Jill and Rich were married at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Colo. on March 16. “Rich and I lived in downtown Chicago for years and then moved to Nederland in 2010,” Jill said. “It’s been a wonderful adventure, and a huge contrast, so we wanted our wedding to capture both of those sides – the energy of the city but the comfort of a cozy mountain town. This was the main reason we opted to have both the ceremony and reception here, especially for it’s skyline views against the backdrop of the Rockies was just perfect for us!” The bride wore a satin ball gown with an asymmetrical neckline and bow detail around the waist, accessorized with a pair of leopard print Kate Spade high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a black tie. “I approached selecting bridesmaid dresses as more of a ‘collection,'” she said. “I wanted my bridesmaids to feel like themselves and not a copy cat of each other. Each wore a unique dress in the neutral palette, but I emphasized texture through chunky jewelry.” During the ceremony, the couple chose to recite their own vows. Fun fact: The ring bearer carried antlers! “Rich and I are huge fans of Brit pop music, and we incorporated this throughout the day,” Jill said. “For example, our processional was to ‘I Love NYE’ by Badly Drawn Boy, our recessional was an instrumental of ‘Strawberry Swing’ by Coldplay, and our first dance was to ‘My Shadow’ by Keane We weren’t afraid to go outside the norm, and it felt ‘us’ as a result.” Guests were escorted to their seats via hand-drawn mini portraits, which also served double duty as favors. “While it was a time-consuming detail, drawing each individual guest made me focus solely on that person for the hour or two it took to draw them,” she said. “This made me even more excited to see them on our big day.” Tables were decorated with boxed centerpieces, wooden slice numbers, and votive candles, and a dessert display was filled with cupcakes. Our favorite flavor? S’mores.
Laura and Stephen were married in Denver, Col. on September 15. “Our original site was under water due to extreme flooding,” Laura said. So, they moved it to the bride’s mother’s backyard instead. The bride wore an ivory sweetheart wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a braid updo, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a patterned bow tie. Bridesmaids wore red strapless maxi dresses, accessorized with aqua belts, and groomsmen kept it casual with simply a white button-up, khakis, and suspenders. “The moment I stepped out from under the porch to walk down the aisle, the morning’s drizzle turned into serious rain,” she said. “I could’ve cried, but my father, our friends, and family we’re sticking it out. Stephen was beaming at me from the altar. What does a little rain matter, right?” Followed the colorful umbrella ceremony, guests enjoyed a tented reception with cucumber-infused water, mimosas, and bloody marys and brunch, including Belgian Liege waffles, bacon, yogurt, fruit, and pecan cinnamon rolls. Yum! Tables were decorated with burlap runners, chevron fabrics, and cactus centerpieces. The newlyweds left in style in an antique Volkswagen Beetle after guests sent them off in a sea of freshly-fallen leaves.
Kati and Christopher were married at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Col. on May 31. “Christopher has been visiting Winter Park with his family since he was a child,” Kati said. “As we approached the main lodge on the dirt road to Devil’s Thumb Ranch, we both started laughing right then and there. With a beautiful surrounding meadow and the continental divide as its backdrop, we both knew it was the perfect place for our wedding.” She wore an ivory cotton lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a statement necklace and scallop-edged platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a tie and sneakers. Bridesmaids posed arm-in-arm in their pastel dresses in different styles in the woods before the ceremony! “The moment we remember so well is reciting our vows to each other in front of our closet family and friends with the breathtaking backdrop behind us,” she said. “It was in this moment that the entire wedding came together for us.” Notice the “Best Day Ever” letters that hung over the altar? Inside the barn, tables were decorated with burlap runners, centerpieces filled with garden roses, astilbes, and larkspurs and glitter numbers. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Breathe. Make sure that it’s your day. You only get it once, and it happens in a blink, so enjoy every second of it.”
Niki and Stephen were married at Sarchet Event Center in Platteville, Colo. on August 16. The bride wore a lace bodice a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of Badgley Mischka jeweled peep-toe pumps, while her bridesmaids wore turquoise dresses with illusion halter necklines. Their red bouquets featured roses and dahlias. Guests were greeted with a “You have my whole heart for my whole life” sign and paper fans to keep cool. During the outdoor ceremony underneath the garden’s gazebo, they combined different colored jars of sand into an hourglass to symbolize their unity. Portraits were then taken amongst the free range and prairie as the sun was minutes away from setting. Bonus: golden hour! You won’t want to miss the AMAZING sparkler send off too.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Estes Park is in the base of the Rocky Mountain National Park (one of our favorite places in Colorado), and the ceremony location is breathtaking. The moment we walked underneath the pavilion,we just knew it was the place.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Beer growlers instead of table numbers
2. Hanging flowers behind our sweetheart table
3. Bridesmaid’s bouquets
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Jack and I did our “first look” in the Rocky Mountain National Park (same place we got engaged). Seeing him for the first time, while being in the mountains, was my favorite moment of the day. Also, I didn’t walk down the aisle to any music. Last minute, I realized I hadn’t chose a song to walk to (crazy, I know), so I let nature choose my music for me. It was completely peaceful and quiet, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Many of our guests approached me after the ceremony and commented about how wonderful they thought it was that I didn’t play music because you could hear the rain in the distance over the mountains, the wind in the trees, and the birds singing to each other. It was truly calming and beautiful.