This intimate styled elopement at the base of the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado was shot on a gorgeous sun-filled day that quickly turned into an epic rainy thunderstorm. Both the bride and groom were drenched after their initial portraits, but the summer storm brought in the most romantic lighting that accentuated this intimate love story.
Nature set the stage for this pretty styled shoot incorporating organic elements with gold accents. THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer: Karen Ann Photography // Dress Store: Blue Bridal Boutique // Caterer: Corvus Coffee // Event Planner: Curate Events & Design // Equipment Rentals: Hunt and Gather Event Rentals // Floral Designer: Ivy Lane Floral // Favors and Gifts: Kismet Crafted // Jewelry: Sarah O. Jewelry // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Ted’s Clothiers // Hair Stylist: The Look Salon
From the bride, Liz: We have always enjoyed the outdoor spaces that we get to explore here in Colorado. So, when it came time to pick a spot for our ceremony, it was fitting to pick a mountain setting with a backdrop of the continental divide! Our location was about 30 minutes, west of our home in Denver, in the foothills, at Genesee Park. The edge of the park provided the perfect setting for our small group and had all the features we had hoped to find when we first started looking. The majority of our guests were from out-of-state.
Josh drove his 1966 GMC truck and I hand painted the Just Married banner. It was really special to use my grandmother’s jewelry instead of purchasing something new.
The weather was spot on, the guests were happy, a deer crossed my path as I walked toward Josh. My husband-to-be fumbled the line in the vows about listening, and no joke, an eagle screeched as the officiant read the ceremony! My favorite part was getting to hold each others hand and look each other in the eye while we recited vows.
Our unity painting was also a lot of fun.
THE FIRST DANCE
Before we entered the reception, the neighborhood ice cream shop began playing music and we had a spontaneous first dance in front 50+ strangers.
Our cake was left in the walk-in cooler a little too long, so Josh and I had to cut through a very cold cake with a very warm knife which ended up being very entertaining for us.
The sparkling Saint Vrain river set the scene for this glamorous styled shoot that celebrates the modern lesbian couple while highlighting the natural beauty of Colorado.
THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer: The Unfound Door // Second Shooter: KMitiska Photography // Event Planner: Jaclyn Michelle Wedding & Events // Floral Designer: Fox Meadow Floral // Stationery: Lucky Onion // Gowns: Kennedy and Bordeaux by Willowby from Blue Bridal Boutique // Hair & Makeup: Elegance by Design // Jewelry: Abby Sparks // Location: The Lyons Farmette
Aliesha and John love visiting Colorado so much that they decided to get married in Colorado. They planned a small, intimate wedding that also served as a mini-vacation for their guests. The ceremony took place at 10,700 feet overlooking the Continental Divide followed by a mountaintop reception at the The Lodge at Sunspot. Bella Calla designed all the pretty florals and decor while Dylan Burr perfectly photographed the celebration.
From the bride, Christie:
We wanted to give our families and friends traveling from New York (where Andrew is from) and Boston a true Colorado experience. We were looking for a location that gave everyone a mountain feel without having to travel to far into the mountains to get to it.
The military and collectables from my family (old camera’s, books, etc.) with a color palette of black, champagne, gold, ivory and burgundy.
We got married at St. Mary’s Cathedral and my childhood priest performed the ceremony. Andrew’s grandmother sang “Ave Maria”, which was such a beautiful moment.
We had Marines perform a sword ceremony after the ceremony at St. Mary’s and a bagpipe player who performed the Marine Corps hymn.
THE GUEST BOOK
We had wine bottles for different years and asked our guests to write to us. Before the wedding, my Aunt sent all of our living grandparents papers to write for each year. This means on our 25th and 50th wedding anniversary we will be able to read advice and loving words from grandparents who have long passed.
Andrew’s mother handmade her famous jam.
HONORING MILITARY SERVICE
All four of our grandfathers were in the military so, we had a table honoring them and our family members who were not able to be with us that day.
THE TABLE NAMES
Each table was a different Marine Corps Base and our sign for the place cards said “Where are you stationed?”.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
My husband pulling me aside, holding up an invisible camera in front of me and telling me to take it all in for a moment. We watched our friends dance, people eat, smiles, laughs and got to cherish that moment together.
Enjoy every moment. The men are more involved when they make decisions and the day-of is so special.