A Rustic Ranch-Style Mountain Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colorado

Liz Westgate (31 and a registered nurse) met Jyace Stutsman (28 and in business development) in Colorado—it all began with a yoga date—so they wanted

Liz Westgate (31 and a registered nurse) met Jyace Stutsman (28 and in business development) in Colorado—it all began with a yoga date—so they wanted their wedding to showcase the state's raw beauty. Jyace, from Aspen, and Liz, from Michigan, knew guests would be traveling from near and far, so they selected the 6,000-acre Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in the mountain town of Tabernash (an hour and a half from their home in Denver), the perfect choice for a destination wedding. Guests could explore the property on horseback, on foot or on skis and then unwind at the spa. Organized activities included a Friday night welcome party at Heck’s Loft, the wedding celebration Saturday and a snowy Sunday brunch. The focus was on love and the celebration of family and friends. The couple exchanged heartfelt vows in the Broad Axe Barn (their grandmothers were the flower "girls”), followed by a cocktail hour on the patio, then back inside the barn for dinner and dancing. From colorful wildflower arrangements and mercury glass candles on the farm tables to greenery draped across the chandeliers, the vibe was natural yet romantic. A dessert and candy bar was available before dinner. “Why eat dessert only after dinner? Eat it before too,” says Liz, who admits to having a sweet tooth. The couple dined on delicious local fare, shared a giant brownie (in lieu of a cake), danced, danced, danced, took part in the German chair-lifting tradition of sie leben hoch and had the time of their lives. Liz's advice to future couples is a simple five-word mantra: “Do whatever makes you happy.” —Chrissy Sorenson

Two years ago, during an adventure trip to Costa Rica, Jyace got down on one knee with custom-made engagement rings.
The white, brown and green invitations set the tone for a natural yet elegant celebration at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colorado.
Vibrant spring flowers were accented with fresh herbs and greenery.
The bridesmaids wore jade-colored maxi dresses for the ultimate in comfort. “Two of the five bridesmaids were breastfeeding, so choosing a dress with the ability to wear a normal bra was essential,” Liz says.
The men in the wedding party wore three-piece custom suits with a camouflage liner and personalized monogramming.
A large window showcased views of the Rocky Mountains from the indoor ceremony site at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colorado.
“I wanted the dress to be elegant without drawing much attention,” Liz says of her gown, selected for its form-fitting shape and lack of lace and bling. “I wanted to wear the dress without having the dress wear me.”
White draping, greenery and floral arrangements decorated the ceremony site, pulling double duty as reception decor after the cocktail hour, at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colorado.
Escort cards were RSVP cards mailed back from guests, a twist on what is traditionally done for seating assignments—with names guaranteed to be spelled correctly!
Guests were able to dine together at expansive farm tables at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colorado.
Mercury glass candleholders, glassware and vibrant wildflower arrangements created the reception tablescape.
Edison bulb chandeliers, natural hanging greens and wildflowers in vases created a romantic ambiance in the rustic space at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colorado.
Three tables filled with dessert and candy were set out after the sunset cocktail hour (before dinner), in honor of Liz's love of dessert. A sign proclaimed, “Life's uncertain...eat dessert first!”
During their wedding vows, the couple shared sentimental words about each other. She’s an “absolute miracle of a person,” Jyace says of Liz. “There are almost too many things to admire and love about [her]. Marrying her is the greatest gift I could receive.” Liz says Jyace cares deeply for others, exuding in generosity and thinking positively. “I love that he takes life slowly in order to enjoy the world around him,” she says.