Real Weddings: Stephanie and Garrett’s Playful, Rustic Wedding
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Ready for a dose of rustic modern fun? Meet Stephanie and Garrett.

Stephanie and Garrett, like many of the couples we work with, were planning a wedding in the mountains and wanted some invitations that would help convey their not-too-formal-but-not-too-casual vision for the big day. With lots of playful details like bicycles, orange accents and a dog at the altar this wedding offered plenty of inspiration for an awesome invitation suite.

We worked together on a design that emphasized the gorgeous mountain venue (just try to find a person who isn’t head-over-heels for Crested Butte!) along with their rustic modern style to create some invitations that truly matched their aesthetic. The key was to maintain a touch of elegance amongst the modern to keep it classic without toning down the fun. For Stephanie that touch of elegance was the historical significance of letterpress printing.


We started with some illustrated mountains and pulled in a fun combination of fonts- highlighting their names in calligraphy style type and keeping the rest more modern and clean. To achieve the rustic feel, we letterpress printed the invitation on a recycled brown chipboard. This unconventional paper is eco-friendly, less formal than the 100% cotton paper we usually print on and still accepts impression beautifully. This, paired with a non-traditional horizontal layout, a modern return address label and slate grey envelopes immediately told guests this wedding was going to be one for the books. We also created a custom map of the area so guests could enjoy the town of Crested Butte without losing track of the wedding venue. The orange and white twine used to tie the whole suite together was used as an accent on the bride’s bouquet too. The day-of pieces included some more details like tandem bicycle accents (to match the save the date!) and a whole lot of orange on kraft.

Enough about the invitations though, we want to show you some of the elements used throughout the wedding day by Stephanie and Garrett!


Continuing the rustic-meets-modern-meets-bicycle-lovers theme, their escort card display was made of bike tire rims. This was a work of art and a functional piece all rolled into one and immediately got us excited for the rest of their details from the wedding.


Their ceremony took place in front of Peanut Lake in Crested Butte with a mountain backdrop nothing short of jaw-dropping.


The flower girls wore adorable orange dresses and the bridesmaids wore orange shawls as accents over their modern grey dresses. During the ceremony Stephanie’s parents gave Garrett a family necklace to put on Stephanie. The necklace is an heirloom that Stephanie’s great-great grandmother wore at her wedding in England in 1877. It has been passed down through the women of her family and worn on the wedding day.


Another thing we loved was their table naming- each table was named after a Colorado peak!


Arguably the most fun piece of all, was their bicycle theme which was carried through from the save the dates. The guest book included a framed painting of a couple cycling together on a tandem bike and after the ceremony Stephanie and Garrett actually rode a tandem bicycle together! It’s hard not to admire a bride who gets on a bicycle in her wedding dress.


We loved working with this mountain couple and we’re pretty sure their life together must be just as much fun as their wedding day pictures. Look through the gallery below to see some more images from their beautiful wedding.



Stationery | SWEET letterpress & design– Boulder
Photographer | Alison White Photography– Crested Butte
Flowers & Coordination | Ashley Krest of Field Florals– Paonia
Reception | Maxwell’s Steakhouse– Peter and Molly Maxwell
Ceremony | Peanut Lake– Crested Butte Land Trust
Cake | Gateau Fab Bakery, Jacqueline Mearman- Crested Butte
Band | Miss Emily and Project Groove- Grand Junction
Dress | Liancarlo- Little White Dress Shop– Denver
Ceremony Guitarist | Tyler Hansen- Crested Butte

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