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Simple & Fun at Denver Botanic Gardens

Erica & Chris |  May 22nd  | {Rockstar Venue} Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

From the bride, Erica:
We wanted everyone to feel at ease and to enjoy themselves. Since neither Chris nor I are big on dancing we opted to have a photo booth and lawn games as entertainment. The photo booth was a nod to our first year of dating, every three months we went to Lucky Strike to take photos in their booth. It became a mini tradition of ours. As a treat, we had a cotton candy machine because who doesn’t love cotton candy and when else are you going to rationalize renting one out for the day!

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My Oleg Cassini dress fit perfectly. I didn’t need any alterations. And it fit my personality perfectly, I think the dress and I were meant to be! Lindsay JC Lack02 Lindsay JC Lack03 Lindsay JC Lack04

For the ceremony my entourage and I took a golf cart close to the gazebo, there were plenty of trees to shield me from our guests so I could gather my nerves! With such naturally beautiful surroundings it wasn’t necessary to over do decorations, the trees created such a lovely backdrop to my father and I walking to the aisle. It was truly the kind of setting we wanted, simple and natural. The focus for us was saying our vows to each other and being ourselves.

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Our ceremony was held at the gazebo, we had been searching high and low for a lovely low key location. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield  {Rockstar Venue} is beautiful as it is a botanical garden; the bonus for us was the amount of space. It’s great to find a space were you could comfortably do everything a wedding entails: getting ready, photos, ceremony, photos afterwards, and reception!

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My most memorable moment was walking through our confetti storm after just being announced by my brother as Mr. and Mrs. for the first time! Everyone had a little container of earth friendly confetti to toss in the air as we walked by. It was rather hard to see and breathe with that stuff flying around but it was a lot of fun! Lindsay JC Lack06

Our reception was held at the big red barn just down a dirt path from the ceremony. This was our moment to have fun and share the things we love with our loved ones. Lindsay JC Lack07 Lindsay JC Lack08

 My favorite detail my husband’s bowtie, which he rocked! It was a gift he received from a friend who actually came to the rescue the day of the wedding to help tie it! To me, it was such a great symbol of our love for each other and what awesome friends we have.

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My advice: Don’t worry, honestly the things you are going to stress about no one will notice. So don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress, just enjoy yourself and the moment! Lindsay JC Lack12

RECOMMENDED VENDORS

{Rockstar} Venue: DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS at CHATFIELD. I would absolutely recommend. It’s such a beautiful location that feels secluded but is not that far from major roads. It made our lives so easy to be able to have both our ceremony and reception at one location.

Photographer: Lindsay JC Lack. She is such a great photographer and a lovely person who makes you feel at ease on your big day. Lindsay was flexible and creative with her shots, going with the flow of the day and capturing every emotion. She captured beautiful shots and often I didn’t realize she was shooting away. I have recommended her to several of my friends who are getting married in the next couple of months. I can’t say enough about how awesome she was through the whole process.

Caterer: Rocky Mountain Catering, I can’t say enough about our amazing caterer as well! Gordon gave us a great menu that really fit with our wedding. He was the perfect caterer, even finding a tandem bike for us to borrow after hearing our struggle to obtain one! They handled running the bar, the food, and even the cotton candy machine. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone with a catering need. I believe because of Gordon doing such an amazing job our wedding was stress free.

Cake: Pink Ribbon Cakes, Pam created our traditional wedding cake and our wedding topper. Not only was our cake beautiful but also tasted amazing. She will always be my go-to person for cake!

Cupcakes: The Shoppe. The best cupcakes I have ever had, perfect amount of sweetness in such an array of flavors. We opted for the mini cupcakes and they were a perfect bite size!

Florist: Pretty Petals, Barb delivered beautiful flowers, she was very helpful and such a wonderful person to work with. I was so happy when the flowers arrived the day of, they were exactly what I was imagining.

Makeup: Cynthia Goodberry, Denver Makeup Guru

Honeymoon Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii!

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Natural & Relaxed in the Mountains

Carly & Ilan |  August 15th  |  Beaver Creek, Colorado

From the bride, Carly:
We wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities and our love for Colorado. We wanted  natural, relaxed, airy, woodsy, understated and uncomplicated. We wanted our guests to escape the Texas heat and experience a gorgeous Colorado summer.  We chose Beano’s Cabin because of its intimate atmosphere and amazing food. With 94 guests, the reception felt like a large family gathering in someone’s home.

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The ceremony was held outside underneath a beautiful Chuppah. The Chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together and is customary in a Jewish wedding.

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As a surprise for Ilan, I had a custom cake topper created which was carved out of wood. The artist depicted our silhouettes on a tandem bicycle.  We also had cupcakes, decorated to reflect our hobbies (music, biking, skiing, and Texas Longhorns).

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Ilan and I each play the guitar. As a planned surprise for each other, we each chose a song and performed it for the other at the reception. My sister sang Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up” while I played. Ilan and his band sang and played the “Real Love” by the Beatles.

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 Again, it was very important to us to choose a unique first dance. Since we couldn’t decide, we chose two! We started out slowly to “Maps” by the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. Then we surprised our guests by finishing with a Latin style dance to “Tamacun” by Rodrigo y Gabriela.

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My advice: Choose vendors as soon as possible. Then try not to plan anything until 6 months out. I thought by starting early I’d get to relax at the end but there’s always something to do. Instead, I wish I had set aside dedicated wedding planning days and avoided the daily to do’s and constant emailing with parents and vendors.

RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Kara Pearson Photography  //  Event Planner: Bella Design & Planning  //  Venue: Beano’s Cabin  //  Floral Designer: Bloom Flower Shop  //  Musicians: Groove Nation Orchestra  //  Cake: Sugar   //  Invitations & Programs: Richard’s Notebook  //  Guest Lodging: The Osprey at Beaver Creek  //  Hair & Makeup: Blush Skin Care  //  Rehearsal Dinner: The Dusty Boot

Honeymoon Location: Hawaii (Kauai and Maui)

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  • Maggie goodell March 15, 2013 10:29 am

    Lovely setting, I love outdoor weddings. We were also married in an outdoor wedding in Colorado. The couple looks so happy!
  • Colorado Weddings Published in wedding magazine blogs March 15, 2013 11:17 am

    [...] thank you to Colorado Weddings Magazine for featuring Carly and Ilan’s Beano’s Cabin [...]
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Paula & Frankie  | July 18th |  Alamosa, Colorado

From the bride, Paula:
Our wedding day was beautiful!! We had a very intimate gathering with our relatives and very close friends.  Since we got married in Colorado, we really utilized the beauty of nature and incorporated that into our wedding décor.

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The day of the wedding we went traditional and did not see each other, we also agreed we would not talk.  Not any text messages/phone calls, but one thing we did do is gave each other a love letter the night before.  It was such a beautiful idea. Gina Khrestsov03

 Prior to the wedding we both were a nervous wreck (not bad nerves, but excited) but once we laid eyes on each other, we both felt at such ease.  We told each other the week leading up the to the wedding that it was just him and I, just us.

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 The reception was outside and we loved the feel of having a midsummer night theme.  We danced the night away and enjoyed spending a great time with our loved ones.

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 My father passed away when I was four years old, and so when the time came for a father/daughter dance….there wasn’t anyone to dance with.  Instead the DJ played my dads favorite song “I Love Rock’n’Roll” and everyone stood up to dance to it in remembrance of him, we then led into a mother/daughter dance to the song “Butterfly Fly Away” by Miley Cyrus.  It was a very emotional moment for not only my mother and myself but for my whole family.

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Frankie was a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and we used his saber sword to cut our cake.

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My advice: Remember that it is just the two of you on that special day, nothing else in the world matters but how you feel for each other right then, in that moment.

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: GaleRisa Photography is amazing!! They do such a wonderful job and take such time and effort in making your special memories look just as beautiful as you remember them.
DJ: PM Productions.  Phil Martinez was the best DJ.  He was really great at interacting with our guest and getting people to participate, loved him.
Cake: You’Nique Cakes

Honeymoon Location:  Bora Bora!!

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  • Leo Timoshuk March 14, 2013 8:19 pm

    Awesome wedding & great coverage!