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“I Do” in Colorado Springs

Danielle & Bryan |  September 8th  |  Colorado Springs, Colorado

From the bride, Danielle:
My wedding band was very special because it belonged to my sister. She was killed in a plane crash and it was one of the only things that survived.  Wearing the ring everyday reminds me that she will always be there for me.

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I absolutely LOVED my bouquet, it was the most beautiful bouquet I had ever seen.  It was a very romantic girly bouquet with antique buttons, broaches, pearls and feathers. I also had an “N” pinned in a place that only I could see it to remind me that my sister Nicole was with me in spirit. StephanieBauer02StephanieBauer09

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My dress was a ballgown with a pure beaded sweetheart neck bodice and a large skirt with a train and flowers with Swarovski crystals and ostrich feathers. I had a blusher and a cathedral length veil. I had to have a huge dress since it’s a once in a lifetime event and the church was so big! StephanieBauer05 StephanieBauer06 StephanieBauer07

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 Our ceremony was on a beautiful, sunny day at the United States Air Force Academy Chapel.  The chapel has a very long middle aisle, stained glass that peaks, and a giant organ. StephanieBauer10 StephanieBauer11

I loved the drive with my husband in the Rolls Royce in between the ceremony and the reception. It was the ONE detail I didn’t plan and he surprised me with it. It was so beautiful. We were finally married and could just enjoy some quiet time together before going to the reception. It was so romantic. StephanieBauer12 StephanieBauer13 StephanieBauer14 StephanieBauer15 StephanieBauer16 StephanieBauer17

 Our reception was at the The Mining Exchange. It is a beautiful, restored, historical building.  The ballroom has exposed brick, original honeycomb tile and an outdoor patio. They also have the original safes from when miner’s used to trade their gold for money. StephanieBauer18

The centerpieces were vases I filled with pink and white sea glass, curly willow and paper flowers. StephanieBauer19

My cake was Tiffany blue with ivory bows and diamond broaches. StephanieBauer20

My advice: Get the big stuff pinned down right away! Do what you want to do and don’t let anyone sway you!

Danielle’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Stephanie Brauer Photography. She was very sweet and fun to work with. The pictures turned out great.
Ceremony Site: The USAFA Cadet Chapel
Reception Site: The Mining Exchange, Wyndham Grand Hotel. It was beautiful, historic, a great space to arrange however you wanted it. Shelby Pywell was a great help, very professional and friendly and catered to my every need.
Caterer: Springs Orleans. People still talk about our food. Everything was delicious!
Cake: Sweet Daphne Confections. Megan listened to what I wanted and made it happen, even getting the Tiffany blue to be the exact shade I wanted.  It was the best cake I’ve ever eaten!!
Wedding Gown: Allure from Something New Boutique. After trying on at least 30 dresses at other stores, they listened to what I wanted and the first dress I tried on there was the one!
Florist: Willow ‘n Weeds. Karol really helped me to pick things I liked since I was lost! She made the most beautiful bouquet I’ve ever seen and it didn’t wilt for days.
DJ: Complete Music. Our DJ (Justin) was great at catering the music to what I wanted and I was able to make a playlist and a DO NOT play list.

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DIY in the Rocky Mountains

Megan & Brent  |  July 21st  |  Granby, Colorado

From the bride, Megan:
Our wedding was very DIY (handmade decor) and our family and friends were the ones setting up both our ceremony and reception on the day of the wedding.

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My bouquet was made with  family brooches. It was absolutely stunning, and went perfect with my wedding colors/look of our wedding. My favorite part about the bouquet was the attached charm of my late grandmother. My grandmother had always been an important part of my life, and having her in my bouquet made me feel like she was there with me.  It was special (I’m tearing up as I am writing this). shutterchic04 shutterchic05 shutterchic06 shutterchic07

 When we arrived at the ceremony site I felt super anxious, but ready to be married.

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The ceremony was flawless. shutterchic10 shutterchic11 shutterchic12 shutterchic13 shutterchic14 shutterchic15 shutterchic16The reception was a lively atmosphere; our favorite music was playing, everyone was in high spirits, and we danced late into the night. We capped the night off with s’mores at the fire pit. It was a perfect way to end the night! shutterchic17 shutterchic18

 Basic Kneads Pizza, a Denver food truck, made wood-fired pizza on site.

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Brent always asks me if I would put myself through the stresses of wedding planning again and I always give him the same answer. I would do it in a heartbeat. shutterchic20

Megan’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: ShutterChic Photography  //  Venue: Snow Mountain Ranch  //  Hair & Makeup: Studio Be Salon  // Pizza:  Basic Kneads Pizza

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Vintage Whimsy

Joy & Cody  |  August 25th  |  Bailey, Colorado

From the bride, Joy:
The entire inspiration of our wedding revolved around the most beautiful woman I know, my grandmother. Just a few weeks before the engagement, my best friend and sweet Grammy passed away. Living with us our whole lives and helping raise myself and my ten siblings, she couldn’t project anything more than selflessness and love. She was a florist so I decided to use pretty much everything of hers to design our wedding, including her favorite flowers and colors. It was bright, elegant and beyond charming, just like her sweet spirit. We used nearly all of the furniture in her house, whether it being a lounge area created at the reception, her bedside table underneath our altar for our communion elements or her old jewelry that composed my beautiful wedding belt. She was there in almost every aspect and it was such a great event to be able to honor her throughout that perfect day.
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Almost every single aspect of our wedding was personalized!  In fact, I think my family might kill me if I ever ask them to make anything ever again!

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 Cody built the altar that we were married under. My mother and I had collected a bunch of little vases and mason jars that we had hung from the altar all at different heights filled with beautiful wildflowers.

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The music was all to our favorite band, Mumford and Sons, with the bridal party walking down the aisle to “Sigh No More” and myself entering in on a carriage and walking to  “Lover of the Light.” JoyCody12

As I walked toward Cody, his eyes were filled with tears and he couldn’t have lived up more to the words I spoke in my vows that “you are the most perfect combination of both strength and tenderness.

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My most memorable moment was hearing Cody’s breathtaking vows, there was not an eye at that wedding that was dry after he spoke, it was by far the most beautiful moment of my entire life hearing the most handsome man in the world committing his life to me. JoyCody15 JoyCody16

The ceremony was full of spirit, beauty and ultimate glory; it was evident what our covenant would be built upon. Every word spoken was powerful and to cap it off Cody kissed me like he never had before. Then I hiked up my dress and we ran to our carriage as Mumford and Sons played, “She said Yes.” It far surpassed every dream I ever had!
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The reception looked like a 1940’s picnic with antiques, vintage lights, bunting banners and a homemade photobooth. JoyCody23 JoyCody24 JoyCody25 JoyCody27

My favorite detail of the wedding was the different tables, how they were all themed with their own perfect cluster of antiques and with names inspired from different locations that had so much meaning to us!  For example: first kiss, proposal, favorite ice-cream shop, etc.

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From the plates and table tops, to the unique photo booth, stunning flowers and charming attire, it was truly the wedding of our dreams. I believe that no matter what it is, beauty invites and that is why all of our guests fell in love and had the most wonderful time at a wedding that was beyond inviting to all of our hearts. JoyCody29

I would have to say one of the biggest highlights was dancing with my handsome groom for the first time.  We danced to Ingrid Michelson’s version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. It was truly the perfect night with the most perfect people!

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My advice: A wedding does not have to take terribly long to plan! You can do it on your own terms and it can be absolutely breathtaking! We were not the waiting kind, if you know you want to spend the rest of your life with this person, why would you stretch that time out… We just didn’t see the point. Also, as difficult as it may be, do everything you can to limit your guest list down! We loved having so many great family and friends there but we felt like we weren’t able to just enjoy it as much as if we could have just celebrated and enjoyed the moment for exactly what it was. Another point, it is a big thing to do the first look and pictures before, not that that is bad, but nothing beats that moment of walking down the aisle towards your groom or having your bride approach you, the anticipation and the excitement is out of this world; all the pictures in the world couldn’t beat that. Also, when a problem arises, as frustrating as it is in the moment, everything will work out in the end you are getting married to your beloved, nothing beats that and nobody can steal that joy, nobody!

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Joy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Event Planner: Jessica McTaggert with Pink Champagne Events.
I couldn’t recommend anyone higher than this woman, she saved the day for us and pulled the whole wedding together in 5 short weeks! She loved us well and heard us every step of the way! She was truly amazing and I cannot imagine it would have been the same without her.

{Rockstar} Rentals: Rocky Mountain Wine Barrel Company. The wine barrels were very affordable and they are great to work with!

Photographer: Haley Sheffield PhotographyHaley was truly a gem! She has the sweetest heart and our connection was instant, she will be a soul friend and is one of the most talented photographers I have ever met.

Caterer:  Occasions CateringI would definitely recommend them to every person getting married! The food was phenomenal and I heard from everyone that it was absolutely delicious! They were also extremely affordable, I was amazed by the pricing and their professional nature, very blessed to have found this caterer and at such last minute!

Tent & Party Rentals: Event Rents. They were absolutely great and had so many options to choose from! I would definitely recommend them to any and every one!

Bundt Cakes: The Bundt Shoppe. They were absolutely delicious and were a pleasure to work with! Had a blast at the tasting and they were extremely professional the whole way through.

Wedding Gown: Little White DressI would recommend them to anyone looking for their wedding gown, they were so professional and were just so great the entire time!

Horse Drawn Carriage:  Kiowa Creek Coaches. They were great and very professional; would definitely recommend them to others.

Vintage lighting: LMD Productions.  They did a wonderful job and were always upfront and honest about what was possible and not possible. They were a joy to work with.

Florist: Jan Woogland (Family Friend)  //  Cupcakes: Yours Truly Bakery

Honeymoon Location: Playa Del Carmen Mexico! So beautiful and way too many laughs to even count!

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