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A Rustic Wedding in Littleton, CO

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Elizabeth & Josh in Littleton, CO
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Elizabeth made the men’s boutonnieres herself with fabric, leather, and feathers.
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The bride's daughter and god daughter (the flower girl and ring bearer) looked like little fairies as they walked down the aisle in their custom pewter gray and butter yellow dresses. Elizabeth found the designer on Etsy.com.
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The bride found the perfect yellow and gray handmade guestbook online. “It was exactly what I wanted,” says Elizabeth.
Rag and Bone Bindery
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The couple's ceremony took place in an open field beneath an iron gazebo.
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A large wooden sign with painted words like "happiness" and "ceremony" directed guests to Elizabeth's and Josh's DIY wedding.
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The bride and her friends made dozens of fun, yellow swizzle sticks with the message, "Eat, Drink & Be Married."
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The red barn at The Botanical Gardens at Chatfield sealed the deal for Elizabeth and Josh. “I had this vision of a rustic, but classy place for our wedding,” says the bride.
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Gray ribbon changed old-fashioned jars (found on Craigslist.com) into chic centerpiece vases filled with hydrangeas, bells of Ireland, and hypericum berries.
Stephanie VanGels, Littleton
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The couple turned to a friend with graphic design experience for their stationery. A gray honeycomb pattern and a bright marigold border gave the menus a modern look.
Beatrice Herndon, b. composition, Loveland
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The couple asked their friends twin daughters to help with the cupcakes, which were iced in buttercream and topped off with homemade flags.
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Two ceramic birds topped the cake, which was baked by her parents’ neighbor. "I just wanted something simple and pretty," says Elizabeth.
Emily Rodak & Marley Wheeler, Gemelli Dolci, Colorado Springs
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The bride and groom shared their love for chocolate chip cookies with their guests. Elizabeth made 700 cookies using all-organic ingredients and packaged them in platinum Ball jars adorned with gray and yellow ribbon.

Elizabeth & Josh in Littleton, CO

Elizabeth wasn’t looking for love when she met Josh. The single mom was working at Starbucks at the time and when her coworker insisted that Elizabeth meet her brother Josh, Elizabeth politely declined. But fate stepped into Starbucks that day…and so did Josh. “We just clicked,” says Elizabeth. The Bride Elizabeth Hitztaler, 30, a magazine staff assistant The Groom Josh Stone, 28, a sales manager The Date September 27 Two-and-a-half years later, Josh took Elizabeth and her daughter Reese snowboarding. At one point, Josh bent down and whispered to Reese. The three-year-old looked up and asked, “Mommy, can I marry Joshy?” Josh got down on one knee and said, “I think she meant to ask if you would marry me.” “I said yes, of course!” says Elizabeth.
- Carrie Chambers
Their Ingredients
  • Etsy.com
  • Rag and Bone Bindery
  • Stephanie VanGels, Littleton
  • Beatrice Herndon, b. composition, Loveland
  • Emily Rodak & Marley Wheeler, Gemelli Dolci, Colorado Springs

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