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Fun & Full of Colorado Flavor

Katie & Ryan  |  June 22nd  | Castle Rock, Colorado

From the bride:  Ryan proposed to me live on-air while I was doing the weather! It was so special and so perfect, I couldn’t stop giggling, see it here.


We wanted our wedding style to be fun and full of Colorado flavor. We are both Colorado natives and love everything about our state! We are CU Boulder alums and really wanted to tie that into our wedding. We love to have fun together and just wanted to make sure that all of our guests enjoyed themselves and had a blast celebrating with us!

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I LOVED my shoes! I custom ordered royal blue high heels from Etsy. They were so perfect. Blue it my favorite color so I know I will get to wear them again. I didn’t want to do the traditional white because I won’t wear white heels again. I loved having a pop off color to go with my white dress. I also love how bright they look in the pictures.


The ceremony was outside in the backyard of the Cielo at Castle Pines. It’s absolutely gorgeous, surrounded by pine trees and the foothills. There are wildflowers along the hillside. I couldn’t ask for a better venue. It was perfect.


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One of my favorite ceremony memories is when Ryan spun me in circles down the aisle after we were married! It was so much fun and a memory I will always treasure.

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My favorite detail was the honeymoon jar. Ryan and I bought big mason jars and put them at the bar for our guests to contribute to our honeymoon fund. Ryan surprised me with the honeymoon. He kept it a surprise where we were going! I was so excited when I found out at the airport. But it was so fun to have extra money to spend and put towards the honeymoon. We would buy a drink and cheers towards whoever put the money in the jar!

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I hated when the night ended. I did not want to leave the reception! We were having so much fun. We actually took our entire bridal party in a limo ride after the reception. It was so much fun. Typically you see the bride and groom get in the limo and ride away. We wanted to share the moment with all of our friends that have been with us through our entire relationship. So we drove around Castle Rock and through the foothills with our friends. Nearly our entire wedding party went to a nearby brewery after the wedding.


My advice: Don’t rush! We got engaged in August and got married in June. Looking back, I would have waited another year. We wanted to get married so badly and wanted it to be in the summer.  A lot of vendors and venues were booked by the time we started seriously looking in September. I didn’t realize how far out people book everything. So I would say take your time with the wedding process but do realize how much time you need to get everything done! Soak in the whole process because it’s a once in a lifetime feeling marrying your best friend and having your friends and family cheering you along!



Venue: Cielo at Castle Pines. This majestic venue is stunning. It’s nestled in the foothills of Castle Pines. It’s the closest “mountain venue” without the commute. We held our ceremony outdoors and it was so perfect. We held the reception just a few steps inside the gorgeous venue. It’s absolutely beautiful. It has a wide open floor with a brick fire place. The venue is so big that it speaks for itself.

Photographer & Photo Booth: Drake Busch Photography. Ryan and I are both journalism majors, so we’ve had a lot of practice in photography. We were pretty picky about who we chose to do our photography. We love Drake because he takes more natural wedding pictures. We didn’t want pictures that looked too professional or stuffy. We wanted our photographer to catch us in the moment and to really capture our personalities.

Caterer: Catering by Design. We loved using this caterer. My parents and I went to the tasting. It was so much fun. They do such a great job selecting a menu that is perfect for you.

Cake: Cakeheads. We LOVED our cupcakes!

Florist: Daisy’s Front Porch. We used a smaller florist and absolutely loved them!! We got so many compliments on our flowers. I would recommend them to anyone!

Linens: Event Rentals of Denver. We choose gray linens with royal blue and yellow napkins to add a pop of color.

DJ & Lighting: Edge Event Productions. They did a great job picking out music that everyone could dance too. They kept the pace going all night. They also did the blue lighting for our reception.

Videographer: 1321 Studios Wedding Films. Jeff was excellent! As a TV Anchor, picking the videographer was my favorite part. I love film and was so excited about having a videographer. Jeff did such a great job capturing all the highlights of our wedding. He also wasn’t intrusive and caught us in the moment, rather than staging anything. His editing skills are amazing.

Wedding Gown Designer: Pronovias’ Noray gown from Blue Bridal. My dress was very hard to pick. I wanted something that was free and outdoorsy. It was very easy to wear and I could move and dance, which was important.

Hair & Makeup: Copperfalls in Castle Rock // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Officiant: Pastor Dan Hettinger

Honeymoon Location: Cancun! It was a surprise until I got to the airport. Ryan booked the honeymoon and we wanted it to be a surprise where we were going. He told me to pack something warm. It was so fun trusting in my husband that the trip would be fun. Plus, as a bride, I had enough on my plate planning-wise. It was nice to have the groom take over the honeymoon details!

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Shout it From the Mountaintops!

Catherine & Stephen  |  September 21st  |  Pine, Colorado

From the bride:  Our décor was very simple. We allowed the scenery and lodge setting to remain the focus of the day.

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I reused parts of my mother’s wedding dress as bouquet wraps and added Steve’s grandmother’s broaches.  

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We held our ceremony in a meadow along the hillside. The treeline stood as the backdrop with a gorgeous view of the mountains in the other direction. It started to sprinkle just as I walked down the aisle and then stopped just as I took Stephen’s hands.  Colorado Wedding, Pine, Colorado

We had a couple of unique elements like a water glass ceremony and a knot tying ceremony in which our mothers participated. We didn’t want to write our own vows, so he had us each write 1-2 sentences to keep secret from each other until we read them aloud. Everyone laughed when the officiant tried to correct me from putting the ring on Stephen’s right hand. He didn’t realize Steve’s left ring finger was broken from a mountain biking accident.

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Our favors were small clay pots with saucers tied on top as lids. Moss and tulip bulb inside (with growing instructions), personalized seed packet tucked into ribbon on top.

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The 3-tiered cake was a simple reflection of the setting: white-on white imprint of mountains around the sides with yellow aspen leaves cascading down one side (no cake topper). 

Colorado Wedding, Pine, ColoradoMy advice: Don’t let the wedding be the height of your relationship. That’s not what it’s all really about. 

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Venue: Meadow Creek B&B It was nice to have a place on-site to stay with family the night before and after. We did not feel rushed since we had Friday afternoon and all day Saturday to set up. There were no other wedding parties to compete with on site. There was an indoor option ready for weather concerns which eased anxiety. The venue was clean and beautiful. The character of the lodge was classic and not too rustic.
Photographer: Tina Joiner took beautiful pictures and was so nice and professional. Her fees were very reasonable. She was a calming force and an amazing value.
Caterer: Relish (formerly The Food Guy) was such great quality. We got rave reviews about that dinner months later.
Cake: Das Meyer had delicious and unique flavors but my favorite option was the mountainside etched around the sides.
Florist: Katie at Amore-Fiori really understood my vision and executed it better than I could have hoped! My flowers were my favorite thing to look at the whole day (except Stephen).
Officiant: Edwin Ward and James Frisbie- an amazing team that put together a really warm and entertaining ceremony. They completely listened to our individualized requests and brought it all to life.

Honeymoon Location: THE Royal in Playa del Carmen.

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Relaxed in Broomfield

From the photographer, Rayna McGinnis Photography:
Victoria and Tylor’s wedding is an amazing example of what can be accomplished in as little as three months. These two were originally planning an October 2014 wedding but when Tylor was informed at the end of 2013 that he was being stationed in Japan that coming May, he and Victoria went into wedding planning overdrive. Victoria didn’t miss a beat and pulled everything together and on the wedding day, she was one of the calmest and happiest brides I’ve had the honor to photograph.

Rayna McGinnis Photography0101From the bride: Our wedding day was so relaxed. We weren’t stressed at all. Everything had come together so wonderfully that we were able to enjoy the day in its entirety and truly appreciate what we were there for.

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We set aside four chairs for my grandparents whom have all passed away. We placed reserved signs with each of their names and a single rose was placed on each chair to show that they were to have been in those seats.. To me that was the best way to honor four people who couldn’t be there to celebrate our wedding day, but were very much so missed.  

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Both our families are of Norwegian decent so at the dessert table we had a Norwegian wedding cake made of cookie rings. It was a node to my Grandmother who also had one made for my parents wedding in 1982. 

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Victoria & Tylor’s
Photography:  Rayna McGinnis Photography   //  Venue:  The Chateaux at Fox Meadows  //  Caterer & Dessert: Hearts Desire Catering

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