Summer Scenic Mountain Colorado Wedding

Posted by Kim on May 20, 2013

Kara & Ryan

August 27

Colorado Springs, Colorado


From the photographer: “Kara and Ryan’s wedding was held at one of my favorite venues in Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods Club. With not a cloud in the sky, the weather was absolutely beautiful that day for their outdoor unity sand ceremony. Friends and family flocked from all over the country to celebrate their marriage. Everything about their day couldn’t have been more perfect, from the majestic mountain backdrop to the The Briar Rose String Quartet who played during their ceremony. The eight-piece Diamond Orchestra made the reception a sensation. Karol Peat of Willows n’ Weeds crafted a gorgeous bouquet complete with a small photo pendant honoring Kara’s sister.” –Stephanie Brauer Photography

Kitzel & Kendall

May 6

Lyons, Colorado


Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We wanted a venue that provided space for our guest to have small gatherings wherein they could catch up and share stories. But we also wanted to be able to have an indoor/outdoor option that accentuated the beauty of where we live.

 Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Saying our vows under an umbrella as sprinkles fell around us

The groomsmen shaking things up with chivalry as they gave their coats to the bridesmaids.

The toasts from my Best Man and Cali – one of Kit’s bridesmaids.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Get as much of the big stuff out of the way early, and as you get closer to the date delegate so that you can be present with each other and family to enjoy the celebration. You can plan all you want but in the end, hold it loosely so you can enjoy the day whatever may come. Probably good advice for a marriage too.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Kendall: I could not get through my vows without crying and for all attempts to keep it together I just let the tears come and smiled my way through it as Kit tried not to cry, looking into my water-filled eyes. Plenty of tears and laughter throughout.

Kit: Saying our vows and holding hands was a moment I will always remember. Looking into his eyes knowing that this was it for the rest of our lives and vowing to create a beautiful partnership through all the good and the bad is something I hold so close to my heart. Our first dance “When It Don’t come Easy” by Patty Griffin was the epitome of what our marriage is and continues to become. He is my best friend and I couldn’t imagine life without him!!

Bluegrass Summer Wedding Music Festival in Colorado

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 14, 2013

Nicole & Fred

July 14

Lyons, Colorado


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Planet Bluegrass is the location of one of our first dates (Folks Fest 2008), and it’s where we got engaged (Folks Fest 2011). We both felt strongly about giving our hard-earned money to a place that we loved and believed in, and where we knew we’d return year after year to partake in the annual festivals with our festi-family/friends.

We are proud that our wedding helped support Planet Bluegrass, which brings amazing music to Colorado and helps nurture talented artists–big and small. Moreover, we introduced 175 guests from around the world and a handful of new vendors to the venue, which we hope will encourage a new generation of festival-goers.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The bridal party bouquets were wrapped in the vintage French Alsace lace as well as incorporated in the neckline of the flower girls’ dresses, hand-sewn into the bride’s wristlet, and used to decorate the dessert table.
2. DIY hula hoops! Our friend Sarah Gagne and her son, Rye Gray, helped us make all the hula hoops. We bought the tubing at Home Depot and using a YouTube tutorial, we cut the tubes into different sizes, filled them with water, marbles and beans; sealed them with a hairdryer; and wrapped them in colorful electric and duct tape with wild colors and patterns. At the end of the wedding, we happily gave the hula hoops away to our nieces/nephews and other children to enjoy. They were a big hit during the wedding.
3. My family made vintage signs using lumber from an old school house that paired nicely with the rustic ranch details, and complemented our western footwear.

3. If you could offer one piece of advice to other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Exercise! Maintaining a regular schedule at the gym helped keep my stress level under control and allowed me to sleep more soundly. My brain was going in a million different directions during the planning phase, and exercise helped me stay focused and organized and get things done without short circuiting or becoming totally overwhelmed. Exercise does as much good for mental and emotional health as it does for physical health, which will truly make you look your best on the big day—both inside and out.

4. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.

Our maid of honor, Liza Hines, delivered a lively and interactive toast that required audience participation. With a 16 year age difference between Fred and I, it’s become old hat for our friends and family (on both sides) to crack jokes, especially early on in our relationship. When Liza said: “Stand up if you have ever made a joke about Fred and Nicole’s age,” the entire room sprung to their feet; everyone had quite the laugh, including us. It was a funny, yet touching moment and I knew that as a couple, we’d proven to everyone that age is only a number. Further, that if you have good friends, family, music and LOVE in your life, you will always be young at heart.

Fall Retro Mansion Wedding in Colorado

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 04, 2013

Stephanie & Russell 

November 3

Highlands Ranch, Colorado


Q & A with the Bride and Groom:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We originally wanted the look and feel of an old house, but we were having a hard time finding one that could accommodate all of our guests. When we stumbled upon the Highlands Ranch Mansion by accident, we knew it would be perfect.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Ceremony: We put very little emphasis on the ceremony during the planning process, but you can’t plan the feeling you get standing up in front of your friends and family and tying the knot.
2. Photography: The day goes by in such a blur, but having amazing images to remind you of the details helps bring it all back into focus.
3. Atmosphere: A big spooky mansion a few days after Halloween, must we say more?

3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

The best advice we can give is to ignore most of the advice you are given. While family and friends have great ideas and intentions, it’s important to remember that it is your wedding. The details that are important to you should be there.

4. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

There was a moment right after the ceremony, walking up the driveway to the mansion when we looked at each other, exclaimed “We’re married!” at the same time and laughed the rest of the way to the mansion. Those grins didn’t leave our faces for the rest of the night.

If pretty-pink-princess-style weddings are so not your taste, you’ll love today’s styled shoot. We love the sleek, glamorous black-and-white vibe, and the venue – a hotel located in Colorado Springs’ turn-of-the-century commodities exchange building – has so much character. We love the modern ceremony backdrop, the centerpieces dripping with crystals, and the black-tie inspired place settings.