From the bride, Holly: I wanted our wedding to really be personal. It needed to be a description of who we are as a couple and individually. We chose a color palette with shades of beige/brown with pops of turquoise.
My corgi was our ring bearer, he greeted almost every guest during our ceremony.
Our ceremony was on top of a hill with beautiful meadows below. In the center of our arch was Pikes Peak. Some highlights; our officiant (he was hilarious! & kept me from sobbing the whole time). My favorite memory from the ceremony is when my husband read his vows. We wrote our own vows, per his request, and I’ve been told there wasn’t a dry eye at the ceremony after hearing our vows. They were extremely personal and spoke true to our past, present and future relationship.
In place of the unity candle, we branded a hide, which really made the ceremony and the sealing of our marriage personal.
The ceremony was a whirlwind of tears for me. Fastest 30 minutes ever!
The décor of our reception was rustic with a vintage touch.
We had a S’mores Bar out by a fire pit. It was a huge hit!
Looking back, If I were to plan my wedding again, I would have followed through on more details that fell off the list the closer our wedding date got. I had so many good ideas that I wasn’t able to complete because time really does fly!
ADVICE: Enjoy it! Take the time to make your wedding as personal as possible.
The most memorable moment of our reception would be when Carson and I snuck off to take some pictures under the hay barn and in the rain. These are some of our FAVORITE pictures and we got a moment to ourselves amongst those we love having fun. I can vividly remember dancing under the hay barn with the music and laughter in the background.
Photographer: Sarah Goff Photography // Event Coordinator: Glow Events // Caterer: Broken Bones BBQ // Cake: Kristin’s Kakery // Wedding Gown Designer: Winstyn by Maggie Sottero // Hair: Wedding Hair by Melissa and Amy // Makeup: Bella Grace Home Spa // Venue: Younger Ranch
Crested Butte was the destination location for Chicago residents Geeta and Adarsh. The couple wanted a traditional Hindu religious ceremony against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and nature. They both wanted their friends and family to not only share in the joy of them embarking on their marriage, but also spend the week in a glorious unique setting exploring and making their own memories. What better choice than Crested Butte!
VENDORS: Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Photographer: Third Eye Photography // Event Designer: Prashe Decor // Event Planner: Princess Productions // Floral Designer: FloraEventi // Dress Designer: Studio East6
From the bride, Stephanie:
We were fully inspired by the mountains! We love being deep in the woods and wanted to share that magical experience with our guests! Our colors were navy blue and tan, and our decor was a lot of wood pieces and candles, creating the romantic woodland fairytale we envisioned. Almost everything in our wedding was made by my mom!
We wanted the ceremony to completely reflect us, and our love. We both wrote our own vows in very special locations a week prior, and the day of the wedding our officiant had them printed into a binder so that we could read them to each other while he held it up.
As Leon announced us husband and wife, the wind began to blow, and my veil wrapped around our heads as we kissed for the first time! It was so adorable!
We had already told our photographer, Katie, and the wedding party that we were going to take a few minutes alone right after the ceremony. This was one of the greatest moments of the night! Before seeing anyone else, we got to enjoy time together for the very first time as a married couple! We cried like crazy, and kissed and hugged! But most importantly we got a chance to be together, alone!
I am so thankful that we had two years to plan our wedding. It seems so long, but in the end, it was worth it! Taking the time to really make each detail the way we wanted, while also having the time to realize what we don’t actually need. So many things go in and out of style, watching my Pinterest feed change so often made me truly discover what I loved most, and what was a trend I was trying to follow.
Make a list of what is actually important to you, and stick to it. An open bar and great food matter a lot to us, so that is where we spent the money. If it looks and feels the way YOU want it to, you nailed it!
From the bride, Madi: We wanted to keep the day very natural and elegant. We also wanted to play off the simplicity and elegance of greenery. The décor was all a natural wood color with eucalyptus as the accent. My little sister added a soft feminine touch with her calligraphy and lettering. I absolutely loved our décor because it was all made by our families. It made the wedding feel so personal and intimate.
Our color palette was cream, white, green and light blush.
It rained all afternoon and gave me a slight heart attack because the ceremony was scheduled to occur outside. However, the clouds parted right as the ceremony was to begin and the rain held off until we drove off at the end of the night!
The ceremony was located in a field called “Grace’s Chapel.” The altar is located under this giant tree and looks out towards the foothills. It is absolutely stunning. We had our pastor from my church growing up marrying us. We also had our sisters read verses during the ceremony. My favorite memory was saying our vows to one another. It felt like it was just him and I in that moment. We wrote our own vows and also said some traditional vows. It was perfect for us.
During our ceremony, we planned to take communion. They had the wine all set at the outside ceremony site. However, because it had been raining all day the wine had accumulated a bunch of sticks and leaves in it! So, they poured it out before the ceremony and had planned to refill it right before it started. However, if you have ever been to a wedding, you know that right before can be somewhat craziness with all the nerves and excitement. So, when the ceremony started, the wine cup was still empty! When it came time for communion, our Pastor laughed and casually whispered in our ear to just pretend like we were drinking the wine. I remember giggling under my breathe as I watched Noah act like he was drinking the wine.
We made wooden boxes for the centerpieces and stained them to get a natural worn wood color. In the boxes we had three different sized vases with simple white candles in them and eucalyptus threaded throughout the candles. We used the extra wood as our table number signs. My little sister designed the table number signs with her amazing calligraphy.
My mom made a big marquee “d” (our new last name is Drake) that sat by the fireplace mantel at our reception.
Coffee beans in personalized bags.
The best advice that I received during our engagement was to embrace the imperfections. The imperfections are what makes the stories rich and memorable and totally and completely ours. Embrace the imperfections of everything! God has your day and your marriage under control, so just enjoy the day like it’s a gift!
Photographer: Melissa Yocum Photography // Caterer: Occasions Catering Denver // Floral Designer: Petals Lakewood // Wedding Gown Designer: Hailey Paige // Bridesmaid Dresses: Lauren Conrad // Men’s Wear: Combatant Gentlemen // Veils and headpieces: Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces // Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch
From the bride, Liz: We have always enjoyed the outdoor spaces that we get to explore here in Colorado. So, when it came time to pick a spot for our ceremony, it was fitting to pick a mountain setting with a backdrop of the continental divide! Our location was about 30 minutes, west of our home in Denver, in the foothills, at Genesee Park. The edge of the park provided the perfect setting for our small group and had all the features we had hoped to find when we first started looking. The majority of our guests were from out-of-state.
Josh drove his 1966 GMC truck and I hand painted the Just Married banner. It was really special to use my grandmother’s jewelry instead of purchasing something new.
The weather was spot on, the guests were happy, a deer crossed my path as I walked toward Josh. My husband-to-be fumbled the line in the vows about listening, and no joke, an eagle screeched as the officiant read the ceremony! My favorite part was getting to hold each others hand and look each other in the eye while we recited vows.
Our unity painting was also a lot of fun.
THE FIRST DANCE
Before we entered the reception, the neighborhood ice cream shop began playing music and we had a spontaneous first dance in front 50+ strangers.
Our cake was left in the walk-in cooler a little too long, so Josh and I had to cut through a very cold cake with a very warm knife which ended up being very entertaining for us.
From the bride, Morgan: Our ceremony took place against the gorgeous backdrop of downtown Denver seen through the foothills and surrounded by the faces of our biggest fans and those we love most deeply. We wrote our own ceremony and vows, which definitely set the stage of this day as our very own.
The aisle was lined with mint DIY distressed mason jars and beautiful fresh flowers.
I made all of the centerpieces which included gathering photographs of my husband and me at the age of each table, collecting unique and eclectic picture frames, and painting and distressing mason jars. We also had a variety of herbs placed around tea lights at each table, which I loved as a fresh, feel good touch from nature since we are both very outdoorsy.
My advice: Smile, you found your forever person! Don’t get bogged down in the details of planning. Take wedding planning as another reason to have fun interacting with your significant other rather than a point of stress.