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Casual & Rustic in Colorado Springs

Alison & Shaun  |  August 18th  |  Colorado Springs, Colorado

From the bride, Alison:
Our wedding rings didn’t make their way to the best-man in time for the ceremony so we had to exchange “imaginary rings” – as soon as the recessional was over we exchanged our real rings, it could have been a big problem but it ended up being a funny moment in the ceremony that we will always remember, and our actual ring exchange after the ceremony ended up being more intimate/romantic – a moment that we will always cherish.

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kk03kk04My advice: Don’t stress out about the details – keep in perspective that it isn’t about the perfect dress, the perfect centerpieces, the perfect wedding – it’s about celebrating the life you are starting together – enjoy the day because it goes by so quickly.
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Alison’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Stephanie Brauer Photography. One word: AMAZING! Stephanie captured every last detail of our wedding perfectly. Stephanie is passionate about her work and I feel beyond lucky that we found her!

Event Planner: Entwined Planning. Danielle was the reason our day went off without a hitch.  She took care of everything and made our vision a reality – absolutely perfect.

Venue: The Margarita at Pine CreekWe wanted an outdoor ceremony and The Margarita provided the perfect backdrop for what we were going for, a laid-back feel while still being elegant – having our wedding at the Margarita was like having it at our own home – the staff was incredible and made sure everything was taken care of and that all of our guests were comfortable and the food was excellent.

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes //  Florist: Hillside Consultants Inc  //   Musicians: Aspen String Quartet //  DJ: Gotta Dance DJ’s  //  Officiant: Your Romantic Wedding //  Wedding Gown:Paloma Blanca from Bea’s Bridal Nook  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung from Something New Boutique  //  Hair & Makeup: Beehive Salon //  Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse   //  Rentals: Bruno’s Party Time Rentals //

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Romance in the Mountains by Rachael Grace Photography

Amorette & Rich | August 26th  | Allenspark, Colorado

From the bride, Amorette:
We really wanted to get married in the mountains because that is where we spend most of our recreational time. Rich is passionate about skiing and I’m passionate about hiking mountain trails and we both love to go camping and hiking so we held our wedding nestled in the Rocky Mountain National Forest. 70% of our guests flew in from out of state.

Photography by Rachael Grace Photography

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Our first look was very memorable. We were both so overwhelmed with emotion from the entire day leading up to that moment of seeing each other before our ceremony. To this day I still can see my husbands’ eyes well up with tears as I walked up toward him to say hello! RachaelGarce0103

The sun was literally shining upon us as we said our own vows, which we wrote ourselves! RachaelGarce0104 RachaelGarce0105

We named the tables according to Rich’s favorite ski mountains. RachaelGarce0106 RachaelGarce0107

 We both love, love, love, dark chocolate and particularly a brand called Chocolove, which is a local company here in Boulder. So we decided to shower our guests with chocolate as a party favor. We made the place name tags, and wrapped our chocolove chocolate bars with twine and attached a tag with each guests’ name and their assigned table seating.

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My advice: Take time to relax and enjoy planning your wedding. Whatever you do, make sure that you make it your OWN. For the Bride- this day is about YOU and NOT your mother, your sister(s), friends or anyone else!  Looking back, I would have had less bridesmaids… too much drama!

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Amorette’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
{Rockstar} Photographer: Rachael Grace Photography.We absolutely fell in love with our wedding photos and they couldn’t have been any more perfect! We were looking for a natural, romantic and story telling style photographer and thankfully we found Rachael! She is a godsend and we are happy to have found our future family photographer!

Venue & Caterer: Wild Basin Lodge.  The staff was very professional, friendly and they catered to our every need. I would highly recommend the Wild Basin Lodge Event center.

Wedding Gown: Sew Fresh Studios. My gown was handmade by artisan Nora McCray and it was so comfortable and fit my body like a glove!  I would highly recommend Nora!

DJ: A Music Plus  //  Cake: Intricate Icings

Honeymoon Location: Europe! We spent 3 ½ weeks traveling to London, England, Cologne, Germany, Locarno, Switzerland, Florence, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain. It was an amazing start to the rest of our lives together!

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Love Under a Full Moon at Gateway Canyons

Caroline & Mike  |  August 12th  |  Gateway Canyons

From the bride, Caroline:
Since all of our family and most of our friends were from out of town, we wanted our guests enjoy the best that Western Colorado has to offer. CatMayer0122I started the day primping at the Spa with my mom, sister, aunts, cousins and friends and Mike chose the absolute opposite, getting pummeled on the mountain bike trails with his brother. CatMayer0123 CatMayer0124Our ceremony was small and intimate held on the green grass, underneath the Cottonwood trees surrounded by the beautiful red canyon monuments. CatMayer0125CatMayer0126 CatMayer0127 CatMayer0128 CatMayer0129CatMayer0130 CatMayer0131After dinner, we danced under the Full Moon.  We met on the night of a Full Moon in India, got engaged on the night of a Full Moon camping on the Colorado River, so it was only fitting to dance our wedding night away under a Full Moon!CatMayer0132

Caroline’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
{Rockstar Venue} GATEWAY CANYONS {More info | Website}
{Rockstar Flowers} FIELD FLORALS {More info | Website}  Loved Ashley Krest’s beautiful Paonia-grown organic flowers.
Photography: Cat Mayer Studio

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