Lauren & Ryan  |  October 21st 

From the bride, Lauren:
We are both Colorado natives and love how Colorado is rustic in its presentation. The mountains wouldn’t be as majestic without the mix of the rocks, trees and snow nor would a rustic style wedding be as beautiful without burlap and lace. We wanted our wedding to feel warm and inviting and also share a little of our personalities.  

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Ryan stole my wedding shoes before the ceremony and wrote me a sweet note on them.

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I loved every detail of our wedding day, each piece came together as I had dreamed it should. I especially loved the flowers, they were a surprise on the day and they were exactly what I had always dreamed of.VanesaKruse04 VanesaKruse05 VanesaKruse06Our ceremony was beautiful with Ryan’s childhood pastor marrying us, my cousin serenading us, and a Kiss to seal the deal. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day with our friends and family surrounding us, and our bright future beginning.

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Ryan took one of his love poems to me from our dating and had my cousin write music to it.  My cousin performed the song while we had our first communion together.

VanesaKruse10 VanesaKruse11 VanesaKruse12 VanesaKruse13 VanesaKruse14We designed a  “guestbook tree” by painting a tree on a cutting board. Each person put a thumbprint and their name on our tree giving it life. We have it displayed in our home.

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We had a friend who made it possible to engrave our initials on tree stumps that we placed at each table. We found the idea of having our guests give us advice that we would get to open on our anniversaries through the years- we used them as our table numbers.

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We used tree stumps as the base of our centerpieces. We also collected lanterns to put on each table- four different ones for each table. We loved burlap and lace and integrated it anywhere we could.

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Our first dance was truly all my dreams come true. We danced to the Matthew West song “When I Say I Do” It was a picture of what we want our marriage to be and it such a wonderful moment for both of us!

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We had breakfast for dinner because Ryan and I would each choose breakfast as our favorite meal.  

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My advice: Remember that you are planning for a marriage not just a wedding. The wedding day flies by and all the stressing and planning is over within a 24 hour period, so build into each other, your families and your present- you’re not guaranteed tomorrow.

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Lauren’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue: Lionsgate Event Center. We wanted guests and our families to be able to enjoy the entire wedding and not have to worry about getting to a second location.
Photographer: Vanessa Kruse Photography. I love Vanessa and would recommend her to anyone- she’s great to work with and does wonderful work!
Caterer: A Spice Of Life Catering. They made our dream come true of breakfast for dinner for a large crowd- fresh made waffles and fried chicken included!
Cake: Das Meyer Pastry Chalet. INCREDIBLE!
Florist: Finishing TouchesLinda May understands your vision and makes it come to life!
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero from The Bridal Collection. They were awesome, I knew which dress I wanted when I walked in and they were able to help me find it and also help me to have fun trying on other dresses before settling on my favorite!
Hair & Makeup: Bo’s Salon. Bo made everyone look spectacular!
Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse
DJ: DJ Guy

Honeymoon Location: Hawaii. We traveled on three islands and loved EVERY minute of it!