Bride and groom at a lakefront wedding in Colorado
Photo: Rachel Havel

Tyler met Claire on a sunny afternoon in Denver on the patio of Wynkoop Brewery. He was meeting his friends for a beer and his co-worker happened to bring her roommate – Claire – along. They each remember the day a little differently (Tyler thought Claire was sassy and free-spirited, Claire immediately admired Tyler’s fun-loving personality) but neither realized the chance meeting would result in love.

Three years later, Tyler knew he wanted to propose and knew Grand Lake, a place that had become special to the couple throughout their relationship, was the best backdrop. One September morning, ring in hand, Tyler took Claire fly fishing in a favorite stream. As they neared the water, he asked Claire to help assemble his fly rod and pick out a fly, then handed over the fly box where he’d strategically hidden the ring. It took Claire a moment to realize she was looking at an engagement ring and not a fly, but she said yes and the pair set out to plan a rustic, elegant event in the mountains they love. Thanks to Rachel Havel for sharing these amazing photos from mywedding magazine!

Rustic blue wedding stationery with watercolor flowers
Photo: Rachel Havel

Silver wedding shoes with a penny in them
Photo: Rachel Havel

Bride and mother of the bride getting ready photo
Photo: Rachel Havel

Blue and green wedding tie from Knotty Tie Co and blue thistle boutonniere
Photo: Rachel Havel

Wedding day note from bride to groom
Photo: Rachel Havel

Groom with a gray suit and berry boutonniere
Photo: Rachel Havel

Bride in elegant off the shoulder lace wedding dress with classic wedding veil
Photo: Rachel Havel

Bride with a simple wedding veil and elegant updo and floral hair accessory
Photo: Rachel Havel

Bride and bridesmaids in knee length navy bridesmaid dresses
Photo: Rachel Havel

Colorful pink and peach bridesmaid bouquet with pink roses and blue eryngium
Photo: Rachel Havel

Bride and groom at rustic outdoor Colorado wedding
Photo: Rachel Havel

DIY cork and chalkboard wedding sign
Photo: Rachel Havel

Rustic indoor wedding ceremony in Colorado
Photo: Rachel Havel

DIY seating card chart
Photo: Rachel Havel

Rustic wood and white paint table numbers and rose and thistle wedding centerpiece
Photo: Rachel Havel

Rustic wedding centerpiece with pink and peach roses
Photo: Rachel Havel

Rustic indoor wedding reception in Colorado
Photo: Rachel Havel

Rustic wedding reception with rose and burlap wedding centerpieces
Photo: Rachel Havel

Honey and jam wedding favors with chalkboard note
Photo: Rachel Havel

Rustic wedding centerpiece and edible wedding favor
Photo: Rachel Havel

Simple white wedding cake and rustic log slice cake stand
Photo: Rachel Havel

Mini cupcake wedding desserts
Photo: Rachel Havel

Bride and groom portrait at rustic outdoor lake wedding
Photo: Rachel Havel

Newlyweds with marriage license
Photo: Rachel Havel

Bride and groom lake wedding exit with a boat
Photo: Rachel Havel

Boat wedding exit with just married wedding sign

Photography: Rachel Havel | Ceremony venue: Trinity Church in the Pines | Reception venue: Grand Lake Yacht Club | Event designer: Rachel Austin | Florals: Flower Power | Wedding dress: Augusta Jones | Bridal shop: Anna Be | Catering: Stone Creek Catering | Cake & desserts: Goldmine Cupcakes | Rentals: Event Rents | Music: A Music Plus