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Natural Colorado Elegance

From the bride, Madi:  We wanted to keep the day very natural and elegant. We also wanted to play off the simplicity and elegance of greenery. The décor was all a natural wood color with eucalyptus as the accent. My little sister added a soft feminine touch with her calligraphy and lettering. I absolutely loved our décor because it was all made by our families. It made the wedding feel so personal and intimate.
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Our color palette was cream, white, green and light blush.

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It rained all afternoon and gave me a slight heart attack because the ceremony was scheduled to occur outside. However, the clouds parted right as the ceremony was to begin and the rain held off until we drove off at the end of the night! melissayocum0108

THE CEREMONY
The ceremony was located in a field called “Grace’s Chapel.” The altar is located under this giant tree and looks out towards the foothills. It is absolutely stunning. We had our pastor from my church growing up marrying us. We also had our sisters read verses during the ceremony. My favorite memory was saying our vows to one another. It felt like it was just him and I in that moment. We wrote our own vows and also said some traditional vows. It was perfect for us.

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FUNNY MOMENT
During our ceremony, we planned to take communion. They had the wine all set at the outside ceremony site. However, because it had been raining all day the wine had accumulated a bunch of sticks and leaves in it! So, they poured it out before the ceremony and had planned to refill it right before it started. However, if you have ever been to a wedding, you know that right before can be somewhat craziness with all the nerves and excitement. So, when the ceremony started, the wine cup was still empty! When it came time for communion, our Pastor laughed and casually whispered in our ear to just pretend like we were drinking the wine. I remember giggling under my breathe as I watched Noah act like he was drinking the wine.

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FAVE DETAIL
We made wooden boxes for the centerpieces and stained them to get a natural worn wood color. In the boxes we had three different sized vases with simple white candles in them and eucalyptus threaded throughout the candles. We used the extra wood as our table number signs. My little sister designed the table number signs with her amazing calligraphy.

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My mom made a big marquee “d” (our new last name is Drake) that sat by the fireplace mantel at our reception.

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FAVORS
Coffee beans in personalized bags.

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ADVICE
The best advice that I received during our engagement was to embrace the imperfections. The imperfections are what makes the stories rich and memorable and totally and completely ours. Embrace the imperfections of everything! God has your day and your marriage under control, so just enjoy the day like it’s a gift!

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer:  Melissa Yocum Photography  //  Caterer: Occasions Catering Denver  //  Floral Designer: Petals Lakewood  //  Wedding Gown Designer: Hailey Paige  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Lauren Conrad  //  Men’s Wear: Combatant Gentlemen  //  Veils and headpieces: Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces //  Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch

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A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

From the bride, Liz: We have always enjoyed the outdoor spaces that we get to explore here in Colorado. So, when it came time to pick a spot for our ceremony, it was fitting to pick a mountain setting with a backdrop of the continental divide! Our location was about 30 minutes, west of our home in Denver, in the foothills, at Genesee Park. The edge of the park provided the perfect setting for our small group and had all the features we had hoped to find when we first started looking. The majority of our guests were from out-of-state.
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PERSONAL TOUCHES
Josh drove his 1966 GMC truck and I hand painted the Just Married banner. It was really special to use my grandmother’s jewelry instead of purchasing something new.

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A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

THE CEREMONY
The weather was spot on, the guests were happy, a deer crossed my path as I walked toward Josh. My husband-to-be fumbled the line in the vows about listening, and no joke, an eagle screeched as the officiant read the ceremony! My favorite part was getting to hold each others hand and look each other in the eye while we recited vows.

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A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee ParkOur unity painting was also a lot of fun.

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A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee ParkTHE FIRST DANCE
Before we entered the reception, the neighborhood ice cream shop began playing music and we had a spontaneous first dance in front 50+ strangers.

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THE CAKE
Our cake was left in the walk-in cooler a little too long, so Josh and I had to cut through a very cold cake with a very warm knife which ended up being very entertaining for us.

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Taylor Jones Photography  //  Ceremony Site: Genesee Park   //  Reception Site: Linger //  Cake: Mulberries Cake Shop

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An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park

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.An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park An Intimate Destination Wedding in Winter Park

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