Kerstin and Cory Robertson first met briefly at a wedding. The details of their next encounter are a little fuzzier—Kerstin says they met at the Plaza business where Cory worked, while Cory would contest it was actually at Hammerpress during First Friday.

Regardless of the specifics, the pair found themselves spending time together with mutual friends and quickly felt a spark, exchanging numbers on Cinco de Mayo in 2012. Four years and one day later, Cory proposed, catching Kerstin completely by surprise. It was, after all, 5:55 a.m., and she was eating breakfast in a sweatshirt when he popped the question. Kerstin, a personal trainer, had appointments starting at 7 a.m., and the day was spent happily filling in clients and friends before the couple celebrated with champagne at Ça Va that evening.

Kerstin and Cory immediately had an idea of what they wanted for their wedding.

“We knew we wanted to do something small with our families, but there was a lot of pressure from other people,” she says. Despite “the barrage of bridal magazines” she was confronted with, along with scrutiny about the wedding, the couple stayed true to their concept.

“We’re 33 and 35, so we’ve been to a million weddings,” Kerstin explains. “By the time you’re in your 30s getting married, you kind of know what’s going to be most important to you, all those details—photographer, nice dress, good cake, good food, family.”

The bride checked “nice dress” off her list during a visit to Savvy Bridal.

“I went to three places total. I did not want to make an ordeal out of it,” she says. “I wanted something that was form-fitting and something that was just simple and not a lot of bling. I loved that lace, open back, v-neck.”

Kerstin found just what she was looking for at Savvy—a low-key, low-pressure shopping experience and a dress that fit her vision of a mountain wedding.

That vision came to life on June 3, 2017, in Breckenridge, Colorado. The ceremony was held at breathtaking Sapphire Point with 8 guests in attendance, plus Girlie, the couple’s beloved dog.

“She needed to be there,” Kerstin says. “She’s not going to be around forever and I wanted her in the pictures because she’s such a big part of our life.”

Leon Littlebird officiated. The Robertsons researched their options online and chose Littlebird, whom they met with via Skype and then for coffee the day before the wedding. He performed a ceremony that touched on their spiritual sides, adding a unique personal touch.

Aside from the ceremony, one of Kerstin’s favorite moments was wandering around downtown after saying “I do” and before they were due for dinner.

“We’re walking around downtown Breckenridge and I had my flowers, in our dress and suit, and the whole town literally was so—it sounds cheesy—they were so supportive. Everyone was yelling off rooftops and out cars, ‘Congratulations!’” she remembers.

Her advice for couples thinking about keeping things small as they plan their own nuptials?

“I’m a huge advocate now for the small wedding, if that’s what you want to do,” she says. “When you get engaged, don’t just rush and do what you think you have to do. Really do think about what’s going to be good for you and your person, together.”


Flowers: Petal and Bean Floral (Breckenridge, Colorado)

Officiant: Leon Littlebird (Frisco, Colorado)

Photographer: Devon Knudson Photography (Denver, Colorado)