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A Fun Denver Celebration by Shelley Coar Photography

Marybeth & Joe |  May 12th |  Denver, Colorado

From the bride, Marybeth:
We wanted our wedding to be a perfect mix of both traditional and laid back with fun elements. We wanted to make sure that everyone felt comfortable and taken care of while having a great time celebrating. The décor from the flowers, table settings, and covered chairs were traditional and mixed with more modern elements such as a photo booth, cake pops, live band, and a lot of dancing.

Photography by  Shelley Coar Photography


My saintly Mom refurbished a Red Radio Flyer Wagon into a prince carriage for my two nephews that were adorned in silver and baby blue suits and ties and accompanying and sparkles.ShellyCoar07

We ourselves, our families, and our friends represent a mixed bag of religions, beliefs, and backgrounds and we wanted to make sure that our ceremony was welcoming to all and spoke to all walks of life in some way.

ShellyCoar08ShellyCoar09ShellyCoar10We added our Keys to Love, which we asked invitees to write their most important piece of relationship advice. These responses will continue to serve as our manifesto for our happy marriage.


 Our reception was held at the Pinnacle Club at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver. The Pinnacle Club is a perfect venue for a fantastic panorama view of Denver and the Rocky Mountains and a level of hospitality that creates an intimate, elegant, and laid-back Colorado atmosphere.


My advice:  Celebrate. Celebrate milestones before your wedding day. Celebrate determining your wedding date, your bridesmaids dresses or your groomsmen outfits, your cake, your honeymoon plans, your makeup artist, your band, whatever it is – celebrate!

And finally, write a note to each other on your wedding day. It doesn’t need to be a gift, but a written pledge of how much the other means to you, how exciting this day is, how you see your future, and how committed you are, why, and how until you’re old and gray.


Photographer: Shelley Coar Photography {more info  |  website}
Reception Site & Lodging: Grand Hyatt Denver  //  Musicians: Denver’s Heartbeat   //  Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero from The Bridal Collection  //   Makeup: Victoria Rene Makeup Art

Honeymoon Location: Grand Hyatt, Kauai

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Vintage Country Chic at Denver Botanic Gardens

Erin & Jeremy |  August 31st  |  {Rockstar VenueDenver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

From the bride, Erin:
Jeremy and I were engaged for a year and a half before our wedding. We had plenty of time to research vendors, work on projects and most importantly save money for the wedding. We made all our decisions together and did most of the work ourselves. I’m glad we had so much time to plan and save but it did dominate our (or at least my) thoughts on a daily basis so it was nice to actually have the wedding and be done with all the planning! We called on our friends and family to help out instead of getting so many vendors involved. I had close friends make the flower arrangements, my mom and aunt made the cupcakes and we had friends be in charge of the music. Overall things came together the day of the wedding and it turned out better than we ever imagined!




{Rockstar VenueDenver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Photographer:  Elevate Photography  //  Transportation: Banjo Billy’s Bus  //  Dress Store: The Alter  //  Caterer: The Food Guy

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Rustic & Casual at Twin Owls Steakhouse

Jaime & Brad  |  August 18th  |  {Rockstar Venue}  Twin Owls Steakhouse

From the bride, Jaime:
We are laid back and very outdoorsy so a princess gown and formal setting wouldn’t reflect anything about us. We wanted rustic natural elegance with a casual and comfortable feel that celebrated our life together in Colorado.  We chose the wedding date that was the anniversary of my paternal grandparents.

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We looked at many venues, but the moment I saw Twin Owls Steakhouse I was sure it was the place.  For the first time in a million tours Brad wasn’t with me, but we quickly returned a few days later and his reaction was the same.  The Twin Owls Steakhouse offered an intimate and gorgeous setting with a smooth flow between sites and lodging on the property.  It was the perfect scenario for out of town guests to stay for a long weekend and convenient for our Colorado friends to come for the day. Jenae Lopez Photography02

I took on my own approach of imagining myself as a guest and what I would need/ like/ expect at a wedding.  Excel was by far my saving grace, keeping things organized, and a few tips from friends established my timeline.

Jenae Lopez Photography03Our ceremony took place with the amazing backdrop of Lumpy Ridge mountain vista. 

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A perfect gust of wind blew just when it was time to kiss.

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We tucked hand-tied bundles of fresh rosemary and purple status in every napkin. Jenae Lopez Photography10 Jenae Lopez Photography11 Jenae Lopez Photography12

I felt the size (100 guests) and the intimate venue were perfect and encouraged all of our guests to meet one another and interact.  I had the time of my life and felt our guests did too.

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{Rockstar} Reception & Caterer: Twin Owls Steakhouse. Excellent food and charming venue!

Photographer: Jenae Lopez Photography. Jenae was amazing! Easy to work with, went above and beyond expectation, and is now a good friend.

Photobooth: Booth 66Everyone loved it and I see the pictures on fridges every time I visit family or friends.

Wedding Gown: Anna Be Bridal.  The customer service was wonderful and I ended up buying a Nichole Miller dress that was a sample and a GREAT deal!

Ceremony Site:  Black Canyon Inn  //  Hair Stylist: Bella Capelli // Cake Designer: Colorado Rose Cake Company

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