Bride: Kathryn Lindenbaum, 26 – Senior Business Analyst
Groom: Craig Halle, 28 – Senior Consultant
Date: May 25, 2013
Location: Denver Art Museum
I really like the touches of asymmetry in Kathryn and Craig’s Denver Art Museum wedding. They played upon the architecture of the building to find inspiration for the altar, bridal gown, etc. Add in the bold pops of color and you get a wedding that is ideally suited to the location. The beautiful, stylish photography seals the deal and presents it all in one nice little package for you today. (The photo of Kathryn in front of the car/museum with the cow statues in the background is going doing down in history as one of my favorite ACC images.)
Craig proposed to Katie on May 12, 2012 atop the Historic Clock Tower in downtown Denver. Although his original plan took twists and turns, everything turned out beautifully. Craig coordinated with Katie’s family to take her to lunch downtown and lead her to believe that she was going to the musical Wicked afterwards. Without Katie’s knowledge, a pedi-cab was waiting to pick her up after lunch to provide her a note from Craig and drop her off at the Clock Tower. However, Katie, worried about getting to the theater late, left early with the family (they could no longer stall) and missed the pedi-cab by a block! After attempting to go inside the theater to pick up tickets at will call, her mom and two sisters stopped her and told her they were no longer going to Wicked. Instead, they re-routed her to a stroll around downtown. At this point, Katie knew something was up and even spotted Craig’s parents who were lingering downtown! The element of surprise may now have been ruined, but Katie still had no idea what was waiting for her. After being escorted to the 17th floor of the Clock Tower, Katie exited the elevator to music and a path of rose petals leading to a series of notes and photos each representing a special moment in their relationship. At the end of her journey, Craig was waiting for Katie at the top of the Clock Tower to ask her the biggest question of his life. He got down on one knee, and she of course said yes! They enjoyed the moment together and headed back down into the building where their families were waiting to celebrate with them. Katie’s best friend from California was even there! The perfect day was capped off by meeting Katie’s favorite band, The Fray, backstage at Red Rocks! – Kathryn and Craig
- To honor her grandmother, Kathryn attached one of her broaches to the bridal bouquet and wore her last gift, a Noah’s Ark bracelet.
- The groom’s cuff links belonged to his grandfather.
- Their unity ceremony (after the main ceremony) was to create a piece of modern art. Kathryn used orange paint and Craig purple to decorate a canvas masked with the letter H.
- It’s a little hard to tell but I noticed that the ceremony happened in the breezeway (Reiman Bridge) over the road between the two buildings and that is just so cool!
- Kathryn and Craig made out-of-town bags with facts about Colorado, local microbrews, Boulder Chips, and taffy.
The Best Part:
Venue: Denver Art Museum | Photography: Elegant Images | Event Coordinator: Hillary MacArthur, DAM | Bridal Gown: Lea-Ann Belter, Carmen via Felice Bridal | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ivy & Aster via Bella Bridesmaids | Hair: Rebeka Lowrey | Makeup: Maura Kelso | Groom(smen) Attire: Jos A Bank | Rings: Andrew’s Jewelers | Cake: Das Meyer | Catering: Kevin Taylor Catering, DAM | Floral Design: Boulder Blooms | Stationery: William Arthur Invitations | Officiate: Brady TenBarge (friend)
It was great to relax and enjoy our wedding after months of planning it! We both enjoyed the cake cutting. As expected, we both tried to shove cake into each other’s face. – Kathryn
Yep. That’s ma uterus. All full of sea-monkey. It’s still early but I have accepted the challenge of gestating a human yet again. The boy and I are thrilled – like I literally sobbed like a weirdo in the ultrasound room when it had a heartbeat because we weren’t so lucky just a few months ago. Why tell everyone so early you ask? Well I need to provide a reason for my slacking on blogging. This pregnancy is very different than with Caleb and I’m nauseated all…the…time. Unfortunately, this time my “morning sickness” has been “all day sickness” with an emphasis on the evening when I should be blogging. Luckily it hasn’t manifested into an all out yack-fest yet but the constant green around the gills feeling is getting OLD. It’s making it incredibly difficult to blog and I’m making rookie mistakes like scheduling the same photographer 3 times in a week and a half. *sigh* So bear with me because, according to the doctor, the icky feeling should peak in the next 2 weeks and then start to disappear. Here’s hoping! I’m going to tough it out as best as I can but 2-4 am bedtimes are not really possible anymore. So no mood board this month and my editorial posts will happen when I can. I’m still fully committed to the task and have loads of weddings waiting to be published. It should only be a little while longer before I can stand to sit still for 5 minutes without eating crackers. Wish me luck!! <3 Season
Here’s another fun event for you to add to your calendar. If modern and high class are you wedding style, this is the one for you. Even if not, you should keep your eyes open to all options. And as someone who went with a completely different dress than I ever thought I wanted, you never know when you might surprise you. Everyone likes to feel fancy for a day so head on over and enjoy some cocktails and a swag bag.
The Couture Bridal Show will be held at the Denver Post Events Venue on April 11, 2014.
For more info or to buy tickets: http://www.CoutureBridalShow.com
Bride: Stacy Greiman, 29 – Marketing Consultant
Groom: Aaron Husk, 29 – Pilot, US Air Force
Date: July 20, 2013
Location: Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs (Ceremony) and The Historic Pinecrest, Palmer Lake (Reception)
Stacy and Aaron were both born in Iowa but lived in Philadelphia when they first met. That’s just the start of their similarities according to Match.com. But they opted to marry in Denver, their military appointed home, to enjoy the Air Force Academy backdrop and because they “loved the idea of giving [their guests] something to look forward to seeing and a unique experience.” Well there is no more magical experience than an Air Force Academy wedding and there is no more iconic chapel in Colorado in my humble opinion. The first time I ever saw it I was awestruck by the wedding possibilities and that was in middle school! Stacy gushes, “The church is absolutely stunning. It speaks for itself no extra décor is needed. The church is the storybook perfect.” I could agree more! But the church was just the tip of the iceberg on their modern fairy tale day.
…. Aaron and I met the NEW Old-fashioned way…. Match.com! I had recently moved to Philly and [was] obviously single. Aaron approached me online and we discovered we had plenty in common. We were both born in Iowa, loved the same foods, and lived only 3 blocks from each other in Philly! BUT, there was a catch! Aaron was DEPLOYED as a KC-10 pilot in the Air Force! So over the next 3 months we talked on the phone and established our friendship. Aaron was FINALLY scheduled to come home Thanksgiving weekend but as fate would declare I was flying out that same weekend to see my family. Was I ever going to meet this man!?! SO, upon my return trip to Philly he insisted on picking me up from the airport. I was not thrilled about this because I had to get up at 4:00 a.m to catch my flight and I wasn’t sure I would be “first date ready” when I landed. So, I joking told him he had better step it up a notch for this first date if I was going to let him pick me up on such little sleep. Aaron did not disappoint. He picked me up in the airport in a stretch white limo and the rest was history…I just remember his eyes were so bright they shoved my gaze in to the floor and I couldn’t look directly at him in fear he may disappear. I know it sounds dramatic but that is what happened. If love at first sight exists, this was it. – Stacy
- Stacy very eloquently explains why the aviation theme was important to the couple: “[We] met for the first time at an airport, got engaged at an airport, and I’ve stood many times on the Air Force tarmac, heart in chest, waiting for him to leave or return from a deployment.”
- Stacy and Aron wrote their own vows.
- The bride had an extra layer of lavender crinoline sewn into her skirt so that she had a pop of color when she walked. Love that idea!
- “Each night, as a child, my dad read the book Bread and Jam for Francis to me by my bedside. It is one of my favorite childhood father daughter memories; therefore, I had custom cufflinks made with a picture of the front cover of our favorite story book to commemorate all of our special moments,” explained Stacy. She also made something very special for her mom. “My mom always sang You’ve Got a Friend to me when I sad and feeling ‘down and troubled’ to make me feel better. She’s always been there when I’ve needed her most. So, I had a custom handkerchief made that said, ‘When I’m down and troubled I will always call my mom. Love, your Sunshine Girl.’” (This is probably the most sentimental bride I’ve ever had and I just love her for it!) (Cufflink Vendor: White Truffle Etsy | Handkerchief Vendor: Bees Knees Embroidery Co.)
- Bridesmaids were given a gold bar necklace inscribed with “Stay Weird”. (Vendor: CoCo Wagner)
- The couple folded 200 paper airplanes in lieu of a traditional confetti sendoff.
- DIY elements include the ceremony programs, centerpiece bottles, and matching flower girl tutu.
- The bride’s family minister flew in from St. Louis to perform the ceremony.
- The reception included a slide show called “The Adventures of Captain Husk and Stacy Laine”.
- Stacy and Aaron walked back down the aisle to the “Rocky” theme.
- Special readings came from many sources, including “When Harry Met Sally”.
The Best Part:
Ceremony Venue: United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel | Reception Venue: The Historic Pinecrest | Photography: Trystan Photography | Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee | Groom(smen) Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Catering: Catering by Nikki | Cake: Dr. Sweets Bakery | Cake Topper: Anna Crafts Etsy | Floral Design: Secret Window
I hate to sound cliché but it is all of your typical answers I’m sure. Having a moment with my dad before we walked down the aisle together, seeing my future husband’s face the first time he saw me in my dress, and hearing his vows he wrote for me. All of it was splendid! The other highlights were my brother in-law literally “tossing” me the ring (which I’m happy to report I caught) and the USAF Saber Arch Drill team. The drill team was absolutely memorizing to watch! AND they paused the arch for us to kiss and gave me a little pat on the backside with a saber for good measure. – Stacy
Check out their steamy engagement photos on Trystan Photography’s Blog.
Bride: Autumn Triesch, 23 – Petroleum Engineer
Groom: Josh Shannon, 24 – Petroleum Engineer
Date: September 1, 2013
Location: The Westin, Denver
I love the kind of variety that Colorado weddings have to offer and it’s my pleasure to bring you an updated traditional ballroom wedding today. This wedding had me at the photography, kept me for the details, and put me over the edge when the bride flashed Denver from the balcony in her “Bride” robe. And that was all before I contacted them for their story. Autumn and Josh are clearly a fun, upbeat, and driven couple. Their Denver Westin wedding suits them well. This busy professional couple managed to get their dream wedding with the help of a planner, Dana of Revel and Bloom. “I was very spoiled by my wedding planner and really didn’t lift a finger or make a phone call,” says the bride. No wonder she was so comfortable that day! I always envy people who can relinquish some control as I’m not one of them. This wedding is proof that it has great results. In his submission, the photographer even mentioned just how well put together and flawless this wedding was to him. That’s really saying something! So check out the culmination of some great wedding vendors in Autumn and Josh’s Denver Westin wedding…
We met in college on fall break in the Petroleum computer lab. We did not know each other before that even though we had classes together. We began studying together for all our classes. We became very good friends and found out we lived across the street from each other! Our first kiss (and the night we started dating) was on November 19, 2010, I went over to his house to hang out for a few minutes before I had to leave for a sorority event. When I got up to leave; we hugged each other bye, looked into each other’s eyes, and just kissed. It was so natural and perfect. It was like we had been doing that for years. – Autumn
Josh and I knew from early on in dating that we wanted to spend our whole lives together, but I sure did not see the engagement coming! …On New Year’s Eve, which is also my parent’s wedding anniversary, he took me to my surprise sleigh ride. After, we went to the Telluride ski resort to walk around and have hot chocolate. He had rented a hotel at the Ridgeway Resort and Sun Lodge and made dinner reservations in Ouray at the Bon Ton. So we went to check into our hotel room and sit in the huge hot tub overlooking the sawtooth mountains. It was gorgeous! We were early to Ouray for dinner so we grabbed a drink at the Ouray Brewery. It was SO cold in Ouray that night. We had first decided that we were going to stay for the fireworks but after dinner it was just too cold. So we picked up a bottle of champagne and went back to our hotel. When it was about to strike midnight, he asked me to open the bottle of champagne. I was facing toward the sink and when I turned around with the champagne, he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him! It was the perfect start to the New Year! – Autumn
The Best Part:
Location: The Westin Denver Downtown | Photographer: Ryan Dearth Photography | Event Coordinator: Revel and Bloom | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan via Bella Bridesmaids | Makeup: Denver Makeup Guru | Groom(smen) Attire: Joss A Bank | Rings: Jared | Cake: Das Meyer | Floral Design: Sweet Pea Flowers | Rentals: Linen Hero | DJ: A Music Plus | Officiant: Vince Tango
To see even more of this wedding, check out Ryan Dearth Photography’s post.
My favorite part of the wedding was the first look. We met at the McNichols Civic Center building in downtown Denver. The photographers took my bridesmaids and his groomsmen and lined them up the stairs. At the top was Josh facing away from everyone. They kept me hidden around the corner. After everyone was in place, I walked around and saw everyone. It hit me at that moment, it was my wedding day. I had spent all day preparing myself to be Josh’s bride. By the time I reached where everyone was I could hardly contain my emotions. I walked up the stairs to tap Josh on the shoulder. When I finally did, he swept me up into his arms. (It still makes me cry every time I think about it or see the photos.) – Autumn
I’ve been to a lot of wedding events and have seen the crowds. I can say with some authority that after the first show, most brides lose their SO and start traveling with their BFFs. So why not let them get something out of it too? Today I have news of a very different kind of bridal show with major perks for your entourage. Take a day off and enjoy good food, drinks, and pampering with those people who have been there for you during the craziness that is wedding planning. Grab your mom, maid of honor, or even your wedding planner for a chance to enjoy the pampering perks that come with engagement. It’s at the beautiful Villa Parker on May 4, 2014.
For more information or to buy tickets: http://www.indulgeforbrides.com.
You can also use that link to add on extra spa treatments for you and yours. =)
I’ve decided to take a week off blogging so that I can get some things done. Nearly all of them are still blog-related but too time consuming to actually get posts up at the same time. Blog maintenance is important and I’m hoping that when I’m done some things will be prettier, some will be faster, and others will be far more functional for you. Expect great things. =) I left you with a really beautiful wedding to look at (below). I’ll see you in a few days with a week chock full of goodness.
***Update 3/3/14 – So you might have noticed that I’m neither back nor have anything glorious deployed. As is so often the case, opening up the inner workings of my site just led to finding more issues than I knew existed. Feeling pretty overwhelmed to be honest. For example, who knew my site was so messed up in Internet Explorer? Clearly some of you knew because my stats tell me that you’re using that platform. (Note: Move to Chrome if you want to see it as it should be.) Basically I’m 50-90% done with 80% of my chosen projects. And after moving computers, I have a couple weeks of wedding files missing off my hard drive which is holding up the main project I was working on. Pretty crummy. Fortunately, choosing to do this is making me aware of things that I really needed to be aware of sooner than later so that’s a plus. I’ll be putting off these projects until I have a little time again. At least there was some progress!
I will try to get back on track this week. Thank you for your patience.
Bride: Amy Berger, 30 – Orthopedic Physician Assistant
Groom: Daniel Orley, 32 – Search Engine Marketing Manager
Date: September 14, 2013
Location: Edgewood Inn, Woodland Park
Amy and Daniels’ Edgewood Inn wedding is something special. This is one for those weddings that isn’t just about the details. Amy and Daniel are so clearly in love that it makes me tingly to watch them together. I included more images than usual and larger because you just have to see the looks on their faces throughout the day. They are at times goofy, weepy, joyful, and radiant. Their chemistry is palpable and I feel like this is a couple with a million inside jokes. The whole day feels kinetic. When I saw the images of them outside with an obvious breeze in the air, I could feel the cool breeze and the smell of the mountains of my own memories. I knew at once what the air felt like on her shoulders as she relaxed after the excitement of the first look because that’s how I felt when the ceremony was over when we retreated to the mountainside. That’s really something for photos to do! And it was that breezy movement that stirs my emotions that could have ruined the whole day. Flash flooding that had been happening frequently there along the burn scar of the Waldo Canyon Fire had closed the highway repeatedly. But on this day, the rain simply threatened and the joyful side of the mountains was all they had.
We met at Jack Quinn’s through mutual friends. To propose I rented out the coffee shop where we first fell for each other, had flowers delivered there and proposed. – Daniel
- A good friend of Amy’s officiated the ceremony.
- Her ring was hand made around a vintage diamond. (Sounds like my kind of ring!)
- The guys spent many hours stringing up the lights because it was very important to Amy to have lots of them.
- The couple made candles in vintage teacups and gave them away as favors along with the milk glass arrangements on the tables.
- Amy and Dan wrote their own vows.
- Daniel provided our first ever groom response to the questionnaire. You will realize why that’s funny if you pay attention to the lack of credits on any kind of clothing and his favorite part of the wedding:
The Best Part:
Venue: Edgewood Inn | Photographer: Trystan Photography | Day of Coordination: Elizabeth Opperman | Cake: Creative Cakes of Colorado Springs | Catering: Food Designers | Floral Design: Ambiance Florals
The food was incredible. But after everyone else had left the Edgewood Inn, Amy and I went and put on PJs and hung out with some close friends and family who were all staying at the Inn for the night and talked about the day. That was pretty great. – Daniel (What a sweetheart)
This topic is a no-brainer for some. For others, this will be a wonderful addition to your wedding research toolbox. Using Google Images for wedding inspiration searches is a great alternative to Pinterest if you have specific search criteria in mind. Knowledge of how to utilize Google image search properly changed my blogging life in terms of setting up mood boards and identifying legitimate/original content links. Today I will show you two ways that Google Images can change the way you plan your wedding: Finding inspiration photos and locating image sources/info by uploading your photos.
Bride: Courtney Horlbeck, 29 – Registered Nurse
Groom: Scott McColley, 34 – Account Manager
Location: Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park
Date: November 25, 2013
Something special happens when a traditional, feminine wedding meets Jeff and Jewels Photography. Their edgy style always shines through in unexpected ways. I have seen many a Della Terra Wedding but this one – their first at the chateau – feels very different to me. Their fresh eyes had a special take on the unique light of the hotel room and the beauty of the location in general. Kinda made me fall in love with it all over again. It certainly doesn’t hurt that we have a beautiful couple, an incredible gown, an angelic flower girl, and some of the best cookies a Coloradan can find. And of course Scott sent Courtney Starbucks with “My Bride I love you” written on it. That’s a keeper in my book! Congratulations and wishes for a lifetime of happiness Courtney and Scott!
We got engaged on December 7th, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Scott had to be in Orlando for work that week. We thought it would be fun for me to fly out on that Friday and stay for the weekend. When I arrived in Orlando, I thought Scott was going to meet me at the airport and we would rent a car and drive back to the hotel. When I landed, I called him and he said that he wasn’t going to be able to make it to the airport and that I was going to have to rent a car and get to the hotel by myself. At first, I was upset. But then I thought that he was lying to me and was going to surprise me in the airport terminal. As I got off the plane, I kept trying to find him as I walked to baggage claim. I still did not see him and thought he might jump out and surprise me while I was waiting for my bag. Once I got my suitcase, Scott was still nowhere to be found. I called him once again and he said that he was still at the hotel and would not be able to come and meet me. As I walked down to the car rental area, I thought for sure he would be there waiting for me. He was not. I managed to rent a car and make it to the hotel. When I arrived at the hotel, I called Scott to let him know I was there and asked if he would come down and park the car with me as it was dark and there were no close parking spots. He said no, so I immediately hung up the phone. I eventually made it to the room and Scott opened the door. He was dressed in a gray suit. I asked him if he was still dressed up for work. He said no and I didn’t think anything more of it. He then pointed to a brand new iPad that was on the couch. This was our Christmas gift to each other and I had been waiting for it to be delivered to the house for weeks. As it turns out, it was delivered and he just hid it from me and brought it to Orlando. He asked me to open it, so I did. Then he said, “well turn it on.” When I did, a picture of the most beautiful ring popped up on the screen. I looked over at him and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I immediately started crying and said yes. He also video tapped the whole thing with two different cameras from two different viewpoints. We then went out to dinner to celebrate and called both of our families to share the exciting news.
- The wedding was officiated by their friend, Ryan Zachos.
- Scott’s sister gave Courtney her grandmother’s handkerchief to tie around the bouquet.
- She also got a flower pin from her grandmother.
- The couple and their groomsmen made the table numbers.
- Courtney’s cousin made all of the ribbon wands for the couple’s exit.
- Escort cards were in the form of Mary’s Mountain Cookies – a Colorado favorite. (Side note: I LOVE their brownies in unspeakable ways. Aww…Freshman 15.)
The Best Part:
Venue: Della Terra Mountain Chateau | Photographer: Jeff and Jewels Photography | Event Planner: Jamie Garcia via Della Terra | Bridal Gown: Watters (Style Adelaide) via Boulder Bridal | Hairpiece: Nadine Hooper (owner of Boulder Bridal) | Earrings: Macy’s | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine Bridal via Boulder Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Fixx Hair Studio | Groom(smen) Attire: Jos. A. Bank and Macy’s | Rings: Kay Jewelers | Cake: Colorado Rose Cake Company | Caterer: Greenspoint Catering | Floral Design: Bloooms Flower Market | DJ: Standing Room Only | Invitations: Minted | Officiate: Ryan Zachos (friend) | Escort Card Cookies: Mary’s Mountain Cookies (A Colorado Company that rocks!)
I loved every part of my wedding day. I loved seeing how everything came together and how flawlessly the entire day went. The weather was absolutely perfect and we felt so surrounded by love from family and friends. The ceremony was my favorite part, though. We were married by a friend who wrote the entire ceremony and made it so personal for us. His words truly touched our hearts and will be something we will remember forever.