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COLORADO WEDDINGS

E V E RY T H I N G YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN DENVER / BOULDER FOR T C OL LIN S AND COLORADO SPRINGS


Where a timeless and romantic setting awaits.

Set against rich woods and sophisticated interiors or glimmering stars and city lights, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver creates wedding moments that will last a lifetime. ritzcarlton.com/denver

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get the look theknot.com editor’s note wedding tools their wedding, their way ask the knot squad the wed thread top picks venue scout expert advice haute hues marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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Denver, Colorado • 303.814.8972 • LWDBridal.com

Sara Corona Photography

Denver, Colorado • 303.814.8972 • LWDBridal.com

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fashion & beauty 123

10 things bridal consultants want you to know Brush up on these pro tips before visiting the salon.

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veils, unveiled We break down the details on every style, from traditional to trendy.

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elements of style

style 91

the year’s freshest color palettes From bold and bright to muted and mod, we’ve got a pairing for you.

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a suite for every shade Whatever your wedding colors, there’s stunning stationery for you.

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flowers for every budget Get gorgeous buds for your wedding décor at every price point.

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elements of style Draw inspiration from the four elements of nature.

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These bold bridal looks are all about theatrical details and grand silhouettes.

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10 things bridal consultants want you to know FROM LEF T: JOHNNY MILLER; PHOTO BY BETSY; DRESS: AL AROBE.COM

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real weddings 55

kari & ryan august 6, steamboat springs

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allison & gaurav september 22, denver

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liz & zach july 7, granby

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james & teddy october 7, sedalia

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allison & gaurav

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planning 154

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josephine & james

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gabriella & louis july 21, lyons

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kathleen & shawn august 20, aspen

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kate & michael july 7, polson, mt

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venue makeover Smart hacks to help camouflage eyesores at your venue.

august 26, morrison

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traditions with a twist Fresh ideas for a day that celebrates your love, your way.

gabriella & louis

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crowd-pleasers We asked real guests about the wedding details they’ll always remember.

FROM BOT TOM LEF T: C ALLIE HOBBS PHOTOGR APHY; BRIAN PAUL M ALLIK PHOTOGR APHY; DEREK CHAD PHOTOGRAPHY

traditions with a twist

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BREATHTAKING. VIEWS. HISTORY. CHARM.

Envision your once-in-a-lifetime at a true Colorado landmark. Experience our allnew Pavilion featuring a 250-seat glass door auditorium set against a private pond overlooking the mountains.

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look

Love our showstopping cover dresses? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER Dress in sizes up to 24, $6,560, FrancescaMiranda .com; engagement ring, $1,289 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com

COVER Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, JennyPackham .com; earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

COVER Dress in sizes up to 12, price upon request, ElieSaab .com; earrings, $125, KennethJayLane.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Dewey Nicks FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Herve for Davines at Sarah Laird & Good Company MAKEUP Regina Harris

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PROP STYLING Tara Marino at Ray Brown Productions MANICURIST Ana-Maria using Dermelect Cosmeceuticals at Bernstein & Andriulli

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Greatest Show On Earth

Get a sneak peek of what went on at T he Knot cover shoot

animal kingdom

a note about four-legged performers

HORSING AROUND Certified animal trainer and circus performer Jenny Vidbel brings two white horses into the center of the ring to pose for our photographer Dewey Nicks.

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FINISHING TOUCHES Fashion editor and wardrobe stylist Shelley Brown adds her final tweaks to a Jenny Packham slip dress and embellished cape before heading to set.

PUPPY LOVE Tiny rescue dog Sheriff comes out of retirement to do some very impressive tricks on command for our model (with the help of a few yummy treats).

The Big Apple Circus uses no wild or exotic animals and only features rescue dogs, horses and ponies. When they aren’t performing, they live on a ranch in upstate New York.

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Happily Ever After Starts Here MAKE YOUR WEDDING DAY UNFORGETTABLE

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COLORADO

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Jo Miller

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

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Becky Murray Louis Baragona Sarah Evans Emma Gray Pitt Katie Kortebein Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Whitney Little Sarah Hooper Trisha Tucker Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos

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 ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon DEPUTY EDITOR Kate Traverson INTEGRATED PRODUCER Alexandra Vicino SENIOR EDITOR Cassie Kreitner SENIOR MANAGER, CREATIVE MARKETING SOLUTIONS Jessica Bendes ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING 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, rhaberkamp@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Diane Thaete, dthaete@xogrp.com (877) 771-3018 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 PRINT STRATEGY SPECIALIST printspecialist@theknot.com (402) 596-8489 SENIOR DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com COORDINATOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING Emilie Berman, pr@xogrp.com COFOUNDER

Carley Roney

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

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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.com/colorado

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 Nicole and Mark’s urban celebration at Great Divide Barrel Bar in Denver. “Mark is a homebrewer, so the venue felt really personal to us,” Nicole says. “We had fun with the beer vibe without being ‘themed.’ ” Jewel-toned flowers, décor, attire and accessories filled the familystyle reception meant to mimic a party at a traditional German beer hall.

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips

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BEST OF WEDDINGS

Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/colorado. You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace. Your state directory has everything you need to know to get married, even where and how to secure a marriage license. You’ll also discover real wedding inspiration from other Colorado couples.

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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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EDITOR ’S NOTE

your day, your way When my husband, Mickey, and I tied the knot in St. Louis (my hometown), we wanted to include a subtle nod to New York City too—after all, it was the place we met and where we planned to continue building our life together. So we asked our baker to incorporate both city skylines into the design of our cake—it was “us” and the perfect way to honor our future. At The Knot, we’re less about following rules and all about making it your own. From spins on classic wedding rituals to totally unexpected wedding venues (like a circus—really!) and inventive ways to honor two different cultures in one epic party, we’ve got lots of ideas to help you make your wedding day a true reflection of who you are as a couple. You’ll likely receive lots of unsolicited advice while planning—they mean well—but at the end of the day, this is a celebration of your unique love story. You have our full support to do it your way.

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

Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com Put your own twist on tradition—we’ve got the new “something blue” and swaps for the unity candle. (p. 154)

This colorful invite screams party. Find your perfect suite in our rainbow of paper inspo. (p. 99)

Doan Ly of a.p. bio created bouquets at every price point—and they’re all stunning. (p. 108)

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CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEF T: DEWEY NICKS; SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; ASHLEY BOSNICK PHOTOGR APHY; R AYMOND HOM; COURTESY OF VENDOR

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How amazing is this embellished cape? I love it as a veil alternative. (p. 136)

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SOMETHING BLUE With more than 300 days of sunshine a year and gorgeous mountain scenery, Denver has countless picture-perfect places for getting married. Settings like the world-renowned Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre and the lush Denver Botanic Gardens are just the start. Go online for more ideas on outdoor and indoor venues and additional complimentary wedding planning services. Free planning assistance at VISITDENVER.com/weddings

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TOOL S

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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GATHER YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

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REGISTER & CREATE A WEBSITE Head to TheKnot.com to start a wish list and site. Share the link so guests are in on the details, like 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.

SHOP FOR RINGS Try on and purchase your wedding rings—then get insurance. (Now it’s starting to feel really real, right?)

BUY YOUR WEDDING PAPER Decide on 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.

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GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit pickup.

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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.

PICK THE FORMALWEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

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GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE You’ll find this must-have doc at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

Get Married The planning and hard work are behind you—time to celebrate your new status. >>

CARD: COURTESY OF RIFLE PAPER CO.; MARIACHI BAND: GETTY IMAGES; MODEL: RODIN BANICA/MCV PHOTO; COMPUTER: SHUTTERSTOCK; COUPLE: EMELY TAVERAS; CEREMONY: THE YOUNGRENS; BOUQUET: SARAH ANNE WARD; ALL OTHER IMAGES: ISTOCK

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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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TOOL S

Organizing all those details and to-dos? There’s an app for that. The Knot Wedding Planner pulls together your vision, pros and guests to put planning in the palm of your hand.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY YUNHEE KIM

FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe on images you love in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). KEEP ORGANIZED Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. COMPILE YOUR TEAM After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad with personalized recs. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got thousands of award-winning pros, plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. MANAGE YOUR REGISTRY Now for the fun part: your registries. Your people will want to shower you with gifts from “we’re engaged” to your wedding day, so keep your wish lists fully stocked right from your phone. Our universal registry tool lets you add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between bespoke pottery on Etsy and the latest smart home tech at Amazon. And if you’d rather have money to put toward things like your honeymoon or a home down payment, start your cash registry on The Knot. THINK OF YOUR GUESTS Your wedding website is going to be your new BFF. Fill it with need-toknow info, like hotels and your registries, then share it with guests. You can stay on top of RSVPs on it too. And speaking of guests, make sure they download The Guest—a photo sharing app that will sync all of their photos in one place (it’s like a free wedding album you can see in real time!).

PROP STYLING: JULIE FLYNN AT HALLEY RESOURCES

plan your wedding on your phone

GET YOUR DAY-OF TIMELINE As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed day-of timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and VIPs. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying some champagne and having a blast with your people. >>

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Weddings at

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TOOL S

LE T ’ S G E T STA RT E D ON

Not sure how to define your style and theme?

That’s okay! Download The Knot Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get your 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 vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that match your wedding style. And not to worry—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.

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

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your fam and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help convey your idea of what a “romantic garden party” looks like.

ON THE APP LOOK FOR THIS ICON Throughout the issue we’ve included more ways the app can help you plan, like creating your wedding website and setting up the ultimate registry.

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 main event.

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

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M AKE TR ADITION

THE DETAILS

The guys tied the knot on August 2, 2018, at Denver’s ninth annual Burger Battle, which the couple has been attending for years.

THE COUPLE Noah Slauson (35 and a realtor) and Sean Precious (38 and a superintendent) are Denver residents— and burger lovers.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

burger bash

Noah and Sean worked with the team behind Denver’s Burger Battle to plan a well-done celebration. BY LOUIS BAR AGONA PHOTOGR APHY BY TOPSY TURV Y PHOTOGR APHIC

THE IDEA “Sean is the burger

THE CAKE Once The Cake Shop got word of Noah and Sean’s plans, the bakery created a giant cake that puts the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder to shame. THE OFFICIANT The couple knew Sean’s dad would be the best choice to lead their nontraditional ceremony.

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guy,” Noah says, “and I’m the Burger Battle guy.” The two invited 90 guests to partake in the event, using the VIP section for their festivities. THE SETTING They said their vows at Tivoli Quad Park. “The historic Tivoli building was a jaw-dropping backdrop,” Noah says. Guests sampled creations competing for one prize: “the best burger in Colorado.”

FRIENDS & FAVORS

Not only did Noah and Sean provide friends with colorful fans to beat the August heat, but they also made sure that TUMS were available.

THE MARRIAGE LICENSE

After feeling legally excluded from marriage for so long, Noah and Sean asked guests to celebrate their union by signing an oversize marriage license, which they’ve since framed. “I look at it every day, and it makes me so happy,” Noah says.

THE TEAM CEREMONY SITE Tivoli Turnhalle PHOTOGRAPHY Laura Loredo/Topsy Turvy Photographic FLOWERS Boulder Blooms VIDEOGRAPHY Cecilia Twey MENSWEAR TheBlackTux.com INVITATIONS Wix.com ENGAGEMENT RINGS Happy Laulea ACCESSORIES

Burger cuff links: CufflinksGalore, Etsy.com OFFICIANT Dan Precious (Sean’s father)

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The pair rocked matching burger cuff links, which they also gifted to Sean’s dad.

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ADVICE

THE CREW

Q AND A

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

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

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

LOUIS BARAGONA Associate real weddings editor, The Knot

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

LAUREN KAY Executive editor, The Knot

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How can I tell if prospective vendors are LGBTQ+ friendly? BRIT TNY DRYE: No one wants to have that conversation of, “By the way, I’m a woman marrying a woman—are you cool with that?” It’s uncomfortable to feel like you have to “out” yourself every time you talk to a vendor. To avoid the awkward (and possibly heartbreaking) convo, there are ways to determine if a pro is equality minded before even sending an email. While some sites clearly state their delight in working with everyone, others may not be as clear. This is where you’ll need to do a deep dive into their online presence: Does their website have images of LGBTQ+ couples? Do they use gender-neutral language? Do their social accounts celebrate LGBTQ+ marriage? (Pro tip: Go back to June 2015 to see if they posted about the marriage equality win.) You can also see if they’re a preferred vendor, have had work featured on equality-minded sites like Love Inc. or even include badges such as the one from The Knot. ST YLE

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I’ll be flying with my wedding dress— what are some good travel tips? HARMONY WALTON: Always carry it on. And add a few layers of protection, like tissue, between your gown and the garment bag. Before you board, check airline sites for your options. Some have closets where you can hang it, but you may need to lay it in the overhead. Don’t stress—simply steam it once you arrive. As a rule, never check anything you can’t live without on your wedding day.

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OF COUPLES MARRIED AT LEAST 200 MILES AWAY FROM HOME

What are some fresh color palettes for Indian weddings? SHAWNA GOHEL: This depends on your aesthetic, but I love a look that leans toward saturated glamour. Since Indian weddings are bright, energetic celebrations, vibrant palettes tend to work best. Some of my favorite hues for weddings include jewel-toned combinations such as saffron and plum, peacock blue and silver, or crimson and gold. >>

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I’m really close to my brother and would love to have him in my wedding party, but does he have to stand on my fiancé’s side? LOUIS BAR AGONA: As tradition takes a backseat to personalization and preference, so should some of the more unnecessary confines of gendered practices. You love your brother, so why put him anywhere else but by your side? More couples are mixing things up with their wedding parties as a testament to the modernization of roles and the creation of totally new traditions. Whether it’s a groom’s female best friend, a relative who identifies as non-binary or a wedding without any gender roles, your setup shouldn’t come down to choosing historically assigned sides. Make your day about what’s best for you as a couple, whether that means your brother is standing on the “bridal side,” aka the left, or simply forgoing and just surrounding yourselves with your people.

What kind of undergarments should I plan to wear to my dress fitting? MARK INGR AM: Try to wear the same undergarments you’ll be wearing on your actual wedding day. Many gowns today have a built-in corset and bust cups (or they can be easily added) so an additional bra is not required. Your undergarment needs will also depend on your body type, and the fabrication and structure of your gown. Ask your consultant for their recommendation before purchasing any added pieces.

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How do I tell my guests I want to have an unplugged ceremony? MARY CHATMAN: A simple note on your wedding website and a small, concise sign advising guests that you’re having an unplugged wedding should suffice. Say something like, “We want our friends and family to be present at our ceremony, so we ask that you put away all cameras and cell phones. We’ve hired an amazing photographer, so don’t worry—this memory will be captured, and we can’t wait to share the photos with you.” It gets the point across without cell phone shaming.

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OF COUPLES ASKED GUESTS TO POCKET THEIR PHONES FOR THE CEREMONY

I’ve heard I have a year to send out thank-you notes—is this true? LAUREN K AY: You should try to share your gratitude as soon as possible. For any gifts received before the wedding, thank-yous should be mailed out within two weeks. For those received on or after your wedding day, aim for a two- to three-month turnaround. Guests want to know you received their gift, and you don’t want to risk forgetting to pen a note altogether. If you’re coming up on your first anniversary and have outstanding notes, get writing. It’s never too late to show your appreciation.

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THE BARN AT SUNSET RANCH BUENA VISTA COST from $3,500 GUEST COUNT 175 STYLE Rustic & romantic ABOUT A mountain

THE BARN AT RACCOON CREEK LITTLETON COST from $10,000 GUEST COUNT 200 STYLE Country & classic ABOUT An on-site

backdrop, 60 acres of open land and a newly renovated barn welcome couples and guests to a location that artfully combines old-world charm and nature’s bounty.

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THE RUSTIC LACE BARN COLORADO SPRINGS COST from $5,000 GUEST COUNT 200 STYLE Bohemian &

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HOTEL BOULDERADO BOULDER COST from $12,000 GUEST COUNT 220 STYLE Historic & luxe ABOUT Many couples choose

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THE OXFORD HOTEL DENVER COST from $85 PP GUEST COUNT 250 STYLE Formal & modern ABOUT Three unique

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SONNENALP HOTEL VAIL COST from $25,000 GUEST COUNT 160 STYLE Whimsical & romantic ABOUT This chalet-like site

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PARKSIDE MANSION DENVER COST from $5,000 GUEST COUNT 300 STYLE Elegant & vintage ABOUT Built in 1905, this

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What should couples bring to their very first appointment? We love to see any personal details, from wedding party attire to the invitations. Bringing along swatches of fabrics or linens is really helpful to set the mood of the day. A few images of flowers that the couple likes is always helpful, but remember: We want to create an individual vision that fits each couple’s style. Walk us through the design process and how you collaborate with clients. At the first appointment, we sit down and discuss the desired mood of a couple’s wedding day. We dream up ideas and listen to what really speaks to them. From there, we give suggestions about stems and colors, which we eventually use to draft a mood board and proposal. These visual elements really outline how we plan to illustrate the wedding day with flowers. Once couples are ready, we contact them to secure the wedding date on the calendar. From there, we continue to collaborate with couples as details like linens, lighting, tabletops and other décor come together. Typically, we schedule a mock-up one month prior to the wedding date, which gives couples the chance to see their flowers come to life before the main event. How can a couple personalize their flower arrangements? Color! We love when couples come to us with colors in mind, but be open to how we can use those colors and make them really pop.

Do you have any budget hacks for couples trying to save on flowers? Most Colorado couples spend anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 on flowers. If maintaining your budget is a priority, tell your designer at the initial consultation so we can be sure to give you creative and affordable ideas. Be open to options that are less floral heavy. We suggest using items like candles, glassware or décor on guest tables, instead of filling the tablescapes with dense floral centerpieces. Guests will remember unique statement pieces over garlands in every corner. You might want to trim back in some areas in order to really impress in others. What floral trends are you excited about? Natural, organic aesthetics are really on-trend. Couples have been gravitating toward overgrown wild blooms, branches and berries. We’ve also love seeing couples who are open to unique twists on the trends, like spicing up a neutral palette by mixing in a punch of mustard yellow. These color combinations play on something most people have never seen before.

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AUGUST 6

• STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

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“We wanted God to be the focus of our ceremony,” Kari says, so the team commissioned an open-air chapel.

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Hummingbirds took flight in the invitation suite and played a pivotal role in the outdoor décor in homage to Kari’s late grandmother.

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THEIR STORY Kari Klinkenborg (31 and a commercial actress and food blogger) and Ryan Anderson (29 and a professional basketball player) had two options once engaged: plan a wedding in six months or wait another year for the NBA season to end to get married. The pair decided to go with the former. “We were ready,” Kari says. Finding the ideal location for the “rustic glam” affair meant heading back to the green groves of Kari’s native Colorado, despite having to plan from afar. “I knew Steamboat was the place,” she says. “Flying Diamond Ranch is such a stunning and serene property.” The whirlwind planning ended in a day Kari calls “nothing short of magical.” Kari, Ryan and their guests celebrated the newlyweds in a romantic forest oasis all to themselves, complete with cozy, whimsical teepees and whispy installations. “Everything had a little Colorado touch,” Kari says. —Louis Baragona

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K ARI & RYAN

The newlyweds cut into a naked chocolate chip and salted caramel confection, filled with a passionfruit buttercream.

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LOUNGE SEATING Between the ceremony and the reception, guests lounged at vintage high-top tables in a storybook-like aspen grove, a scene Kari calls “one of the prettiest things I’ve seen.” WEDDING PARTY For Kari, confidence was key when it came to the bridesmaids’ attire. For that reason, she asked them to pick their own unique styles, so long as they fit the color palette. BAR The couple even had a bar built among the trees for their cocktail hour.

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KARI & RYAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Flying

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RECEPTION Sparkling chandeliers and lushly draped greenery gave the reception tent “the most stunning, romantic feel,” Kari says. MENU Self-proclaimed foodies, Kari and Ryan made sure

Merge SOCIAL PLANNER Gold Leaf Event Design EVENT DESIGNER & FLOWERS David Beahm Experiences GOWN Inbal Dror

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guests got their fill of indulgent bacon cheddar biscuits, fried crab bites, short ribs, mini white Russian milkshakes, strawberry shortcake, beignets and more. TABLE NUMBERS Glossy pink Lucite displays and bright vases of soft roses and peonies brought a little glamour to the rustic tablescapes.

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Charming Chairs; Eclectic Hive; Pink Monkey Solutions CATERING & DESSERTS Caribou Club CAKE Megan Joy Cakes OFFICIANT Manley Miller MUSIC Ceremony: Zach Williams & Élan Artists; cocktail hour: Ground Control/Élan Artists OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Cigar bar; corn hole;

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SEPTEMBER 22

• DENVER

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Allison wore a classic Western wedding dress, while Gaurav paired a plum-colored traditional Indian jacket with white dress pants.

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Figuring out how to fuse Indian and American culture was “the best part of wedding planning,” Allison says.

THEIR STORY Allison Foley (39 and works in advertising) and Gaurav Kukreja (45 and works in private equity) didn’t exactly know what kind of wedding they’d have as they began planning, but they did know one thing: “We wanted the wedding and the reception to reflect who we are—our values, cultures and who we are together,” Allison says. “We wanted everyone to feel like they were among close friends and family.” That meant two ceremonies, one Western and one Hindu, both powered by those same loved ones. “It was DIY all the way and, of course, DIY means lot of help from family and friends,” Allison says. —LB

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VENUE Having the ceremony at Coohills, a downtown restaurant, meant Allison and Gaurav had the unique opportunity to say their vows on an abandoned railroad bridge. “It also felt like a place where we would have dinner with friends, which was exactly what we wanted,” Allison says. WEDDING PARTY In contrast to the modern, industrial setting, Allison and Gaurav played up bright, colorful hues, dressing the wedding party in vibrant gold, red and magenta fabrics straight from India.

ALLISON & GAURAV’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Coohills,

Denver PHOTOGRAPHY Brian Paul

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Mallik Photography FLOWERS Sweet “We love entertaining, and we approached the wedding like we would a party in our home,” Allison says. “We wanted it to feel cozy.”

Pea Flowers GOWN Shareen, Emma & Grace Bridal Studio, Denver HAIR & MAKEUP Tina Garbe VEIL Custom,

Delhi, India SHOES Bride: Jimmy Choo; groom: ARVEE NYC WEDDING RINGS Hurdle’s Jewelry BRIDESMAID DRESSES Custom, India MENSWEAR Groom: jacket: Imperial India Company, Jaipur, India; groomsmen: various STATIONERY Custom, India RENTALS

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JULY 7

• GRANBY

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The couple “really wanted to highlight the beauty surrounding Strawberry Creek Ranch: the mountain views, the valleys and the meadows,” Liz says.

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THEIR STORY Liz (35 and a biologist) and Zach (37 and a lawyer) share a love of adventure, which usually means finding themselves rappelling from a mountain. After spending their first date biking around Denver, then getting engaged on a European backpacking trek, the pair knew the excitement had to continue on their wedding day. “We wanted a mountain location with expansive views,” Liz says. “We love the outdoors, so we wanted the theme of the wedding to capture the natural beauty of what was around us.” Vibrant local wildflower arrangements and breathable indoor-outdoor spaces amplified the day’s casual, rustic vibe. Guests also had the opportunity to help send Liz and Zach on a new path: The pair requested a fund for a new camper for newlywed journeys. —LB

To center the ceremony and frame the couple, they stood under a birch wood arch decorated with bright flowers.

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LIZ & Z ACH

WEDDING PARTY Liz’s bridesmaids were surprised to find they’d coincidentally chosen similar navy dresses, which Liz found a good contrast to the bouquets of cheery florals. TABLE NUMBERS Liz’s mom, an artist, drew the mountain and river illustrations printed on much of the day-of stationery. DESSERT “Zach and I aren’t really cake lovers,” Liz says. So instead, the pair cut into their favorite Key lime pie and offered guests slices from a mini pie bar.

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For a breath of fresh air between dances, guests relaxed at lounge areas set up outside of the reception tent.

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“We wanted the inside of the tent to feel like an extension of the outdoor space,” Liz says of the reception décor.

LIZ & ZACH’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Strawberry

Creek Ranch, Granby PHOTOGRAPHY Danielle DeFiore Photography PLANNER

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RECEPTION Liz and Zach kept things casual with rustic exposed farm tables and neutral, textured linens. MENU Not only did guests enjoy locally sourced creations like hot French onion soup dumplings and fresh tomato hand pies, but also Zach made good on his wedding vows to provide Liz with endless amounts of popcorn. FAVORS Liz’s mom used her artistic skills to create miniature houses out of colorful glass, a visual representation of the couple’s love of home, friends and family.

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Invitations: Minted; programs, escort cards & menus: Tasha Rae Designs RENTALS Decor By Design; Event Rents; House of Yonder CATERING & DESSERTS Catering by Design OFFICIANT Amy Beatie (groom’s coworker) MUSIC A Music Plus Entertainment FAVORS Susan Cox TRANSPORTATION Mountain Transit

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OCTOBER 7

• SEDALIA

james & teddy PHOTOGR APHY BY ALISON VAGNINI PHOTOGR APHY

Teddy wore a traditional Scottish kilt in his family’s signature tartan print, while James chose a three-piece gray suit.

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With “autumnal abundance” in mind, James and Teddy sprinkled fallen leaves along the aisle, leading to a custom arch covered in leaves and flowers.

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THEIR STORY James Godbolt (30 and a teacher) and Teddy Scott (30 and a grad student) have a way of making something old into something new. Teddy’s proposal with his late father’s band and one of his mother’s old ring boxes exemplifies the pair’s shared knack for finding beauty in the past and adding freshness to tradition. On their wedding day, that meant breathing new life into fallen leaves as wedding décor staples, dressing groomsmen in tartan kilts and Teddy recording an original first dance song. For James, the “most treasured” of all was the vows. “We wanted a traditional say-and-repeat format, but not a traditional list of vows,” James says. “We found a good compromise.” —LB

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JA MES & TEDDY

Guides gave tours of the museum’s private spaces.

VENUE The historic Cherokee Ranch & Castle, which overlooks the Rocky Mountains, made for a stately, old-world setting for James and Teddy’s ceremony and reception. GREENERY The couple found inspiration in the deeply rich hues of fall leaves, which they turned into “showstopping pieces,” James says, including an artistic, colorful canopy in the tent. PLACE SETTINGS Soft, plaid linens, copper flatware and dried leaves brought some rustic charm to the exposed wood tablescapes.

James and Teddy cut into a cheesecake at the reception, and guests grazed from a dessert bar.

JAMES & TEDDY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Cherokee

Ranch & Castle, Sedalia PHOTOGRAPHY Alison Vagnini Photography PLANNER

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Laurel & Rose FLOWERS Lalé Florals MAKEUP Alchemy Face Bar HAIR Mia

Nunez ENGAGEMENT RING Family heirloom WEDDING RINGS Hyde Park Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Adrianna

Papell MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse; kilts: William Glen & Son, San Francisco STATIONERY Lotus & Ash RENTALS Event

Rents; La Tavola; Pink Monkey Solutions; Yonder Floral + Decor House CATERING, CAKE & DESSERTS Catering by Design OFFICIANT Rebecca Salinas (family friend) MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Cloud

9 Strings; reception: TH Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH ShutterBooth REGISTRIES

Bed Bath & Beyond; Crate & Barrel HONEYMOON French Polynesia GUESTS 160

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AUGUST 26

• MORRISON

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Josephine says she was “blown away” by the décor, particularly the ceremony arch covered in blush pink chiffon, roses and wisteria.

PHOTOGR APHY BY MELISSA BRIELLE PHOTOGR APHY

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“We wanted a venue that represents where we live with all of its beautiful mountains,” Josephine says.

THEIR STORY

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Josephine Mataley (26 and a nursing student and US Navy operations specialist) and James Doherty (32 and a police officer) wore several different hats while wedding planning with the help of Pinterest, doing just about everything from event planning to designing stationery. In the beginning, Josephine took charge by choosing the color palette, selecting blush pink, gold and white. “The colors came together after a lot of research,” Josephine says. From there, the pair worked together tirelessly as things began falling into place, with James even making the wedding favors the night before. In the end, it was worth it, she says. “It was everything I dreamed of.” Of course, the well-researched hues the couple settled on at the start were the perfect fit. “The colors brightened up the whole place and made the day even more beautiful,” Josephine says. —LB Roses filled the bouquets and lined the aisle alongside gold, glittering tulle.

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JOSEPHINE & JA MES

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Willow

FIRST DANCE Josephine and James swayed to “Earth Angel” by The Temptations. MENU Just in

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case bacon-wrapped breadsticks, tacos, tamales and glazed doughnuts weren’t enough, guests grabbed slices of lemon cake with lemon curd and mixed berry filling for dessert. BLOOMS Josephine and James found inspiration for their color palette in the hues of classic, romantic florals, including pink roses and gold-dipped buds, but also added some more rustic touches with baby’s breath and greenery.

Melissa Minker/Melissa Brielle Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Thom Paxton Photography EVENT DESIGNER & FLOWERS Simple Elegance GOWN Maggie Sottero, TheLastMinuteBride.com HAIR Sandra Adomako MAKEUP Anastasia

Mensah VEIL & HEADPIECE Etsy.com SHOES Bride: DSW ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Legino Diamonds BRIDESMAID DRESSES FashionNova.com MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse FLOWER GIRL ATTIRE Etsy.com RING BEARER ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY DIY RENTALS DJ Connection; Fresh Tracks Catering;

Simple Elegance CATERING Fresh Tracks Catering CAKE Cake Crumbs CAKE TOPPER Michaels DESSERTS Krispy Kreme OFFICIANT Rev. Scott Awbrey MUSIC Ceremony: Susie Peek; reception: DJ Connections DANCE LESSONS Maya’s Ballroom Dance FAVORS DIY HONEYMOON Thailand & Spain GUESTS 85

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• LYONS

Gabriella says she chose The Lyons Farmette for its “magical quality.”

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The stationery, a fresh take on otomi print, included a sneaky sketch of the couple’s pup.

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THEIR STORY Gabriella Polen (29 and a teacher) and Louis Fratta (30 and a geologist) decided on one major theme before their summertime ceremony: fun. Rather than sticking to convention, “we made sure that everything was bright, colorful and felt like us,” Gabriella says. Instead of limiting the décor to a single color palette, “it was more like all the bright colors,” she says. The couple skipped a wedding party, raised a toast with Coors Light after saying their vows and nixed slow songs in favor of keeping things upbeat. They advise other couples to make their own rules too. “If you don’t like certain wedding traditions, don’t do them,” Gabriella says. —LB

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RECEPTION At the laid-back party, “I don’t think the dance floor was ever empty,” Gabriella says. Between dances, guests snacked on Korean beef tacos and green chili mac and cheese. The couple posed for photos on Louis’s Harley. DESSERT Because Gabriella is “obsessed” with gnomes, the pair added custom figurines to their single-tier cake. ESCORT CARD DISPLAY The eye-catching wall of patterned escort cards emphasized the playful fiesta theme.

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As soon as Gabriella saw her bouquet of sunflowers, marigolds and other wildflowers, “I burst into tears,” she says.

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The traditional print of the table runner served as one of many nods to Gabriella’s Mexican heritage.

ATTIRE Louis paired his green tuxedo jacket with a borrowed lapis bolo tie, while Gabriella threw a custom denim jacket inscribed with her new married name over her gown. ENTERTAINMENT Gabriella’s sisters skipped formal speeches in order to organize a surprise: They led a choreographed dance with the wedding guests, leaving the couple totally shocked. “We couldn’t believe it,” Gabriella says. “We felt so much love and laughed so hard.”

GABRIELLA & LOUIS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Lyons

Farmette, Lyons PHOTOGRAPHY Callie Hobbs Photography PLANNER Root + Gather FLOWERS Farmette Flowers; Plume & Furrow GOWN Watters, anna bé Bridal Boutique,

Denver JEAN JACKET Swoozies HAIR & MAKEUP Ember Hairstream SHOES Bride:

Franco Sarto; groom: TheBlackTux.com ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Sarah O. MENSWEAR TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY

Stefanie Hofmeister RENTALS Event Rents CATERING & DESSERTS Butcher & The

Blonde CAKE Whole Foods CAKE TOPPER TheLittleHedgerow, Etsy.com OFFICIANT Tyler Olmsted (bride’s brother-in-law) MUSIC Jaz McDonald/Elite Entertainment FAVORS The Lyons Farmette TRANSPORTATION The Bragging Ass REGISTRY Zola.com HONEYMOON Road trip through Colorado & Wyoming GUESTS 85

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Kathleen intended to wear a custom gown, but after struggling to make the design fit her vision, she found a yellow Naeem Khan dress online—and on sale.

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THEIR STORY

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As Kathleen Wu (57 and an attorney) and Shawn Hill (55 and an aeronautics industry executive) began to plan their wedding, they said “no” to any and all second guessing. That was how they met, after all. “I would normally never, ever say “yes” to a blind date,” Kathleen says. “But sometimes you have to switch off autopilot and do something wild.” An April engagement led to an August wedding, which logistically meant there wasn’t much time for questions anyway. Luckily, the couple’s theme came naturally, just like their bond. The pair honored Kathleen’s Chinese heritage with hand-painted chinoiserie décor, Shawn’s favorite instrument with a bagpiper and establishing their new family’s bond by planting an aspen tree with their children, who served as the wedding party. For the couple, the whole affair “was an exclamation point of over-thetop love,” Kathleen says. —LB

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BLOOMS Arrangements of roses, lisianthus and hydrangeas matched the blue and white patterns of the chinoiserie décor. “There were flowers everywhere, scattered in all different sizes of vases, bowls and cups,” Kathleen says. INVITATIONS Shawn is an avid fly fisherman, so the custom invitation suite included fly-fishing hooks that could be saved as keepsakes. ESCORT CARDS Guests found their way to their seats with the help of glowing gold Asian lanterns that doubled as party favors.

KATHLEEN & SHAWN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Little

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The couple wanted the reception “to feel like an elegant but welcoming family dinner,” Kathleen says.

Mountain Occasions FLOWERS Aspen Branch GOWN Naeem Khan, Bergdorf Goodman, New York City HAIR & MAKEUP Amanda Moran SHOES Bride: Jimmy Choo; groom: Salvatore Ferragamo ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Tiffany & Co. MENSWEAR Groom: Salvatore Ferragamo STATIONERY Invitations & menus: Mathes and Co. Events; escort lanterns: TPD Design House CATERING & DESSERTS The Little Nell OFFICIANT Rev. Jill Pidcock MUSIC String

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K ATE & MICHAEL JULY 7 • POLSON, MT

natural beauty PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEREMIAH AND RACHEL PHOTOGRAPHY

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PUPPY LOVE The signature sips—Gracie’s gin and juice and Sydney’s whiskey smash—were affectionately named after Kate and Michael’s two dogs.

THEIR STORY

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Katharine (Kate) Gillett (27 and a pediatric intensive care nurse) had high hopes of marrying Michael Seyman (25 and a pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse) at Glacier National Park, but even their mostly-family guest list exceeded what the park would allow. Luckily, their plan B, Kate’s family’s house overlooking Flathead Lake, was anything but a backup. The weekend celebrated Montana’s finest, with a group hike, dishes like venison tenderloin bruschetta and huckleberry phyllo cups, and Michael’s favorite local brews— Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing and Cold Smoke from KettleHouse Brewing Company. Even their cake had huckleberry filling and showed off a custom monogram honoring their love of the mountains. After a ceremony Kate’s grandfathers officiated in an outdoor chapel constructed just for the occasion, the newlyweds recessed under a shower of biodegradable confetti. —Lois Brunnert Bethune

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COLOR PLAY The party’s palette and the barware took a cue from Kate’s favorite jewel tones—emerald, eggplant, navy and a spin on Deborah Lippmann “Single Ladies” red nail polish. BOUQUET Kate’s bright mix included anemones, peonies, clematis and wild blueberries. WELCOME GOODIES Montana-made treats like Béquet caramels, huckleberry scones, trail mix, state-shaped cookies and Hurraw! lip balm got guests mountain ready.

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KATE & MICHAEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

STYLE Kate’s high-neck, racerback lace dress and greenery crown combination matched her day-to-day style. “Michael describes my look as ‘classic hippie,’ ” she says. FIRST DANCE The pair traded in dressy footwear for Nikes that Michael customized with their initials and wedding date for their dance to “Never in My Wildest Dreams” by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Sho-Down, a local country band, performed all night. LOUNGE AREA Plush green sofas blended into the natural surroundings.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private

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Bliss Monique Lhuillier, Nordstrom MAKEUP Danielle Weigand (friend) VEIL Vera Wang, Nordstrom SHOES Bride: ceremony: Rachel Simpson, BHLDN; reception: Nike; groom: reception: Nike WEDDING RINGS Consider the Wldflwrs MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank; tie: J.Crew; pocket square: family heirloom STATIONERY Studio Luzance; save-the-dates:

Jessica Lee Calligraphy RENTALS The Party Store MT; The TOP Rentals CATERING Bravo Catering CAKE Bernice’s Bakery MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Kelly

Garber; reception: Sho-Down FAVORS Béquet Confections; Bernice’s Bakery; Hurraw! Balm; KettleHouse Brewing Company TRANSPORTATION Montana Trolley Co. REGISTRIES Amazon.com; REI HONEYMOON Alberta, Canada GUESTS 120

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modern wedding whites ecru, cream, stone, slate

WHY IT WORKS White is forever a classic, there’s no arguing that (um, hello, it’s called “wedding white” for a reason!). But this is 2019, and you want your wedding to feel like you, so add in shades of subtle cream, gray and taupe to give the monochromatic palette a bit of added dimension. We promise, it will keep it feeling fresh and modern, not crazy-traditional or boring. HOW TO USE IT White can really play well with any style, from a glam affair overflowing with metallic accents to a rustic, Scandiinspired intimate elopement. Whatever your vibe, complement a single-shade palette with tons of added texture. Ask your florist to vary the style and size of the blooms at your altar, dress up your crew in gowns or suits in a variety of fabrics or layer your tables with a mix of linen, velvet and silk. More visual interest will mean your overall look feels dynamic, not stale and uninspired.

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WHY IT WORKS Boho is back, but this time it’s grown up a bit. Sunset-inspired hues like rust and sienna are offset by moody mauve and barely-there taupe for a celebration that’s warm and welcoming yet sophisticated. Plus, these picks are fit for any season—play them up in summer with pops of bold yellow, or make them a bit more wintry with the addition of a dark green. HOW TO USE IT Sprinkle these desert hues over every inch of your fete, starting with your invitation suite. Rose gold foil printing will look amazing on blush or burnt orange invitations. At your reception, blanket your tables in mauve linens or macramé table runners and finish off your lounge seating with a pile of Moroccaninspired blankets and pillows. When it comes to blooms for your day, ask your florist to add in exotic picks like protea or pampas grass, or go green with tons of succulents, ferns and air plants. >>

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WHY IT WORKS Pastels have gotten a bad rep as being sticky sweet or overly feminine—but we’re here to prove you wrong. The new take on these soft hues: a bit of grit. Slightly muted and paired with black or modern details, your favorite softies are now part of a funky-and-fresh combination that’s anything but saccharine. HOW TO USE IT Instead of going the (maybe obvious) romantic route with these hues, work them into an otherwise modern vibe for your day. Artist-inspired brush strokes and bold black typography on your invitation suite suggest guests prepare for the unexpected, while a pastel wedding dress or suit could be the perfect surprise touch. When it comes to florals and décor, swap spray roses and peonies for spray-painted foliage or flowers (baby’s breath FTW!) that will feel playful and festive. Finish your bash with a smoke bomb exit for an Insta-worthy explosion of color. >>

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dutch masters wine, tangerine, saffron, cerulean

WHY IT WORKS You know those works of art that are all moody and rich and absolutely stunning? Well, gear up, because that’s about to be your wedding. This palette is all about bringing the drama, with luscious wine and cerulean blue pairing up with brighter tangerine and saffron for a combo that is unbeatably gorgeous. With colors this pretty, it’s really a more-is-more-is-more situation, so don’t be afraid to saturate every single part of your day. HOW TO USE IT Flowers, flowers, flowers! Tons of buds naturally play into this palette, especially if you’re saying “I do” during autumn. Let your arrangements or installations do the décor work for you (even better if you’re celebrating outside among fall foliage), then add to the scene with cool pops of blue textiles and tons of luxe gold metallics. While you’re at it, carry these colorful shades into your wedding party look—they’ll complement everyone.

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WHY IT WORKS These colors pretty much scream luxury, making them the ideal unexpected combo for a black-tie affair. They’re complementary to each other too, meaning you can use them in any combination and really never get it wrong (finally, something in wedding planning that is straightforward!). HOW TO USE IT A little goes a long way when it comes to shades this saturated, so focus on intentional pops of color, like beautiful tinted tablecloths or an emerald invitation suite that makes for a very happy mail day. Task your florist with adding tons of greenery to your reception venue as an eye-catching (and inexpensive) way to stick with your chosen palette. Extra wow-worthy moments, like an art-deco-inspired cake in rich emerald, will have all your guests reaching for their phones. Plus, how stunning would your gals be as your “something blue” in peacock-hued dresses? So chic!

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Amber Fairbanks and Gabby Greenleaf are the cofounders of Banks & Leaf, based in Denver. They have over 18 years of combined experience in event design and wedding coordination.

We suggest you put your overall wants on paper, then think about what you can’t live without. Once you eliminate the extra fluff, you can focus on what makes both of you feel the most excited.

If you can make it work with your budget, bring on a planner right at the start. They’ll save you countless hours of research and tons of stress, plus help you narrow in on the design details you’ll love.

The most memorable weddings are personalized to the couple, so focus on thoughtful touches that make your event you, like replicating a dish from your favorite restaurant for your reception meal.

This year, a lot of couples want to make their party an interactive event for guests. It’s been fun figuring out how to bring those ideas to life and keep guests reminiscing for years to come.

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Stephanie McKean is the owner and designer behind Pier 9 Design, where she works with clients to create custom wedding and event stationery reflective of their personalities.

Add a special touch to your invitations by having a custom illustration of your wedding venue or location done in watercolor. It can be used on the envelope liner and throughout your day.

Splurging on letterpress printing or foil stamping for your main invitation is a great way to make a statement. Then, print everything else (RSVP, details card) digitally to save a bit of money.

Carry elements from your paper goods to all aspects of your wedding dĂŠcor, like using cocktail napkins or ceremony programs in the same design style or color palette. It will help create a cohesive celebration.

We always ask our couples to share inspiration that goes beyond weddingrelated content. Furniture, clothing and architecture imagery can all be used to help unveil a couple’s vision and set their style.

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COURTESY OF MCKEAN

The Colorado stationery designer talks trends she loves and advice for couples.

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Fun fact: This is a tulip! Bend back the petals for an exotic, fuller look.

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Spray roses often come two to three a stem, so they’re a great way to fill holes.

TIE ONE ON

Grosgrain ribbon has a beautiful texture, but won’t break the bank.

BOUQUET BREAKDOWN

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Perfect for bridesmaids or the lady of the hour, a more petite bouquet will pack in the pretty without costing a ton. Ask your florist to focus their attention on gorgeous colors and a few bold, standout blooms, like an antique rose.

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every GET GORGEOUS STEMS NO MATTER WHAT YOU SPEND, THANKS TO SNEAKY HACKS STRAIGHT FROM THE PROS. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAYMOND HOM FLOWERS BY A.P. BIO

GET WEIRD

A wacky stem, like this pincushion, is worth a little splurge. B RIDAL FAVE

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A ranunculus’s delicate petals photograph beautifully, making it a wedding mainstay.

BRANCH OUT

Sprawling picks, like these hellebores, will increase the size—and drama—of your bouquet.

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Chiffon and satin ribbon combine for a flowy look that feels luxe.

A bit more room in your budget? Task your florist with pulling together a full bouquet with delicate and feminine buds. Vine-y hellebores and Queen Anne’s lace add a dynamic shape, while ranunculus ups the romance factor. >>

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ST YLE ISLAND STYLE

Tropical anthurium is hearty enough to last through a hot summer day.

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Poppies’ delicate petals and super-saturated hue make them worth every penny.

TRADITIONAL TOUCH

Double-sided satin ribbon in a “something blue” shade is a sweet and upscale addition.

BOUQUET BREAKDOWN

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For the bundle of your dreams, have your florist team together sensibly priced “filler” buds, like carnations and chrysanthemums, with showstopping, high-end picks like Juliet roses, Icelandic poppies and anthurium. >>

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ST YLE MINI BUT MIGHTY

These yellow cymbidium orchids (usually imported from Japan) add a wispy, playful shape.

P O S H PE TA L S

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All the heart eyes for these statement peonies—add ’em for fullness and wow-worthy color.

FINAL TOUCH

Nothing screams “special occasion” more than rich mustard velvet.

S TA R P OW E R

Put your best buds, like these delicate orchids, front and center for lots of photo time. BOUQUET BREAKDOWN

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At this price point, the sky’s (almost) the limit. Let your florist go all out when it comes to color and flower selection. One-of-a-kind stems like mini cymbidium orchids and Coral Charm peonies combine for a truly jaw-dropping display.

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THE SHUTTER CHEF

Wedding reception at The Loft Music Venue in Colorado Springs. Seats up to 140. THE SHUTTER CHEF

Take a tour of our new beautiful venue in Buena Vista, Colorado! It’s called The Loft Theater and seats 300! One of the things our couples LOVE MOST about our venue is that we are an OPEN venue. That means you may bring your own caterer and alcohol or even your own food! You may choose your own vendors and will never be forced to use the people that we recommend. (Although they are awesome!) Freedom of choice...that’s what The Loft is all about. We open the venue at 10 a.m. for your special day so that you may use our newly renovated bridal suite (it’s pretty sweet), which may be used as your own private getaway. Our packages were designed to take the stress and pressure off of you. Our staff is very friendly, fun and professional. They might even bust out some fun dance moves once your reception gets really rolling. We throw one mean party and if you like great sound and an awesome dance floor, there is no better place in Colorado Springs than The Loft Music Venue and Events Center.

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Discover wedding inspiration in everything around you—literally—with these four scenes inspired by the elements of nature.

FINAL TOUCH

Give invites your own seal of approval with molten red wax.

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Decorate your tabletop with a mix of peppers and chilies.

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NICE SPICE

Tie mini hot sauces with papel picado–inspired favor tags.

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1 Tumbler in Light Amber and Clear, $30, Ichendorf, JungLeeNY.com 2 Spider bead burst napkin ring in Red, $56 for 4, KimSeybert.com 3 Hot sauces, $15 for 3, Queen Majesty, DocHotties.com 4 Cambria salad plate in Red, $32 for 4, PotteryBarn.com 5 Classic custom wax seal stamp, from $38, Artisaire.com 6 Garden Lush art print, from $21, Nell Waters Bernegger, Minted.com 7 Custom string lights, $40 for 24-ball length, BrightLabLights.com 8 Custom cigar matchboxes, $120 for 50, ForYourParty.com 9 Nolita invitations, $234 for 100, Annie Clark, Minted.com 10 Small form bowl set, $100, Tom Dixon, JungLeeNY.com >>

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GLOW UP

Swap traditional string lights for these bold, colorful balls.

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CELEBRATE YOU AND YOUR FLAME

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GET LIT

Top your cigar bar with cheeky matchboxes.

WITH A SATURATED PALETTE OF REDS AND ORANGES, PLUS ACCENTS THAT BRING THE HEAT.

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MAKE A MUSSEL

Point guests to their seats with signature scripted shells.

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SOAK IN THE WEDDING DAY VIBES AMONG OCEANIC DETAILS AND A SEA OF BLUE.

SEA STRIPES

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1 Seaglass vase fillers, $4, WorldMarket.com 2 Dark Vines Indigo matchbox, $13, StFrank .com 3 Diagonal Stripe fabric in Navy, $158 per yard, Blurred Stripe fabric in Navy, $158 per yard, RebeccaAtwood.com 4 Gio Colour Marine tumbler, $10, LSA, JungLeeNY.com 5 Cristobal Marine porcelain rim soup plate, $160, porcelain dessert plate #2, $100, Raynaud, JungLeeNY.com 6 Vow books in Bleu Velvet and Deep Sea Velvet, $87 each, ElmoPaper Stories.com 7 Tern Schooner saucer, $92, JohnDerian.com 8 Johanna Watercolor Wash save-the-date, $225 for 100, WhimsyDesignPaperie, Etsy.com

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Top your tables with runners in a statement print.


9 Mallorca Agate serving board, $90, ZGallerie.com 10 Assorted bonbons, $25 for 6, SWMSweets .com 11 Indigo blue print tea rests, $12 for 3, WorldMarket.com 12 Glass beads in Light Blue and Midnight Blue, $75 each, StFrank.com >> STYLISH STROKES

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BLUE BITES

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V E LV E T VO W S

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Package up bonbons as a take-home thank-you treat.

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Speak from the heart in style by holding these keepsake books at the altar.

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USE SOFT NEUTRALS AND FLOWY FABRIC TO GIVE “WEDDING WHITE” A CHIC TWIST THAT’S

A BREATH OF FRESH—WELL, YOU GET IT.

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BREEZY BUDS

Add elegant orchids to your bouquet to make a quiet statement.

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Upgrade any tablescape by renting cutlery that truly stands out.

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Pair soft pastel invites with vellum envelopes for a very-now look. 6

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1 Geode napkin rings, $68 for 4, ZGallerie.com 2 Marble hexagon coasters, $13 for 4, WorldMarket.com 3 Embroidered piña coasters, $40 for 4, StFrank.com 4 Goa flatware in White Gold, $90 for 5-piece set, Cutipol, ABCHome.com 5 Oyster dinnerware in Pearl, from $60, ABCHome .com 6 Custom invitation suite, from $1,000, TheWellsMakery.com 7 Petals fabric in Taupe-Rose, $158 per yard, Marble fabric in Taupe, $158 per yard, RebeccaAtwood.com 8 Camden tealight, $20, ZGallerie.com 9 Meringue kisses, $1 each, TheMeringue BakeShopNYC.com 10 Rushmore ring box, from $75, TheMrsBox.com; custom engagement ring, price upon request, SusieSaltzman .com 11 Inyo hair piece, $234, UntamedPetals.com >>

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AIR KISS

Pile your dessert table high with color-swirled meringues.

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TIE ONE ON

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Weave this dainty vine into your ’do for a bit of sparkle.

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FRAMED FOLIAGE

Hang pressed flowers center stage (like behind the bar).

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YET RUSTIC LOOK THAT’S ANYTHING BUT GARDEN VARIETY.

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Plant sticks with guests’ names in pots for your escort card display.

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FRESH & GREEN

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Think inside the box and send along your suite in a mailer packed with moss.

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1 Cherry burl 8-inch bowl, $95, Peterman, JungLeeNY.com 2 Satin gold long leaf earrings, $60, KennethJayLane.com 3 Custom invitation suite, from $2,500, EmilyRoseInk.com 4 Fern leaf ceramic dish, $24, RedBarnPottery, Etsy.com 5 Mossed redstone pots, from $4 each, JamaliGarden.com 6 Footed teak plant stand, from $12, ShopTerrain.com 7 Petrified wood coasters, $47 for 4, KimSeybert.com 8 Galaxy wood flatware, $260 for 5-piece set, Capdeco, JungLeeNY.com 9 Nebuleux plate, $94, John Derian for Astier de Villatte, ABCHome.com 10 Green fern plate, from $16, ShopTerrain .com 11 Mushroom cheese set, $278, ShopTerrain.com

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STICK IT

Spread those good vibes with palto santo smudge stick favors for guests.

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FINE FERNS

Use botanical dishes to carry the theme to the table.

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bridal consultants want you to know Here’s what the pros think you should consider before you hit the salon. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN

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Shop early Take note: A designer wedding gown is custom made. It will take months of work to create and a series of alterations to fit your body perfectly. In other words, it’s not the kind of garment you can toss into an online shopping cart and have show up on your doorstep two days later—which is why you should go to a bridal salon to shop for your gown. Book your first appointment 9 to 12 months before your wedding date so you have plenty of time to order and alter your dress. (Some designers can accommodate orders in six months or less, but, even then, you’re cutting it close.) If you’re shopping closer to your wedding, you may be limited to floor samples or off-the-rack gowns. And small stores may not be able to accommodate last-minute orders.

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Do your research Before you start shopping, think about what style you want. Consider your wedding venue, vibe and body type to narrow that down. Then look through pictures of wedding dresses online and in magazines, and save the styles you like. In our (ahem) unbiased opinion, TheKnot.com is a great place to begin—you can search thousands of gowns by style and price, and if you find a few you want to try on, you can see which local salons carry your favorites.

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Hidden costs add up Your wedding gown budget includes more than the dress. Your veil or headpiece, shoes, jewelry, undergarments and alterations (and in some cases, steaming and storing your dress) will also add to your bottom line. Factor in these costs before you give the salesperson your final shopping budget.

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Always book an appointment While you may get lucky and snag a salesperson just by walking in, scheduling an appointment is the only way to ensure you’ll get a full hour of undivided attention. Also, plan to play hooky to avoid crowds. Going in on a weekday will allow you to hit the stores while crowds are at a minimum, making for a less stressful experience. You’ll get much more attention from the sales staff if you shop on a slow Tuesday morning rather than a hectic Saturday afternoon.

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Make requests Just because a bridal salon carries your favorite designer doesn’t mean it will have the exact wedding dress you’ve been wanting to try on. But if you phone in advance and request a specific style, chances are a salon staffer will be able to call in a sample of that gown ahead of your appointment. >>

local love: la vallée bridal ABOUT THE EXPERT

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Amanda Chapline is the owner of La Vallée Bridal, a bridal boutique in Vail. The salon carries designer brands like Alon Livne, Inbal Dror, Pronovias and Marchesa.

Wedding dresses can take six to eight months to make since they’re custom. Shipping and alterations can add two more months to the process, so start shopping at least 9 to 12 months ahead of time.

If a bride has a specific dress they’d like to try on, we can request a loaner sample from the designer. Notify the salon early enough to ensure they can receive it in time for your appointment.

This experience should be a fun and memorable one, so stay open-minded. Try on styles you wouldn’t typically consider, and look to your stylist for more suggestions—they’re the experts and there to help.

You’ll probably have three or four dress fittings. If your gown requires more than standard alterations, like fitting the bust and adjusting the hem length, you may need to book some extra appointments.

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Wedding gown guru Amanda Chapline shares her dress shopping tips.

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Shop for your shape When trying on dresses, focus less on the number on the scale or your dress size and more on the general shape and frame of your body. Your weight may be constantly fluctuating, especially if you’re stressed out, so don’t let that be the deciding factor in choosing your dress. Concentrate on finding a silhouette that accentuates the features you love and makes you feel confident.

Limit your entourage You may be tempted to invite all your friends and family to help you shop for your gown, but bringing a big group to the salon is a gown shopping don’t. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to help you start your search. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many conflicting opinions.

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Trust is key Even if a gown doesn’t look amazing on the hanger, that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t look amazing on you. Be open to what an experienced consultant thinks will flatter your figure and work with your wedding style (after all, they’ve done this before). Bottom line: The dress you end up loving might be different than what you originally pictured, and that’s okay.

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Don’t get discouraged We know coming up empty-handed on your first salon appointment can be a letdown, but don’t give up. There are hundreds of bridal designers out there with thousands of designs, which makes your odds of finding a fantastic wedding day look pretty darn good. “The one” for you is definitely out there.

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You’re paying for an experience While shopping online for your dress may seem like the more convenient option, visiting a bridal salon is a once-in-alifetime experience with numerous benefits of its own. For starters, you’ll get face-to-face interaction with a wedding dress expert to help guide you, taking the guesswork out of finding your perfect size and silhouette. Additionally, you have the opportunity to touch and feel the dresses you’re considering, so you know exactly what you’re paying for. Trust us—while dress photos may look dreamy online, there’s a huge difference between high-quality fabrics and embellishments and low-quality ones in person. Practical aspects aside, your salon appointment is first and foremost a special moment. It’s a chance to celebrate your upcoming nuptials, spend a day with the people you love and enjoy accomplishing a huge moment in your wedding planning process.

5 ways to customize your wedding dress Gowns certainly aren’t one style fits all—and there are actually a lot of options where customizing your dress is concerned. Here are some common add-ons.

1. Modify embellishments

You might feel like your dress could use a little more, or even a little less, embellishment. See how much control you have over the existing details on your dress—can you add more to or remove from certain areas?

2. Lace it up

Swapping out a zipper for a corset closure adds a romantic finishing touch for brides looking for a dramatic back. But a corset-style closure isn’t only for looks. If you think you might need extra breathing room, a lace-up back gives you some leeway.

3. Make it personal

Find a creative way to incorporate “something old, new, borrowed or blue.” Stitch your loved one’s initials in blue inside your bodice, close to your heart, or sew a charm with a special meaning into the hem.

4. Add sleeves

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

5. Switch up your bustle

Every dress with a train needs a bustle, but not many brides know that each bustle is custom made to suit the gown. These tricky systems of hooks, buttons and ties are designed to pull your train off the floor, and they need to be carefully sewn in a pattern that works with each individual silhouette.

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veils, unveiled

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Discover the prettiest styles, from the more traditional to the new and trendy. BY SHELLEY BROWN ILLUSTR ATIONS BY JESSICA DURR ANT

Veils are an easy way to express yourself. But with so many options to choose from, how do you know which one’s right for you? We broke down all the different styles, including the latest trends, with tips on how to wear them so you can uncover (sorry, we had to!) the perfect veil for your wedding look. >>

a birdcage veil gives off serious retro-glam vibes

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waltz-length veils are made for dancing

birdcage Also known as a cage, this shorter style covers and frames just your face for a more minimalist statement. Most often it’s made out of wide net or sheer tulle—something you’ll easily be able to see through—and finished with whimsical accents like feathers, flowers or pearls. The trick to pulling off this less traditional look is to let the edge of the veil fall just below the nose. PAIR IT WITH Cage veils were the height of fashion in the ’40s and ’50s, so that makes them the perfect match for retro-inspired dresses like swingy, tea-length gowns, structured sheaths and slinky, old-Hollywood-inspired slip dresses. They’re also a fun way to add a touch of vintage glam to a suit or jumpsuit.

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blusher A blusher actually refers to the short, single layer of tulle, lace or netting that’s worn over the face and then flipped over the head or removed after you walk down the aisle. It comes in chin, shoulder or fingertip length and can be added to a variety of veil styles. But a blusher can also stand on its own. Choose one layer, or if that’s too simple, try a double-tiered style where you have two layers of tulle: one layer pulled over the face and the other draped behind your head. Whichever length or however many layers you choose, the veil should be fastened to the crown of your head. PAIR IT WITH A universal style, the blusher works with almost any type of gown. Wearing just the short layer gives off a chic, sophisticated air that lends itself to more fashion-forward dresses.

mantilla This Spanish-style veil almost always comes in either all lace or in tulle that features a wide, intricate lace edge. It should be positioned two inches from your hairline so its circular shape gracefully drapes down and frames your face on either side. For the traditional look, attach it with an ornamental comb (also called a peineta), or edge it up with a fresh flower crown or crystal tiara. PAIR IT WITH Allow the dramatic lace to take center stage and pair this romantic veil with sleek silhouettes that won’t compete with its shape. Skip the heavy embellishments as well and opt for a gown with small touches of matching lace instead.

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waltz Also sometimes called a ballet veil, this style falls between the knee and the ankle and is usually double layered and worn with a blusher. These veils exude elegance and formality and, because they don’t touch the floor, they’re short enough for a bride to comfortably walk and even dance in—hence the name. PAIR IT WITH This style pairs well with formal floor-length gowns, like A-line and mermaid silhouettes, and dresses without trains.

elbow Slightly shorter than fingertip, this veil extends 25 inches in length to the bride’s elbows. The more manageable length tends to be more versatile. It’s a nice complement to a simple silhouette, but it also won’t overpower a more showstopping gown. PAIR IT WITH One of the best things about this veil is you can pair it with just about any style. The elbow length is also perfect for brides who want the look of a longer veil but have a gown with details on the lower half (like intricate buttons, lace appliqué or ruffles) they don’t want to cover up. >>

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fingertip

a chapel veil works best with a dress with a train

One of the most popular lengths (even Kate Middleton sidestepped royal tradition and chose this shorter option), this veil falls below the hips and extends to—you guessed it—the fingertips. Secure this style, which is usually made up of several layers of tulle or netting, at the crown of your head, slightly behind it or, if your hair is up, just above your updo. PAIR IT WITH This versatile veil is beautiful with a wide range of dresses, but it looks particularly pretty with ball gowns and, since it puts the focus on the torso, dresses with more elaborate bodices. You may also want to consider pairing it with a cathedral- or chapel-length veil—that way you can remove the longer one for the reception and leave the shorter top layer in place.

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flyaway A wispy, multilayered style that just brushes the shoulders, it’s considered less formal than other options. As the name suggests, the tulle used in this kind of veil usually has a stiffer quality that causes it to “fly away” from the to-be-wed, adding poufy volume to the top of the head. PAIR IT WITH Due to its short and sweet feel, a flyaway veil works well with shorter, more casual dresses. If your gown is heavily embellished or has a sexy, plunging back, this simple style is also the perfect way to wear a veil without obscuring the details you love.

juliet cap Inspired by the fashion of the 16th century, this unique veil is making a comeback thanks to its pretty, oldworld feel. This über-romantic style is typically made of sheer tulle or tulle with a lace-embellished edge. There are two ways to work it: You can either take a lace-trimmed veil and wear it as a cap, with the sides pinned back behind each ear, or attach a veil of your choosing to a separate cap. PAIR IT WITH It’s perfect for a lacy gown with a vintage-inspired feel or a simple slip dress with lace details. Add fresh blooms behind one ear for an extra-sweet effect.

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chapel Typically 90 inches long, this is a formal veil that extends to the floor, falling two-and-a-half yards from the headpiece. It should sweep the floor, extending slightly past your gown. PAIR IT WITH This simple style is often worn in combination with a sweep train (a veil that just brushes the floor) and blusher for extra oomph. It works with most dress silhouettes and styles but is particularly stunning when layered over a flowy or multilayered gown with a train. If you’re forgoing a train, a chapel veil can add drama without the weight or the hassle—no bustle required. >>

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Whether your hair will be down and flowing or in a formal updo, you want a final detail to tie your whole look together. If a veil isn’t for you, there are plenty of other options, from jeweled headbands and tiaras to a bohemian floral wreath or flirty fascinator.

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You Can’t Mix Metals Pairing yellow gold, rose gold and platinum used to be a big no-no, but now we’re saying yes to this trendy mix. There are so many ways to

channel your inner royal with this dramatic option

incorporate this new style (go with platinum earrings and a rose gold bracelet or have gold and silver details on your dress), but our favorite interpretation of this trend is stacking a variety of metal bands with your engagement ring. RULE TO BREAK

You Must Have a Veil You won’t have too many chances to wear a veil, but just because the opportunity to do so is rare, doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you. Instead of a piece of tulle, adorn your hair with a flower crown, an art-deco-inspired halo headpiece that wraps around

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cathedral Looking to make an entrance? This is the style for you. The mother of all veils, the cathedral is also the most formal. Sometimes referred to as the “royal veil”—it’s the veil of choice for countless members of the British royal family, including Diana and Meghan Markle—this style typically falls about three-and-ahalf yards from the headpiece and is often worn in combination with a blusher and a gown with a long train. It’s an especially great option if your ceremony venue has a long aisle to walk down. PAIR IT WITH The sweeping cathedral can hold its own next to even the most over-the-top ball gown. As a rule of thumb, the veil should extend past the train, so if you choose a cathedral veil, opt for a cathedral- or semi-cathedral-length train.

your forehead, or a hair vine that winds around a pretty updo. If you want to give a nod to tradition without all the formality of a long veil, try a headband that has a cage veil attached to the front. RULE TO BREAK

Don’t Forget Your “Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue” We love this tradition, but you don’t need to follow it so strictly—or at all. We say if you want to flaunt a “something red” instead (like the bottoms of a new pair of Louboutins) or pretty blush accessories, then go for it. RULE TO BREAK

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Did you know the bride originally wore a veil because the groom wasn’t supposed to see her before they were married? And not just in the hours before the wedding, but not once before they said “I do.”

You Have to Wear Heels We understand the allure of heels—they make you look taller and thinner, but they do come at a price. You’ll be on your feet for close to (if not more than) 10 hours on your wedding day. If it’s worth it to you, do it—but you definitely don’t have to put your toes through torment. Other totally weddingworthy options are embellished sneakers, chic ballet slippers or trendy strappy flats.

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Dresses not your thing? A sleek white tux with flowing tails still commands attention. Tuxedo jacket and pants in sizes up to 18, camisole in sizes up to XL, price upon request, SavannahMiller.com; earrings, $4,400, Joelle Jewellery, Swoonery.com; shoes, $1,220, ReneCaovilla.com

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The drama is in the details. An oversize embroidered peplum makes a simple, strapless silhouette feel couture. Dress in sizes up to 24, $6,560, FrancescaMiranda.com; engagement ring, $1,289 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com Comic Characters: Mark Gindick & Adam Kuchler

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Go ahead, make the most of your time in the spotlight. An over-the-top ball gown covered in luxe beads, sequins and crystals is guaranteed to wow the crowd. Dress in sizes up to 12, price upon request, ElieSaab.com; engagement ring, $3,586 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com

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Frilly sleeves plus a flirty tea-length hemline equal one whimsical number. Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; shoes, $425, StuartWeitzman.com

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Celestial-inspired jewels are a great alternative to more traditional bling: They’re just as glam but also have high-fashion edge. Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, JennyPackham.com; engagement ring, $2,100, SofiaZakia.com; earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

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If there was ever a time for a good party dress, your wedding is it. Allover sequins and tiered ruffles are perfect for dancing the night away. Dress in sizes up to 18, $4,195, TemperleyLondon.com; earrings, $99, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; shoes, $495, SophiaWebster.com

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If you’re feeling bold, opt for a dress in a daring hue. A flamered ball gown is sure to turn a few heads. Dress in sizes up to 14, $8,995, Monique Lhuillier at anna bÊ bridal boutique, anna-be.com (Denver); engagement ring, $3,586 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $4,900, DoyleDoyle.com

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Retro Glam

Throwing a vintage-themed affair? Give a nod to a bygone era with swinging fringe, art-deco-style jewels and a bold red lip. Dress in sizes up to 18, $3,495, Naeem Khan at Little White Dress Bridal Shop, LWDBridal.com (Denver); earrings, $17,000, MindiMondNY .com; cuff, $7,590, Joelle Jewellery, Swoonery.com

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A fresh take on the shade Originally thought to deflect the Evil Eye and represent purity and fidelity, the “something blue” superstition of years past is meant to help couples get luck on their side ahead of “I do”—whether they want to prevent a rainy ceremony, drunken groomsman or legit marriage doom (not that you should be worried about that last one). Nowadays though, the pretty hue is showing up in much more playful ways than before, with modern pairs working blue into everything from getaway cars and painted leather jackets to frosty signature cocktails and even their wedding day hairstyle (how cool is that?). >>

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Personality-packed attire for all Historically, matching bridesmaid dresses stemmed less from wanting a colorcoordinated girl squad and more from, you know, distracting vengeful attackers looking to kidnap a bride because of her dowry. Thankfully, we live in 2019, and you can marry whomever you want with whomever you want by your side. And if you don’t envision your crew rocking the same floor-length gown, encourage them to choose their own unique looks that match their personalities. Unifying the vibe through a color palette or pattern helps it feel cool but cohesive.

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At its core, marriage is two lives becoming one (awww), so it’s no surprise that customs meant to reinforce unity are at the center of many religious and spiritual ceremonies. Tried-and-true acts like lighting a candle or tying your hands together (known as handfasting) are still wildly popular with couples, but more duos are choosing to cement their bond with a unity moment that’s more reflective of their love story. Was your first date at a Mexican taco joint? Mix up the perfect batch of guac (cilantro or no cilantro, we’ll let you decide) or swig tequila shots as your first act as a married pair. Or get your blood pumping by tag-team sawing a log to then display in your home. Whatever you come up with, give the act a shout-out in your ceremony program to let guests in on the unique meaning behind it. (Hey, you could even invite them to take those tequila shots with you.)

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Fun with your florals Believe it or not, flowers at a wedding have less than romantic beginnings. They were initially incorporated to ward off evil and mask odor. (Yep, sorry.) But since then, pretty stems have become a main style point for many to-be-weds looking to decorate their day. For a fresh twist, take inspiration from Victorian-era couples and ask your florist to use buds with special meanings (like gardenias for joy or hydrangeas for gratitude) or focus on drama with oversize bouquets and hanging installations. Non-flower “flowers” are big now too, so feel free to trade petals for plants, greenery and even tropical leaves painted in pastels.

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Incorporating whomever you want There’s no denying it—kids are cute. And if you have a few little ones you want to involve in your walk down the aisle, we say go for it. But just because you’re sans a niece or nephew doesn’t mean you have to go without that coveted “aw” moment at the ceremony. Couples are now having anyone and everyone precede them down the aisle, whether it’s a beloved dog ring bearer or flower grannies (we die). Think of these roles as the perfect opportunity to incorporate friends or family who may not otherwise be included in your wedding party.

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Unless you’re lucky enough to find a unicorn venue that checks off every box on your wish list, you’re probably going to compromise on a few things here or there when deciding where you’ll tie the knot. Maybe the space you chose has the incredible seaside view you dreamed of, but the tables it provides leave you feeling underwhelmed. Or, maybe you can hardly stand to look at the ballroom wallpaper, but the price per head can’t be beat. Whatever the issue, we have the clever fix. Trust us—clashing colors will be the last thing on your mind on your wedding day.

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The problem An unattractive carpet or eclectically tiled floor gives the venue a worn-out feel or majorly competes with your vision. The fix Take a big deep breath and keep in mind that, depending on your setup, your dining tables will cover much of the less-thanstellar floor in question (as will dim evening lighting). Ask to walk through the venue again the next time they’re setting up for a wedding about the same size as yours to get a peek into just how much of the floor will actually be showing. If it still bothers you, you have a few options. If you’ll have to bring in a dance floor surface anyways, consider pricing out the cost of outfitting the whole space in the same material (like hardwood flooring or a chic black-and-white checkered tile). Another solution? Roll out several neutral carpets (a timeless neutral style, like sisal, can often be rented) to create a blank-slate background fit for any décor.

The problem You didn’t luck out with beautiful dining chairs. The fix If your venue’s available seating is cramping your style, you may have to resort to rentals. The bad news? It’ll definitely add to your tab. The good news? With so many unique styles to choose from (metallic chiavari chairs, rustic wood benches and so on), you’ll be able to find a version that perfectly suits your wedding day vibes. Your planner or venue can suggest a rental company that outfits large parties on the regular, so you won’t have to worry about coordinating drop-off or pickup on your own. If you simply can’t swing the extra cost, try making the current style work with a few clever solutions. Pick an eye-catching fabric to make into seat cushions for a pop of color, ask about the availability of slipcovers to disguise them completely or task your florist with creating swags of greenery for each individual chair. >>

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LIGHT IT UP Use image mapping on a blank white wall to make your space feel more dynamic.

An oversize space The problem A too-large reception room feels cavernous and impersonal, even though you’ll be having over 100 guests. The fix Don’t stress—or feel like you need to add to your guest list. You can up the intimacy of a sprawling space in a few easy ways. First, ask your planner or venue coordinator if it’s possible to use rectangular tables for your dining setup—they’ll take up more empty space than circular tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more utilized. Past that, consider setting up different areas around the reception to put the extra square footage to work. Cluster together several plush sofas, ottomans and even fire pits (if outdoors) to create a cozy space right off the dance floor where guests can relax, mix and mingle, or set up a special satellite bar and high-top table section for the perfect spot to serve up the evening’s signature cocktail selection.

Jarring columns

Glam drapery hung from the walls or ceiling helps create a world within your venue and neutralizes any in-your-face wallpaper.

Too bold wallpaper

Clashing colors

The problem The red-and-gold damask print wallpaper in the ballroom is a look only your grandmother will appreciate. The fix Create another world within the room and install a neutral backdrop by covering the walls in glam drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding style (for example, a light and breezy blush linen for a vineyard affair) or opt for a simple white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (or even the ceiling) for an intimate, cozy feel that will also rid you of the unsightly wallpaper altogether. The end result will be beautiful as is, but to really make it stand out, you could also invest in image mapping. The projection technology allows you to transform any space with lighting and moving pictures, like soft flowers or a beautiful forest scene. On a budget? Stick to traditional uplighting, which can lend a similar glowy effect, sans imagery.

The problem The off-beat color scheme already saturating your venue competes with the soft and romantic blush-hued event you have your heart (and your mood board) set on. The fix Instead of fighting against the palette already present in your venue, try to embrace it. Pick one or two of the less offensive hues to pull into your color scheme via pretty rental napkins or patterned seat cushions, so it feels like they coordinate intentionally, not clash drastically, with your added décor. If you really can’t work with any of the preexisting shades, you’re going to have to collab with a team of pros to transform everything your eye sees into a neutral base using rentals (like rolling out a carpet or covering chairs). Then, you’ll be free to layer in textures and colors that reinforce your preferred range of shades. It’ll be a pricey fix, but we promise—guests won’t even notice what’s left behind.

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The problem Support beams or columns spread throughout the space interrupt the eye and will hinder the flow of guests. The fix Disguise any posts or columns (even the poles in a tented reception) with the clever addition of greenery. Task your florist with bringing a few smaller trees or branch arrangements to place in front of the poles and distract guests from seeing what’s beneath. If you’d rather not add to your floral budget (totally fine!) turn the visual interruption into a romantic accent by stringing café bistro light bulbs between the poles or wrapping them down the pole in a spiral. They’ll end up looking so pretty glowing in the night, you may even be happy they’re there (seriously).

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crowd-pleasers Sometimes, the wedding moments that mean the most aren’t filled with gorgeous florals or over-the-top fireworks. We tapped 14 guests to learn about the details, add-ons and performances (yes!) they’ll always remember. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO ILLUSTR ATIONS BY AMY BL ACK WELL

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wedding yearbook

At one wedding I attended, the couple created a mini booklet to put in our welcome baskets that included info on every guest in attendance. It had pictures of each person or couple, a bio about them, details on their relationship with the couple and some memories or fun facts. I thought it was so unique and super thoughtful, and it was great to flip through it before the wedding to familiarize ourselves with who else would be there. -SAR AH >>

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sweets to share

At a recent wedding reception I attended, the couple had a Pittsburgh cookie table. Not only did it look stunning (and taste delicious), but it allowed family, friends and the local community to contribute to the wedding by making batches of treats ahead of time. I had never seen anything like it before, and it was a beautiful way to incorporate loved ones into the day. At the end of the night, we got to box up cookies to take home with us too! -ANDIE jersey fun

I went to a wedding where the couple surprised their guests with a live performance from the cast of the Broadway show Jersey Boys. Everyone was on the dance floor singing along to top-10 hits from the legendary The Four Seasons. It was an unbelievable touch that brought together guests of all ages. -COLET TE

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dancing queen (and king)

A friend of mine got married a few months ago. Her dad had passed away two years prior, so her husband and his mom decided to join her and her mom for one big parent dance, rather than the traditional separate ones. They did a giant jig to Mamma Mia! and literally everyone there was singing along, laughing and dancing in their seats. It’s such a hard tradition to figure out with a big loss, and they made it so fun. -JESS

jazzed -up beat s

At one friend’s wedding, they hired a DJ for the reception plus a standalone sax player who played along with all the songs, bopping around the perimeter of the dance floor the whole night. It was unexpected, hilarious and fun—and the only thing the groom felt strongly about having. -IV Y

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little monsters

My friend is Indian and her husband is Jewish, and they got married in a Jewish wedding ceremony. They didn’t have a formal wedding party, but they did select seven loved ones to recite prayers. I was one of those selected, and it was so special to be included. Guests surrounded them in a circle at the request of the officiant, who wanted to create a space of community for the couple to rely on. It was such a sweet moment. -MANAL

I was recently at a wedding where the groom, who works as an audio engineer, wrote an original song for his bride to walk down the aisle to. They also had a few friends of theirs sing during the ceremony, and those two elements combined really reflected them as a couple. Oh, and the groom completely lost it when my friend walked down the aisle to his song. Swoon. -ANDREA

A wedding reception in our family started off with a surprise appearance by a fabulous Lady Gaga impersonator. Watching her and five burly, mesh-and-leather-clad backup dancers own the dance floor in an upscale ballroom, surrounded by their fairly traditional families (some of whom were probably attending their first same-sex wedding ever) instantly set the tone for the rest of the night. It was a blast! -SHERRY >>

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At a friend’s wedding, the groom rode through his baraat procession on an ice cream truck (traditionally in India, it’s done on a horse or elephant). I thought his twist was really unique and matched the fun of the rest of the day. -MAT T

I attended an outdoor wedding in October, and it ended up being freezing that day. They provided hot apple cider for guests to enjoy while waiting for the ceremony to begin. It was so thoughtful and helped everyone’s hands stay warm. -HANNAH

When my best friend got married, her mom gifted her with a beautiful charm that had a picture of her father on it (he passed away when she was very young). It was on a ribbon, and when her flowers were delivered to the room before the ceremony, her mom gave it to her to wrap around her bouquet. There was seriously not a dry eye in the room—even the florist was tearing up! -SAMANTHA dancing gents

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At a friend’s wedding a couple of years ago, there was a particularly special moment when it came time for the father-daughter dance. My friend had lost her dad many years before, so she took the time to make a small speech in his honor, then explained she would be dancing with the men who have helped her throughout life. She danced with her uncle, her grandfather and, finally, her brother. When he stepped forward to cut in for the last dance, everyone was teary. It was emotional to witness the bond they had, and to feel their love and loss in one moment. -ANDY guests on parade

fixer upper

I was at a wedding recently where the groom’s father had passed away a few years before. His dad had enjoyed fixing up vintage cars as a pastime, and the groom had inherited one of them that he hadn’t finished before he died. Little did he know, his mom secretly had it fixed up and parked in the front of the church for when the ceremony ended. The groom was floored when he came out—they drove to their reception in it! -STEPH

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For her wedding reception exit, my best friend hired an 8-piece brass percussion band to lead guests from the venue to the after-party spot four blocks away. The musicians were instructed to play crowd-pleasing ’90s hits like Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” while all us guests trailed behind them. Everyone was too happy and wrapped up in the moment to even notice the freezing temperatures outside (it was the middle of winter!)— we were too busy reliving our glory days together. -ESTHER

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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.

Clear Creek County

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

Denver County

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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

PUBLICATION

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

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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7301 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton, CO (720) 287-8188 events@raccooncreek.com TheBarnAtRaccoonCreek.com With the mountain charm of a weathered lodge retreat, paralleled with modern conveniences and amenities, your guests will be delighted to discover that our venue is located just minutes from the heart of Denver. capacity 200 | price $$

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boulder country club

7350 Clubhouse Road, Boulder, CO (303) 530-2720 skollmorgen@bouldercc.org With mountain views, a balcony spanning 180 degrees around the property and floor-to-ceiling 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 $$

brookside gardens event center

619 E. County Rd. 8, Berthoud, CO (970) 532-3663 BrooksideGardens.com Upon setting foot in our whimsical secret-garden-style setting, you will feel the magic that this unique venue can create for your special day. Our team has made it our mission to excel in doing everything we can to provide the best experience. capacity 400 | price $$$

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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

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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 $$$

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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. capacity 300 | 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.

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

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kimpton hotel born

1600 Wewatta Street, Denver, CO (720) 592-1436 HotelBornDenver.com Hotel Born provides a luxury experience with all the comforts of Colorado. From the urban Union Station backdrop of our Nordic Terrace to the alpine modern interiors of our Aspen Ballroom, we have a variety of elegant spaces to showcase your unique style! capacity 250 | price $$$

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 $$

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 $$

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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. capacity 300 | price $$$

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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.

keystone resort

Keystone, CO (970) 496-4606 keystoneweddings@vailresorts.com KeystoneWeddings.com Take your wedding to new heights. Create a magical

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. 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.

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lock, stock, & barrel historic barn venue

5328 Hwy. 348, Olathe, CO rothfarm348@gmail.com LSBVenues.com Lock, Stock, & Barrel offers both indoor and outdoor wedding sites, as well as a well-appointed bridal suite, roomy groomsmen accommodations and abundant on-site parking. Vintage trucks and a historic windmill round out a picture-perfect setting! capacity 200 | price $$

the lodge at crestview ranch

Granby, CO (970) 364-0131 CrestviewLodge.com The Lodge at Crestview Ranch 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

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2506 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO (719) 445-9278 LoftMusicVenue.com 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 250 | price $$

mount vernon canyon club

24933 Clubhouse Circle, Golden, CO (303) 526-3106 ntruax@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 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 $

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platte river fort

22999 East Highway 34, Greeley, CO (970) 590-4414 | PlatteRiverFort.com Envision your dream destination wedding in our rustic-chic barn, on an upper patio with views of the Rocky Mountains or in our lush southern tree grove with ample space. Let the celebration continue with an overnight stay for 37 guests in our luxurious suites. capacity 300 | price $$$

public house

202 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, CO (970) 349-0173 events@publichousecb.com Public House is a modern execution of a historic Colorado saloon. We celebrate local craft breweries, wineries and distilleries; seasonal farm-driven food; generous lodging; and the conviviality of live music. Thank you for choosing Public House to host your private gatherings and special events. capacity 200 | price $$$

red rocks country club

16235 W. Belleview Ave., Morrison, CO (303) 352-2034 RedRocksCountryClub.org Overlooking an exquisite valley crowned by Morrison’s world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Red Rocks Country Club is the perfect venue for all of your upcoming wedding events. Experience excellence with our world-class hospitality and culinary team. capacity 144 | price $$

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 $$

the resort at garden of the gods

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 $$$$

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 300 for a stand-up reception. capacity 200 | 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 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 $$

skyview at 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 $$$

sonnenalp hotel

20 Vail Road, Vail, CO (800) 654-8312 | (970) 476-5656 weddings@sonnenalp.com SonnenalpWeddings.com Steps from Vail Interfaith Chapel in the heart of Vail Village, the award-winning Sonnenalp Hotel will honor

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spruce mountain ranch

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. capacity 650 | price $$

st julien hotel & spa

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. capacity 250 | price $$$

the st vrain

635 3rd Avenue, Longmont, CO (720) 534-2635 TheStVrain.com The St Vrain is one of Colorado’s newest venues, where industrial luxe meets Colorado charm.

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the stanley hotel

333 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, CO (970) 577-4018 weddings@stanleyhotel.com StanleyHotel.com/weddings Set against the striking backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park, just 90 minutes from Denver, the brand-new Pavilion at The Stanley offers cutting-edge design, technology and innovation in one breathtaking historical location—making The Pavilion a truly one-ofa-kind event space. capacity 250 | price $$$

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 $$$

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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 $$

villa parker

(303) 805-2295 VillaParker.com Villa Parker offers over 10,000 square feet of Mediterranean-style architecture enclosed within lush gardens and walking paths. Villa Parker is spacious enough to accommodate your ceremony and reception, while offering a classic design that lends itself to intimate and elegant affairs. capacity 200 | price $$

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!

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 220 | price $$$

woodlands

8884 US Hwy. 285, Morrison, CO (720) 443-1796 events@woodlandscolorado.com WoodlandsColorado.com Woodlands is a white, modern-industrial barn venue located in the Rocky Mountain foothills on 52 private acres in Morrison—only 30 minutes from downtown Denver. The interior is surrounded with whitewashed wood walls and black accent fixtures for the perfect lighting and elegant feel. capacity 245 | price $$

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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 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

bird dog bbq

Colorado Springs, CO (719) 573-7671 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!

savory cuisines catering

5741 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO (303) 440-1016 emily@savorycusines.com SavoryCusines.com Trusting Savory Cuisines with your wedding, you will receive one-on-one attention to select a menu that is unique to your needs. As a full-service caterer, it is our pleasure to provide you with the security and ease knowing that we will do the worrying for you so you can enjoy your big celebration!

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clementine’s salon and skincare

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.

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 apparel.

livewire couture

(970) 685-7325 megan.livewire@gmail.com LiveWire.style LiveWire Couture was created to ensure a one-of-a-kind dress for the bride on her special day. Unique to the industry, LiveWire Couture offers brides the option to completely customize their own wedding dresses. LiveWire Couture has all of your needs met with pride.

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flower power

2027 E. Virginia Ave., Denver, CO (303) 777-6266 kam@flowerpowerwashpark.com FlowerPowerWashPark.com Our flower boutique, located in the charming Washington Park area, specializes in European bouquets.

bridal fashion & beauty

A-100 2550 Hwy. 82, Glenwood Springs, CO (970) 945-1101 merryhillandco@hotmail.com Merry Hill & Co. is a one-stop shop for all of your bridal needs! We happily offer services for your convenience in bridal gowns, wedding photography, wedding planning, calligraphy and hand lettering. We provide unique, high-quality, handmade gowns that promise to make you feel like a bride.

(303) 999-9010 | MooiStudio.co Mooi believes in empowering women to be confidently beautiful in their own skin, with or without makeup. Mooi sets itself apart as a leading makeup studio and beauty boutique—our bridal makeup and skin care packages are designed to give you that glow from within as you walk down the aisle.

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blue spruce wedding photography

(720) 635-7611 beau@bluespruceweddingphoto.com BlueSpruceWeddingPhoto.com From the wedding preparation to the emotion and happiness of loved ones, these are the elements that work in unison to create memories that will last a lifetime! We offer wedding photography and videography throughout Colorado and beyond. Equality minded, we love all couples! Packages start at $2,000.

élan photographie studio

(602) 423-2256 km@elanphotographiestudio.com ElanPhotographieStudio.com We are composed of multiple photographers in order to accommodate each type of bride. We are a studio cozied at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, focusing on lifestyle, documentary photography. We’d be honored to tell the story of your love while capturing the fullness of your day’s story.

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jewelry (720) 301-3784 info@beautyonlocationstudio.com BeautyonLocationStudio.com Our team of professional hair designers and makeup artists is passionate about beauty and committed to providing you with the highest level of service. We want your day to be as stress-free as possible while you become a more beautiful you. Relax, enjoy your day and let us take care of your beauty needs.

destination for engagement rings, custom bridal jewelry and unique diamonds and gemstones in gold and platinum. Let us make your jewelry dreams a reality! Drop by our Tennyson Street boutique anytime for a custom design consultation.

(720) 502-3229 hello@sarahojewelry.com SarahOJewelry.com From traditional to alternative, Sarah O. is your

(406) 598-3215 gesinamnull@gmail.com GesinaMariePhotography.com I pride myself on being a moment-based photographer that is innovative and artistic with an adventurous spirit. I am based in Denver but ready to travel across the US and world for your wedding.

justyna e butler photography

Denver, Breckenridge, Vail, CO (720) 219-0912 justynaebutlerphotography@hotmail.com JustynaEButlerPhotography.com As a Colorado-based, intimate wedding and adventure elopement 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!

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travis darnell photography

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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and that means your event is perfectly executed and uniquely splendid!

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.

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(720) 480-1943 corina@ambercreekwae.info AmberCreekWAE.net Amber Creek Weddings and Events was founded on the value of good customer service and love toward others. I work hard to specialize personal services for our couples and exceed their expectations. I would be honored to be a part of your wedding and help you create a lasting memory!

candace elaine events

Denver, CO, and worldwide hello@candaceelaineevents.com CandaceElaineEvents.com We specialize in making dreams come true through exceptional weddings and events.

(480) 203-8777 | ThreeRibbons.com Make your events worthwhile with Three Ribbons. I’ll take care of all the logistics, so you can just sit back and enjoy the day.

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.

www.our-dreamwedding.com

(720) 344-4758 info@our-dreamwedding.com We help you design and plan your wedding. Local and destination wedding planning is available in Colorado, Cartagena, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas.

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lindsey linden events

lindsey@llevents.org LLEvents.org Lindsey Linden Events is a boutique event planning company curating authentic, fresh and love-filled weddings. Our coordinators have local savvy, impeccable planning skills and serious party swagger—

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aspen relationship institute

Aspen, CO (970) 924-0482 | AspenRelationshipCoaching.com You’re devoting energy, time and money into creating a blissful wedding day. So doesn’t it make sense to invest in ensuring your marriage is as beautiful and fulfilling as it can be? Our unique couple-to-couple coaching will empower your marriage to have love and partnership for a lifetime.

blanc de bleu cuvée mousseux

(855) 874-2394 BlancdeBleuUSA.com/shop-wine Blanc de Bleu is available in two varietals. Its signature varietal is a blue sparkling brut with a hint of blueberry. Its “something new” varietal is Blanc de Bleu Rosé Brut. Both are perfect for weddings. Drink responsibly.

celebration party rentals

9505 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO (720) 541-7999 | info@celebrationrents.com CelebrationRents.com Celebration Party Rentals is a family-owned, full-service event company that offers everything you need to bring your event to life.

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eventique productions

Vail, Aspen, Denver and Scottsdale; available worldwide (303) 349-1534 | hello@eventiquepro.com EventiquePro.com Inspired by luxury and trained in design, this Coloradobased elite planner team curates epic weddings and events by producing design, décor, floral, calligraphy, custom installations and premier planning.

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amber creek weddings and events

Offering a wide variety of music styles for ceremonies, cocktails, dinner and dance celebrations, these highly trained musicians configure from solo to a 10-piece band. The Fever provides outstanding music, event production and coordination, all while reflecting each client’s preferences and unique style.

diamond empire band

(415) 724-4341 | info@diamondempireband.com DiamondEmpireBand.com Diamond Empire is a premium, customizable 3- to 14-piece band at a sensible price. They host live local showcases, so couples can preview the band before booking. Their talented and professional musicians bring energy and fun to every event they perform and pride themselves on filling dance floors!

the fever

(720) 317-6025 TheFeverLive.com

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.

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.

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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.

Creating Wedding Memories Since 1926

Whether it’s 50 or 350 guests, in our beautiful heated and air conditioned tent or our spectacular new Cambridge Room, we pride ourselves on our flexibility and strive to make your perfect, unique wedding a reality.

Wellshire Event Center | 3333 South Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO | (303) 759-3333 | info@wellshireinn.com | www.wellshireinn.com

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Lakewood Country Club

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A Painted View Ranch

39

LePlatt’s Pond

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The Art Hotel

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Lionscrest Manor

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The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park

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Lock, Stock, & Barrel

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The Barn at Raccoon Creek

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The Lodge at Crestview Ranch

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Bella Sera Event Center

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The Loft Music Venue and Events Center

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Boulder Country Club

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Mount Vernon Country Club

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Brookside Gardens Event Center

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The Pinery at the Hill

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Cherokee Ranch & Castle

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Planet Bluegrass

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Christies of Genesee

93

Platte River Fort

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Cielo at Castle Pines

37

Public House

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Colorado Wine Country Inn

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Red Rocks Country Club

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Copper Mountain Resort

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Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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Rio Grande Restaurant

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Curtis Ballroom at The Landmark

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The Ritz-Carlton Denver

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Deer Creek Valley Ranch

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Sanctuary Golf Course

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Della Terra Mountain Chateau

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Seawell Ballroom

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The Denver Athletic Club

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Shupe Homestead

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Denver Botanic Gardens

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Silverthorne Pavilion

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Denver Metro Convention

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Skyview at Fall River Village

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Downtown Aquarium

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Sonnenalp Hotel

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The Elizabeth Hotel

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Spruce Mountain

45

The Estes Park Resort

179

St Julien Hotel

9

Garden of the Gods

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The St Vrain

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The Grant Humphreys Mansion

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The Stanley Hotel

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The Greenbriar Inn

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Telluride Ski Resort

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House of Blues Las Vegas

87

Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse

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Keystone Resort

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Villa Parker

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Kimpton Hotel Born

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Warren Station at Keystone

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Knoebel Events

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Weddings at Lakewood

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Weddings at Lynn Britt Cabin

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Candace Elaine Event Planning

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Wellshire Event Center

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Eventique Productions

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Wild Basin Lodge

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Lindsey Linden Events

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Winter Park Weddings

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The Perfect Moment

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Woodlands

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Three Ribbons Events

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www.our-dreamwedding.com

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Bird Dog BBQ

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