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Simple Colorado Vintage

Rebecca & Matt | August 31st | Monument, Colorado

From the bride: My goal was to have a soft, simple yet rustic wedding that incorporated our beautiful Colorado location. We wanted our friends and family from the east coast to feel like they were getting the true Colorado experience. My three inspiring words became simple, vintage, and well, Colorado.

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I am a crafter. That being said, almost every aspect of our wedding was personalized.

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The ceremony took place on a family friend’s property just feet away from their old and gorgeous red barn. It was the perfect place to create the eclectic outdoorsy feel we wanted. We decided to use a large amazing tree as our backdrop for the ceremony.

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My Uncle, a wise man we both look up to, married us; his words of wisdom, encouragement, and truth from God’s word lead us through the ceremony.

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My most memorable memory was when Matt and I took turns washing each other’s feet. We stopped and sat before each other to remind ourselves and the witnesses sitting before us, that we were committing to serving one another other in love. My sister and our two friends sang an acoustic and tear-jerking version of, “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz during this time.

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We used burlap runners on the cream-colored table clothes, and lanterns filled with pinecones and glittered rocks. We used small vintage mint vases with baby’s breath to add pops of color through out the table. There was a wide array of tin buckets filled with baby’s breath and glittery willow twigs in vases.

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Above the candy table we created a Mr & Mrs Stevens sign, and hung it with clothes pins and hemp.

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One of my favorite details was the old oven cake display.  Since Matt and I are not big cake lovers, we decided that we wanted my mother’s famous “Special K” bars, and just a small cake to cut. The homemade bars were an absolute hit.

AndreaDahlberg0121My advice: Make the wedding your own. After telling my ideas like, having my mom’s special bars instead of cake, eating barbeque, and setting up a candy table for guests, to a few women who got married about 20-30 years ago, the one thing they said to me was, “I wish I had made my wedding my own.” Let your wedding shine on your personality and your relationship. In the end, it is about you and your spouse joining in a life long covenant, and celebrating with your closest friends and family.

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Rebecca & Matt
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Photographer: Andrea Dahlberg Photography. She was AMAZING. Andrea and her family has been some of our closest family friends for a very long time, so I knew I could trust her and her artistic ability to shoot our special day. She captured the full emotion of the day, and created keepsakes that we will hold dear until the day we die.

Caterer: Front Range Barbeque. Unbelievable food. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants authentic good food to fit a barn setting. We had people coming up to us all night saying how amazing the food was. The staff was very easy to work with and did anything they could to help us with the day. 

Bride’s Gown: Pilar Aleece from Danelle’s Bridal

A Rustic Handmade Wedding at Chatfield

Sarah & Tom  |  August 29th  |  Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

From the bride:
Everything was DIY. The invitations, program (all stationary), favors (ceramic glasses handmade by my mom), table centerpieces, dessert toppers, the bridesmaid’s sashes, my earrings, hair comb, and lace knit shrug for the reception, the flower girl’s necklaces and ribbon wreaths, burlap bunting, our traditional Greek stefana and escort cards and display.  I loved the DIY projects so much that I have started an Etsy store called Gilded Lily.

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I wore an Enzoani gown from The Bridal Collection.

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Our color palette was yellow and grey with teal accents.

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Jenna Walker Photographers

We got married in a clearing of trees in front of a gazebo with a beautiful view of the foothills.  We asked a mutual friends of our parents, whom we both deeply respected to perform the ceremony. 

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At the beginning of the ceremony, we asked our guests to turn to those around them and offer a sign of peace – this gave us an opportunity to visit each set of parents and present roses to our mothers.  Tom is Greek and so to honor his heritage, we wore the traditional stefana (crowns), but walked around our guests rather than three times around the alter, displaying the importance of our friends and family in our lives.

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Jenna Walker Photographers

Our décor was rustic with burlap table runners, groups of white milk vases filled with yellow billy balls, hand drawn chalkboard signage and mason jar glasses. One long table meandered through a field with round tables spotted around it and marquee lights hanging overhead. 

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Having been to many weddings and despising being herded into a group for the bouquet toss, we opted for a non-traditional version.  My brother built a 6’ tall trebuchet (French catapult) to fling the bouquet and garter!  We asked all single guests to write their name on a flag and place it in a field where they thought the bouquet would land.

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 Rockstar Venue: The Botanic Gardens at Chatfield  {website}

Rockstar Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Collection {website}, Enzoani gown

Photographer: Katie Thurmes of Jenna Walker Photographers  //  Cake: The Makery Cake Company  //   Flowers: A Florae

Honeymoon Location:  A road trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks.

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A Fun Backyard Wedding in Boulder

Kelli & John | June 8th | Boulder, Colorado

From the bride:
I had decided early on in the wedding planning process that I wanted the day of the wedding to be as stress free as possible.  It was so comfortable to have our wedding at my parent’s house, and we didn’t have to worry about transporting things from place to place, or making any appointments.  I was very relaxed all day, and was able to enjoy every moment.

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John and I did a “first look”, which proved to be one of the most special times of the day.  It’s weird that on your wedding day, you don’t actually have any time alone with your groom.  We took this time to just be together.

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My favorite detail was the lawn games.  I always pictured our guests enjoying some of our favorite games during cocktail hour.  John and I got to partake in some corn hole…I’m pretty sure we won!

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The centerpieces on the long tables included bud vases with peonies and garden roses, and lanterns. We had lights strung all over the yard, in the trees, and inside the tent.  There just happened to be a beautiful sunset over the Boulder Flatirons, which also added to the décor.

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It was John’s idea for us to take “time outs” during the reception to soak it all in.  Several times during the party, we both took a moment to look around and realize how blessed we were.  Those moments are some of the ones that we treasure most.

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Event Planner: A Touch of Bliss. Becky and Sarah were amazing!! They work so well together and they worked so hard to make everything come together and on budget.  They had wonderful ideas through out the whole process.  We really could not have thrown our wedding with out them.  They worked so hard the day of the wedding.  They were the first to arrive and the last to leave, and took care of everything from setting up, to running to the store when we ran out of ice, to just making sure the day ran smoothly.

Photographer: Yellow Feather PhotographyBeth did an incredible job photographing our wedding.  She captured every moment, and her photos really tell the story of our entire day.  Not only is she an amazing photographer, she is a joy to work with.  She is laid back and reminds you that the day is about you and your groom, and to enjoy it.

Flowers: Somerset Floral Design. Liz did an incredible job with our flowers.  I had a vision of peonies, and Liz came up with the perfect bouquets and boutonnieres.  She also designed the arch for the ceremony. She was amazing to work with and really helped guide the design of the whole wedding.

DJ:  Rock Candy DJJohnny did a great job keeping the flow of cocktail hour and dinner.  He really shined with the dancing though.  He was able to read the crowd and keep the party going all night.  He was great with requests and overall did a wonderful job.

Caterer: Abrusci’s Italian Restaurant. Annie was great to work with, and she was able to create a menu of Italian food that we loved! Her team was amazing as well.  They worked so hard the day of the wedding, and they really went above and beyond to make sure that everything ran smoothly.

Wedding Gown Designer: Angelina Bridal Couture from Felice Bridal

A Rustic Shabby Chic Wedding

Laura & Mitchell  |  June 29th  |  Larkspur, Colorado

From the bride:
My favorite detail was the old doors set up outside on the lawn to give the illusion of going through church doors as you walked down the aisle.
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My mother and I also scoured flea markets and antique stores to find antique galvanized tin buckets to line the aisle. The buckets were simply filled with baby’s breath but it looked just beautiful.

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We combined my love of all things shabby chic with a soft and romantic color palette of pinks, whites, creams, blushes.

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When Mitchell proposed to me he tricked me and had the ring box hidden in his sock, so when it came time for the best man to produce the ring he acted like he lost it (I panicked) and once again Mitchell got down on one knee at the alter and pulled out the ring from his sock! It was so funny and sweet!

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BrookeTrexler0113BrookeTrexler0114We had a long “Kings Table” down the middle of the room with rounds down the side. There were cream and blush colored linens and mismatched but coordinating floral arrangements surrounded by natural greens in wooden boxes and antique vases. The décor was very soft and romantic.  The room was up lit with gorgeous lighting as well as candles flooding the tables. My favorite touch of décor was the mismatched vintage cream chairs at all the tables. They really gave a unique touch to the room.BrookeTrexler0115My favorite detail was the chandeliers we had brought in by Pink Monkey Designs. They were breathtaking and one hung in the middle above the cake and it was just beautiful.

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My advice: Find the right venue and HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER!

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 Laura & Mitchell’s
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Venue: Crooked Willow Farms. Not only did I love this place but every other vendor loves working with this place. They have everything covered and thought of but the best part, it’s GORGEOUS!

Event Planner: Chelle Smith of Revel & Bloom. I can’t say enough good things. She is so easy to work with and has an ease about her that makes nothing stressful. She also has the best relationships with very talented vendors. I couldn’t have had the wedding I did without her or any of the people she brought to my attention.

Photographer: Brooke Trexler, such a doll. She felt like a friend at the end of the night that I was hugging goodbye. And the pictures speak for themselves.

Caterer & Cake: Three TomatoesDonnah Phipps. People talked about the food for days if not weeks, and it was surprisingly affordable for feeding 200 people. The cake was a show stopper centerpiece and it was so delicious there was not even a piece left to freeze!

Floral Design: Sweet Pea Flowers, Lisa & Lizzie took my vague idea and ran with it and it blew me away. Being an out of town bride I wasn’t able to be hands on looking at things and flowers are my absolute favorite so I was really nervous. But I cried when I saw how beautiful the flowers were!

Invitations: Scribbles, they did a fantastic job getting me letterpress invites for a great price.

Bride’s Gown: Robert Bullock Bridal from Little White Dress Bridal Shop.

Hair & Makeup: Cynthia Goodberry, Denver Makeup Gurushe came highly recommended and did not disappoint. She did a fabulous job and was so fun to have around while getting ready for my big day.

DJ: Eric Hovey, Progressive Sound  //  Chair & Furniture Rentals: Chairished Vintage Rentals  //  Videographer: 1321 Studios

Details: For the Love of Green

It’s no secret that green is our favorite color so when we saw this stylish wedding we just had to share it. From the awesome shoes to the bright signature drinks, we love that the color green was weaved into every detail of this Boulder wedding!chowen0101 chowen0102 chowen0103 chowen0104 chowen0105 chowen0106 chowen0107 chowen0108 chowen0109 chowen0110 chowen0111 chowen0112 chowen0113 chowen0114 chowen0115

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Rockstar Favors: HONEYVILLE {more info | website}  //  Photographer: Chowen Photography  // Event Design: Calluna Events  //  Flowers: European Flower Shop   //  Cake: Intricate Icings

Rustic Garden Wedding from Shelley Coar Photography

Cassie & Dustin |  July 26th  |  Littleton, Colorado

From the bride: We decided on a country rustic style since we love burlap and the neutral color palette that goes along with it.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyWe handmade a distance post that indicated how far away our guests were visiting from.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyOur flower girl dumped the remaining petals on Dustin’s feet when she got to him!Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyDustin and I wrote love letters to one another, which were similar to our vows that we shared.Shelley Coar PhotographyWe did a water ceremony and the best man actually overfilled Dustin’s mug and it spilled!Shelley Coar Photography ShellyCoar0114 Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyOur table names were hikes we have done together – the escort cards matched and had maps and a pearl pinpointing the location.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyWe used an old ironing board to setup a postcard table where guests wrote us postcards.  These are being mailed to us throughout our first year of marriage!We painted bride and groom signs that hung on our chairs. Shelley Coar Photography We had white table cloths with burlap runners. Centerpieces were small wooden boxes with single flower vases and succulents on the side.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyOur lovely moms and Dustin’s God father baked all the pies for the dessert table.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyMy advice: Keep a binder of receipts, pictures, everything and anything!  Enjoy the planning process and make sure both of you are involved!

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Rockstar Photographer: SHELLEY COAR PHOTOGRAPHY {more info | website}. She was truly wonderful.  She was great to have around on our day and personable.  Her pictures were beautiful and she never seemed to be in the way… very discreet but managed to get all of the details and photos we wanted.  Taking our couple photos alone was one of our favorite moments of our wedding – being able to be alone together was so important!

Venue: Hudson Gardens. Such a gorgeous site!!!  Denise was excellent to work with.  She let us visit often and answered all of our questions.

Caterer: The Pines Catering. We LOVED working with them.  Stephanie Smith was absolutely fantastic.  She was so helpful.  She understood what we were hoping for as an image and helped us to create it.  Any questions we had were answered so promptly.  At our walk through she took such detailed notes.  I was never for a second worried about what the outcome would be.  Our food was delicious and our guests loved it.  Their staff was professional and very prompt in picking up after guests and pouring champagne.  We were so happy with them!

Cake: The Makery. Tasting was yummy and such an easy vendor to work with.  When something came up, they called us!

Florist: Sweet Pea Flowers. Another incredible vendor.  We loved working with Lizzie!!  They were so fun and after looking at our wedding binder, she quickly understood our ideas.  She was knowledgeable about the flowers and had great suggestions when we were unsure.  This is another instance where we didn’t have to worry at all on our wedding day.  We trusted her and those that she had helping her setup on the day of!

Rentals: Chairished Vintage Rentals. Delivery was easy and made for a beautiful seating area.

Videographer: 1321 Studios. Jeff captured all of the moments we wanted and we ended up with a beautifully made video.  We have already watched our 4 minute highlight reel numerous times and our full video a few times.  The cd itself is so personal and our family who could not make the trip to CO love the video.  We feel so lucky to have this captured on video.  Jeff was great to work with and fun to have around on the day of our wedding!

Harpist: Mary Keener. She was professional and easy to work with.  We loved that we got to hear her play before we committed.  We were so happy we had this special touch during our ceremony!

Honeymoon Location: Road trip—Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park!  Hiking, exploring, AND relaxation!  Paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe was a highlight!

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