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Destination Colorado Springs

Kara & Ryan |  August 27th  |  Colorado Springs

From the photographer, Stephanie Brauer Photography:
This super stylish New York City couple chose to have their destination wedding in Colorado Springs where Kara grew up. Ryan? What can I say, he’s a total rock star. Every time I hear Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z I’ll think of his impressive performance complete with a stage-dive finale.  And Kara, a true beauty, both inside and out. Delicate, sweet, and the epitome of elegance, she radiated with joy as he buzzed with excitement. Friends and family flocked from all over the country to celebrate Kara and Ryan’s love for each other. Everything about their day couldn’t have been more perfect, from the majestic mountain backdrop to the eight piece Diamond Orchestra who made the party a complete sensation.


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We met in New York City in the fall of 2007. It was pretty apparent from the start we were going to be important in each other’s lives. After a short time of friendship, it was clear to both of us that more than just a friendship was developing. It was then we realized that we would not only be two of the lucky ones that fall in love, but get a best friend as well. From that point on, we have been able to do so many things together. With a shared love for travel and adventure, we have been able to take many trips and experience different cultures and parts of the world along the way. Zip-lining in Jamaica, snorkeling in Barbados, snowmobiling in Iceland, and fishing in Ireland are some of the many amazing adventures we have had. The two of us feel so blessed to not only have found each other in this crazy world, but also to be supported by such amazing family and friends. God-willing, may the adventures never come to an end, and only get more exciting along the way. StephBra10 StephBra11

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Photographer: Stephanie Brauer Photography  //   Venue:  Garden of the Gods  //  Cake: Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery  //  Wedding Dress:Bridals by Marisa  //  Reception Music: Diamond Orchestra

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Intimate in Estes Park

Nichole & Brian  |  May 4th  |  Estes Park,  Colorado

From the bride, Nichole:
We chose a garden theme wedding because we love the outdoors and gardens are still so romantic. My favorite memory of the wedding was our first dance. After we finished, two of my aunts pulled me aside and said when the dance started a white dove landed on the window seal and flew away once the song ended. It gave them goosebumps. I feel like it was my late mother joining in on our special day.
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Photographer: Dash Photography  //  Event Planner: Classic Creations  //  Venue: The Estes Park Resort  //  Cake: Cake-Captivations Bakery  //  Floral Designer: Statice Floral  //  Makeup Artist: Bella Capelli Studio

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A Dreamy Romance

Erin & Jason  |  May 26th  | Sedalia, Colorado

From the bride, Erin:
I pretty much knew the style I wanted right off the bat, timeless, but with freshness, newness and a lot of uniqueness.  I chose a soft color palette with shades of blush pinks, lilacs, peach and golds. I tried to do a lot of things myself not only to be wise with my budget but also just because I enjoy this kind of stuff.


When we had looked for a venue I was looking for something very specific. I had always dreamed of being married in a garden and then having an outdoor evening reception. Castle Cliff was ideal because of the beautiful gardens and intimacy of the whole venue. It was the second place we went and saw and we knew it was the place. I couldn’t imagine myself walking down the aisle to Jason in any other location.


We really wanted our guests to feel like they were coming into our own private home and feel comfortable. 


The headband I wore was really special. I made it and incorporated one of my great grandma’s bracelets into it. So it was unique and special.

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My favorite detail was the flowers. They were so stunning and exactly what I had wanted. I just loved the way they pulled everything together.


Our ceremony was really personal to us and everything just felt like a big family party. Both of us had been a little leery of sharing such intimate things with so many people watching. But when he began to share his heart with me everyone disappeared and I knew everything he was saying was from his heart and he meant every word.

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One of the things I really loved about the reception was the ability to move our guests around to different locations within the venue. I really wanted to try to get away from that typical ballroom/banquet feel where you sit in the same place all night, have small talk for a little bit, but then just get quiet and bored. It happens so often at weddings and I wanted to create different conversation atmospheres to keep everything feeling fresh and different. Castle Cliff gave me the perfect place to accomplish that.


My mom and I searched for about 3 months for all the different pieces we used on the tables. A vast majority of the centerpiece vases were just old glass vases we both had from just over the years and I spray painted them all gold. Super easy and green! All the table overlays we made too.

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Photographer: Josh Luna Fine Art Photography. Josh was so wonderful to work with and extremely talented. He did more than I could have ever imagined with our photos and day of was such a joy to work with. He was able to capture shots without feeling like a nosy paparazzi, which was really enjoyable.

Cake: The Bundt Shoppe. I loved my cake and how it all turned out. I had a two tier cutting cake for Jason and I and then several mini bundt cakes for the dessert bar. All the guests loved them too.

Florist: Littleton Flower Shop. Dawn was incredible. I had met with several florists and she was the only one who truly understood what I wanted and was able to grasp my vision and be creative on her own.  She went above and beyond what I could ever imagine and I was beyond thrilled.

Wedding Gown: Vera Wang from The Nordstrom Wedding Suite  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier from The Nordstrom Wedding Suite  //  Men’s Wear: Black by Vera Wang

Honeymoon Location: Saint Lucia

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