From the bride, Kate: Joel and I always thought we’d tie the knot in the mountains because we love the outdoors so much but we had a lot of friends and family traveling from out of town. With the train to plane running, it gave us an opportunity to keep our guests’ travel costs minimal if we were married downtown. Out of towners could fly into Denver, take the train into the city ($9) and use the free 16th Street Mall Ride to reach the hotels where we’d had rooms blocked.
The flowers were white orchids, parrot tulips, some ranunculus, with a large focus on greenery – fern varietals and magnolia leaves, which incorporated brown into our palette.
My favorite ceremony highlight was my dad walking me down the aisle. It was so exciting to see my almost husband surrounded by all our loved ones, I couldn’t stop smiling!
My favorite details were all the ferns and the massive chandelier we hung from the rafters of the loft.
I fell in love with the idea of putting our seating chart on a large mirror (something I saw on Pinterest). I was lucky to have a bridesmaid who is a gifted calligraphist so I decided to gold-leaf a $40 Walmart mirror and using a bit of Pinspiration we created a Pin-worthy seating chart together. Learning how to gold leaf was a much bigger undertaking than I’d anticipated it would be. I’d never done it before and I’d always wanted to learn but it took me a lot longer than expected to complete. I was truly blessed to have my bridesmaid Amanda write out the seating chart, she did an incredible job! It also took her longer than she’d anticipated, about 90 minutes per column (four columns total) and that time didn’t include the additional header and footer.
One of the most memorable moments was our first dance together as husband and wife. We practiced nearly every day for two months leading up to it but nothing could prepare us for dancing in our wedding day shoes and attire. Lots of laughter between us as we tripped over each other.
Instead of having a traditional cake, we included three desserts in our buffet that reflected our favorite sweets along with a super delicious cheese spread and hot chocolate bar.
ADVICE: Do your research, take your time with everything, and lower your expectations when perusing Pinterest. Decide what is most important to you and have a good budgeting strategy (Google Spreadsheet!). We decided that food, flowers, and photography were most important to us so we kept costs down elsewhere.