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, 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.
The aisle was lined with mint DIY distressed mason jars and beautiful fresh flowers.
I 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.
My 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.
Stephanie & Jared | June 13th
From the bride: Three words…..One. Long. Engagement. We were engaged for almost two years prior to the wedding day. Jared was in school until the December prior to the wedding. So, with that kind of stress we thought it was best for us to hold some of the wedding planning until he was finished. That left us six months to actually accomplish most of the work.
We wanted our wedding to match our lifestyle….we love the outdoors and boating. So we went with a bit of outdoor rustic theme with nautical elements.
All in all, the wedding planning ended up being mostly a team effort. We had some rocky roads in the planning, but we managed to not kill each other! It was not always a fun process, so we hated and enjoyed it all at the same time. We just had to remember to celebrate the big decision maker days and try to enjoy as much as possible. I feel like we accomplished that task… End of day…we are married! And we are happy!
Stephanie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Ali & Garrett Wedding Photographers // Floral Designer: Bella Lu Floral // DJ: Mannequin DJ // Cake Designer: Mulberries Cakes // Venue: Sevens Restaurant
“Looking back, our wedding was a dream. All we wanted was our closest loved ones with us on a vacation with God’s landscape as our decor and we got it. When planning your wedding, remember that there are no rules. Your wedding day should be a direct reflection of you both and your personalities.”
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Ashley & David | May 2nd | Sedalia, Colorado
From the bride: Dave and I both love the outdoors. I feel like I am outside more than inside most days. I wanted a venue where I could enjoy the outdoors, but not have to worry about the elements, as Colorado can have rain, snow and sun all in one day! Not optimal for guest comfort. We wanted a venue where we could see Colorado in all of its beauty! The Sanctuary was more than perfect, great view of the mountains, I believe you can spot at least three fourteeners. To top it off, we had a more than perfect day weather wise, it rained and poured most of April, hailed Friday before the wedding and the very next Saturday after our wedding (when we left for our honeymoon) it snowed two feet!
I remember seeing all of the bouquets for the first time and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Lots of ‘ooohs’ and ‘awws’ coming from the moms and my bridesmaids. I was so excited about the colors and the design! It was all so stunning.
The first thing that pops into my head when I think of our wedding day, is our ring exchange! David and Lynn, our photographers, captured the moment perfectly; I love looking at the images and reliving/feeling how happy and excited we are!
I loved our first dance!! We actually took lessons and had a little routine. Our song was, ‘The Mountain Song’ by Rayland Baxter and our dance even had a lift in it, yes, much like the lift in Dirty Dancing. I am not a huge dancer and I really don’t love being the center of attention, so I almost pulled the lift out of our routine last minute because I was so nervous! I thought, what if he drops me, what if my dress falls down, what if I fall when he sets me back down… but, Dave wouldn’t let me be afraid, we had so much fun dancing and it ended up being a highlight of the whole night! We forgot some steps, but totally nailed the lift. Our first dance was pretty fun and so was our whole wedding conga line! Have you ever seen a conga line 150 people deep? It’s pretty hysterical!
My wedding day was the most magical and special day to me that I have ever lived. I married my most favorite human in the whole entire world! I have two close friends going through the wedding planning process right now and I have told them both, ‘In the end, all the stress and all the tiny details are worth every second. I would plan our wedding again in a heartbeat!’
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: David Lynn Photography // Venue & Caterer: Sanctuary Golf Course // Floral Designer: The Flower House // Cake Designer: Cakeheads // Officiant: The Wedding Priest // DJ: A Music Plus // Dress Store: Anna Be Bridal Boutique // Makeup Artist: Pretty Bride Shoppe // Hair Stylist: Adorn Denver
Leslie & Andrew | July 26th | Longmont, Colorado
From the bride: We knew we wanted a “farm” themed wedding at a rustic, yet classy location. We fell in love with YA YA Farm & Orchard, not only was it a working farm with horses, chickens, and peacocks, but it was also a beautiful apple orchard. When we heard that we would be married in the rows of the apple orchard, with the reception under the white tent and dancing in the beautiful barn- we were sold. This venue was definitely a do-it-yourself venue as it was first a farm, then a venue. However, this only made it more exciting, as I knew everything about the wedding would have the personal and intentional touches that I love.
My palate was mostly light pastels- neutrals, blush, with hints of mint green here and there. I have always loved rustic and vintage styles, so I wanted to create something that combined these in a soft and beautiful fashion.
My Maid of Honor, Alexa Behar, is a graphic designer, water colorist and calligrapher who just happens to co-own a company called Sage Paper Goods. Alexa designed and created our beautiful paper goods (Save the date, invitation, particulars card, RSVP card, and all of our chalkboard signs used as decorations at the wedding). The watercolor design she painted for our invitations was inspired by the flowers I had chosen to use at the wedding.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted an all lace dress with an open back. Little White Dress Boutique helped me to find my dream dress. It was a Lian Carlo beauty in ivory. I added a matching lace sash with a beautiful bow in the back to complement the gorgeous train and stunning buttons. I also added a patch of plaid fabric from one of my grand-fathers old shirts- he recently passed away and I wanted to do something to honor him at wedding. It a special addition to my beautiful dress.
Instead of the traditional guest book, we decided to do a guest quilt. We had blank squares of fabric for guests to sign that will eventually be sewn into a beautiful quilt by the groom’s mother. We cannot wait to see it come together.
We had a large window pane with black and white photos from our parent’s and grandparent’s weddings. Next to this was a sign saying, “the love stories that came before ours.” We laid flowers from my grandfather’s recent funeral next to it for a personal touch.
We constructed a hay bail “couch” and placed a large quilt over the top. This was a very fun place for guests to sit down and relax.
For wedding favors, our family and friends made 234 jars of homemade apple butter- using apples from Ya Ya Farm and Orchard. We wanted to make something homemade that incorporated our wedding theme.
Andrew made me a swing for my wedding gift. It was so neat to receive it at the wedding, where our guests could admire his handy-work and see how well he intentionally loves me and showers me with beautiful hand-made gifts. This is the swing we will sit on as we grow old together.
For the bridesmaids, I decided on a mis-matched look. I asked them to find a casual maxi dress in a light-neutral color. The guidelines they had were any combination of the following: Cream, taupe, blush, open back, lace, flowy, and soft. They all did an amazing job finding the perfect dresses- all ELEVEN of them. I am so happy with the way the bridesmaids looked together. Combined with simple jewelry, down and curly hair, and open flat sandals, they looked stunning and make our pictures absolutely incredible!
The flowers in my bouquet consisted of: Ivory and Pale pink roses, pale pink stock, baby’s breath, pods of cotton, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, ivory hydrangeas, and brunia.
Bridesmaid Bouquets were simple and beautiful with baby’s breath, pale pink stock, and pods of cotton dispersed throughout.
By Andrew’s choice- our groomsmen wore jeans for the farm wedding. They all sported the same dark wash Wrangler Boot-cut jean. I asked them to wear a light blue button down and cowboy boots or dark brown shoes. We searched for 11 mis-matched vests in various textured materials such as tweed, houndstooth, herringbone, etc. Again, i’m very happy with the way it all came together. And I think the groomsmen were pretty happy about not having to wear a tie!
Andrew is a very outdoorsy, adventurous guy who believes that every man should have a garage full of tools! He wanted to give his groomsmen something practical yet personal. He chose hatchets and had them engraved with the groomsmen’s first initial and last name. They were a big hit! The guys loved strapping them onto their jeans, and taking photos with them!
Our first look was my favorite moment of the entire day. Immediately before the first look, we went inside the barn where we stood back to back and read letters we had written to each other. We also exchanged perfume/cologne that we had chosen for each other to wear on our wedding day and then only only special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, romantic getaways, etc) thereafter! This was a very emotional moment as I read his words and he read mine.
Then he went to the ceremony site. We wanted to do a first look, but still wanted the first time he saw me to be when I walked down the aisle to him. So I walked halfway down the aisle and then he turned around. It was just the two of us and our photographers. It was the perfect moment. The reality hit us as we shared our first hug that day, this was our wedding day. We were almost married! It was so special to have a few minutes alone before the wedding began.
Andrew constructed our ceremony arch using barn wood. We attached curly willow, baby’s breath, ivory hydrangea, and pink stock along the sides and corners.
We were married under a large tree in between the rows of the apple orchard- with a beautiful mountain view as our backdrop. Long’s Peak to be specific. It was absolutely breathtaking.
We had a very casual reception- guests were encouraged to go and get their food immediately following the ceremony. We decided against traditional catering and instead chose to hire food trucks!
All tables had ivory linen table cloths with burlap and kraft paper table runners (of course, we put crayons out for kiddos to color away on their tables!)
We set our cake on an old wooden spool that was then placed on a large apple cart and surrounded by other fun crates, baskets, and decorations.
The centerpieces on each table were all so very different. Throughout the 7 month engagement, my mom, mother-in-law, and several friends helped me to acquire two living rooms full of odds and ends from various antique and thrift stores. We then spent a few days picking items from our collection and organizing them into different centerpieces. We used all sorts of rustic/vintage items such as lace, burlap, galvanized tins, mason jars, old irons, old books, pictures of Andrew & I in old frames.
Leslie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Aldabella Photography // Event Planner: Pink Diamond Events // Bride’s Gown: Lian Carlo from Little White Dress Bridal Shop // Invitation Designer: Sage Paper Co. // Floral Designer: The Fresh Flower Market // Food Trucks: Maine Street Barbeque Co, The Sustainable Spoon, White Whale // Venue: YA YA Farm & Orchard // Equipment Rentals: All Events Tent & Party Rentals