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Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

Ali & Chris  |  September 27th  |  The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park

From the bride: We chose Evergreen because we love the mountains and wanted the wedding weekend to be laid back and as outdoorsy as possible, but we also wanted to be near Denver, due to the amount of guests flying in for the weekend.

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

Chris and I are avid hikers, campers, skiers and snowboarders. We’re both down-to-earth people who didn’t want anything over-the-top. However, we wanted it to remain formal enough to feel like a wedding.

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

My wedding dress was more than twice what I budgeted! I never thought I’d do that, but I loved it!

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We held the reception at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park. The weather and location were beautiful. We had a cocktail hour, which Chris and I made sure we participated in. That’s why we had a first look and took all our photos beforehand. We wanted to make sure we were there with our guests, since they made the effort to be there for us.

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

We  decided that our escort cards would be small envelopes with each person or couple’s name and table number on it, with a personal note to that person or couple inside. Chris and I spent way more time than we should have personalizing each note, but it was one way we could make each person—especially those who dedicated time and money to traveling to Colorado—to feel special and loved, even if we didn’t get to see them a lot throughout the wedding day.

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

My mom decorated the barn with ferns and plants. We wanted it to seem very “woodsy” without getting too rustic. The barn’s stained glass windows and elk antler chandelier definitely added to the atmosphere.

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Our favors were Blue Spruce seedlings from Nurseymen.com.

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My advice:

-Pick your date, book your venue and hire your photographer ASAP. They book up quickly.

-Do not save all the DIY projects until the week before the wedding! I waited until my mom got in town to help me and we spent way too much time preparing those things.

-If you work full-time and your family is from out-of-town, hire a planner! My mom and I wish we had a person, other than us, to lead the way and let us know we were doing things correctly.

Colorado Mountain Casual in Evergreen

Ali’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Venue: The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park {more info}

Photographer: Red Shoes Photography  //  Caterer, Dessert, S’mores Bar, Linens: Fresh Tracks Catering  //  Florals: Lale Florals  //  Wedding Gown Designer: Kelly Faetinini from Emma & Grace Bridal Studio  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm from D’Anelli Bridal  //  Men’s Wear: Joseph Banks

Honeymoon Location: Yasawa Island Resort & Spa and Nanuku Auberge Resort, Fiji

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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!

Rat Pack/Frank Sinatra Themed Wedding in Denver

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

Rat Pack/Frank Sinatra Themed Wedding in Denver

Our tables were named after old school singers.

Rat Pack/Frank Sinatra Themed Wedding in Denver

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

Rat Pack/Frank Sinatra Themed Wedding in Denver

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

Rat Pack/Frank Sinatra Themed Wedding in Denver

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.

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A Casual Spring Garden Wedding from Devon K Photography

Holly & Grant  |  May 17th  |  Boulder, Colorado

From the bride:
Our wedding was a combination of a cocktail party and a garden party – casual and fun. Neither Grant nor I are big party people – we just wanted an environment where we could mingle and enjoy the presence of all our friends and family.
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 We got married on my parent’s property in Boulder, under an arch that my father built. We had a classical guitarist play as we entered. There were no bridesmaids or groomsmen. The ceremony was short and sweet. Grant and I wrote it together and we heard throughout the rest of the day that it sounded just like us.

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We had a large (40×60) tent in the yard with lights. The reception was mostly a chance to mingle and chat with people – and enjoy the good food and good wine and beer.  We had local brews (selected by Grant) and wine options from California and New Zealand (selected by my dad). 

A Casual Garden Wedding in Boulder from Devon K Photography

We had lights strung across the tent and beautiful flowers on the tables.  We did splurge for the ‘harvest tables’ which added a little bit of rustic charm to the decor.  I really just wanted to flowers to be the focus of the day, and they were.

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A Casual Garden Wedding in Boulder from Devon K PhotographyA Casual Garden Wedding in Boulder from Devon K PhotographyNeither Grant nor I are dancers, but there was something about our first dance. You hear about everyone else disappearing and having it just be the two of you – that happened to me while we danced – I loved it.

A Casual Garden Wedding in Boulder from Devon K PhotographyMy advice:

First, you hear all the time that you won’t remember your wedding day – that you will not be aware of the details you stressed over…and that was certainly true for me. So keep that in mind as you think about which napkin color to get.

Second, unless you are planning a tiny event or have years to plan, I would get a planner.  Even if you think you can handle it, having someone to help with narrowing selections for vendors, who could do the leg work when it came to nailing down a contract or getting an update from a vendor was so wonderful.  It allowed me to continue to work and have a life while I planned the wedding.

Third, really REALLY plan your guest list – make a list, have your fiancé make a list, go over the lists together, set them aside and go over them again later.  Really think about how many people you want at your day.  Grant and I ended up with about twice what we wanted (it turned out okay) but it was definitely the biggest stressor of the entire planning.

Lastly, try to enjoy the process.  It will get stressful, but try to remember that at the end of the day, you will be married to the person you love – and the entire day is all about that.

A Casual Garden Wedding in Boulder from Devon K Photography

Holly’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Photographer: Devon K Photography {more info}.  Devon was fantastic. She was cheerful and happy and so easy to be around. Highly recommended.

Event Planner: The Wedding Studio (HIGHLY recommend her!).  Hope listened to what I wanted and brought me options.  She was always willing to make changes and adjustments.  She was available when I needed her and basically saved my sanity through the whole process.  I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Florist: The Perfect Petal. My floral designer was brilliant. The nature of what we wanted (mostly little containers of different sizes with individual flowers or small arrangements) necessitated intensive set-up on site. The layout was amazing – saturated colors through the tent, but not overwhelming or fussy. She also made us flower arrangements for the cake and the arch (for the ceremony).  She listened to input and made changes.  I would work with her again, no question.

Caterer: Footers Catering. Footers was amazing – our food station idea was a little bit different, but they worked with us to get a menu we all liked.  They made changes to recipes and tweaked flavors for us.  Their staff was incredible – friendly and helpful – throughout the evening.  And the food was incredible! My only regret was that I didn’t get to eat more of it!

Cake: Goochie Cakes //  Favors: Concertos in Chocolate  //   Wedding Gown: Blue Bridal Boutique  //  Makeup: Lacey Dahlstrom //  Venue: private property  //  Tent Rental: Colorado Party Rentals

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