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A Rustic Handmade Wedding at Chatfield

Sarah & Tom  |  August 29th  |  Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

From the bride:
Everything was DIY. The invitations, program (all stationary), favors (ceramic glasses handmade by my mom), table centerpieces, dessert toppers, the bridesmaid’s sashes, my earrings, hair comb, and lace knit shrug for the reception, the flower girl’s necklaces and ribbon wreaths, burlap bunting, our traditional Greek stefana and escort cards and display.  I loved the DIY projects so much that I have started an Etsy store called Gilded Lily.

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I wore an Enzoani gown from The Bridal Collection.

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Jenna Walker Photographers

Our color palette was yellow and grey with teal accents.

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Jenna Walker Photographers

We got married in a clearing of trees in front of a gazebo with a beautiful view of the foothills.  We asked a mutual friends of our parents, whom we both deeply respected to perform the ceremony. 

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At the beginning of the ceremony, we asked our guests to turn to those around them and offer a sign of peace – this gave us an opportunity to visit each set of parents and present roses to our mothers.  Tom is Greek and so to honor his heritage, we wore the traditional stefana (crowns), but walked around our guests rather than three times around the alter, displaying the importance of our friends and family in our lives.

Jenna Walker Photographers

Jenna Walker Photographers

Our décor was rustic with burlap table runners, groups of white milk vases filled with yellow billy balls, hand drawn chalkboard signage and mason jar glasses. One long table meandered through a field with round tables spotted around it and marquee lights hanging overhead. 

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Having been to many weddings and despising being herded into a group for the bouquet toss, we opted for a non-traditional version.  My brother built a 6’ tall trebuchet (French catapult) to fling the bouquet and garter!  We asked all single guests to write their name on a flag and place it in a field where they thought the bouquet would land.

Sarah & Tom’s
RECOMMENDED VENDORS

 Rockstar Venue: The Botanic Gardens at Chatfield {more info | website}

Rockstar Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Collection {more info | website}, Enzoani gown

Photographer: Katie Thurmes of Jenna Walker Photographers  //  Cake: The Makery Cake Company  //   Flowers: A Florae

Honeymoon Location:  A road trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks.

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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).

alisonwhite0107 alisonwhite0108 alisonwhite0109 alisonwhite0110The reception was under the tent on the lawn of Uley’s Cabin and the rain really made it special since it kept everyone together. The tent was lined with ivory draping and lights. Varying sizes of prelight twig balls hung from the ceiling. The linens were all ivory, and the flowers were a mix of white, blue and green, in varying mercury glass and green glass vases. I had to reassure my father about the necessity of all the draping and lighting in the tent during the planning/budgeting process, and when it poured all evening, it was really wonderful to have spent that little extra money on the décor of the tent since it was where everyone spent the evening.  

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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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