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Outdoorsy Flair at Evergreen Lake House

Gretchen & John  | October 19th | Evergreen Lake House

From the bride: One of my favorite wedding moments was my father’s speech and toast. He is a big fan of hunting and fishing. Little did I know, our wedding was scheduled on the opening day of Pheasant Season in South Dakota. For the last 30 years, my father has packed up the dogs and his hunting gear in his Ford pickup truck and headed to opening day. This was the first time in 30 years that he missed it.

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I wrapped my grandmother’s pocket watch around my bouquet.  She passed away when I was 14, so it was nice to have something that represented her.

A Wedding with Outdoorsy Flair at Evergreen Lake House

 For years, my father has been collecting pheasant feathers from his hunting trips. Instead of the usual floral arrangements, we had our florist include his pheasant feathers in the centerpieces to give the space an outdoorsy flair.  John has since taken up pheasant hunting and as a surprise we included a feather in his boutonniere.

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THE VENDORS
Rockstar Venue: THE EVERGREEN LAKEHOUSE  {more info}  //  Photographer:  Rene Tate Photography  //  Floral Designer: Blooms Floral Design

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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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Riley’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
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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