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Burlap & Lace at Denver Botanic Gardens

Evie & David  |  July 28th  |  Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

From the bride, Evie:
My inspiration was based off of lace and burlap – two of my favorite textiles. My husband and I also have a cowboy boot fetish, so we thought a barn setting was fitting.

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Our favors were little burlap bags filled with coffee beans that said “David and Evie, the Perfect Blend. Evue02 Evue03 Evue04 Evue05 Evue06 Evue07 Evue08 Evue09

Our wedding ceremony was aside a red barn beneath twinkling tree lights, in front of a handmade aspen arch decorated with hanging jars and wildflowers. We had handwritten vows and friends and family contributed to the music for the ceremony.

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I remember standing at the alter, when this huge rush of wind came billowing down the aisle, then I saw this rather large wall of water headed toward us. The rain held off until after we said “I DO”.

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We had pie for desert, rather than cake, which my bridesmaids graciously helped my bake. Evue15

David is a musician and I have always wanted to him to write me a song, but try and try again he never did… until our wedding day!! He surprised me with a song he had written just for ME!! It still makes me cry every time I hear it.

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My advice: See your wedding as the beginning of your forever after. Make time to get to know your husband and talk through a lot before the big day arrives; not just focus on all the little details that will make your big day special. After all, your wedding is only one day, but the commitment you make to your husband is the beginning of a relationship that will last a lifetime. If you focus on that, everything else will fall together.

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Eva’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield { more info | website}.  The venue was absolutely lovely, and easy to get to.

Photographer: Emily Schmutz, Keeping Composure Photography. Awesome and creative photography.

Wedding Gown Designer: Justin Alexander from The Bridal CollectionThey were wonderful in helping me pick out a dress perfect for my special day.

Hair: Nicole Espy at the Parlour at Flatirons  //  Caterer: Three Tomatoes   //  Florist: Plum Gallery Floral and Events  //  Tent & Party Rentals:  Event Rents

Honeymoon Location: Now Jade Mexico.  All inclusive, quite lovely, great food.

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  • Brooks Luby June 19, 2013 5:53 am

    Burlap & lace - a stunning combination. Evie's dress is gorgeous. I love all the accents they incorporated, so perfect for the venue.
  • Mike June 20, 2013 11:15 pm

    Beautiful wedding and the photography is exceptionally captured. Gorgeous work!
  • Emily Schmutz June 24, 2013 8:32 pm

    RE: Mike - thanks for the appreciation, always great to hear nice things about photos.
  • Matt June 24, 2013 9:21 pm

    Really excellent work. Love the detail images and the outdoor shot of the venue with the lights. Awesome.
  • Stephanie July 7, 2013 11:57 pm

    It is super super super pretty isn’t it! Countryside is a legend.
  • Rayna July 8, 2013 4:12 pm

    loving the burlap favors and the atmosphere of the entire wedding. :-)
A “Perfect Day” in Estes

Cortney & Mike | August 25th | Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride, Cortney:
We choose Estes Park because we wanted a mountain wedding. Green is my favorite color which inspired the color palette and since we were getting married in the mountains – classic mountain chic was the way to go (i..e cowboy boots with black dresses for girls, green mountain inspired floral arrangements, etc).
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My advice: Set up a separate e-mail account just for wedding planning. You get a LOT of emails. Secondly – take everything in strides. Things will be hectic up until the day of the wedding.

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Cortney’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Brinton Studios. LOVE Tiffany & CR and the pictures!
Ceremony Site: Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
Reception Site & Lodging: Taharaa Mountain Lodge. A beautiful venue overlooking 360 degree views of Estes Park.
Caterer: A Spice of Life. The food was amazing!
Cake: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe. Best cake we have ever had. Plus, it was gorgeous and we couldn’t have asked for a more picture perfect cake.
Paper: Fleur de LIS made our programs, invitations, thank you cards, escort cards, and the beautiful welcome thank you cards that we attached to our take home totes/gifts.
DJ: Elite DJ. Matt was beyond our expectations. He got everyone up on the dance floor .
Florist: Floral Design of Europe  //  Transportation: Boulder Denver Limo  // Wedding Gown Designer: Lazaro from The Bridal Collection  //  Hair & Makeup: Scarlet Salon  //  Men’s Wear: Ted’s Clothiers

Honeymoon Location: Kauai, Hawaii, Grand Hyatt in Poipu. Breathtaking and such a relaxing vacation. Plus, they have a water slide & yes we used it frequently!

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  • Brinton Studios » Estes Park Wedding Published June 12, 2013 10:37 am

    [...] love Colorado Weddings Magazine and that they published Cortney and Mike’s gorgeous wedding in Estes Park! Take a look, we are so [...]
  • Joan Chmelik June 12, 2013 5:52 pm

    Beautiful wedding...floral arrangements, The Taharaa in Estes Park, the perfect church, and pictures.
  • Brooks Luby June 17, 2013 5:36 am

    Venue is gorgeous, dress is beautiful, and love the cowgirl boots on the bridesmaids!
Just Right at T Lazy 7 Ranch

Maygan & Kyle  | August 13th  |   T Lazy 7 Ranch, Aspen

From the bride, Maygan:
With the Rocky Mountains as our backdrop, the T Lazy 7 Ranch was the ideal location for our ceremony.  Aspen holds a special place in our hearts because it was our first trip together and the active, outdoor Colorado lifestyle represents who we are and what we love.  From the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the reception, each part of our big day was accompanied by just the right music, just the right mood and just the right people.  The day was perfect!

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One touch that was incredibly special to us was honoring our mothers. In lieu of wedding favors we made donations to two charities – The ALS Association in memory of Kyle’s mom and The Michael J. Fox Foundation in honor of my mom. This is something we will continue to do each year on our wedding anniversary.

THE VENDOR TEAM
{Rockstar Venue} T LAZY 7 RANCH {more info | website}
Photographer: Cara Leonard Photography // Wedding Planning & Design: The Celebration Studio // Caterer: Conundrum Catering // Band: Bill Parish Productions // Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals // Hair + Makeup: Full Circle // Airbrush Foundation: A Glamorous Face // Florist: Harrington Smith // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca // Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Wtoo by Watters // Men’s Fashion: Stitchworks

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