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An Intimate Wedding on Valentine’s Day

Laura & Mike  |  February 14th   |  Denver, Colorado

From the bride: My husband and I are simple people, and we wanted our wedding to reflect this aspect of ourselves. We got engaged towards the end of November and planned to marry on our current anniversary, which is Valentine’s Day. This meant a lot of work in very little time. When planning began, we took inventory on what we found important for our BIG day. For us, frills and fuss were the farthest from our minds. Our number one priority was to share our love with our family and friends. In return, our friends and family went above and beyond to make this the most special day we could have ever imagined.

Photography by Jaime Johnson Photography
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My husband is one of the most playful individuals I’ve ever met. He gets nostalgic about the toys he played with as a child, LEGOS especially. I came up with an idea for his boutonnieres that reflected this aspect of him, and our shared silliness. We decided to do a LEGO theme for the boutonnieres. We scoured Ebay for all different LEGO men, and then had every male in our wedding choose a character that represented them. I attached a few sprigs of greenery to each LEGO and created our “nod to childhood” boutonnieres. In the end, we had The Ninja Turtles and The Avengers joining our ceremony.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver ColoradoI stayed warm and cozy in my vintage tan mink stole! An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

The décor, color palette, and overall style evolved from our choice of venue. We chose Cheesman Park Pavilion for the ceremony. Everyone thought I was crazy for choosing an outdoor venue for a winter wedding. It turned into a joke about me being a crazy artist that always had to something outside the box. I’m not going to lie, I am a crazy artist, and that’s why I fell in love with this location. The marble Pavilion was beautiful architecturally. It also held the characteristics that define winter; clean, white, and cold. The bare branches of the surrounding trees encompassed the pavilion, transforming this magical Denver location into a woodsy retreat rather than a metropolitan park. I loved the contrast between the stark dark wood of the trees, the few branches still holding onto the fading tans of their fall leaves, and the white marble. This is where the color palette was born; tan through brown scale, lots of white on white, wood, and very small amounts of spring leaf green. I wanted to carry the natural beauty I found in this location into every aspect of the wedding, in a simple and clean sort of manner.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

Our wedding arch was constructed using 2X4s, covered in tan burlap. I took branches from a Coworker that had recently chopped down a tree. The branches were secured vertically to the arch frame to give the illusion of a forest back drop. I wanted to contrast the vertical straight branches, as well as fill some of the negative space in a playful manner, so I hung round string balls varying in size, made of paper mache, from the branches. We tucked greenery and small white flowers in the crooks of the branches, to both cover the hardware used to secure the branches, and to balance the severity of the barren brushwood. My father finished off the piece by sawing some large branches at 45 degree angles and drilling them into the frame to form stable legs.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

Our wedding day was as perfect as I could have ever imagined. I arrived at Cheesman Park 45 minutes late, and Mike arrived about an hour late. We really need to work on our tardiness. The ceremony was short and sweet. On this chilly February day, I felt so warm. Our love was on fire, and it illuminated everything around us, and warmed everyone’s hearts.

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I made a large heart shaped piñata that I slaved over for days.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

Mike and I joined our photographer, Jaimie Johnson for our own personal photo shoot. We had mentioned to her that we wanted the photographs to be a combination of classic, and fun and silly. We wanted them to represent us, and Jaime did just that. An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

After the photos, we headed to our home for an intimate dinner. Our families had never met, and this gave such a wonderful opportunity for them to get to know each other. The evening was filled with laughter, and lots and lots of LOVE. An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

The following day, we rented out the Thin Man and threw the party of all parties. All of our friends were there. Each parent, his and mine, sang us a personal heart-felt love song. It was so touching, so personal, artistic, and loving. Song by song, my heart melted more and more. We were just overflowing with love. It was the most magical way to start off our marriage.

An Intimate Wedding on Valentine's Day in the Park - Denver Colorado

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A Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches

Lorena & Drew | July 19th | Twin Lakes, Colorado

From the bride:  Our first “kind of” date was a bike ride, and we like to mountain bike and road bike together often. Drew even proposed while on a mountain bike ride. So it was fitting to have an underlying bike theme. Our favors were silver bike bells. They doubled as napkin holders and when we were introduced, everyone rang the bells, creating a beautiful melodic sound.

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 We made our engagement ring and wedding rings for each other after taking a metalsmithing class together while dating. We also designed and hand letterpressed the invitations, programs, thank you notes and boxes for the lavender toss.

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We went to a harp duet concert while dating and fell in love with the sound of two harpists, so we wanted to share that with our guests at the ceremony.

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We asked our guests to bring a small stone from their home. During the ceremony, each guest placed the stone on the soil of a bonsai tree as a symbol of their blessing of the union and to help support us in our marriage.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

My 99-year old grandmother (who traveled from Massachusetts) recited (from memory) a poem she wrote for us. The poem tied into the bonsai tree and our love for nature.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

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Drew likes to create origami as a little hobby. He made me origami flowers on one of our first dates. For the wedding, each guest received a handmade origami animal as their name card, hanging from a wire frame with mini clothespins. They found their table with a larger matching origami animal as part of the centerpiece.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes ColoradoWe are animal lovers so we had a “cat” table (we each brought a cat to the relationship), the angelfish table (we both like to scuba dive and Drew takes underwater photos and an angelfish is hanging up in our hallway), the turtle table (I collect turtle items) and the “fox” table, of course (my last name).

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

Guests loved our handmade guest book costume photo booth. We set up an iPad with a photo booth app and had it connect to a mini photo printer. Two photo strips were automatically printed, one for the guests to take home and one to put in the book and sign.

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 Drew also made 3D origami swans that formed a heart when together.

A Colorado Mountain Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches, Twin Lakes Colorado

We made a wire metal cake topper of us on a tandem bike with a sign post containing our names and wedding date.

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Lorena’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Ceremony: A Wolf Den B&B  //   Reception: The Twin Lakes Inn  //   Photographer: Jesse LaPlante Photography  //  Flowers: Love Letters Floral  //  Ceremony Harpists: Erin Newton and Margot Krimmel  //  Cocktail Hour & Dinner Music: David Tipton  //  Reception DJ: Derek Russo at The Higher Sound  //  Hair: LeAnna at Roots Hair Studio

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Love Blooms in Estes by Devon K Photography

Roya & Clayton | July 21st | Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride: We chose Estes Park as we love the outdoors and ideally wanted our wedding outdoors.  An olive green and charcoal grey color palette incorporated the natural environment.

Photography by Devon K Photography
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We had subtle hints of peach and pale pink in the flowers, but overall tried to have green be the focus of our flowers. Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

Place cards were hung from a large white garden gate that has a heart in the center. This gate came from Clayton’s mother’s garden and we felt it not only brought her love into our wedding but it was a unique way for us to incorporate our love for the outdoors.

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Instead of a guest book that would be tucked away, we had guests sign a wooden wine box. After the wedding, we stained it to seal in the signatures. It is now a decoration for our home as opposed to being tucked away in a drawer.

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Our rings were carried in a small treasure chest as a nod to our love for adventure. Inside the chest, there was a poem about the significance of wedding rings. Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

Our ceremony was on the longer side but this is because we added lots of personal touches- we wrote a piece for our parents (in which afterwards we both went down and hugged our parents), recited our own vows, and acknowledged our loved ones that were not present on that day. There was a special piece about Clayton’s deceased father, Ted, who was with us in spirit that day.

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 We both absolutely loved our cake. The cake was a simple, yet elegant round three-tiered cake. It featured a beautiful, edible olive green bow with a brooch in the center. There was beautiful sugar peony atop and then pieces of edible lace inspired by my dress.  I surprised Clayton with a grooms cake that incorporated things personal to Clayton: our dogs, rock climbing shoes and magazine, a Bronco’s jersey, and a Firefighter’s helmet.

Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

My advice: Several people gave us this advice, and its often easy to lose sight of- but remember why there is a wedding in the first place- its about the love between you and your partner. Too often, we become engrossed in details that only you will notice if they aren’t perfect. Enjoy each other’s love and the commitment you are about to make and don’t stress over “stuff.”

Della Terra wedding by Devo Photography, Estes Park Colorado

Roya’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Photographer: DEVON K PHOTOGRAPHY {more info}. Devon was amazing. There were issues bustling my dress and she got right in and helped the bridesmaids. She was not only a photographer, but also a very helpful extra pair of hands and eyes that day. The photography speaks for itself. It is amazing and truly has a timeless feel to it.

Venue: Della Terra. Fantastic, family owned. They know how to do weddings  //  Caterer: Epicurean  //  Cake: Intricate Icings //  Musicians: A Lyric Ensemble  //  DJ: Standing Room Only  //  Officiant: Bill Huth  //  Bride’s Gown: Intuzuri from The Bridal Collection   //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection from Nordstrom  //  Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse  //  Hair: Bella Capelli  //  Make-up: Dina Bree  //  Videographer: 1321 Studios

Honeymoon Location: Mediterranean Cruise to Italy, Greece, Croatia and Turkey

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