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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

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

Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. 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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A "Perfect Day" in Estes

Cortney & Mike | August 25th | Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride, Cortney:
We choose Estes Park because we wanted a mountain wedding. Green is my favorite color which inspired the color palette and since we were getting married in the mountains – classic mountain chic was the way to go (i..e cowboy boots with black dresses for girls, green mountain inspired floral arrangements, etc).
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My advice: Set up a separate e-mail account just for wedding planning. You get a LOT of emails. Secondly – take everything in strides. Things will be hectic up until the day of the wedding.

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Cortney’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Brinton Studios. LOVE Tiffany & CR and the pictures!
Ceremony Site: Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
Reception Site & Lodging: Taharaa Mountain Lodge. A beautiful venue overlooking 360 degree views of Estes Park.
Caterer: A Spice of Life. The food was amazing!
Cake: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe. Best cake we have ever had. Plus, it was gorgeous and we couldn’t have asked for a more picture perfect cake.
Paper: Fleur de LIS made our programs, invitations, thank you cards, escort cards, and the beautiful welcome thank you cards that we attached to our take home totes/gifts.
DJ: Elite DJ. Matt was beyond our expectations. He got everyone up on the dance floor .
Florist: Floral Design of Europe  //  Transportation: Boulder Denver Limo  // Wedding Gown Designer: Lazaro from The Bridal Collection  //  Hair & Makeup: Scarlet Salon  //  Men’s Wear: Ted’s Clothiers

Honeymoon Location: Kauai, Hawaii, Grand Hyatt in Poipu. Breathtaking and such a relaxing vacation. Plus, they have a water slide & yes we used it frequently!

"Simply Us"

Melissa & Corey | July 27th

From the bride, Melissa:
Everything about our day described us to a “T”.  We combined our love for the outdoors and mountain life with the things that truly meant something to us. We made mason jar photo holders, painted all of the canoe centerpieces by hand and built all of our programs into fans for the guests.  From the ceremony to the food, we personalized every detail of the day.

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Corey made fishing fly boutonnieres for all of the groomsmen. ElevatePhoto05 ElevatePhoto06 ElevatePhoto07 ElevatePhoto08 ElevatePhoto09 ElevatePhoto10We wanted the ceremony to be unique and represent our love for each other. We wrote our own vows and had our cousin was the officiant. We put the bridal party on opposite sides so that the bridesmaids could see the bride and the groomsmen could see the groom. ElevatePhoto11 ElevatePhoto12 ElevatePhoto13 ElevatePhoto14 ElevatePhoto15

Our advice: Relax, enjoy the planning and don’t overwhelm yourselves, only focus on what needs to be done at that time. It is a day about the two of you and should definitely be one of the best days of your lives. ElevatePhoto16

Melissa’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Rockstar Venue: Lionsgate Event Center  //  Photographer: Elegant Images  //  Cake: Tee & Cakes  //  Florist: Crab Apple Creek  //  Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals from The Bridal Connection   // Guest Lodging: Aloft Hotel

Just Right at T Lazy 7 Ranch

Maygan & Kyle  | August 13th  |   T Lazy 7 Ranch, Aspen

From the bride, Maygan:
With the Rocky Mountains as our backdrop, the T Lazy 7 Ranch was the ideal location for our ceremony.  Aspen holds a special place in our hearts because it was our first trip together and the active, outdoor Colorado lifestyle represents who we are and what we love.  From the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the reception, each part of our big day was accompanied by just the right music, just the right mood and just the right people.  The day was perfect!

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One touch that was incredibly special to us was honoring our mothers. In lieu of wedding favors we made donations to two charities – The ALS Association in memory of Kyle’s mom and The Michael J. Fox Foundation in honor of my mom. This is something we will continue to do each year on our wedding anniversary.

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{Rockstar Venue} T LAZY 7 RANCH {more info | website}
Photographer: Cara Leonard Photography // Wedding Planning & Design: The Celebration Studio // Caterer: Conundrum Catering // Band: Bill Parish Productions // Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals // Hair + Makeup: Full Circle // Airbrush Foundation: A Glamorous Face // Florist: Harrington Smith // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca // Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Wtoo by Watters // Men’s Fashion: Stitchworks

Casual & Rustic in Colorado Springs

Alison & Shaun  |  August 18th  |  Colorado Springs, Colorado

From the bride, Alison:
Our wedding rings didn’t make their way to the best-man in time for the ceremony so we had to exchange “imaginary rings” – as soon as the recessional was over we exchanged our real rings, it could have been a big problem but it ended up being a funny moment in the ceremony that we will always remember, and our actual ring exchange after the ceremony ended up being more intimate/romantic – a moment that we will always cherish.

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kk03kk04My advice: Don’t stress out about the details – keep in perspective that it isn’t about the perfect dress, the perfect centerpieces, the perfect wedding – it’s about celebrating the life you are starting together – enjoy the day because it goes by so quickly.
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Alison’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Stephanie Brauer Photography. One word: AMAZING! Stephanie captured every last detail of our wedding perfectly. Stephanie is passionate about her work and I feel beyond lucky that we found her!

Event Planner: Entwined Planning. Danielle was the reason our day went off without a hitch.  She took care of everything and made our vision a reality – absolutely perfect.

Venue: The Margarita at Pine CreekWe wanted an outdoor ceremony and The Margarita provided the perfect backdrop for what we were going for, a laid-back feel while still being elegant – having our wedding at the Margarita was like having it at our own home – the staff was incredible and made sure everything was taken care of and that all of our guests were comfortable and the food was excellent.

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes //  Florist: Hillside Consultants Inc  //   Musicians: Aspen String Quartet //  DJ: Gotta Dance DJ’s  //  Officiant: Your Romantic Wedding //  Wedding Gown:Paloma Blanca from Bea’s Bridal Nook  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung from Something New Boutique  //  Hair & Makeup: Beehive Salon //  Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse   //  Rentals: Bruno’s Party Time Rentals //

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