felt like it was glowing. Even though there were so many people around us, it really felt like it was just Zack and I. I loved that feeling. Our ceremony was very personal and raw. At the end, Zack’s sister and brother recited this amazing reading and poured us tequila shots. It was the perfect beginning to our new journey.”
Logan walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of Going to California by Led Zeppelin; the mandolin and guitar version. “I mean, it just sounds heavenly so it was an easy choice. We danced to “You and Me” by Penny and the Quarters for our first dance. It was simple yet had all the right words.”
“If you love a soul more than fame and gold, and that soul feels the same about you. It’s a natural fact, there’s no turning back and here’s some advice to you, you’ve got to say it, you and me, you and me. Nobody baby, but you and me.” – Penny & The Quarters
Our Tips & Advice
“Keep Pinterest to a minimum. I think it’s a great tool while you’re really trying to get some inspiration, but after that I think it can start to create some unrealistic expectations. You’re the only one that’s paying attention to the little details. Honestly, not too many people care what your centre pieces are or what dresses your bridesmaids wore. Your guests are there to celebrate with you! Don’t feel like you have to follow tradition if you don’t want to. We took tequila shots during our ceremony. I didn’t have anything blue, we didn’t do a bouquet or garter toss. Zack and his groomsmen didn’t wear boutonnieres, the bridesmaids chose to wear whatever they were comfortable in. Do whatever feels right to you!” – Logan
If we could change one thing…
“Our day was perfect and I wouldn’t change anything about the actual day itself. As far as preparation goes, it probably would have been a smart move to have taken more time off work prior to the wedding, but I work best under pressure so it all worked out anyway!”
Our Best Spent Money
“Hands down the best money we spent was on our photographer. To this day I’m still shouting her name from the rooftops. We have so many gorgeous photos. A close second would be serving Ben & Jerry’s as our desert, it was a hit for sure.”
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