Bride and groom walk with Colorado mountains behind them.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding in Colorado – Russell & Jen

Although we have spent lots of time vacationing in Colorado, this Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding was only our second time photographing a wedding in the Rockies. We first met Russell and Jen first when they were guests at Christina & Scott’s Thompson Island wedding in Boston last summer. We were so flattered that they loved our work enough to hire us to document their own big day!

There really isn’t another backdrop in the U.S. that compares to the Rocky Mountains. Russell and Jen chose an incredible venue that truly honored that backdrop. During the outdoor ceremony, horses pranced in the valley behind them while snow capped peaks towered in the distance. Jen said that her favorite part of the day was their ceremony, “The feeling with the sun on my face, standing in front of all of our family and friends, and holding Russell’s hands, taking our solemn vows, was exciting, and scary, and unforgettable.”

Scroll down to see all of our favorites from this beautiful mountain wedding in Tabernash, Colorado…

Bride and groom walk along fence at Devils Thumb Ranch near Winter Park, CO.
Devils Thumb Ranch is a unique horse ranch wedding venue near Winter Park.
Happy bride smiling during hair styling at Devils Thumb Ranch wedding venue.
Bridesmaids help bride get dress on at Devil's Thumb Ranch.
Bridesmaids watch bride in dress at Winter Park wedding.
Groom gets blue suit on at Devil's Thumb wedding.
Groomsmen hugging at CO mountain ranch wedding.
Bride walks toward groom for first look at Colorado ranch wedding.
First look photos at Devil's Thumb venue.
Happy wedding photography at Devil's Thumb Ranch in Colorado.
Windy wedding party photos at Colorado luxury mountain wedding.
Groom in bright blue suit at Colorado mountain wedding.
Bride tribe huddled photo in Colorado.
Back of bridesmaids with rocky mountains.
Bride and groom stand in field at Devil's Thumb Ranch surrounded by mountains and horses.
Groom kisses bride on forehead at Devil's Thumb.
Bride wearing down Patagonia coat at Colorado mountain wedding.
Ranch wedding in Colorado portraits of bride and groom.
Horse ranch wedding venue near Winter Park, CO.
Romantic bride and groom pictures with veil at Devil's Thumb venue.
Raven flies over mountains at Devil's Thumb horse ranch venue.
High lonesome lodge wedding reception at Devil's Thumb.
Rustic table decor at High Lonesome Lodge wedding.
Rustic tablescapes at High Lonesome Lodge in Rocky Mountains.
Wild animal wedding decor at Rocky Mountains lodge wedding.
Photo collage of bride's late father at High Lonesome Lodge in Tabernash, CO.
Colorado wedding invitations for Devil's Thumb wedding.
Scenic outdoor wedding ceremony space at Devil's Thumb Ranch in Colorado.
Emotional wedding photos of bride before ceremony at Devil's Thumb.
Ceremony entrance at Devil's Thumb venue.
Documentary photography of wedding guests at Devil's Thumb.
Bride and her mom walk into ceremony at Devil's Thumb.
Groom smiles at bride.
Picturesque Colorado ranch wedding venue with angled beams backdrop.
Beautiful outdoor ceremony space with mountains at Devil's Thumb.
Rustic wedding ceremony at Devil's Thumb in Tabernash, CO.
Ceremony kiss with rustic timbers and scenic rocky mountains.
Just married at Devil's Thumb outdoor ceremony.
Colorado lodge wedding reception in Tabernash.
Vanderbilt group photo at Devil's Thumb Ranch wedding.
Mother of bride gives toast at Devil's Thumb Ranch.
Bride crying at Devil's Thumb ranch listening to her mom.
Bride and groom laugh during toasts with scenic mountain backdrop.
Wedding toasts at Colorado lodge wedding.
Cafe lights over the lodge at Devil's Thumb wedding venue.
Joyful wedding photography of happy couple at Devil's Thumb Ranch.
Groom in blue suit holds bride's hand.
Simple wedding rings at Devil's Thumb Ranch.
Bride and groom have first dance inside of the lodge at Devil's Thumb.
Crying mother daughter dance at Devil's Thumb.
Groom dips his mother during dancing at Devil's Thumb wedding.
Band gets the crowd dancing at Devil's Thumb wedding near Winter Park, CO.
Wild dancing at Devil's Thumb Ranch wedding reception.
Dances at Devil's Thumb venue.
Bride hugs friend on dance floor at Devil's Thumb Lodge wedding.
Devil's Ranch wedding dance floor in Rockies.
Bride and groom at the end of the night at Devil's Thumb.
Twilight blue mountains backdrop of Devil's Thumb Lodge wedding venue.

More about this Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding…

Russell and Jen have always loved Colorado. When choosing the Devil’s Thumb Ranch as their wedding venue, they were also choosing to share that love with some of their closest friends and family. Just a few miles from the Winter Park Resort, this venue has everything a couple would want for their wedding. There was a scenic outdoor ceremony space, a large rustic lodge for the reception, and cozy cabins for guests to stay overnight!

After preparing for the day at the bridal suite at Devil’s Thumb, Jen headed into the field for a first look with Russell. Even with the chilly temperatures, these two were happy to explore the property for great photo opportunities. The mountain range and old horse fences were an obvious backdrop for photos. We also found some unique locations near the lodge, surrounded by Blue Spruce!

When the ceremony wrapped up, guests were invited up to the wrap around porch for cocktails and appetizers. The Radio Band started up the party after toasts and the dance floor was packed! Thanks to Russell and Jen for trusting us to document the memories of their wedding day… we wish you both all the best as husband and wife!

Thanks to the following vendors who helped make our job easy:

Venue – Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Coordinator – Pam Zola

Florist – WoodStem Floral & Decor

Catering & Cupakes – Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Bride’s hair – Naomi Robles

Bride and bridesmaids makeup – Naomi Robles

Bridesmaids hair – The Bridal Goddess

Bride’s dress brand – Watters

Bride’s hair accessory – A Bit of Love Wedding

Groom’s suit – Bonobos

Groom’s bowtie – The Tie Bar

Wedding rings – Andrew Minton Jewelers

Band – The Radio Band

Invitations – Rock Paper Scissors

Reception furniture rental – Colorado Party Rentals