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100 OUR PHILOSOPHY Our brand and the future of TCWM 44 + 64 DESTINATION: COLORADO Out-of-state couples that chose Colorado for their destination nuptials 19 TRAVEL Three romantic Italian destinations


WEDDINGS + ELOPEMENTS 52 Josie + Justin 26 Anna + Andreas Breckenridge + Estes Park


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The fourth dimension of reality constructed by the human mind to understand the progression of events from past into future. Over the years, it has become the cornerstone of our very existence, deepened by two of the most profound elements in history: love and photography. The only things with the power to stop time. If only for a moment. Time is a fitting theme for this issue. After 15 years, The Colorado Wedding Magazine is under new ownership. Choosing to embark on this new journey during the most volatile time in the event industry is not a risk that was overlooked. We embraced this opportunity to stand by this industry because we believe in it. Moreover, we believe in its stakeholders: the couples and all wedding professionals, large and small. We were fortunate to inherit relationships with a number of stellar vendors who serve the state of Colorado. As you explore this issue, rest assured that the companies represented from our content to the advertising are some of the best in the business. We would be remiss to discuss time without discussing context. Since 2005, this publication and this country has experienced progress and pain. They're not mutually exclusive. There was direct criticism from potential readers who did not to see themselves among these pages. As editor, I am committed to honoring those couples who have felt unseen and invalidated by this publication and others. I don't aim to be a part of the solution, I aim to be ahead of it: acknowledging the love and humanity in all communities without having to be asked. As we work to honor our Philosophy (pg. 100), we hope that you find more inspiration in the couples featured in these pages with each coming edition. Welcome to the next chapter of The Colorado Wedding Magazine.

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TUSCANY, ITALY Experience La Bella Vita in Tuscany, Italy

Ah, la bella vita. Nobody does romance quite like the Italians—and nowhere is love more alive than in Tuscany, where rolling hills and crumbling castles dot the landscape … and where you can walk hand in hand with your new spouse down just about any cobblestone street and find another amazing Italian wonder waiting for you.

Experience the romance of Tuscany when you … Refine a new skill together with a private cooking class; learn how to roll fluffy gnocchi, sautée veggies fresh from the garden, and sear some famous Florentine steak—then sit down with your new spouse to enjoy the most incredible meal in the most indelible surroundings. Hire a driver and wind your way through Tuscan wine country, stopping to sip robust reds THE COLORADO WEDDING MAGAZINE 20

and delicate whites at grand estates. Take home a bottle that will age well from your favorite estate—years later, you can uncork it and reminisce about your romantic escape over a delicious glass on your anniversary! Climb to the top of Piazza Michelangelo in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, right before the sun sets. Take in the last of the day’s rays as they illuminate the breathtaking Renaissance city.

ROME, ITALY Experience Rome, Italy

On your Italian voyage, here are a few romantic things you can experience in Rome. Not only candlelit dinners, gorgeous sunsets and romantic horse drawn carriages, but also the local heritage and iconic sites. There is love around just about every corner and turn.

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carriage; enjoy a fairytale ride along the cobblestones snuggled next to your new spouse. Traveling at night just increases the romance. Your horseman will take you on a pleasant tour and regale you with tales. How about a romantic candlelit dinner on the rooftop restaurant of Hotel Raphael? Panoramic views abound from The Terrace Restaurant, while savoring mouthwatering Italian THE COLORADO WEDDING MAGAZINE 21

dishes, you can see many historic sites from all sides. Delight in the romance with your love while soaking in the experience. Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain. Thought to be one of the most romantic places in Rome, the Trevi Fountain is famous for how many coins are tossed in. One coin for a return to Rome, two coins for a new romance, and three coins for a marriage. We know how many you will throw in right?

VENICE, ITALY Experience Venice, Italy

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ride even more enjoyable! Stroll down the Rialto bridge at night, basking in the glow of the lights from the bridge. Not only is the bridge memorable, but it’s one of Venice’s most romantic locations. This is Venice’s oldest bridge, and it’s 48 m long. The Rialto holds some of the most spectacular views of the city, so hold hands and enjoy this together!

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in Germany. “How on Earth did these two cross paths”, we hear you ask? Through a mutual love could not imagine, but here is a story of two of soccer! : “They hit it off at a Sweden vs people who were not going to let the pandemic Germany World Cup viewing party; and yet, a stand in the way of their wedding day. shy Anna was reluctant to call him. Andreas was Colorado-based Anna and German-native perseverant, however, and asked a mutual friend Andreas are a great example of the true meaning for her number and kept pursuing her--and it of love and marriage. Although their spring didn’t take long for Anna to realize that Andreas wedding couldn’t go forward as planned, they was her soulmate. Keen to keep things low key – were determined to officially unify their bond so a very important theme for the couple – their first they could start their new life together as husband date consisted of a casual hike. And the rest, as and wife. they say, was history. According to Hitched, 75% of couples have “He swept me off my feet,” Anna gushed. rescheduled their weddings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But when your plans involve starting your married life in a brand new Their engagement was just as low key but magical too, as Andreas popped the question just country, postponing isn’t really an option. over a year later while they were vacationing in Anna and Andreas had planned to move to Germany in August, so chose to elope on the date his hometown in Germany. They then excitedly of their cancelled wedding on June 6. An intimate planned their wedding on June 6, 2020, which would be the first step in their journey to move wedding ceremony was followed by a second to Germany and start their new life together. The ceremony in Estes Park the month after; and rings were engraved, Andreas’s friends and they’re even planning a third wedding in family had booked their flights and Germany later this year! Intimate was certainly accommodation for the Colorado wedding… and the operative word for their first wedding, as it was just the two of them. And we really do mean then COVID-19 happened! just the two of them. Thanks to the According to Anna, postponing was not an self-solemnization laws in Colorado, whereby a option, as they wanted to prepare their official couple doesn’t even need an officiant or any documentation and name changes so they could witnesses present, they were able to go on a stick to their plan of moving to Germany in romantic hike and get married in Breckenridge, August. Although they eloped, the couple did all Colorado all by themselves. We can’t think of they could to keep their families involved, and anything more romantic. even set up a camera to capture the special moments to share with their families the next day. “It was more powerful the way we did it,” Anna The new husband and wife spoke to both said. “It was reflective of who we are as a couple families via video chat the day after, and lovingly and how resilient we are.” took them through some of the highlights so they could relive the magical moments with them. The Armed with their rings and a laminated copy of their wedding vows – just in case the weather was newlyweds then had dinner with Anna’s family in the evening, which meant they still got to enjoy against them – they embarked on their hike to a family celebration with those who were nearby. their favorite Breckenridge spot. “The spot was highly symbolic of our journey (past, present and future), where we choose to establish our nuptials on solid rock,” they said.

“We are totally happy that we did it that way,” they said. “It was the best thing for us.”

A hike was very fitting for the couple, as a hike is where it all started for them a year and a half ago. Anna is a freelance English editor for international translation companies and was an English instructor for Refugees and Asylees in Denver, while Andreas is the Vice President of IT for an international company headquartered

Anna’s original wedding dress didn’t go to waste, as she wore it in Estes Park, looking every bit the stunning, blushing bride. And she plans to wear a wedding dress for their third wedding in Germany too – although she plans to wear a

Their second wedding in Estes Park the next month also proved how resilient they are as a Despite not getting to wear her gorgeous gown from The Bridal Collection, Anna certainly looked couple, as the weather meant they had to change their plans mid-ceremony! the part on their wedding hike. From the ankles up, she and Andreas both looked like a traditional “We started our ceremony outside, and -true to bride and groom – and simply swapped their form- we had to relocate indoors mid-ceremony formal wedding shoes for hiking boots instead. because of the rain,” they said. How very them!



brand new dress altogether! Also from The Bridal Collection, it came with Anna in her suitcase when she moved to Germany as it was “too special” to leave behind. Things might not have gone as planned, but having two wedding dresses and three weddings is a great plan B! As for the wedding in Germany, the ceremony is scheduled to be held in the New Apostolic Church in Reutlingen, followed up with a reception at the Hohenneuffen Castle ruins in Neuffen. Sounds like they got the best of both worlds – an intimate wedding ceremony to start with, topped off with a grand affair in a castle. What could be better? When asked about what advice they would give couples who might be going through COVID-related cancellation, the newlyweds simply said to be prepared for inevitable changes and to not take offense if anyone can’t attend – even if it’s at the last minute. The couple certainly practiced what they preached, as they made themselves the top priority, which is what many couples sometimes forget during the stress of planning a wedding. “At the end of the day, it’s about us,” Andreas said. Anna and Andreas are living proof that love does prevail! We wish Anna and Andreas the best of luck for their new life together. Viel Glück! -Maria Pierides


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Breckenridge, Colorado | Photography by Becky Young | Words by Christen Klipp Kyle and I met at work, he was wearing those Bonobos and having some “super profesh” phone call. I’m sure for me it was a typical day of waking up late, applying make-up between red lights and bee lining towards the coffee pot. Needless to say, I had to work hard for that first date! I’m not sure if it was our first date at Prost Brewery, when I was on my second pint while he was politely sipping his first taster, OR if it was heading to Costa Rica six months after meeting without much for plans. But, it wasn’t long until Kyle learned that my easy-going, try-anything personality was worth the chaos! Over the past 5 years Kyle and I made our weekends worth looking forward to. Some things never change. I’m still a “squeeze everything in” type of person and he’s still “super profesh”, but a few years later Kyle and I have written quite a story filled with adventure. Love and laughter is what we are best at! Nature and the outdoors keep us both grounded and entertained. It was only fitting to get married in the forests that built our relationship and bring us so much joy. We planned a small wedding in the beautiful mountains of Breckenridge for July 2020. With all of the complications this year brought, Kyle and I were relieved that we did not have to alter our plans. We rented a large house just outside of town to host our families for the weekend. Our guests played golf, hiked, paddle boarded, and ate and drank to their hearts’ content. Saturday came and the ceremony was just a short drive to a trailhead where we exchanged our vows. Happily wed, we came back to the house for a wonderfully prepared meal from an area chef who came highly recommended. Becky Young and Andrea did an amazing job, not just with our photos, but also to coordinate the day and keep me on schedule. The weekend was magical and memorable! Our families helped with everything from table settings to staging the ceremony site. Both of our moms and sisters put together our flowers following the rehearsal dinner, my mom made the bouquet and boutonniere, my sister made our cake and stood in as our officiant - it was a family affair! THE COLORADO WEDDING MAGAZINE 33




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Denver, Colorado | Photography by Lady ILG Photography | Words by Gina Fiore

Gina and Heath met seven years ago. They quickly bonded over the mountains and their love for family. After a surprise proposal, they planned a very large wedding and hoped to include touches of Colorado. Unfortunately, due to COVID, their original wedding plans couldn’t happen. So, they changed their guest count and venue and were able to have a small intimate wedding in Gina’s parents backyard. Family was still the central focus of their wedding along with a menu and wedding favors that incorporated the bride’s Italian heritage. Thanks to their amazing families and vendors, they were still able to achieve their wedding day dreams. Heath and Gina were not going to let COVID steal their day. In fact, the day was full of hope and love in a time where there are so many unknowns. THE COLORADO WEDDING MAGAZINE 39




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Telluride, Colorado | Photography + Words by Danielle DeFiore

One of the things I love most about mountain weddings here in Colorado is the golden light and the way it reflects off the surrounding peaks. Nick and Jennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire Telluride destination wedding was bathed in that special summer glow. The sun was warm, the hills were vibrant, and it was one of those days that left you feeling sun-kissed, floating on air, and a little extra romantic. Since Nick and Jenn hail from Texas, their guests traveled from near and far for their elegant black-tie affair. Jenn wore an ethereal dress with the most delicate details, while her bridesmaids donned lavender gowns that added a beautiful pop of color against the tones of the surrounding peaks. The coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love for Colorado runs deep, and Telluride was the perfect place to celebrate alongside their dear family and friends. THE COLORADO WEDDING MAGAZINE 45


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FA S H I O N + W E L L N E S S

8 Skincare Secrets Which Will Guarantee That Bridal Glow In High Altitudes Having a Colorado wedding

promises stunning, unrivaled views that no other state can contend with – that’s a given. But it also means having to deal with high altitude. High altitude can affect our hair and skin in many different ways, so it’s important for brides to be one step ahead of the game before the big day.

Fake it It goes without saying, but steer clear of sunbeds. Instead, brides looking for a subtle glow on their wedding day can play around with DIY self-tanners or Oil is your friend professional spray tans for a Now is the time to rethink natural color that won’t damage everything you thought you knew the skin. Just be sure to test it out about skincare – but don’t confuse months in advance to make sure an oily face with a greasy face! you’re happy with the High altitude causes skin cells to application and the color. And become so dry they actually absorb make sure you shower until the the oil in the pores and cause acne. water runs clear on the morning However, the right oily products of the wedding, to avoid getting will bring the moisture back into any self-tanner on your dress. your skin, which will result in the dewy bridal glow of your dreams. Morning routine Coconut oil is a firm favorite, as Your morning skincare routine it not only prevents dry skin, but doesn’t have to be long and works hard to repair existing dry tedious. Washing your face with skin too. a gentle micellar water is a great way to prep your skin for the Don’t forget the SPF day, and then follow up with a High altitudes can be very great serum and rich deceptive when it comes to sun moisturizer. You only need a exposure. While moisturizers with pea-sized amount of built-in SPF might be acceptable moisturizer, as the serum will for other states, it certainly won’t help the product spread further, do in Colorado or anywhere else and also absorb and sit better on with high altitudes. Not only will the skin (Pacifica’s Beauty Coconut sunburn dry the face out, but it can Probiotic Water Rehab Cream is one of lead to damaged skin and our current favorites).

Finding the right make-up artist is a great first step in bridal prep, but getting the perfect dewy glow actually starts months before the wedding ceremony. The real secret to outsmarting the high altitude is all in the skincare, so here are just a few top tips that will guarantee that coveted dewy bridal glow. Invest in a great humidifier It’s no secret that lower humidity dries out the skin, and if you’re already living in Colorado, chances are that you already have a humidifier in your home. But if not, now is the time to make the investment – your skin will thank you for it! Ditch the foamy, soapy cleansers Yes, you want a cleansed face – as a dirty face is one of the number one causes of break-outs – but most cleansers are actually extremely drying. Instead of a standard foamy cleanser, use a very gentle one (the milder, the better!) such as the Derma E Sensitive Skin Cleanser. Bonus points if it targets eczema, as dry skin is one of the biggest side-effects of the condition.

premature aging, which are all big no-nos for blushing brides. Wear at least SPF50 every single day to ensure that your skin stays tight and damage-free.

Nighttime routine Akin to morning routines, you don’t need hundreds of lotions and potions for a successful nighttime skincare routine. We would recommend exfoliating a couple of nights a week and putting on a face mask once a week. Cleanse the face every night with a double cleanser such as the Pixi Double Cleanse or Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual, and finish off with a deep and nourishing night cream (The Elf Cosmetics Nourishing Night Cream is wonderful!) that will work its magic while you’re asleep. See, there’s a reason they call it beauty sleep! Go pro And finally, we would recommend treating yourself to a beauty treatment once a month. The pros will give you the facial of your dreams, which will prepare your skin for the big day in the best way possible. Leave at least 10 days before your celebration for your facial to allow time for the pores to open and close again.-Maria Pierides


Visitors from lower elevations need time for their bodies to acclimate. Symptoms of altitude sickness may include fatigue, decreased appetite, shortness of breath, nausea, headache, and sleep disturbances. Rest is key, and extra fluids should be taken during the first two days at altitude. Alcohol is best avoided. Smaller meals are advised as well. To avoid dehydration, an adult should drink a minimum of eight glasses of water per day. If high altitude symptoms or any other medical issues are of concern, please contact a doctor immediately. Dehydration Hydration is the key at altitudes and dry climates especially if you are participating in physical activities. It sounds simple, yet is often overlooked. The dry mountain air increases your respiratory rate due to the lower oxygen content, which can be made greater with alcohol consumption. Alcohol and caffeine intake should be used with caution. Keep a bottle of water

with you. An adult should drink a minimum of eight glasses of water per day. Sunburn Be sure not to underestimate the sun at a higher elevation. Spend less time in the sun than you would normally at home. Always wear sunscreen and don’t forget your sunglasses or goggles! You are more than a mile closer to the sun than you are at sea level

and there is less atmosphere to block out the sun’s rays. Sunburns occur much faster at higher altitudes. Be careful of the sun reflecting off the snow and back onto the body. Protect yourself by wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF 15-30). Carry nourishing lotion or Aloe Vera gel for dry skin and overexposure. -JoAnn Moore, MBC, CWG, CGWP


JOSIE + JUSTIN Denver, Colorado | Photography by Voltaire + Ves | Words by Amanda Piper THE COLORADO WEDDING MAGAZINE 53


Josie and Justin are Denver Broncos fans, no doubt.

They are also Walt Disney fans. Their wedding was the dreamiest combination of these two iconic brands! Justin set the stage from the start. He planned a Front Range scavenger hunt that ended on the field of Mile High Stadium, where he had Josie’s family waiting. He got on one knee, on the field, and proposed. Next up…an engagement photo shoot in what else, but Denver Bronco jerseys. They then booked the United Club Lounge-East for the reception and mailed “save the dates” that looked like gameday tickets. Then it was Josie’s turn. She brought in plans for a 5-tier cake, elegant on one side with the other side showcasing a Disney character silhouette on four tiers and a silhouette of their new puppy, Rhaegar (appropriately named for the character from Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame”) on the fifth tier. Each table was named after a Disney movie, and each centerpiece was surrounded by trinkets from that Disney movie (all 26 tables!). The couple learned to print on gold foil, saving hundreds of dollars by hand-printing and cutting each invitation and table number with a gold foil silhouette from the respective Disney movies. For parting favors, the couple set a candle with each guest’s name on it at their table place and each guest took home a box of chocolates in a Disney-theme gold foil box. The final thematic detail…entrance to the reception was via a Disney-themed stadium ticket handed out by members of their wedding party. The reception fun continued with a balloon artist for the kids, glow sticks on the dance floor and a beautiful sparkler exit outside of the Stadium. Josie’s family’s Asian heritage required a “tea ceremony” be held at her parent’s home first thing on the day of the wedding. The family and wedding party gathered around while Justin formally asked for admittance into the family, and his family presented her family with a traditional, roasted pig on a platter. Even Rhaegar had a special outfit. The group then went to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont for a traditional Catholic ceremony, complete with a machine bubble exit. The day ended with nearly 300 guests dancing the night away at the United Club Lounge-East with the Denver Skyline in the backdrop. This dreamy wedding was a full day, but stunning!



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Arvada, Colorado | Photography + Words by Rebecca Barnes



Katie and Tyler’s story began in Emporia,

Kansas, back in 2014. Tyler was on the football team at Emporia State University, where Katie was also a student-athlete on the soccer team. Despite having multiple classes together over the years, it took a birthday party of a mutual friend for them to officially meet! Katie had a dream about Tyler before they had even met, and decided to tell him during their very first conversation with each other - which led to lots of laughter. They have been joking that he was the “man of her dreams” ever since! Six years’ worth of memories later, they have since started their careers, traveled all over the United States, and gone through the process of packing up and moving to a new state together! Last year, Tyler popped the question in Central Park in New York City on Christmas, and I think everyone in the park heard Katie yell, “YES!”. It was the best Christmas present ever! Thanks to the craziness of COVID19, they decided it would be best to elope with their closest family and friends. They were married in front of the Old Town Arvada Water Tower and then whisked away to grab some adventure photos at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder, Colorado. They are so excited to enter this new chapter of married life and can’t wait for all of the adventures to come!



The Olde Town Arvada Water Tower was built in 1910 as a water storage system to aid with the growing populationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demands for water. The tower is 152 feet tall, 42 feet high and 25 feet in diameter. When in use, it held 150,000 gallons of water. It was decommissioned in 1977.-arvada.org

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Loveland Pass | Photography by Lisa Rose Rankin | Words by Roo Smith


Words simply cannot describe how

beautiful and wonderful this elopement was. The love between Maggie and Alex was so real and so genuine that just being around them you could tell they were destined for each other. Hailing from North Carolina, they brought their closest family and friends to share this experience with them out in Colorado. When Alex and Maggie first arrived in separate cars to Loveland Pass, it was clear they were in it for the adventure. Maggie’s father, and officiant for the day, began climbing a large hill next to the road in search of the best location for his daughter. After running up to the top at record pace and eventually stumbling upon a perfect ceremony spot, Alex, his groomsmen, the photographer (Lisa) and videographer (Roo) set up for the first look. The mountains were beautifully snow capped as the early summer snow had yet to melt near the summit. The wildflowers were in full bloom and brought a lovely yellow accent to the generally dry and arid flora of the high alpine environment in which they were getting married. For the first look, it was set up similar to a walking down the aisle moment. Maggie made the long trek up the hill at 12,000 feet with her father on her arm and her mom holding her train so it wouldn’t get dirty. It was a beautiful sight to see for everybody, but especially Alex as he turned and saw his beautiful bride-to-be and started to tear up. There was not a dry eye in the crowd. The ceremony was at a slightly different location, still up on the hillside but about a five minute walk away from the first look site. Due to social distancing measures, the guests were in a wide semi-circle around the couple but still close enough

to show their support for Alex and Maggie’s love together. Maggie’s father officiated the wedding and talked about these two people being like superheroes, both in how they can conform into their suit but also into how they can do anything they set their minds to with God and each other by their side. It was truly touching. After the “I-Do’s”, it was time for the first dance. They brought a speaker up the mountain and slow-danced with so much joy in their eyes it was impossible not to feel the joy these two had in getting married. Most of the day, there was a consistent cloud cover but only during the first dance did the clouds break and sun shone down while he twirled her in her now slightly dirt stained wedding dress. Dancing obviously works up an appetite so it was time to cut the cake soon afterwards. Maggie’s father announced “for the very first time, Alex and Maggie Langevin!” and then it was time to dive into the beautiful cake. Maggie’s family made the flowers and cake themselves and both were absolutely gorgeous. Despite never having visited Loveland Pass, Colorado, the colors of both the cake and flowers matched the alpine views of Colorado in July. It was perfect. Finally, to end the day Lisa and Roo took Maggie and Alex aside for a short photoshoot before the hail started to fall. Thankfully, the couple had brought a “love is in the air” umbrella which sheltered them from the incoming storm. Everything worked out the way it was destined to. It was the most amazing way to kick off Maggie and Alex’s marriage together.-Roo Smith

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Loveland Pass, Colorado | Photography by Erin Lane | Words by Felicia Anzaldúa


Samantha and Zach met on the popular dating app, Bumble; an app that honors time. Here’s how it works: if two people swipe right on one another’s profiles, they’re connected and, in the case of heterosexual matches, the woman is in control and only she is allowed to send the first message. However, she must do so within 24 hours. The couple overcame this first timed challenge and continued to talk-for months. Samantha was very interested, but the Illinois native, “did not want to string Zach along” as she considered a move back home. Zach actively reassured her of his love and admiration. On July 1, 2018, the couple met for drinks and pizza at otto PINT in Fort Collins. There, they bonded over interests such as being #teampineapple on pizza and a love for obscure TV shows. After a few short months, the two moved in together and were engaged. PLANS ARE USELESS, PLANNING IS INDISPENSABLE Samantha had always romanticized the idea of eloping, but reconsidered because she valued weddings as family events. So, when the time came to plan their celebration, Samantha and Zach hired Christine Kovacs Forster of My BIG Day to plan and coordinate a small gathering. The 4/20 nuptials were scheduled to take place at a formal venue in Fort Collins and would be captured by an experienced wedding photographer. In the days leading up to the event, Samantha and her closest friends headed to Lake Tahoe, California for a highly anticipated bachelorette trip of epic proporations. She could not have guessed how much she would need that vacation. Samantha returned to the Centenial State just ahead of Colorado’s first stay at home order. The state’s stay at home order was enacted just 25 days before the couple’s nuptials. They soon learned that their venue would be closing and that their payments to the venue would be transferrable, but not refundable.

THE MOMENT OF CHANGE IS THE ONLY POEM With the guidance of their wedding planner and the support of their families, they planned a more intimate ceremony at Zach’s parents’ home in Loveland. Ever committed to building their future together, the couple remained flexible as plans changed. They stayed focused on the positive and downright memorable: matching customized shoes with their wedding date, an ethereal gown from Dora Grace Bridal, and a gorgeous emerald ring (the bride’s birthstone). In keeping with the running theme of their love story, the most beautiful details could not be planned. Zach’s mother happened to be a licensed officiant and was able to conduct their ceremony. Zach’s sister stepped up to assist with photography and floral design, selecting intimate, detailed accents that were the perfect presentation of Samantha’s personality and the care and love with which she welcomed her to their family. There were two mature aspen trees, just far enough apart to frame a beautiful gazebo underwhich the couple exchanged vows. The couple plans to host another, larger celebration next year. -Felicia Anzaldúa


Using Pinterest as their muse, the couple chose a theme that was laidback, pretty, and colorful. Honoring the details that were in their control, the groomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attire was painstakingly selected by the groom himself.


They wrapped up their ceremony with a video call with Samantha’s family who, despite some initial skeptism about elopments, shared in the unadulterated joy of the day.

CREDITS Planning My BIG Day

Photography Erin Lane

Samantha’s Details Dora Grace Bridal Michael’s

Rings Etsy


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Wedding Planning Timeline The following checklist is designed with the (ideal) timetable of twelve months. If you’re planning your wedding on a shorter schedule, just start at the beginning of the list and try to catch up as quickly as possible. Choose a target wedding date and time of day:____________________________________________ 6 TO 9 MONTHS PRIOR:


Announce your engagement!

If desired, research, interview and hire a photographer for professional engagement photos. These may come in handy for Save-theDate cards and other announcements.

Choose wedding party and ceremony participants.

Enroll in wedding/shower gift registries.

Research, interview, and hire a photographer.

If desired, plan an engagement celebration.

Research, interview, and hire a videographer.

Choose size, style, colors, and location of the wedding you want.

Research, interview, and hire a caterer.

Research, interview, and hire a florist.

Research and hire hair stylist.

Research and hire make-up artist.

Research, interview, and hire baker.

Make arrangements for music and entertainment.

If needed, research and arrange rentals (lighting, decor, tents, etc).

Reserve lodging for out-of-town guests.

Order and send out Save-the-Date cards.

Shop for wedding rings.

Select and order your attire and accesorires, leaving ample time for delivery and alterations.

Shop for attire for wedding party.

Schedule wedding cake design appointments and tastings.

Start planning the rehearsal dinner.

Arrange a gathering of your family to determine budget and how expenses will be shared.

Research and choose a stress management strategy.

Create a binder to store and organize ideas, worksheets, receipts, brochures, etc.

Have engagement ring insured.

Research. visit, and reserve ceremony and reception venues.

Hire a wedding planner and/or coordinator.

Hire high-demand vendors.

Meet with and book your officiant. Start planning ceremony and, if necessary, premarital counseling.

Start compiling your guest list and estimating head count. Consider budget when thinking about “must-invites” versus “nice-to-invites.”

Begin shopping for your attire & accessories.


Start planning your honeymoon.

Finalize and confirm ceremony.

Finalize and order wedding invitations and stationary (place cards, thank you notes, etc).

Write vows and reception toasts.

Finalize menu with caterer and baker.

If planned, attend showers and other celebrations.

Order attire and accessories for wedding party.

Order gifts for wedding party and attendants.

If attending, make plans for children during the reception. 1 to 2 MONTHS PRIOR:

4 TO 6 MONTHS PRIOR: Finalize the guest list.

Work on seating arrangements for the reception.

Finalize arrangements for out of town attendants and guests.

Confirm details with the photographer, florist, and other vendors.

Compile a list of all of the wedding vendors and wedding party, with contact information. Carry this list with you everywhere you go (just in case).

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If needed, hire a calligrapher to address envelopes. Finalize all honeymoon plans. If traveling outside the country, arrange for visas, passports and inoculations.

Arrange wedding day transportation for couple and wedding party.

Finalize venue and menu for the rehearsal dinner.

Communicate rehearsal dinner details to those who will attend the rehearsal and rehearsal.

Finalize and confirm all rentals.

Have final fitting for formal attire.

Mail invitations for destination wedding.

Complete hair and make-up trials.

Research options for favors.

Finalize ceremony programs.

Purchase gifts for one another.

Arrange boarding for pets.


Research requirements for and make a plan to obtain a marriage license.

Order the wedding cake.

Book lodging for wedding night.

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Enclose any fees and tips due on the wedding day in envelopes for easy distribution.

Order wedding rings.

Reach out to guests who have not responded.

Book and confirm pre-wedding appointments for hair, make-up, and nails.

Give the caterer a final head count.

Appoint a trustworthy person to bring important items (cake knife, toasting glasses, etc.) to the reception.

Break in shoes.

Mail invitations and formal announcements.

Order favors.


Pack for wedding day emergencies and honeymoon.

Review final details for those in the wedding party.

Schedule and begin final beauty treatments.

Prepare and address thank you notes. THE DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING:

If desired, confirm something old: symbolizing continuity with family and heritage. Something new: symbolizing optimism and hope for the new life ahead. Something borrowed: an item from a happily married friend or family member. Something blue: symbolizing love and fidelity.

Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner; give gifts to attendants.

Enjoy a relaxing day with family and friends.

Give the rings, and officiant’s fee, to the best man or other attendant.

Provide officiant with marriage license.


Relax and remain calm.

Present gifts.


Allow at least two hours for getting dressed.



Return decor and formal attire rentals.

If desired and feasible, freeze cake for one year anniversary.

Have gown cleaned and preserved.

Send thank you notes for gifts.

Call and thank attendants.

If you are a resident of Colorado or hold your wedding or honeymoon in Colorado, submit photos to The Colorado Wedding Magazine for publication!

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Three simple words that represent our philosophy and priorities.

Love. As human beings we all yearn for love and loving relationships. Marriage,

more than any other construct in our society, signifies the commitment and love between two people. Ultimately, The Colorado Wedding Magazine is all about celebrating love and helping couples navigate their wedding journey. Love also represents the caring and feeling of community between us as human beings. The Colorado Wedding Magazine believes in treating others with respect, acting ethically in all we do and creating an environment of inclusion and representation.


There is living…and then there is living! The first is mere survival—the act of not dying. But living is about growing and thriving in a rich and nourishing environment. Whether it’s growing the wedding industry, strengthening our business partners, providing relationship advice or supporting equity and diversity—we want The Colorado Wedding Magazine to be a place where all of these things can truly thrive! We believe we can help engaged couples grow their love while also helping our partners grow their business.

Here. The Colorado Wedding Magazine is a Colorado-based business—the two

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Applicants need not be residents of Colorado, however, legal identification for proof of age is required. Be prepared to present one of the following: a valid Driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; License from any state, original or certified copy of your Birth Certificate with an embossed seal, Military I.D. (with picture, signature and age of bearer), or currently valid Passport. Social Security number is required. Both persons should be present to apply for the license. If this is not possible, you will need to obtain an absentee application from one of the listed government agencies. The unavailable person must fill out the form, signed in the presence of a notary. The affidavit and identification for the absent member should be presented to the Clerk and Recorder at the time of application. The legal age without parental consent is 18 for both persons. If under the age of 18, and over 16, both parents or legal guardians are required to be present. Under 16 requires a Judicial Court Order. The Marriage License Fee is $20.00 and most counties will accept cash only. The license is valid statewide for 30 days from the date of issue. Additional information may be obtained by calling an office listed below. Are blood test and physical exams required? No blood test or physical exam is required. Is there a waiting period from the application date to the date the license is issued? No, you will receive your license immediately. Adams County Clerk Brighton, CO 303-654-6020 Alamosa County Clerk Alamosa, CO 719-589-6681 Arapahoe County Clerk Littleton, CO 303-795-4520 Archuleta County Clerk Pagosa Springs, CO 970-264-5633 Bent County Clerk Las Animas, CO 719-456-2009 Boulder County Clerk Boulder, CO 303-441-3516 Chaffee County Recorder Salida, CO 719-539-4004 Cheyenne County Clerk Cheyenne Wells, CO 719-767-5686 Clear Creek County Clerk Georgetown, CO 303-569-3251 Conejos County Clerk Conejos, CO 719-376-5422 Costilla County Clerk San Luis, CO 790-672-3301 Delta County Clerk Delta, CO 970-874-2150 Denver County Clerk Denver, CO 303-640-2628 Douglas County Clerk Castle Rock, CO 303-660-7469

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Pitkin County Clerk Aspen, CO 970-920-5180

El Paso County Clerk El Paso, CO 719-520-6200

Larimer County Clerk Fort Collins, CO 970-498-7860

Prowers County Clerk Lamar, CO 719-336-4337

Fremont County Clerk Canon City, CO 719-275-1522

Logan County Recorder Sterling, CO 970-522-1544

Rio Blanco County Clerk Meeker, CO 970-878-5068

Gilpin County Clerk Central City, CO 303-582-5321

Moffatt County Clerk Craig, CO 970-824-5484

Routt County Clerk Steamboat, CO 970-879-1710

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Montrose County Clerk Montrose, CO 970-249-3362

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Garfield County Clerk Glenwood Springs, CO 970-945-2377

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