I just can't get enough of this gorgeous wedding! I'm so delighted to share all the beautiful details of Laurel and Nicholas Anderson's Telluride, Colorado wedding. A close friend of mine introduced me to Laurel because she had planned, designed, and executed her own wedding. I'm always eager to meet wonderfully talented people and share their work with others. Laurel couldn't be more delightful, and what a real genius! She enjoyed the entire wedding planning process so much, she decided to start her own event planning and design company - Esla Event Planning + Design. She has great taste and amazing attention to detail, as evident in her own rustic chic wedding.

Laurel and Nic met in 2005 when they both worked at Stone Yamashita Partners, a small boutique innovation consulting firm. The two Stanford grads hit it off from day one with a memorable introduction in the company break room. One conversation lead to another  and the rest was history. Nic's goofy character and Laurel's adventurous nature were a match made in heaven. A couple of years later, Nic proposed to Laurel along the beautiful coast of Maine during the fourth of July weekend. 

The wedding took place in Colorado, Laurel's hometown. It was the perfect location and reflected their down-to-earth nature. Laurel focused on lots of simple and elegant details and executed them to perfection. Here are the gorgeous photos of their special day:


Doesn't matter if it rained, the umbrellas look so chic!

Hand stamped linen bags filled with rose petals for each guest:

The programs coordinated with the invitations and were hand-sewn.

Friend Christina played the violin during Laurel's walk down the aisle.

Love this father and daughter shot!

They are so sweet! The couple paired with nature = breathtaking! The flowers were so simple and understated, they complemented the rustic charm of all the details through pops of color. LOVE the peonies of course!

Gotta love a bride who can have fun with mud on her Louboutin's! In Laurel's words: City girly-girl meets Colorado outdoorswoman!


Nicholas Anderson and Laurel Kropuenske (now Anderson)
Wedding date: June 26, 2010
Location: Telluride, Colorado (where Laurel grew up)
Size: About 90 guests

In Laurel's words:

Our Personal Style:
While “modern” is something that is tossed around so much it’s hard to know exactly what you mean by it, that’s the first word that comes to mind as our normal style. But really, it’s the idea that clean lines can often be the most beautiful, simple but well-designed and thoughtful “things” can be the most stunning or, often, work the best. Basically, you won’t find a lot of clutter in our house, but you will find a lot of deliberate details – bold paintings, little hand carved toy cars, and little trinket boxes from Iran, Tanzania, and Cambodia.“Modern” however did not jive so well with our chosen wedding location: a rustic lodge in the middle of the Colorado Rockies. So, from day one, the challenge was how to find a look that felt authentic to both us and the setting.   

The Vibe of Our Wedding:
Ultimately our look was what I called, “Rustically Modern Garden Party.” Think Anthropologie but in the mountains. Nic and I really focused on trying to create a fresh, clean, and vibrant feeling through some of the design details. This was achieved in part with our color palette, which had a bright pea green as the main color and accents of scarlet. To be true to the setting and venue, however, we did a lot of these details with a sort of whimsical, almost nostalgic vibe. For example, we gave guests little linen bags with pink petals in them to toss. The material and color of the bags felt very rustic and homey, but the design of the stamp that went on the outside provided a burst of color and used modern fonts and layout styles. It was an ongoing challenge to make sure things felt unified even though they were crossing the “modern-rustic divide”—but I think it worked!

The Vendors:

Ceremony and Reception Site: 
Holli Owens, Telluride Ski and Golf 

Invitation design: 
Becky Hui Chan, Honey & Bloom

Melissa Plantz

Jean-Louis Capelli

Susie Mead, Siempres Flowers

The Power Company

Robin Berndt

Viking Rentals

Dean Rolley

The rustic setting, hand-made details, pops of color, and thoughtful touches came together so effortlessly and conveyed Laurel and Nic's vision perfectly.  Congratulations on your new venture Laurel! We wish you all the best and cannot wait to see more of your amazing work!

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