Shannon & Dan |  December 30th | Carbondale, Colorado

From the bride, Shannon:
I had attended a LOT of weddings before my own, as well as been closely involved in the execution of many others, so I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. It was really important to me to find the right balance of DIY projects so that myself and my family could fully experience the event and not feel burdened by tasks the day of. I feel like we achieved this balance, and I think that’s probably the thing I’m the most proud of as far as the “event” goes.

Photography by W Squared Photo

Our wedding day was December 30th and we were prepared (and secretly hoping!) for a snowy wedding, yet it was a gorgeous 60 degree day full of sunshine.

We had each of our attendants and parents brings some soil from their home and then we planted a tree in all the combined soils during our ceremony, which turned out really awesome.

And one of my favorite memories of the entire day was when my husband and I had our first dance– we started off slow to “One and Only” by Teitur and then about 30 seconds in it cut away to “Jai Ho! (You are my destiny)” by A.R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls, where we had a full choreographed routine that nobody knew about. I remember doing the dance and seeing a couple of my best friends crying in the crowd– afterwards they told me it was emotional because they had just never seen me that happy.

Instead of a traditional cake, we had a dessert table with a variety of our favorite treats that friends and family brought to share, which was also a huge hit.

 I loved how our table centerpieces came together (the gray square was cut of Target curtains!, brass candlesticks from thrift stores, re-purposed wine bottles and old books to give height).

I remember sitting down for dinner and just relishing how much I loved the napkin rings.

The entire day was full of moments I will treasure forever. From delighting in the homemade details to the sweet moments with my family (dancing with my dad was when I felt the most emotion of the entire day), I truly loved every second of the day. It was the perfect blend of personal homemade touches and elegance. It was so much fun to see all my ideas come to fruition.

Looking back now, I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. My best advice is for couples to spend some time deciding what they want the overall “feel” of the wedding to portray, and to make sure all the details point that direction. Pick a few things that you really care about and go the distance on those, and then let go of control of the other things and let people help you! 

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Photography: W Squared Photo  //  Venue: The Orchard  //  Food: Downvalley Tavern  //  Dress: Dora Grace //  Make-up: The Face Place