A Ceremony in the Rain

From the bride:
It was a typical beautiful Boulder, Colorado day with beautiful blue skies. The bridal party did yoga on the lawn after breakfast and it was crystal clear outside. We had been warned about possible afternoon showers, but everyone was keeping the real details away from me about the weather. Apparently by the late afternoon, there was an actual tornado warning. Yikes!Sasser01 I wore my mom’s wedding dress, which she had worn almost 35 years before me. Sasser02 Sasser04 Sasser05

Sasser06 At the exact same time I began to walk down the aisle with my dad, there was a huge thunderclap. We had bused everyone up to the Flagstaff Amphitheater so there was really no quick exit possible once the rain started coming down. A few people had umbrellas but not all. Colin and I made the most of it. We cut a few things from the ceremony, but by the end, everyone was pretty soaked. Needless to say there was lots of cheering when the ceremony was complete. Sasser08 Sasser09 Sasser10 We hurried everyone back down the mountain to get them inside of the Chautauqua dining hall in hopes that a roof and a cocktail hour would warm them up. 

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The dinner and reception was a blast and I really can’t think of any other word to describe our wedding day but perfect. We wouldn’t change a thing. Appropriately, we danced with our parents to “Shower the People” by James Taylor. We didn’t know when we chose the song how meaningful it would really be that day.

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Kristin & Collin’s
We 100% loved so many of our vendors. They really made the day for us, and are our personal hero’s. 

Photographer: Sasser StillsMichael Sasser did whatever it took, including getting soaked during the ceremony, to capture the most special moments for us. 

Event Planner: Leah Colby of La Dolce Events. Leah is an angel. She makes wedding coordinating look easy. She is professional, calm, cool, and collected and does everything in her power to make the day as special as she can. I don’t even know how she gets it all done. If I lived in Colorado, I would want to work for her. Ha, she is that amazing.

Venue: Chautauqua. We knew pretty immediately after we got engaged that this is where we’d be having our reception. The food was fantastic and the venue was perfect for our number of guests. Perfect dance floor conditions and the tent was a beautiful backdrop for the dinner. And we had several friends and family members stay at Chautauqua in cottages or in the lodge. It was so convenient to have a “base camp” for everyone since this was a destination wedding.

Flowers: Boulder Blooms. They went above and beyond on all of the arrangements, bouquets, etc. They provided extra touches that we hadn’t even talked about, just to make things special. The owner, Teresa, sat with us for a personal consultation and had prepared so well for our meeting. It was important to me to consider the meaning of all of the flowers we used, and she had looked up meanings for everything she suggested we use.