Ali & Chris | September 27th | The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park
From the bride: We chose Evergreen because we love the mountains and wanted the wedding weekend to be laid back and as outdoorsy as possible, but we also wanted to be near Denver, due to a number of guests flying in for the weekend.
Chris and I are avid hikers, campers, skiers, and snowboarders. We’re both down-to-earth people who didn’t want anything over-the-top. However, we wanted it to remain formal enough to feel like a wedding.
My wedding dress was more than twice what I budgeted! I never thought I’d do that, but I loved it!
We held the reception at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park. The weather and location were beautiful. We had a cocktail hour, which Chris and I made sure we participated in. That’s why we had a first look and took all our photos beforehand. We wanted to make sure we were there with our guests since they made the effort to be there for us.
We decided that our escort cards would be small envelopes with each person or couple’s name and table number on it, with a personal note to that person or couple inside. Chris and I spent way more time than we should have to personalize each note, but it was one way we could make each person—especially those who dedicated time and money to traveling to Colorado—to feel special and loved, even if we didn’t get to see them a lot throughout the wedding day.
My mom decorated the barn with ferns and plants. We wanted it to seem very “woodsy” without getting too rustic. The barn’s stained glass windows and elk antler chandelier definitely added to the atmosphere.
Our favors were Blue Spruce seedlings from Nurseymen.com.
-Pick your date, book your venue and hire your photographer ASAP. They book up quickly.
-Do not save all the DIY projects until the week before the wedding! I waited until my mom got in town to help me and we spent way too much time preparing those things.
-If you work full-time and your family is from out-of-town, hire a planner! My mom and I wish we had a person, other than us, to lead the way and let us know we were doing things correctly.
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Sarah & Michael | June 29th | Denver, Colorado
From the bride: We both love spending time outside in the summer and with Colorado’s gorgeous summers nights we knew we wanted an outdoor summer wedding.
The ceremony was held on the golf course under a grouping of tall trees.
We held the reception under a large one hundred year old elm tree. Speeches took place during a seated family style dinner followed by lots and lots of dancing.
Instead of place cards, each guests name was handwritten in calligraphy onto a white doily that was under a clear glass charger.
The most memorable moment was when my uncle broke out the blow-up air guitars while everyone was dancing!
My advice: Have fun and enjoy the planning process, figure out what is really important to you and don’t give in on it.
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Photographer: Kara Pearson Photography // Venue & Caterer: Denver Country Club // Flowers: Newberry Brothers // Cake: D Bar Denver // Band: Moments Notice Entertainment // Linens: Event Rents // Invitations: The Paper Lady // Wedding Gown: Vera Wang // Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Kathy & Mark | October 18th | Denver, Colorado
From the bride: We were going for a modern take on a supper club – a bit of a ‘rat pack’ vibe.
We didn’t know that the zombie crawl was happening so, we took some spontaneous pics with some zombies!
We ordered pedicabs and the wedding party was driven to several venues for unique pictures. It was a fun way to spend the day.
Our tables were named after old school singers.
The starry lights on the ceiling together with the table lamps, flowers and shimmery votives gave off a beautiful vibe.
Mark serenaded me…I think I laughed, cried and giggled all at the same time.
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Venue: Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House. Loved having the ceremony and reception in one location. The staff was quite helpful and the food was wonderful. They handled all of the catering.
Event Planner: Pick Me! Weddings & Events. Rami listened to what we wanted, was direct in her feedback and helped us make the right choices every step of the way. She was very professional and easy to work with.
Event Design: Southern Charm Events. Cheri delivered my vision. I had a few ideas and she made them even better.
Photographer: Two One Photography. Casee delivered beautiful pictures and even helped put together a fun photo booth.
Joey & Kelsey | September 20th | Meeker, Colorado
From the groom: We were married on my brother-in-law’s ranch set in the picturesque countryside outside Meeker. I’ve always been in love with the land, and when I first met Kelsey I flew her for her first visit to Colorado for a snowy New Years in a cabin. The site we were married at was the exact field we snowmobiled in 5 years before, when I’d only known Kelsey a few months.
Letting nature take care of the decorations and beauty was key for us. The setting was gorgeous, and we wanted to let it do most of the work.
We are still shocked at how amazing the flowers turned out- we had nearly a zero flower budget and our phenomenal bridesmaids worked tirelessly to create beautiful bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces.
Kelsey always knew she wanted bridesmaids dresses to be a deep red wine, and the remaining colors of golds, yellows and purples came as a result of the wildflowers and natural setting around us. We always knew we wanted a Fall wedding, so the turning color of the trees added to it all.
Our vows were extremely personal and touched on our extensive travels around the world together. The sermon was written and delivered by my father. My brother built the amazing arch.
Neither of us made it more than 3 words into our vows with dry eyes, and we both started the waterworks early when we first saw each other from across the field.
Our most memorable moment was dancing the night away in such a surreal environment: the fields were glowing, the stars were unreal above us, and the wine kept flowing!
My advice: If you don’t have a wedding planner like us, delegate tasks and don’t try to do it all on your own. People consistently asked what they could do or how they could help, and we too often didn’t want to burden them and took the responsibility on ourselves… there’s just too much to do and the when the time comes the last thing you’ll be thinking about is all the little details- so let others help!
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Honeymoon Location: Nicaragua– best choice ever!
Karen & Aaron | October 4th | Salida, Colorado
From the bride: I’ve heard that no matter how much you plan, your wedding day is never how you had hoped, as something always goes wrong. Either I’m the exception to this statement, or simply naive about what really happened that day, because I truly believe I had the perfect wedding. I married the man of my dreams, the true love of my life, and nothing can top that.
I dyed and assembled the bridal bouquets and groomsmen boutonnieres out of balsa wood flowers. It turned out beautifully and most importantly, it matched our creative style.
We wanted our wedding to fit our style and personality. When looking for a ritual to do during the ceremony, we didn’t fit the traditional molds of a unity candle, or sand, or planting a tree together. Instead, we came up with our own tradition, which we call a unity map. Through pins and a canvas map, we told the story of how we met, where we have lived since then, and how our lives brought us finally together to the same state. My husband and I are adventurers and this was a great way to highlight our travels and the time we spent in a long distance relationship. It was important to us that we involve our guests, so during the ceremony people raised their hand according to where they had met us. It was fun and magical at the same time. The map now sits in our living room, a reminder of how our past has shaped the present.
My mother brought homemade currant jelly and apple butter to give as favors.
Looking back, I will always remember the beautiful golden aspen leaves on the bank of the Arkansas River in Salida. The perfectly blue-sky and snow-capped mountains in the background made the day that much better.
Bonnie & Brad | February 14th | Durango, Colorado
From the bride: My wedding at Durango Mountain Resort was an absolute dream, truly. We chose Valentine’s Day for several reasons: it’s my husband’s birthday, it’s the day we got engaged, and it’s been my favorite day of the year since I was two. We met at Durango Mountain Resort and fell in love at first sight. When we decided to get married, we knew we wanted to get married at the exact spot where we met. I was finishing nursing school, so we decided to have a very tiny and special ceremony.
Looking back, my itty-bitty wedding was everything I hoped it would be. Durango is a magical place and I will treasure my romantic Valentine’s Day wedding memories for life!
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