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Simple & Romantic from Devo Photography

Brittany & Matthew  |  June 15th  |  Littleton, Colorado

From the bride, Brittany:
When I first started planning I was all over place! Our wedding colors went from green to pink and then to purple. I got really stressed about committing to a color and then having to incorporate it throughout all of the details. All of the Pinterest ideas I had flowing through my head were just making the decision making process harder. I then took a step back and focused on our venue and the reasons we chose it.  It was a stunning venue and we didn’t want to take away from the beauty of the setting.  We decided to go with a very simple style that was romantic, yet made for an elegant affair.

Photography by Rockstar Devo Photography

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 The floral arrangements and bouquets consisted of beautiful blooms of white peonies, hydrangea, ranunculus, lilac, and calla lilies. The flowers popped against the champagne dupioni bridesmaid dresses which were adorned with open backs and bow details on the back neckline. 

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In lieu of traditional wedding programs, we had a chalkboard that greeted guests as they found their way to their seats.

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 My favorite part was when my husband and I took a moment alone to step outside and be away from the party to fully take in the experience and the moment.  There are very few times in your life when you have all the people you love in one room. To know that they were all there to celebrate with us and our new lives together, well that is a pretty spectacular feeling.

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When the night ended, there was a ‘Thank you’ chalkboard waiting for guests with their favors – homemade pepper jelly.  The chalkboard is now hanging in our house as décor.  It’s a great conversation piece and speaks to who we are as hosts. It’s a personalized keepsake!

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Looking back, I would have hired a day-of wedding coordinator.  I think I would have been less stressed about everything knowing that I could trust them to help with all of the details. Not to mention, they have done this many times before and they are familiar with the venue and the staff.

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My advice: Wedding planning is supposed to be enjoyable.  After all, you only do it once… enjoy it! Sometimes it can be difficult and stressful to make a decision on which vendor to go with. Anytime we made a big decision or choose a vendor, whether it was our venue, photographer, florist or DJ we made sure that we treated ourselves to a celebratory drink.  Celebrating the mini wins made our planning process fun and exciting.

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Brittany’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Photographer: DEVO PHOTOGRAPHY  { more info | websiteEvery bride has that one thing that matters most to them, and to me, it was the photography.  I spent hours researching photographers and met with several, but as soon as we met with Devon we knew we had found the “one”. Words cannot describe how amazing Devon is! She is very easy-going, fun and relatable.  She is a true professional and can handle any situation thrown her way. Her work is incredible and she creates such breathtaking images! She captured our day and all of the little details perfectly. Our wedding went by so fast, but thanks to her, we are able to cherish all of the special moments time and time again.

Venue & Caterer: Arrowhead Golf Club.  When searching for a wedding venue, my husband and I knew that we wanted to exchange vows in a location that was unique, provided a beautiful Colorado backdrop and reflected who were are as a couple. We came across Arrowhead Gold Club located in Roxborough Park and immediately fell in love.  The dramatic views of the red rocks and lush greens took our breath away as soon as we entered the gates of the park.  It was truly magical.  The staff is great to work with and the food was excellent.  Whitney Cole and Kiersten Thoma were amazing. They are very responsive and ensured that our wedding went off without any problems.

Cake: Azucar Bakery. The customer service that we experienced at Azucar was extraordinary.  In fact, we loved them so much that we cancelled the rest of our planned tastings because we knew that they could provide what we wanted and within our budget. Azucar offers so many mouth-watering flavors it was hard to choose which ones we wanted! We ended up choosing four different flavors and all of them where delicious! Our favorite was the Yellow cake with Dulce de Leche filling.

Florist: Secret Window Floral Studio. When my husband and I first met with Rhoda, we arrived at the studio with a big binder in tow with a plethora of floral ideas. I was pretty overwhelmed with all the ideas and flowers I had seen (thank you, Pinterest), but Rhoda took her time with us and helped us to pick out the perfect palette. She is knowledgeable and had the flowers in stock so that we could see samples of how the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces would look together. Being a very visual and detail-oriented bride, this made all the difference! We felt so comfortable with Rhoda that we let her do her thing when it came to our ceremony arrangements. We had a general idea of what we wanted, but decided to let the expert design the perfect arrangement for us based upon the other flowers we had already chosen…needless to say, they turned out amazing! They took my breath away as soon as I saw them. Every single bouquet and floral arrangement at our wedding was absolutely stunning. Rhoda puts so much time and effort into her flowers and it really shows. She is an absolute pleasure to work with!

Chalkboards: Chelsea’s Chalkboards. Chelsea is so talented! I sent her some pictures on what I was looking for and she nailed it! She is detail-oriented and it shows in her work. Our chalkboards turned out amazing and were a hit with all of our guests.  We loved the fact that we were able to add some additional creative personal touches with the chalkboards…and we can still use them as décor in our house!

Guest Lodging: Marriott South at Park MeadowsLindsey O’Dell and the entire staff at the Marriott made our stay delightful! They were easy to work with and very accommodating. The hotel was well kept and our suite was very spacious. After the wedding, we headed back to the hotel bar (Sonoma’z) for the after party.  They were very accommodating and stayed open for a few extra hours so that we could continue the celebrations.  They also coordinated our morning after brunch.  It was great to have the whole patio to ourselves and the food was great!

Hair & Makeup: Charmed BeautyRachael is absolutely amazing! I called her about 3 weeks before my wedding in an absolute panic after a not-so-pleasant hair and makeup trail with the hair dresser who was supposed to doll me up on my wedding day. I totally lucked out that she was able to fit me in! After talking with Rachael, I knew that she had what it took to ensure that I felt beautiful on my big day. Rachael spent three hours with me during my trial perfecting my hair and makeup. We tried many different hair and makeup options until I found the exact look I wanted. She was so patient with me! I left my trial feeling completely confident that I made the right decision choosing Rachael.  The day of my wedding wasn’t any different. Rachael delivered just as she had during my trial. She is very fun and outgoing and my bridal party absolutely loved her! The girls in my wedding party that got their hair and makeup done with Rachael LOVED the finished product. They looked beautiful! I felt the way that every girl wants to feel on her wedding day… drop dead gorgeous!

Wedding Gown Designer: Allure purchased from Something New Boutique

Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung.  Purchased through the Wedding Suite at the Park Meadows Nordstrom.

Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse.

Honeymoon Location: Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicBeautiful place!!

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  • Rayna October 8, 2013 12:52 pm

    Loving this wedding and Arrowhead Golf Course. It has such an amazing backdrop and DEVO photography captured it beautifully!
A Day Filled with Crafty Homemade Touches

Rachel & Dave  |  June 21st  |  Longmont, Colorado

From the bride, Rachel:
While we hadn’t intended to have a “Destination Wedding,” our guests traveled from 22 different states to join our celebration.  We chose Colorado so that my mom could help plan the wedding since Dave and I were living in Mississippi at the time.  It was such a gift to have so many friends and family travel so far!

Ashtonhoward01The personalization of our wedding really came from all the many hands who spent so many hours working on all the little touches that made the day so special.  From craft nights with our roommates to make all of the centerpiece jars, to friends spray painting frames and making mirrors, to my mom collecting forks from all over the country for our favors, to Dave’s mom designing our save the dates and invitations, to our dads building signs and handcrafting a ring box, to our family and friends making napkin rings, card boxes, banners, arranging flowers, baking the groom’s cake and then everyone helping to put all of those little pieces together was the best gift any one person could have given us to make the day so memorable!

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Our Advice: In all the planning, it’s easy to get so caught up in the many tasks and decisions and to-do lists that we found it important to have wedding-free nights every week too.  It’s easy to get so focused on the wedding, that you can lose sight of the marriage.

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Rachel & Dave’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer:  Ashton Howard Photography. Ashton shot our engagement pictures and wedding day and we could not have loved working with him or the pictures he took more.
Venue: Lone Hawk Farm.  Beautiful location!  Kristen and her family were so hospitable, we felt right at home!
Event Planner:  At Your Service Events Management.  While we didn’t have a planner, Jim and At Your Service did an incredible job making sure our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception ran smoothly.  They handled all of the rentals, oversaw the other vendors, and made sure that we were only worried about enjoying our day!
Caterer: Taco Mojo. Taco Mojo has the only menu that met our dietary restrictions (vegetarian and gluten free) while still offering a delicious and interesting selection for all our guests to enjoy.  The taco bar was a total hit!
Cake: Tasty Cakes Cakery. Kellie Manley was a delight to work with and the cake was fabulous!  She was able to take all our ideas and put them together into our dream cake.
Florist: a florae.  After just minutes of meeting Rachel Mann, she felt like an instant friend and someone I absolutely trusted to turn my stack of Pinterest pictures from ideas into reality.  And she did!  She even took all the centerpieces the week before the wedding so could deliver the flowers already ready to go.  And the arrangements were everything I’d imagined and more!

Honeymoon Location:  Disneyworld.  The all-inclusive Disneyworld package is perfect for couples who want to relax and have fun too!  We loved the meal plan, staying in the Animal Kingdom and having plenty of time to explore all the parks!

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An Evening of Surprises in Downtown Denver

Meghan & Phil  |  July 21st  |  Denver, Colorado

From the bride, Meghan:
I think once I found the dress, a couture ball gown designed by Romona Keveza, everything else just fell into place. The dress seemed to require a unique, formal venue and KT’s at The Opera House seemed the perfect location for the reception. We asked of all guests that were attending to wear black to carry out the black and white wedding palette.

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I wore my grandfather’s wedding band and my mother’s pearl ring, which was a gift from her mother who received it in 1926 from her uncle who was a pearl dealer.

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My soft white bouquet filled with ivory garden roses, lisianthus, and dahlias was the perfect complement to the pearl tone of my dress. VanBuren03

I wrote personal notes to Phil on slips of paper cut from a Chipotle bag. As each of my eight bridesmaids met Phil at the altar, they handed him a note. On one I wrote, “I’ll always let you order Chipotle!”  Quoting Shakespeare, another said, “When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.”  I watched from the back of the church as Phil laughed and wiped tears from his eyes as he read each note.

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We choose tall square vases with purple hydrangea, deep red heart roses, peach tulips, hanging amaranths, and trailing ivy to create the soft garden look of flowers spilling out of the vases. Lower arrangements of the same accented other tables accompanied by votive candles.

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As a surprise, I had our cake designed in the shape of our boxer Maverick, lying in a field of white spun sugar flowers that matched my dress.  It was so fun to see the surprise and delight on Phil’s face when they dropped the sheet to reveal our smiling puppy, life sized!VanBuren09 VanBuren10

It was a special moment when we danced our first dance to Ray LaMontagne’s “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.”  Then, Phil stood with my mother, tears in his eyes, as I danced with my dad to “I Loved Her First.”

danceFollowing the last dance, we adjourned to The Edge at The Four Season’s Hotel for the final call. Downtown Denver is so beautiful at night and it is just a couple blocks walk to the hotel from the Opera House.

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My advice: Find your dress first. Once that is done, the other decisions seem to come more easily.

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Meghan’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Van Buren Photography. Katie was amazing! From the engagement pictures in downtown Denver to the stunning shots in Chessman’s Park to the romantic ones at the Opera House, she caught just the right vibe!
Event Planner: Colorado Wedding Company.  My family was still in the Chicago suburbs while we planned the wedding so having Paige and CWC guiding us through the planning was instrumental in keeping us all calm and enjoying the process. They exceeded our every expectation!
Cake: Elegant Bakery. Chef Janusz eagerly embraced our decision to use our boxer puppy as the wedding cake. He really caught Maverick in his typical pose when he created this cake! It was a hit with everyone.
Guest Lodging: The Four Seasons provided a perfect location for our wedding weekend.
Ceremony: Church of the Risen Christ  //  Reception: The Ellie Caulkins Opera House  //  Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza from Felice Bridal  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose Design  //  Hair & Makeup: The Parlour  //  Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse  //  Invitations: Paper Guppy  //   DJ: Dance Trax Entertainment  //  Transportation: Sunset Limo

Honeymoon Location: Rome, Ile of Capri, and Sorrento, Italy

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  • Kristina | Kristina Lynn Photography & Design September 10, 2013 3:48 pm

    Gorgeous dress! I love the idea of the notes given to the groom by each bridesmaid. What a great idea!
  • Nell September 11, 2013 12:53 pm

    What a romantic wedding, the wedding gown is just gorgeous!