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An Officer and His Lady Wed in Colorado Springs

From the bride, Christie:

WHY COLORADO
We wanted to give our families and friends traveling from New York (where Andrew is from) and Boston a true Colorado experience. We were looking for a location that gave everyone a mountain feel without having to travel to far into the mountains to get to it.

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THE STYLE
The military and collectables from my family (old camera’s, books, etc.) with a color palette of black, champagne, gold, ivory and burgundy.

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THE CEREMONY
We got married at St. Mary’s Cathedral and my childhood priest performed the ceremony. Andrew’s grandmother sang “Ave Maria”, which was such a beautiful moment.

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MILITARY TOUCH
We had Marines perform a sword ceremony after the ceremony at St. Mary’s and a bagpipe player who performed the Marine Corps hymn.

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THE GUEST BOOK
We had wine bottles for different years and asked our guests to write to us. Before the wedding, my Aunt sent all of our living grandparents papers to write for each year. This means on our 25th and 50th wedding anniversary we will be able to read advice and loving words from grandparents who have long passed.

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THE FAVORS
Andrew’s mother handmade her famous jam.

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HONORING MILITARY SERVICE
All four of our grandfathers were in the military so, we had a table honoring them and our family members who were not able to be with us that day.

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THE TABLE NAMES
Each table was a different Marine Corps Base and our sign for the place cards said “Where are you stationed?”.A Military Wedding

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MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
My husband pulling me aside, holding up an invisible camera in front of me and telling me to take it all in for a moment. We watched our friends dance, people eat, smiles, laughs and got to cherish that moment together.

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ADVICE
Enjoy every moment. The men are more involved when they make decisions and the day-of is so special.

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THE VENDORS
Photographer:  Trystan Photography  //  Ceremony Site: St. Mary’s Cathedral in Colorado Springs  //  Floral & Event Design + Rentals: Design Works  //  Reception Venue: Cheyenne Mountain Resort

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An Elegant Military Wedding

Jaime & Ryan |  June 11th | Colorado Springs, Colorado

From the bride:
Ryan and I had began dating when Ryan was first accepted to the Air Force Academy, so for four very long years, our dream came true when we said “I do” in the Air Force Academy Chapel that has held so many wonderful memories.

Colorado Weddings Magazine - Colorado SpringsMy mom and I did everything for our wedding. Every single detail we planned or made together, and she was my rock and my sanity through the entire wedding. She made sure not a single thing went wrong during the entire day.

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Colorado Weddings Magazine - Colorado Springs

Colorado Weddings Magazine - Colorado Springs

 My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle. Every aspect of that moment was a dream come true. The aisle of the Air Force Academy is huge, so I had a long time to take everything in. When I first started down the aisle I could hear the perfect clink of my heals on the floor, the sun was shining so my dress was glistening, I looked up and saw all the colors coming from all the panes of stained glass, all the guests staring back at me, the look on my dad’s face as he beamed down at me, and then that moment when I made eye contact with Ryan at the end of the aisle. There are no words for that moment. I don’t even remember anything else after the moment we locked eyes.

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 The organ that was played during our ceremony has 83 ranks and 67 stops controlling 4,334 pipes. The organist was the same organist who played for Ryan’s parents when they were married.

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 We walked under a saber arch at the end of the ceremony, a military tradition to welcome newlyweds into the Air Force as one.

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Colorado Weddings Magazine - Colorado Springs

Colorado Weddings Magazine - Colorado Springs

Colorado Weddings Magazine - Colorado Springs

Our first dance was done to “Endless Love” by Luther Vandross.

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Our cake was an exact replica of the beading on my wedding gown.  We used Ryan’s saber to cut the cake.

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 During my bouquet toss, I broke up the bouquet so that most girls received a flower, because everyone deserves their fairytale.

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Colorado Weddings Magazine - Colorado Springs

 Another memorable moment was the father/daughter dance. The man who I loved first and I will always keep so close to my heart, holding me in an embrace as we glided across the floor to ‘Butterfly Kisses’, a song we listened to all the time when I was growing up. It still gives me a lump in my throat when I think about sharing butterfly kisses during the dance.

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My advice: Take your time and don’t rush your engagement. Make your wedding your own, but don’t be shut off from others giving you ideas. Most importantly, nothing during the planning process should get in between you and your future husband. Don’t ever let the stress of wedding planning become too much for you, because at the end of the day, if you are married, it was the most perfect day of your life.

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 Ryan and I closed the night with a dance to “Come Fly With Me” by Michael Bublee. As we exited, we were showered with hundreds of little foam airplanes to send us off into the “Wild Blue Yonder.”  Ryan is a pilot so the planes were sending us off to our next base!

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Photographer: Trystan Photography //  Ceremony Site: The Air Force Academy Chapel  //  Reception Site: Cheyenne Mountain Resort  //  Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals from Danelle’s Bridal  // DJ: Blue Moon Entertainment  //  Cake: Chef Sugar’s Cakes and Confections  //  Favors: 7000Ft Sweets (Salted Caramels) //  Transportation (Rolls Royce): ddg Classic

Honeymoon Location: The Royal Bahamian, Bahamas

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