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
Whitney & Matt | March 21st | Colorado Springs, Colorado
From the bride: Our wedding was magical! It was a day that will never be forgotten!
I had all 9 of my bridesmaid’s dresses custom made. All of my ladies enjoy wine, so I had wine glasses monogrammed with their initials and had wine waiting for us to enjoy when we arrived to the venue, while we got ready.
For the kids, we had a movie playing in a side ballroom where we had sand buckets with each child’s name that were filled with toys and fun things to do while their parents got to enjoy the wedding!
My husband was a firefighter at the time of the Black Forest fire where he spent 9 days battling the flames. So, we got some burnt wood from the fire and hand made picture frames. We added our engagement photo and gave them to our parents as their thank you gifts, they loved it!
Whitney’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photography: Tina Joiner Photography. She was absolutely incredible!! So accommodating, kind, listened to what our visions were and did whatever it took to make us happy. No matter what life event we want captured from here on out, we will only use Tina!
Venue: The Pinery at the Hill. This venue is fantastic! They do every detail with you and listen to make it the day you always dreamed of. They have world class chefs that made our menu so delicious, our guests are still talking about the food and cake to this day! The bridal suite is to die for, with views facing historical downtown Colorado Springs. They have 7 vanity stations for you to get ready and a salon chair in the suite. It’s so amazing, I can hardly describe it!!
Bride’s Dress: Danelle’s Bridal. My personal stylist was Lorraine and she was so sweet, patient and helpful. I was there for 2 hours and tried on 8 dresses, the very last one being “the one”!!
Hair & Makeup: Le Reve Salon and Day Spa. This salon is beautiful and has some of the most talented stylist in the Colorado Springs area. They made us feel so welcomed and spent their time on making our hair perfect and exactly how each of us wanted it to look! My girls were stunning from head to toe!!
Amy & Thomas | May 30, 2015 | Palisade, Colorado
From the bride: We wanted our wedding to feel like the warm, easy dinner parties we often host in our home – lots of amazing food and wine, laughter and good conversation among friends and family.
The ceremony was held under a large tree outdoors, with strands of string lights twinkling above our heads. Thomas’ Navy boss officiated and we included a wine unity ceremony.
We had a family blending ceremony where we presented my daughter with a personalized necklace. The entire rest of the night she told everyone happily that Thomas had married her first.
Thomas is a Lt. Commander in the Navy with 20 years of service, including a combat deployment to Iraq, and I wanted to honor his service in front of his friends and family. I surprised him with a groom’s cake made in replica of his dress white uniform cover (hat).
My advice: Early in our planning, we agreed that the most important part of our wedding was the people who would join us. Every decision we made after that was based on that priority. We chose our location for US, but we chose our caterer, baker, and design details with our guests and their experience in mind. Remember that the people are the important part: you and your fiancé, your families, friends and loved ones.
Amy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue: Canyon Wind Cellars. One of Colorado’s most successful estate wineries, their wines are amazing and award-winning. They are our favorite Colorado winery, not least because the setting is simply gorgeous.
Photographer: Rayna McGinnis Photography // Event Planner: R&R Events and Design // Linens & Rentals: Elite Events // Caterer: Il Bistro Italiano // Cake: Simply Cakes by Camberly // Florist: Bride & Bloom // Lodging & Rehearsal Dinner: Wine Country Inn
Honeymoon Location: Italy!
Kerstyn & Korby | Fraser, Colorado
From the bride: Colorado is the only place I could ever picture myself getting married, and it was my dream wedding day.
I made all of my bridesmaids jewelry (earrings, necklace, and a bracelet) to match their dresses. I packaged them into small mason jars topped with fabric and paper flowers.
We lined the aisle with shepherds hooks with hanging mason jars filled with sunflowers, and white daisies we cut from my parents yard in Winter Park.
The mountain backdrop for our ceremony was so beautiful!
During the ceremony, it started to sprinkle and the wind picked up, which made our candle lighting ceremony impossible (we had to redo it later).
I stained and lacquered creates for the table centerpieces. We filled tall blue bottles with wild flowers.
I love lanterns, so there were lanterns everywhere. Hanging from the tent ceiling, in the trees outside the tent, and the larger ones on the tables. We also hung glass orbs with tea lights in them from ceiling over the bridal party table.
We made the cake stand out of a wooden charger and a pillar candle holder that we stained and lacquered. We also made the gum paste peony flowers and the wooden M for the cake.
Korby is a big hunter so I incorporated some deer antlers into the décor.
The sunset was so beautiful that night!
Kerstyn’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
By far our favorite vender was our photographers, Irving Photography! Mathew and Ariel made everything so simple and easy. They are both so enthusiastic about what they do it makes it easy to relax and enjoy having your picture taken. Our photos turned out more beautiful and perfect than we could have ever imagined.
Venue & Cater: The Wildhorse Inn, was beautiful and the inspiration for the whole wedding theme. The food was delicious and they even catered to my Gluten Free diet.
Flowers: Our beautiful bouquets were made by Brittany Kinoshita of Hana Style Designs. I would highly recommend her because she was so easy to work with and the bouquets turned our gorgeous.
Karen & Aaron | October 4th | Salida, Colorado
From the bride: I’ve heard that no matter how much you plan, your wedding day is never how you had hoped, as something always goes wrong. Either I’m the exception to this statement, or simply naive about what really happened that day, because I truly believe I had the perfect wedding. I married the man of my dreams, the true love of my life, and nothing can top that.
I dyed and assembled the bridal bouquets and groomsmen boutonnieres out of balsa wood flowers. It turned out beautifully and most importantly, it matched our creative style.
We wanted our wedding to fit our style and personality. When looking for a ritual to do during the ceremony, we didn’t fit the traditional molds of a unity candle, or sand, or planting a tree together. Instead, we came up with our own tradition, which we call a unity map. Through pins and a canvas map, we told the story of how we met, where we have lived since then, and how our lives brought us finally together to the same state. My husband and I are adventurers and this was a great way to highlight our travels and the time we spent in a long distance relationship. It was important to us that we involve our guests, so during the ceremony people raised their hand according to where they had met us. It was fun and magical at the same time. The map now sits in our living room, a reminder of how our past has shaped the present.
My mother brought homemade currant jelly and apple butter to give as favors.
Looking back, I will always remember the beautiful golden aspen leaves on the bank of the Arkansas River in Salida. The perfectly blue-sky and snow-capped mountains in the background made the day that much better.
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.
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.
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.