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Fun & Meaningful in Manitou Springs

David & Logan  |  September 4th  | Manitou Springs, Colorado

From the groom, David:
We split the planning 50-50 and made most decisions together, which helped make the event feel like the event belonged to us both. We spent a lot of time thinking about the experience of our guests. For example, not only did we assign tables, but we assigned seats. At previous weddings where we didn’t know everyone at our table, we found that this made a big difference for us as guests.
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Because the wedding was held over Labor Day weekend, a number of friends arrived early and made a vacation of it. For our close friends, we organized events and trips for the four days leading up to the wedding. Trystan Photography16

Logan wore her grandmother’s wedding dress, from the 1940s. Trystan Photography15

The ceremony was very personal. We wrote every word of it ourselves, and focused on making it a celebration of us as individuals, of us as a couple, and of the community of friends and family that has supported us. Our officiant was the best friend of Logan’s father, and we hand-picked readings from our favorite authors and philosophers that have probably never been read during a wedding ceremony before.Trystan Photography14 Trystan Photography13 Trystan Photography12

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The wrong song was played for our first dance. It had the same lyrics, but it was a completely different rendition that had a different feel. Rather than make a big deal about it in the moment, we tried to take it in stride. Logan and I had rehearsed a simple dance, so it was a bit awkward adapting in the moment, but nobody else seemed to notice. Trystan Photography05 Trystan Photography04

About 50 of our friends surprised Logan with a choreographed flash-mob dance during the reception. They sent out video instructions before the wedding and held four rehearsals at the Cliff House in secret during the days leading up to the event. What was so amazing was how so many different groups of friends who had never met each other all participated together and got to know one another during these rehearsals. Logan said it was one of the most shocking and memorable moments of her life.

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Trystan Photography02My advice: Make the event yours by focusing on the experience for you and your guests. We’ve been to a number of weddings, and we’ve found that the small details can make all the difference for guests.  We also came to realize, however, that it was important to balance attention-to-detail and a focus on the guests’ perspective with making the experience personal and meaningful for ourselves. By the last month of planning, we felt that we had struck the right balance. Trystan Photography01

Photographer:  Trystan Photography. Trig and Charlotte were amazing!  //  Venue, Caterer & Lodging: The Cliff House  //  Florist: Platte Floral  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie  //  Men’s Wear: JoS. A. Bank

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  • Deborah March 7, 2013 6:26 pm

    Beautiful wedding! I love the dress, it is so unique.
Rustic Picnic Wedding

Véronique & Jake  |  August 4th  |  Vallecito Lake, Colorado

From the bride, Veronique:
We really wanted the whole event to be laid-back and playful, representing our relationship, and to showcase the beauty of the Colorado mountains that we had both grown up in. Our goal was to be environmentally-friendly.  We vintage picnic blankets and baskets, vintage glass bottles, built the bar and all of the event signs out of old wooden pallets, and purchased recycled napkins and compostable cups.
We were so very lucky to have a family friend that allowed use to their ranch in Vallecito Lake.
hc02I wore a very nontraditional green dress from Anthropologie. hc03As Jake and I were getting dressed in the woods, one of the horses came up to us and stood there as we changed. It was hilarious and very unexpected.
hc04 hc05We held our ceremony in a little field surrounded by large pines, a pond and a meandering creek. We collected picnic blankets from the thrift stores in town and spread them out in the field. Each group got a basket filled with baguettes, grapes, cheese and crackers.
hc06Jake and I said our vows to each other with the granite peaks in the background. We all enjoyed a quick picnic with some wine and then the rain shower began. I had bought some beautiful paper umbrellas to serve as sun protection, which turned out to be extremely useful for the rain. The rain was beautiful and added to the fun of the day.

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hc11 hc09 hc12 hc13We had a large, open tent surrounded by lawn games (corn hole, lawn darts, croquet, extreme croquet, and ladder ball). My best friend is extremely artistic so she painted all of the signs and handmade all of the game directions. The guests absolutely loved having the games and we found them to be a perfect activity to help everyone become acquainted.
hc15 hc16We collected vintage glass bottles and used them as centerpieces.

hc17My dad made the bar with old wooden pallets.hc18 hc19We served homemade pies rather than a cake.
hc20Instead of handing out wedding favors, we donated money in the names of all of our guests to the National Resource Defense Council and to Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Colorado Springs to help the animals injured during the terrible wildfires over the summer. We thought something like that would be more meaningful to everyone there.
hc14Jake is a fighter pilot for the Air Force so we wanted to do a little something to honor him. His sister and mom folded 50+ paper airplanes of an assorted variety of colors and patterns. We then hung them inside of the tent. They were amazing. Later in the afternoon, a big group of us pulled them down and flew them.

hc21My advice: Enjoy the wedding planning process and, most importantly, try to stay relaxed about it all the day of the wedding. Some of the things you aren’t planning for, like rain, turn out to be the most wonderful addition. You just have to stay flexible and remember, it is supposed to be a fun and wonderful day. hc22

Tent & Party Rentals: Durango Party Rental. They were great and very easy to work with.

Photographer: Chowen Photography.  Heidi and Daniel are amazing photographers! They documented the day in a perfect way that reflected the playfulness and beauty of the day. They were so easy and fun to work with. We couldn’t have asked for better photographers.

Honeymoon Location: We are planning to take one later this summer in New Zealand. We want to do an adventure trip where we hike, canoe, or something along those lines.

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Down-to-Earth in Eagle

Katie & Patrick  |  August 14th  | Eagle, Colorado

From the photographer, Emmy of Searching for the Light Photography:
The feel of this wedding was very down-to-earth and handmade. Kate is a DIY girl and an extremely creative one at that! The whole wedding party wore cowboy boots. Kate wore flowers in her hair, which sweetly accented her lace dress. The backdrop of the mountainous valley put the cherry on the top of this absolutely beautiful wedding. 

Katie wrapped her bouquet in burlap and twine. SL02


The wedding party was transported from the ceremony to the reception site via a horse-drawn wagon.

Instead of a guestbook, Kate had a wire tree planted in a pot where guests signed a luggage tag and then hang it on the tree.  The seating chart was an old window.SL07

Burlap table runners, mason jar glasses, and slabs of wood adorned the tables.SL08

The napkins were hand-cut and used later to make a quilt.


{Rockstar Vendor} Alpine Party Rentals
Photographer: Searching for the Light Photography  //  Ceremony: St. Mary’s Church   //  Reception: Brush Creek Pavilion  //  Caterer: Bonnie Q BBQ  //  DJ: Good Times DJ  //  Band: Broke Bridge

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