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An Officer and His Lady Wed in Colorado Springs

From the bride, Christie:

WHY COLORADO
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.

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THE STYLE
The military and collectables from my family (old camera’s, books, etc.) with a color palette of black, champagne, gold, ivory and burgundy.

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THE CEREMONY
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.

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MILITARY TOUCH
We had Marines perform a sword ceremony after the ceremony at St. Mary’s and a bagpipe player who performed the Marine Corps hymn.

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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.

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THE FAVORS
Andrew’s mother handmade her famous jam.

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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.

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THE TABLE NAMES
Each table was a different Marine Corps Base and our sign for the place cards said “Where are you stationed?”.A Military Wedding

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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.

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ADVICE
Enjoy every moment. The men are more involved when they make decisions and the day-of is so special.

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THE VENDORS
Photographer:  Trystan Photography  //  Ceremony Site: St. Mary’s Cathedral in Colorado Springs  //  Floral & Event Design + Rentals: Design Works  //  Reception Venue: Cheyenne Mountain Resort

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A Romantic Wedding in Littleton

From the bride, Morgan: Our ceremony took place against the gorgeous backdrop of downtown Denver seen through the foothills and surrounded by the faces of our biggest fans and those we love most deeply. We wrote our own ceremony and vows, which definitely set the stage of this day as our very own.
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A Farmhouse Meets Vintage Wedding in Denver A Farmhouse Meets Vintage Wedding in DenverWe incorporated both sides of the family in having my grandmother read the E.E. Cummings poem “I carry your heart” and having Kevin’s grandfather read a traditional Hawaiian blessing.

A Farmhouse Meets Vintage Wedding in Denver A Farmhouse Meets Vintage Wedding in Denver A Farmhouse Meets Vintage Wedding in DenverKevin and I are both craft beer lovers and ordering a keg of Oskar Blues G’Knight was well received by our guests and definitely seemed to add our touch to the day.

A Farmhouse Meets Vintage Wedding in Denver A Farmhouse Meets Vintage Wedding in DenverI made all of the centerpieces which included gathering photographs of my husband and me at the age of each table, collecting unique and eclectic picture frames, and painting and distressing mason jars. We also had a variety of herbs placed around tea lights at each table, which I loved as a fresh, feel good touch from nature since we are both very outdoorsy.

A Farmhouse Meets Vintage Wedding in Denver A Farmhouse Meets Vintage Wedding in Denver A Farmhouse Meets Vintage Wedding in DenverMy advice: Smile, you found your forever person! Don’t get bogged down in the details of planning. Take wedding planning as another reason to have fun interacting with your significant other rather than a point of stress.

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS: Photographer: Chris McLaughlin Photography  //  Caterer: A Perfect Bite Catering  //  Venue: The Manor House   //  Dessert Bar: Beth’s Custom Cakes

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A Rustic Wedding at Chatfield Botanic Gardens

From the bride, Bonnie: Our wedding was simple, rustic and classic. Since we had a lot of family coming in from out-of-town we wanted to show them the rustic charm of Colorado. The beautiful barn and the surrounding botanic gardens at Chatfield Botanic Gardens was our inspiration.
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THE COLOR PALETTE
Yellow (I love sunflowers!), navy, and grey.

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THE CEREMONY
We held our ceremony at the open air chapel (a cute gazebo). The ceremony was really simple and quick, we had a family friend as our officiant. Ben and I aren’t particularly religious, but we love Harry Potter so we had our officiant hold a Harry Potter book!

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THE DÉCOR
Simple and rustic. We put together sunflowers and small daisies in mason jars for the centerpieces, and our moms made wine bottles with fairy lights. That was about it!

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ADVICE
This is really hard to take and everyone says it but just step back every so often and remember that it’s a party you are throwing to celebrate your new life together. It should be fun! It shouldn’t be stressful.  Also spend money on a great photographer. That is what you will look back on for the rest of your lives, no one will remember the food but you will always look at the pictures!

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RECOMMENDED WEDDING VENDORS
Venue: Chatfield Botanic Gardens {more info}. The staff  was so helpful and we didn’t have to worry about anything the day of. Plus, it’s so gorgeous and pretty reasonable priced as compared to other outdoor venues we looked at.

Photographer: Elizabeth Ann Photography  //  Second Shooter: kreatid   //  Caterer: Relish

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