A Rustic DIY Wedding at Ralston Crossing in Arvada, Colorado

Kaitlyn Strate (26 and a proposal manager) and Ryan Triplett (29 and department of defense security specialist) met on a Carnival Cruise. Ryan proposed while they were on vacation in Cocoa Beach, Florida. “We took an early morning walk on the beach so I could look for shells,” Kaitlyn says. “It started to get cloudy, and I was ready to head inside, but Ryan kept insisting on 10 more minutes. Soon an airplane flew over the ocean with a banner that read, ‘I love you, Kaitlyn, will you marry me?’ I was so excited that I forgot to say yes.” Although the couple lives in Virginia, Kaitlyn grew up in Colorado and wanted to be true to her roots and to exchange vows in her home state. They chose Ralston Crossing in Arvada, Colorado, and got married in a restored 100-year-old chapel before their pavilion reception. “I spent my summers growing up at the ranch my grandparents own in southern Colorado,” Kaitlyn says. “That really served as my inspiration.” Really wanting to keep everything simple, they made a lot of the details themselves including the lush branch-wrapped hydrangea bouquets and vintage tea pot centerpieces. They created a romantic feel with soft shades of white, blush and brown. Not afraid to break tradition, Kaitlyn had one male bridesmaid who fit perfectly into the wedding party, and her family’s dog, Zoey, served as the flower girl. They even had southwestern food, such as chips and salsa, at the reception.