A Rustic Chic Winter Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado

With the help of some mutual friends and a few cocktails, Charlotte Lockhart (28 and a therapist) and Jeffrey Margulies (30 and in private equity) met

With the help of some mutual friends and a few cocktails, Charlotte Lockhart (28 and a therapist) and Jeffrey Margulies (30 and in private equity) met "the old-fashioned way—at a bar,” Jeff says. The pair hosted a rustic yet chic mountain wedding in the Civil War-era barn of Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado. Since the location had extreme sentimental value for Charlotte and Jeff, it was fitting that they got married in the mountains. “It’s where we feel most at home and at our best,” Charlotte says. “We got engaged on the top of the mountain in Breckenridge, watching the sunrise after we skied up in the dark. We wanted to share that environment with all our friends and family.” Whites, greens, natural-wood tones and dove blue took the forefront for the soft palette, which matched the surrounding wilderness. Guests cozied up in the romantic candlelit barn draped in billowing linens and dined on authentic Colorado fare, including local bison and trout. The barn’s massive wall of windows offered a view of the falling snow, which was the backdrop for Charlotte and Jeff’s nuptials and part of their picturesque reception. Jeff and his groomsmen sported funky Southwestern-style J.Crew socks to reflect the mountain feel; they all carried monogrammed pocket knives given by Jeff. For an added rustic feel, the ring bearers carried a raw-edge wooden box made from a tree branch with the couple's initials and wedding date on it. Charlotte and Jeff thoughtfully put together welcome bags for guests that included details about the weekend, a bottle of water, some snacks, sunscreen, chapstick “and a hangover kit—think Tums, Advil and Emergen-C,” Charlotte says. —Juliette Cheatham

“I had a pretty clear idea of what kind of ring Charlotte wanted through many subtle and some not-so-subtle hints,” Jeff says. He proposed with a stunning Tiffany cushion-cut diamond ring surrounded by a double-halo. Charlotte and Jeff purchased their wedding bands with matching engraving from a small jeweler in Nantucket, Massachusetts, a place near and dear to their hearts.
Charlotte and Jeff had a rustic custom logo designed that they incorporated into all the paper goods including their initials, a mountain and ski poles. “We also had a custom print made for the save-the-date that looks like a vintage ski poster," Charlotte says.
Charlotte was determined to have the bridal look she desired despite the frigid winter climate. “The woman who tailored my gown created a long-sleeve coverlet with a deep V in the front and back to wear for photos and the ceremony,” she says of her creative add-on.
Charlotte requested that her bouquet stay with neutral colors and greenery and incorporate white hydrangeas and succulents. “Given that it was a winter wedding, that seemed more appropriate and was in line with our overall theme of rustic, mountain-chic,” she says of her vision.
Wanting to honor a natural color scheme that matched the rustic mountain landscape, Charlotte chose a floor-length Amsale tulle bridesmaid gown in dove blue. Each bridesmaid also wore a handmade shawl to help keep them warm through all the photos outside in the snow.
“The overall feeling of the wedding was rustic, mountain charm, with a natural color scheme that complemented the landscape,” Charlotte says. Through a selection of colors, including whites, greens and browns with silver highlights, along with soft candlelighting and delicate white linens, she brought her rustic yet chic dream wedding to fruition.
Jeff built a log cabin-style stage at the couple’s house in Denver, Colorado, and transported it to the wedding venue. “We had a lighted, floral arch built over the stage that was placed in front of the large windows on the west side of the barn, perfectly framing the falling snow during the ceremony,” Charlotte says.
To add softness and romance to the rustic mountain barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado, the aisle was lined with large unrestrained ferns and several candlelit lanterns in different sizes.
To go with her white lace gown, Charlotte added a Sara Gabriel cathedral-length veil with lace trim on the edge. “I wore my hair in a relaxed updo with some greenery that matched my bouquet,” she says.
Rows of wire were strung across the inside of a rustic wooden frame creating the escort card display. The white escort cards were suspended from clothespins and Charlotte and Jeff’s custom logo (their initials, a mountain and ski poles) was printed on each one.
“One of our favorite elements were the handmade wooden shelf chandeliers with candles and hanging greenery,” Charlotte says. “They added beautiful warmth to the space.”
It was important to Charlotte and Jeff that their wedding be elegant and romantic but with a rustic mountain charm. “With that in mind, we were drawn to a natural aesthetic with wood, neutral tones and silver highlights,” Charlotte says. The decor in the barn was kept simple, but hanging linens and candles were added for softness.
Charlotte and Jeff offered guests a simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream, decorated with fresh flowers and greenery. To accent the rustic barn location, Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado, the cake sat on a hand-cut wooden log.