Cassie & Brent | May 23rd | Boulder, Colorado
From the bride: We chose Boulder for our wedding because we fell in love with the history and charm of Chautauqua Park. It is one of our favorite places to take a quick hike and grab a delicious bite to eat at Chautauqua Dining Hall.
I made bouquet charms that hung with ribbon on my bouquet. Each ribbon held a small vintage frame with a picture of both my grandfather and my grandmother that had passed in the past few years.
Our wedding style was light, airy, floral, with outdoorsy flair. Our colors were rose pinks, floral greens, taupe, and white.
It had rained all day long, but luckily the rain stopped just before the ceremony. As my dad and I turned the corner around the tree to walk up the aisle, the clouds parted and the sun came out for the first time in a week. I remember seeing Brent standing up front, with the beautiful Flat Iron mountains in the background, and thinking this was the best day of my life.
Our reception was at the Chautauqua Dining Hall in Chautauqua Park. It is a gorgeous historic building that is overflowing with charm. The dining hall is a beautiful cape-cod style building with a huge wrap around porch, complete with rocking chairs and a welcoming homey feel.
Each table for guests was decorated with wildflowers in a vintage mason jar, paired with lit lanterns, surrounded by branches and pine cones.
I loved our first dance to “It Never Entered My Mind” by Miles Davis. It was a time for Brent and I to truly soak in the moment and spend a quiet second together.
My advice: Embrace wedding planning and don’t be afraid to let others help when they ask to!
Cassie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Chris McLaughlin, cmp studios. Highly recommended!!! We were amazed at beautiful the wedding pictures turned out. Chris also made taking pictures a blast with his sense of humor, and less tiresome with his efficiency of taking the photos.
Event Planner: Leah Colby with La Dolce Events. Highly recommended!!!! Leah made our wedding what it was- a beautiful, fun, and flawless day! She was a life saver in the planning process and we couldn’t have done this wedding without her!
Venue: Chautauqua Park. I would recommend because of the stunning backdrop of the Flat Iron Mountains and their event staff was always willing to help out during the planning process.
Band/Musicians: Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles. Recommended as a wonderful Jazz/Swing/Big Band. They played original songs and had a great combination of funky/dance songs and slower songs. They were an incredibly fun addition to our reception- we are so glad we went with a band over a DJ!
Pie: The Huckleberry. We had the most incredible Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Strawberry Rhubarb pie.
Florist: Sturtz & Copeland. Very highly recommended! We worked with Lisa and she was absolutely amazing. I told her my style and what I was looking for, and she came up with all of the flower arrangements, which were spot on.
Guest Lodging: Renaissance Flat Iron Hotel in Broomfield. Fabulous at making us feel welcomed and attending to our guests. They even gave Brent and I free breakfast at their restaurant every morning- pancakes were to DIE for!
Honeymoon Location: Placencia, Belize
Sasha & Eric | July 12th | Keystone, Colorado
From the photographer, From the Hip Photo: It was impossible to not love every minute of Sasha & Eric’s wedding because the couple themselves seemed to savor every second. They infused so much of their own personalities into the spirit and details of the day, including awesome touches like the custom cake topper Sasha’s sister 3D printed for them. This was a textbook example of how amazing your wedding can be when you do what is right for you. The epic sparkler time definitely ended the night perfectly.
Natalie & Chris | September 14th | Estes Park, Colorado
While planning their wedding, Natalie & Chris realized that they had friends and family in Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, and Alaska. So, they did the only reasonable thing and got married in Colorado. Estes Park was the perfect backdrop for their fall destination wedding. Natalie put a lot of time and effort into the details of her wedding – from the mini chapsticks for guests who weren’t accustomed to the dry mountain air to coffee, tea, and hot cocoa favors. Her creativity was rounded out by a great team of vendors who gave her exactly the wedding she had dreamed of.
THE VENDOR TEAM
Venue & Caterer: Twin Owls Steakhouse
Photographer: Mollie Tobias Photography // Event Planner: Rachel Austin Events // Ceremony Location: Black Canyon Inn // Floral Designer: Bella Lu Floral // Cake Designer: Colorado Rose Cake Company // Hair Stylist: Hayley Styles // DJ: Party Pro DJ’s
Devin & Darren | June 21st | Estes Park, Colorado
From the bride: We wanted an intimate, rustic, cozy, natural, and outdoorsy wedding with earth tones and neutrals.
My favorite ceremony memory was seeing each other for the first time. We are not very traditional, but preserving the “walking down the aisle” moment was special to Darren, so we kept true to tradition. It was worth it to have that experience filled with excitement and love.
Another one of our favorite moments from the ceremony was the unexpected change in weather; the wind was blowing, rain was falling, and thunder was rolling in like crazy! During this exact moment, Amy was reading the blessing that said that now that we are married, we will feel no rain. It was a funny and sweet moment, and it reminded us of what was truly important.
We held the reception at the Twin Owls Steakhouse. We kept the décor very simple: white linens, wood vases and all white flowers, candles in mason jars.
Darren’s dad made flower planter boxes with a “D” from old barn wood.
Looking back, we ’ve both laughed about how we wish we would have eaten more of our delicious food. There was so much going on that we got too distracted!
My advice: Do what you want, regardless of the well-meaning advice of others. Make your wedding your own and don’t worry about what others are doing; this is a celebration of you and your significant other. Similarly, remember to focus on the bigger picture. Although the wedding is a joyous day full of memories, it is really about what comes after the wedding: your life together.
Devin’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Courtney & Adam | August 31st | Grand Lake, Colorado
As Courtney walked down the aisle, Adam was all smiles. Guests sat overlooking the gorgeous views of Grand Lake as they watched this sweet couple recite their heartfelt vows. Their day only got sweeter when the reception started. The rustic decor included wood, burlap, lace and sunflowers with purple accents that perfectly matched the surroundings. Guests danced the evening away as they watched the sun set over the lake.
THE VENDOR TEAM
Photographer: LisaAnne Photography // Event Planner: JA Special Events // Venue: Grand Lake Lodge // Floral Designer: Statice Floral // Dress Store: Bea’s Bridal Nook // Cake: Church of Cupcakes
Kerstyn & Korby | Fraser, Colorado
From the bride: Colorado is the only place I could ever picture myself getting married, and it was my dream wedding day.
I made all of my bridesmaids jewelry (earrings, necklace, and a bracelet) to match their dresses. I packaged them into small mason jars topped with fabric and paper flowers.
We lined the aisle with shepherds hooks with hanging mason jars filled with sunflowers, and white daisies we cut from my parents yard in Winter Park.
The mountain backdrop for our ceremony was so beautiful!
During the ceremony, it started to sprinkle and the wind picked up, which made our candle lighting ceremony impossible (we had to redo it later).
I stained and lacquered creates for the table centerpieces. We filled tall blue bottles with wild flowers.
I love lanterns, so there were lanterns everywhere. Hanging from the tent ceiling, in the trees outside the tent, and the larger ones on the tables. We also hung glass orbs with tea lights in them from ceiling over the bridal party table.
We made the cake stand out of a wooden charger and a pillar candle holder that we stained and lacquered. We also made the gum paste peony flowers and the wooden M for the cake.
Korby is a big hunter so I incorporated some deer antlers into the décor.
The sunset was so beautiful that night!
Kerstyn’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
By far our favorite vender was our photographers, Irving Photography! Mathew and Ariel made everything so simple and easy. They are both so enthusiastic about what they do it makes it easy to relax and enjoy having your picture taken. Our photos turned out more beautiful and perfect than we could have ever imagined.
Venue & Cater: The Wildhorse Inn, was beautiful and the inspiration for the whole wedding theme. The food was delicious and they even catered to my Gluten Free diet.
Flowers: Our beautiful bouquets were made by Brittany Kinoshita of Hana Style Designs. I would highly recommend her because she was so easy to work with and the bouquets turned our gorgeous.