From the bride, Jaimie: We wanted to really show who we are as a couple with the style of our wedding. CJ grew up on a Simmental cattle ranch in Wellington, CO and has grown up surrounded in the western lifestyle. My grandpa was a melon farmer in Swink. He grew the best cantaloupe and watermelon that I have ever tasted. I grew up as a country kid and even wore my red cowgirl boots with my Little Mermaid dress to Disneyland when I was 5 years old. Our roots never left us, and we wanted it to have the touches of western style.
The ceremony was quick, simple and to the point…10 minutes long. We chose songs that meant a lot to us and described how we felt about one another to walk down the aisle to. My favorite part of the ceremony, by far, was our vows. They were so heartfelt and personal and it just makes my heart sing to remember that moment and that feeling. What a way to start a marriage! Hearing CJ tell me, in front of our family and friends, how he felt about me and us and our life together was something that I will never forget.
Looking back, it truly was the best day of our lives. We laughed, we cried, we danced. God lead us to one another, and it was truly meant to be. We had the best start to our marriage, and I cannot wait to see what is in store for our future. I would not change one thing about our wedding day.
ADVICE: Stay in line with what YOU want, no one else. Everyone will have opinions about your wedding and what you should or shouldn’t do. Don’t listen. I had 11 bridesmaids. ELEVEN. CJ had 4 groomsmen. FOUR. Who cares? It was our wedding and we did what we wanted. We didn’t light a unity candle. So what? You’re supposed to do a garter toss and bouquet toss and cake cutting ceremony. We didn’t. Do things your way to make your day perfect for YOU. No one else.
Leslie & Andrew | July 26th | Longmont, Colorado
From the bride: We knew we wanted a “farm” themed wedding at a rustic, yet classy location. We fell in love with YA YA Farm & Orchard, not only was it a working farm with horses, chickens, and peacocks, but it was also a beautiful apple orchard. When we heard that we would be married in the rows of the apple orchard, with the reception under the white tent and dancing in the beautiful barn- we were sold. This venue was definitely a do-it-yourself venue as it was first a farm, then a venue. However, this only made it more exciting, as I knew everything about the wedding would have the personal and intentional touches that I love.
My palate was mostly light pastels- neutrals, blush, with hints of mint green here and there. I have always loved rustic and vintage styles, so I wanted to create something that combined these in a soft and beautiful fashion.
My Maid of Honor, Alexa Behar, is a graphic designer, water colorist and calligrapher who just happens to co-own a company called Sage Paper Goods. Alexa designed and created our beautiful paper goods (Save the date, invitation, particulars card, RSVP card, and all of our chalkboard signs used as decorations at the wedding). The watercolor design she painted for our invitations was inspired by the flowers I had chosen to use at the wedding.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted an all lace dress with an open back. Little White Dress Boutique helped me to find my dream dress. It was a Lian Carlo beauty in ivory. I added a matching lace sash with a beautiful bow in the back to complement the gorgeous train and stunning buttons. I also added a patch of plaid fabric from one of my grand-fathers old shirts- he recently passed away and I wanted to do something to honor him at wedding. It a special addition to my beautiful dress.
Instead of the traditional guest book, we decided to do a guest quilt. We had blank squares of fabric for guests to sign that will eventually be sewn into a beautiful quilt by the groom’s mother. We cannot wait to see it come together.
We had a large window pane with black and white photos from our parent’s and grandparent’s weddings. Next to this was a sign saying, “the love stories that came before ours.” We laid flowers from my grandfather’s recent funeral next to it for a personal touch.
We constructed a hay bail “couch” and placed a large quilt over the top. This was a very fun place for guests to sit down and relax.
For wedding favors, our family and friends made 234 jars of homemade apple butter- using apples from Ya Ya Farm and Orchard. We wanted to make something homemade that incorporated our wedding theme.
Andrew made me a swing for my wedding gift. It was so neat to receive it at the wedding, where our guests could admire his handy-work and see how well he intentionally loves me and showers me with beautiful hand-made gifts. This is the swing we will sit on as we grow old together.
For the bridesmaids, I decided on a mis-matched look. I asked them to find a casual maxi dress in a light-neutral color. The guidelines they had were any combination of the following: Cream, taupe, blush, open back, lace, flowy, and soft. They all did an amazing job finding the perfect dresses- all ELEVEN of them. I am so happy with the way the bridesmaids looked together. Combined with simple jewelry, down and curly hair, and open flat sandals, they looked stunning and make our pictures absolutely incredible!
The flowers in my bouquet consisted of: Ivory and Pale pink roses, pale pink stock, baby’s breath, pods of cotton, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, ivory hydrangeas, and brunia.
Bridesmaid Bouquets were simple and beautiful with baby’s breath, pale pink stock, and pods of cotton dispersed throughout.
By Andrew’s choice- our groomsmen wore jeans for the farm wedding. They all sported the same dark wash Wrangler Boot-cut jean. I asked them to wear a light blue button down and cowboy boots or dark brown shoes. We searched for 11 mis-matched vests in various textured materials such as tweed, houndstooth, herringbone, etc. Again, i’m very happy with the way it all came together. And I think the groomsmen were pretty happy about not having to wear a tie!
Andrew is a very outdoorsy, adventurous guy who believes that every man should have a garage full of tools! He wanted to give his groomsmen something practical yet personal. He chose hatchets and had them engraved with the groomsmen’s first initial and last name. They were a big hit! The guys loved strapping them onto their jeans, and taking photos with them!
Our first look was my favorite moment of the entire day. Immediately before the first look, we went inside the barn where we stood back to back and read letters we had written to each other. We also exchanged perfume/cologne that we had chosen for each other to wear on our wedding day and then only only special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, romantic getaways, etc) thereafter! This was a very emotional moment as I read his words and he read mine.
Then he went to the ceremony site. We wanted to do a first look, but still wanted the first time he saw me to be when I walked down the aisle to him. So I walked halfway down the aisle and then he turned around. It was just the two of us and our photographers. It was the perfect moment. The reality hit us as we shared our first hug that day, this was our wedding day. We were almost married! It was so special to have a few minutes alone before the wedding began.
Andrew constructed our ceremony arch using barn wood. We attached curly willow, baby’s breath, ivory hydrangea, and pink stock along the sides and corners.
We were married under a large tree in between the rows of the apple orchard- with a beautiful mountain view as our backdrop. Long’s Peak to be specific. It was absolutely breathtaking.
We had a very casual reception- guests were encouraged to go and get their food immediately following the ceremony. We decided against traditional catering and instead chose to hire food trucks!
All tables had ivory linen table cloths with burlap and kraft paper table runners (of course, we put crayons out for kiddos to color away on their tables!)
We set our cake on an old wooden spool that was then placed on a large apple cart and surrounded by other fun crates, baskets, and decorations.
The centerpieces on each table were all so very different. Throughout the 7 month engagement, my mom, mother-in-law, and several friends helped me to acquire two living rooms full of odds and ends from various antique and thrift stores. We then spent a few days picking items from our collection and organizing them into different centerpieces. We used all sorts of rustic/vintage items such as lace, burlap, galvanized tins, mason jars, old irons, old books, pictures of Andrew & I in old frames.
Leslie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Aldabella Photography // Event Planner: Pink Diamond Events // Bride’s Gown: Lian Carlo from Little White Dress Bridal Shop // Invitation Designer: Sage Paper Co. // Floral Designer: The Fresh Flower Market // Food Trucks: Maine Street Barbeque Co, The Sustainable Spoon, White Whale // Venue: YA YA Farm & Orchard // Equipment Rentals: All Events Tent & Party Rentals
Kelly & Jason | July 6th | Boulder, Colorado
From the bride: Kelly:
We got married on a working organic vegetable and flower farm, making the location an experience in itself. There were decorated nooks throughout the property, vintage style outdoor sinks, and a giant brick oven. Guests even got to experience the venue’s “fancy” outdoor restrooms…spruced-up port-a-potties, complete with rugs, lamps and flowers! The homemade organic food was, by a unanimous vote, a highlight of the night!
I did a lot of searching on the internet and looked at pictures from farm weddings and dinners. We picked the venue first, wedding dress second, colors third, and then made everything fit from there.
Since the venue specializes in wildflowers, we picked colors to match the environment – a range of purples, blues, and greens.
Writing our own ceremony and vows was a special part of our wedding. We wrote the ceremony and traditional vows together. Then, the morning of the wedding, we both got up early to write our own personal vows. Sharing these commitments and personal sentiments will always be my most cherished memory of the wedding.
Our officiant was a close family friend, which made the ceremony uniquely personal and intimate.
Writing our ceremony and vows took the most research. It took some time to create the structure of our ceremony and include the important elements, but, at the same time, make sure we personally believed in each sentence. Writing the ceremony was a very personal journey, and it helped us define our relationship and beliefs.It had been drizzling all day and the storm broke just as the ceremony ended. We finished our vows in the rain and spent much of the night under the tent, sheltered from intermittent rain. Our guests were amazingly resilient and you would never have known we were surrounded by bad weather.
We each picked our favorite mini-desserts and only served our favorite Colorado micro-brew beers.
Rather than leaving early with a send off party, we were the last ones to leave (in our Subaru.) We loved dancing under the tent with the family and friends who stayed late into the night and didn’t mind the pouring rain.
My Advice: 1) Write your own private vows to share during the ceremony; 2) Search for local small business vendors so your day feels special and intimate; and 3) Ask a personal friend to officiate the ceremony.
Jason’s Advice: 1) Spend the money for live music – we loved the Meniscus band; 2) Don’t sweat things out of your control, like weather; and 3) Take as many pictures as possible before the wedding so you have more time to spend with your friends and family.
Our RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Keeping Composure Photography // Venue & Caterer: Big Bang Catering/Pastures of Plenty Farm // Florist: Evanscraft Design // Musicians: Meniscus Band // Cake: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe // Rentals: All Events Tent and Party Rentals