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Dazzling details for extraordinary events. From outstanding corporate and gala events to luxurious and memorable gatherings, DesignWorks dreams up extraordinary occasions. Dazzle your guests with our fabulous floral arrangements, shimmering lights and exquisite linens for all of your special moments. Just give us your vision and we will create the beginning to your happily ever after.

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17 TEA FOR TWO

Dazzling jewels for your big day and beyond

19 PERFECT ATTENDANTS

Swoonworthy bridal party gifts

20 BLUSHING BRIDE

Soft hues and plenty of sparkle set the stage for this casually chic wedding

27 FLOODED WITH LOVE

How two Colorado brides turned disaster into delight on their wedding days

32 FIRE & ICE

A Boulder couple unites in marriage in a one-ofa-kind ceremony

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Lovely notions for the stylish bride

08 ETCETERA

A few of our favorite things for your big day and beyond

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PLACES & SPACES Where to say “I do” in Colorado

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Dreamy real Colorado weddings that inspire

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A bride’s parting thoughts

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19 ON THE COVER Bride’s Gown, Anna Be Photo: Cassidy Brooke Photography Design: Ashley Summers, Ashley Nicole Events Hair and Makeup: AK Studio Suit: Ted’s Clothiers Florals: Newberry Brothers Shot on location at the beautiful Crooked Willow Farms Custom calligraphy treatments throughout Aisle Style lovingly designed by Kelle McCarter, designsgirl.com

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Fairytale weddings don’t always have to look like they are out of a storybook. Four Seasons can take any dream, from the sublime to the outrageous, and bring it to life like never before. Your wedding is once-in-a lifetime. We vow to turn your imagination into reality and showcase why you fell in love. Why resemble anything done before? For more information about our two majestic ballrooms, breathtaking rooftop terrace, expansive views of the city and truly intuitive service, visit www.fourseasons.com/denver/weddings or call 303.389.3133.


WHAT OUR WEDDINGS EDITORS ARE FALLING FOR THIS SEASON Antik Batik Embellished Woven Clutch, $200 net-a-porter.com Tiffany & Co. Diamond and Sapphire Tassel Necklace, Price Upon Request tiffany.com J. Crew Flower Drop Earrings, $75 jcrew.com Tiffany & Co. Diamond and Montana Sapphire Tiara, $100,000 tiffany.com Jennifer Paganelli Buck Island Embroidered Pillow, $348 laylagrayce.com Eberjey Stretch Jersey Maritime Bra & Boyshort, $47-$55 net-a-porter.com This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, $29 thisworks.com Kate Spade Arianna Sunglesses, $158 katespade.com Sugar Paper Arrow Noteset, $24 sugarpaper.com Tocca Beauty Candle Montauk, $38 laylagrayce.com Rosanna Arabesque Appetizer Plate, $55 laylagrayce.com

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Emma & Grace 1320 27th Street Denver, Colorado Ring 720.383.8091 emmaandgracebridal.com

There’s a new kid on Denver’s wedding dress block, and she’s becoming quite popular. Emma & Grace recently opened in an up-and-coming enclave just north of downtown, and brides-to-be are lining up to visit the eclectic and airy studio. The brainchild of two former Priscilla of Boston (RIP) alums, Emma & Grace showcases unique, hard-to-find designers in a charming urban loft space. Instead of catering only to the betrothed, the shop also carries looks for the mother-of-the bride. Most of the Emma & Grace designers are niche international names, while a seamstress is available to custom design a dream gown for the bride who wants something one-of-a-kind. What’s more, the studio creates most of its accessories in house - from veils to headbands to jewelry – allowing for truly limitless options. Emma & Grace will also rework heirloom pieces to appeal to a contemporary bride while keeping the sentimentality in tact.

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Lifeistry lifeistry.com

While a bridal registry is most certainly a perk of wedding prep, sometimes a girl has more than enough mixing bowls and crystal flutes. And other times, she can’t fathom the notion of limiting her choices to a small handful of stores. Enter Lifeistry, the online gift registry that goes beyond kitchenware and place settings and allows you to curate a gift selection from virtually any online retailer – all on one easy to use list. Those Tory Burch flats? Done. The camping lantern he’s been eyeing? Easy. Duvet cover from Anthropologie? Check. Great art piece from your fave gallery? Absolutely. Lifeistry also extends far past your wedding day – keep your list updated for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries – the sky is the limit.

Earn your Stripes

Today’s wedding trends are taking their cues from interior design – bold, graphic patterns becoming the go-to look for style-savvy brides and the grooms who love them. In particular, stripes offer a classic yet whimsical way to infuse a striking but streamlined element into your ceremony and reception décor. Think bridesmaid dresses, invitations, table linens and even cake designs. Part preppy, part nautical and completely chic, stripes, be they black and white or pops of color, are a wedding-day do.

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Comma Workshop Ring 215.906.6990 commaworkshop.com

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Lyons-based artist Kerry Larkin is changing the way we think about quilting. A far cry from your grandmother’s quilting bees, her chic designs incorporate stories and sweet sentiments into each handcrafted piece. The signature “Comma cursive” is done in original freehand, ensuring no two quilts are ever alike. The homegrown company has made a name for itself, retailing in the likes of Anthropologie and ABC Home. Yet for the bride who wants a unique gift, Comma also specializes in custom creations – think wedding vows or first dance song lyrics stitched into a gorgeous quilt that will forever grace the foot of your bed.

JUST SAY “I DO”

Turn your Vail Valley dream wedding into a reality at the awardwinning Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain. Offering a breathtaking Wedding Lawn overlooking the Eagle River and two ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling mountain views.

RESORT 866.949.1616 SALES & CATERING 970.790.3060 WESTINRIVERFRONTBEAVERCREEK.COM

• AAA Four Diamond resort • Spa Anjali offering a full menu of bridal services • Maya Restaurant with custom wedding menus

SPECIAL OFFER: Earn up to 100,000 SPG points that can be used towards your honeymoon!


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Haute Tots

The notion of dressing our tiny tredsetters in the likes of Chloe, Valentino, Dior and Gucci is adorable, but the accompanying price tag for a pint size fashionista who will grow out of it before the next model is down the catwalk can be tough to justify. That’s why we’re smitten with Borrow Mini Couture, the online hub for your little glamazons. It works just like the grown up iterations (think Rent the Runway for kids) and is perfect for weddings and other special occasions. Just browse the 30+ designers on the site, pick your outfit and have your little one strut their oh-so-sweet stuff. Then, return it without the guilt trip that ensues from the high per-wear-ratio that accompanies a wee one’s wardrobe. Plus, every outfit is automatically insured against those inevitable “oopsie” moments.

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Tasha Rae Designs tasharaedesigns.com Ring 303.881.3388

When it comes to invitations and paper suites, pre-designed templates are becoming a thing of the less than original past. Modern brides are opting for custom-designed pieces that truly reflect a couple’s sense of style – and that of their wedding theme. Local design superstar Tasha Fontanes of Tasha Rae Designs creates custom-commissioned paper suites for the most discerning brides-to-be. “Every project and every bride is different,” she says. “I’ve yet to have two wedding suites look the same, and that’s the way it should be.” From traditional cards with letterpress monograms, to modern designs brimming with whimsy, Tasha works with all styles and accommodates a range of budgets. And don’t just think invites – a proper wedding suite carries the design through to save the dates, menus, placecards, programs – the sky is the design savvy limit.


{ Picture perfect venues that inspire unforgettable Colorado I dos. }

Dunafon Castle While many little girls dream of one day marrying their prince in a castle, few grow up to do so. Just 15 miles outside of Denver, however, a gal can come close. The stunning Dunafon Castle is Colorado’s best kept wedding secret, and offers a bride her chance at a quintessential fairy tale wedding. The gorgeous stone structure, built in the early 1940s, is a castle in every sense of the word and overlooks the crystal clear waters of Bear Creek. While it is primarily a residential property, from May through October, Dunafon opens its doors to brides and grooms. The venue even offers couples welcomed extras like tenting and chandelier lighting, only adding to the already over-the-top ambiance.

Blanc If your design sensibilities lean towards modern, urban and chic, Blanc is your match made in venue heaven. Located smack dab in the heart of downtown’s Ballpark enclave, Blanc has all the trappings one would expect from the area’s loft-style spaces. Think exposed brick, high ceilings, plenty of light and an industrial edge. Opening for weddings and events in March, it’s all the talk amongst the event planning set, and with good reason. The space boasts unexpected extras like a tree-lined courtyard, fireside patio and industrial gazebo. Ring 303.974.7487 blancdenver.com

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Ring 303.389.3000 fourseasons.com/Denver PHOTO BY TRAVIS BROXTON

Four Seasons Hotel Denver

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For the traditionalist, nothing beats a glamorous ballroom set against the bustling cityscape. And no one does ballrooms better than the Four Seasons’ tony Denver property. The 5,200 square foot ballroom and adjacent 3,000 square foot foyer plays host to the city’s boldest of boldfaced names and most opulent affairs. Your special day will sparkle, quite literally, as the hotel’s famous crystal chandeliers adorn your reception with elegance. In grand Four Seasons tradition, your meal will be custom created for you and yours, each course more decadent than the last. What’s more, being a Four Seasons bride means plenty of five star perks – from the hotel’s “Something Borrowed” program that allows the betrothed to borrow up to $10,000 worth of baubles from nearby Hyde Park, to discounts on spa services and assistance with honeymoon planning. Plus, you’ll have access to all of the other jaw dropping backdrops that the hotel has to offer – poolside photos (or even ceremonies), stolen moments on the grand staircase and sweeping views await you.

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Hair: Erin Ferris | Makeup: Carissa Passerella Florals: Cori Cook | Photos: Brumley & Wells

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TEA for TWO Clockwise from top: Katharine James Diamond and Platinum Ring, $18,200

Spring makes way for brilliant blooms and flirty jewels over the perfect cup of afternoon tea in grandmother’s vintage china.

3.62 Carat Diamond Ring, $109,000 Blue Topaz Bouquet Necklace, $25,300 5.24 Carat Yellow Diamond, $149,750 Carrera Y Carrera Gardenia Ring, $4,650 Victor Velyan Cuff, $18,000 Wellendorf Rings, $18,000 - $33,000 Carrera Y Carrera Pearl and Gold Floral Earrings, $9,100 Rose de France 9 Carat Ring, $3,910 10.10 Carat Diamond Chain Necklace, $25,800 Sylvia & Cue Ring, $17,375 Furier Jocot Gold Band, $2,020 Rose de France Necklace, $10,350 Custom Aquamarine Ring, $11,325 All jewelry from Oster Jewelers, osterjewelers.com, 303.572.1111 Tray & China: Editor’s own heirlooms

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The Perfectly Peachy Wedding Party Mad Peaches MedSpa Your Pre-Wedding Event Destination for “Peachy” Pictures, Pampered Privacy and Perfect Skin.

The distinctive alternative to a night of bachelorette debauchery! Wedding photos last a lifetime. They sit on our mantel, fill up albums, traverse the Internet and serve as the lasting memory of one of the happiest days of our lives. To make sure that the wedding party is camera ready, we at Mad Peaches MedSpa offer our Perfect Bridal Party Packages

75 South Madison Suite 201 Denver CO

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Call Now To Meet With Our Event Coordinator: 303-731-0399

just in time for wedding season. Whether you’re the maid of honor, a bridesmaid, mother of the bride, or the bride to be, throw a Perfectly Peachy spa bachelorette party! Create a customized party package in our elegant, and sophisticated setting for an event as divinely unique as you are. With our venue of sexy, sophisticated and truly innovative services - you can look beautiful everywhere! Our fresh approach to beauty includes Mad Peaches signature services in minimally invasive, nonsurgical, Intimate Makeover; leaving you a “Peach Between the Sheets” for the ultimate nuptial bliss! Our “Diet” Botox reduces wrinkles and creases without a “frozen,” un-natural look and our “Baby Drop” fillers, including the new Voluma, will plump up those little valleys giving you that refreshed look. Other options include Laser Hair Removal, Body Contouring and Skin Rejuvenation for that picture perfect complexion!

• Specialized Photo Facials

• Themed Parties

• Skin Tightening

• Laser Hair Removal

• Intimate Tightening

• Body Contouring

• Wedding Day Styling

• Weight Loss & Nutrition

• Wedding Day Makeup

• Botox ® & Dermal Fillers

• Sunless Tanning Spray

• Laser Skin Rejuvenation

• Nails

• Intimate Makeover

• Private Bridal Party Dressing Room

• Sun-damage Correction

• Champagne & Hors D’oeuvres Service

• Tattoo Removal

• Limo Service to Ceremony

• Trousseau & Lingerie Fitting

All bridal party members, family & friends will receive 10% off one, 20% off two & 30% off of any three procedures when booking in groups of 2 or more.

Reserve our lavish, private party room for showers and bachelorette events. Book your prewedding party 30 days in advance to allow for optimal results.


perfect ATTENDANTS These gifts will make your wedding party ever so grateful they said I do.

Tiffany & Co. Ziegfeld Monogrammed Cuff Links $350 tiffany.com

Taschen Keel’s Simple Diary $15 each taschen.com

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Smythson Leather Bound Poker Set $1,150 mrporter.com

Tiffany & Co. Little Blue Boxes in Porcelain $95-$155 tiffany.com Waxing Poetic Custom Crown Charm $108 laylagrayce.com

Alfred Dunhill Leather & Stainless Steel Hip Flask $175 mrporter.com

Tocca Beauty Graciella Parfum $68 laylagrayce.com

D R Harris Four Piece Shaving Set $350 mrporter.com

Tiffany & Co. 1837 Moneyclip $170 tiffany.com

Diane Von Furstenberg Lip Print Gold Mirror $45 net-a-porter.com Gorjana Chevron Tribal Cuff $80 laylagrayce.com

Taschen The James Bond Archives $200 mrporter.com

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones $300 mrporter.com

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Tiffany & Co. Louis Comfort Tiffany Vases From $95 tiffany.com

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PRETTY IN PINK, SHE’S SMITTEN WITH ALL THAT GLITTERS, THE SOFTEST OF HUES AND OF COURSE, HER DASHING BETROTHED. PATTERN PLAY, PLENTY OF SHIMMER AND AN UNEXPECTED GUEST MAKE THIS DAY OH-SO-SWEET.

Photos by CASSIDY BROOKE PHOTOGRAPHY Styled by ASHLEY SUMMERS

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Photos by Cassidy Brooke Styled by Ashley Nicole Events Shot on location at Crooked Willow Farms Hair and Makeup by AK Studio Gown by Anna Bé Suit by Ted’s Clothiers Florals by Newberry Brothers Lighting & Décor by Artistry Events and Design Invitation Design by Becky Shriver Calligraphy by Just Write Studio & Pink Ink Designs Linens by La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals by Butler Rents

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FLOODED with LOVE The fall of 2013 began like any other September in colorful Colorado. Yet two weeks later, Mother Nature took an unprecedented turn – pouring a recordbreaking 17 inches of rain on our state within days. What transpired was a tragedy on so many levels. Yet for two young couples, their wedding days were swiftly and forever changed by the Colorado floods- and in their optimistic eyes - for the better. Despite incalculable loss, these sweet stories prove that even in the midst of chaos, pomp and circumstance, all you need is love.

PHOTOS BY BETH SANDERS & FRANCES MARRON


When Irish Eyes are Smiling SALLY AND CHRIS MET IN PERHAPS the most unlikely of ways. In fact, it wasn’t so much Sally and Chris who met, but rather Sally’s mother and Chris. When she missed her international flight from Ireland to the States to visit her daughter some five years ago, Roisin Lane rescheduled for the following week. As fate would have it, she was seated next to “the most delightful young man,” she reported to Sally. An Irish lass in every sense, Mrs. Lane chatted up the chap over the Atlantic ocean, across the US, throughout a five hour layover in Chicago and eventually, during the two plus hours on to Denver. “We talked about everything under the sun,” she recalls. Intrigued by her mother’s enthusiasm and the fact that this gentleman, Chris, was also a twin like Sally, she reluctantly agreed to meet him for tea the following week. “It was all quite awkward as soon as we met because I felt an instant attraction to him which caught me off guard,” Sally remembers. Surprised by her rush of feelings, Sally cut the date short. “I would never do things like meet strange men that chat up my mother on a plane – what was I thinking?” she recalls. Yet that attraction

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remained, and within weeks, Sally and Chris were emailing feverishly. “I was hooked,” she admits. Soon after, the couple had their first official date. And in grand tradition, Chris’ charm had Sally so smitten that for the second time, a woman from their brood missed her international flight to Ireland the next day. For the next two months, Sally and Chris resumed their email relationship while she visited with friends and family overseas. Upon her return, they became a couple. Four years later, Chris proposed to Sally by the river in Jamestown, Colorado – a favorite weekend hiking spot for the active Colorado duo. Eager to begin their lives together as man and wife, they wasted no time and planned a fall wedding in Sunshine Canyon at a private venue. At the same time, the couple was in the midst of renovating their home. Everything seemed to be falling into place naturally when the Colorado floods hit with a force of fury. Suddenly, Sally and Chris’ wedding planning – and their world – came to a screeching halt. Not only was their home under water in the midst of construction chaos, but their wedding site had washed away.

“It was unreal. I’ve never felt such stress in my life,” Sally recalls. “But the beauty that came out of the situation was that everyone – including strangers – wanted to help.” Friends, family and even wedding industry veterans – technically “strangers” – came to the rescue, making calls and scouring the internet to help Sally and Chris find a new venue and revamp their big day. All a mere two weeks before their wedding. With the vast majority of the guests flying in from New York and Ireland, rescheduling would be an expensive feat that would result in most of their loved ones, having purchased nonrefundable tickets, missing the couple’s nuptials. Then, a friend learned that miraculously, Boulder’s Gold Hill Inn was still functional postflooding. However, there was one issue – the historic site’s phone lines were down, making it difficult, if not impossible, for Sally to book the venue. That same friend took it upon herself to drive past the Inn daily, leaving notes on their door explaining the situation and begging them to get in touch. Soon, the owners phoned Sally and after some minor logistics were handled, her wedding to Chris – the man who once spent an international flight unknowingly convincing her mother that he was the “one” – was back on. On October 4, 2013, Sally and Chris became husband and wife in front of their closest friends and family. The scene was different than the bride had originally pictured – she’d planned an outdoor wedding in the fall and the venue only accommodated indoor ceremonies. And instead of leaves on the trees and crisp, balmy air, snow blanketed Boulder – highly unusual for early October. What transpired was a wonderland of gorgeous white snow, a warm, intimate ceremony and plenty of love and laughter. A combination that like their chance meeting, Sally and Chris never could have planned. A combination that will forever remain their happy accident.


THE DETAILS PHOTOGRAPHER Beth Sanders CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE Gold Hill Inn BRIDE’S GOWN Anna Bé FLOWERS Babylon Floral MAKEUP Bre Ortola Alchemy Mineral Blends

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Love & Basketball ALLISON IS MUCH LIKE EVERY OTHER alumnus from Marquette University. She rarely misses one of the school’s famed basketball games. Such was the case one early fall evening when the new Denver transplant attended a pre-season game viewing party at a local watering hole, in hopes of meeting other Marquette grads in the Mile High City. When she arrived, only one chair was left and so naturally, she took it. At the end of the evening, the handsome man she’d noticed when she walked in – the man sitting on the opposite end of the table – casually said hello. A few weeks later, Marquette’s season was in full swing and once again, she found herself gathered at a local bar to cheer on her team. Only this time, the crowd was small and she was seated directly across from Eric, the same handsome man she’d noticed weeks before. The pair chatted and laughed all evening, yet somehow, no information was exchanged. Undeterred, Eric used every method at his disposal to find Allison’s number. Soon after, they were planning their first date. What followed was a series of back-to-back outings, the third of which unveiled that their meeting, perhaps, was fate. “We were chatting over pizza and wine, and the topic of Thanksgiving came up,” Allison

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recalls. “We realized that both of our families had visited for the holidays and that we’d all been in the Vail area. As I was describing our dinner, Eric thought it sounded a lot like his and asked where we had dined. We soon realized that we’d been at the exact same restaurant, at the exact same time, seated a table away. I even remember Eric bumping into my chair to get by. At that moment, we both knew it was meant to be.” Fast-forward three years, and Eric surprised Allison with a very romantic proposal at Denver’s historic Brown Palace Hotel. She emphatically said yes and they began planning the wedding of their dreams for October 5th in gorgeous Estes Park, Colorado. With the help of event designer Ann Marlin and the team at Cloud 9 Weddings, Allison and Eric’s plans were coming off without a hitch. They had found their idyllic church – the quaint and secluded St. Malo outside Estes Park where their dream for a traditional Catholic ceremony would unfurl in grand style. They would then host a picture-perfect mountain reception at nearby Taharaa Lodge where all of their out of town guests could spend an unforgettable weekend celebrating the couple. Then, everything changed.

“The floods hit about a week after our final walk through. We were all just waiting to hear something, but there was no available communication with our venues or the town of Estes Park,” Allison explains. “Friends and family were emailing us photos, asking if everything was still going forward as planned. It was so incredibly stressful.” Finally, Allison and Eric heard from both their church and reception venue and it seemed that somehow, everything could proceed. And then, once again, a wrench was thrown into the plans. The reception venue couldn’t confirm that everything would be functional and because the wedding was less than two weeks away, a decision had to be made. Nine days prior to their “I dos,” Allison, Eric and Ann made the decision to move the wedding and the ten months of planning that had gone into it, from Estes Park to Denver. “My first thought was great relief that we wouldn’t have to dance around Mother Nature’s aftermath,” Ann recalls. “My second thought? It’s go time!” For the next eight days, Ann and her assistant Courtney had two phones at their heads from 8 am to 8 pm. They had to move an entire wedding – one that had initially been planned at an all-inclusive venue – from Estes Park to Denver


THE DETAILS WEDDING PLANNER & INVITATIONS Ann Marlin Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers PHOTOGRAPHER Frances Marron, Frances Photography CEREMONY VENUE Holy Ghost Catholic Church RECEPTION VENUE Castle Cliff Estate FLORALS Perfect Petal LIGHTING AND DRAPE LMD Productions FURNITURE Eclectic Hive CATERING Greens Point Catering BAND Soul School LINENS Linens Unlimited CAKE Intricate Icings in just over a week. What’s more, they needed to contact every single guest to inform them of the new hotel accommodation, rehearsal dinner change and venue change. No small task, indeed. “On top of the amount of work to be done, I also felt incredibly bad for Allison, Eric and their families. They had to go through so much stress during such a special time in their lives,” she shares. “We were shocked. The whole situation was a roller coaster of emotion and stress. Everything was planned to the finest detail and ten months of work had gone into making that specific location perfect,” Allison remembers. “But then, we started to put things in perspective. The flood was devastating for so many people. Lives, homes memories and businesses were lost. Eric and I were still going to get married surrounded by our friends and family.” As luck would have it, there were cancelations at the iconic Holy Ghost Catholic Church in downtown Denver as well as Sedalia’s stunning Castle Cliff Estate – both venues that typically book up years in advance. Ann swooped up these openings for Allison and Eric, and everything seemed to be proceeding rather nicely, despite the circumstances. And

then, for a third time, everything changed. “The biggest challenge happened on the wedding day itself,” Ann explains. “It snowed the Friday night before the wedding. When I arrived at the reception site on Saturday morning, I had to shovel snow from the perimeter of the tent! Because it froze the night before and warmed up that morning, the inside of our tent was literally raining. Everything was soaked – décor, lighting, you name it.” True professionals, Ann and Courtney defined grace under fire, literally laying flooring they had purchased from Home Depot inside the tent to alleviate the mud pits as the ceremony was taking place. From there, all of the vendors pitched in, offering an extra hand wherever possible and giving Allison and Eric the wedding of their dreams, despite Mother Nature’s best attempts to foil their plans. “Eric and I had an absolute blast at our wedding,” Allison shares. “In her speech, my mother explained how our family has a history of wedding day disasters. My grandparents, married for over 58 years, were locked out of their church, and my uncle, married to my aunt for 27 years, fainted not once, but twice. All of this chaos must simply be a sign of good luck.”

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WHEN CORD AND KELLY FIRST MET eight years ago, their connection was immediate. “I remember thinking that there was something really special about this man,” Cord recalls. At the time, they were both in happy relationships, and life moved on as it so often does. Two years later, the pair found themselves single, and they began corresponding over email. The connection they remembered reignited and soon, they met for coffee. “We jumped into a deep talk about life, spirituality and our beliefs,” Cord remembers. “After about two hours, I knew I loved him. That was it.” Six years passed and Cord and Kelly remained as deeply connected and wholeheartedly in love as ever. With Cord turning forty, a European vacation seemed apropos for the wanderlust couple. Little did Kelly know, Cord had much more than sightseeing on his mind. Secretly planning the perfect proposal, Cord had a custom ring designed by local artist Todd Reed, which he nervously carried from airport to airport, and through multiple security checks. Kelly, however, was oblivious. “Cord intended to propose to me on the Cinque Terra,” he explains. “It is right on the Italian Riviera and is a hiking trail that connects five little fishing villages. People refer to it as “Lover’s Lane.” But the stars refused to align.” Not understanding

why they were in such a hurry, a frustrated Kelly followed behind Cord, who seemed to be rushing along the trail. “I had a plan to propose with gelato at sunset, at the summit of the trail,” Cord laughs. “My entire life, I’d imagined this perfect proposal on Lover’s Lane. But by the time we reached the top, the sun had already set, we were completely breathless and the gelato was melting. It felt like the moment had passed.” Yet Cord was undeterred, spending the next leg of their adventure waiting for the next perfect moment – the one where he would know the time was right to ask Kelly to marry him. “The great thing about the universe is that it tends to have a plan of its own that is much better than ours,” Cord says. Such was the case with Cord and Kelly’s proposal. The couple soon found themselves in Positano. It was their first night in the storied town and they were relaxing on the balcony of Palazzo Murat, once the home of the King of Naples. The moon was glistening over the Adriatic Sea, and the bougainvillea was in full bloom. As they took in the picture perfect scene, a pair of dueling Italian guitarists began to serenade the guests at the restaurant below – a restaurant that was once the King’s private vineyard. At that moment, the universe’s plan revealed itself. “I thought to myself, ‘I never could have planned something this cool if I tried.’ So I got down on one knee and proposed.” A teary Kelly said yes and the couple reveled in their birthday trip turned engagement celebration, soon jetting off to the Greek isles to finish their journey. Fast-forward two years, and Cord and Kelly pledged their love for one another in front of 110 of their closest friends and fam-

ily. Yet a traditional ceremony theirs was anything but. “We felt very lucky to be in this rare moment at the beginning of gay marriage,” Kelly explains. “We got to make our own rules. There was nothing to follow, so the sky was the limit. We could design whatever sort of celebration struck our fancy, and we really appreciated the gravity of that.” ICE: THE ENGAGEMENT SOIRÉE Because the elements – particularly fire and ice –held special meaning for the couple, they used them as symbols throughout both their engagement and their nuptials. Months prior to their wedding day, Cord and Kelly hosted an engagement party in a snow cave that Kelly had spent months hand carving atop Berthoud Pass. As guests arrived, they hiked into the landscape, following a path of candles along the way. Perched at the top of the mountain, they found a cave made entirely of ice and snow. Inside, fur couches greeted them, along with a lounge and cappuccino bar. In a third room, a dance floor, sushi station and elixir bar welcomed guests, who spent the evening dancing under the stars and super moon, with a fire ablaze in the middle of the ice-laden room. FIRE: THE WEDDING When Cord and Kelly’s courtship first began, they spent considerable time trying to define “what” they were. Ultimately, they realized that they were “seeing” one another in every sense. “Our goal was always to truly “see” each other. To see what the person sees and to illuminate and bring light to one another. We loved that notion, and it’s what set the stage for the fire theme that ran throughout our celebration,” the couple shares. With fire as their underlying theme, Cord and Kelly created a ceremony that truly spoke to them, and to the deepest part of their rituals. “We wanted to center our wedding vows around fire, both literally and figuratively, but we also wanted to include our tribe – our community,” Cord reveals. Following this credo, Cord and Kelly asked each

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THE DÉCOR Modern, sleek and organic décor enhanced Cord and Kelly’s vision. Guests arrived to inviting lounges adorned with elegant mirrored tables, Lucite ghost chairs, fur throws and acrylic outdoor fireplaces. The ceremony site was constructed using ghost chairs, hay bales, black linen and gold cord for seating, while the couple stood atop a streamlined white altar, with a 6-foot fireplace in the center. Each side was flanked with a glowing orange acrylic vessel filled with Aspen branches and glistening leaves. Community dining tables were a combination of cement and contemporary metal stools, ornamented with candles, antlers and mirrored square vases. All the while, spherical chandeliers and plenty of uplighting added to the festive and deeply spiritual mood. THE FLORALS In keeping with the fire concept, florals were designed using modern succulents in chocolate and black tones. Ember and fire colored Dahlias offset the greenery and brought texture to the perfectly chic arrangements. THE ATTIRE Guests dressed in their most glamorous ensembles and the grooms wore couture velvet tuxedos by Pierre Talamon that they had commissioned while vacationing in Paris prior to the wedding.

of their guests to write a blessing both for themselves and for the couple. “We asked them to reveal what they wanted to recommit to and what they wanted to wish for us as a couple,” Kelly explains. After guests had scripted their thoughts, they posed with them against a beautiful backdrop in an outdoor photo area – photos that the couple would then transform into a book. Guests held on to the blessings, later using them in Cord and Kelly’s ceremony. To personalize the ceremony, Kelly handmade Aspen branch torches for all 110 guests, as well as for himself and his groom. As they stood in the middle of a gorgeous Boulder field atop a modern, acrylic altar, Cord and Kelly pledged their love and intentions to one another. Behind them, a 13-foot bonfire that the couple had constructed themselves, served as the centerpiece of their ritual, snowcapped mountains aglow at sunset acting as nature’s backdrop. Three beautiful readings were shared before Cord and Kelly spoke their vows to one another. All the while, a

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sweet horse poked his head through the bushes to watch the ceremony. Unexpected and certainly unplanned instances such as this seemed to surprise the couple at every turn. As a friend was reading a passage that was dedicated to Kelly’s late father, a hawk flew directly over the pair and circled until it was finished. Once the readings and vows commenced, guests began to walk toward the couple to share their own intentions. As they did, Cord and Kelly handed them unlit torches made from the Aspen branches, giving them a moment to connect with each guest individually before forming a circle around the bonfire. When the blessings were finished, Cord and Kelly lit the fire from their ceremony flame, as they said “may all of our blessings go up into the sky and come true.” Then, each guest used their torch to add to the flame, symbolizing the notion that light spreads to the next in a community. Eventually, the stunning fire reached 32 feet, setting the stage for a festive evening, and keeping the guests warm on a crisp October night.

THE MUSIC The grooms played a carefully curated collection of music composed by their favorite European DJs – from the house artists at Hotel Costes in France to Jackie O in Mykonos. For their walk down the aisle, they chose the Poolside Remix of Black Sabbath’s Planet Caravan. THE CUISINE One of the most unique elements of Cord and Kelly’s wedding was the creation of a bespoke menu by chef and culinary artist Linda Hampsten. Hampsten’s process included an intensive interview with the couple during which she learned about their personal journeys as well as their culinary tastes. Afterwards, she designed a menu that reflected Cord and Kelly as a couple, each course more thoughtful and unique than the last. Unexpected combinations such as Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Bon Bons with Foie Gras and Blackberries and Camp Fire Vanilla and Peanut Butter Bacon Gelato Ice Cream Sandwiches left guests agog. The crowing jewel was the herbal love elixir that Hampsten created for the couple’s toast.


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CORD AND KELLY’S ELIXIR OF LOVE, HOPE AND BEING BY PRIVATE CHEF LINDA HAMPSTEN Elixirs are clear sweet liquids intended to cure and manifest certain desires. Love tonics are some of the most intriguing to me. I created a bespoke love potion to be used during the toast. I combined the best of ingredients from the kitchen and the herb library to design an elixir that would bring Cord and Kelly and their guests into a deep, calm and nourishing place to bind the blessings and toasts that were being spoken and to celebrate the love of these two men and their entire community! In a large pot, make a syrup of fresh ginger. Ginger is a root known to nourish arousal, strengthen and stimulate. 1 Cup Water 1 Cup Sugar A hand size large, fresh Ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped

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Laura & Walt JULY 20TH CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, COLORADO

Laura and Walt’s love began at their alma mater, the University of

Kansas. And while the couple fell for one another while cheering on the Jayhawks, their journey eventually found them in Denver, where Walt was born and raised. After a six-year courtship, a proposal was on the very near horizon. In an effort to surprise Laura, Walt decided that a quiet betrothal at home over their favorite steak dinner was just the ticket. Wanting to add ambiance and romance to the evening, he decided to prepare the special meal himself, and fill the room with flowers and candles. Yet an uncharacteristically early arrival by his soon to be bride forced Walt to think fast, before she noticed that the scene was only partially set. Thankfully, the ring was within reach, so Walt simply picked it up, dropped to one knee and proposed to a very surprised Laura. Naturally, she said yes through her overwhelming tears of joy. The following July, Laura and Walt celebrated their nuptials at Cherry Hills Country Club, where Walt had been perfecting his swing since he was a child. The venue held many special memories for the couple and their families and served as the ideal spot to take the next step in their journey. An elegant yet welcoming French Country vibe carried throughout their day – from the lush garden floral arrangements to the white painted kitchen chairs that appointed the dining tables. The couple had their first dance as man and wife to Sinatra’s classic The Best is Yet to Come – a notion that proved fitting. Later that evening, Laura’s sister surprised the pair, and their guests, by taking the stage and singing her own rendition of Etta James’ At Last – a gift that meant the world to Laura and Walt. After a memorable evening of dining, dancing, love and laughter, Laura and Walt spent their pictureperfect honeymoon in beautiful Costa Rica before returning home to Denver. PHOTOS BY LAURA MURRAY

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through. And so it was rather apropos that they get engaged in Telluride, one of the state’s most picture perfect mountain towns. After a four-year courtship, Greg secretly began planning a proposal, custom designing a striking emerald and diamond engagement ring for Alex. During a fateful 4th of July trip to Telluride, where Alex has extended family and where the couple loves to vacation, Greg dropped to one knee and asked Alex to spend forever with him. Stunned and ecstatic, she obliged. The following year, the couple said their “I dos” in downtown Denver at Holy Ghost Catholic Church – the same stunning building where Alex’s parents celebrated their own nuptials 31 years earlier. Afterwards, they were joined by their 96 guests at the iconic Brown Palace Hotel for an intimate yet elegant reception. To celebrate their favorite desserts, Alex and Greg served mini cinnamon rolls (Alex’s favorite) and mini apple pies (Greg’s favorite) lovingly made by the bride’s mother. The bride donned a stunning gown by Nicole Miller, which she complemented with her something old and something borrowed – two antique hairpins that once belonged to Alex’s grandmother. All the while, the bride, groom and their guests danced into the evening at the city’s oldest and most ornamented inn. PHOTOS BY LAURA MURRAY

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THE DETAILS Ceremony Venue Holy Ghost Catholic Church Reception Venue The Brown Palace Photographer Laura Murray Photography

Alex & Greg SEPTEMBER 21ST Denver, Colorado

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Amanda & Andrew AUGUST 10TH Parshall, Colorado

Amanda and Andrew’s romance began far from the picturesque mountains

where they became man and wife. Amanda had just landed a position with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland – a five-year contract that would undoubtedly lead her to the top MBA program on which she had set her sights. Andrew, fresh from completing his PhD at the University of Colorado, was on his first post-doc year at Yale, when he was summonsed to Geneva for meetings. Having previously lived in the Swiss enclave, Andrew had many friends in town and therefore attended church during what was intended as a short stay. Afterwards, he joined his pals for lunch, where an unassuming Amanda, who attended the same church, was also present. Lunch lingered into a five-hour walk through the city, where the pair got to know one another. Smitten, Andrew lengthened his trip for a full month when we realized that there was also more work to be done in Geneva professionally, giving him the opportunity to see if sparks would truly fly. And fly they did. A little over a year later, Andrew proposed on a snowy Boulder hiking trail in the midst of a winter storm. Amanda, who had made the tough decision to leave Switzerland and follow her heart to Colorado, emphatically said yes. Fast forward six months, and Amanda and Andrew were celebrating their nuptials at the beautiful Aspen Canyon Ranch just outside Silverthorne, Colorado. Wanting an intimate wedding where friends, family and their children could all celebrate while spending the weekend together, they took over the sprawling ranch and turned their wedding into a weekend of festivities. Wanting to pay homage to their time in New York City as well as their worldwide travels, the wedding had a very city meets mountain feel. Food was themed around Amanda and Andrew’s adventures – from Miguel pizza celebrating their rock climbing at Red River Gorge to chicken and waffles inspired by an eatery they had enjoyed in Geneva. As a special touch, the groom’s sister made and decorated the couple’s cake. Tributes to family continued throughout. Having lost both her parents a number of years ago, Amanda’s brother walked her down the aisle and her father’s best friend George danced with the lovely bride - a promise he had made to her years prior. As fate would have it, Amanda’s father was also named Andrew and Andrew’s mother shares a name with Amanda’s late mother Judy. Because it was also Andrew’s parents’ 39th wedding anniversary, the couple surprised them with a necklace made from Judy’s original engagement ring. After dancing their first dance as husband and wife to Unforgettable, Amanda and Andrew celebrated with their closest friends and family before heading off to a honeymoon in the south of France. PHOTOS BY JODY & ZACH ZORN

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Alison & Stephen OCTOBER 27TH PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO

Alison and Stephen’s relationship

began, quite literally, as a gamble. The couple became acquainted over a weekly poker game that they played with mutual friends. The pair, rather taken with one another, flirted over poker chips and winning hands for months before Steve asked Alison on their first official date. Two years later, the couple remained as smitten as they were in those very early days and Steve knew that it was time to take the next step. He also knew how important family was to Alison, in particular, her then 89-yearold grandmother (who has since passed). Wanting to include them in their special moment, Steve planned a proposal around Alison’s family reunion – which was taking place in conjunction with “Gran Gran’s” sorority reunion (she was a founder of Tau Beta Sigma). While the family took group photos, Steve snuck to the front of the crowd and on bended knee, proposed to a very surprised Alison. All the while, the moment was caught on camera, GranGran in on the plan. Two years later, the couple wed in front of forty of their closest friends and family in picturesque Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Since this was an encore wedding for both Steve and Alison, they chose to buck most of the typical wedding traditions and instead opted for an unforgettable vacation with those nearest and dearest to their hearts. The destination theme began with their engagement photos, which were shot with a vintage propeller aircraft serving as the set. In true south of the border style, Alison and Steve held an extraordinary rehearsal dinner at an authentic tequila distillery. The next evening, the couple’s vows and reception took place against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Villa Los Arcos, a property owned by Alison’s uncle. As the bride walked down the aisle, each of her special guests handed her a rose, eventually forming her bouquet. Alison and Steve’s children were lovingly incorporated into the ceremony and Alison’s uncle (who also served as officiant) spoke about the importance of each individual guest. Afterwards, the couple enjoyed a traditional Mexican feast and danced in the gorgeous moonlight overlooking the Pacific Ocean. PHOTOS BY JODY & ZACH ZORN

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Colorado natives Brooklyn and Aaron first met while

working at a local radio station. A shared love of music and European culture (Aaron having lived in Barcelona and Brooklyn in London) brought them together, but a love for the Mile High City, and each other, led to a lifelong relationship that was meant to be. Die hard Bronco fans, Aaron proposed to Brooklyn on a chilly December day, after one of the home team’s biggest wins of the season. Under the guise of “celebrating” Aaron led Brookyln on a surprise date around the city, replete with a horse drawn carriage. As they arrived at the Denver City and County Building, which was adorned with holiday lights, bells began to chime. Just as they subsided, Brooklyn began to hear the cheering of familiar voices. As she turned around, she found her family, all smiles, staring at her. When she looked down, Aaron was on one knee, proposing. In a total state of shock, a teary Brooklyn said yes and Aaron presented her with a perfect cushion cut diamond of which Brooklyn had no idea was even in the works. Almost a year later, the couple said their “I dos” at Parkside Mansion. As an avid antique collector, Brooklyn wanted their wedding to have a vintage feel that was incredibly personal. As such, the bride and her mother spent the duration of the engagement scouring local antique stores and finding the perfect décor for the couple’s big day. A true family affair, Brooklyn’s grandfather painted their finds gold to coincide with her gorgeous color palette – a mix of gold, champagne, blush and grays. The couple’s other passions – music, Denver and European culture – were also ever present. Everything – from the ceremony to the music – was filled with sweet surprises. Brooklyn even had her groom’s nephews, Jayden and Jace, introduce her before she came down the aisle – a very special and unexpected moment for Aaron. Staying true to all things local, the couple created a menu crafted with all Colorado-grown ingredients and a bar that served local spirits. Out of town guests even received a welcome bag brimming with made in Colorado treats. After dinner, the couple and their 110 guests indulged in the ultimate dance party to the tunes of their friend and local radio personality, DJ Tony V. Tony ensured that the classics were mixed with Aaron and Brooklyn’s more contemporary favorites and the dance floor was full into the wee hours. PHOTOS BY LORI KENNEDY

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Brookyn & Aaron SEPTEMBER 14TH Denver, Colorado

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College sweethearts Kailee and

Randy’s love began as music to the young couple’s ears. Kailee, a freshman at Colorado State University, first met her future husband from a distance – he on stage playing with his band and she listening from the crowd. Fast-forward six years and the blissfully in love couple was enjoying post-collegiate life together in the Mile High City. By this time, Randy’s career had also graduated, seeing him on stage with the likes of Matchbox 20 and The Goo Goo Dolls. Kailee, an up and coming photographer, was also on the creative rise. Yet one thing remained the same – every year on their anniversary, Kailee and Randy visited the Denver Art Museum and took a photo in the exact same spot. In November, 2012, Randy decided to surprise Kailee by hiring photographers posed as museum employees needing photos for their website to capture the couple on film. As they did, he fell to one knee and asked Kailee to be his wife. Afterwards, friends and family met them at a nearby wine bar to celebrate the good news. The following year, they married at the beautiful Chatfield Botanic Gardens – the perfect backdrop for capturing plenty of color and Colorado beauty without asking guests to trek to the mountains. Wanting a vibe that juxtaposed the rustic nature of the nearby barn and grounds with classic, traditional details, Kailee opted not for mason jars and burlap, but instead for succulents, ribbon, tulle, lace and vintage automobiles. And while she had planned an outdoor reception, Mother Nature had plans of her own. The couple’s wedding day was rained on (the ultimate sign of good luck) causing Kailee to move the reception inside the barn. However, flexibility was key and the evening turned into one for the record books. One thing, however, did not change – Kailee’s desire to say “I do” under the Colorado sky. Guests grabbed umbrellas and joined the couple outdoors where they were married in the rain – an unplanned moment that was pure magic. A day filled with charm and personal touches, Randy had written a song called Lost With You for his bride many years prior. She surprised him by walking down the aisle to an instrumental version, and gifting him with a compass bearing the engraving “HOME 9.27.13” – an ode to the song’s lyric, “your heart is the compass that leads me home.” Kailee also gave her bridesmaids small rhinestone compass necklaces to wear – the perfect direction for the perfect day. PHOTOS BY AUDREY HANNAH

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Kailee & Randy SEPTEMBER 27TH LITTLETON, COLORADO


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