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Shabby Chic at Denver Botanic Gardens

Jessica & Garrett  |  June 30th | {Rockstar VenueDenver Botanic Gardens

From the bride, Jessica:
From the beginning, I worked on every aspect of the wedding from invitations, to placecards, to table settings, to wedding party attire, and decorations. I wanted it to be unique and personal and to reflect our desire for our guests to truly enjoy the day with us.  We both love gardening and wanted that theme carried throughout wedding details.

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I found some old pieces of wooden fence that I painted into the “kissing tree” sign and into a directional sign with arrows for “dinner”, “dancing”, “drinks & bar”, and “restrooms”. One was place right in front of a beautiful pine tree. This really gave it a Colorado touch!


The ceremony was in the Romantic Garden of the Denver Botanic Gardens. It was the perfect setting for us because we both love gardening. Violin music entertained the 110 guests until the wedding party arrived. We were blessed to have our Aunt Barbara officiate the service. Her detailed knowledge of us allowed for a very intimate and sometimes humorous ceremony. The beauty of the garden was all we needed for decor.


We decided to use shades of blue, green and clear glass bottles with stems of wildflowers for the centerpieces. We had everyone on the hunt for unique shaped green and blue bottles several months leading up to the wedding.

RachelHavel16We had an area for pictures to be taken at a tree with a bench in front and a hand painted sign saying “kissing tree”.RachelHavel17

Advice from the Groom: “Let her do it all.”RachelHavel18


Ceremony Site: {Rockstar Venue} Denver Botanic Gardens, York Street Location, Romantic Garden. This is an amazing site to get married in! It’s so beautiful without any added decorations and your guests will enjoy a place they can explore on their own. It makes it romantic for everyone!

Photographer: Rachel Havel Photography. Rachel and Tom did an amazing job! They impressed us with their creativity and making the photos personal to us. The best choice of our wedding was choosing Rachel Havel Photography to capture our memories! Before I got married the one big piece of advice I got was to make sure you get a good photographer. I couldn’t agree more. The way the memories are captured in the photos, is what you will have to look at forever. We made a great choice!

Florist: DebBee’s Garden. Debbie and Neva are two women you can trust to do your flowers for your big day! I told them the theme of the wedding and color ideas and they came up with the rest! I wanted to be surprised a little by what they created. Couldn’t have been better!

Tent & Party Rentals: Butler Rents. If I had another big event to plan, I would go with Bulter again! They came through during a last minute situation and had everything we needed. They were on time and fair with prices.

Hair Stylist: Candace Bachara. I loved my hair! My bridesmaids looked gorgeous too! Candace did an amazing job. No matter what the occasion or theme Candace can make it happen!

Guest Lodging: Marriott Denver West. Great hotel, good prices, very friendly!

Honeymoon Location: Akumal, Mexico. This was a quiet, romantic little town. Perfect for relaxing after the big day! We rented a condo on the beach.

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  • Rachel Havel April 3, 2013 9:22 am

    Oh I love it! Jessica, your words make my heart sing! We just loved being with you & Garrett on your wedding day. Thank you so much!
  • Deborah April 12, 2013 4:01 pm

    Beautiful wedding and venue!
Rustic Chic in Steamboat

Emery & Jordan  | August 11th  |  Steamboat Springs, Colorado

From the bride, Emery:
Our wedding had a bit of a rustic-chic feel. We had a large tent with lovely lights strung across the ceiling to create a romantic feel. I wanted to let the scenery stand out, so I tried keeping the extra décor to a minimum. A lot of it was DIY, which I really enjoyed because I had the summer months leading up to the wedding to work on a lot of that.

Jordan and I felt the music, food, and drink was the most important to create a fun, upbeat celebration of our marriage for our guests, who had traveled so far to be with us! So that’s where we wanted to spend our money. I also wanted to incorporate our lives/the things we liked as city people with the feel of Colorado. TomK02

Guests received a taste of Colorado in their welcome bags, with Boulder Chips, water bottles with our wedding logo/colors on them, a coffee mug with our wedding date/names, a special health brownie bar made from Jordan’s mother’s recipe, among other thing. TomK03 TomK04 TomK05 TomK06

I could not possibly have loved my Pronovias dress more. It was a no-fuss, affordable dress with stunning lace detail. TomK07 TomK08

My necklace had my grandmother’s aquamarine, diamond, and pearl earrings that my mother had made for me as a gift (she wore a necklace with the other earring to the wedding). My grandmother had passed away exactly 6 months before the wedding, so that was really special to me. TomK09 TomK10

We had a rain delay before the ceremony, which made everything even more beautiful because after the storm cleared, the temperature dropped to a perfect 75 degrees and the sky just lit up! Honestly, a lot of people ask me now if I “freaked out” when it started raining right before the ceremony, but I didn’t. I was so ready to marry Jordan and so at peace. I didn’t care if it was in a tent, on a mountain, or in the living room. My bridesmaids tell me they’ve never seen a more relaxed bride (surprising since I am very Type A!). Plus, the guests got to enjoy an extra cocktail and the rain ended up cooling things down and creating such a beautiful sky for sunset. Everyone said later that it was his mother and my father making their presence known. Either way, I was so relaxed that I don’t think I noticed anything that went wrong!!


My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle and seeing Jordan. We were both nervous because we hate being the center of attention. But in that moment, everyone else disappeared and I could only see him. Seeing his face—so full of emotion (and he’s not an emotional guy!)—and saying our vows—wow, it was just like being in this special bubble and no one else is in it with you. The setting was so unbelievably gorgeous—I can’t imagine a more perfect moment in time.


We wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet, so we did Top 10 Reasons why we love each other so deeply and wanted to get married, with a couple short Bible readings from Jordan’s sister and a poem (In Praise of Beauty) by my sister-in-law. Jordan really respects the marriage his father and mother had before she passed away, so he wanted his dad to get up and say a few words on love and lasting marriages as well. That was a really touching moment for us.  TomK13 TomK14

The reception was all about good food and dancing. We served the dinner “family style,” with big platters of fresh salmon and chicken at each table for everyone to pass around.  Jordan lost his mother and I lost my father, so we wanted to commemorate them in some way. So, we decided to each name a table after them—“G” for his mother’s nickname and “Purple” for my father’s. In fact, every table had a name special to Jordan and I with a brief description under it. TomK15

We had a “Shotski” made by my stepsisters (a tradition in the family) with shots affixed along the ski. Everyone had a blast drinking from that! TomK16

My advice: It’s cliché—but just try to relax and enjoy every moment. Someone told me to do that—to really focus on the excitement and energy of every moment during that day and what it was really about. And I actually did that. I lived IN the moment. It’s the best thing I could’ve done. So many people get caught up in that one event and let it take over their lives. They stress about every detail up to the last second. Just remember why you’re doing it. And who cares if something goes wrong? You’re marrying your best friend; what could be better than that? TomK17


Photographer: tomKphoto. The best photographer ever. I wanted someone with a unique style who did work with a wide-angle lens and he exceeded my expectations. Very easy to work with and very creative. Really caught the essence of Bella Vista.

Venue: The Bella Vista Estate. I’d definitely recommend it for its stunning views and fun, laid-back atmosphere for renting several days.

Musicians: The Fever, solo guitarist for ceremony, jazz trio for cocktail hour, and 7-piece band for reception. They were incredible!!! Super organized, very detail-oriented, they played such a great mix of current and old hits. Literally everyone was on the dance floor the entire night.

Caterer: Marnos Custom Catering. Best food ever! Seriously. She catered to multiple food allergies and created a healthy but delicious menu. The salmon was the best I’ve ever had.

Florist: Alpine Floral. Susanne—she’s super talented and affordable.

Hair: Brio Salon & Makeup: Apothocari Skin Care. BOTH absolutely amazing. Alicia and Cari Ann are both two of the most talented people I’ve met. My hair and makeup were flawless and exactly what I asked for.

Guest Lodging: Trappeur’s Crossing Resort and Spa

Tent & Party Rentals: Colorado Event Rentals

Honeymoon Location: Chaa Creek Resort (San Ignacio) and Victoria House (Ambergris Caye) in Belize.  I highly recommend both of these hotels…the service was impeccable, the amenities were amazing, the locations absolutely gorgeous. We had such a nice combo of relaxation and exploration.

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A Mountain Romance at Winter Park Resort

Katherine & Darren  |  August 26th  |  {Rockstar Venue} Winter Park Resort 

From the bride, Katherine:
The weather was perfect all weekend long and the day of the wedding was no exception. The ceremony took place at 5:30 in the evening, after the ceremony we got to kick off the reception to an amazing sunset over the continental divide.

My husband and I first met in Winter Park and we wanted to share that with our family and friends who live in Maine and Indiana; most had never been to Colorado before.  Not only are the mountains a majestic place to exchange vows, but it is a perfect way to showcase your beautiful state.

Our most special moment was on the day of our wedding when my husband and I took a moment to enjoy the sunset together following the ceremony. Shortly before I had met Darren, his mother had lost her battle with breast cancer so at that moment while watching the sunset, we knew Diann was there celebrating with us in spirit.

When it came to decorating our wedding, Darren and I decided to have fun with recycling & building. We invaded our neighbor’s back yard (with their permission, of course) and built our escort card stand, chalkboard and guestbook from their scrap wood, then jazzed it up with a little paint. We now use them as decorations in our new house.

For a personal touch from Darren’s side of the family, we decided to take his grandfather’s famous pickle recipe and make “Papaw’s Pickles” as party favors for our wedding guests. 

When it came to dessert, we opted to make our own, our awesome friends and family helped us make cupcakes, cookies and whoopee pies.  Of course, we felt our guests should have cake too, but we have never cared too much for wedding cake so we decided to get an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. It sounds tacky, but we couldn’t have been happier with it.  Any excuse to eat ice cream cake is fine with us and we thought a wedding seemed like worthy enough excuse, it was Deeelish!

One of our favorite moments was our first dance to Taj Mahal’s “Lovin’ in my baby’s eyes” When we first met, Darren would make me mixed cd’s and this was always a favorite song of ours, we knew it would be perfect for our first dance.

Our advice: Don’t forget to take this time and enjoy the planning process with your fiancé. More importantly, don’t let the little things make or break your day, this is a celebration and you want to remember it as the happiest day of your life. I highly recommend getting a wedding coordinator or event planner, it is well worth the money to be able to enjoy your wedding day without any worries.


{Rockstar} Venue, Caterer & Lodging:  The Lodge at Sunspot, Winter Park Resort. Beautiful location & great people to work with.

Floral Design & Event Planner: Rami Carter, Pick Me! Weddings. Rami is one of the kindest most creative people I have ever met, she took my ideas and added her own little tweaks to it to give it that extra something special. I couldn’t have been happier with her work. She also made sure everything went smoothly for us so we didn’t have to worry about anything the whole day. Basically, all we had to do was show up. Not only is Rami a great wedding planner but is an extremely talented florist.

Photographer: Melissa Beck Photography. Melissa was amazing, not only did she take beautiful photos of everyone, but she was great to have on our wedding team. She captured all the images we had hoped for and more. I highly recommend her for both your engagement and wedding photography.

DJ: Yeti Entertainment. Michael was great at keeping the party going for us, he has a great set-up and is so fun to work with.

Wedding Gown: Tara Keely from Blue Bridal Boutique

Honeymoon Location: We just got back from a “Mini-moon” in South Dakota where we went pheasant hunting with our two German Shorthaired Pointers. We will be going on the real honeymoon to Belize  once ski season ends.

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