Rustic & Casual in Boulder
Allix & Nate | July 2nd | Boulder, Colorado
From the bride:
We wanted our wedding to be as much of a vacation for the guests as possible. We made sure that people knew about all the great things they could do in the Boulder area. There were so many people who had never been to Colorado so you could sense the excitement throughout the weekend. We even had a keg party the day after our wedding, and it was a lot fun to hear about the trips people took into the mountains that day. When our friends sent us pictures from the wedding weekend, we were so happy to see all of the fun they had in Colorado, whether it was shopping on Pearl Street in Boulder or hiking in Estes Park.
We had pre-ceremony beverages in apothecary jars (mango peach iced tea, tangerine lemongrass and summer strawberry lemonade) to which our guests could add a float of vodka. Our programs were printed on kraft paper bags and contained biodegradable bird seed for our guests to throw as we came down the aisle.Our incredibly creative and talented florist, Nicole, handmade 1,000 colorful origami cranes, which hung as a backdrop to the ceremony, which took place on the banks of the St. Vrain River. Our ceremony was simple, short and sweet. We had an amazing musician duo play our favorite songs. The bridesmaids/groomsmen walked down to “You Belong Among the Wildflowers” by Tom Petty. I walked down to “She is my Everything” by John Prine. We exited to “Eyes of the World” by Grateful Dead. We wrote our vows together. Nate’s friend Guy, picked a poem to read in Hebrew to represent Allix’s Jewish heritage. Nate’s best girl friend, Jamie, read one of our favorite quotes from Tom Robbins: “Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean security is out of the question. The words ‘make’ and ‘stay’ become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.” Nate’s brother Nick, read a passage from Black Elk Speaks and Alex read a Navajo wedding blessing at the end of the ceremony. For our guestbook, I purchased vintage Colorado postcards from eBay for people to write well wishes on and drop in a vintage suitcase I found at a yard sale. My mom has been mailing the postcards to us over our first year of marriage, which has been a really great way to re-live the day.For the escort cards, I embossed numbers on the cards and slid them into envelopes, which had each guest’s name written on the outside. They were hung from twine above the bar. We wanted the reception to be relaxed and wide open. Since most of our guests were not from Colorado, we wanted to make people feel like they could hang outside and enjoy the setting. We had corn hole and bocce ball, and plenty of adirondack chairs to lounge in on the grounds. Some of our friends waded in the St. Vrain River and one or two of our guests even fly fished the river. For dinner, we ate under the trees by the river. Our centerpieces on the our round burlap covered tables sat atop white cake stands and included succulents, silver dollar eucalyptus, yellow craspedia, deep blue delphinium, orange spray roses and snap dragons, white lisianthus and fressia and green pittosporum. Our cakes were orange rum/orange cream, vanilla/raspberry and chocolate/chocolate mousse. Nate does not like cake, so Rachael at Intricate Icings was kind enough to make several pies for him (including banana cream, apple and peach). Our first dance was to: “Take me Down” by Alabama.Inside the dance barn, there were wide open windows behind the band which allowed people to see the rock wall of the canyon. Inside we also had photo backdrop with props where people could stand with friends and take photos of themselves. For late night, we served Colorado buffalo sliders with crispy match potato sticks.Advice from the groom: Delegate as much of the wedding weekend work to friends as possible. Also get everything done before the big day. You want to try to avoid last minute work because new work will invariably need to be done on your wedding day. I was nervous and anxious the morning of my wedding, and I spent it organizing my friends and making a late night dance mix, both of which added to my stress. RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers // Event Planner: Save the Date Events // Gowns: Desiree by Christos // Caterer: Occasions by Sandy // Florist: Swank Stems // Cake: Intricate Icings // Musicians: Funkiphino // Invitations: On Paper // Videographer: Lupher Arts // Transportation: Premiere Charters; Banjo Billy Bus // Hair & Makeup: Candace Post, Salon Bodhi