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A Lavender Farm Event Filled With Fun! Photography by France Photography Story by the Bride, Emily

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I focused on the details of making our guests feel our love and commitment to one another. We wrote our own vows which brought many guests to tears. Instead of a unity candle or sand, we incorporated a wind chime to symbolize what marriage meant to us. When we rang the chime at the end of the ceremony, it was a touching and beautiful sound. The chime now hangs in our yard and reminds us daily of our vows to each other. 5

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We weaved the carnival theme into every detail of our wedding day. As guests arrived, we served popcorn and lavender lemonade. During the cocktail hour, a caricature artist drew headshots as guests enjoyed a selection of blue and red cocktails, as well as the mini corn dog appetizers (a huge hit).



The reception was held in a renovated barn. Bistro lights lined the covered patio which allowed us to dance and celebrate late into the night!

On every table, we placed candy centerpieces surrounded by love quotes in vintage frames. Guests loved the wax lips, ring pops and wax mustache favors which contributed to the laughter all evening. We had Fifty apothecary jars filled with cotton candy, which kept everyone dancing on a sugar-high! Churros and funnel cakes were served as a late-night snack. 15 17

Have a sit

One of our favorite things to do together is picnic, or as J calls it, “have a sit.� We have picnicked together all across the country!

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We chose to get married at my parent’s ranch in Montrose because of the beautiful scenery, proximity to family, and the more casual wedding atmosphere that Western Colorado allows. Having such a small wedding (50 guests) gave us the opportunity to spend quality time with every person who came. 21


We had a small, intimate ceremony in the yard under my favorite tree - a weeping willow, that my dad planted for me 10 years ago.


We’ll never forget dancing our first dance to a beautiful song written and performed by one of J’s best friends. 23



The food was served picnic style in colorful baskets we had collected from thrift stores. Instead of cake, we served our favorite homemade pies. Before the sun went down, we played yard games. After dark, we turned up the music and danced under the stars! 25

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Vendors recommended by the bride

Photographer: Real Life Photographs Wedding Gown: Jenny Yoo Favors: Honeyville Honey 31

Kelly & John

John and I prefer the rugged beauty of Western Colorado, in particular, the high desert scenery in Gateway. For our wedding, we wanted the dramatic red rock landscape of the mesas as our backdrop. 32 33

formal spotlight

I wanted the details to emulate the opulence and beauty depicted in old Hollywood glamour.

escort cards

We placed corks from local Western Colorado vineyards on an espresso framed board which held the escort cards. The Ivory cards featured espresso geometric embossing as well as an espresso satin ribbon above the guest’s name.

grand ballroom

The grand ballroom was an exquisite example of Southwestern architecture - it had rich, warm colors that complemented our color palette.



the gown

Inspired by the classic film “Noir,” I chose a Vera Wang dress to mimic 1940’s formal wear.


first dance

Our first dance was to the classic Frank Sinatra song, “The Way You Look Tonight.� 37


John and I had the opportunity to take our wedding pictures in the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum. It was fantastic to be transported to that era in my vintage-inspired dress. I felt like a movie star posing in those classic cars! 39

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Photographer: Kyla Jackson Photography Venue/Caterer/Lodging: Gateway Canyons Florist: Rosewood Floral & Party Rentals Cake: Cake Cottage

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As My bridesmaids and mom were getting ready to walk down the aisle, we could hear the bagpipes playing outside. My mom turned to me with tears in her eyes and said, “Grandma would love this.� My Grandma was 100 percent Scottish and passed away a few years ago. I nearly lost it at that moment.

I was nervous and filled with anticipation to see Kyle for the first time. As I was waiting for the double French doors to open before walking down the aisle, I was glad I had my dad’s arm to hold on to and that he and I could share in that quiet moment together before he gave me away. 45

Memorable Moment

When I got to Kyle at the altar and we were holding each other’s hands, he whispered to me how beautiful I looked. It was as if everyone had disappeared and it was only the two of us 46 47

We really wanted our guests to have a truly Colorado Rocky Mountain experience. Our afternoon ceremony was held outside facing the mountains with wildflowers in full bloom all around us. It was a jaw-dropping scene for our guests. 49

For our unity ceremony, we planted For-Get-Me-Not seeds in a yellow flower pot. For-Get-Me-Not’s are a symbol for marriage and love. They were also my maternal grandmother’s favorite flower.



Sweet Wine

Our table names were some of our favorite bottles of wine. Rather than printing out cards, we had the actual bottle of wine sitting on the table. Wine plays a big part in our lives since Kyle works part time at a wine shop and we got engaged in Napa

Scotch & Cigars

After dinner, our guests were invited to drink scotch and smoke cigars from our scotch & cigar bar. Then they could take their own photos in our photo booth. Kyle loves scotch and I’m Scottish so we had six to seven different bottles of scotch for our guests to enjoy along with hand rolled cigars we bought on a trip to New Orleans.

Summer Decor

We had soft yellow table cloths, natural wood colored chairs, my mom’s homemade napkins, sunflowers on every plate, lots of candlelight and gorgeous centerpieces. It screamed summertime wedding!

The Shoes

I loved my yellow peep-toed shoes! Having a pop of color with my white dress was one of my favorite details. 52


Vendors recommended by the bride

Photographer: Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers Event Planner: Save The Date Events Venue/Caterer/Tent/Lodging: Wild Horse Inn Cake: Sweet Celebration Wedding Gown: The Bridal Collection Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Musicians: Scott Beach, bagpiper Florist: Pick Me! 55


Photography by Otto Schulze Photographers Story by the bride, Natalie


Otto Schulze Photographers

Our ceremony was located on the lawn of the Millennium Harvest House in downtown Boulder next to the popular creek path. It was the perfect Summer day with puffy white clouds dancing across a bright blue Colorado sky. We stood under a beautiful birch wood log floral arch designed by Alan Perry Designs. It was important to me to incorporate all the traditional wedding elements, but I also wanted everything to move along quickly, so we could get to the fun part - the dancing! 58

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Modern Decor

I wanted a contemporary, modern esthetic look to the dĂŠcor. Our centerpieces featured orchids, twigs and river rock along with square vases of yellow calla lilies and orchids.

Guest Book

I handmade our guest book and filled it with photos of the two of us.

Guest Tables

I had luminary numbers made for each of our guest tables.


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I surprised Anthony with a groom’s cake. It was a replica of his plane with him sitting in the window. He was so excited and genuinely surprised when he saw it! 62 63

Otto Schulze Photographers

Otto Schulze Photographers

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Photographer: Otto Schulze Photographers Ceremony Musician: Meo String Quartet Cake: Shamane’s Bake Shoppe Hair: Andy Mendoza Event Planner: Mountain Occasions Venue: Millennium Harvest House Wedding Gown: Junko Yoshikoa, Anna Be DJ/Lighting: Quality Mobile Sound Floral/Event Design: Alan Perry Designs 65 67


It was truly majestic to recite our vows under a ring of cottonwood trees that perfectly bordered the twin peaks of the Rocky Mountains! 69

Local Charm

Having grown up in a small town, it was important for us to have a “small town” feel to our wedding. We hired local vendors and sprinkled local details into the day.

Special Touch

My bouquet was wrapped in extra lace from my mom’s wedding veil.

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My Wish 72

For our father-daughter dance, my dad chose the song “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. I could not hold back the tears. 73

vendors recommended by the bride


Photographer: Erin Cox, ELC Photography Musicians: Narrow Gauge Country Band Florist: Niwot Florist Favors: Niwot Honey Farm Ceremony Acoustic Guitar: Jason Olsen, Guitars, Etc. Caterer: Greens Point Catering Cake: Cake Creations by Micaiah Wedding Gown: Bea’s Bridal Nook Hair/Makeup: A Finishing Touch Spa & Salon 75

A breathtaking wedding at Garden of the Gods, a romantic Summer wedding in Beaver Creek, a garden themed wedding full of creative inspiration, and much more!

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