Hear it First!
New issues, New real wedding features, New ideas & inspirations delivered to your email.

A Farm Elopement

Leah & Ricky  |  January 25th  |  Longmont, Colorado 

From the bride:
The idea of a big wedding never crossed our minds. As we talked about how we wanted or day to go, we decided we wanted a very small intimate wedding in Colorado. So on the big day, we didn’t follow any of the “rules”. We woke up and Ricky accompanied me while I had my hair done. We helped each other get ready and the day was ours. My dad and brother met us at the Ya Ya Farm & Orchard and performed the most perfect ceremony. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face and either could Ricky. After our wedding we went to a small bar and watched the Broncos game.

Photography by Erin Taylor PhotographyErinTaylor0101 ErinTaylor0102 ErinTaylor0103 ErinTaylor0104 ErinTaylor0105 ErinTaylor0106 ErinTaylor0107 ErinTaylor0108 ErinTaylor0109 ErinTaylor0110 ErinTaylor0111

comments send to a friend

A Ceremony in the Rain

From the bride:
It was a typical beautiful Boulder, Colorado day with beautiful blue skies. The bridal party did yoga on the lawn after breakfast and it was crystal clear outside. We had been warned about possible afternoon showers, but everyone was keeping the real details away from me about the weather. Apparently by the late afternoon, there was an actual tornado warning. Yikes!Sasser01 I wore my mom’s wedding dress, which she had worn almost 35 years before me. Sasser02 Sasser04 Sasser05

Sasser06 At the exact same time I began to walk down the aisle with my dad, there was a huge thunderclap. We had bused everyone up to the Flagstaff Amphitheater so there was really no quick exit possible once the rain started coming down. A few people had umbrellas but not all. Colin and I made the most of it. We cut a few things from the ceremony, but by the end, everyone was pretty soaked. Needless to say there was lots of cheering when the ceremony was complete. Sasser08 Sasser09 Sasser10 We hurried everyone back down the mountain to get them inside of the Chautauqua dining hall in hopes that a roof and a cocktail hour would warm them up. 

Sasser11 Sasser12 Sasser13

The dinner and reception was a blast and I really can’t think of any other word to describe our wedding day but perfect. We wouldn’t change a thing. Appropriately, we danced with our parents to “Shower the People” by James Taylor. We didn’t know when we chose the song how meaningful it would really be that day.

Sasser14 Sasser15

Kristin & Collin’s
We 100% loved so many of our vendors. They really made the day for us, and are our personal hero’s. 

Photographer: Sasser StillsMichael Sasser did whatever it took, including getting soaked during the ceremony, to capture the most special moments for us. 

Event Planner: Leah Colby of La Dolce Events. Leah is an angel. She makes wedding coordinating look easy. She is professional, calm, cool, and collected and does everything in her power to make the day as special as she can. I don’t even know how she gets it all done. If I lived in Colorado, I would want to work for her. Ha, she is that amazing.

Venue: Chautauqua. We knew pretty immediately after we got engaged that this is where we’d be having our reception. The food was fantastic and the venue was perfect for our number of guests. Perfect dance floor conditions and the tent was a beautiful backdrop for the dinner. And we had several friends and family members stay at Chautauqua in cottages or in the lodge. It was so convenient to have a “base camp” for everyone since this was a destination wedding.

Flowers: Boulder Blooms. They went above and beyond on all of the arrangements, bouquets, etc. They provided extra touches that we hadn’t even talked about, just to make things special. The owner, Teresa, sat with us for a personal consultation and had prepared so well for our meeting. It was important to me to consider the meaning of all of the flowers we used, and she had looked up meanings for everything she suggested we use. 

comments send to a friend

A Rocky Mountain Romance from Jamison Gale Photography

Alicia  & Spencer  |  June 1st  |  Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride,
Our inspiration for the day was our love of the mountains and the quaint town of Estes Park. We added touches of our alma mater, the University of Florida.

JamisonGale01 JamisonGale02 JamisonGale03

Our first look moment across the small bridge was really great. Seeing the look on Spencer’s  face when he saw me, smiling from ear to ear was so calming. I had been so emotional all morning, tearing up at every little thing, but once I saw him, I was so at ease.

JamisonGale04 JamisonGale05 JamisonGale06 JamisonGale07

The sun came out right as I walked down the aisle. Seeing my husband at the end of the aisle with tears in his eyes was the most memorable moment.


As we were reciting our vows, it felt like it was just me, Spencer, and the mountains. JamisonGale09 JamisonGale10 JamisonGale11

We made Florida strawberry jam for favors. 

JamisonGale12 JamisonGale13 JamisonGale14 JamisonGale15

Advice: Avoid looking at items that may be out of your price range because once you fall in love, there’s no turning back. Choose vendors that have great customer service.



Rockstar Photographer: JAMISON GALE PHOTOGRAPHY { more info | website }. Jaime takes the most breathtaking photos! She is so easy going and fun to be around, which made all the pictures so fun!

Rockstar Bridal Boutique:  THE BRIDAL COLLECTION { more info | website }; they made picking out a dress so comfortable and Jackie, my consultant, was so sweet and helpful! They kept doing alterations until I was happy and made it as stress free as possible!

Venue: Wild Basin Lodge was amazing! They have the best customer service and were so accommodating. By the day of the wedding, they felt like family. On the day of, they coordinated everything and made it so stress free for me, everything going off on time without a hitch!  The food was amazing! I would even go back for tastings just to get more of the delicious fish, steak, and appetizers!

DJ: Mile High Music Patrol; Mike made the reception so fun with a perfect mix of current music and classic songs played at parties!

Cake: Tasty Cakes Cakery;  Kellie was great!

Florist: Blooms of Estes; Nancy was great at putting the perfect flowers together! I was a bit stressed about not being able to see the flowers in person until the week of, but Nancy has such a good eye they turned out beautiful!

Hair & Makeup: Bella Capelli; they were great! They came to the house we were renting near the lodge and did my hair and makeup along with my bridesmaids, mom, and grandma.

Others: Ed’s Cantina for rehearsal dinner was really fun! They were very nice and we were able to use a nice private room upstairs.

Honeymoon Location: Walt Disney World! We stayed in the honeymoon suite at the wilderness lodge a few nights getting pampered and then moved to a savannah view room at the animal kingdom lodge where we woke up to giraffes and zebras!

comments send to a friend