David & Logan | September 4th | Manitou Springs, Colorado
From the groom, David:
We split the planning 50-50 and made most decisions together, which helped make the event feel like the event belonged to us both. We spent a lot of time thinking about the experience of our guests. For example, not only did we assign tables, but we assigned seats. At previous weddings where we didn’t know everyone at our table, we found that this made a big difference for us as guests.
Because the wedding was held over Labor Day weekend, a number of friends arrived early and made a vacation of it. For our close friends, we organized events and trips for the four days leading up to the wedding.
Logan wore her grandmother’s wedding dress, from the 1940s.
The ceremony was very personal. We wrote every word of it ourselves, and focused on making it a celebration of us as individuals, of us as a couple, and of the community of friends and family that has supported us. Our officiant was the best friend of Logan’s father, and we hand-picked readings from our favorite authors and philosophers that have probably never been read during a wedding ceremony before.
The wrong song was played for our first dance. It had the same lyrics, but it was a completely different rendition that had a different feel. Rather than make a big deal about it in the moment, we tried to take it in stride. Logan and I had rehearsed a simple dance, so it was a bit awkward adapting in the moment, but nobody else seemed to notice.
About 50 of our friends surprised Logan with a choreographed flash-mob dance during the reception. They sent out video instructions before the wedding and held four rehearsals at the Cliff House in secret during the days leading up to the event. What was so amazing was how so many different groups of friends who had never met each other all participated together and got to know one another during these rehearsals. Logan said it was one of the most shocking and memorable moments of her life.
My advice: Make the event yours by focusing on the experience for you and your guests. We’ve been to a number of weddings, and we’ve found that the small details can make all the difference for guests. We also came to realize, however, that it was important to balance attention-to-detail and a focus on the guests’ perspective with making the experience personal and meaningful for ourselves. By the last month of planning, we felt that we had struck the right balance.
Photographer: Trystan Photography. Trig and Charlotte were amazing! // Venue, Caterer & Lodging: The Cliff House // Florist: Platte Floral // Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie // Men’s Wear: JoS. A. Bank