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A Ceremony in the Rain

From the bride:
It was a typical beautiful Boulder, Colorado day with beautiful blue skies. The bridal party did yoga on the lawn after breakfast and it was crystal clear outside. We had been warned about possible afternoon showers, but everyone was keeping the real details away from me about the weather. Apparently by the late afternoon, there was an actual tornado warning. Yikes!Sasser01 I wore my mom’s wedding dress, which she had worn almost 35 years before me. Sasser02 Sasser04 Sasser05

Sasser06 At the exact same time I began to walk down the aisle with my dad, there was a huge thunderclap. We had bused everyone up to the Flagstaff Amphitheater so there was really no quick exit possible once the rain started coming down. A few people had umbrellas but not all. Colin and I made the most of it. We cut a few things from the ceremony, but by the end, everyone was pretty soaked. Needless to say there was lots of cheering when the ceremony was complete. Sasser08 Sasser09 Sasser10 We hurried everyone back down the mountain to get them inside of the Chautauqua dining hall in hopes that a roof and a cocktail hour would warm them up. 

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The dinner and reception was a blast and I really can’t think of any other word to describe our wedding day but perfect. We wouldn’t change a thing. Appropriately, we danced with our parents to “Shower the People” by James Taylor. We didn’t know when we chose the song how meaningful it would really be that day.

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Kristin & Collin’s
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We 100% loved so many of our vendors. They really made the day for us, and are our personal hero’s. 

Photographer: Sasser StillsMichael Sasser did whatever it took, including getting soaked during the ceremony, to capture the most special moments for us. 

Event Planner: Leah Colby of La Dolce Events. Leah is an angel. She makes wedding coordinating look easy. She is professional, calm, cool, and collected and does everything in her power to make the day as special as she can. I don’t even know how she gets it all done. If I lived in Colorado, I would want to work for her. Ha, she is that amazing.

Venue: Chautauqua. We knew pretty immediately after we got engaged that this is where we’d be having our reception. The food was fantastic and the venue was perfect for our number of guests. Perfect dance floor conditions and the tent was a beautiful backdrop for the dinner. And we had several friends and family members stay at Chautauqua in cottages or in the lodge. It was so convenient to have a “base camp” for everyone since this was a destination wedding.

Flowers: Boulder Blooms. They went above and beyond on all of the arrangements, bouquets, etc. They provided extra touches that we hadn’t even talked about, just to make things special. The owner, Teresa, sat with us for a personal consultation and had prepared so well for our meeting. It was important to me to consider the meaning of all of the flowers we used, and she had looked up meanings for everything she suggested we use. 

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Here Comes the Sun at Keystone

Ashley & Matt |  September 14th  |  Keystone Resort

From the bride:
We choose Keystone for a couple of reasons –Colorado was just too beautiful to not have it out here and we got engaged in a little café in Keystone last December so it had a special place in our hearts, and of course we love to ski.

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I love green – It’s the perfect color for an Irish redhead – the bridesmaid’s dresses really captured this.  I choose three different shades of green and the contrast looked amazing against the picturesque mountains.

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I had a gorgeous brooch from my grandmother that she used to wear at her college dances wrapped around my bouquet.

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My mom passed away February 2012, and I really wanted her to be a part of the day so I saved an empty seat for her in the first row with her favorite flower, a black eyed susan. I also had a close girlfriend embroider a black eyed susan inside my dress the morning of the wedding, so she was there with me.  I had a special poem read by my aunt, her sister… it was sad, but it was us (my husband and I experienced her death together so we didn’t want to hide it). 130914ams-214

It rained until around 4:30pm, the ceremony was to begin at 5pm, and literally when Keystone was about to move the ceremony inside the clouds parted and the sun shined so brightly (I just knew it was my Mom).

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The backdrop could not have been more picturesque!  To think it had just been down pouring, but once the sun came out, the sky was majestic, the mountains were breathtaking, and the hills a perfect color green.

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I have never seen Matt smile so big, it was so heartwarming!  After the I do’s, “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles played as guests cheered.

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Matt and I are HUGE music fans (we even follow around a band called Widespread Panic so there was hints of music throughout). Matt has been to over 200 shows, and I’ve been to about 60. Our save the date cards were actual Ticketmaster tickets.  For the guestbook, I took all his ticket stubs from over ten years and I made them into a collage and then took pictures of those ticket stubs and used that as the background for the guestbook.

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I made the escort card holders by collecting lots and lots of wine corks, cutting them down the middle, and using that as the holder for the card.

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Our favors were mountain peach flavored honey from Honeyville.  The honey jars had little DIY tags that side “Love is Sweet”.

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The centerpieces were logs filled with roses, amaranths, lavender, and dahlias with two simple candles on each side.  Our table names were venues that Widespread Panic has played before: Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, The Georgia Theater, Louisville Palace, The Belly Up, Red Rocks, etc.  The napkins had “All You Need is Love” written on them.

TomK07 Matt and I never stopped dancing – our friends are definite party animals and the dance floor was NEVER empty!  We also had a “crutch” limbo as one of our friends had a broken leg, but we used his equipment for a great purpose.

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Looking Back: I would have had a videographer to capture the ceremony and the memorable toasts.

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My advice: Cherish every moment – its goes by way to fast!

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Ashley & Matt’s
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Venue, Caterer & Cake: KEYSTONE RANCHFOOD IS FANTASTIC!  Such a warm and romantic location. It felt very homey, definitely rustic elegance.

Favors: HONEYVILLE  {more info | website}.  We got the flavor mountain peach. We are from Georgia so that flavor embodied where we both came from and where we are now.

Wedding Gown: Kathyrn Elizabeth by Justin Alexander from THE BRIDAL COLLECTION { website}. Shout out to my stylist, Jordan.

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine B2078 in three colors: pure jade, celadon, and sage from THE BRIDAL COLLECTION {website}.

Photographer: Tom K Photo. He captured every emotion and every detail and gave us those beautiful candid shots we wanted.

Band: The Spotlight BandMy guests never stopped dancing – amazing set list!  Played all our favorites classic rock, and threw in a few widespread panic songs for us.

Men’s Wear: Jos A Banks. Matt went for a James Bond look.  Cream jackets, white shirts, and black pants.

Day of Coordinator & Flowers: Two Leaves and A Bloom  //  Hair & Makeup: Elan Life Spa //  Officiant: Gretchen Abernathy  //   Calligraphist: Moonlight Iris Designs

Honeymoon Location: We are honeymooning in St. Lucia at the end of January.  We choose to delay because all our family was in from out of town so we took some time off during the wedding to be with them. 

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Boulder Bike Wedding

Heather & Jeremy  |  October 18th  |  Boulder, Colorado

From the bride:
We are adventure racers and avid mountain bikers so we wanted a bike theme. We kept our wedding small and spent quality time with each quest.
BethPhoto01We just put a new succulent garden in our landscape and thought it would be great to use succulents instead of the normal flowers.

BethPhoto02The snow was unexpected, but made for a very unique day!

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We had a small ceremony.  We wrote our own vows that didn’t leave a dry eye in the area.  We had a dear friend marry us as an acoustic guitar was playing.  It was very natural, very emotional.  Very calm and down to earth.   We are both outdoor people so it was truly about us, who we are.

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BethPhoto05I loved riding our tandem antique bike in the snow, in my dress. Unforgettable!

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I made our guest book, which was a framed image of a tandem bike – with strings up in the sky – people used their thumb/finger print to create the balloon at the end of the string and signed their name by it.

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I also made all of the succulent place holders, they were a real little cactus in galvanized pails with cute little signs on them. 

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Ceremony Site:  Sunrise AmphitheaterBeautiful and reasonably priced.

Reception Site: Flagstaff House. So easy to work with and very, very, professional.  Great Food!!

Photographer:  Beth Photography. Beth was the best.  She was everywhere and really puts forward the effort to get everything captured.  We LOVE our photos!!

Florist: Boulder Blooms. Loved them, they were so excited to make something different and loved our succulent ideas, my bouquet was so, so, cool.

Band: The Chris Webb Band. He had great suggestions, was professional, very talented, and as nice as can be.

Hair & Makeup:  95th Street Salon. Jessica was awesome, she made me relaxed, so calm and started the day off right.

Bike Rentals: My Handlebar16 person bike rental.  We did this post reception.   SOOOO FUN!!!  We laughed so hard our stomachs hurt.  No kidding, we did a tour around Boulder jumping off to our favorite restaurants around town.  It was so unique, silly and fun.  It was a perfect way to end the night.

Honeymoon Location: Kayaking and Mountain Biking in Costa Rica.

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