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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!

Cassie & Dustin’s

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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From the Magazine: Simply Us in Breckenidge

screenshotOne look at all the gorgeous florals from this wedding was all it took for us to fall in love. When the bride said the flowers (from Cori Cook) stole the show, we could not agree more.  From the bouquets to the centerpieces, Cori weaved a soft muted color palette of coral, cream, peach, yellow, and mint florals throughout the day. We also loved the homemade details the couple (Jenny & Jimmy) created to carry out their “hearts and chevron” theme. For example, they cut out 1,000 paper hearts and glued them on wood sticks then planted in the grass to create the ceremony aisle, love!  Add in a gorgeous outdoor location in the mountains and we just knew this wedding belonged in print!  Read the entire wedding day story in the Magazine (page 18) HERE, then order yourself a copy of the Magazine HERE!

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Jenny & Jimmy’s

Photographer: Kerinsa MarieKerinsa is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, not to mention so talented. We couldn’t be happier with how the images turned out!

Planning & Design: Piece of Cake Wedding and EventsLindsay made our wedding come together and we couldn’t have done any of it without her. She was not only our planner, but our day of coordinator and event designer. She made the whole thing happen and we are forever grateful for all that she did!

Flowers: Cori Cook Floral Design. Cori was part visionary for our wedding! She is so incredibly talented, resourceful, and sweet. I fully trusted her vision for us, and it did not disappoint, our flowers stole the show. Cori crafted the most beautiful centerpieces. The flowers and tablescape were so much better than I could’ve imagined.

Venue: V3 Ranch  //  Caterer: Chipotle  //  Cake: Sugar  // Tent, Linens & Rentals: Colorado Tents and Events  //  DJ: Elite Entertainment and Production  //  Invitations & Chalkboards: Paper & Ink  //   Bride’s Gown: Augusta Jones  //  Hair: Charmed Beauty  //  Makeup: The Maquillage

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Love & Fireworks in Salida

Jessica & Daniel | September 1st | Salida, Colorado

From the bride:
Salida was the first place we went camping together, and the place we always returned to every summer to camp and mountain bike. Plus, the collegiate peaks are stunning, and we wanted our guests to experience a part of Colorado that not many tourists see.

We wanted to keep it simple yet unique and focus more on creating a weekend of memories and experiences. We tried to marry vintage with rustic. We chose floral arrangements that were filled with different shades of greens and lots of texture to evoke a more earthy feel.  We kept coming back to the motto of keep it simple and make the experience as fun as possible.
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Our ceremony was outside on the patio of the SteamPlant Event Center alongside the Arkansas River. It was filled with so many special moments. We married ourselves and invited several of our closest friends and family to contribute to the ceremony.We exchanged our own handwritten vows, complete with tears and laughter.

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While there were so many marvelous moments, the best moment by far was the 45-minute firework display that was gifted to us by the town of Salida. Several of our guests said it was their present to us, but the reality is we got lucky! Because of the hot, dry summer, Salida was under a fire ban and had been stockpiling tons of fireworks that they just coincidentally decided to shoot off right before our first dance. It was magical!


Jessica & Daniel‘s
Photographer: Casie Zalud Photography  //  Venue: SteamPlant Event Center  //  Event Planner:  Ululani Events   //  Caterer: Kalamata Pit Catering  //  Flowers: Hatch Flowers   //  DJ: Standing Room Only  //  Musicians: Joe Fessler   //  Bride’s Gown: Maggie Evans Designs   //  Invitations/Programs: Wedding Paper Divas

Honeymoon Location: Crested Butte (and eventually some tropical location! We have yet to plan it.)

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