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A Fun Backyard Wedding in Boulder

Kelli & John | June 8th | Boulder, Colorado

From the bride:
I had decided early on in the wedding planning process that I wanted the day of the wedding to be as stress free as possible.  It was so comfortable to have our wedding at my parent’s house, and we didn’t have to worry about transporting things from place to place, or making any appointments.  I was very relaxed all day, and was able to enjoy every moment.

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John and I did a “first look”, which proved to be one of the most special times of the day.  It’s weird that on your wedding day, you don’t actually have any time alone with your groom.  We took this time to just be together.

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My favorite detail was the lawn games.  I always pictured our guests enjoying some of our favorite games during cocktail hour.  John and I got to partake in some corn hole…I’m pretty sure we won!

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The centerpieces on the long tables included bud vases with peonies and garden roses, and lanterns. We had lights strung all over the yard, in the trees, and inside the tent.  There just happened to be a beautiful sunset over the Boulder Flatirons, which also added to the décor.

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It was John’s idea for us to take “time outs” during the reception to soak it all in.  Several times during the party, we both took a moment to look around and realize how blessed we were.  Those moments are some of the ones that we treasure most.

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Kelli & John’s
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Event Planner: A Touch of Bliss. Becky and Sarah were amazing!! They work so well together and they worked so hard to make everything come together and on budget.  They had wonderful ideas through out the whole process.  We really could not have thrown our wedding with out them.  They worked so hard the day of the wedding.  They were the first to arrive and the last to leave, and took care of everything from setting up, to running to the store when we ran out of ice, to just making sure the day ran smoothly.

Photographer: Yellow Feather PhotographyBeth did an incredible job photographing our wedding.  She captured every moment, and her photos really tell the story of our entire day.  Not only is she an amazing photographer, she is a joy to work with.  She is laid back and reminds you that the day is about you and your groom, and to enjoy it.

Flowers: Somerset Floral Design. Liz did an incredible job with our flowers.  I had a vision of peonies, and Liz came up with the perfect bouquets and boutonnieres.  She also designed the arch for the ceremony. She was amazing to work with and really helped guide the design of the whole wedding.

DJ:  Rock Candy DJJohnny did a great job keeping the flow of cocktail hour and dinner.  He really shined with the dancing though.  He was able to read the crowd and keep the party going all night.  He was great with requests and overall did a wonderful job.

Caterer: Abrusci’s Italian Restaurant. Annie was great to work with, and she was able to create a menu of Italian food that we loved! Her team was amazing as well.  They worked so hard the day of the wedding, and they really went above and beyond to make sure that everything ran smoothly.

Wedding Gown Designer: Angelina Bridal Couture from Felice Bridal

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From the Magazine: Destination Crested Butte Mountain Resort

This week’s featured wedding from the 2014 Magazine is filled with mountain prettiness. View the entire story on page 60.

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Kathryn & Mark | July 17th | Crested Butte Mountain Resort

From the bride: I have been visiting Crested Butte since I was a young girl, and have always had a special place in my heart for the town.  I knew I wanted destination, and an outdoor wedding in in Crested Butte. My husband and I are both very laid back people, so we wanted the wedding to be simple and classic, and we didn’t want to fight with the natural beauty of Crested Butte. While the day was about us, we also worked hard to make it about all the people that came to celebrate with us.
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Our ceremony was held on the deck at Uley’s Cabin, under an arch made from two aspen trees. I am really not one to like attention, but I enjoyed my walk down the aisle with my dad, as nervous as I was, it was beautiful and calm.  We kept the ceremony short and sweet (and shorter and sweeter than planned thanks to Mother Nature).

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Looking back, I think between the rain, the band and just the quirkiness that Crested Butte gives people, it was a really fun evening, and fit our hopes to a tee!  Most people stayed until the last buses left.

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Read the entire story on page 60  |  Purchase the Magazine!

 Kathryn & Mark’s
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Rockstar Venue & Caterer:  CRESTED BUTTE MOUNTAIN RESORT {more info | website}
Photographer: Alison White Photography //  Event Planner: Crested Butte Events  //  Tent Rental: Pink Monkey Solutions  //  Flowers: Misty Mountain Floral // Hair & Makeup: The Cut Above  //  Bride’s Gown: Watters  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo  //  Men’s Wear: Vera Wang

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Rustic Garden Wedding from Shelley Coar Photography

Cassie & Dustin |  July 26th  |  Littleton, Colorado

From the bride: We decided on a country rustic style since we love burlap and the neutral color palette that goes along with it.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyWe handmade a distance post that indicated how far away our guests were visiting from.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyOur flower girl dumped the remaining petals on Dustin’s feet when she got to him!Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyDustin and I wrote love letters to one another, which were similar to our vows that we shared.Shelley Coar PhotographyWe did a water ceremony and the best man actually overfilled Dustin’s mug and it spilled!Shelley Coar Photography ShellyCoar0114 Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyOur table names were hikes we have done together – the escort cards matched and had maps and a pearl pinpointing the location.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyWe used an old ironing board to setup a postcard table where guests wrote us postcards.  These are being mailed to us throughout our first year of marriage!We painted bride and groom signs that hung on our chairs. Shelley Coar Photography We had white table cloths with burlap runners. Centerpieces were small wooden boxes with single flower vases and succulents on the side.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyOur lovely moms and Dustin’s God father baked all the pies for the dessert table.Shelley Coar Photography Shelley Coar PhotographyMy advice: Keep a binder of receipts, pictures, everything and anything!  Enjoy the planning process and make sure both of you are involved!

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Rockstar Photographer: SHELLEY COAR PHOTOGRAPHY {more info | website}. She was truly wonderful.  She was great to have around on our day and personable.  Her pictures were beautiful and she never seemed to be in the way… very discreet but managed to get all of the details and photos we wanted.  Taking our couple photos alone was one of our favorite moments of our wedding – being able to be alone together was so important!

Venue: Hudson Gardens. Such a gorgeous site!!!  Denise was excellent to work with.  She let us visit often and answered all of our questions.

Caterer: The Pines Catering. We LOVED working with them.  Stephanie Smith was absolutely fantastic.  She was so helpful.  She understood what we were hoping for as an image and helped us to create it.  Any questions we had were answered so promptly.  At our walk through she took such detailed notes.  I was never for a second worried about what the outcome would be.  Our food was delicious and our guests loved it.  Their staff was professional and very prompt in picking up after guests and pouring champagne.  We were so happy with them!

Cake: The Makery. Tasting was yummy and such an easy vendor to work with.  When something came up, they called us!

Florist: Sweet Pea Flowers. Another incredible vendor.  We loved working with Lizzie!!  They were so fun and after looking at our wedding binder, she quickly understood our ideas.  She was knowledgeable about the flowers and had great suggestions when we were unsure.  This is another instance where we didn’t have to worry at all on our wedding day.  We trusted her and those that she had helping her setup on the day of!

Rentals: Chairished Vintage Rentals. Delivery was easy and made for a beautiful seating area.

Videographer: 1321 Studios. Jeff captured all of the moments we wanted and we ended up with a beautifully made video.  We have already watched our 4 minute highlight reel numerous times and our full video a few times.  The cd itself is so personal and our family who could not make the trip to CO love the video.  We feel so lucky to have this captured on video.  Jeff was great to work with and fun to have around on the day of our wedding!

Harpist: Mary Keener. She was professional and easy to work with.  We loved that we got to hear her play before we committed.  We were so happy we had this special touch during our ceremony!

Honeymoon Location: Road trip—Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park!  Hiking, exploring, AND relaxation!  Paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe was a highlight!

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