A Shabby Chic Wedding at The Lyons Farmette & River Bend in Lyons, Colorado

Milena Rempel (22 and a student) and Gideon Rempel (22 and an operations manager of a vegetation company) met at Ravencrest Chalet Bible School. Gideo

Milena Rempel (22 and a student) and Gideon Rempel (22 and an operations manager of a vegetation company) met at Ravencrest Chalet Bible School. Gideon learned how to play guitar and serenaded Milena on the top of Lookout Mountain with “Swing Life Away” by Rise Against. “Gideon had told me from the get go that he was not going to tell me he loved me until he was ready to commit his life to me,” Milena says.The couple wanted to get married in the mountains of Colorado. After look around, they decided on The Lyons Farmette and River Bend. It had previously been a trailer park, but was washed out by a flood. Afterwards, it was turned into a wedding venue. “It was absolutely breathtaking and I didn’t have to do too much decorating because the venue was enchanting enough,” Milena says. “We were enclosed by a rock wall, mountains and, of course, a peaceful river.” Trying to plan a wedding on a budget, the couple kept decor to a minimum and used a lot of DIY details. “If you are on a budget, then don't stress, its really fun to try and find the bargains,” she says. She worked with all of her vendors to get exactly what she wanted at the price she could afford. She worked with Sturtz and Copeland Floral Designers to add just enough flowers but not overdue it. She also worked with Indulge Bakery to create a three-tier mint green wedding cake. One tier was chai cake with gingerbread frosting. Yum!From the Bride: “We had BBQ, mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables,” she says. “It was so delicious and had such a laid back feel that went well with our outdoor wedding. I did not want anything to fancy because I wanted our guests to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible.”

Milena’s favorite detail was her tiffany blue shoes. “They added just a little pop of color,” she says. Plus, they were a perfect something blue.
“The cost of flowers is not exactly cheap, and so I wanted just enough to add the beautiful touch that they offer but not overdue it,” Milena says. “Sturtz and Copeland were so helpful in understanding my visions and budget.”
“My cousin gave me the sweetest gift to hang on my bouquet,” Milena says. “It was little charms with a picture of my mom and sister who have passed away. It was so special.”
Baby's Breath Boutonniere
The groomsmen wore gray suits with mint ties. Gideon wore a ivory tie to stand out a little more.
The bridesmaids wore long pastel dresses. She had them choose their color beforehand so there were no repeats. Other than that, they could choose whatever they wanted.
Ring Bearer with Chalkboard Sign
“I knew I wanted to get married in the mountains of Colorado, preferably Lyons,” Milena says. “We fell in love even though it was dirt, wires, and the reminisce from their trailer park. The trailer park had been washed out when a flood hit the previously year. They had decided to rebuild as a wedding venue, and we are so thankful they did! It was absolutely breathtaking and I didn’t have to do too much decorating because the venue was enchanting enough. We were enclosed by a rock wall, mountains and, of course, a peaceful river.”
“Gideon and I want our marriage to be centered around God,” Milena says. “We were able to incorporate many details that really reflected our hearts about our day. During the ceremony we did a foot washing which symbolized our sacrificial love we hope to offer one another.”
Milena and Gideon First Kiss
Milena and Gideon Recessional
Rustic, Whimsical Ceremony Decor
Social Media Chalkboard Sign
DIY Simple Escort Cards
A Tented Reception in Colorado
A Tented Reception in Lyons, Colorado
Chalkboard-Inspired Table Numbers
Mason Jar, Lace Centerpieces
Milena and Gideon painted portions of an old glass door with chalkboard paint and wrote the menu on it for the reception.
Indulge Bakery made the couple’s wedding cake. “I would highly recommend them,” Milena says. “They were able to design a cake perfectly to my idea and the cake tasted wonderful. I mean we had a layer of chai cake with gingerbread frosting, how could it have not!”
Milena and Gideon First Dance