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Julie & Tyler's Keystone Ranch Wedding

The perfect laid-back couple. The bride is a yoga instructor and high school English teacher. The groom is currently doing construction on their first home, loves to golf, and works in the bar his family owns: Murphy’s Pub. They chose a destination wedding in the Rocky Mountains, flying family in from Philadelphia and Iowa.

Their first date was in a Hawaiian coffee shop. The couple met on the Big Island working for a wilderness therapy program called Pacific Quest. They love to camp and adventure – especially near the water. After meeting in Hawaii, they fell in love and moved to Colorado, where they found their fur baby Kona. Their engagement session took place in a kayak with their dog, as well as in Tyler’s family pub – wearing their favorite sports jerseys, of course. Julie represented the Philadelphia Flyers, with Tyler choosing his Chicago Blackhawks jersey.

Married barefoot, in the rain. Determined to be married outside in the beautiful mountain setting, the couple chose to begin the ceremony in the rain. The bride kicked off her shoes, walking barefoot with her bhldn skirt flowing behind her. As the bride and her father turned down the aisle the crowd started to clap and cheer, including the groom, with tears streaming down his face.

I signed their marriage license as a witness. This wedding was incredibly special to me. As kids growing up outside of Philadelphia, Julie and I played little league softball together (the father of the bride coached), earned patches in the same Girl Scout troop, and had too many sleepovers to count. We have known each other since elementary school. I ended up signing their marriage license as a witness after the Matron of Honor was pulled off to bed by her toddler son.


Wedding Planner // Elizabeth "Ebs" at Distinctive Mountain Events

Venue Coordinator // Chelsea Bijelic, Keystone Resorts

Caterer/Baker // Steven Vlass, Keystone Ranch

Florist // Lisa Marie Lawson of Garden of Eden

Officiant // Al Perales

Photobooth // Shutterbus

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