A Simple, Rustic Wedding at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado

Julie Pfotenhauer (30 and works in sales) and John O’Gara (30 and also works in sales) met at a wedding in Colorado. At the time, Julie was living in

Julie Pfotenhauer (30 and works in sales) and John O’Gara (30 and also works in sales) met at a wedding in Colorado. At the time, Julie was living in New York City and John was living in Chicago. They dated long distance for 18 months until Julie moved to Chicago. John proposed in St. Louis (Julie’s hometown) at a park near Julie’s parent’s house. Colorado was an obvious choice when it came to picking a venue because Julie’s parents met in Colorado, Julie and John met in Colorado, and Julie went on ski trips to Colorado every year. They chose St. Mary’s Catholic Church for their ceremony because Julie’s family spent many Christmas holidays skiing in Colorado and went to many Christmas Eve masses at St. Mary’s. After the traditional Catholic ceremony, they went to Ten Mile Station for their reception because they wanted to celebrate on the mountain, they loved the outdoor space for cocktail hour and they needed a venue that would fit their 200 guests. The couple was inspired by BHLDN’s natural and rustic feel, and wanted that same vibe for their wedding. Everything was neutral colored except for the Colorado wildflower centerpieces, which added a pop of purple. Keeping with the skiing inspiration, guests signed old wooden skis for the guest book. The most important part of the wedding, other than the venue, was the band. “John loves to dance, and we both knew that the band was going to be very important,” Julie says. The chose the Diamond Orchestra for their live music (John even did the worm during the party!), and gave guests flip flops to make sure everyone was comfortable on the dance floor.

Julie carried lady’s mantle, roses and hypericum berries in her neutral-colored bouquet.
The groom wore white flowers with green hypericum berries for his neutral-colored boutonniere.
“My family spent many Christmas holidays skiing in Colorado, so we went to many Christmas Eve masses at St. Mary’s,” Julie says. They loved the vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows of the church. Plus, it fit their 200 guests.
Julie and John Recessional
“Our reception was at Ten Mile Station on the mountain of the ski resort,” Julie says. “My parents went to a wedding at Ten Mile Station years ago and always talked about how it was one of their favorite weddings they had ever attended.”
“We wanted to have the reception up on the mountain, we wanted some outdoor space (for the cocktail hour) and needed a venue that could hold up to 200 people,” Julie says. “Ten Mile Station had all of this.” They kept the decor simple with white linens and wildflower centerpieces.
The table numbers were simple gray stationery with rustic white numbers and floral decoration. They were displayed in unfinished wood rounds.
Julie didn’t want to have a formal cake cutting, so she decided to do a dessert table instead. “John has a sweet tooth so this fit him perfectly,” she says. They had three different kinds of one-tier cakes, lots of cookies and fruit tarts.
Groom Doing the Worm During the Reception
Julie and John Exit