Leslie & Andrew | July 26th | Longmont, Colorado
From the bride: We knew we wanted a “farm” themed wedding at a rustic, yet classy location. We fell in love with YA YA Farm & Orchard, not only was it a working farm with horses, chickens, and peacocks, but it was also a beautiful apple orchard. When we heard that we would be married in the rows of the apple orchard, with the reception under the white tent and dancing in the beautiful barn- we were sold. This venue was definitely a do-it-yourself venue as it was first a farm, then a venue. However, this only made it more exciting, as I knew everything about the wedding would have the personal and intentional touches that I love.
My palate was mostly light pastels- neutrals, blush, with hints of mint green here and there. I have always loved rustic and vintage styles, so I wanted to create something that combined these in a soft and beautiful fashion.
My Maid of Honor, Alexa Behar, is a graphic designer, water colorist and calligrapher who just happens to co-own a company called Sage Paper Goods. Alexa designed and created our beautiful paper goods (Save the date, invitation, particulars card, RSVP card, and all of our chalkboard signs used as decorations at the wedding). The watercolor design she painted for our invitations was inspired by the flowers I had chosen to use at the wedding.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted an all lace dress with an open back. Little White Dress Boutique helped me to find my dream dress. It was a Lian Carlo beauty in ivory. I added a matching lace sash with a beautiful bow in the back to complement the gorgeous train and stunning buttons. I also added a patch of plaid fabric from one of my grand-fathers old shirts- he recently passed away and I wanted to do something to honor him at wedding. It a special addition to my beautiful dress.
Instead of the traditional guest book, we decided to do a guest quilt. We had blank squares of fabric for guests to sign that will eventually be sewn into a beautiful quilt by the groom’s mother. We cannot wait to see it come together.
We had a large window pane with black and white photos from our parent’s and grandparent’s weddings. Next to this was a sign saying, “the love stories that came before ours.” We laid flowers from my grandfather’s recent funeral next to it for a personal touch.
We constructed a hay bail “couch” and placed a large quilt over the top. This was a very fun place for guests to sit down and relax.
For wedding favors, our family and friends made 234 jars of homemade apple butter- using apples from Ya Ya Farm and Orchard. We wanted to make something homemade that incorporated our wedding theme.
Andrew made me a swing for my wedding gift. It was so neat to receive it at the wedding, where our guests could admire his handy-work and see how well he intentionally loves me and showers me with beautiful hand-made gifts. This is the swing we will sit on as we grow old together.
For the bridesmaids, I decided on a mis-matched look. I asked them to find a casual maxi dress in a light-neutral color. The guidelines they had were any combination of the following: Cream, taupe, blush, open back, lace, flowy, and soft. They all did an amazing job finding the perfect dresses- all ELEVEN of them. I am so happy with the way the bridesmaids looked together. Combined with simple jewelry, down and curly hair, and open flat sandals, they looked stunning and make our pictures absolutely incredible!
The flowers in my bouquet consisted of: Ivory and Pale pink roses, pale pink stock, baby’s breath, pods of cotton, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, ivory hydrangeas, and brunia.
Bridesmaid Bouquets were simple and beautiful with baby’s breath, pale pink stock, and pods of cotton dispersed throughout.
By Andrew’s choice- our groomsmen wore jeans for the farm wedding. They all sported the same dark wash Wrangler Boot-cut jean. I asked them to wear a light blue button down and cowboy boots or dark brown shoes. We searched for 11 mis-matched vests in various textured materials such as tweed, houndstooth, herringbone, etc. Again, i’m very happy with the way it all came together. And I think the groomsmen were pretty happy about not having to wear a tie!
Andrew is a very outdoorsy, adventurous guy who believes that every man should have a garage full of tools! He wanted to give his groomsmen something practical yet personal. He chose hatchets and had them engraved with the groomsmen’s first initial and last name. They were a big hit! The guys loved strapping them onto their jeans, and taking photos with them!
Our first look was my favorite moment of the entire day. Immediately before the first look, we went inside the barn where we stood back to back and read letters we had written to each other. We also exchanged perfume/cologne that we had chosen for each other to wear on our wedding day and then only only special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, romantic getaways, etc) thereafter! This was a very emotional moment as I read his words and he read mine.
Then he went to the ceremony site. We wanted to do a first look, but still wanted the first time he saw me to be when I walked down the aisle to him. So I walked halfway down the aisle and then he turned around. It was just the two of us and our photographers. It was the perfect moment. The reality hit us as we shared our first hug that day, this was our wedding day. We were almost married! It was so special to have a few minutes alone before the wedding began.
Andrew constructed our ceremony arch using barn wood. We attached curly willow, baby’s breath, ivory hydrangea, and pink stock along the sides and corners.
We were married under a large tree in between the rows of the apple orchard- with a beautiful mountain view as our backdrop. Long’s Peak to be specific. It was absolutely breathtaking.
We had a very casual reception- guests were encouraged to go and get their food immediately following the ceremony. We decided against traditional catering and instead chose to hire food trucks!
All tables had ivory linen table cloths with burlap and kraft paper table runners (of course, we put crayons out for kiddos to color away on their tables!)
We set our cake on an old wooden spool that was then placed on a large apple cart and surrounded by other fun crates, baskets, and decorations.
The centerpieces on each table were all so very different. Throughout the 7 month engagement, my mom, mother-in-law, and several friends helped me to acquire two living rooms full of odds and ends from various antique and thrift stores. We then spent a few days picking items from our collection and organizing them into different centerpieces. We used all sorts of rustic/vintage items such as lace, burlap, galvanized tins, mason jars, old irons, old books, pictures of Andrew & I in old frames.
Leslie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Aldabella Photography // Event Planner: Pink Diamond Events // Bride’s Gown: Lian Carlo from Little White Dress Bridal Shop // Invitation Designer: Sage Paper Co. // Floral Designer: The Fresh Flower Market // Food Trucks: Maine Street Barbeque Co, The Sustainable Spoon, White Whale // Venue: YA YA Farm & Orchard // Equipment Rentals: All Events Tent & Party Rentals
Ali & Austin | May 8th
From the bride: I have watched proposal videos for so long, Austin always complained that I have seen everything that could have possibly been done. Well, I went with my family on vacation in Europe. On our fourth day, we arrived in Venice, Italy. Our first stop on the streets of Venice were at San Marco Plaza, one the most iconic places in Venice. Out of the huge crowd of people, my mom suddenly pointed to a handsome man with a suite case on the other side of the plaza. I thought, “Oh my gosh, is that Austin?!” After a double take, I took off running through the crowd to see my boyfriend who I wasn’t expecting to see for 10 more weeks. All of sudden, he was on one knee asking me to marry him. It was too many surprises for my heart to handle and I still get emotional thinking about it to this moment. Needless to say, he topped all of the combined videos I have ever watched on proposals.
Fast forward one year….
We chose a color palette of Tiffany, anthracite grey and white.
The weather wasn’t perfect, but it turned out great for pictures.
I definitely cried the most walking down the aisle with my dad! MY favorite memory was reading our personal vows to each other.
My favorite detail was the Tiffany box cake centerpieces!
My Advice: Make sure you have all the parties (bridal, bachelorette, engagement, etc.), they are SO fun! Don’t stress about the planning. Take in the little moments, like picking out invites, tasting cake, and trying dresses on with your mom… you never really do any of that again!
Ali’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Melissa Yocum Photography // Venue: Sanctuary // Floral Design: Garden Path // Cake: Gateaux Pastries // DJ: Quality Mobile Sound // Invitations: Papyrus // Wedding Gown: Mariel Boutique // Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal // Men’s Wear: Combatant Gentlemen
Whitney & Matt | March 21st | Colorado Springs, Colorado
From the bride: Our wedding was magical! It was a day that will never be forgotten!
I had all 9 of my bridesmaid’s dresses custom made. All of my ladies enjoy wine, so I had wine glasses monogrammed with their initials and had wine waiting for us to enjoy when we arrived to the venue, while we got ready.
For the kids, we had a movie playing in a side ballroom where we had sand buckets with each child’s name that were filled with toys and fun things to do while their parents got to enjoy the wedding!
My husband was a firefighter at the time of the Black Forest fire where he spent 9 days battling the flames. So, we got some burnt wood from the fire and hand made picture frames. We added our engagement photo and gave them to our parents as their thank you gifts, they loved it!
Whitney’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photography: Tina Joiner Photography. She was absolutely incredible!! So accommodating, kind, listened to what our visions were and did whatever it took to make us happy. No matter what life event we want captured from here on out, we will only use Tina!
Venue: The Pinery at the Hill. This venue is fantastic! They do every detail with you and listen to make it the day you always dreamed of. They have world class chefs that made our menu so delicious, our guests are still talking about the food and cake to this day! The bridal suite is to die for, with views facing historical downtown Colorado Springs. They have 7 vanity stations for you to get ready and a salon chair in the suite. It’s so amazing, I can hardly describe it!!
Bride’s Dress: Danelle’s Bridal. My personal stylist was Lorraine and she was so sweet, patient and helpful. I was there for 2 hours and tried on 8 dresses, the very last one being “the one”!!
Hair & Makeup: Le Reve Salon and Day Spa. This salon is beautiful and has some of the most talented stylist in the Colorado Springs area. They made us feel so welcomed and spent their time on making our hair perfect and exactly how each of us wanted it to look! My girls were stunning from head to toe!!
Melissa & John | June 6, 2015 | Dillon, Colorado
From the bride: Our wedding style was laid-back, outdoor, rustic and country. My husband and I are extreme outdoorsmen and we are very much into everything country as far as our lifestyle goes. We are as laid-back as they come and were looking for everyone to be able to relax and enjoy themselves during our celebration.
I painted lyrics from a special song on slabs of wood to line the aisle.
We had gone back and forth on our decision to have the ceremony on the water or under the pavilion as the weather predicted possible rain. Of course, as I was walking down the aisle, it was gorgeous outside with the sun shining and clear skies, and I was regretting our decision. Until a quarter of the way through the ceremony, we hear the rain start to pour and my husband and I look at each other with the biggest of smiles like – yep our decision paid off.
John and I aren’t the greatest of dancers to begin with – including not knowing how to slow dance more than just in circles. During our first dance, John kept stepping on my dress because we danced in circles, so whenever we would turn I would have to noticeably kick my dress out of the way and all our friends and family enjoyed the giggle.
My advice: You really do have to remember that although you want your wedding day to be perfect, the only thing that matters is the two of you getting to celebrate with your family and friends. If it pours rain during your outdoor wedding, you still have him and he has you, just because it wasn’t your “perfect” vision – you still get something better than just a “perfect” moment or day, you get a perfect life.
Honeymoon Location: Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Hard Rock Hotel – Heaven.
Brean & Andrew | June 21, 2015
From the bride: Andrew and I met at a real estate investing seminar. I stared at the back of his head for an hour trying to decide if he had a ring on his finger. When our eyes finally met, the rest was history.
We chose a color palette of hot pink, orange, and gray.
The ceremony was on the lawn of The Manor House, a beautiful 101 year old Mansion overlooking the mountain skyline.
The reception was held in a beautiful clear top tent decorated with Bistro lighting.
Looking back, I wish I would have had more time to spend talking to people…. the day goes by way too fast!
My advice: Enjoy every moment of the planning and realize your wedding day will fly by.
Brean’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Brinton Studios. CR and Tiffany are a power couple that knows how to capture every detail of your magical day to create mesmerizing photos you are sure to treasure for your lifetime!
Venue & Caterer: The Manor House // Cake: Cakes Amore // Floral Design: Kimball Floral // DJ: Elite DJ // Officiant: Bill Miller of Lyssabeths // Invitations: Red Heart Paper Co
Honeymoon: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Amy & Thomas | May 30, 2015 | Palisade, Colorado
From the bride: We wanted our wedding to feel like the warm, easy dinner parties we often host in our home – lots of amazing food and wine, laughter and good conversation among friends and family.
The ceremony was held under a large tree outdoors, with strands of string lights twinkling above our heads. Thomas’ Navy boss officiated and we included a wine unity ceremony.
We had a family blending ceremony where we presented my daughter with a personalized necklace. The entire rest of the night she told everyone happily that Thomas had married her first.
Thomas is a Lt. Commander in the Navy with 20 years of service, including a combat deployment to Iraq, and I wanted to honor his service in front of his friends and family. I surprised him with a groom’s cake made in replica of his dress white uniform cover (hat).
My advice: Early in our planning, we agreed that the most important part of our wedding was the people who would join us. Every decision we made after that was based on that priority. We chose our location for US, but we chose our caterer, baker, and design details with our guests and their experience in mind. Remember that the people are the important part: you and your fiancé, your families, friends and loved ones.
Amy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue: Canyon Wind Cellars. One of Colorado’s most successful estate wineries, their wines are amazing and award-winning. They are our favorite Colorado winery, not least because the setting is simply gorgeous.
Photographer: Rayna McGinnis Photography // Event Planner: R&R Events and Design // Linens & Rentals: Elite Events // Caterer: Il Bistro Italiano // Cake: Simply Cakes by Camberly // Florist: Bride & Bloom // Lodging & Rehearsal Dinner: Wine Country Inn
Honeymoon Location: Italy!