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Homemade on the Farm

Jessie & Doug  |  June 1st  |  Haxtun, Colorado

From the bride, Jessie:
When I originally started dreaming about our wedding, I just knew it HAD to be on my grandparents’ farm. They have a Quonset building that I pictured being the perfect setting. But, how do you make a Quonset look like a wedding reception? That seemed to be the question, and my honest answer is—with the help of family and friends. There is NO way we could have pulled this off on our own. From tables and chairs, to a tent, to decorations, to the fact that the entire building had only a couple outlets….we enlisted the help of many. And, the end result was something that far surpassed our original vision. It was beautiful and very much US.

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I loved each and every handmade detail. I loved the time we spent together, creating and making each one. Even though, it may be stressful to DIY, it was worth it for the memories made while doing so.

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My advice: Make your wedding not only about you, but those who love and support you as well. Prioritize what’s most important when you envision your wedding day, and know that you may have to let some things go. And, no matter how much time you have to plan for your wedding, don’t fool yourself into thinking you have “plenty” of time. Get done what you can get done as SOON as you can get it done! And, then enjoy and take in as much of your day as you can.   

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Jessica’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Kiersta Rhodes Photography, Kiersta is simply amazing. Her eye for detail, and her passion for photography make her the perfect photographer. She really gets to know her clients on a more personal level, which makes it a much more intimate experience.  DJ: Unique Audio  //  Florist: A Country Touch

Honeymoon Location: Our honeymoon was in Negril, Jamaica at the Couples Resort, which Doug managed to keep a secret from me until the day after our wedding. We had a great time, and it was so beautiful there.

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  • Brooks Luby July 21, 2013 5:00 am

    What a beautiful wedding, love the cookies & milk idea...sometimes people just need that little kick of sugar and this is the perfect sweet for this wedding theme!
A Backyard Country Romance

Nicole & Matt  |  June 15th  |  Littleton, Colorado

From the bride, Nicole:
Almost everything for our wedding was homemade. I liked the idea of cowboy boots, wood decorations and candles. Then I just put them all together and some how it all looked great! Rayna McGinnis Photography Rayna McGinnis Photography RaynaMcGinnis03 RaynaMcGinnis04 RaynaMcGinnis05 RaynaMcGinnis06

I loved our welcome doors. It was fun to see them opened and closed for my walk down the aisle. I felt like I was entering an outdoor church.

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At the beginning of the aisle we had whiskey barrels with baby’s breath and a sign saying “our story begins here”. In addition, we had along each side of the aisle, pictures of us growing up then at the end a picture of us together.

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My advice:  Enjoy every minute at your wedding, it goes by fast!

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Nicole’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Rayna McGinnis Photography  //  Caterer: Granny Ma’s  //  DJ: Elite DJ   //  Tent & Rentals: Butler Rents //  Hair & Makeup: Spa Divas Mobile Spa & Salon //  Transportation: 303 Limos

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Burlap & Lace at Denver Botanic Gardens

Evie & David  |  July 28th  |  Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

From the bride, Evie:
My inspiration was based off of lace and burlap – two of my favorite textiles. My husband and I also have a cowboy boot fetish, so we thought a barn setting was fitting.

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Our favors were little burlap bags filled with coffee beans that said “David and Evie, the Perfect Blend. Evue02 Evue03 Evue04 Evue05 Evue06 Evue07 Evue08 Evue09

Our wedding ceremony was aside a red barn beneath twinkling tree lights, in front of a handmade aspen arch decorated with hanging jars and wildflowers. We had handwritten vows and friends and family contributed to the music for the ceremony.

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I remember standing at the alter, when this huge rush of wind came billowing down the aisle, then I saw this rather large wall of water headed toward us. The rain held off until after we said “I DO”.

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We had pie for desert, rather than cake, which my bridesmaids graciously helped my bake. Evue15

David is a musician and I have always wanted to him to write me a song, but try and try again he never did… until our wedding day!! He surprised me with a song he had written just for ME!! It still makes me cry every time I hear it.

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My advice: See your wedding as the beginning of your forever after. Make time to get to know your husband and talk through a lot before the big day arrives; not just focus on all the little details that will make your big day special. After all, your wedding is only one day, but the commitment you make to your husband is the beginning of a relationship that will last a lifetime. If you focus on that, everything else will fall together.

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Eva’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Rockstar Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield { more info | website}.  The venue was absolutely lovely, and easy to get to.

Photographer: Emily Schmutz, Keeping Composure Photography. Awesome and creative photography.

Wedding Gown Designer: Justin Alexander from The Bridal CollectionThey were wonderful in helping me pick out a dress perfect for my special day.

Hair: Nicole Espy at the Parlour at Flatirons  //  Caterer: Three Tomatoes   //  Florist: Plum Gallery Floral and Events  //  Tent & Party Rentals:  Event Rents

Honeymoon Location: Now Jade Mexico.  All inclusive, quite lovely, great food.

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  • Brooks Luby June 19, 2013 5:53 am

    Burlap & lace - a stunning combination. Evie's dress is gorgeous. I love all the accents they incorporated, so perfect for the venue.
  • Mike June 20, 2013 11:15 pm

    Beautiful wedding and the photography is exceptionally captured. Gorgeous work!
  • Emily Schmutz June 24, 2013 8:32 pm

    RE: Mike - thanks for the appreciation, always great to hear nice things about photos.
  • Matt June 24, 2013 9:21 pm

    Really excellent work. Love the detail images and the outdoor shot of the venue with the lights. Awesome.
  • Stephanie July 7, 2013 11:57 pm

    It is super super super pretty isn’t it! Countryside is a legend.
  • Rayna July 8, 2013 4:12 pm

    loving the burlap favors and the atmosphere of the entire wedding. :-)