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A Fun Backyard Vintage Wedding in Montrose

Riley & Raphael  |  August 30th  | Montrose, Colorado

From the bride: My wedding day was filled with joy and excitement. I have not had that much of an adrenaline rush through me since the births of my children. It was an amazing feeling, and so amazing to finally be marrying the love of my life! I wish all the time that I could go back and relive that day because it flew by. I had a friend give me the advice to really try and stop and take it in as much as you can because before you know it will all be over. Boy, that’s the truth.

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Photographer: Photography by Julie  // Assistant Photographer: Danielle Coquoz  // Flowers: Dahlia Floral Design  //  Tent & Rentals: Park Avenue Parties

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An Intimate Wedding on Valentine’s Day

Laura & Mike  |  February 14th   |  Denver, Colorado

From the bride: My husband and I are simple people, and we wanted our wedding to reflect this aspect of ourselves. We got engaged towards the end of November and planned to marry on our current anniversary, which is Valentine’s Day. This meant a lot of work in very little time. When planning began, we took inventory on what we found important for our BIG day. For us, frills and fuss were the farthest from our minds. Our number one priority was to share our love with our family and friends. In return, our friends and family went above and beyond to make this the most special day we could have ever imagined.

Photography by Jaime Johnson Photography
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My husband is one of the most playful individuals I’ve ever met. He gets nostalgic about the toys he played with as a child, LEGOS especially. I came up with an idea for his boutonnieres that reflected this aspect of him, and our shared silliness. We decided to do a LEGO theme for the boutonnieres. We scoured Ebay for all different LEGO men, and then had every male in our wedding choose a character that represented them. I attached a few sprigs of greenery to each LEGO and created our “nod to childhood” boutonnieres. In the end, we had The Ninja Turtles and The Avengers joining our ceremony.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver ColoradoI stayed warm and cozy in my vintage tan mink stole! An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

The décor, color palette, and overall style evolved from our choice of venue. We chose Cheesman Park Pavilion for the ceremony. Everyone thought I was crazy for choosing an outdoor venue for a winter wedding. It turned into a joke about me being a crazy artist that always had to something outside the box. I’m not going to lie, I am a crazy artist, and that’s why I fell in love with this location. The marble Pavilion was beautiful architecturally. It also held the characteristics that define winter; clean, white, and cold. The bare branches of the surrounding trees encompassed the pavilion, transforming this magical Denver location into a woodsy retreat rather than a metropolitan park. I loved the contrast between the stark dark wood of the trees, the few branches still holding onto the fading tans of their fall leaves, and the white marble. This is where the color palette was born; tan through brown scale, lots of white on white, wood, and very small amounts of spring leaf green. I wanted to carry the natural beauty I found in this location into every aspect of the wedding, in a simple and clean sort of manner.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

Our wedding arch was constructed using 2X4s, covered in tan burlap. I took branches from a Coworker that had recently chopped down a tree. The branches were secured vertically to the arch frame to give the illusion of a forest back drop. I wanted to contrast the vertical straight branches, as well as fill some of the negative space in a playful manner, so I hung round string balls varying in size, made of paper mache, from the branches. We tucked greenery and small white flowers in the crooks of the branches, to both cover the hardware used to secure the branches, and to balance the severity of the barren brushwood. My father finished off the piece by sawing some large branches at 45 degree angles and drilling them into the frame to form stable legs.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

Our wedding day was as perfect as I could have ever imagined. I arrived at Cheesman Park 45 minutes late, and Mike arrived about an hour late. We really need to work on our tardiness. The ceremony was short and sweet. On this chilly February day, I felt so warm. Our love was on fire, and it illuminated everything around us, and warmed everyone’s hearts.

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I made a large heart shaped piñata that I slaved over for days.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

Mike and I joined our photographer, Jaimie Johnson for our own personal photo shoot. We had mentioned to her that we wanted the photographs to be a combination of classic, and fun and silly. We wanted them to represent us, and Jaime did just that. An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

After the photos, we headed to our home for an intimate dinner. Our families had never met, and this gave such a wonderful opportunity for them to get to know each other. The evening was filled with laughter, and lots and lots of LOVE. An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

The following day, we rented out the Thin Man and threw the party of all parties. All of our friends were there. Each parent, his and mine, sang us a personal heart-felt love song. It was so touching, so personal, artistic, and loving. Song by song, my heart melted more and more. We were just overflowing with love. It was the most magical way to start off our marriage.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

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Love & Laughter at Flying Dog Ranch

Kearstin & Luke  |  Flying Dog Ranch 

From the bride:
The vision for our wedding began with my shoes. That may be unusual for some, but being a fan of fabulous footwear, I knew I found our colors when I locked eyes on a pair of tangerine and fuchsia peep toe heels. Both colors are bright, bold, and scream “Happy!”

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Like many, we viewed our wedding as a great cause for celebration. Fun, playful, welcoming, and full of details reflecting our personalities were the feelings we wanted to evoke in our guests. Speaking of guests, aside from our dear friend Anne, who served as our officiant, we consciously chose not to have a wedding party. We felt that all our guests (friends & family) were there to support us and filled that role.

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My grandmother’s favorite brooch was placed at the base of my wedding bouquet. A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Having planned and designed many friends’ weddings, ranging from flowers, decorations, coordinating with vendors, and even baking a cake, it was exciting to now be able to create our wedding. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to use or re-purpose things. This began with our handmade invitations, which were playful in their wording and interactive.

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 Guests were greeted by our hand crafted lemonade stand, complete with a tasseled awning and a few engagement photos strung along brake cable from a bike.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Mason jars with hand etched stripes, ribbon, and a bike charm awaited guests to enjoy drinks pre and post ceremony; not to mention serving as a fun take home gift.

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 Bike cogs served as our napkin ring holders. They were the perfect size and spoke (pun intended) to our love of bikes. The cogs were a big hit; we were pleasantly surprised to find that most guests took them home.

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Being lovers of food, especially dessert, we offered our guests a dessert buffet comprised of our favorite sweet treats: fruit pies from Wisconsin, smiley face cookies from my hometown bakery, a three tiered Rice Krispie treat cake, creamsicles, a variety of candies like orange sherbert Jelly Bellys, Twizzlers, cotton candy, M & M’s in an antique gumball machine in our wedding colors served in and on antique glassware. And last, were the chocolate salted caramel cupcakes served up on a three tier bicycle wheel cupcake stand.

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I can’t help but smile when I reflect on our wedding day. It was amazing to see and feel so much love and laughter from those near and dear to our hearts.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

My advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff and go with the flow; guests tend not to notice and are unaware of unfinished details. Unexpected events, like an umbrella catapulting into the pond at our ceremony site, only add to the conversation of the day; no one was hurt. At the end of the day it is about the union of two people who love each other, so have fun, and don’t forget to eat!

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

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{Luxe Mountain} Venue: FLYING DOG RANCH {more info}.  We wanted a venue that not only felt intimate, but showcased the beautiful Roaring Fork valley. Flying Dog Ranch allowed us the perfect setting.

Photographer: David Gillette Photography. In addition to being talented, and creative, Dave loves his job and he is wonderful to work with.

Catering: Pan and Fork Supper Club. Chef Phillip is an artiste in the kitchen, the food was delicious and the service impeccable. Susan is great to work with and paid attention to details like having their staff wear orange serving aprons to match our colors; a fabulous touch.

Linens: Purchased from The Tablecloths Factory.  Great quality and selection. Since I was doing all the set up and I didn’t mind washing them after our wedding, purchasing the linens saved money and allowed us to order more linens to design with than if I rented them.

Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones

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