A Rustic DIY Wedding at Stillroven Farm in Berthoud, Colorado

Amy Nickelson (38 and a writer) and Aaron Bulger (31 and a paramedic) met on a pheasant hunt at Stillroven Farm. They dated for about a year before Aaron proposed on a weekend outing to look at the aspen trees in Rocky Mountain National Park. The couple decided to have their story go full circle and get married where they met. They tried to use as many pheasant feathers as possible in honor of meeting while pheasant hunting. They were in everything from the bride’s DIY hair accessory to the bouquets to what the flower girl threw down the aisle. Amy and Aaron exchanged vows in front of a snowball bush that was in full bloom before their tented reception. Everything was DIY including the impressive book-paper flower and pheasant feather bridal bouquet. Even the log-looking, pheasant-topped wedding cake was made by a close friend of the couple and 120 cupcakes were made by a different friend in flavors from Dr. Pepper to Cinnamon Toast Crunch. “Nearly everything we included had meaning behind it,” Amy says. “The details were all incredibly special to us. When we could, we tried to use things that tied in our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests may not have known every significance, it made us really feel a connection—all that had come before us had brought the two of us together here.”