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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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Intimate & Simple in Woodland Park

Sandi & Derek  |  October 11th  |  Woodland Park, Colorado

From the bride: When Derek and I go engaged we knew we wanted a small mountain style wedding with only close friends and family. We really wanted each guest to feel like they were a part of our special day. We also wanted to include our friends in as many ways as we could- and we have lots of very talented friends who were able to contribute to our celebration! 

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Our reception had a wood/fall theme with a trail mix bar, a cupcake bar and I even surprised my new hubby with a cigar bar. Intimate & Simple Wedding in Woodland Park, CO Intimate & Simple Wedding in Woodland Park, COWe had a special table set up for the kids that attended the wedding – to include crafts, masks, and kid treats.
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Sandi’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Jessica Newman Photography  /  Ceremony: Woodland Park Community Church  /   Reception: Shining Mountain Golf Club

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Love Flies Over Colorado

Shanon & Owen  |  July 6th  |  Longmont, Colorado

From the bride: We met as skydive instructors and we first kissed on Owens BASE jump so, we jumped out of an airplane after the ceremony and turned a working airplane hangar into a magical space for our reception.

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We are avid yogis and had our yoga instructor conduct the ceremony. Colorado Wedding - skydiving Colorado Wedding - skydiving Colorado Wedding - skydiving, grey & yellow, sunflowers Colorado Wedding - skydiving, grey & yellow, sunflowers Colorado Wedding - skydiving, grey & yellow, sunflowers Colorado Wedding - skydiving, grey & yellow, sunflowers

We made homemade wine, bottled it, and designed and printed labels and wine openers with “blue skies” written on it. Colorado Wedding - skydiving, grey & yellow, sunflowers

My advice: Make your wedding about you and your husband, not everyone else.

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Colorado Wedding - skydiving, grey & yellow, sunflowers

Shanon’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Ceremony Site: Ryssby Lutheran Church  //  Reception Site: Longmont Municipal Airport, Mile High Skydiving Otter Hangar  //  Photography & Video: Yellow Paddle Photography  //  Caterer: Georgia Boys BBQ  //  Florist: Love Letter Floral

Honeymoon Location:  We wanted a break from the sky, so we went to Costa Rica for surfing!

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