Aliesha and John love visiting Colorado so much that they decided to get married in Colorado. They planned a small, intimate wedding that also served as a mini-vacation for their guests. The ceremony took place at 10,700 feet overlooking the Continental Divide followed by a mountaintop reception at the The Lodge at Sunspot. Bella Calla designed all the pretty florals and decor while Dylan Burr perfectly photographed the celebration.
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From the bride, Christie:
We wanted to give our families and friends traveling from New York (where Andrew is from) and Boston a true Colorado experience. We were looking for a location that gave everyone a mountain feel without having to travel to far into the mountains to get to it.
The military and collectables from my family (old camera’s, books, etc.) with a color palette of black, champagne, gold, ivory and burgundy.
We got married at St. Mary’s Cathedral and my childhood priest performed the ceremony. Andrew’s grandmother sang “Ave Maria”, which was such a beautiful moment.
We had Marines perform a sword ceremony after the ceremony at St. Mary’s and a bagpipe player who performed the Marine Corps hymn.
THE GUEST BOOK
We had wine bottles for different years and asked our guests to write to us. Before the wedding, my Aunt sent all of our living grandparents papers to write for each year. This means on our 25th and 50th wedding anniversary we will be able to read advice and loving words from grandparents who have long passed.
Andrew’s mother handmade her famous jam.
HONORING MILITARY SERVICE
All four of our grandfathers were in the military so, we had a table honoring them and our family members who were not able to be with us that day.
THE TABLE NAMES
Each table was a different Marine Corps Base and our sign for the place cards said “Where are you stationed?”.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
My husband pulling me aside, holding up an invisible camera in front of me and telling me to take it all in for a moment. We watched our friends dance, people eat, smiles, laughs and got to cherish that moment together.
Enjoy every moment. The men are more involved when they make decisions and the day-of is so special.
From the bride, Morgan: Our ceremony took place against the gorgeous backdrop of downtown Denver seen through the foothills and surrounded by the faces of our biggest fans and those we love most deeply. We wrote our own ceremony and vows, which definitely set the stage of this day as our very own.
The aisle was lined with mint DIY distressed mason jars and beautiful fresh flowers.
I made all of the centerpieces which included gathering photographs of my husband and me at the age of each table, collecting unique and eclectic picture frames, and painting and distressing mason jars. We also had a variety of herbs placed around tea lights at each table, which I loved as a fresh, feel good touch from nature since we are both very outdoorsy.
My advice: Smile, you found your forever person! Don’t get bogged down in the details of planning. Take wedding planning as another reason to have fun interacting with your significant other rather than a point of stress.