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Boulder Bike Wedding

Heather & Jeremy  |  October 18th  |  Boulder, Colorado

From the bride:
We are adventure racers and avid mountain bikers so we wanted a bike theme. We kept our wedding small and spent quality time with each quest.
BethPhoto01We just put a new succulent garden in our landscape and thought it would be great to use succulents instead of the normal flowers.

BethPhoto02The snow was unexpected, but made for a very unique day!

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We had a small ceremony.  We wrote our own vows that didn’t leave a dry eye in the area.  We had a dear friend marry us as an acoustic guitar was playing.  It was very natural, very emotional.  Very calm and down to earth.   We are both outdoor people so it was truly about us, who we are.

BethPhoto04Right as the ceremony started, two bald eagles were flying overhead, then a mist covered us, it was breathtaking!

BethPhoto05I loved riding our tandem antique bike in the snow, in my dress. Unforgettable!

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I made our guest book, which was a framed image of a tandem bike – with strings up in the sky – people used their thumb/finger print to create the balloon at the end of the string and signed their name by it.

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I also made all of the succulent place holders, they were a real little cactus in galvanized pails with cute little signs on them. 

BethPhoto10BethPhoto12BethPhoto13Our advice: Don’t get caught up in the drama.  Make it about you.

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Ceremony Site:  Sunrise AmphitheaterBeautiful and reasonably priced.

Reception Site: Flagstaff House. So easy to work with and very, very, professional.  Great Food!!

Photographer:  Beth Photography. Beth was the best.  She was everywhere and really puts forward the effort to get everything captured.  We LOVE our photos!!

Florist: Boulder Blooms. Loved them, they were so excited to make something different and loved our succulent ideas, my bouquet was so, so, cool.

Band: The Chris Webb Band. He had great suggestions, was professional, very talented, and as nice as can be.

Hair & Makeup:  95th Street Salon. Jessica was awesome, she made me relaxed, so calm and started the day off right.

Bike Rentals: My Handlebar16 person bike rental.  We did this post reception.   SOOOO FUN!!!  We laughed so hard our stomachs hurt.  No kidding, we did a tour around Boulder jumping off to our favorite restaurants around town.  It was so unique, silly and fun.  It was a perfect way to end the night.

Honeymoon Location: Kayaking and Mountain Biking in Costa Rica.

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Inspired by Telluride

Meghan & Joseph  |  June 16th  |  Telluride, Colorado

From the bride, Meghan:
Joseph took me to Telluride on our first trip together and I fell in love with the town. Telluride brings this feeling of peace and relaxation, a feeling of just being centered, and it is an amazing creation! You have this little storybook town nestled in this canyon of lush green mountains and an amazing waterfall at the end of town.IlluminArts01

I wanted a very natural style wedding to keep with the Telluride theme. I also wanted to make the day very personal. To bring in the natural feel, I included aspen trees and river rock. I chose a brown, cream, and green color palette with yellow accents.

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We started our ceremony early so that it would end at sunset. The mountain view in Telluride at sunset is breathtaking and that is what we wanted our guests to see!

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My most memorable moment was saying my vows with the amazing mountains in front of us.

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My advice: Hire a coordinator, enjoy every moment, the good and the bad, because you will look back and love both.

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Meghan’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: Illuminarts Photography. Absolutely amazing and so much fun to work with. What sold me on Drew was the way he would capture shots that no one else would ever see. His creative eye is remarkable, he truly made my day that much more special. My photos are my absolute favorite. Words cannot explain how wonderful Drew is!

Venue & Caterer: The Peaks Resort. I could not have asked for a better venue. We had great views, exceptional food, and amazing service.

Florist: China Rose really captured my vision for what I wanted my flowers to look like. Amy had so many amazing ideas. I loved her creativity.

Hair & Makeup: The Peaks Spa

Honeymoon Location: Kauai, Hawaii

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Simply Relaxed in Ouray

Petrika & Ward  |  July 12th  |  Ouray, Colorado

From the bride, Petrika:
Ouray is very special to us–we had our first kiss in Ouray and many shared memories from the area. We wanted our family and friends to experience this special place with us! We love the mountains and that is where we feel the most spiritual, for us it was the perfect place to join in marriage.

We wanted to make everything as local as possible, so we worked with all of our vendors to ensure that whenever possible things were sourced locally; this helped us stay “green” and gave our guests a real taste of “local” fare in Colorado. For example, Colorado Boy Brewery in Ouray provided awesome local drinks, and Mesa Park Vineyards in Palisade provided delicious local wine.

Our “First Look” was a surprise to my husband set up at the place of our first kiss before we headed to the ceremony site together—having this special moment with him before the ceremony was worth a thousand words and made it oh so intimate.

It rained during our rehearsal (thus making for the shortest rehearsal time ever!), and it rained for our ceremony. It poured right before we started, drizzled as the ceremony was conducted and poured again afterwards. Folks just pulled out their umbrellas, huddled together and made toasts!—it was wonderful.

We used several elements of nature in our ceremony; standing in a circle for the ceremony, a water ceremony and wooden rings. In the end, Mother Nature decided to give her own contribution and “blessed” us with thunderstorms!

We had our parents bring water from our home towns to “unite” with our Colorado water in our “unity” ceremony.  We had our dog (and best friend)—be our ring bearer. It was so wonderful to have our pup with us!

We took a quick moment alone right after the ceremony to privately congratulate ourselves!—This is something I highly recommend! It’s so easy to get so wrapped up in all of your guests that it crucial to carve out a few moments for just you and your new spouse.

Our wedding weekend was unique because it was so small, we gathered for drinks on Thursday evening, were able to go for a hike with our guests on Friday and share a special rehearsal dinner that night. The day of the ceremony we hired a private yoga instructor to start the day off right—it was so much fun! We also had a brunch, shared some special gifts with our wedding party and I even had time for a soak in the hot springs before starting to get ready! I don’t think a lot of brides get to experience that. We really felt like we had time to spend with each of our guests, we read about so many people feeling so frazzled on their wedding day, so they missed out on spending time with folks that have traveled so far to celebrate with them. We did not want this experience, so having an entire weekend with only a few folks provided us with exactly what we were looking for—time with our closest family and friends.

My advice: Take some time when you first get engaged to just experience “being engaged”—it’s a wonderful time that should not be clouded immediately with the stresses of wedding planning. When you do start planning, sit down with your fiancé and discuss your overall vision and what is most important to you—stick to that no matter what anyone else says. Everyone seems to have opinions about how your wedding should be, but remember it is your day! My biggest recommendation is that in the end– it’s just one day— we should put more energy on the rest of your life together than our weddings. Lastly, whatever happens in the end will feel perfect—so don’t sweat the small stuff.
Petrika’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: IlluminArts PhotographyVery flexible and accommodating!
Ceremony Site:  National Forest Land, Ouray
Reception Site & Lodging: Weisbaden Hotel. Very relaxed atmosphere and we loved having hot springs on site!
Caterer: Pine Cone CateringWilling to do something so small and special and use all local vendors/ingredients—amazing!
Tent & Party Rentals: Park Avenue Parties. They have everything you could need.

Honeymoon Location: Skiing in Banff, Canada!

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