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Hunting-Inspired Wedding at Colorado State University

Jim and Sharilyn met on ChristianMingle.com. They both knew pretty early on that each other was “the One.” Jim proposed in the very spot where they would eventually be married, in the Oval at the beautiful Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins. They had both attended school there together at the same time, even working a couple of doors down from each other – but they never actually met until they had met online. Funny how life works that way.  The reception that followed at the Lory Student Center Ballroom was decorated with fun handmade details highlighting Jim + Sharilyn’s love for hunting and CSU.

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VENDORS:  Photographer:  Randy + Ashley  //  Venue: Colorado State University   //  Hair & Makeup Artist: MUAH by J  //  Transportation: NOCO Party Bus  //  Cake: Sugar Buzz Cakery

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An Autumn Wedding in Lyons

Kayla & Josh exchanged vows on a warm sunny day under the blue Colorado sky.  Hand-painted stones led guests to the ceremony site on the grassy lawn next to the river.  After the vows, guests enjoyed pork carnitas,  chicken tacos and Tijuana street fries served from a local food truck. An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado An Autumn Wedding in Lyons, Colorado
THE VENDORS
Photographer:  Erika Overholt Photography  //  Floral Designer: A florae  //  Food Truck: Butcher & The Blonde  //  Venue: Stone Mountain Lodge

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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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