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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 Simple & Relaxed Wedding in Cuchara

Michelle & Brad  |   August 22nd  |  Cuchara, Colorado

From the photographer, John Bosley: How’s a weekend in the beautiful mountains of southern Colorado sound? Hop on your Harley for a summer ride across the state, meet up with a bunch of your closest friends, have a keg of your favorite beer and while you’re at it, get married to your best friend. That’s exactly what Michelle and Brad did. Their wedding at Yellow Pine Ranch in Cuchara was pretty much perfect. They had an entire mountain ranch to themselves, complete with beautiful weather, family and friends. Their wedding felt more like a big party than a fancy, formal affair, which is exactly what Michelle and Brad wanted. Timelines were more like guidelines and things happened at their own pace, which led to a wonderfully stress-free day for everyone. By the end of the day, tears were shed, memories were created and Michelle and Brad had started their journey through life together.

A Simple & Relaxed Wedding in Cuchara, Colorado

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THE VENDOR TEAM: Photographer:  John Bosley Photography  //  Venue: Yellow Pine Ranch   //  Caterer: The Green Penguin  //  Flowers: Trinidad Greenhouse  //  DJ: Ignight Entertainment  //  Photobooth: The Laughing Photo Booth  //  Makeup Artist: Dotted With Hearts

Rat Pack/Frank Sinatra Themed Wedding

Kathy & Mark |  October 18th  |  Denver, Colorado

From the bride: We were going for a modern take on a supper club – a bit of a ‘rat pack’ vibe.

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We didn’t know that the zombie crawl was happening so, we took some spontaneous pics with some zombies!

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We ordered pedicabs and the wedding party was driven to several venues for unique pictures.  It was a fun way to spend the day.

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Our tables were named after old school singers.

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The starry lights on the ceiling together with the table lamps, flowers and shimmery votives gave off a beautiful vibe.

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Mark serenaded me…I think I laughed, cried and giggled all at the same time.

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Kathy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House. Loved having the ceremony and reception in one location. The staff was quite helpful and the food was wonderful.  They handled all of the catering.

Event Planner: Pick Me! Weddings & EventsRami listened to what we wanted, was direct in her feedback and helped us make the right choices every step of the way.  She was very professional and easy to work with.

Event Design: Southern Charm Events. Cheri delivered my vision. I had a few ideas and she  made them even better.

Photographer: Two One Photography. Casee delivered beautiful pictures and even helped put together a fun photo booth.

Simple & Romantic from Devon K Photography

Brittany & Matthew  |  June 15th  |  Littleton, Colorado

From the bride, Brittany:
When I first started planning I was all over place! Our wedding colors went from green to pink and then to purple. I got really stressed about committing to a color and then having to incorporate it throughout all of the details. All of the Pinterest ideas I had flowing through my head were just making the decision making process harder. I then took a step back and focused on our venue and the reasons we chose it.  It was a stunning venue and we didn’t want to take away from the beauty of the setting.  We decided to go with a very simple style that was romantic, yet made for an elegant affair.

Photography by Rockstar Devon K Photography

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 The floral arrangements and bouquets consisted of beautiful blooms of white peonies, hydrangea, ranunculus, lilac, and calla lilies. The flowers popped against the champagne dupioni bridesmaid dresses which were adorned with open backs and bow details on the back neckline. 

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In lieu of traditional wedding programs, we had a chalkboard that greeted guests as they found their way to their seats.

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 My favorite part was when my husband and I took a moment alone to step outside and be away from the party to fully take in the experience and the moment.  There are very few times in your life when you have all the people you love in one room. To know that they were all there to celebrate with us and our new lives together, well that is a pretty spectacular feeling.

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When the night ended, there was a ‘Thank you’ chalkboard waiting for guests with their favors – homemade pepper jelly.  The chalkboard is now hanging in our house as décor.  It’s a great conversation piece and speaks to who we are as hosts. It’s a personalized keepsake!

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Looking back, I would have hired a day-of wedding coordinator.  I think I would have been less stressed about everything knowing that I could trust them to help with all of the details. Not to mention, they have done this many times before and they are familiar with the venue and the staff.

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My advice: Wedding planning is supposed to be enjoyable.  After all, you only do it once… enjoy it! Sometimes it can be difficult and stressful to make a decision on which vendor to go with. Anytime we made a big decision or choose a vendor, whether it was our venue, photographer, florist or DJ we made sure that we treated ourselves to a celebratory drink.  Celebrating the mini wins made our planning process fun and exciting.

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Brittany’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Photographer: DEVON K PHOTOGRAPHY  { more info | websiteEvery bride has that one thing that matters most to them, and to me, it was the photography.  I spent hours researching photographers and met with several, but as soon as we met with Devon we knew we had found the “one”. Words cannot describe how amazing Devon is! She is very easy-going, fun and relatable.  She is a true professional and can handle any situation thrown her way. Her work is incredible and she creates such breathtaking images! She captured our day and all of the little details perfectly. Our wedding went by so fast, but thanks to her, we are able to cherish all of the special moments time and time again.

Venue & Caterer: Arrowhead Golf Club.  When searching for a wedding venue, my husband and I knew that we wanted to exchange vows in a location that was unique, provided a beautiful Colorado backdrop and reflected who were are as a couple. We came across Arrowhead Gold Club located in Roxborough Park and immediately fell in love.  The dramatic views of the red rocks and lush greens took our breath away as soon as we entered the gates of the park.  It was truly magical.  The staff is great to work with and the food was excellent.  Whitney Cole and Kiersten Thoma were amazing. They are very responsive and ensured that our wedding went off without any problems.

Cake: Azucar Bakery. The customer service that we experienced at Azucar was extraordinary.  In fact, we loved them so much that we cancelled the rest of our planned tastings because we knew that they could provide what we wanted and within our budget. Azucar offers so many mouth-watering flavors it was hard to choose which ones we wanted! We ended up choosing four different flavors and all of them where delicious! Our favorite was the Yellow cake with Dulce de Leche filling.

Florist: Secret Window Floral Studio. When my husband and I first met with Rhoda, we arrived at the studio with a big binder in tow with a plethora of floral ideas. I was pretty overwhelmed with all the ideas and flowers I had seen (thank you, Pinterest), but Rhoda took her time with us and helped us to pick out the perfect palette. She is knowledgeable and had the flowers in stock so that we could see samples of how the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces would look together. Being a very visual and detail-oriented bride, this made all the difference! We felt so comfortable with Rhoda that we let her do her thing when it came to our ceremony arrangements. We had a general idea of what we wanted, but decided to let the expert design the perfect arrangement for us based upon the other flowers we had already chosen…needless to say, they turned out amazing! They took my breath away as soon as I saw them. Every single bouquet and floral arrangement at our wedding was absolutely stunning. Rhoda puts so much time and effort into her flowers and it really shows. She is an absolute pleasure to work with!

Chalkboards: Chelsea’s Chalkboards. Chelsea is so talented! I sent her some pictures on what I was looking for and she nailed it! She is detail-oriented and it shows in her work. Our chalkboards turned out amazing and were a hit with all of our guests.  We loved the fact that we were able to add some additional creative personal touches with the chalkboards…and we can still use them as décor in our house!

Guest Lodging: Marriott South at Park MeadowsLindsey O’Dell and the entire staff at the Marriott made our stay delightful! They were easy to work with and very accommodating. The hotel was well kept and our suite was very spacious. After the wedding, we headed back to the hotel bar (Sonoma’z) for the after party.  They were very accommodating and stayed open for a few extra hours so that we could continue the celebrations.  They also coordinated our morning after brunch.  It was great to have the whole patio to ourselves and the food was great!

Hair & Makeup: Charmed BeautyRachael is absolutely amazing! I called her about 3 weeks before my wedding in an absolute panic after a not-so-pleasant hair and makeup trail with the hair dresser who was supposed to doll me up on my wedding day. I totally lucked out that she was able to fit me in! After talking with Rachael, I knew that she had what it took to ensure that I felt beautiful on my big day. Rachael spent three hours with me during my trial perfecting my hair and makeup. We tried many different hair and makeup options until I found the exact look I wanted. She was so patient with me! I left my trial feeling completely confident that I made the right decision choosing Rachael.  The day of my wedding wasn’t any different. Rachael delivered just as she had during my trial. She is very fun and outgoing and my bridal party absolutely loved her! The girls in my wedding party that got their hair and makeup done with Rachael LOVED the finished product. They looked beautiful! I felt the way that every girl wants to feel on her wedding day… drop dead gorgeous!

Wedding Gown Designer: Allure purchased from Something New Boutique

Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung.  Purchased through the Wedding Suite at the Park Meadows Nordstrom.

Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse.

Honeymoon Location: Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicBeautiful place!!

Classic Mountain Fun

 Meg & Ben  |  September 15th  |  Vail, Colorado

From the photographer, Tara Low:
At first, this might look like a destination wedding, but for Vail Valley couple Meg and Ben, it was an elegant local celebration filled with personal details, and showcasing the work of talented area vendors. The day was one of those warm, bluebird, absolutely PERFECT early fall days in the Vail Valley, when the aspens were just barely changing. The color palette of navy, white, pale greens, and pale peaches was a lovely complement to the stunning backdrop and rustic venues. This bride and groom – and their family and friends – were a joy to photograph.  Unique, personal details were incorporated throughout the day; gifts of handkerchiefs embroidered with lace from the bride’s Alvina Valenta dress, Meg’s baby bonnet carried with her bouquet, and the dinner of locally raised beef provided by family friends. One of my favorite touches was the favors, their bulldog pup’s very own brand of Honeymoon Hot Sauce, with Jim himself on the label with a grass skirt and lei! Guests were entertained through the cocktail hour and reception by local bluegrass tunes. In true Colorado Style, bride Meg switched out her sapphire Badgley Mischka heels for a pair of Colorado cowboy boots for cocktails and dancing.

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Meg’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Tara Low PhotographyHer gorgeous work speaks for itself, but you have to meet Tara to know what’s its like to have a photographer who puts everyone at ease.
Event Planner: The Soiree Studio  //   Ceremony Site: Beaver Creek Chapel  //  Reception Site: Donovan Pavilion   //  Flowers: Petals & Pours    //  Caterer: Gourmet Cowboy   //  Guest Lodging: The Vail Cascade Resort and Spa  //  Hair & Makeup: Emily Parker

Honeymoon Location: Maui!

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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