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The hospitality management program at Colorado

State University brought Pam and Jasen together. The two were friends for awhile before they started dating. However, when Pam graduated and moved to California to begin her career, she hoped Jasen would follow. Jasen’s career path began on the opposite coast. When he was offered a job in Florida, the couple was forced to maintain a long-distance relationship for a year until Pam landed a job in Florida, too. Not long after the couple reunited in Florida, Jasen proposed to Pam on a trip to Norway with her family. They returned to Florida and began planning—and not just their wedding. Despite the sun and sand, the Colorado couple longed to return to their home state. Five months before the wedding, they moved to Denver and finalized the plans for their mountain wedding. “I had always dreamed of having a Colorado wedding,” Pam says. It was important to her to have amazing mountain views in the background of the wedding photos. A Breckenridge wedding was apropos for Jasen. Growing up there, he spent countless winter days on the slopes at Beaver Run Resort. Despite the Colorado connection, Pam and Jasen wanted to reflect their time together in Florida in their special day, too. “I loved the bright, sunny colors in Florida,” Pam says. “That was the inspiration for the wedding colors.” They wove personal touches through the wedding plans such as a photo table with a collection of wedding photos from Pam and Jasen’s parents’ and grandparents’ weddings and a pair of skis for guests to sign, which hang today on Pam and Jasen’s family room wall.

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The Details VenueS: Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church,

Beaver Run Resort Planner: L Elizabeth Events Cake: Blue Moon Bakery Caterer: Beaver Run Resort Flowers: Petal and Bean Stationery: The Watermark Dress: Ravissant, Bridal Belles Shoes: Off Broadway Bridesmaid dresses: The Dessy Group Menswear: Jos. A. Bank Jewelry: Macy’s Photographer: L Elizabeth Events Entertainment: Complete Music

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Of all the things involved in the development of a relationship, the two that played a big part for Nicci and BJ were family and food. The two have strong family ties that played an important role in their engagement and wedding. As a birthday present, BJ surprised Nicci with a plane ticket from her home in Washington, D.C., to Denver to visit her family. A few hours before her arrival, BJ—a self-proclaimed old-fashioned guy—flew from his Houston home to Denver to ask her parents for Nicci’s hand in marriage. When Nicci arrived, he proposed. “I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal,” Nicci says. “It was really important for my parents to be there.” Family played a huge role in the ceremony. The couple invited BJ’s uncle, a pastor, to perform their wedding ceremony. Nicci’s father had suffered a stroke a couple of years prior to the wedding, and while she so badly wanted him to walk her down the aisle, his condition was touch and go throughout the planning process. In the end, he did walk her down the aisle, and because he couldn’t speak as a result of the stroke, her four uncles stood and said, “We give her away” when asked.

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Food, something the couple constantly has to consider, was a major factor in planning this momentous day. BJ is diabetic and Nicci has celiac disease. It was important to the couple to meet their own dietary restrictions, but also to have food that their guests would love. The caterer worked with them to create a delicious menu of entirely gluten-free food. “They knocked it out of the park,” Nicci says. Everyone loved the food and couldn’t believe it was gluten-free. Another truly “Nicci and BJ” touch for the reception was a popcorn bar. “We love popcorn,” Nicci says. The couple eats it multiple times a week at home. “We were too busy talking and visiting with friends and family that we didn’t get any that night,” Nicci says. Certainly they have many years of eating popcorn together to come.

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“We love popcorn...We were too busy talking and visiting with friends and family that we didn’t get any that night.” ~Nicci Hicks

The Details VenueS: First Baptist Church,

History Colorado Center Planner: revel & bloom Cake: Church of Cupcakes Caterer: Continental Divine Catering Flowers: Sweat Pea Flowers Stationery: The Paper Guppy,

Wedding Paper Divas Dress: Caroline Herrera Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Bridesmaid dresses: Amsale Menswear: Brooks Brothers, Jos. A. Bank Jewelry: Roni Blanshay, Kendra Scott,

Diamond Cutters International Photographer: Joshua & Co. Photography Entertainment: Masterful Musicians

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&Paul Borowiecki Theresa

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Theresa and Paul met on their first day of active

duty in the Air Force. About nine months later they found themselves stationed together in North Dakota. And it wasn’t long after that the pair started dating. “He really didn’t like me at first,” Theresa says laughing. “But I grew on him.”

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And grew on him she did; so much so that the couple stayed together for five years in North Dakota, and when she

VenueS: St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, Evergreen Lakehouse

was transferred to the Denver area, Paul moved with her. She knew at that time they were destined to marry. However, even

Planner: Talia Events

after choosing a ring together, she had no idea when he might pop the question.

Cake: Whole Foods

Paul wanted to propose to Theresa on a romantic Caterer: Footers Catering

trip to the mountains. “I’m such a busy-body,” Theresa says. “He couldn’t find the time to take me there.” So on an

Flowers: Cori Cook Floral Design

unseasonably warm day, when they took the dogs for a walk

Stationery: Theresa & Paul

in City Park, Paul caught her off guard. “It was a really nice surprise,” she says. “City Park has always been ‘our park’ to us,

Dress: Wtoo, Felice Bridal

but now even more so.”

Shoes: Seychelles Footwear

When it came time to plan the wedding, Theresa

Bridesmaid dresses: Their own attire

wasn’t able to commit to a color theme. “If you ask me my favorite color, I can’t choose,” she says. She considered

Menswear: Men’s Warehouse

rustic mountain colors like green, red and gold. Instead, she

Jewelry: Borrowed

chose all colors of the rainbow for their wedding, and once

Photographer: April O’Hare Photography

she made the decision she was so happy she couldn’t sleep all night!

Entertainment: A Music Plus

When Theresa wanted to incorporate 1,000 paper cranes into the wedding decorations, she had to sell Paul on the idea. Once committed, he actually ended up folding most of them himself. “That was one of the things that reassured me I was marrying the right person,” Theresa says. “The way he was really owning the project.” While Paul folded paper, Theresa busied herself learning a traditional hula dance to perform at the wedding as a thank you to her father who is from Hawaii. It was her way to let him know that even though he was giving her away, she would always be his daughter. It was especially emotional because he had been diagnosed with cancer and Theresa wasn’t sure he would even make it to the wedding. He made it and gave her away in style. Maybe it had something to do with the 1,000 lucky cranes. , 99 .

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Although Lauren and Rian hail from the East

Coast, they are a Colorado couple through and through. The two shared a fleeting three-month romance in high school before heading off to different colleges. When they reunited after college and began their life together, they chose to do it in the Mile High City. The majority of their adult relationship was built in Colorado enjoying the mountain lifestyle, so it was fitting that Rian proposed while the couple was hiking the Loch Vale trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Despite some contention over not getting married back east, Lauren and Rian felt it was important to marry in the state they love so much. “This is who we are as a couple,” Lauren says. “It was important to us that our family come here. We made it like a big vacation for them.”

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After first planning a wedding in Telluride, the couple decided that the Denver-themed week was a better option. It was important to marry outside and feel close to the mountains, and they wanted a barbeque dinner. With that in mind, an obvious choice for the ceremony and reception site was the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. The wedding week began when early-arriving guests were treated to dinner at Taqueria Patzcuaro, where Lauren and Rian had their first dinner out when they moved to Denver. Other wedding week activities included the rehearsal at Centennial Park along the river, dinner at Highland Tap and Burger and a post-wedding day spent at the ballpark watching a Rockies game. “We wanted to share with our family all of the things we love about living in Denver,” Lauren says. “The whole week was a true reflection of our lifestyle.” Looking back, the couple can’t decide on one part of the week that was the best. “As a whole, it was great fun,” Lauren says. “We were able to really connect with everyone there, and it felt like they were all a part of the wedding—and a part of us.”

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The Details Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Planner: Save the Date Events dessert bar: Living the Sweet Life Caterer: Footers Catering Flowers: Bella Fiori Stationery: JS Design Dress: Melissa Sweet Shoes: Theodora & Callum Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN Menswear: Their own attire Jewelry: Kendra Scott Photographer: Autumn Burke Photography Entertainment: DJ RIPM

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