Ashley & David | May 2nd | Sedalia, Colorado
From the bride: Dave and I both love the outdoors. I feel like I am outside more than inside most days. I wanted a venue where I could enjoy the outdoors, but not have to worry about the elements, as Colorado can have rain, snow and sun all in one day! Not optimal for guest comfort. We wanted a venue where we could see Colorado in all of its beauty! The Sanctuary was more than perfect, great view of the mountains, I believe you can spot at least three fourteeners. To top it off, we had a more than perfect day weather wise, it rained and poured most of April, hailed Friday before the wedding and the very next Saturday after our wedding (when we left for our honeymoon) it snowed two feet!
I remember seeing all of the bouquets for the first time and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Lots of ‘ooohs’ and ‘awws’ coming from the moms and my bridesmaids. I was so excited about the colors and the design! It was all so stunning.
The first thing that pops into my head when I think of our wedding day, is our ring exchange! David and Lynn, our photographers, captured the moment perfectly; I love looking at the images and reliving/feeling how happy and excited we are!
I loved our first dance!! We actually took lessons and had a little routine. Our song was, ‘The Mountain Song’ by Rayland Baxter and our dance even had a lift in it, yes, much like the lift in Dirty Dancing. I am not a huge dancer and I really don’t love being the center of attention, so I almost pulled the lift out of our routine last minute because I was so nervous! I thought, what if he drops me, what if my dress falls down, what if I fall when he sets me back down… but, Dave wouldn’t let me be afraid, we had so much fun dancing and it ended up being a highlight of the whole night! We forgot some steps, but totally nailed the lift. Our first dance was pretty fun and so was our whole wedding conga line! Have you ever seen a conga line 150 people deep? It’s pretty hysterical!
My wedding day was the most magical and special day to me that I have ever lived. I married my most favorite human in the whole entire world! I have two close friends going through the wedding planning process right now and I have told them both, ‘In the end, all the stress and all the tiny details are worth every second. I would plan our wedding again in a heartbeat!’
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: David Lynn Photography // Venue & Caterer: Sanctuary Golf Course // Floral Designer: The Flower House // Cake Designer: Cakeheads // Officiant: The Wedding Priest // DJ: A Music Plus // Dress Store: Anna Be Bridal Boutique // Makeup Artist: Pretty Bride Shoppe // Hair Stylist: Adorn Denver
Jillian & Shawn | September 5th | Denver, Colorado
From the bride: Our wedding was very us. The location was us, the music was us, the cake was us. We chose a color palette of deep teal with orange accents (Shawn’s favorite color). Orange socks for the groomsmen, orange toenails for the ladies, orange Calla Lilies, and an orange cake. Our inspiration was the Denver downtown area, cocktail parties, classic looks and décor.
The ceremony was on the roof of the Westin downtown with a beautiful view of the city as well as the mountains in the distance.
The weather started out cloudy, but as we were exchanging vows the sun peaked out of the clouds, almost on cue, and lit the entire wedding party. We did a wine blending ceremony. Our officiant did a wonderful job of verbalizing the significance of the blending of the different wines to symbolize the joining of our lives.
My most memorable moment was our first dance. My advice: Enjoy the ride and don’t get too stressed out. Everything turns out in the end!
Jillian’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Gracie Belle // Venue Caterer & Lodging: Westin Denver Downtown // Floral Designer: My Favorite Florist // Wedding Gown: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio // Hair Stylist: The Parlour, Highlands // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids // Men’s Wear: Men’s Wearhouse
Megan & Matthew | August 5th | Denver Botanic Gardens
Fragrant blooms and lush gardens set the stage for this romantic wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The couple’s first look was in the water garden under a gazebo -a little delayed due to rain – but Megan wanted rain on her wedding day so her wish was granted. Their ceremony was officiated by a pastor from their church, and they were surrounded by about 150 guests outside in the romantic garden. The reception was covered in blue lighting and blue tablecloths. The guest favors were small air terrariums, which complemented their garden theme.
Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens
Photographer: Kara Pearson Photography // Dress Designer: Liancarlo // Groomsman Attire: The Tie Bar // Veil and Headpieces: Twigs and Honey // Dress Store: The Little White Dress Bridal Shop // Floral Designer: The Perfect Petal
Audrey & Bryce | May 23rd | Ouray, Colorado
From the bride: We wanted to have a big party with good food and good music that happened to have a wedding ceremony beforehand. We strived to create an experience that was casual, fun, and memorable for both us and the guests.
The ceremony took place at a friends cabin on Hayden Mountain, just outside of Ouray. It was about a 15 minute drive up a Forest Service road so we had a Jeep shuttle available for friends that didn’t have four-wheel drive vehicles.
We chose to not have chairs at the ceremony location to create a more intimate setting with everyone standing beside us. We didn’t have a backup rain location, but instead told guests to bring blankets and umbrellas.
About halfway through the ceremony, big gentle snowflakes began to fall. Looking back, bad weather had been our primary concern about having an outdoor wedding on the top of a mountain in May. However, the snow became our favorite part of the day!
The reception took place at my in-law’s house, down the mountain from the ceremony location. Because of the bad weather, all of the tables and chairs were moved inside at the last minute, resulting in a 100-person dinner party in their living room with the band set up in the kitchen. I wanted to keep the décor as simple as possible. We used white linens and white china and the centerpieces were glass vases filled with peonies, sunflowers, snapdragons, and columbines.
Following the reception, we braved the cold for a bonfire on the lawn under the twinkling lights. We sang songs around the fire until the stars came out.
We LOVE it when the men think ahead and have a photographer standing by to capture the moment he proposes. Hint, hint!
From the photographer, Dreamtime Images:
Aaron contacted me about a month before he proposed to his to-be-fiance and wanted me to document his proposal. He had seen another proposal I’d photographed in the Maroon Bells in Aspen and wanted to pop the question in front of snowcapped mountains. He and Erica flew out to Colorado — they love the mountains — and came to Estes Park to tromp around the town and visit Rocky Mountain National Park. Aaron and I decided to meet at a popular lakeside trailhead. From there, we outlined were I’d be shooting from, and exactly where he should pop the question. I had drawn a line in the sand where he was to stop and drop down on his knee, and then my wife and I ran off and hid in a creek bed, pretending to shoot birds. The funny thing was, we were the only two other people there and were in plain sight, but there was no other way to swing it. From experience, I guessed Erica would be so absorbed in the moment that we would remain unnoticed. A few minutes later, Aaron and Erica strolled along the path, stopped to take in the views of Longs Peak, and Aaron proposed, Erica said yes! Erica had NO idea we were going to be there, had no idea Aaron was going to propose, and never saw us with our huge camera.
Liza & Jason | June 28th | Vail, Colorado
From the photographer, Andrea Nigh Photography:
Liza and Jason were engaged in Vail so it was only fitting that they get married there, too. There were so many personal touches that made everyone feel included and loved on their special day. The tables were adorned with beautiful vases, flower arrangements, candles and wedding pictures of their guests. Shawls were provided for the cool mountain air and antlers made a bold statement on their place settings, programs and decorations. The night was filled with wonderful speeches, good food, drinks and the celebration of these two love birds tying the knot. On many occasions, I witnessed Jason grabbing Liza’s hand and kissing it, clearly in awe and head over heals for his bride.