From the bride, Kate: Joel and I always thought we’d tie the knot in the mountains because we love the outdoors so much but we had a lot of friends and family traveling from out of town. With the train to plane running, it gave us an opportunity to keep our guests’ travel costs minimal if we were married downtown. Out of towners could fly into Denver, take the train into the city ($9) and use the free 16th Street Mall Ride to reach the hotels where we’d had rooms blocked.
The flowers were white orchids, parrot tulips, some ranunculus, with a large focus on greenery – fern varietals and magnolia leaves, which incorporated brown into our palette.
My favorite ceremony highlight was my dad walking me down the aisle. It was so exciting to see my almost husband surrounded by all our loved ones, I couldn’t stop smiling!
My favorite details were all the ferns and the massive chandelier we hung from the rafters of the loft.
I fell in love with the idea of putting our seating chart on a large mirror (something I saw on Pinterest). I was lucky to have a bridesmaid who is a gifted calligraphist so I decided to gold-leaf a $40 Walmart mirror and using a bit of Pinspiration we created a Pin-worthy seating chart together. Learning how to gold leaf was a much bigger undertaking than I’d anticipated it would be. I’d never done it before and I’d always wanted to learn but it took me a lot longer than expected to complete. I was truly blessed to have my bridesmaid Amanda write out the seating chart, she did an incredible job! It also took her longer than she’d anticipated, about 90 minutes per column (four columns total) and that time didn’t include the additional header and footer.
One of the most memorable moments was our first dance together as husband and wife. We practiced nearly every day for two months leading up to it but nothing could prepare us for dancing in our wedding day shoes and attire. Lots of laughter between us as we tripped over each other.
Instead of having a traditional cake, we included three desserts in our buffet that reflected our favorite sweets along with a super delicious cheese spread and hot chocolate bar.
ADVICE: Do your research, take your time with everything, and lower your expectations when perusing Pinterest. Decide what is most important to you and have a good budgeting strategy (Google Spreadsheet!). We decided that food, flowers, and photography were most important to us so we kept costs down elsewhere.
From the photographer Trystan Photography: We’ve been capturing photos of Bethany since she was a senior in high school. Not only has she grown into an amazing young lady, but she’s also an incredible photographer herself, so when she asked if we would capture the most important day of her life, we were incredibly honored. She and Danny not only have that easy, jealousy-inducing kind of love, but they can really dance. Swinging and spinning all over the dance floor, their energy abounded all night.
Sasha & Chauncey | March 12th | Denver, Colorado
From the bride: We wanted the wedding to represent us as much as possible and in every aspect. The food was unique, our music was special (mainly to us), and the venue had a cool, industrial vibe that definitely stood out.
THE CEREMONY: Our ceremony was beautiful, short, and sweet. We wanted to keep it short so our guests didn’t have to sit through a long and agonizing ceremony!
THE GUEST BOOK: We chose to go with mad lib style cards instead of a traditional guest book.
THE TABLE NUMBERS: Rather than plain table numbers, we made number signs and took photos with our cat & dog.
THE CAKE: We had an entire table of wedding cakes, which was so much fun!
THE FAVORS: Since our hashtag was #Saucey2016 (Sasha + Chauncey = Saucey), we thought it was unique to do mini hot sauce bottles labeled Hot Saucey.
LOOKING BACK: We had the most amazing day and we can say it was the best day of our lives! We had so much fun and being around such amazing people it was impossible not to smile and laugh throughout the day!
ADVICE: Set a realistic budget and don’t let anyone influence your vision of your wedding day!
THE VENDORS: Photographer: Chris McLaughlin Photography // Event Planner: Rachel Austin Events // Floral Designer: The Olive & Poppy // Venue: Mile High Station // Caterer: Footers // Cake: Denise Pedigo // DJ: Elite DJ // Invitations: Sweet Zion Paperie // Hair: Jaded Beauty // Makeup: Makeup by Heather B // Videographer: GPS Wedding Films
Sydney & Mike | June 29th | Estes Park, Colorado
From the photographer, Amy Caroline Photography:
Sydney and Mike were married at the glam/rustic venue Della Terra Mountain Chateau. It suit both of them perfectly as it fit Mike’s rustic Colorado side, but also the glitzy glamorous side of Sydney. Surrounded by pink, jewels and amazing flowers, these two said their vows under a blue Colorado sky. Sydney’s bridesmaids all wore some sort of bling with fun pink dresses, the reception was to die for with a classic monogrammed cake from Intricate Icings Cake Design covered in fresh flowers, and gorgeous floral arrangements from Cori Cook Floral Design that fit Sydney’s big personality. The day was a true Colorado beauty.
Ashley & David | May 2nd | Sedalia, Colorado
From the bride: Dave and I both love the outdoors. I feel like I am outside more than inside most days. I wanted a venue where I could enjoy the outdoors, but not have to worry about the elements, as Colorado can have rain, snow and sun all in one day! Not optimal for guest comfort. We wanted a venue where we could see Colorado in all of its beauty! The Sanctuary was more than perfect, great view of the mountains, I believe you can spot at least three fourteeners. To top it off, we had a more than perfect day weather wise, it rained and poured most of April, hailed Friday before the wedding and the very next Saturday after our wedding (when we left for our honeymoon) it snowed two feet!
I remember seeing all of the bouquets for the first time and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Lots of ‘ooohs’ and ‘awws’ coming from the moms and my bridesmaids. I was so excited about the colors and the design! It was all so stunning.
The first thing that pops into my head when I think of our wedding day, is our ring exchange! David and Lynn, our photographers, captured the moment perfectly; I love looking at the images and reliving/feeling how happy and excited we are!
I loved our first dance!! We actually took lessons and had a little routine. Our song was, ‘The Mountain Song’ by Rayland Baxter and our dance even had a lift in it, yes, much like the lift in Dirty Dancing. I am not a huge dancer and I really don’t love being the center of attention, so I almost pulled the lift out of our routine last minute because I was so nervous! I thought, what if he drops me, what if my dress falls down, what if I fall when he sets me back down… but, Dave wouldn’t let me be afraid, we had so much fun dancing and it ended up being a highlight of the whole night! We forgot some steps, but totally nailed the lift. Our first dance was pretty fun and so was our whole wedding conga line! Have you ever seen a conga line 150 people deep? It’s pretty hysterical!
My wedding day was the most magical and special day to me that I have ever lived. I married my most favorite human in the whole entire world! I have two close friends going through the wedding planning process right now and I have told them both, ‘In the end, all the stress and all the tiny details are worth every second. I would plan our wedding again in a heartbeat!’
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: David Lynn Photography // Venue & Caterer: Sanctuary Golf Course // Floral Designer: The Flower House // Cake Designer: Cakeheads // Officiant: The Wedding Priest // DJ: A Music Plus // Dress Store: Anna Be Bridal Boutique // Makeup Artist: Pretty Bride Shoppe // Hair Stylist: Adorn Denver
Jillian & Shawn | September 5th | Denver, Colorado
From the bride: Our wedding was very us. The location was us, the music was us, the cake was us. We chose a color palette of deep teal with orange accents (Shawn’s favorite color). Orange socks for the groomsmen, orange toenails for the ladies, orange Calla Lilies, and an orange cake. Our inspiration was the Denver downtown area, cocktail parties, classic looks and décor.
The ceremony was on the roof of the Westin downtown with a beautiful view of the city as well as the mountains in the distance.
The weather started out cloudy, but as we were exchanging vows the sun peaked out of the clouds, almost on cue, and lit the entire wedding party. We did a wine blending ceremony. Our officiant did a wonderful job of verbalizing the significance of the blending of the different wines to symbolize the joining of our lives.
My most memorable moment was our first dance. My advice: Enjoy the ride and don’t get too stressed out. Everything turns out in the end!
Jillian’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Gracie Belle // Venue Caterer & Lodging: Westin Denver Downtown // Floral Designer: My Favorite Florist // Wedding Gown: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio // Hair Stylist: The Parlour, Highlands // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids // Men’s Wear: Men’s Wearhouse