A Rustic Mountain Wedding at Twin Owls Steakhouse in Estes Park, Colorado

Natalie Gibbons (25 and a dental hygienist) and Chris Kovacik (29 and a firearms instructor) met through mutual friends. They had just moved into their new, very empty townhouse in Virginia, and Chris said he had to go into work for a little bit. “Hours had passed and I was doing laundry downstairs, and I heard him come inside upstairs,” Natalie says. “I went to the back door to let the dogs inside and when I turned around, he was standing there with a dozen roses. He apologized for being late, and I thought that it was sweet for him to have gotten me flowers for being late but a little confused nonetheless (not comprehending what was going on) and then he gets down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He totally caught me off guard but obviously my answer was, ‘Yes!’” Since Chris is originally from Alaska and Natalie is originally from Texas and they moved to North Carolina and then Virginia, they decided to have their wedding in Colorado. They invited 36 of their closets friends and family for an intimate wedding day. Natalie was obsessed with her Allure Bridal trumpet wedding dress. It was decorated with lace, beads, crystals, pearls, rhinestones and sequins. “There were so many details to the dress that every time I looked at it, I found something I hadn't noticed before,” she says. The couple wanted their day to be a rustic but romantic mountain wedding. They worked in Bella Lu Floral to bring her vision, and multicolor palette to life with wildflower-inspired floral arrangements. Twin Owl Steakhouse catered the reception with Norwegian salmon, elk tenderloin and chicken marsala. They topped off the night with a amaretto cake with raspberry preserve filling and chocolate frosting by Colorado Rose Cake Company. The best part of their destination wedding was that Natalie and Chris got to stay in Estes Park for a week for their honeymoon where they went hiking, horseback riding and enjoyed being married.