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A Casual Spring Garden Wedding from Devon K Photography

Holly & Grant  |  May 17th  |  Boulder, Colorado

From the bride:
Our wedding was a combination of a cocktail party and a garden party – casual and fun. Neither Grant nor I are big party people – we just wanted an environment where we could mingle and enjoy the presence of all our friends and family.
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 We got married on my parent’s property in Boulder, under an arch that my father built. We had a classical guitarist play as we entered. There were no bridesmaids or groomsmen. The ceremony was short and sweet. Grant and I wrote it together and we heard throughout the rest of the day that it sounded just like us.

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We had a large (40×60) tent in the yard with lights. The reception was mostly a chance to mingle and chat with people – and enjoy the good food and good wine and beer.  We had local brews (selected by Grant) and wine options from California and New Zealand (selected by my dad). 

A Casual Garden Wedding in Boulder from Devon K Photography

We had lights strung across the tent and beautiful flowers on the tables.  We did splurge for the ‘harvest tables’ which added a little bit of rustic charm to the decor.  I really just wanted to flowers to be the focus of the day, and they were.

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A Casual Garden Wedding in Boulder from Devon K PhotographyA Casual Garden Wedding in Boulder from Devon K PhotographyNeither Grant nor I are dancers, but there was something about our first dance. You hear about everyone else disappearing and having it just be the two of you – that happened to me while we danced – I loved it.

A Casual Garden Wedding in Boulder from Devon K PhotographyMy advice:

First, you hear all the time that you won’t remember your wedding day – that you will not be aware of the details you stressed over…and that was certainly true for me. So keep that in mind as you think about which napkin color to get.

Second, unless you are planning a tiny event or have years to plan, I would get a planner.  Even if you think you can handle it, having someone to help with narrowing selections for vendors, who could do the leg work when it came to nailing down a contract or getting an update from a vendor was so wonderful.  It allowed me to continue to work and have a life while I planned the wedding.

Third, really REALLY plan your guest list – make a list, have your fiancé make a list, go over the lists together, set them aside and go over them again later.  Really think about how many people you want at your day.  Grant and I ended up with about twice what we wanted (it turned out okay) but it was definitely the biggest stressor of the entire planning.

Lastly, try to enjoy the process.  It will get stressful, but try to remember that at the end of the day, you will be married to the person you love – and the entire day is all about that.

A Casual Garden Wedding in Boulder from Devon K Photography

Holly’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Photographer: Devon K Photography {more info}.  Devon was fantastic. She was cheerful and happy and so easy to be around. Highly recommended.

Event Planner: The Wedding Studio (HIGHLY recommend her!).  Hope listened to what I wanted and brought me options.  She was always willing to make changes and adjustments.  She was available when I needed her and basically saved my sanity through the whole process.  I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Florist: The Perfect Petal. My floral designer was brilliant. The nature of what we wanted (mostly little containers of different sizes with individual flowers or small arrangements) necessitated intensive set-up on site. The layout was amazing – saturated colors through the tent, but not overwhelming or fussy. She also made us flower arrangements for the cake and the arch (for the ceremony).  She listened to input and made changes.  I would work with her again, no question.

Caterer: Footers Catering. Footers was amazing – our food station idea was a little bit different, but they worked with us to get a menu we all liked.  They made changes to recipes and tweaked flavors for us.  Their staff was incredible – friendly and helpful – throughout the evening.  And the food was incredible! My only regret was that I didn’t get to eat more of it!

Cake: Goochie Cakes //  Favors: Concertos in Chocolate  //   Wedding Gown: Blue Bridal Boutique  //  Makeup: Lacey Dahlstrom //  Venue: private property  //  Tent Rental: Colorado Party Rentals

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A Vintage Inspired Mountain Wedding

Dani & Colby | July 19th | La Veta, Colorado

From the bride: I always wanted an outdoor wedding in the summer, but not in hot and humid Oklahoma. We have always loved the mountains, especially in Colorado so, we decided on a mountain wedding in Colorado. This allowed us to get married with the perfect backdrop – pure nature – and keep our guest list small.
DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination WeddingOur wedding felt like a vintage-mixed-with-nature fantastically fun family get-together. To us, it was the perfect mixture of elegance and ease. DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination WeddingMy shoes from Anthropology were the first purchase for the wedding and this is where our wedding style inspiration stemmed from. They had a funky vintage style and I’ve always loved that feel, so when I found my dress (Mori Lee), it was a perfect fit for that style. They led me to the resulting colors we incorporated and so much more.

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I used a wood burner to write each of the bridesmaids names and the date on the dress hangers.

DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination WeddingThe bridesmaids all picked out their own dresses in a neutral cream.

DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

We decided to write our own vows to really personalize them for our marriage to each other. We also “planted” an oak tree together instead of the unity candle. We will plant it at the first home we buy (it’s still growing strong!) and watch it grow as we do together.

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DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

For months, my mom and I went to shops, estate sales, and thrift stores to collect all of the unique, mix-matched glassware we used for the flowers on tables. We made all of the table runners out of dusty blue burlap we purchased at hobby lobby.

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My advice: The absolute hardest thing to keep in perspective while engaged is that it’s really not at all about planning a wedding. It’s really about preparing for marriage – a whole new life together. Don’t forget to focus on each other and building your relationship as a couple while in the midst of wedding planning madness. The wedding only lasts a day, but your marriage is for life.

DIY Vintage Inspired Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

Dani’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer:  Libby Neder Photography  //  Venue: Bristlecone Ridge Ranch  //  Caterer & Cake: Annalee Hickey  //  Videographer: April Kirby

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A Surprise Wedding Shot in B&W

Leslie & Brian  | August 30th |  Vail, Colorado

From the photographer, Stark Bellamy Photography:

The wedding plan was this; none of the guests knew where the ceremony was going to be. Guest were invited to Vail, CO for the weekend, but had no idea what was going to happen from there. A few hours before the wedding a text message went out, telling guests where to show up for the popup wedding.  They were all to meet in a small park along the river at 8:30PM. There they would find LED candles and Champagne.

Leslie and Brian did not want a normal wedding so consequently they also did not want normal wedding photos. No photos of them getting ready, no posed photos, no details (there were none). That was fine with us, as former photojournalists we are use to shooting events with little or no idea of how things were going to go down. When we did find out the wedding plan, we breathed a small sigh of relief. We had shot something like this many times in our newspaper days. The problem was that there was going to be virtually no light.

Two hours before the wedding, Leslie met Brian in Vail Village for the first look, a stroll through a culinary and wine fair for Veuve Clicquot and the walk to the Four Seasons for a pre-wedding dinner with their families. After dinner, the happy but nervous couple walked to the park to exchange vows by the light of lanterns held by Brian’s daughter and LED candles held by the guests. The wedding lasted 10 minutes then champagne was popped, licenses were signed and every one headed back to the Four Seasons for drinks. This was an amazing wedding, not just for the location and the style but for the intensity of the ceremony.

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