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COLORADO TheKnot.com/colorado

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BEST OF WEDDINGS WINNERS Venues, Florists, Photographers

plus MORE COLOR PALETTES BY SEASON THE PERFECT PLACE TO SAY “I DO” BUILD A MEANINGFUL BOUQUET

YOU’RE ENGAGED!

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8 COLORADO WEDDINGS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GET TING MARRIED IN

Denver / Boulder / Fort Collins / Colorado Springs

GOWNS YOU ’LL LOVE DRESS SHOPPING SECRETS


Start your love story with us.

Classic mountain charm without leaving the Mile-High City

LINDY COPELAND PHOTOGRAPHY

YOUR PERFECT COLORADO EVENT is waiting to become a reality at The Barn at Raccoon Creek. Built in 2015, The Barn is a uniquely convenient venue for weddings and special events that blends the best of classic country charm and modern conveniences without leaving the Mile-High City. Your guests will not believe that this venue is located just minutes from the heart of Denver, providing all the modern luxuries you would expect for the most memorable affair. The Barn has become a destination-style venue within Colorado for those looking to create the wedding of their dreams.

TWO INCREDIBLE LOCATIONS.

SHEBLI NIKKOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

YORK STREET 10th & York St. 720-865-3551

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DRAKE & CO PHOTOGRAPHY

CHATFIELD FARMS C-470 & Wadsworth Blvd. 720-865-4339

7301 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton, CO 80123 DRAKE & CO PHOTOGRAPHY

botanicgardens.org

DRAKE & CO PHOTOGRAPHY

720.287.8188 | events@raccooncreek.com TheBarnatRaccoonCreek.com

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CONTENTS

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask the knot squad top picks inside scoop expert advice the wed thread haute hues marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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A beautiful mountain setting just minutes from Denver.

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From an intimate ceremony to a lavish formal gala, we can make your special day what you have always dreamed. 485 W Happy Canyon Rd., Castle Rock, CO 80108 | 303.688.0122 | www.CieloCastlePines.com ELEVATE PHOTOGRAPHY

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fashion & beauty 121

the get-real guide to dress shopping Truths you should know before your first bridal salon appointment.

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best hair day ever How to hire the best pro for your gorgeous bridal ’do.

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a matter of time Let the season of your wedding influence your bridal makeup.

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love sweet love

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shades for every season

style 85

shades for every season The prettiest color palettes for any time of year.

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your perfect venue Find the ideal setting for your day with our personality-based guide.

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the language of flowers Put together a meaningful bouquet.

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defining details This isn’t your typical all-white affair.

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a matter of time

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Craving a standout gown? This season’s dresses are fun, flirty and (almost) good enough to eat.

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“I flew across the country to go to this shop...”

Wedding Dresses • Accessories • Alterations • Apparel • Gifts schedule your visit Today!

Denver, Colorado • 303.814.8972 • LWDBridal.com Denver, Colorado • 303.814.8972 • LWDBridal.com

Photography by Eyal Nevo

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CONTENTS

real weddings 52

shoshi & dave june 4, denver

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marisa & melissa june 24, denver

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your just engaged to-dos

christine & jason august 26, aspen

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winnie & nik june 25, keystone

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marisa & melissa

planning

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your just engaged to-dos Tasks you can do right now.

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Host an afternoon bash that’s just as fun as any evening event.

ellen & kent

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august 5, heeney

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Over 50 must-haves for your registry to complete your newlywed nest.

jennifer & john july 2, tabernash

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kenyon & ryan july 29, grand junction

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december 30, arrowhead

real wedding budget key

We know your #1 question is “How much does this cost?” so we worked with the couples to tally up their final budgets (sweat and tears not included!). Keep in mind that this total doesn’t reflect the prices of their individual wedding professionals or the quality of their work. Every couple has different priorities— while one might have spent the majority of their budget on a stellar cake, another might have splurged on their photographer or showstopping florals.

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

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top 10 honeymoon destinations We surveyed thousands of newlyweds for their favorite locales—plus our picks on where to stay.

brett & ryan

$ = $10,000 or less

The Knot registry awards

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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how to throw a daytime wedding

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ABOUT THE COVER

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get the look

1 Dress, $2,995, cape, $1,725, Monique Lhuillier at anna bé, anna-be.com (Denver); earrings, $1,660, Mastoloni.com; ring, $495, VictoriaSix.com; shoes, $1,245, ChristianLouboutin.com

Check out more fashion-forward dresses for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion. With its colorful interior and enormous selection of candies, Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City felt like the perfect location for our fashion and cover shoot full of fun, confectionary dresses.

3 Dress, $8,990, CarolinaHerrera.com; earrings, $2,300, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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behind the scenes

L O V E S W E E T L O V E We pulled an all-nighter to take over the Dylan’s Candy Bar flagship store in New York. Below, a sneak peek at our crazy, candy-fueled shoot.

8:30 PM Call time.

9:40 PM Prop stylist Martha Bernabe knows finding the perfect backdrop sometimes means taking the search to new heights.

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11:10 PM Photographer Ari Michelson regroups with the team before getting down to business.

1:17 AM Our model poses in one of our cover looks.

2:50 AM WE NEED CANDY.

4:35 AM 5:18 AM Digital tech One shot Louise Kahn keeps to go. us awake in the early morning hours by making us laugh.

6:12 AM Ten hours later, and we finally got the last shot. That’s a wrap!

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PHOTOGRAPHY Ari Michelson FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Mark Anthony using Phyto Paris for Exclusive Artists MAKEUP Daniella Shachter using NARS Cosmetics for Workgroup PROP STYLING Martha Bernabe LOCATION Dylan’s Candy Bar Third Avenue Flagship, New York City

2 Dress, price upon request, Marchesa .com; engagement ring, $20,000, wedding ring, $850, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $190, CZby KennethJayLane.com; bracelet, $36,675, EffyJewelry.com

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La Joya Dulce — Stea mboat’s closest ranch venue.

SEEDHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY AND CASTORINA PHOTO & VIDEO

Our beautiful views and sunsets provide a spectacular backdrop for your special day. Join us at “The Sweet Jewel,” where we make your day as unique as your love.

www.lajoyadulce.com (970) 879-7021 kathie@lajoyadulce.com

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR STYLE & PLANNING EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITORS ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, PHOTO ASSOCIATE DIGITAL EDITOR, PHOTO ASSISTANT EDITORS, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SOCIAL EDITOR, SOCIAL CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS SENIOR VIDEO PRODUCER VIDEO PRODUCER EDITORIAL & MARKETING COORDINATOR

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Becky Murray, Rachel Sylvester Katie Kortebein Rebecca Delman Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Whitney Little Jessica Molinari Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos Toni Franchini

PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy PUBLICATION DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune

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THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Alexandra Ramey SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Steve Pironti, spironti@theknot.com (650) 548-1308 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Kelly Workman-Flood, kworkman@theknot.com (303) 277-0342 SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Diane Thaete, dthaete@xogrp.com (877) 771-3018 SENIOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Leslie Karrer, lkarrer@xogrp.com (913) 499-6720 BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Muthithar Vinson, mvinson@xogrp.com (855) 891-7062 SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 STRATEGY SPECIALIST Amber Petersen, apetersen@theknot.com (402) 596-8401 DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com COFOUNDER Carley Roney

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VIEWS. HISTORY. CHARM. Envision your once-in-a-lifetime day at a true Colorado historic landmark. We offer a selection of indoor venues, and picturesque outdoor spaces that showcase the beauty and antiquity of our iconic Rocky Mountain destination.

STANLEY HOTEL | 970-577-4265 S ta n l e y H o t e l . c o m / W e d d i n g s W e d d i n g s @ S ta n l e y H o t e l . c o m

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Discover new ideas, get answers to your questions and find local wedding pros that fit your style and budget.

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired Browse weddings from across Colorado, including Emily and Jovan’s ultra-personalized nuptials at Moss Denver. “We loved the rustic feel of our venue, even though it was still being built at the time we booked,” Emily says of the urban-industrial space located in the city’s Santa Fe Arts District. “We trusted that the owner was going to create one of the most beautiful venues anyone had ever seen.”

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Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/colorado. Your state directory has everything you need to know about saying “I do,” from securing your marriage license to statewide marriage stats. Then, connect with planners, photographers and more by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace.

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Choosing the best luxury location in Colorado for your celebration has never been easier. There’s one. Done. i #1

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If you’re planning a reception or need an elegant place for out-of-town guests, our relaxed yet luxurious contemporary style and attention to the smallest detail ensures everything will be perfect. It’s why we continue to receive accolades as the best boutique hotel in Colorado.

Denver’s luxury boutique hotel in the downtown Cultural District

1201 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 WWW.THEARTHOTEL.COM 303.572.8000

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

CANDY GIRL Yes, that’s me cheesing for the camera at our shoot—I couldn’t resist playing with the oversize candy props!

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Burt Bacharach’s song kept popping into my head as we worked on this issue—especially when we locked ourselves in a candy store overnight to shoot our fashion feature (p. 136). It’s no secret we live in a tough world right now, and at times, it’s hard to see the love—but I’m here to tell you, it’s there and there’s a lot of it. After all, in the 21-year history of The Knot, we’ve helped over 25 million to-be-weds bring together family members and friends to throw epic celebrations of love. And when it’s all said and done, we get to share those moments of laughter, happy tears and pure joy in our magazine, online and on social media to help inspire couples just like you. So thank you for allowing us to guide you on this incredible journey, and for proving that the world is still full of love, sweet love.

K R I S T E N M A X W E L L CO O P E R

Editor in Chief @kristenmax

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Mountain Chateau

elcome to the very romantic world of Della Terra At the end of the twisting road, Della Terra suddenly rises up before you, breathtakingly suspended, majestic, solid, yet magical. Nestled in the majestic grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, this extraordinary venue offers incomparable amenities and the perfect backdrop for every season.

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for a uniquely exceptional wedding experience

www.DellaTerraMountainChateau.com

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3501 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517

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CONGRATULATIONS

you’re engaged!

Here are the big to-dos from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

book a venue Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then, set the date.

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hire your vendors Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

gather your crew Ask your besties to stand beside you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

register & create a website Start a wish list and site. Share the link with guests so they’re in on all the details, like hotel room blocks.

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plan the ceremony Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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complete your team Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

buy the rings Shop for and purchase your wedding rings—don’t forget insurance (now it’s starting to feel really real, right?).

choose a point person If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task a friend or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

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buy the formalwear Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

choose your wedding paper Order invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

finalize other party details Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

go for fittings Attend the final dress fitting and arrange for suit or tux rental pickup.

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get the marriage license Pick up this must-have document at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

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The planning and hard work is behind you—time to celebrate your new status.

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nail down the budget Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

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VOTED BEST WEDDING VENUE IN COLORADO SPRINGS 775 WEST BIJOU STREET COLORADO SPRINGS. CO 719.634.7772 ThePinery.com

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The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app is the only app that pulls together your vision, pros and guests—and puts planning in the palm of your hand.

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find your wedding style The first thing you’ll do in our app is take an image-based style quiz to help zero in on your wedding vibe (more on that on the next page). Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision that you can easily share with family and local pros with one click. This way, everyone knows exactly what you mean when you say “romantic garden party.” keep organized You’ll find all of your planning to-dos, and when to do them, in the app’s checklist. Best of all, it’s customizable to your celebration. If you’re not hiring an officiant because your uncle is doing the honors, that to-do disappears off your list. Worried about staying on budget? The app’s budgeting tool tells you how much to put toward individual tasks, and tracks overall spending. compile your dream team We’ll take the info you share with the app and provide you with personalized vendor suggestions. You can also browse thousands of awardwinning pros, including planners and photographers, through The Knot Marketplace. manage your registry Keep an eye on your registries straight from the app. Your wedding day isn’t the only time you’ll receive gifts (there’s the engagement party and shower too), so make it easy on guests and keep your wish list full of options. And check out The Knot Newlywed Fund—you can ask for cash to put toward things like a down payment on a home. think of your guests Give guests all the info they’ll need, like hotel details and registry links, in one pretty package with the app’s wedding website feature. We’ll guide you as you design your site. You can also sync it with your phone contacts (to save time address hunting) and use it to stay on top of RSVPs. get your day-of timeline As you check off your to-dos, the app creates a day-of timeline behind the scenes to ensure everything goes off without a hitch on your wedding day. Share it with your vendors, wedding party and parents. This way, everyone will be on the same page—and you can focus on your walk down the aisle and making it the best day ever.

PROP STYLING: JULIE FLYNN AT HALLEY RESOURCES

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A new venue where urban industrial meets Colorado charm.

Schedule an appointment: www.thestvrain.com/tour Photo Credit : Berty Mandagie | Design : Brindle + Oak | Florals : Woven Floral Design

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THE KNOT TOOL S

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Not sure how to define your style and theme? Download The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get a personalized Wedding Vision.

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DISCOVER YOUR ST YLE No couple is just one set style—instead you’ll get a series of words that describe your wedding vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros.

CREATE YOUR VISION All that swiping right will leave you with tons of inspo, which you can add to anytime. Plus there’s room for personalized must-haves (think: late-night taco truck, dog-friendly ceremony space or room for a sangeet).

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your besties and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help to convey your “romantic garden party” style and theme.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that best match your wedding style. And the best part—you can always change them up as you plan.

GET PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS We’ll take your quiz answers and match you with vendors based on your location, style and budget—starting with your venue.

SAY “I DO” WITH EASE As you check off your to-dos, we’ll create a personalized day-of timeline to help you pull off the best day ever.

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PROP ST YLING: PA M MORRIS; VISION BOARD AND VENUES: DANA CUBBAGE WEDDINGS (6); VISION ICON: C ASEY SPEER/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; SHARE ICON: LOGAN/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; IPHONE ICON: NIKITA KOZIN/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; CHECK ICON: KIMMI STUDIO/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; RECOMMENDATION ICON: PRESENT TAS/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; PALET TE ICON: ALEX AUDA SA MOR A/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; ST YLE ICON: CHRIS HOM AN/ THE NOUN PROJEC T

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ADVICE

Q AND A

ask the knot squad We tapped our experts for answers to your most pressing questions.

CARLEY RONEY Cofounder, The Knot

BRITTNY DRYE Founder and editor in chief, Love Inc. Mag

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MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

BRITTANY LO CEO and founder, Beautini

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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I’m not ready to commit to invitations, but I want to send out my save-the-dates. Do they have to match? CARLEY RONEY: Not at all. It’s important to think about the big picture, but not if it stresses you out (and takes the fun out of planning). Lots of couples send out extra-fun save-the-dates that speak more to their personalities than set a style statement for what’s to come. Send photo save-the-dates using your engagement pictures, or if you’re having lots of guests from out of town, mail personalized luggage tags with your wedding info. If you have a special furry friend, use this as an opportunity to include them in your wedding with a cute photo or illustration, or even incorporate your proposal. If you said “yes” in front of the Eiffel Tower, have a sweet Parisian twist, or if it was during a quiet game night at home, replicate the board game with the basic info for the wedding day. PLANNING

How can I tell if possible vendors are LGBTQ friendly? BRIT TNY DRYE: No one wants to have that conversation of, “Oh, by the way, I’m a woman marrying a woman, are you cool with that?” To avoid that awkward, and possibly heartbreaking, exchange, there are ways to determine if a wedding pro is equality minded before even sending an initial inquiry email. Do a deep dive into their online presence. Does their website contain same-sex couples? Do they use gender-neutral language? Do their social accounts proclaim excitement for same-sex marriage or have photos of same-sex couples? You can always go back to June 2015 to see if they posted about marriage equality too. And you can also see if they’re a preferred vendor of, or have had work featured on, equality-minded sites like The Knot or Love Inc.

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PLANNING

What are some budget-friendly activities to keep guests entertained at the cocktail hour or reception? MARY CHATMAN: If you’re having an outdoor wedding, include games like ring toss and Jenga. They’re fun and interactive, plus you can keep them for future backyard parties with friends. For the reception, Mad Libs or crossword puzzles at tables can be the perfect icebreaker to get your guests engaged in conversation. Don’t stress too much about providing entertainment during the reception— let your DJ or band take the lead and do what they do best. Remember: Dancing doesn’t cost a thing, and doing something like a soul train line is a great way to get guests on their feet and on the dance floor. You can even come up with your own routine to a specific song and teach your friends and family members as a way to ensure they’ll remember your wedding every time they hear that tune. >>

KINA WICKS PHOTOGRAPHY; EXPERTS FROM TOP: TODD FRANCE; ALLAN ZEPEDA PHOTOGRAPHY; KAYLA MADONNA; WEDDING DOCUMENTARY PHOTO + CINEMA; CHRISTIAN OTH STUDIO; CAROLINA PALMGREN PHOTOGRAPHY; CARLA TEN EYCK PHOTOGRAPHY

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World-Class Performances

delivered from the big stage, directly to you! Great Family Reunion delivers world-class private performances and full-scale sound and light productions. Our collective of musicians and staff are among the finest in the entertainment industry. We combine years of experience with relentless attention to detail, ensuring our clients achieve their vision. GFR provides ensembles for ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions. We look forward to hearing from you! Please visit our website at www.greatfamilyreunion.net. E-mail info@greatfamilyreunion.net to contact our booking department.

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One Vail Road, Vail; (970) 477-8600; FourSeasons.com/vail This luxury resort features everything you need for a destination mountaintop wedding, from in-house hair and makeup to venues made for both intimate and sizable (350) guest lists. Host the ceremony on one of the resort’s terraces (including one with an aisle over the pool), then move to the Bighorn Ballroom for a celebratory reception. The Four Seasons team will even help you book your vendors, and it offers a collection of linens, flatware, glassware and china.

4125 S. University Blvd., Cherry Hills Village; (303) 350-5200; CHCC.com Weddings at this 95-year-old private club are an exclusive affair: Only members or couples sponsored by one can host their nuptials here. Check off one of those boxes and you can share your day with up to 350 guests. The covered patio ceremony site looks out over the 18th green and a lake dotted with swimming swans. Your fete will take over the venue’s whole south end, with cocktail hour and dancing in the Founders Room and a meal set up on the opposite end of the spacious patio.

700 Red Sandstone Road, Vail; (303) 905-4439; PineyRiverRanch.com This ranch is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets—since your GPS won’t even be able to take you to the site! The pristine lake serves as the backdrop for this 40-acre retreat at the foot of Gore Range. Nestled in the White River National Forest, it’s full of Rocky Mountain vistas and aspen grove sites—and it has three glamping tents. Share all this rustic beauty with up to 200 people and enjoy the space’s ceremony deck, two log pavilions, four guest cabins, a lakeside yurt and on-site restaurant. >>

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1201 Broadway, Denver; (303) 572-8000; TheArtHotel.com This hotel-gallery hybrid has ultramodern art collections, a towering light installation and some seriously unique architecture. When you’re not busy marveling at the hotel’s collection of curated masterpieces, you’ll work with an on-site wedding planner to coordinate the details. Exchange vows on the FIRE Terrace (an outdoor space with city views), or sip on signature cocktails in the hotel’s gallery before moving the party inside to its 3,145-square-foot ballroom.

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43200 Colorado 141, Gateway; (970) 931-2458; GatewayCanyons.com Nestled in the heart of red rock canyons, this serene setting offers to-be-weds a picturesque backdrop for their “I dos.” Here, you’re invited to board a helicopter with your officiant and elope on any of the nearby red rock mesa tops, or you can host up to 200 guests in a celebration under the stars on the lush, shaded lawn of The Cottonwood Terrace. The on-site auto museum is ideal for smaller fetes of up to 75, and private cabanas make the resort a perfect respite for wedding parties in need of refreshing poolside cocktails.

52068 Road 38, Dolores; (970) 882-4800; DuntonHotSprings.com Not only can you exclusively reserve this resort—nestled in a romantic ghost town in the San Juan Mountains—for your reception, you also have the option to rent the entire town. The latter gives up to 44 guests access to the original dance hall and saloon, bathhouse, yoga studio, boxing gym, spa cabins and 12 hand-hewn luxury cabins. Collaborate with the executive chef to create your dream wedding menu, which includes local wines from the nearby Sutcliffe Vineyards.

775 W. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs; (719) 634-7772; ThePinery.com Located just west of downtown Colorado Springs, this sprawling, 22,000-squarefoot space overlooks Pikes Peak and the surrounding city skyline. All impressive panoramas aside, this resort-like facility features Tuscan-style architecture, state-of-the-art amenities and eight distinct event spaces. Say “I do” in the timeless Sweet Water Chapel before gathering up to 100 guests on The Veranda for cocktail hour. Planning a bigger bash? Host up to 225 for a seated dinner in the 2,500-square-foot Cascade Ballroom.

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Choose a cake flavor that you like best—don’t worry about what your guests may or may not enjoy. Customize your cake in some way to make it unique to your wedding, whether it’s by adding texture or an allover pattern.

What’s the most creative groom’s cake you’ve ever designed for a couple? I once worked with a couple that met at Chipotle, so I baked a massive 3-D burrito for them. On the cake board, I displayed a sugar copy of the Chipotle business card the bride had given the groom with her number on it. Let’s talk fondant and buttercream: Do you prefer working with one over the other? Buttercream tastes better, but it’s more prone to melt during warm summer months, and you’re limited with your décor options. Fondant doesn’t taste great, but it’s easy to avoid when you’re enjoying a slice of cake since it’s simply an additional layer on top of an existing buttercream cake. And with fondant, the decorating possibilities are endless. What’s one pro tip you wish all to-be-weds would know? Save your cake’s top tier. It doesn’t have to be for your first anniversary, but save it to enjoy later that night or the following morning. I can’t tell you how many couples have told me afterward that they didn’t get to enjoy their cake on their wedding day.

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How can you cut cake costs if you’re working with a tight dessert budget? Ordering a smaller cake and supplementing that with sheet cakes will help save you money. Also, fresh flowers tend to be less expensive than sugar flowers.

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How can a couple’s wedding cake reflect their personal styles? A cake can easily be tailored to reflect a couple’s tastes. Look for inspiration in your flower arrangements, color palette, monogram, invitations or attire.

Are there any flavor combinations you’re currently loving? I’ve found that most clients want simple and familiar flavors, but my most popular flavor combination is chocolate cake paired with crunchy praline buttercream and a salted caramel swirl.

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MY HUSBAND AND I ARE COFFEE ENTHUSIASTS, SO WE HAD ONE OF OUR FAVORITE LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS SET UP A FULL ESPRESSO BAR. AFTER THE MEAL, GUESTS COULD ORDER A DRINK OF THEIR CHOICE.”

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JUNE 4

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“We wanted to create a modern design that captured our tastes and our love story,” Shoshi says of picking the downtown venue.

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Romantic greenery and white blooms filled Shoshi’s bouquet and covered the chuppah.

THEIR STORY Denver native Shoshana (Shoshi) Leftin (27 and a pediatrician) and David (Dave) Dobkin (28 and a real estate developer) took their love of industrial buildings, cities and maps to an urban loft space for their nuptials. “The mix of classic and modern represented the traditions important to us and the fun lifestyle we live,” the bride says. After a Jewish ceremony with plenty of sentimental nods—they married under the same tallis as Shoshi’s parents—the couple and their guests dined on dishes from across the US and threw a dance party so epic the rabbi was singing on stage during the hora. —Stephanie Cain

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A vintage map of Brooklyn, where the pair now lives, sat behind the bar.

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Shoshi put a spin on the bridesmaids’ attire by having her 12 ladies don navy jumpsuits and gingham scarves wrapped around their wrists. “We decided last minute to not have them carry bouquets—to let the modern feel shine,” she says. A map motif popped on the paper goods and the acrylic bar with the coordinates of Denver.

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Ghost chairs complemented hairpin-leg farm tables for the reception.

SHOSHI & DAVE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Tivoli,

Denver

PHOTOGRAPHY Becky Schwartz/B.

The couple didn’t want to delay the party with a sit-down dinner, so guests could move between the food and dance floor at their own pace. The meal included Colorado-rubbed steak, a poke bar, an ice cream station and late-night cheese steak tater tots, for Dave’s family, who hail from Philadelphia.

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Dance With Me Shoshi and Dave included the traditional prewedding ceremonies of tisch and bedeken into their festivities.

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FAVORS Kismet Crafted

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JUNE 24

• DENVER

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“Our outfits showed we aren’t afraid to take risks and we don’t conform,” Marisa says. “What you wear on your day can really tell a story.”

PHOTOGR APHY BY CASSIE ROSCH PHOTOGR APHY

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Melissa described the ceremony backdrop of raw wood posts and a cow’s skull adorned with flowers as the “pièce de résistance.”

THEIR STORY

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A self-proclaimed “nontraditional couple,” Marisa Bollman (above right, 31 and a certified nursing assistant) and Melissa Alves (28 and a jewelry designer) put their own unique spin on their designer outfits, inventive ceremony and thoughtful reception. “The raw aesthetic of the venue was the perfect platform to build upon,” Marisa says of their desire to infuse the day with elements of Brooklyn, their former home. “It reminded me of our apartment, which was a renovated sugar factory with exposed brick.” For their nuptials, the pair included a reading of Pablo Neruda’s poem “XVIII” and exchanged vintage rings. Then, they continued the celebration with flamenco music, Moscow mules and a five-course meal. —SC

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Melissa wore colorful shoes inspired by Marisa’s suit as a subtle way to coordinate.

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“We hand-selected every single piece, right down to the silverware,” Marisa says.

The couple harmonized various design styles—Scandinavian, Mexican, Moroccan and mid-century modern—into the reception’s decor. A calligraphed geode slice greeted everyone at their place setting, along with a pre-set mushroom toast topped with edible florals. “It was chilled out and intimate,” Marisa adds.

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The sole member of the wedding party was the couple’s black affenpinscher, Penny, decked out in a floral collar.

MARISA & MELISSA’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Blanc,

Denver

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“We embraced the freedom to make it our own,” Marisa says of the collaboration and planning process. “And our vendors weren’t just people we loved to work with, but we now consider them friends.” The newlyweds ended the night with plenty of treats, including an ice cream bar and a dessert truck.

ATTIRE Melissa: Roksanda Ilincic; Marisa:

Roberto Cavalli

HAIR Melissa: Gardner

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Alves; Melissa: vintage WEDDING RINGS Marisa: vintage; Melissa: heirloom JEWELRY Melissa: heirloom; Selin Kent Invitations: Smock Paper

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Allwell Rents; Eclectic Hive; Yonder Floral + Decor House by Design

CATERING Catering

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DeLalla/Falling Mountain Music OTHER The pair cut into a buttercream confection capped with a topper designed by a sculpture artist.

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ENTERTAINMENT Arcade games: Mile High

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GUESTS 125 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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The couple’s trio of hounds participated in the ceremony and inspired details on the napkins, groom’s cake and more.

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THEIR STORY With a “less is more” attitude, Christine Follin (30 and a wedding planner) and Jason Sills (39 and a property manager) hosted a timeless celebration with romantic greenery, pops of the bride’s favorite color, yellow, and the stunning Aspen landscape. “I didn’t want to have décor that took our guests’ focus away from the magnificent scenery,” Christine says. Jason helped plan by organizing the ceremony’s Bible readings, and Christine assembled a menu of comfort food, including an ice cream cart. “We had cups made with an illustration of our dogs,” she adds. —SC

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A wood cross decked out in blooms as well as five large planters created the altar.

Gray accents, like on the bar’s monogram, played well with the day’s yellow tones.

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Along with acrylic escort cards, the reception included transparent chairs. “I just love how Ghost chairs disappear,” she says of incorporating them into the ceremony too. A mix of high and low arrangements topped the tables, where guests dined on pork tenderloin and Southern-style biscuits with wildflower honey.

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residence, Aspen

VIDEOGRAPHY Elysium

PLANNING & PRODUCTION

Bluebird Productions Flowers

FLOWERS Carolyn’s

OFFICIANT Darell Hailey

Amsale, Bridals by Lori, Atlanta

GOWN

HAIR Meghan

McHale MAKEUP Vanessa Vieni Christian Louboutin

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SHOES

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BRIDESMAID MENSWEAR

Groom: Brooks Brothers; groomsmen ties: Augusta National Golf Club

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Poste and Co.; calligraphy: Calligraphy by Robin

RENTALS Premier Party Rental;

Yonder Floral + Decor House Hotel Jerome Megan Joy Cakes

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Band OTHER ENTERTAINMENT SocialLight Photo

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Winnie got a surprise while wedding dress shopping: Vera Wang personally offered to dye one of her gowns red, since Indian brides don’t typically wear white. Winnie donned the dress for the reception.

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The couple kept the ceremony traditional but the mandap modern, with sunflowers and the Rocky Mountains as the stunning backdrop.

The escort card holders were made from a cherry tree in Winnie’s parent’s backyard.

THEIR STORY “The key was balancing the boldness of Indian style with the rustic simplicity of the mountains,” Winnie Agarwal (28 and works at Facebook) says of her marriage to Nik Talwar (28 and a hedge fund sector head) at a summit 12,000 feet in the air. The couple blended traditional Hindu elements, such as Nik’s baraat on a white horse, with modern elements and classic Colorado details, like a gondola ride to the venue. Since they met in their college dining hall, they also snuck in throwbacks to their university days, including an epic entrance to Jay Sean’s “Down.” —SC

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A mountain motif on the cake reflected Winnie’s love of Colorado, where she grew up skiing as a child.

CEREMONY & SITE Keystone Resort,

Winnie dressed in a red and gold lehenga and emerald jewelry (her birthstone), while Nik sported a sherwani for their vows. “It was important to pay homage to the culture while reflecting our style,” she says. They stuck to a clean aesthetic for dinner, with petite wildflower arrangements on the tables.

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WINNIE & NIK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS Keystone

PHOTOGRAPHY Kelly Vizcaino/

Kelly Lemon Photography White In Revery Events

VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER Pink Champagne

FLOWERS Petal and Bean

OFFICIANT Hindu Temple of Colorado GOWN Ceremony: Ritu Kumar, India;

reception: Vera Wang, New York City HAIR &

MAKEUP Weemala Hair and

Makeup; mehndi: Hummingbird Henna Design SHOES Jimmy Choo DRESSES Asos.com

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Ceremony: Frontier Raas, New Delhi, India; reception: Armani

STATIONERY

Fourteen-Forty; signage: Fulvio de Savio RENTALS Colorado Tents and Events; Event

Rents; Highlights Colorado CAKE Keystone Resort

CATERING & MUSIC

DJ MRA; dhol drummer: Aaron Templer OTHER ENTERTAINMENT The Traveling

Photo Booth

TRANSPORTATION Horse:

Milk Money Acres Keystone Resort

ACCOMMODATIONS HONEYMOON Africa

GUESTS 275 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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Silverthorne Pavilion Affordable Mountain Elegance

Perfect for your Mountain Wedding. Where serene mountain settings meet affordable style. The Pavilion boasts 12,000 square feet of mountain elegance that includes hardwood floors throughout, hand crafted chandeliers, exposed trusses, and custom ironwork.

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The crochet top of her gown reminded Ellen of her grandmother who loved the hobby. She paired it with snakeskin boots she wore for her bachelorette party at Coachella.

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THEIR STORY Ellen Smith (32 and a pediatric registered nurse) and Kent Dallow (33 and an intellectual property attorney) hosted an annual getaway with friends and family at his family’s cabin along the Blue River. So for the fifth annual celebration, they included their wedding in the festivities. A two-piece band, kerosene lanterns, plaid blankets embroidered with their logo and a dinner of smoked lamb set the “masculine mountain romance” vibe, while sentimental touches and teachings from Taoism echoed the couple’s personalities. “We accented the decorations with fur and antlers—the style really fell into place,” Ellen says of the outdoor mountain venue. —SC “I cleared a number of dead trees from the area and used several to serve as our altar,” Kent says.

After a playful night of drafting invitations, the couple jokingly came up with a bear theme—and it stuck.

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ELLEN & KENT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Private

residence, Heeney

PHOTOGRAPHY Brittany

Since Ellen is part of a beer tasting group, she and Kent tapped the leaders, who own Denver restaurants, to conceptualize the menu. Guests then munched on Palisade peach cobbler. Though they didn’t offer signature drinks for the alfresco dance party, Kent says: “There was plenty of whiskey to be had.”

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PLANNER

Hallie Slade & Bridget Black/LB Event Planning and Design

FLOWERS &

Lace and Lilies The newlyweds jointly lit a campfire as “a way to celebrate the start of our lifetime of adventure with one another,” Ellen says.

VIDEOGRAPHY

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Morris Salon and Skincare People

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Spain; Bordeaux & Paris, France GUESTS 180 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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We blend rustic with elegance to create a memorable, enchanting environment for your special day. At Christies, it is our goal to make your wedding day a complete success. We specialize in stress-free, all-inclusive, affordable events so you can concentrate on sharing your special day with your family & friends.

www.christiesofgenesee.com / 303 526-5567 / 720 985-3722 / kerri@christiesofgenesee.com

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Jennifer and John’s attire included bold wedding overcoats, headpieces, shoes and makeup.

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Though the tables were decorated with tall, modern arrangements, birch wood chargers kept the barn atmosphere rooted in nature.

JENNIFER & JOHN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Devil’s

Thumb Ranch, Tabernash Megan Wynn Photography Diamond Events

The couple included tall backdrop screens into their Korean ceremony, where guests tossed chestnuts for them to catch. “It symbolizes good luck by having many children,” Jennifer says. “We caught about 20!” The celebration continued with a DJ, Italian buttercream cake and an after-party on-site.

Designs

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER Pink

FLOWERS Hana Style

OFFICIANT Rocky Mountain Wedding

Services

GOWN Robert Bullock Bride, Little

White Dress Bridal Shop, Denver

HAIR

Ilizabeth’s Beauty Movement MAKEUP Liz Wegrzyn

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Cosmos Int’l Co Jewelry JEWELRY Earrings & bracelet: Nadri

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

BHLDN; David’s Bridal; Donna Morgan; Monique Lhuillier

MENSWEAR Groom: Ted Baker;

groomsmen: The Black Tux Minted.com

STATIONERY

SIGN-IN BOOK Etsy.com

RENTALS Colorado Party Rentals; Yonder

Floral + Decor House

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DESSERTS Devil’s Thumb Ranch

CAKE &

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Cummins/Sound Masters Entertainment OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Ear2Ear Photo

Booths

FAVORS Picture frames: Etsy.com

ACCOMMODATIONS Devil’s Thumb Ranch GUESTS 112 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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Nestled in The Marina at Cherry Creek, The Lake House boasts options bigger than the views. - Say “I do” to a backdrop of sailboats. - Host your reception in the mountain-lodge-meets-yacht-club Great Hall. Party on the Upper Deck and Tiki Beach. - Fancy a brunch on a double-decker paddlewheel riverboat. - Hop on pontoons, jet skis, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. Schedule your tour today. It’s better at the beach.

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THEIR STORY Using the Colorado National Monument as their backdrop, Kenyon Hayward (24 and an insurance agent) and Ryan Tasker (24 and a mortgage lender) wed in a rustic celebration with elegant touches in her parents’ backyard. Pops of burgundy echoed the red clay landscape, modern music gave it a contemporary twist and a few special details lent personality— like the socks Kenyon gave her dad that said “to walk me down the aisle.” —SC

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For cocktail hour by the pool, guests sipped watermelon-infused vodka drinks and John Collinses. Dinner included a series of food stations, like macaroni and cheese and prime rib. To end the night, the newlyweds exited amid a sea of sparklers. “It was the perfect way to end our day,” Kenyon says.

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HAIR Urban Girls Salon

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Shop, Denver

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SHOES Badgley Mischka

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Jewelers JEWELRY David’s Bridal BRIDESMAID DRESSES Lulus MENSWEAR Groom: Joseph Abboud, Men’s

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MUSIC DJ Ryan Griz OTHER ENTERTAINMENT

Since their first concert was to see Ed Sheeran at Red Rocks, they danced to his song “Perfect.”

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Photo booth: 970 Photo Booth Company FAVORS Cheap Favor Shop

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Fur blankets kept onlookers warm during the intimate candlelit ceremony.

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THEIR STORY Family was the focus for Elizabeth (Brett) Miller (34 and an employee of Saddle Operating) and Ryan Young (38 and a real estate investor), who looked to the bride’s family home as the site of their cozy winter wedding. Only immediate family members attended the affair, where the couple—who first met after their parents moved in next door to each other—exchanged vows in front of a roaring fireplace flanked by festive Christmas trees. —Rachel Sylvester

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Brett’s sleeved, ivory velvet gown was a chic choice given the chilly weather conditions, and Ryan donned a black velvet jacket and bow tie for the occasion. Once the newlyweds settled in for dinner, they read marriage advice from relatives before gifting guests with glass Christmas ornaments.

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Monochromatic tablescapes made up of black chargers and white linens coordinated with the dining room’s cowhide chairs.

BRETT & RYAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Private residence, Arrowhead PHOTOGRAPHY James Christianson/

James + Schulze

PLANNER Heather

Dwight/Calluna Events

FLOWERS

Vintage Magnolia; Wildflower Farm GOWN Caroline Hayden MAKEUP Kacee Picot

Gianvito Rossi

HAIR & SHOES

ENGAGEMENT RING

Cartier WEDDING RINGS Eiseman Jewels

MENSWEAR J.Hilburn

STATIONERY Calligraphy: DIY RENTALS Alpine Party Rentals;

Wildflower Farm Diamond Chefs

CATERING Double CAKE Megan Joy Cakes

FAVORS Jan Barboglio GUESTS 20 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 6)

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shades for every season Sunny or crisp, colorful or muted, we’ve got pretty palettes for any time of the year. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

The season when you’re hosting your wedding can determine a lot about the event— your outfits, your location, your vibe and even your color palette. We’ve done part of the planning prep for you, combing through hundreds of color swatches to dream up eight fresh and festive combinations perfectly suited for whenever you hold your celebration. >>

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fall feminine and moody wine, lavender, petal, clover

Saturated burgundy offset with light pink and lavender results in a balanced palette perfect for a romantic and feminine autumn affair. The softer pastel shades keep the fall-favorite wine hue from feeling too dark or dramatic. HOW TO USE IT There’s simply nothing prettier than rich oxblood florals, so bring in the deep shade by working burgundy buds (like fluffy peonies, oversize dahlias or unique scabiosa) into your bridal bouquet, altar display or table arrangements. Your wedding party will look stunning in shades of lavender and petal (dresses for the gals, ties or pocket squares for the gents), while a vibrant clover green can be captured through an outdoor venue’s surroundings. This is the perfect palette for a late-September alfresco affair, where you can still host a fete outdoors but want to bring in color pairings that are a bit more seasonally appropriate. >>

fall fresh and rustic pumpkin, blush, french blue, forest

WHY IT WORKS Think of these hues as a tribute to the season’s prettiest shades. A rustic orange strays from its Halloween counterpart thanks to the addition of cool gray-blue and rich forest green. Add a few touches of soft, understated blush and you have a fall-inspired palette that’s anything but expected. HOW TO USE IT This quartet of colors is so versatile, you can find them a home among virtually any aspect of your wedding day. Team pumpkin and pink florals together in terra-cotta vases for eye-catching centerpieces, or work the rich orange hue in a whiskey-based signature cocktail (cheers to that!). Bridesmaids will be absolute knockouts in über-flattering deep green, but it could also be an unexpected color for a groom’s jacket. Reinforce your chosen hues with scenic outdoor couples portraits to naturally work in these shades with help from the fall foliage.

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Elegant Occasions. Memorable Events. Pelican Lakes Golf Club

1600 Pelican Lakes Pt., Windsor, CO 970.460.1701 • PelicanLakesWindsor.com sshafer@pelicanlakescc.com

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winter dramatic and daring slate, mauve, eggplant, ink

If a glam evening affair is what you and your partner are envisioning, then these picks are for you. Shades of purple and an almost-black blue may not be what first comes to mind when you think of drama and elegance, but trust us when we say this mix of mauve, eggplant and ink will lead to a jawdropping affair. Offset by a slightly industrial slate gray, you won’t need much else to make this posh palette stand out. HOW TO USE IT Up the impact of your stationery suite by pairing dusty mauve and eggplant with delicate gold foil accents (a watercolor motif goes a long way in making it feel modern). Then, carry the shades into your day with details that pack a design punch, like elegant draping in your reception venue, velvet table linens and overflowing centerpieces that feature glam flowers like roses and ranunculus. Guests won’t know what to Instagram first. >>

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winter refined and natural emerald, peacock, tropical green, gold

WHY IT WORKS A mix of green shades lets you bring the vibrancy of the outdoors in, even if it’s the dead of winter. Traditional emerald green comes alive with the addition of party-ready teal and gold, resulting in a fun yet sophisticated palette that will look stunning in your photographs—and in person too. HOW TO USE IT Swap the idea of florals for a greenery-packed wedding (good news—it’s totally in), complete with fern bouquets and a sprawling vine table runner. Play up the festive atmosphere with hits of gold in your tabletop accents (think: a gilded leaf charger, gold-rimmed wine glasses or even gold-plated flatware) and encourage your girls to rock accessories in the shiny metal. An ombré display of emerald, peacock and tropical green escort cards would surely make a statement, as would day-of paper goods, like your dinner menu or program, in the same hues.

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The Perfect Location for Your Special Day Mount Vernon Canyon Club’s panoramic rooms all feature beautiful vistas of mountains, canyons and Denver’s city lights. Large outdoor decks provide a spectacular setting for your ceremony along with indoor space for your reception. Golden, Colorado • 303.526.3105

www.MountVernonCC.com

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spring sweet and sophisticated plum, violet, orchid, haze

Pantone named Ultra Violet its “it” color in fashion and design for 2018, so think of this palette as our wedding-ready take on that saturated shade. Slightly toned-down purple picks like plum, violet and orchid team together for a monochromatic look that certainly isn’t boring or bland. HOW TO USE IT Everywhere! Quiet colors like these will feel formal and intentional when sprinkled throughout your event, so try to work them into a bit of everything. Fresh lavender pairs with a variety of menu options, like an infused honey for the cheese platter or pale lavender-colored (and flavored) macaron favors. When it comes to your ceremony and reception, look for slightly more structured ways to work in these shades to keep it from skewing too sweet. Shapely florals, like orchids, or crinkle taffeta tablecloths add just the right amount of visual interest. >>

spring pretty and preppy sand, buttercup, blossom, breeze

WHY IT WORKS Quintessentially spring in appearance, these stunning selects go together as naturally as you and your soon-to-be spouse. A barely there blue and grounding neutral taupe successfully balance out saccharine butter yellow and pale pink for a just right palette that practically screams romance. HOW TO USE IT Pastels are inherently sweet, so don’t try to fight that feeling. Instead, play up the fluff factor with over-the-top accents like a rose-covered ceremony backdrop and aisle runner arrangements. You’ll easily find florals you love in soft yellow and pink, so use décor accessories to bring in the breezy blue and sandy cream. Sky-tinted glassware and charger plates work as a pretty tabletop addition, while a combination of sand and breeze would make for a seriously beautiful wedding party look (your bridesmaids can even double as your “something blue”).

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These picks are so adaptable, it doesn’t matter where you’re hosting your wedding day—they’ll feel just as at home against a tropical Floridian backdrop as they will in the lush forests of Maine. Keeping the saturation level of the greens more muted ensures the combination isn’t too in-your-face or overwhelming. HOW TO USE IT Sticking within a single color range is all about playing with textures, so incorporate a variety of them throughout your day. When it comes to a wedding day backdrop, the great outdoors is your friend, so opt for simple accents that serve to reinforce, not disguise, the organic vibe it creates. Greenery-centric floral displays (coupled with white blooms) and a focus on farm-to-table food helps hammer home the one-with-nature theme. For a final touch, have your bridesmaids add sprigs of a hearty green, like rosemary, to their updos.

summer fiery and fresh poppy, lipstick, coral, persimmon

WHY IT WORKS Bright, bold shades will bring the energy, so if you and your partner want to throw a party-til-you-drop bash where guests barely leave the dance floor, these hues are the perfect picks. Lipstick pink feels way less juvenile when matched with a punchy poppy, juicy persimmon and vivacious coral. Basically, fun is pretty much a given when these shades show up. HOW TO USE IT Don’t be afraid to combine all four of these personality-packed colors onto one item—the bolder, the better. Try asking your baker for painterly frosting brushstrokes on your cake, or work with your stationer to combine the hues on an attention-grabbing invitation suite. Bridesmaids will also look fab in a mix of the pigments. Tie the whole look together by having each of them carry a bouquet filled to the brim with lush and colorful florals like coral charm peonies, poppies and tulips.

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The most memorable weddings are ones that truly reflect the couple throwing them, and incorporate thoughtful details and special touches that really speak to who they are. When it comes to planning your dream day, you’ll want to make each decision with an ultra-personalized mind-set. This includes, selecting the menu, choosing the favors and deciding on the venue where you’ll host all your loved ones. To help, we’ve narrowed in on the top locations for your personality type to ensure you and your partner throw a bash that’s totally you. >>

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Soon-to-be spouses who seek elegance at every turn. Your dream wedding is heavy on the shine, glitz and glam, and would probably give the royal wedding a run for its money. YOUR SPOT A BALLROOM Get everything you want in one pretty package with a chic ballroom wedding. Nearly every formal party space is outfitted with luxe chandeliers and glam accents like crown molding or a mirrored dance floor, so your need for sparkle will be more than met. Add some overflowing vessels of high-end blooms (garden roses or peonies) and metallic accents (chiavari dining chairs and gold charger plates) to pack in the drama. To ensure your guests have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, tee up some jaw-dropping moments for them, like flame-throwing mixologists or roaming ballerinas toting dessert bites. When it comes to an event this over-the-top, the sky’s truly the limit.

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YOU ARE FUN FOODIES A couple whose love for food and entertaining is eclipsed only by your affection for one another. Your aim: to throw a boisterous, delicious and memorable affair where the wine is flowing and the food is unforgettable. YOUR SPOT A VINEYARD Look into hosting your family and friends at a nearby vineyard for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever. The bucolic setting will deliver big on the ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring little in the way of décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the wine cask room glow). Most vineyards are well versed in hosting weddings, but inquire about their harvest season when booking your date—a late August wedding may be your dream day, but if that’s when the team at the vineyard harvests their grapes (as many do), then you’re in for a lot of added commotion on the grounds. Past that, bottle the charm of your venue (literally) by including special vineyard-themed add-ons to your reception, like a “wine flight” cocktail hour or special pairing menu for dinner. >>

go green The bucolic setting of a vineyard will deliver big on ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring in little décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the cask room glow).

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AFS is a full-service floral shop specializing in hand-wrapped bouquets, succulents and potted plants, prom/homecoming flowers, custom wedding flowers, and monthly flower subscriptions for home/office, with delivery to the Applewood/Lakewood/Golden (and nearby) communities. We carry select gifts, cards, and candies from Weddingstar, Minted and Sugarfina and local, independent artists.

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As a twosome unafraid of making a statement, you eschew tradition in place of unexpected aesthetic choices that are all your own. You want a wedding that’s anything but the traditional “I dos” and reception. YOUR SPOT A LOFT Surprise and delight guests by transforming an industrial loft into a totally cool event space. While this bare-bones venue isn’t for the faint of heart (there’s a lot of planning that needs to happen to make it suitable for guests), it promises big payoff in the cool department, thanks to exposed brick walls and factory-like piping and windows. Make sure any venue you choose has the modern comforts necessary to host an event, like electricity, plumbing and bathrooms. Play up the edgy vibe with moody accents like black flatware and industrial furniture. Want to really wow? A statement-making extra, like a neon sign or marquee lights in your initials, will really push the envelope. YOU ARE NATURE NUTS

An adventure-loving team always on the hunt for the next fun weekend activity. Your dream day (make that weekend) involves treating your loved ones to a few of the heartthumping adventures that had you falling in love in the first place. YOUR SPOT A CAMP Steal away to summer camp for your event. Often a whole weekend affair, a wedding on the grounds of a summer camp (or a spot dedicated to adults-only weekends) means

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one thing for your guests: fun. Traditional wedding events are replaced with childhood favorites, like a capture-the-flag welcome party, a wedding day spent on the lake or a morning-after kickball game. When it comes to throwing a successful camp wedding, communication with your guests is key. Your choice of venue may mean modifications in attire (heels and mulch don’t mix) or accommodations (Aunt Sue is going to want to know if she’s sleeping in a tent, so she can look for nearby hotels) are necessary, so be clear from the start regarding what the weekend entails. >>

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Seated banquets for 50-250 guests • Full facility buyouts available Aquarium Restaurant & Dive Lounge available for private functions Stand-up receptions for up to 500 • Beautiful outdoor garden area for ceremonies Breathtaking views of downtown from our observation deck Special packages for Aquarium Exhibit and Activities • In-house event planner

For more information and to schedule your event, please call 303-561-4459 700 Water St. • Denver, CO 80211 • 303-561-4450 • downtownaquarium.com

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5 questions to ask before booking your venue These must-asks leave nothing to chance. What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space? If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure guests won’t be stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

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2 As you plan, going above and beyond to ensure guests’ comfort is paramount—just because you’re hanging in the woods doesn’t mean everyone wants to rough it. Trust us—no one will feel their party best if you forget the bug spray or they haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep in three days. YOU ARE POSH PREPS A classy pair who appreciates the finer things in life. You imagine your day having a refined elegance and ageless appeal that will be just as “in” 10 or 20 years from now. YOUR SPOT A COUNTRY CLUB Book a country club locale to bottle a preppy meets timeless vibe. From immaculately maintained greens to tailored interiors, a country club is a posh and practical choice. Not only will you have a beautiful blank slate to work with aesthetically, but country clubs often have the added perk of having everything you need for your wedding day already included (an in-house catering team, tabletop rentals, bar setup, dance floor and so on), so you can dedicate less time to planning the nitty-gritty (must-have) details of your day and more time concentrating on the fun stuff, like coming up with signature sips and fun signs, or ways for you to work in your family’s tartan. You can reinforce the country club feel by hiring an artist to draw up your own couples’ “crest” and put the insignia on everything from cocktail napkins to your dance floor (and use it throughout your home postwedding).

Is the venue near any hotels? This could impact your decision to book if guests have to drive a long way to get from their hotel to the venue and back, especially if transportation isn’t provided. Usually, anything over 30 minutes is a big ask.

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How many people does the space accommodate? This directly impacts your guest list and, therefore, your budget. If you love the ballroom but it only fits 75 comfortably, and your guest list is looking more like 200, you have to decide if having the dream venue or your guest count is more important to you.

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What restrictions do you have? There are a few kinds of rules to be aware of. Ask if there are any alcohol limits or permits—some venues may not have a liquor license, and some won’t let you stock your own bar. Same goes for vendors—your venue may only allow you to book pros from a certain list, while others will let you bring in whichever vendors you want. Ask if there are any décor stipulations, like no confetti or open flames. Lastly, check to see if there’s a noise restriction after a certain time— many venues won’t allow you to play loud music past 10:30 p.m. or so, which won’t work if you want the option to party until midnight. C ARRET TO STUDIO

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When choosing the flowers for your wedding bouquet and centerpieces, you’ll want to pay attention to what’s in budget, in palette and in season. But why not add an additional layer of significance to the blooms you surround yourself with on your wedding day? We’ve chosen some of the prettiest picks out there, all with touching meanings that are just made for weddings. They’ll be the perfect addition to your bouquet and centerpieces on one of the most important days of your life. >>

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Known to symbolize lasting affection and daily remembrance, zinnias are a natural favorite for weddings thanks to the variety of available colors, sizes and shapes.

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prim and proper A tight, round bundle of blooms in an ombré of blush shades is perfect for the traditional bride. Romantic peonies go well in style and meaning with equally chic ranunculus, which symbolize radiant charm.

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peony Brides love peonies for their lush, fluffy petals. They stand for love and a happy marriage, the perfect sentiment for the most romantic day ever.

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Admired by gardeners and professional florists alike, hydrangeas represent “heartfelt emotions.”

rich and saturated While hydrangeas are well known for their use in preppy affairs, they’re very versatile blooms. For a moody, autumn-inspired bouquet, combine an antique plum hue with dahlias.

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orchid The symbol for beauty, refinement and fertility, orchids are both a delicate and eye-catching choice.

refined and elegant A standout bouquet of pure white orchids becomes even more graceful when arranged in a traditional cascading shape. The sweeping style was made famous in part by Princess Diana, who carried a 42-inch long cascading bouquet of white orchids, roses and myrtle on her wedding day. >>

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playful and pretty Use accessible (and inexpensive) dusty miller leaves to add softness and a touch of sage green to any bouquet. Here, they offset a colorful display of pink spray roses, white ranunculus and scabiosa.

Representing happiness and delicacy, dusty miller is a well-loved filler thanks to its sage hue and velvety soft leaves.

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garden rose singular and sweet Gorgeously delicate and available in a range of pretty pink and burgundy shades, astilbe is a great (and inexpensive) stand-alone flower for your bridesmaids to tote down the aisle.

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Roses are an iconic wedding bloom for good reason. As a symbol of love, honor and beauty, they’re right at home on a day of celebration.

The great thing about the large variety of roses available nearly year-round is mixing and matching a few types to get exactly the look you want. Pair your rose picks with equally glam ranunculus and stock flowers for a truly unforgettable arrangement.

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Also known as false goat’s beard, it stands for dedication to a loved one, making it totally wedding worthy.

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A perennial favorite thanks to their stunning shape and range of hues, dahlias are packed with a variety of meanings, including strength and grace under pressure.

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For a combo that’s so you, try an everyday pick, like sunflowers, with an “out there” variety, like orange pincushions or a king protea. Bonus: The spiky tropical stem stands for change and transformation— kind of like going from Miss to Mrs.

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sunflower Standing for adoration and dedication, a bouquet filled with cheery yellow sunflowers practically says your vows for you.

local spotlight: bare root flora The Colorado florist shares what trends are inspiring her, plus advice for to-be-weds. ABOUT THE EXPERT

RETHINK YOUR PICKS

MA X YOUR MONEY

PLAY WITH COLOR

MAKE IT YOURS

Robyn Rissman is the owner and creative director of Bare Root Flora in Denver, a boutique botanical design house specializing in lush, wild and styled flowers for weddings and events.

Carnations are one of the most underappreciated flowers. They come in breathtaking colors and have a gorgeous ruffly shape, plus they’re reasonably priced. The key is to use them properly.

One of the biggest pieces of advice I offer my clients is to spend your money where your guests spend their time—at the tables. They’ll definitely notice and remember a killer centerpiece.

I think moody, muted colors will continue to grow in popularity. Couples want layers of sophisticated color and texture, and they’re willing to experiment with something fresh.

I think the best compliment I could get about a couple’s wedding is that everything was “so them.” I like to incorporate elements of their personalities for an end design that reflects them.

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M AGICAL MOUNTAIN VIEWS IN A SPECTACULAR VENUE

Featuring a spacious banquet room, stunning Gore Range mountain views and a scenic outdoor Wedding Island. Now available for weddings and rehearsal dinners year-round! 9704775278 | VAIL, COLOR ADO VAILGOLFWEDDINGS.COM INFOVAILGOLFWEDDINGS.COM

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Clementine’s is proud to serve all Colorado brides! Our highly experienced staff will travel to any local venue, or you and your bridal party can enjoy a private experience in The Parlor at our Stanley Marketplace location.

2501 DALLAS STREET, AURORA, CO (720) 328-3594 CLEMENTINESDENVER.COM

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To make a monochromatic scheme work, focus on incorporating a variety of textures and elements to keep things visually interesting. Here, a striking swag of lunaria and cherry blossom branches creates a wow moment overhead, while architectural table details, such as sleek candlesticks, Lucite chairs and round bud vases, ensure the modern tablescape is anything but simple. >> Place settings and tabletop rentals, CortPartyRental .com; egg ceramic vases, $12 each, WestElm .com; Wadsworth taper candleholders, from $20 each, CB2.com

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A dove-gray dinner plate adds depth to an airy tabletop, while acrylic menus (etched with the night’s meal offerings) complete the place setting. Bud vases holding pairs of blooms dot the tablescape and inject an understated femininity. >>

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• Lakeside Ceremony + Reception Venue • Certified Wedding Coordination • Horse-Drawn Bridal Carriage

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Acrylic candleholders calligraphed with guests’ names and table numbers act as chic escort cards. White flowers play a part in the monochromatic palette: Sugar blooms top the all-white cake, and boutonnieres of ranunculus and grape hyacinth finish the groomsmen looks. Favor boxes of candy are a sweet way to thank guests. >> CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Oslo crystal tealight candleholders, from $11 each, CrateandBarrel.com; cake, LilacCakeBoutique .com; champagne bubbles candies, $8 per cube, Sugarfina.com; pentagon dish, from $14, ConvivialProduction.com

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WEDDINGS AT WARREN STATION & QUAKING ASPEN AMPHITHEATER Ideally located in the heart of River Run Village in Keystone Resort, Colorado, either Warren Station Center for the Arts or Quaking Aspen Amphitheater make the perfect choice for that special day.

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branch bouquets are the new “it” choice for brides, adding a toughness to a typically soft moment

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Accent a streamlined dress silhouette with an equally structured mix of blooms and branches. Here, sculptural cherry blossom branches team with fluttery ranunculus for a decidedly edgy take on a traditional bridal bouquet. >> Gown, price upon request, Alexandra Grecco, TheDressTheory.com

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A refined invitation suite feels as timeless as it does fresh, thanks to barely there vellum envelopes and acrylic elements. Whisper-thin white script, vintage stamps and elegant wax seals are stylish finishing touches.

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the get-real guide to dress shopping There are some things you just don’t find out until you’re in the dressing room of a bridal salon. Here, truths you should know before your first gown shopping appointment. BY L AUREN K AY PHOTOGR APHY BY MONICA WANG PHOTO

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Eat breakfast Feeling “hangry” is no way to begin your dress search. You probably don’t need to wolf down a short stack of pancakes moments before you try on gowns, but make sure you have a meal with some protein before you head to the salon. Trying on gowns can be draining (you’d be surprised by how much some dresses weigh) and you’ll be on your feet for a while, so definitely fuel up.

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Choose your companions wisely Most bridal salons are happy to welcome you and a few guests—but not your entire entourage. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to join your dress shopping journey. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many opinions.

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Wear makeup Buying your wedding dress is not an everyday occurrence— it’s going to be a tricky decision. Not to mention the potentially unflattering lighting typical of most fitting rooms. Do yourself a favor and wear a touch more makeup than your usual look (we’re talking blush, black eyeliner and a pop of color on your lips) to your appointment. You’ll look more like you will on your wedding day, which will ultimately make it easier to pull the trigger on a gown.

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Prepare to strip down Full disclosure: A stranger may catch glimpses of you naked. Most consultants will give you some privacy, but since gowns can be unwieldy, they’ll need to help you in and out of at least a few of them. Wear undergarments you won’t mind seeing the light of day (we recommend nude underwear and a strapless bra).

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Trust your consultant They may be older than your mom or young and single, but that doesn’t mean they’re not qualified—would they be doing this if they weren’t? Your consultant knows the dresses and sees hundreds of brides with varying body shapes try them on every day. Make sure you share your wants (think: lace, ball gown silhouette, off-the-shoulder sleeves) but also be open to their suggestions. You may end up loving something completely different from the dress you originally envisioned, and that’s totally okay. >>

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local spotlight: felicé bridal Wedding gown guru Robin Woronoff shares her dress shopping tips. ABOUT THE EXPERT

PLAN AHEAD

KEEP AN OPEN MIND

MONEY MAT TERS

TIME IT RIGHT

Robin Woronoff is the co-owner of Felicé Bridal, a bridal boutique in Cherry Creek in Denver. The salon carries top designer brands like Pronovias, Watters, Alvina Valenta and Romona Keveza.

Start shopping for your gown 9 to 12 months before your wedding. If you have less time to plan, look for a boutique with a sample sale selection where you can shop off the rack.

Step outside of your comfort zone and try on a variety of different dresses—what you end up loving could be different from your original vision. Trust your stylist, and be open to their suggestions.

When you place your dress order you’ll put down half of the total cost of the gown as a deposit and pay the remainder when it arrives. Keep in mind: Most salons do not allow cancellations.

Start alterations approximately three to four months out from your day. Your final fitting should be done about one week before the wedding to make sure your dress fits like a glove.

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Delicious Pizza and Food Truck Fun for Your Guests! Let Us Cater Your Wedding! If you’re looking for a fresh and fun option for your wedding guests, try Tilford’s Wood Fired Pizza! Our mobile pizza trailer will go wherever you need us, and we can whip up a wide array of culinary delights, fresh from the fire. Anything you can cook in an oven, you can cook in our wood fired oven—so whether you want pizza or pork roast, bread sticks or baked chicken, we have menu options that will perfectly fit your special day! Call 720-504-8822 to book your event today, or visit us at www.tilfordspizza.com!

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Bridal sizes are different Don’t panic—wedding gowns typically run one to two sizes smaller than street clothes. If you wear an 8 in your favorite summer dress, there’s a good chance you’ll be wearing a 10 or 12 down the aisle. Play it safe and order the size that fits your body— don’t plan on losing drastic amounts of weight in order to squeeze into a smaller gown. Focus on how you awesome you feel in the dress and how it fits your body shape, not the number on the tag.

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Experiment a little Even if you have your heart set on a satin mermaid-style gown, or think you can’t wear silk, try on a variety of dresses. You’re only going to do this once, and you may surprise yourself by choosing something completely different than the pins on your inspiration board. And try the dress that your mother (or grandmother or mother-in-law-to-be) is just sure is “the one”—she’s been looking forward to this day too. She’ll either see you were right about the skirt swallowing you whole, or you may shock yourself by actually liking the dress—we call that a win-win.

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You might have to share “your” dress Let’s get real: You’re not the only bride planning a classic ballroom wedding, so it’s entirely possible someone else will be trying on your dream dress. Or, you may see someone wearing a gorgeous illusion-back gown you hadn’t considered and want to try it on immediately. Be courteous and play nice with other brides— share the mirrors, pedestals and even the gowns.

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Make moves Sure, there will be moments when you’re standing still at your wedding (like when you pose for photos and say your vows). But you’ll also be sitting, mingling and getting down on the dance floor. If you think the dress is a serious contender, take a walk around the salon, sit down and practice your dance floor moves. You may feel a little silly in the moment, but you’ll be glad you gave the gown a test-drive when you’re comfortable on your day.

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You may not cry (and that’s okay) Maybe emotion will overcome you when you decide on your dress. Maybe your mom will get choked up too. But it’s totally fine if no one cries. It doesn’t mean you picked the wrong gown. Every bride is different, so don’t put pressure on yourself to react a certain way once you choose the dress. Also, your consultant may not pop a bottle of champagne (some can’t due to liquor laws) like you see on TV. If that’s the case, take your shopping companions out for a celebratory drink instead—you all deserve it!

ways to customize your dress Wedding dresses certainly aren’t one style fits all. On a day when all eyes are on you, let your personality shine in a gown as unique as you are.

1. Add sleeves

Fell in love with a strapless dress but looking for more coverage or support? Ask your stylist about adding sleeves or straps. Bonus: They’re on trend. Most gowns can be customized with cap sleeves or straps, and many silhouettes can even be altered with long sleeves. Or if you’re looking for a less permanent option that you can switch out between ceremony and reception, consider a jacket, capelet or dress topper. Some are even designed to look like part of your dress.

2. Customize your bustle

Every dress with a train needs a bustle, but not many brides know that each bustle is custommade to suit her gown and preferences. These tricky systems of hooks, buttons and ties are designed to pull your train off the floor so you can dance all night, and they need to be carefully planned and sewn in a pattern that works with each individual silhouette.

3. Modify embellishments

Depending on your personal style, you might feel like your dress could use a little more, or even a little less, embellishment. The easiest way to up the wow factor is to add a sash. See how much control you have over the existing details on your dress—can you add more to or remove from certain areas?

4. Lace it up

Swapping out a zipper for a corset closure adds a romantic touch for brides looking for a dramatic back, and they can be added to most silhouettes. But a corset-style closure isn’t only for looks. If you feel like you might need a little extra breathing room, a lace-up back gives you some leeway in the bodice.

5. Make it personal

There are also sentimental details you can add to make your wedding dress extra meaningful. Find a creative way to add your “something blue,” or sew a charm with a special meaning into the hem of your dress.

F I N D A B R I DA L S A LO N N E A R YO U AT TheKnot.com/colorado

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A wedding day ’do that falls flat—or short of your expectations—is simply not an option. Here’s how to seek professional help to get gorgeous bridal tresses. >> PHOTOGR APHY BY OFF BEET PRODUCTIONS

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When it comes to choosing the right bridal hairstyle, the possibilities are endless. And unless you’re a hair aficionado, all of those choices might make your head spin (no pun intended). Hiring a professional hairstylist will help take the stress out of getting photo ready on your wedding day. Not only can they help find the perfect style for you, they’ll also handle the hair-related questions you didn’t think to ask, like how to switch up your look for your reception quickly, or how to keep your hair perfectly coiffed once you remove your veil. Below, a foolproof guide to finding, hiring and working with a hair pro.

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Know how to hire Before you hire a stylist, you need to decide a few things: Do you want them to come to you on your wedding day, or would you rather go to the salon? Will they only do your hair or your bridal party’s as well? Do you want them to stay with you throughout the day to do touch-ups before the photo session and reception? Discuss these options with your stylist. Of course, how long you hire a professional to stay with you depends on your budget and their time limitations. Once you’ve decided who you’re going to hire, put down a deposit to save the date, and request a receipt. You should also create a formal contract with your stylist. List everything you expect on the wedding day, including the agreed upon time of arrival, the location, pricing and any other pertinent details like a contingency plan if something comes up. In the event of an emergency, you should also have their cancellation and refund policy in writing. Pro tip: Your hairstylist may also be a helpful resource for other pros you’ll need for your wedding. Don’t forget to ask if they know or work with any makeup artists. Chances are, they’ll have at least one or two awesome recommendations.

Come prepared As experienced as your hairstylist may be, just describing what you want won’t be enough for them to properly execute the style. Bring multiple inspiration images of hairdos you like from magazines, Pinterest and Instagram. You can even bring photos of yourself with a look you’d like to re-create—anything that will give them a clear picture of the kind of style you’re after. And while it might be tempting to try a drastically new style for your wedding, choosing a trendier ’do can result in a dated look down the line. Another idea: Wear a shirt with a neckline similar to that of your gown to your trial, since different hairstyles lend themselves to particular necklines. Bring along any hair accessories you plan to wear, whether it’s an elaborate headpiece or veil, or at least show your stylist some photos so they know what to expect the day of.

match game Your hairstyle should complement, not compete with, your wedding dress. Here are the best dress neckline and hairdo pairings.

Halter

Showcase a high neckline with a style that pulls the hair off your face and shoulders completely, like a classic chignon, boho halo braid or high ballerina bun.

Strapless

Whether it’s a twisted low bun, high volume ponytail, or effortless, beachy waves, this versatile neckline will work with virtually any ’do you want to try.

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Sideswept styles, like a Brigitte Bardot–inspired French twist, curly low ponytail or retro finger waves with a deep side part, visually balance an asymmetrical gown.

V-neck

This neckline draws the eye up and elongates the neck and torso, so choose a hairstyle that does the same, like long, loose waves or a romantic fishtail braid.

Off-the-shoulder

Dresses that highlight your neck, collarbone and décolletage are more impactful when paired with swept-back hair, like in a tousled half-updo or sleek topknot.

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Document it Once the stylist finishes your requested looks, ask them to snap photos from four different angles: front, back and both sides. That way, you’ll get a 360-degree view of your hair and a better idea of how it will look in your wedding photos. If there’s one particular style you like, ask them to write down exactly which products and techniques were used. Since your hair trial can take place months before your wedding date, it’s important to take notes and photos so you both remember what worked. When scheduling your trial, consider making your appointment in the morning. You’ll have a better idea of how your hair will hold up throughout the day and how much maintenance it will require once it’s styled.

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When your wedding day arrives, put your undergarments on under a button-down shirt so you’ll be ready to slip on your dress once your hair is done and your veil or headpiece (if you’re wearing one) is in place. If your stylist is coming to you, set up a place for them next to a low table and sit in a chair with a low back so they’ll have easy access to your hair. Make sure there are electrical outlets nearby for appliances like hair dryers, curling irons and electric rollers. If necessary, have an extension cord handy. If you start to worry about how the stylist’s vision for your hair is different from your own, calmly and respectfully suggest an alternative. You need expert help—that’s why you hired a professional—but you shouldn’t be afraid to voice your concerns. Don’t forget to also ask for upkeep tips. They should let you know how to remove your veil or headpiece without disturbing the rest of your hair, keep your ’do in place while getting down on the dance floor and refresh your look for photo ops throughout the evening.

Do you have a portfolio of your work?

See visuals of their past work to get a feel for their style and ability, especially if you have a different or challenging hair texture. Looking through their portfolio will give you a good idea of whether or not the hairstylist can work with your hair type.

Do you have a list of references I can call?

While perusing their portfolio is essential for gauging their expertise, actually speaking with past clients can help you get the inside scoop on things like promptness, attitude and professionalism. If possible, speak with at least two to three references.

Will you bring your own products, or will I be responsible for supplying them?

Most hairstylists will bring a kit with them containing all of the essentials they may need to style your tresses. But if they won’t, you’ll want to know early on, especially if that’s a deal breaker. If you prefer to use your own tools and products, communicate this with your hairstylist to see if they’re game.

How do you charge— by the hour or per person?

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Pulling off great hair on your wedding day comes down to timing. Schedule your appointment too early and your ’do could start to look stale just as the festivities are getting started, but do it too late and you’ll feel rushed. Time your initial hair trial to see how long it takes to get your hair looking perfect, then allow that amount of time plus a half hour of leeway on the day of. And schedule your hair appointment for as late in the day as possible. For example, if photos are scheduled for 4 p.m. and your hair takes an hour, make your appointment at 2:30 p.m. Don’t forget to factor in your bridal party if they’re also having their hair done. We recommend 30 to 45 minutes for each bridesmaid. If you can, look for a stylist who has an assistant or two. The assistants can work on your bridal party at the same time your stylist is getting you aisle ready. This will also cut your prep time in half and ensure no one feels rushed.

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Every hairstylist prices their work a bit differently. Before you sign a contract, have a clear understanding of the packages they offer and what’s included in each one. You’ll also want to know how they would like to be paid. Cash is most popular, but these days, more individual vendors are taking credit cards. Whatever their preference, the more you know about the logistics of paying them, the smoother the day will be.

Will I have to travel to you or do you work on-site?

Why you need to know: Not all hairstylists will work on-site—some may ask you to travel to their salon or studio. You should consider how far the salon is from where you’ll be getting dressed, determine if it will work in your wedding day schedule and build in extra time accordingly. You don’t want to be rushed.

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Between Instagram and Pinterest—and a wealth of websites catering to beauty—there’s no lack of makeup inspo out there to inform your wedding day look, but where should you start? Instead of focusing on trends like heavy contour or overdrawn lips, try something more general, like the time of year you’re getting married. (Pro tip: This will also keep your makeup from being dated down the line.) With the help of beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert (who’s worked with A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Catherine Zeta-Jones), we’ll show you how to use your wedding season as a base for your bridal beauty look.

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Fall Fall is a transitional time—not as bright and cheerful as summer, but also not as glam as winter. “Darker days mean your makeup will require more definition and color,” Ahnert says. “Start wearing bolder eyeliner and more dramatic mascara, fill in your brows (they probably lightened up over the summer) and add a fullcoverage foundation back into your beauty routine.” The eyes are the perfect canvas for playing with colors and textures in this season. For a simple way to add drama and dimension, start with a matte base in a neutral hue and add just a touch of gold glitter at the inner corners of your eyes—it’s glam but also works for daytime nuptials. For a fun evening look, swap out shimmery black shadow for an unexpected pop of cobalt blue or dark green. To take it up a notch, smudge a dark green, blue or chocolate liner along your waterline. If you opt for darker hues, Ahnert advises to keep the rest of your look minimal—think: fluttery lashes and soft washes of color on the lips and cheeks. You can also build your makeup around an array of colors in the same color family—like monochromatic with shades of red, orange or copper—for an end result that’s both autumnal and subtle. Fall skin concerns mirror wintertime woes (low humidity plus lower temperatures mean drier skin), but you shouldn’t break out the heavy formulas just yet. Stick to a more personalized approach and switch your products

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rose-colored blush works for every season

based on individual concerns, like an illuminating eye cream for dark circles, an exfoliating toner for dull skin or a luxurious night cream for dry spots. HUES TO CHOOSE Gold, rose gold, copper, camel, chocolate, rust, apple red, hunter green, cobalt, navy, wine

Winter The festive nature of winter sets the perfect backdrop for an über-romantic wedding and makeup with a particularly luxe feel. Frosty temperatures and festive holidays mean this season lends itself to deeper colors. “Your makeup should adjust to stand up to the darker décor colors common during this time of year,” Ahnert says. Swap bright reds and pinks for their richer counterparts, like cranberry and raspberry, and switch out neutral eye shadows for smokier hues. You can determine whether warmer or cooler tones work for you by looking at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins are blue, cool tones are more flattering; green ones mean warmer tones will work best for you. Lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows in richer hues tend to have matte finishes because they contain more pigment. For this reason, it’s important to use a light touch while applying them— you don’t want to end up looking overdone. For instance, if you’re considering an intense smoky eye, create balance by sticking to lighter colors on your lips and cheeks. If you want to rock a vampy lip, keep the size and shape of your lips in mind, as darker colors can actually make them appear smaller. If you have a more petite pout, try a berry-hued lipstick with a glossy consistency over a super-dark, matte one. As color palettes shift, the types of products you choose should change with the season as well. “Winter skin is usually paler, so switch to a heavier foundation or powder that will even out your complexion,” Ahnert says. To combat the dry winter air and ensure your beauty look lasts the entire day without flaking off, focus on prepping your skin prewedding for a smooth makeup application. “Prepare for your day with a series of hydrating treatments like oxygen facials,” Ahnert says. “Using a mask suited to your skin type the night before your wedding will give your skin a boost, which will help your makeup look even better.” HUES TO CHOOSE Brick, ruby, raspberry, eggplant, indigo, emerald, forest green, midnight blue, charcoal, silver >>

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Spring Spring is a time of renewal, when flowers start to bloom and temperatures gradually heat up, so your makeup palette should get lighter and brighter. Use nature to complement your look, like floral-inspired washes of pastels or earthy hues. To put a weddingworthy spin on this more muted array of colors, start with a classic makeup trend, like a dramatic cat eye, and soften it with a light brown liner, or make a smoky eye less severe by pairing nudes with warmer, golden tones. But don’t be afraid of more vibrant colors either. “Teal and plum eyeliner and bronze or coral lip gloss are fun alternatives for spring,” Ahnert says. Bolder liners are best when paired with neutral makeup everywhere else (think: liquid highlighter over heavy blush). Warmer temperatures mean you won’t need a heavy foundation, so switch to a tinted moisturizer and sheer setting powder for a dewy finish. Prep your complexion for the lighter spring air with products aimed to slough away dull skin and clogged pores. Follow up a chemical or physical exfoliator with a hydrating mask to replenish any lost moisture.

The key to pulling off more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time, in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your eyes and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze.

Summer Sunny weather makes summer the best time to experiment with more color, especially since weddings during this season tend to incorporate brighter hues too, like bold bridesmaid dresses or tropical florals. The key to wearing more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your lids and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze. Brighter shades work beautifully with a glowing complexion (as opposed to a matte one), so swap heavier creams for lighter gel formulas. Warmer temperatures also mean you should take extra precautions to make sure your makeup stays put. “Summer brides may need more touch-ups depending on the climate, since high humidity will make skin absorb makeup more quickly,” Ahnert says. “To get the most out of your look, use a foundation primer, eye shadow primer and setting spray, and stick to waterresistant mascara.” This balmy season is also the perfect time to switch to cream bronzers, blush and highlighters that won’t cake or crease when mixed with a little perspiration. HUES TO CHOOSE Bronze, peach, tangerine, cherry red, scarlet, bubblegum, fuchsia, turquoise, lapis, cocoa, granite

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HUES TO CHOOSE Pale pink, coral, magenta, mauve, periwinkle, plum, champagne, nude, chestnut, dove gray, navy, teal

power couples Give your skin care an extra boost by mixing products that bring out the best in each other.

Amp up your protection from the sun by applying an antioxidant-rich moisturizer or serum before your sunscreen. Antioxidants protect your skin from cellular damage caused by sun exposure, while sunscreen blocks UV light from penetrating the skin. We call that a skin care double whammy.

Facial oil + night cream

Skin feeling exceptionally dry? Mix a couple drops of your favorite facial oil into a cream-based moisturizer (silicon-based ones will break down) for an ultra-hydrating effect. Stick to using this skin care cocktail at night, as it could cause your makeup to crease during the day.

Hydrating mask + clay mask

If your complexion tends to get oily around your T-zone but is dry everywhere else, cater to all of your skin’s needs by multimasking, or using two face masks at once. A hydrating mask will soothe irritated skin, while a clay mask will absorb excess oil and purify any clogged pores.

Vitamin C + retinol

Boost your retinol’s antiaging properties with the addition of a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C helps to stabilize retinol, extending its effectiveness. To ensure your skin doesn’t get irritated by the combination of these strong ingredients, look for a serum with a lower concentration of vitamin C.

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couture confection opposite Indulge your inner fashionista by opting for a statement ball gown with a tiered skirt. Dress, $8,990, CarolinaHerrera.com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; earrings, $1,990, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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marshmallow dream Cascading layers of tulle put a fantastical spin on a traditional ball gown. Dress, $4,290, Hayley Paige at anna bé, anna-be.com (Denver), Nordstrom Wedding Suite, NordstromWeddings.com (Lone Tree); engagement ring, $2,310 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; earrings, $188, KennethJay Lane.com; cocktail ring, $4,400, DovesJewelry.com

fabulous frosting opposite An off-theshoulder ruffle adds whimsical flavor to a simple sheath. Dress, $2,495, Watters at Emma & Grace Bridal Studio, EmmaandGraceBridal.com (Denver), anna bé, anna-be .com (Denver), Felicé Bridal, FeliceBridal.com (Denver); engagement ring, $7,990 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $390, Oscar delaRenta.com; bracelet, $5,738, EffyJewelry.com

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Insure your ring No matter how careful you are, you’ll want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your engagement ring is protected, so look into insuring it as soon as possible. There are two basic ways to go about it. The first, you can add it as an extension of your renter’s or homeowner’s policy, which will reimburse you for a set amount of cash in relation to its worth should anything happen to it. The second option is to seek out a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, like Jewelers Mutual, which can offer customizable policies or provide more coverage than a homeowner’s one. >>

engagement party planning 101 You don’t need an excuse for a bash—you’re engaged! Get party ready with these tips.

Take time to breathe

An impromptu gathering the weekend after your partner has proposed is the perfect time to break out the bubbly, but don’t schedule an all-out affair during the first month of your engagement. You’ll want (and need) time to revel in your new status. Plan to have an engagement party two to four months after the question was popped.

Figure out your guest list

Everyone invited to the engagement party should be on the wedding guest list as well. Otherwise, guests may wonder what they did at the engagement party to insult you. If you decide to keep your wedding guest list small but want to throw an extravagant engagement party, go for it. Just let people know the main event will be intimate so no feelings will be hurt.

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Register for gifts beforehand

Guest aren’t traditionally required to bring presents to an engagement party, but there’s always the chance someone will want to. It’s smart to stock your registry early and provide those wishing to gift you something with a bit of guidance. Register for gifts in the low to middle range and save the bigger ticket items for closer to the shower and wedding—after all, a $500 cappuccino machine is not your typical engagement present. If some guests arrive bearing gifts, unwrap them after the party, so people who came empty-handed won’t feel bad.

Remind yourself there’s still a wedding to enjoy

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Download The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app Our app is an essential ingredient in making these next few months as stress free as possible. You’ll start by taking an image-based style quiz to help you zero in on your wedding vibe and give you a personalized inspo board you can share with vendors, like your florist or planner. From there, we’ll help you stay organized with our step-by-step checklist, land your dream team with custom vendor suggestions based on your budget and location, manage your registry, keep tabs on your guest list and RSVPs, and, finally, construct a foolproof day-of timeline that will keep everything running smoothly. It’s the pocket-size planner you simply can’t head to the altar without.

Map out your budget While it’s not the most fun conversation, a budget talk is important. Sit down with your partner (and families, if they’re contributing) and figure out how much you’re comfortable spending. It’s helpful to have a general idea of where you’d like to get married and what time of year, so you’ll be able to easily picture how far your budget will go. Once you’ve landed on a number, talk through your day-of priorities to clarify where you envision most of your money going (like you’re willing to splurge on a pricier photographer but sacrifice a bit on your paper goods to make up for it). The more on top of your finances you are before you start planning, the less likely you’ll end up over budget as your day gets closer.

Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related decisions, like your exact guest list count, catering menu, time of year and even décor. Make it one of the first things you book (at least nine months to a full year ahead of time) to ensure you get the look, price and date you really want.

Book your venue Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related to-dos, so it should be one of the very first things you book. Where you decide to host your wedding will likely determine other heavy-hitter decisions, like your exact guest list head count, catering menu and even the vibe of your décor. To ensure you get the look, price and date you want, start browsing The Knot Marketplace or our in-app suggestions at least a year to nine months ahead of your anticipated wedding date (but possibly even earlier, depending on your location, desired date and the venue’s popularity). As you review your options, keep an eye out for sneaky budget busters, like a spot that doesn’t include furniture or tabletop rentals, or rules that could possibly become an issue later on, like an especially early noise ordinance that will end the reception early, or a preferred vendor list that doesn’t permit you to hire your dream caterer. >>

5 times not to wear your engagement ring Keep that rock bright, clean and safe.

1 At the beach

If you lose your bauble in the sand or surf, it’s as good as gone. The second and lesser known reason to avoid bringing it to the beach is because of sand. The tiny grains can wedge themselves in the ring setting or get under the diamond. Also, don’t apply sunscreen while wearing your ring—it can cloud your stone right up.

2 At the gym

Wearing your ring during cardio won’t do it any harm, but it’s the weightlifting that can take a toll on your hardware. The pressure of the weight’s bars can bend it, which is especially bad for a pavé setting because the smaller stones can fall out. Take off the ring during any contact sports, or risk a serious injury.

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3 In the shower

Similar to sunscreen, many soaps, hair and beauty products can cause a cloudy buildup to collect on your stone, or worse, under your stone (which is much harder to clean at home). Shampoos and body washes are all a no-go, as are any hair serums, styling products and lotions you apply throughout the day.

4 In a pool

Losing your ring in a swimming pool (or hot tub) isn’t as big of an issue compared with the open ocean. After all, filters can be checked and, in the worst-case scenario, the pool can be drained. The real issue here are the chemicals often found in pools, like chlorine, which can do major damage and discolor metals over time.

5 While cleaning

Washing your car on the weekend? Cleaning the oven? Bleaching the shower? Take that rock off, please. It’s good practice for anyone (particularly if you’ll be using chemicals), but especially important if your ring has a colored gemstone, as many cleaning astringents can erode the finish and polish on specialty gems.

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Since 1926, Wellshire has been Denver’s landmark location for weddings. We recently completed a $3,000,000 remodel, maintaining the old charm while updating all our facilities, which will allow you to have either your wedding ceremony and/or your reception in one place. We are convenient, centrally located on the beautiful Wellshire Golf Course, with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and ample free parking.

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Hire your priority vendors

Set up your wedding website

If you can’t imagine your first dance without the acoustics of a certain local band, or you love the portfolio of a hard-to-get photographer, do yourself a favor and act now. Many top vendors are hired more than a year in advance and once they’re booked, you’re out of luck. Figure out what your biggest vendor priorities are and find out their availability as soon as you have a date and venue locked in. That way, you can relax a little and enjoy the rest of the planning process knowing key members of your dream team are already on board. A bonus to booking early: Your primary vendors can recommend other A+ pros they enjoy working with, so ask them for direction on any outstanding hires. They may have insight into the perfect calligrapher for your day-of signage or the florist that will really make your venue come to life.

You’ve nailed down the basic details, so now’s the time to create your (free) personalized wedding website on TheKnot.com. It’s the ideal place to house need-to-know info for your guests, like directions to your venue, a schedule for the weekend, registry links and hotel suggestions. In addition to these practical details, consider adding a few charming customizations to give guests insight into your event (and you as a couple). Provide background on yourself and your soon-to-be spouse, like how you met, your proposal or why your reception locale is special to you. Engagement photos or a who’s who of the wedding party can’t hurt either.

Choose your wedding party Now it’s your turn to propose. Once you and your partner have settled on who you’d like to include in your wedding party, think of a creative or meaningful way to ask. A little thought goes a long way here—you’re asking these people to spend a lot of their time and money celebrating you and your partner in the next year, so treat them to a fun night out, trip to the spa or home-cooked meal before you pop the question. Another perk: The sooner you ask your pals, the sooner you can rally the troops to help with any lingering to-dos, fun projects or planning conundrums that arise.

Create your wedding registry If you’re worried you’ll look greedy or inconsiderate if you set up your registry too early, don’t. With all the parties and well-wishing relatives in your near future, guests will appreciate your foresight. Have a registry started before the first big wedding event (like an engagement party) or at least before your save-the-dates go out. Register for more gifts than there are guests on your invite list, and make sure they fall within a variety of price points. Aim for a mix of the practical (a stainless steel cookware set), the pretty (a gorgeous throw for your bedroom) and a few off-beat items (like bikes to enjoy on the weekend or a Newlywed Fund cash registry for your first house). Share the links on your wedding website, and don’t forget to check back in on them periodically.

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how to throw a (fun! exciting! party-ready!) daytime wedding Midday weddings are becoming increasingly popular and are no longer just reserved for those who consider brunch among their favorite things in life. Here’s how to throw an afternoon soiree that’s as fun as any evening event out there. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY FONDLY FOREVER PHOTOGR APHY

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Whether you’re looking to save a little bit on your budget or just really love the views at your reception spot and want to give guests more time to appreciate them, a sun-filled morning or afternoon event may be something for you to consider. And before you worry that “daytime wedding” is synonymous with “boring,” “bland” or even “brunch,” think again. Like everything else, a daytime wedding is all what you make of it—and we’re here to help you make it awesome.

Analyze your timeline While exact timing may depend on your venue, daytime wedding receptions usually take place somewhere between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with your ceremony happening beforehand. When sketching out your timeline for the day, there are a few important factors to consider. First, inquire with all your vendors what an early start may mean for their costs. If your florist needs several hours to set up and your ceremony starts at 10 a.m., they’ll likely have to get up early to prep or set up the night before, which can cause you to accrue additional costs (same goes for vendors like your caterer, furniture rentals or even your photographer). Past that, try and ensure your early start is reasonable for most guests—the ceremony should begin no earlier than 10 a.m. to give your loved ones who are traveling in a chance to get there on time without waking up at the crack of dawn. Keep in mind, you, your partner and members of your wedding party will also need to set an early alarm in order to get ready in time for a morning ceremony.

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Choose the right venue A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so when searching for a venue, seek out spots that fit that vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio that boasts a seaside view can all feel more properly suited to a sunlit affair than, say, a ballroom. That being said, no space is off-limits, so if you do fall in love with a traditionally evening venue, work with vendors like your florist and planner to bring in decorative touches that make it feel a bit more daytime appropriate.

light-filled locale A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so seek out a venue that fits a playful, vibrant vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio are all suited to a sunlit affair.

Inquire about pricing breaks If budget is the reason you’re considering a midday celebration, ask about any available pricing breaks as you negotiate your contracts. Many venues may abide by a lower minimum head count or offer a daytime pricing model. You can also save on things like rentals or catering fees depending on what you serve guests. >>

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Go as formal (or as casual) as you’d like Just because you’re not hosting an after-dark affair doesn’t mean you can’t opt for a formal dress code and aesthetic if that’s the vibe you and your partner prefer. You don’t have to completely forgo any of the more traditional evening wedding additions—just rethink them a bit. If a multicourse sit-down dinner or true cocktail hour is what you’re envisioning, go for it, but make the meal a dynamic lunch feast or brighten up the cocktails with freshly squeezed juices. Hoping to have live music for your guests? A typical 10-piece band and rowdy dance floor may not feel totally right, but a suave jazz quartet, bluegrass crew or playful doo-wop group will be charming and equally as entertaining. When it comes to your colors, vibrant daylight hours call for an equally energetic palette, so play around with adding some saturated hues into your scheme. Bright pinks, blues, yellows and greens feel right during the day— no matter the time of year. >>

Here’s where to save costs on your wedding.

Decide your priorities

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Swap in budgetfriendly blooms

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Reduce costs by choosing flowers that are in season, and pick from locally grown varieties rather than buds that need to be flown in from afar. For example, if you exchange Black Magic roses for deeply colored dahlias in all your bouquets and table arrangements, you could save about $4 a stem.

Simplify your dinner menu

Reduce the number of overall dinner courses (making three fabulous courses costs less than serving five individual courses) and keep your menu simple. Stick with the specialties of the season and region.

Pare down the extras

There are plenty of ways to cut corners that won’t even be noticed by your guests. Have the caterers bring out the fancy Dom Pérignon for the toast, but pour a less expensive champagne the rest of the day— no one will ever see the bottle or know the difference. Likewise, you can order a small, fabulous cake that’s exactly what you want, and have several sheet cakes in the kitchen of the same flavor, cut and plated for your guests.

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Rethink the after-party

If the first thing that comes to mind when we say “daytime wedding” is a steamy buffet of pancakes, eggs and bacon, you’re not alone. It makes sense that a bounty of breakfast foods have become the go-to menu items for an early event, but don’t feel like you’re stuck with all things sweet and syrupy if you’re hosting a daytime wedding of your own. You’ll still want to stray from anything too heavy, as guests typically don’t want to stuff themselves just hours after waking up, but meat carving stations, freshly made pasta, savory flatbreads and veggie-packed frittatas are all great dishes to add to the menu to mix things up a bit. If a traditional brunch is what you’re really craving, look to upgrade some of the classics so they feel a bit more wedding worthy and special. A do-it-yourself waffle station can be a fun (and interactive) addition, while a breakfast sandwich or yogurt parfait bar will also be big hits. And, before you even ask: Yes, you can definitely still serve a cake—trust us, it goes with everything.

With your main event ending in the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time for partying postreception. Instead of a traditional after-party, plan something unusual for guests, like a poolside cabana bash back at the hotel, a casual barbecue or a bar crawl. If you’d rather spend the evening just you and your new spouse (a night of room service does sound pretty amazing), give guests a few suggestions of what to do after your event on your wedding website, the detail card in your invitation suite or your ceremony programs.

Take advantage of the extra sunlight One of the biggest benefits to a daytime wedding is the extra daylight hours. Work activities into your day that encourage guests to soak up the sun, like a variety of outdoor lawn games. Another perk? Gorgeous light means you’ll luck out with your photos too. Ask your photographer to stick around for a few “golden hour” couples portraits once festivities wrap up.

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Kate Ryan, with business partner Chelsea Dillon, owns Gold Leaf Event Design & Production. The duo plans luxury weddings and events for clients across the US and worldwide.

The planning process should be fun and stress free, so pick a planner you can collaborate with and delegate the not-so-fun logistics to. Experience only what’s enjoyable, and leave the rest to us.

There are lots of ways to individualize your wedding day, but my personal favorites are sentimental, like handwritten letters to guests or a thoughtful engraving inscribed on a wedding band.

Any wedding where we have a couple who’s into a bolder color palette is always inspiring. We love to bring in shades beyond ivory, champagne and blush with unique patterns and details.

Take a moment before the reception to soak in your space while it’s set perfectly, looks beautiful and is quiet. Knowing it’s come together just as you and your team have planned is so rewarding.

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MASTER MIXER Add a juicy pop of color to your countertops with the do-it-all stand mixer that every home cook deems an essential kitchen appliance.

CLINK, CLINK! These elegant crystal flutes make for a lovely reception toast.

Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head stand mixer in Watermelon, $460, KitchenAid.com

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CHEF STATUS Stainless steel plus aluminum serves up even heat distribution and

a cook surface that’s forever food safe. And the sleek design is easy on the eyes too. D5 Brushed Stainless Steel cookware, $1,286 for 10-piece set, All-Clad.com

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A22 Carry suitcase, $295, Raden.com PRETTY PLATES An always-in-style metallic

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FANCY FLATWARE Sterling silver is a family-heirloom-worthy splurge. 18th Century sterling silver flatware, -piece setting, Reed & Barton, $850 for 5-piece BedBathandBeyond.com

HOME BREW Your morning cup of joe

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FRESH AIR This two-in-one device pumps out hot or cool air and removes over 99 percent of allergens and pollutants in the process. Control it using your phone or Amazon Echo. Pure Hot+Cool Link air purifier heater and fan, $620, Dyson.com

SWEET DREAMS Sleep Number’s newest mattress model boasts updated SleepIQ technology, which adjusts your mattress position, firmness and temperature for a dreamy night’s sleep. Sleep Number 360 i7 smart bed, from $3,299 for queen, SleepNumber.com

SMART ASSISTANT Your favorite household helper, Alexa, just got a visual upgrade. Echo’s latest version touts additional screen-savvy features like recipe browsing, video calls, camera monitoring and more. Just say the word.

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GUARD GADGET Fit this smart lock over your existing dead bolt and control your door via a smartphone, Amazon Echo and more. You can even grant virtual keys to guests, and an activity log tracks who’s coming and going. Smart lock, $229, August.com

PICTURE PERFECT A modern aesthetic makes this digital frame one you won’t be embarrassed to display. Bonus: It holds unlimited photos and will create and update albums of people and places you shoot most frequently. Digital photo frame in Ivory/Rose Gold, $399, AuraFrames.com >>

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HOUSE WARMING Live a bit greener with help from this thermostat. It studies your home life, then adapts temps to reflect common habits, like turning the heat down when you leave for work. Learning thermostat, $249, Nest.com STANDOUT SCREEN Paper thin and with picture quality you have to see to believe, this television is a total splurge gift that sports fans and Netflix addicts can both agree on. LG Signature OLED TV W-4K HDR Smart TV, from $8,000, LG.com

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CHORE TRIMMER Bid farewell to weekends spent mowing the lawn. RoboMow gets the job done for you and avoids destroying your garden beds along the way. Which is more than you can say, right?

CLEVER COOKER Try your hand at the new “it” way of home cooking with this sleek, smartphonesynced sous vide tool. It will make dishes like steak and creme brulee perfectly every time.

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LET IT GLOW Translucent capiz shells give these candleholders a romantic, intimate light. Scalloped capiz hurricane pillars, from $88 each, SerenaandLily.com

CHEESE, PLEASE Hosting a wine and cheese night for your wedding party? Break out this pretty marble board for a restaurantworthy presentation. Scalloped marble serving board, $108, ShopTerrain.com TIP YOUR GLASS These double old-fashioned glasses make for an especially stylish happy hour. They’re dishwasher safe, so cleanup is a breeze.

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PICNIC ESSENTIAL Use these customizable cornhole boards at your outdoor reception. Then, break them out later in your backyard. Cornhole set, $229, Dash and Ash, DenyDesign.com

RETRO TOUCH Spin tunes like your parents did with this record player, which has built-in shock-absorbent feet in case the dance party gets rowdy. C10 turntable, $430, CrosleyRadio.com

PARKING LOT HERO Achieve tailgate master status with this cult favorite cooler, which has plenty of space for beverages and food. It will keep everything cold until the final touchdown and beyond. STATEMENT VASE This glass-and-copper vessel will make even grocery store blooms stand out.

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DO-IT-ALL CART Channel your inner Don Draper with a tiered gilded bar cart that gives any spirit top-shelf status. Terrace bar cart, $399, WestElm.com STYLISH SERVER This oversize bowl is the perfect place to display fresh fruit or serve up an impressive pasta salad to guests.

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LIGHT THE FLAME Cuddles come easy alongside this cozy portable fire pit. It’s equipped with a sizable copper bowl, where you can burn wood or charcoal—perfect for roasting s’mores.

PREPPY POUR Mix up predinner cocktails for two in style with this timeless nickel-plated and embossed saddle leather cocktail shaker.

Crimson copper charcoal fire pit, $270, BirchLane.com

Cantwell cocktail shaker, $350, RalphLauren.com

DECADENT DECANTER Pour your favorite spirit into this art-deco-inspired piece to class up cocktail hour. Ford decanter, $35, CB2.com INITIAL IMPRESSION Show off your new monogram on this acacia wood tray.

NAMESAKE NAPKINS These linen cocktail napkins come embroidered with your initials in cool thread colors. They’re the ideal housewarming gift—to yourselves.

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SPRITZ THIS Keep everything, from clothing to bedding, smelling fresh (like clean laundry, to be exact) with this refreshing fabric mist. Classic linen spray, $16, TheLaundress.com

GET SOME SHUT-EYE Personalized sleep masks are a charmingly cheeky way to get some shut-eye. Bonus: The kit comes with ear plugs in case your sweetie happens to be a snorer. Mr. Jet Set travel kit, $58 each, JonathanAdler.com >>

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Jamaica This sunny beach hideaway is bursting with culture and adventure, not to mention jerk-seasoned dishes and coconut-infused cocktails. WHEN TO TR AVEL November to mid-December offers the best weather, and you can usually snag a deal too. You’ll have more competition for pool lounges January to March—its busy season. WHERE TO STAY Settle into a lagoon cottage at the GoldenEye (from $425, GoldenEye.com) complete with clawfoot tubs, private outdoor showers and unbeatable views of the Caribbean Sea and nearby Santa Maria Island. If you’re seeking a bit of adventure, explore the neighboring Blue Mountains (where Jamaica’s famous coffee beans grow) or take a complimentary sail on the resort’s glass-bottom boat. >> WHY GO

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WHY GO This Caribbean island offers equal parts relaxation and adventure with a warm climate year-round. Listen to world-class music during the Jazz Festival in May, or explore the underwater landscape of coral reefs, volcanoes and historic shipwrecks. WHEN TO TR AVEL May and June offer virtually perfect temperatures and great rates at even the best hotels. WHERE TO STAY The lush grounds of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (from $435, ViceroyHotelsandResorts.com/ sugarbeach) are located on a former sugar plantation, within 100 acres of rain forest. Check in to a beachfront bungalow and enjoy a private outdoor shower, Jacuzzi and personalized butler service. Spend your days sailing, scuba diving, hiking or zip-lining. Or simply unwind with the Sulphur Seduction couples treatment, which includes a tour of the island’s active volcano, a sulfur mud bath and a shower from Mother Nature in the breathtaking Toraille Waterfalls. >>

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salsa music and idyllic beaches make this sun-kissed island a popular destination among honeymooners. WHEN TO TR AVEL The weather is warm (around 80 degrees) and sunny yearround, but the island does experience the effects of hurricane season, which runs from June to November. WHERE TO STAY If you’re looking to relax after your wedding, check in to Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana (from $251, ZoetryResorts.com/agua), an all-inclusive wellness property on the northern coast. This secluded enclave offers oceanfront suites with sunken tubs and over-the-top service (like a welcome bottle of tequila). Cover yourself in mineral-rich sea mud at the on-site spa, or take a horseback ride along the beach at sunset. And when you’ve gotten your fill of sun and sand, learn something new with your partner at a wine tasting or cigar-rolling class. >>

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Punta Mita is home to some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters—talk about a postcard destination. This low-key fishing village is the perfect spot for a relaxing escape, sans crowds. WHEN TO TR AVEL Visit January through April to avoid extreme heat and the rainy season (June through October). WHERE TO STAY The exceptional service at the Four Seasons Punta Mita (from $375, FourSeasons.com/puntamita) sets it apart from other luxury resorts on the island. Take the Ultimate Tequila Tour, where you’ll fly via private helicopter to the Jose Cuervo distillery for a behind-thescenes tour and tasting. Or charter the resort’s % 55-foot yacht for of couples are a day of snorkeling eager to jet, leaving and sun bathing in for their honeymoon within a week the clear-blue of “I do” waters. When you’re ready to kick back and relax, float down the resort’s lazy river or unwind with a massage or facial in the sun-drenched Apuane Spa (Spanish for “healing waters”).

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Hawaiian Islands Often lauded as the ultimate destination in Hawaii, Kauai is the perfect escape for beach lovers looking for a little adventure alongside relaxation. WHEN TO TR AVEL You’ll find friendlier rates and it will be less crowded during shoulder seasons—April, May and September through November—but there’s really no bad time to visit. WHERE TO STAY The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas (from $265, WestinPrinceville.com) is home to 346 private villas loaded with amenities (think: oversize whirlpool tub and full kitchen) and private lanais. Catch the sunrise at the Na Pali plunge pool, situated 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, or learn the art of lei making. Two golf courses and a full-service tennis club provide plenty of choices for active travelers. WHY GO

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WHY GO Wine country is a somewhat expected destination, but you can also opt for the laid-back vintage resort town of Palm Springs. Hike Tahquitz Canyon, explore mid-century modern homes or take a dip in one of the many pools dotting this desert city. WHEN TO TR AVEL Palm Springs is a perfect winter and spring getaway. Plan to visit between January and April, when temperatures are warm but bearable. WHERE TO STAY La Serena Villas (from $289, LaSerenaVillas.com) is the ideal home base. Located in the shadow of the San Jacinto Mountains and minutes from Palm Canyon Drive, the main street is lined with restaurants and boutiques. Pedal into town on one of the resort’s bikes— % that is if you can of couples plan tear yourself to return to their away from your honeymoon destination at a beautiful later date bungalow. Each

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make it legal Colorado Marriage License Requirements

GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Colorado, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples ages 16–17 must have both parents’ consent, and couples under age 16 must have parental consent and judicial approval. A valid form of ID is required, such as a birth certificate, passport, driver’s license or other government-issued ID that includes date of birth. Residency is not required. There are no general health requirements or blood tests required. If either party has been previously married, he or she must know the date of the divorce or death and the court where the final decree was issued; documentation is not necessary unless date of divorce was within the last 30 days. Couples should apply together, and both must sign the application. There is no waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 30 days in the state of Colorado only. The fee for a marriage license is $30, and methods of payment vary by county. Most offices are open Monday through Friday. Please call ahead to get all of the details. WHERE TO APPLY

Adams County

Recording Office 4430 S. Adams County Pkwy., Ste. E 2400 Brighton, CO 80601 (720) 523-6020 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Arapahoe County

County Clerk & Recorder 5334 S. Prince St. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 795-4520 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Boulder County

County Clerk & Recorder 1750 33rd St., Ste. 201 Boulder, CO 80301 (303) 413-7776 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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County Clerk & Recorder 405 Argentine St. Georgetown, CO 80444 (303) 679-2339 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Denver County

County Clerk & Recorder Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building 201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 101

Denver, CO 80202 (720) 865-8400 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Douglas County

County Clerk & Recorder 301 Wilcox St. Castle Rock, CO 80104 (303) 660-7469 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Eagle County

County Clerk & Recorder 500 Broadway Eagle, CO 81631 (970) 328-8710 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Elbert County

County Clerk & Recorder 215 Comanche St. Kiowa, CO 80117 (303) 621-3128 8 – 11 a.m., noon – 4:30 p.m., M–Th.

El Paso County

County Clerk & Recorder Centennial Hall 200 S. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 520-6216 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fremont County

County Clerk & Recorder 615 Macon Ave., Rm. 102 Cañon City, CO 81212 (719) 276-7330 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. M–Th.

Garfield County

County Clerk & Recorder 109 8th St., Ste. 200 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 (970) 945-2377 x1760 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gilpin County

County Clerk & Recorder 203 Eureka St. Central City, CO 80427 (303) 582-5321 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Grand County

County Clerk & Recorder 308 Byers Ave. Hot Sulpur Springs, CO 80451 (970) 725-3347 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jackson County

County Clerk & Recorder 396 Lafever St.

Walden, CO 80480 (970) 723-4334 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jefferson County

County Clerk & Recorder 100 Jefferson County Pkwy. Ste. 2530 Golden, CO 80419 (303) 271-8121 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

La Plata County

County Clerk & Recorder 398 Everett St., Ste. C Durango, CO 81301 (970) 382-6280 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Larimer County

County Clerk & Recorder 200 W. Oak St., Ste. 1000 Fort Collins, CO 80521 (970) 498-7860 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Logan County

County Clerk & Recorder 315 Main St., Ste. 3 Sterling, CO 80751 (970) 522-1544 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mesa County

County Clerk & Recorder 544 Rood Ave. Grand Junction, CO 81502 (970) 244-1679 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Montrose County

County Clerk & Recorder 320 S. 1st Montrose, CO 81401 (970) 249-3362 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pitkin County

County Clerk & Recorder 530 E. Main St., Ste. 101 Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 920-5180 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pueblo County

County Clerk & Recorder 215 W. 10th St., Fl. 2 Pueblo, CO 81003 (719) 583-6629 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Routt County

County Clerk & Recorder 522 Lincoln Ave. Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

(970) 879-1710 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Summit County

County Clerk & Recorder 208 E. Lincoln Ave. Breckinridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-3475 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Teller County

County Clerk & Recorder 101 W. Bennett Ave. Cripple Creek, CO 80813 (719) 689-2951 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Weld County

County Clerk & Recorder 1402 N. 17th Ave. Greeley, CO 80631 (970) 353-3841 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@theknot.com

make it known Colorado Publications

GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting. GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

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The Colorado Springs Gazette

(719) 636-0101 30 S. Prospect St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Submissions must be made by Wednesday at 3 p.m. prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fee is $52 for up to 20 words and a photo. Additional text is $1.25 per word, and extra photos are $10 each.

The Boulder Daily Camera

(303) 473-1365 PO Box 591 Boulder, CO 80306

Must submit info within six months of wedding. Announcements are printed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Form: Yes; available online at DailyCamera.com/submit

There is no charge for this service.

The Denver Post

(303) 954-5000 101 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80202

Submissions should be made by 4 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No Couple will approve the layout.

60-65 words start at $148.96.

Durango Herald

(970) 247-3504 1275 Main Ave. Durango, CO 81301

Submissions should be made the Tuesday before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

Grand Junction Sentinel

(970) 256-4331 734 S. 7th St. Grand Junction, CO 81501

Submissions should be made Tuesdays by 5 p.m. for desired Saturday publication. Printed on a spaceavailable basis.

Form: Yes

Prices vary based on size.

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briarhurst manor estate

404 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO (719) 685-1864 Briarhurst.com This beautiful Victorian manor boasts views of Pikes Peak, lush lawns, gazebos and a stream running through the property—all just 10 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs. capacity 250 | price $$

the art, a hotel

1201 Broadway, Denver, CO (303) 572-8000 TheARTHotel.com Mixing luxury with the transcendent experience of Denver’s art district, we offer the canvas for you to paint your memorable masterpiece. Whether you’re looking for the perfect intimate event or celebrating lavishly, your special day will be an unparalleled experience at the ART, a hotel. capacity 250 | price $$$

brookside gardens event center

619 E. County Rd. 8, Berthoud, CO (970) 532-3663 BrooksideGardens.com Nestled just outside historic downtown Berthoud, Brookside Gardens is the premier location along the Front Range for receptions and outdoor ceremonies. With lush landscaping accented by water features, beautiful arbors and mountain views, our venue is designed to host your wedding in elegance and style. capacity 300+ | price $$$

the barn at evergreen memorial park

26624 N. Turkey Creek Rd., Evergreen, CO (303) 674-0556 thebarn@evergreenmemorialpark.com TheBarnatEMP.com For those who love the mountains, we offer our rustic barn in a beautiful park setting for your next event. This is a great do-it-yourself venue with three levels that can seat up to 200 people on three separate levels. capacity 200 | price $$

camp hale weddings

15 miles from Vail, CO (719) 486-2656 weddings@novaguides.com Elevate your love with a true Rocky Mountain wedding experience! Historic Camp Hale is situated at 9,200 feet and is surrounded by iconic Colorado landmarks. Exchange vows on our exclusive ceremony island, and combine nature and elegance on our 90-acre private ranch, where lifelong memories begin! capacity 300 | price $$$

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the barn at raccoon creek

7301 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton, CO (720) 287-8188 | events@raccooncreek.com TheBarnAtRaccoonCreek.com With all the mountain charm of a weathered lodge retreat, matched with modern conveniences and amenities, your guests will not believe that this venue is located just minutes from the heart of Denver. capacity 200 | price $$

bella sera event center

45 Strong St., Brighton, CO (720) 937-6337 TheBellaSera.com Recently engaged? Experience what a truly amazing wedding is like at the Bella Sera Event Center. Call us to schedule a personal tour. capacity 300 | price $$

boulder country club

7350 Clubhouse Road, Boulder, CO (303) 530-4600 mdavenport@bouldercc.org With mountain views, a balcony spanning 180 degrees around the property, and ceiling-high windows, the Boulder Country Club ties the inside elegance to the outside beauty of Boulder County in order to provide the perfect atmosphere for a unique and beautiful event during any season. capacity 240 | price $$

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cherokee ranch & castle

6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia, CO (303) 856-4140 CherokeeRanch.org Built in the 1920s, this 15th-century Scottish-style castle sits in the heart of a protected 3,400-acre ranch preserve. If a remarkable wedding you have in mind merits a romantic setting with amazing service, you’ll find it here at Cherokee Castle & Ranch. capacity 250 | price $$$$

christies of genesee event center

25918 Genesee Trail Road, Golden, CO (720) 985-3722 ChristiesofGenesee.com Experience the best panoramic views of the foothills and Denver’s city lights. Conveniently located 20 minutes west of Denver, the garden is complete with a stream, waterfall and patio—perfect for a wedding ceremony and dining. We specialize in stress-free, allinclusive, affordable events. capacity 150 | price $$

cielo at castle pines

485 W. Happy Canyon Rd., Castle Rock, CO (303) 688-0122 info@cielocastlepines.com CieloCastlePines.com Cielo is a unique Colorado event venue surrounded by six acres of majestic pines, stone walls and landscaped

grounds that capture the elegant beauty of Castle Pines Village. Cielo provides a tranquil setting for you and your guests in a truly convenient location. capacity 350 | price $$$

colorado wine country inn

777 Grande River Drive, Palisade, CO (970) 464-5777 | (888) 855-8330 events@coloradowinecountryinn.com ColoradoWineCountryInn.com Imagine exchanging vows in our beautiful Pavilion tucked in the manicured courtyard. Celebrate at our romantic Victorian getaway surrounded by 21 acres of producing vineyards. Your most important day— unforgettable! Call today to book your magical vineyard wedding. capacity 150 | price $$$

copper mountain

(970) 968-2318 EXT. 38803 CopperColorado.com Celebrate your very own fairy tale at Copper Mountain. When it comes to breathtaking views and stunning venues, we’ve got it covered. capacity 400+ | price $$

crested butte mountain resort

12 Snowmass Road, Mt. Crested Butte, CO (888) 289-9515 SkiCB.com/weddings Crested Butte’s breathtaking landscape offers the perfect backdrop for your special day. Spectacular views combine with several unique reception venues, professional catering staff and first-class lodging to help you manage all the details of your wedding of any size. Make your day special with us! capacity 300+ | price $$$

curtis ballroom at the landmark

5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, CO (720) 274-6866 CurtisBallroom.com Accommodating up to 175 guests, the highly stylish, contemporary décor of the Curtis Ballroom at the Landmark provides the perfect backdrop for your ceremony and reception or rehearsal dinner. Panoramic Front Range views from the large patio create a grand and magical setting. capacity 175 | price $$

deer creek valley ranch

64407 US Highway 285, Bailey, CO (303) 929-9133 DeerCreekValleyRanch.com Historic Deer Creek Valley Ranch offers the rustic charm and picturesque scenery that personifies Colorado. This privately owned ranch is nestled on 165 acres of lush rolling hills and valleys with Deer Creek winding through it, while framing magnificent views of the mountains. capacity 200 | price $$

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della terra mountain chateau

3501 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO (970) 586-2501 DellaTerraMountainChateau.com Welcome to the very romantic world of Della Terra. Nestled in the majestic grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, this extraordinary venue offers incomparable amenities and the perfect backdrop for every season. Join us for a uniquely exceptional wedding experience. capacity 200 | price $$$

denver athletic club

1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO (720) 931-6810 (303) 534-1211 DenverAthleticClub.org Family and friends gathered. White satin, lace, and flowers. Tuxedos and cufflinks. An intimate, flowing ambiance. Exquisite food. Champagne toasts. Laughter. Music and dancing. A warm, radiant glow. Memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Who else could promise you all this and deliver it? capacity 300 | price $$$

denver botanic gardens

Denver | Littleton (720) 865-3551 | (720) 865-4346 BotanicGardens.org Two unique venues offer a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces with majestic backdrops. For a chic, romantic affair, our York St. Denver gardens are a beautifully landscaped, blooming urban oasis. For a country wedding, our Chatfield Farms/Littleton location is a historical farm set against the foothills of the Rockies.

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capacity 500 | price $$$

fall river village

Estes Park, CO (970) 325-6864 FallRiverVillage.com Say “I do” among panoramic mountain views of Longs Peak and the Continental Divide at our rooftop weatherproof ceremony site. Our indoor reception space is highlighted with massive windows and glass doors that truly bring the outdoors into your wedding. We can also take care of guest accommodations! capacity 115 | price $$$

gallery 1874

5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO (720) 491-1253 Gallery1874.com

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garden of the gods collection

3320 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs, CO (719) 520-4978 GardenoftheGodsClub.com What if stunning red rocks, majestic mountains, and a blazing Colorado sunset provided the backdrop for your wedding day? We are dedicated to helping you plan a wedding that’s as unique as you are! To learn more or schedule a tour, contact our wedding specialist today! capacity 250 | price $$$$

the golf club at fox acres

3350 Fox Acres Drive East, Red Feather Lakes, CO (970) 227-9853 GolfClubatFoxAcres.com Held within a 460-acre gated community, Fox Acres is a true getaway for you and your guests that separates you from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. With on-site lodging and catering, we offer the chance to make your big day a pampered retreat for all involved. capacity 250 | price $$

the grant humphreys mansion

770 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO (303) 894-2505 GrantHumphreysMansion.org The mansion’s interior features a grand staircase, ornately detailed fireplaces, elegantly appointed rooms and a classic ballroom perfect for dancing the night away. The south terrace, with its views of the Front Range, is the ideal location for your ceremony, cocktail reception or outdoor dining.

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hyatt regency denver tech center

7800 E. Tufts Avenue, Denver, CO (303) 714-4611 DenverTechCenter.Regency.Hyatt.com Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering with close friends and family or a grand celebration with hundreds of guests, our wedding packages have everything you need. Our wedding specialist will ensure that every detail of your event is artfully managed so you can relax and enjoy your day. capacity 800 | price $$

keystone resort

Keystone, CO (970) 496-4606 keystoneweddings@vailresorts.com KeystoneWeddings.com Take your wedding to new heights. Create a magical experience in a magnificent setting. No matter the season, there are endless opportunities for adventure, relaxation and togetherness. Ask what our professional staff can do to create the perfect mountain wedding in any one of our signature venue options. capacity 250 | price $$

kimpton hotel monaco denver & panzano

1717 Champa Street, Denver, CO (303) 296-1717 Monaco-Denver.com Hotel Monaco Denver, a Kimpton Hotel in downtown Denver, offers the perfect location for all your upcoming wedding events. Our hotel rooms and suites provide the sanctuary you want for your out-of-town guests. We proudly feature our restaurant, Panzano, boasting award-winning Tuscan cuisine.

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700 Water St., Denver, CO (303) 561-4459 | DowntownAquarium.com If elegance is your goal and culinary expertise is your concern, come experience first-hand the quality and ambiance of the Nautilus Ballroom at Denver’s Downtown Aquarium. Design the wedding of your dreams in this spectacular, unique venue. The Nautilus Ballroom accommodates 50 to 500 guests.

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and elegant furnishings just steps from Pearl Street Mall make Hotel Boulderado a true original.

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We took a historic building in Old Town Arvada and brought it back to life! With restored hardwood floors, hand-painted gold ceilings and Swarovski crystal chandeliers, our venue is perfect for any type of wedding! Classic and elegant, vintage inspired or modern—we can make your moment historic.

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greenbriar inn

8735 North Foothills Highway, Boulder, CO (303) 440-7979 GreenbriarInn.com A culinary experience beyond comparison! Seasonal American cuisine is served by a professional restaurant staff in an elegant antique setting just north of Boulder on 20 acres of pristine hillside. Parties of 10-300 enjoy easy planning, ceremonies on three garden lawns and dancing until midnight.

knoebel events

2044 East Evans Avenue, Denver, CO (303) 871-4438 KnoebelEvents.com Centrally located on the historic University of Denver Campus, the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management offers a charming Tuscan ballroom, chefinspired menu, and a customer-focused professional and student staff that combine to create the perfect wedding day setting. capacity 200 | price $$

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hotel boulderado

2115 13th Street, Boulder, CO (303) 440-2880 sales@boulderado.com Boulderado.com Hotel Boulderado provides ideal accommodations for your out-of-town guests. Hotel Boulderado can accommodate parties up to 300 with over 10,000 square feet of event space. Superior service, old-world charm

la joya dulce

Steamboat Springs, CO (970) 879-7021 LaJoyaDulce.com It’s your wedding! We invite couples to join us at our beautiful working ranch in the Elk River Valley. Aspen groves, valley vistas for miles and mountains you can touch will make your special day memorable. capacity 400 | price $$

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the lake house at cherry creek state park

4800 S. Dayton Street, Greenwood Village, CO (303) 220-5253 TheLakeHouseatCherryCreek.com Nestled in The Marina at Cherry Creek State Park, The Lake House offers options as expansive as the views. Hold your ceremony with a backdrop of graceful sailboats. Host your party in the mountain-lodgemeets-yacht-club Great Hall. Enjoy cocktails and dinner on the Upper Deck or Tiki Beach. capacity 250 | price $$

lakewood country club

6800 West Tenth Avenue, Lakewood, CO (303) 233-4614 EXT. 104 LakewoodCountryClub.net Established in 1908, Lakewood Country Club opened their elegant new Clubhouse in 2007. Boasting spectacular views of the golf course where you can have your ceremony, the Grand Ballroom has an adjoining terrace for outdoor entertaining. Our Club is the perfect place to start your new life together! capacity 200 | price $$

leplatt’s pond

Bayfield, CO (970) 759-0748 LePlattsPond.com We specialize in hosting your larger-than-life moment at our mountain lakeside ceremony and reception venue. Located on a 100-acre private ranch, you will fall in love all over again with our tall cottonwoods, winding rivers and streams, hops garden and vast meadows.

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capacity 200+ | price $$$

lionscrest manor

603 Indian Lookout Rd., Lyons, CO (303) 823-5337 events@lionscrestmanor.com LionscrestManor.com Lionscrest Manor is a picturesque wedding venue, located on a luxurious and private 50-acre Victorian estate in Lyons, Colorado, just minutes from Denver. Surrounded by open space, Lionscrest Manor provides unbelievable 360-degree views, offering you unparalleled ambiance and serenity at your wedding. capacity 250 | price $$$

the lodge at crestview

Granby, CO (970) 364-0131 CrestviewLodge.com The Lodge at Crestview is a unique and gorgeous venue set in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Relax and celebrate with your closest friends and family for a two-night stay and up to 250 guests for the rehearsal, wedding and reception! capacity 250 | price $$

the loft music and events center

2506 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO (719) 445-9278 LoftMusicVenue.com

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Our packages were designed to take the stress and pressure off of you. Our staff is very friendly, fun and professional. For more information on packages and pricing, please visit our website. capacity 140 | price $$

mount vernon canyon club

24933 Clubhouse Circle, Golden, CO (303) 526-3105 catering@mountvernoncc.com MountVernonCC.com Host your wedding reception at Mount Vernon Canyon Club, which is tucked away in the foothills of Golden with spectacular views of Clear Creek Canyon, the mountains, and city lights. We offer exceptional cuisine and a professional staff to cater to your needs. capacity 220 | price $$

the pavilion at the stanley

250 Steamer Parkway, Estes Park, CO (970) 577-4055 | pavilion@stanleyhotel.com This exclusive venue combines cutting-edge design with stunning mountain views. Its features include an indoor/outdoor glass-door amphitheater and over 8,000 square feet of event space, providing an elegant mountain wedding experience unlike any other. capacity 288 | price $$$

pelican lakes golf club

1600 Pelican Lakes Point, Windsor, CO (970) 460-1701 PelicanLakesWindsor.com The lake and mountain views offered at Pelican Lakes Golf Club are picturesque and breathtaking. The overall experience offered will mesmerize the wedding party and all those in attendance. There is no other wedding venue in Northern Colorado quite as unique. capacity 200+ | price $$

the pinery

Colorado Springs, CO (719) 634-7772 | (719) 495-9499 ThePinery.com There is a reason The Pinery consistently receives an award for best wedding venue. Our all-inclusive packages provide a range of exceptional selections, resulting in an unparalleled experience for you and your guests. capacity 400+ | price $

platte river fort

22999 East Highway 34, Greeley, CO (970) 590-4414 PlatteRiverFort.com Choose from a riverfront setting, a chic western barn, our upper patio with views of the Rocky Mountains or our lush southern tree grove with ample space and views of our river bottom pasture and herd of Texas longhorns. capacity 300 | price $$$

rc special events

Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming

(970) 224-4774 | (303) 527-2905 RCSpecialEvents.com Whether you’re having your wedding indoors or outdoors, and whether your style is traditional or modern, classic or quirky, our range of event rentals will enhance your celebration. From tables and chairs to tents and chandeliers, we have the largest variety of rental products to create your vision.

rembrandt yard art gallery & event center

1301 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO (303) 301-2972 events@rembrandtyard.com RembrandtYard.com Rembrandt Yard’s upscale art gallery setting is the perfect backdrop for your unforgettable wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner. With floor-toceiling windows, hardwood floors and a beautiful view of the Flatiron Mountains, Rembrandt Yard offers a setting your guests will never forget. capacity 220 | price $$

rist canyon inn

4625 Rist Canyon Rd., Laporte, CO (970) 692-6962 RistCanyonInn.com Rich in historic details, Rist Canyon Inn includes an 1896 farmhouse, cobblestone building, pine cabin and rustic fences. Sitting on 20 acres, it boasts golden pastures, a glistening creek and mountain views. capacity 100 | price $$$

sanctuary golf course

7549 Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, CO (303) 224-2860 SanctuaryGolfCourse.com This pristine, breathtaking and exclusive golf course is all-encompassing with mountain views, waterfalls and its clubhouse, featuring iron chandeliers and soaring ceilings. It’s an ideal year-round venue to host up to 200 for a seated event or 350 for a stand-up reception. capacity 350 | price $$$

seawell ballroom

(303) 572-4466 DenverCenterEvents.org Step outside the realm of possibility for your wedding. Let our team of on-site designers, event managers and technical specialists create an event that is uniquely yours. We’ll set the stage for your perfect day in our theatrical Seawell Ballroom and give you personalized care throughout the process. capacity 500 | price $$$$

shupe homestead

11931 N. 61st Street, Longmont, CO (303) 485-7488 ShupeHomestead.com Shupe Homestead is quintessential Colorado. Lovingly and meticulously manicured grounds in a private, park-like setting are framed by uncompromising views of Long’s Peak and Mt. Meeker. Ask about our inclusive

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package and in-house coordinator. It’s not just the place, it’s the Shupe experience. capacity 150 | price $$$

the silverthorne pavilion

400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO (970) 262-7391 Silverthorne.org Where serene mountain settings meet affordable style—perfect for your mountain wedding. The Pavilion boasts 12,000 square feet of mountain elegance that includes hardwood floors throughout, handcrafted chandeliers, exposed trusses and custom ironwork. capacity 350 | price $$

sonnenalp hotel

20 Vail Road, Vail, CO (800) 654-8312 | (970) 476-5656 info@sonnenalp.com SonnenalpWeddings.com Steps from Vail Interfaith Chapel in the heart of Vail Village, the award-winning Sonnenalp Hotel will honor your special event with unmatched Bavarian hospitality, an intimate atmosphere and attention to detail that has been cultivated through a century of experience. capacity 220 | price $$$$

spruce mountain ranch

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telluride ski resort

Telluride, CO (970) 728-7446 TellurideSkiResort.com/weddings Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or grand affair, we have breathtaking mountain vistas and extraordinary service to exceed your expectations. The Telluride Ski & Golf Resort boasts spectacular views and venues in the most beautiful place you’ll ever say “I do.” capacity 250 | price $$$

vail golf club & wedding island

Vail, CO (970) 477-5278 VailGolfWeddings.com This stunning new venue is perfect for year-round receptions, and our service is second to none. In the summer, say “I do” outside on our one-of-a-kind wedding island, surrounded by aspen trees, wildflowers and the breathtaking Gore Range. The Vail Golf Club is perfect for a local or destination wedding! capacity 160 | price $$

venice ristorante

1700 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO (303) 534-2222 banquet@veniceristorante.com Let Venice help you with your wedding food needs from “yes” to happily ever after.

Situated on the beautiful Wellshire Golf Course since 1926, this venue has spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and is conveniently located with ample free parking. Whether it’s 50 or 350 guests, a small affair or a large, grand wedding, we strive to make everything perfect on your special day! capacity 350 | price $$

wild basin lodge

1130 County Road, 84 West, Allenspark, CO (303) 747-2274 sales@wildbasinlodge.com WildBasinLodge.com Wild Basin Lodge offers a scenic mountain setting for your wedding. The elegant lodge accommodates up to 200 guests and is accented by outstanding cuisine and service. Dance floors, unique bars, beautiful lodge rooms and outdoor decks provide a spacious and diverse setting. capacity 200 | price $$$

winter park resort

85 Parsenn Road, Winter Park, CO (970) 726-1578 weddings@winterparkresort.com WinterParkResortWeddings.com Imagine the spectacular Colorado wedding you’ve always dreamed of at Winter Park Resort. Choose from two mountaintop venues, the rustic Lodge at Sunspot or the brand new modern Lunch Rock. Both venues are quite simply 10,000 feet above the rest! capacity 250 | price $$$

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Larkspur, CO (719) 484-0800 | (303) 400-2515 info@sprucemountainevents.com SpruceMountainEvents.com Your wedding day: a moment you have envisioned your entire life. You want it to be yours, unique and creatively planned. You and your guests will be immediately captivated by this privately owned, beautifully landscaped 450-acre ranch property.

StanleyHotel.com/weddings Envision your once-in-a-lifetime day at the Historic Stanley Hotel, nestled in the majestic Rocky Mountains! We offer a variety of elegant event spaces. With a fullservice hotel, tours and gift shop, you and your guests will be able to enjoy a memorable wedding experience.

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900 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO (720) 406-7396 StJulien.com Celebrate your dream day in pure bliss at St Julien Hotel & Spa, an awe-inspiring Colorado wedding location surrounded by the spectacular Flatiron Mountains. Host your wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner at our elegant event space, and enjoy the beauty of this unique Boulder setting.

warren station center for the arts

164 Ida Belle Drive, Keystone Resort, CO (970) 423-8992 | weddings@warrenstation.com WarrenStation.com Located in the heart of River Run Village, Warren Station at Keystone offers a unique, romantic setting with a scenic mountain backdrop. Add Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre to make the perfect combination for your ceremony and reception. Call today to book! capacity 180 | price $$

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the st vrain

635 3rd Avenue, Longmont, CO (720) 534-2635 TheStVrain.com This new venue is where urban industrial meets Colorado charm. capacity 250 | price $$$

the stanley hotel

Estes Park, CO (970) 577-4265 weddings@stanleyhotel.com

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weddings at lakewood

480 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, CO (303) 987-7806 WeddingsatLakewood.com Your history together begins here. capacity 250 | price $$

wellshire inn and golf course and wellshire event center 3333 South Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO (303) 759-3333 info@wellshireinn.com WellshireInn.com

bird dog bbq

Colorado Springs, CO (719) 573-7671 EXT. 2 BirdDogBBQ.com Bird Dog BBQ is a Colorado Springs company established in 2004. We specialize in BBQ cuisine exclusively featuring meats of the highest quality, smoked to perfection, and served with our made-fromscratch, gluten-free sauces on the side. We have a full line of products and services to choose from.

biscuits and berries catering

16027 W. 5th Avenue, Golden, CO (303) 277-9677 BiscuitsandBerries.com You’re invited to experience a unique passion found in our food, professional service and creative event planning. Biscuits and Berries is about freshness, flavors and presentation.

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garden of the gods catering and events

Colorado Springs, CO (719) 471-3663 GodsCateringandEvents.com We are your award-winning, full-service catering company that includes an in-house pastry chef, entertainment, floral staff, bartenders and certified wedding planners. We will take care of all the details so you can savor every moment of your big day. Contact us today and share your vision with us!

roast, bread sticks or baked chicken, we have menu options that will perfectly fit your special day!

flowers & décor

happy bakeshop

3434 W. 32nd Ave., Denver (303) 477-3556 events@happybakeshopdenver.com HappyBakeshopColorado.com Happy Bakeshop is the sweet spot for the whimsically sophisticated bride. Our many choices ensure that your vision of this special day will be fulfilled—cupcakes, cutting cakes, French macarons, personalized favors and more! Contact us to set up a tasting and consultation for your happy event!

occasions catering

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1789 W. Warren Ave., Englewood, CO (303) 789-1867 OccasionsDenver.com With five distinctive event designers and an award-winning culinary team, we make every wedding a collaborative process that truly reflects your individual taste and vision. That’s how we’ve become Denver’s longest-serving catering company and the premier provider of fresh, innovative cuisine since 1970.

smallcakes cupcakery and creamery

clementine’s salon and skincare altitude flower shop

14500 W. Colfax Avenue #551A-118, Lakewood, CO (720) 320-0371 AltitudeFlowerShop.com AFS is a full-service floral shop specializing in hand-wrapped bouquets, succulents and potted plants, prom and homecoming flowers, custom wedding flowers and monthly flower subscriptions for home or office, with delivery to the Applewood, Lakewood, Golden and nearby communities.

diy designs inspired by you

Denver, CO (303) 587-7912 DIYDenverFlowers.com We are a trendy DIY boutique located in the heart of the historic Baker neighborhood. Let your inner artist free and come in to design flowers for bouquets, centerpieces or bridal showers/luncheons. Call to book your date and let us help you design the flowers of your dreams.

l.a. flower bar & gifts

Castle Rock and Park Meadows (303) 688-CAKE ColoradoSmallcakes.com Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery is Colorado’s top wedding bakery choice—whether your special day is rustic elegance with a natural setting or grand and pristine, where bigger is best. Smallcakes Castle Rock has over 250 decadent flavors to customize your wedding cupcakes, cakes and more. Congrats!

8230 S. Colorado Blvd., Ste. B4, Centennial, CO (303) 858-8999 LAFlowerBarandGifts.com We specialize in custom bridal party flowers and wedding arrangements. Please contact us today to book your complimentary bridal consultation and/or private Sip+Design class! We’d love to assist you in making your special day as worry free as possible!

sugar pine catering

the lemon tree floral

Colorado Front Range (303) 257-0580 SugarPineCatering.com Sugar Pine Catering is an extraordinary fullservice Colorado catering company focusing on you. Our commitment to quality ingredients goes uncompromised. We utilize the freshest ingredients whenever possible that come from sustainable and organic Colorado farms.

tilford’s pizza

Serving the Front Range (720) 504-8822 TilfordsPizza.com Anything you can cook in an oven, you can cook in our wood-fired oven—so whether you want pizza or pork

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bridal fashion & beauty

7300 S. Alton Way 5-I, Centennial, CO (303) 885-0336 TheLemonTreeFloral.com We specialize in wedding and event florals, from gorgeous candelabras to floral crowns.

poppy & pine

Serving Denver Metro & Mountains (303) 859-3059 PoppyandPineFloral.com Poppy & Pine is passionate about creating unique floral designs personalized for our clients’ visions and budgets. Each occasion is personal and significant and reflects your own style. Our inspiration comes from fresh beautiful blooms, your ideas and style, and our creativity.

2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, CO (720) 328-3594 | ClementinesDenver.com Clementine’s is proud to serve all Colorado brides! Our highly experienced staff will travel to any local venue, or you and your bridal party can enjoy a private experience in The Parlor at our Stanley Marketplace location.

cloud9 salon llc

Beaver Creek, CO (970) 401-4106 | C9SalonLetYouShine.com Get pampered before your wedding with nail services, color and cuts. We even offer groom services. On your special day, we will be prepared to fulfill all the bridal party’s needs either in-house or on call to your location.

little white dress bridal shop

1130 31st Street, Denver, CO (303) 814-8972 | LWDBridal.com Little White Dress is the premier bridal boutique in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, with a spacious and comfortable environment, superior service and a beautiful and varied selection of gowns, accessories and shoes.

photography & video

darryl & heather photography

Colorado, Florida & destination (813) 352-0826 DarrylandHeatherPhotography.com We believe that love is a beautiful thing and that everyone’s love story is unique and special. We want to hear all of the details and dreams of what will make your wedding day special to you!

erny photo co

Denver metro area, Rocky Mountains, Colorado and beyond (201) 669-0149 ErnyPhotoCO.com Erny Photo CO’s artistic style is a blend of timeless and traditional mixed in with edgy and a little bit

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daring. Lead photographer Heather embraces all of the wedding day emotions and lets the photos embody everything from tender moments to dramatic scenes— and is always up for a good party shot!

josh gold photography & videography

Denver, CO (720) 663-8368 JoshGoldPhotography.com When you don’t want to miss a thing, trust us to capture every priceless memory! We specialize in local and destination wedding photography and video.

justyna e butler photography

Denver, Breckenridge, Vail, CO (720) 219-0912 justynaebutlerphotography@hotmail.com JustynaEButlerPhotography.com As a Colorado-based, intimate elopement and wedding photographer for madly-in-love people, driven by connection, love and emotions, I gravitate toward the things that fire me up: nature, natural light and beautiful people who are looking for something a little different. Hopefully that’s you!

expression of our couples’ personalities, and our clients become great friends during our planning process.

the perfect moment

Denver, CO (720) 378-2455 ThePerfectMomentEvents.com Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or a large affair, we are here to help you execute your event down to every last detail. By the end of the night, your guests won’t be able to stop talking about how you starred in The Perfect Moment. Contact us today to set up a complimentary consultation.

visit denver, the convention & visitors bureau

1555 California St., Suite 300, Denver, CO (800) 880-9059 tourism@visitdenver.com VisitDenver.com/weddings VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, offers free wedding planning assistance! Get expert help to find unique venues, great hotels for your guests and the best restaurants and entertainment to make your Mile High wedding memorable.

travis darnell photography

Denver, CO (720) 496-3297 TheDay-Of.com We are the leading wedding design and planning company in Denver for couples who are looking for a unique, fun and personalized wedding planning experience. We design weddings that are a true

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Colorado Springs, CO (720) 434-9276 RickochetEntertainment.com We’re bouncing back good vibes through music and fun memories.

specialty services

blanc de bleu cuvée mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

sarah o.

4301 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO (720) 502-3229 SarahOJewelry.com Casual meets couture at Denver’s destination for unique engagement rings, diamond and gemstone jewelry, and our Sarah O. Signature Designs. At Sarah O. we also specialize in making customized jewelry and working with you to create your perfect piece.

entertainment

hazel’s beverage world

1955 28th Street, Boulder, CO (303) 447-1955 storemgr@hazelsboulder.com HazelsBoulder.com At Hazel’s, we are your wedding and event specialists! Our amazing event discount and free delivery make finding the perfect wine, beer, spirits and cigars a breeze. Let us stock the bar for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner and bachelor/bachelorette parties.

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alt bride (stephanee rose & co.)

14500 W. Colfax Avenue #551A-118, Lakewood, CO (720) 309-7340 ALTBRIDE.productions ALT BRIDE (Stephanee Rose & Co.) offers wedding day management, prewedding party planning, travel management (Sandals and Beaches Resorts), and custom gift/favor concierge services. Stephanee Rose is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants.

Denver, CO info@greatfamilyreunion.net GreatFamilyReunion.net Great Family Reunion delivers world-class private performances and full-scale sound and light productions. We combine years of experience with relentless attention to detail, ensuring our clients achieve their vision. GFR provides ensembles for ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions.

jewelry

Denver, CO (636) 288-5060 TravisDarnell.com Just like every other form of art, I believe photographs contain much emotion—love, nostalgia, hope, joy, closeness, appreciation and much more. My obsession is to capture that moment in an artistic way so you love to look at them years and years from now.

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great family reunion

sperry tents colorado

387 Corona Street, Suite 523, Denver, CO (720) 765-5379 SperryTentsColorado.com Sperry Tents believes in fostering the effortless elegance that comes from handcrafted and breathable canopies, naturally occurring materials, rigorous attention to detail and small-batch manufacturing.

the fever

(720) 317-6025 | TheFeverLive.com The Fever provides outstanding live music, planning, event production and coordination. Offering a wide variety of musical styles for ceremonies, cocktails, dinner and dance celebrations, the musicians configure solo up to 10-piece bands. The Fever reflects your vision, your personality and your style!

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RESOURCE INDEX SITES & LOCATIONS

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Hotel Boulderado

167

The Art Hotel

13

Hotel Monaco Denver

119

The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park

83

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

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The Barn at Raccoon Creek

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Keystone Resort

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Bella Sera Event Center

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Knoebel Events

135

Boulder Country Club

41

La Joya Dulce

9

Briarhurst Manor

130

The Lake House at Cherry Creek

75

Brookside Gardens Event Center

163

Lakewood Country Club

159

Camp Hale Weddings

155

LePlatt’s Pond

113

Cherokee Ranch & Castle

173

Lionscrest Manor

123

Christies of Genesee

71

The Lodge at Crestview Ranch

119

Cielo at Castle Pines

3

The Loft Music Venue & Events Center

147

Colorado Wine Country Inn

165

Mount Vernon Canyon Club

89

Copper Mountain Resort

133

The Pavilion at the Stanley

167

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

179

Pelican Lakes Golf Club

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