Real Colorado Wedding: Ashley and Nick | Dunafon Castle Wedding

By Season Hurd |

Bride: Ashley, 29 – Marketing

Groom: Nick, 31 – Land Surveyor

Date: June 7, 2014

Location: Dunafon Castle, Ideldale

I’ve been wanting to feature a wedding at Dunafon Castle for a long time! It’s such a great venue. Who doesn’t want that fairy tale moment at a castle? This place is a perfect backdrop for every kind of wedding from Renaissance themed to Modern. It’s just that neat. Ashley and Nick’s Dunafon Castle wedding falls right in the middle with classic details and a chapel length veil, but also a cute Colorado theme that finds it right at home here on ACC.

Their Story:

We met in 2009 when I was in Fort Collins for a conference. A coworker of mine knew Nick (her boyfriend was his good friend) so we all went out for dinner and drinks. The next week we all went to a Rockies game and we had our “official” first date on June 27, 2009.

Our engagement story was pretty original and totally us! We love being outdoors hiking, fly fishing, camping, and we bought gold pans to try that out.  So one Sunday morning (May 19, 2013 to be exact), Nick got up and packed us lunch, got Murphy, our golden retriever, ready and asked if we could go gold panning. We loaded up our Jeep and headed up to Clear Creek. While we were gold-panning, Nick told me he saw something in the water. I was thinking yeah right, but went over to see what he found. When I got close, I saw there was a diamond ring. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. My first thought (after saying yes and being shocked!) was that he didn’t ask my dad. He could read my thoughts and said he wasn’t playing golf yesterday (he was supposed to be with a friend), but that he drove two hours to ask my dad’s permission. I had NO idea when I got up that morning that he was going to ask me to spend the rest of our lives together. – Ashley

The Details:

  • The couple cut down the branches for their super unique centerpieces. Each table is, of course, named after a Fourteener.
  • They also DIYed the programs, save-the-dates, invitations, menus, and signs. (Busy!)
  • Their favors were Ashley’s mom’s sugar cookies and Ashley wore her mother’s pearls.
  • Believe it or not, the cake pops and stand were made by a friend!
  • Their signature drink was Stranahan’s Whiskey (straight up and “over the Rockies”)
  • Ashley walked down the aisle to the same song as her parents used for their first dance. <3
  • Something Old: The handkerchief that wrapped the bouquet was cut from her MIL’s wedding gown | Something Borrowed: The veil belonged to her cousin – the MOH | Something Blue: She wore her grandmother’s aquamarine ring (love that ring btw…)

The Best Part:

I had two favorite parts. The first: Nick and I didn’t see each other before we got married. I was really nervous waiting, but once I walked out and saw his face I knew everything was going to be okay. I felt so lucky and grateful to have my closest friends and family there to watch me marry the man of my dreams and my best friend. The second was our dance. We danced to a Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan song (Girl from the North Country) under the lite gazebo. It was so romantic and beautiful. I am not a good dancer and was really nervous about this, but once I was up there I felt like it was just Nick and I loved it! – Ashley

The Soundtrack:

  • Bridal Processional: “Annie’s Song” (Instrumental) – John Denver
  • Final Song – “Your Song” – Elton John
  • Classic rock was big on the list for this couple with other major moments accompanied by the likes of Neil Young, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan.


Venue: Dunafon Castle | Photography: Jesse La Plante Photography | Day of Coordination: Annie Schumacher, Dunafon Castle | Bridal Gown: Augusta Jones via Anna Be | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair: Lindsay Appel Hair Design | Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Kate Spade | Groom(smen) Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Rings: Shane | Cake: Azucar Bakery | Catering: Relish Catering and Events | Floral Design: Crab Apple Creek Flowers | Invitation Graphic Design: Jennifer Deiley | Guestbook and Card Box: Colorado Joes


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