Colorado Elopement

So Stephen & I just got back from Winter Park, Colorado. We had a BLAST. And some people knew we were going there to get married, and others didn’t really know. So let me first start by saying, we didn’t really have this planned out far in advance or anything. We talked before we even got engaged about doing something VERY small or maybe going away because we didn’t need the whole “big wedding” type of thing. We are much more simple and laid back and honestly thinking about planning a wedding made me want to throw up. I plan events for my job and I didn’t need to stress  about making everyone around me happy on our big day. So, we decided in November to book flights to Colorado and just do it. Now I can say I am SO glad we did. It might have been freezing on top of that mountain, but we had so much fun laughing and being with each other, that it made it worth it x a million.

We woke up the morning of January 11, 2018 laughing at each other because it was none other than our wedding day and we were doing everything the “wrong way”. We saw each other before we got married, we were eloping, I had a black dress, and it was like 15 degrees outside. We went downstairs to the restaurant inside Devils Thumb Ranch (the resort we were staying at) and we just kept talking about how it didn’t feel like it was our wedding day. Once we finished eating, we got all of our things ready for the big day and Stephen went to work out while the hair & makeup artist, Kim Clay, came to my room to make me look pretty. She was hilarious and we had so much fun talking about makeup, our lives, the big day, etc. She did amazing on my hair and makeup. Then, Stephen came back in and we made sure we had everything ready to go. I helped him get dressed then put on my top and leggings I was going to wear under my skirt. I had my skirt still hidden in a bag and Lilli (our event planner) knocked on the door to take me separately in her car. She had my bouquet and cake already in the car and we took off. (fun fact, if you know how obsessed I am with Jessie & Eric Decker, Yours Truly made their wedding cake and dessert, how cool is that?!) When we pulled up to Winter Park Resort, we parked and we found our photographer (Katie) and her boyfriend who was also going to video everything. They took Stephen to an area while I finished getting everything on, then we did our first look in the village at the base of the ski lift. Everyone asks if I was nervous, but honestly I was just so excited to marry the man of my dreams, there were NO nerves. It just felt right. Once we finished taking pictures, we started over to the ski lift. I was honestly a little worried about how the heck I was going to get on the lift in that skirt, thankfully, they slowed it down for us to be able to just hop on and off lol. Throughout this time, we had people come up to us and ask if we were getting married and congratulate us, cheer for us, clap, and wish us luck. EVERYONE there was so freaking nice. It just made me feel that more sure that this was the best decision of my life and that everyone was so happy for us. Once we got to the top, which took foreverrrrr…we went into the lodge to warm up a bit, because the top of the mountain was even colder. We got all ready and out the door we went to the area for our ceremony. It was short and sweet. We wrote our own vows to each other and did the cord ceremony quickly because our hands were starting to get numb haha. Paula, our staging professional that we use at my job who is actually a great friend made the board and cord for us to use! It was perfect! The officiant (Scot Sanders, who was awesome!!) read out a poem called Love is a Temporary Madness by Louis de Bernières that I asked him to include in the ceremony that says: “Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.” Then we proceeded to read each other our vows to one another. Stephen went first and I was pretty impressed because he was all worried about having to actually write his own, and he did amazing. 

Stephen’s Vows-

Brynn, you’re my best friend, my soul-mate, my other half, and so much more. These past 3 years you have shown me what true selfless love really is. I hope you know that I plan on spending the rest of my life showing you my love and earning yours every single day. I promise to always be your rock. I promise to make our families love, happiness, and protection my priority. I want to celebrate all of life’s blessings together, and face the tough and trying times side by side. I want to build our brand new marriage around God and make him our foundation. I will dream with you, celebrate with you, and walk beside you through whatever life brings. My whole world begins and Ends with you, you’re my person, my love, and my life. Forever.

(insert the small tears that came to my eyes, I did not cry though)

My vows-

Stephen Raymond Shorkey.
The moment I met you, I knew you were going to play a part in my life story. I wasn’t sure for how long, or what you would do in the story of my life. I just knew I wanted you in it. Who knew now you would be a main character in mine. I knew shortly after that if you wanted me, I would marry you in a heartbeat. Your laugh, your sense of humor, your love for others, it all made me fall in love with you. You have taken each piece of me and reconstructed the person I am, into someone so much better but still “me”. Because of you, I am excited to wake up every day and see life through your eyes. I have someone to call home.
So, I promise to pick you up when you’re down and support you as you grow. I promise to always remind you of who you are and where you come from. I promise to wake up at any time of the morning to make sure you have a lunch to take to work and coffee to go. I promise to remind you of how handsome you are. I promise to always put you first and keep God as a focal point in our relationship. I promise to love our future kids with everything I have and be the best wife and mother possible. I promise to take care of you when you are sick and love on you when you need extra attention. I promise to trust and respect you and your decisions. And I promise to choose you, in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality. I’d find you and I’d choose you.
And then BAM we were married and pronounced Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Shorkey. LIFE MADE Y’ALL.
We then took more pictures and went inside to cut our ADORABLE cake (my aunt actually made the floral piece on it with the pine cones, Stephen’s boutonniere and my floral crown)!  Then we hurriedly ate the cake because we had to be back down the ski lift at 4pm.
Once we signed our marriage license and got a few more photos, we got inside our car to warm up and both looked at each other and started to laugh saying we were married. It was literally a perfect day.
Once we warmed up, we changed into these super cute shirts my co-worker made (thank you SO much Delma, you’re THE bomb) and made our way to Fontenot’s to have dinner. We had great food and then our planner, Lilli, had dropped our cake off for us to eat for dessert. So we dug into that but had so much left over that we started offering it to everyone in the place. They also played our song “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur and everyone came up to us to wish us a happy and long marriage. We honestly felt so much love that night. Our families and friends texted, called, and face timed us to wish us a happy wedding day and send their love. Never in our life did we feel more love and happiness than we did that day. It was incredible the amount of support we got from loved ones who knew we didn’t want a huge wedding and applauded us on doing something so simple and so unique. We were and are SO blessed with amazing people in our life. I would not have changed one thing about that day, and I am so glad I get to share this little glimpse into how our wedding day went. Posted below are some pictures of the day and our favorites. Hope y’all enjoy!
Venue: Winter Park Resort
Photographer: KB Digital Designs
Makeup & Hair: Kim Clay Artistry
Officiant: Scot Sanders with Wedlock Officiants
Flower Crown, Boutonniere, & Cake Florals: Dena Cummings
Black Skirt & Grey Faux Fur Stole: The Singing Seamstress
Cord Board: Paula Babineaux

3 thoughts on “Colorado Elopement”

  1. Heather Gabriel ALWAYS knocks it outta the park! Another killer dress/custom bride for the books! Brynn, you look so insanely happy, gorgeous as usual, and you radiate a full heart filled with love that makes you whole. I love you both. I’m so happy for you. ❤️


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