Lauri & Jeff | September 3rd | Wolcott, Colorado
From the bride:
Jeff and I love mid-century modern everything…we love the architecture of that time, we love the furniture styling and we love funky artwork that’s graffiti-like. When it came time to plan our wedding, we knew we would want to incorporate our style of modernism, simplicity, and elegance.
I wanted to find a dress that exemplified my laid-back, not-too-stuff yet elegant style and I knew I wanted a Nicole Miller dress. Since Jeff and I are non-traditional, he wanted to enjoy the dress shopping process with me. Jeff had a blast and the first dress I tried on we ended up loving the most! Since we live two hours from Denver, we would go together to dress fittings and make it a date night while in the city. Jeff enjoyed seeing me in my dress multiple times and was even the one who learned how to bustle it on the wedding day. It was hilarious!
We chose Red Sky Ranch for our venue because the views are gorgeous and really showcase Colorado’s natural setting plus, the food is amazing.
Keeping with the intimate sentiment for the ceremony, we positioned our guest’s chairs closely in a half circle around us. The center aisle was tight, allowing us to reach out and grab the hands of friends during the procession. We had ambient acoustic guitar music before and after the ceremony. We wrote our ceremony and vows and incorporated our memorized “mantra” or “prayer” we say to one another spontaneously at bed time some evenings.
It was important to incorporate my three and a half year old son into the ceremony. He wore a suit that matched Jeff’s and walked me down the aisle with my Father. It was ineffably cute and meant the world to me.
I wanted simple table arrangement using white linens, grey centerpieces with white vases, and yellow chevron patterned dinner napkins to make the floral accents pop! The yellow chevron was also in my invitation suite. It was eye catching to have matching elements around the room.
Our first dance was to a Latin salsa song that is sultry and romantic. We decided a few months prior that we’d take salsa lessons and surprise our guests with a close, choreographed dance to a passionate, nontraditional song. We practiced often and every night for the last week up until the wedding day! When it came time for the first dance, we just laughed and had fun. Our parents said this was the highlight of the wedding night.
We chartered voluntary van rides for our guests on their way home. This encouraged a festive reception without the danger of driving home after one too many. Many were appreciative of the service.
Photographer: Stephen Sanderson Photography // Venue & Catering: Red Sky Ranch // Event Planner: Realize Planning // DJ: Pure Energy Events // Flowers: Vintage Magnolia // Cupcakes: Batter // Cookies: Vail Gourmet Cookie Company // Lighting, Couches, High Top tables, custom pillows and napkins: Pink Monkey // Dress: Nicole Miller from Anna Be // Make-Up: Glo Makeup // Hair: Inga Cox // Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss