Chad & Savannah | Fall Wedding in Crested Butte

Chad and Savannah were married in a beautiful fall wedding in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden. They both grew up in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. Many locals can attest to a singular truth: if you grow up in the valley, everyone knows everyone. You are never really introduced. When they were 9 years old, Chad and Savannah played on the same baseball team; the Pirates. Savannah recalls, “I distinctly remember telling my dad about a boy named Chad—I didn’t like him much, because he wore white baseball pants to practice. Several years later, I found out that Chad was my best friend’s cousin. We often ran in the same family circles, with impromptu lunches in their grandparent’s’ kitchen or at holiday barbecues.”

Chad and Savannah were casual acquaintances through the years; throughout high school they would exchange brief, polite conversations that never lasted long. It didn’t take long for messages to evolve into morning study sessions at school, hugs in the parking lot, and a sincere exchange at Mochas Coffee House, where he first asked Savannah to be his girlfriend.

“We’ve been together ever since: through a year of distance after Chad left for college at Colorado School of Mines, living in different cities as I pursued a degree at University of Colorado Denver, and years of growing into ourselves as separate adults, side-by-side,” Savannah said.

“On our first date, Chad and I went on a walk around his neighborhood. We decided to go to a nearby park, where we laid on the grass and looked at the stars. Throughout our relationship, we’ve looked fondly back at that evening, and have ever since tried to pause to glance upward at night. This past November, we celebrated our 5 year anniversary in Winter Park, Colorado. We went out to dinner, then Chad suggested that we find somewhere to look at the stars, just like we did on our first date. Once we drove around, nearly got his Jeep stuck in the mud, and found a private park, we peered at the stars through the darkness. Chad then knelt down on one knee, and very sweetly said, “We started looking at the stars 5 years ago. Will you keep looking at them with me for the rest of our lives?” I instantly said yes, and we had a new memory to celebrate.”

Chad and Savannah decorated the Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte in a beautiful autumn color palette of marsala red, gold, blush and champagne. They really gave the space a rustic yet elegant vibe! Instead of a cake, these two treated their guests to a mini donut bar. As you know, I’m a sucker for donuts at weddings! It was great. Their seating for the reception was tailored around packets of cookies for each guest, wrapped in newspaper, with a handwritten note from the newlyweds with their seating assignment. They were so cute!

Unfortunately the local fox also thought they were great and took off with one of the packets while Ciera, with Lucky Penny Events, was setting up! At dinner that evening we got up close and personal with him again and I was able to snag a photo. We decided we’re naming him George… definitely makes for a fun story from the day.

Another great moment from the big day was the welcome before dinner. Rick, Savannah’s dad, joked that they had chosen the date so that she could be the favorite grandchild. As he spoke, Savannah walked one of the mini donuts from their donut bar with a candle in it up to her grandmother, whose birthday was that same day! Everyone sang happy birthday as she held back tears. Truly a great memory! Take a peek at some of my favorite moments from Chad & Savannah’s fall wedding in Crested Butte:

Welcome sign at the Mountain Wedding Garden | Fall Wedding in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden | amanda.matilda.photography Welcome signs and ceremony space at the Mountain Wedding Garden Bride and groom's first look at the Crested Butte Mountain Wedding Garden Bride and groom's first look | Fall Wedding in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden | amanda.matilda.photographyAutumnal wedding party | Fall Wedding in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden | amanda.matilda.photography Wedding party in Marsala and champagne fall wedding colors Bride gazing at her bouquet among the fall colors with mountains in the background Groomsmen and bridesmaids at the wedding garden in Crested Butte Fall bouquets for a Fall Wedding in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden | amanda.matilda.photography Bridal jewelry wedding details Black and white image of groom kissing his bride's forehead Unplugged Ceremony sign idea & bride's fall bouquet Bride and groom walk through the fall foliage at their Fall Wedding in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden | amanda.matilda.photographyFall Wedding in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden | amanda.matilda.photography Fall Wedding in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden | amanda.matilda.photography Bride and groom during their Fall Wedding Ceremony in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden | amanda.matilda.photography Bride cries during their wedding ceremony at the Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte First kiss and bride and groom's exit at the wedding ceremony in the Mountain Wedding Garden Wedding Reception seating assignments and party favors Bride and groom snuggling among the fall colors with mountains in the background Donut bar ring shot and head table detail photo Bride and groom portraits for their Fall Wedding in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden | amanda.matilda.photography Donut bar at the Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte Wedding reception at the mountain wedding garden in crested butte Wedding reception at the mountain wedding garden in crested butte Bride and groom snuggling among the fall colors with mountains in the background Fall Wedding reception details in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden | amanda.matilda.photography Bride and groom split a donut at their wedding reception at the mountain wedding garden in crested butte Fall colors wedding ring shot and local Crested Butte fox Bride and groom's first dance at the Mountain Wedding Garden Bride and groom's first dance Father daughter dance at the mountain wedding gardenWedding reception at the mountain wedding garden in crested butte Wedding reception at the mountain wedding garden in crested butteBride and groom dancing at their wedding reception at the mountain wedding garden in crested butteFall Wedding in Crested Butte at the Mountain Wedding Garden | amanda.matilda.photography

Wedding Vendors for the Fall Wedding in Crested Butte:

Photographer: amanda.matilda.photography

Wedding Planner: Lucky Penny Events

Dress Shop: Blue Bridal

Dress Designer: Casablanca

Suit/Tux Shop: AirBespoke

Bridal Bouquet Florist: Misty Mountain Floral

Donut Bar: Niky’s Donuts in Crested Butte

Venue: The Mountain Wedding Garden in Crested Butte

DJ: DJ Wyld Kard (William Card)

Rings Jeweler: Kay + Etsy

Hair/Makeup Artist(s): Ashley (Gilmore) Johnson

Catering: Sodexo at Western

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