Karen & Aaron | October 4th | Salida, Colorado
From the bride: I’ve heard that no matter how much you plan, your wedding day is never how you had hoped, as something always goes wrong. Either I’m the exception to this statement, or simply naive about what really happened that day, because I truly believe I had the perfect wedding. I married the man of my dreams, the true love of my life, and nothing can top that.
I dyed and assembled the bridal bouquets and groomsmen boutonnieres out of balsa wood flowers. It turned out beautifully and most importantly, it matched our creative style.
We wanted our wedding to fit our style and personality. When looking for a ritual to do during the ceremony, we didn’t fit the traditional molds of a unity candle, or sand, or planting a tree together. Instead, we came up with our own tradition, which we call a unity map. Through pins and a canvas map, we told the story of how we met, where we have lived since then, and how our lives brought us finally together to the same state. My husband and I are adventurers and this was a great way to highlight our travels and the time we spent in a long distance relationship. It was important to us that we involve our guests, so during the ceremony people raised their hand according to where they had met us. It was fun and magical at the same time. The map now sits in our living room, a reminder of how our past has shaped the present.
My mother brought homemade currant jelly and apple butter to give as favors.
Looking back, I will always remember the beautiful golden aspen leaves on the bank of the Arkansas River in Salida. The perfectly blue-sky and snow-capped mountains in the background made the day that much better.