Stormi & Nick's Rocky Mountain Wedding at Woodlands Colorado

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When Stormi and Nick decided to get married at the Woodlands, the venue didn’t even exist! It was still the dream of Janelle and Stephen Statham, and Stormi and Nick looked at architectural renditions, walked around the wide open spaces, and tried to envision what their wedding venue would look like by the time they got married the following May.

In fact, Stormi and Nick were the first couple to sign a contract to get married at Woodlands Colorado — talk about your adventure couple! (Read more about their travel adventures here.)

And their adventurous spirit didn’t stop with booking the venue — Stormi and Nick’s wedding day was only one part of their whirlwind month of May!

First, they got married. Then, they graduated the following Friday from CU’s School of Dental Medicine. (I’ve definitely upped my flossing game since meeting these two — and I don’t mean the dance.)

And then the Tuesday after that they completed their next major accomplishment as a married couple — hiking up from the rim of the Grand Canyon down to the Colorado River and back, 17 miles in one day! Every time I hear what these two are up to, I can’t help but admire their adventurous spirit and how they cheer each other on.

Stormi and Nick’s wedding day was nothing short of perfection. True to their adventurous spirit, Stormi and Nick dared to bring a branding iron dangerously close to her tulle wedding dress in order to burn their initials into a piece of hardwood. (Really, that’s nothing for a girl who, the day she received her engagement ring from Nick, promptly had it dirty from gutting a fish. As her father noted during his toast, she simply looked at her engagement ring, shrugged, and said, “Ring, welcome to my world.”)

Also true to their laid back, ready-for-anything attitude, Stormi and Nick loved it when it began to hail during the last few minutes of their ceremony. They say rain on a wedding day is a good thing, so how much better can it be if it’s hail?

Their ceremony decor was sprinkled with too many personal touches to mention — the prettiest wedding flowers from Project Floral mixed with antlers from Stormi’s family ranch in Montana. From Project Floral: “We are kinda obsessed with these after arrangements. Do you blame us? Oh, it gets better — the antlers were from Stormi’s family ranch in Montana.” Project Floral is always happy to include sentimental elements in their floral design!

Here’s how Stormi described their wedding ceremony, and how she felt when she walked down the aisle: “I was so excited and so overwhelmed with emotion (as everyone could probably tell as I cried through all of the vows). I was so happy that we did a first look beforehand and exchanged personal vows, because I felt like I could soak up the moment and just be excited to be with Nick rather than be nervous. I barely even noticed the people around us — I just looked at Nick and it was like the rest of the world just fell away.”

Stormi’s favorite wedding detail was her sapphire necklace, her “something blue,” which used to be her grandmother's and is very special to her. “My grandfather gave it to me after she passed away, and I've worn it so often for special occasions and everyday life over the last seven years. It is simple and beautiful and reminds me of my grandma, who I miss dearly.”

The rosary wrapped around Stormi’s beautiful pink and white bouquet was her “something borrowed.” Nick's mom, Sarah, let Stormi carry it for the day. It was one that Nick’s dad, Stu, had given to her, and on the day she gave it to Stormi to borrow, she told her about the times she has prayed for Nick, and for Nick and Stormi as a couple, and for their family. “It meant so much to me to have something so special, from such a strong marriage that we both admire, with me during those moments.”

What is the next adventure for Stormi and Nick? Just a few weeks ago, they left Colorado to move across the country for Nick to work as a general dentist outside Columbus, Ohio, while Stormi completes a two-year residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Ohio State / Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Once Stormi finishes school, these two plan to be back in Colorado, where Nick will work with his father — the third generation of dentists in his family — and Stormi will work as a pediatric dentist in Denver/Arvada.

Here’s to a world of adventure, you two, and a lifetime of happiness and flossing! I am so happy to know you and your amazing families, and I can’t wait to catch up with you when you are back in Colorado!

Thanks to this dream team who made the entire day such a joy to photograph:

Venue: Woodlands Colorado, Morrison, Colorado / Wedding Planner: Brandi Baldwin, Cheers Wedding Planning / Floral design: Project Floral / Wedding gown: Watters, Emma & Grace Bridal Studio / Bakery: Dessert Stand / DJ: Payton Cox, DJ Guy / Catering: Buffalo Gals / Rentals: Event Rents / Makeup and hair: Kylie Bishop