Bride: Rebecca, 27 – Stay at home mom
Groom: Rocky, 29 – Farmer
Date: February 21, 2015
Location: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Ceremony) and Pueblo Union Depot (Reception)
I’m in love with this couple! They (and their whole wedding party for that matter) have so much personality. I feel like this would have been a great wedding to attend for sure. Rebecca and Rocky’s Pueblo Union Depot wedding is effortlessly gorgeous and classic. Well, I’m sure that they and their planner, Weddings by Norie, didn’t find it effortless but they pull off the look with perfection. This beautifully photographed album has so many wonderful aspects so I’m just going to give you my personal highlight reel: The dress, the reaction of the bridesmaids to seeing Rebecca in that dress, the way that the bride raises an eyebrow and hams it up for the camera, that insane cathedral, grandmas AND babies (my two favorite things at weddings) coming down the aisle together, their adorable baby with her tongue peeking out, a unique cake, and a sparkler sendoff photo that is actually clear and well done in photos! Phew!
We met at a friends birthday party. I was cooking, and Rocky kept trying to talk to me. Finally I had to throw him out of the kitchen! That kicked off a two year friendship, Rocky kept asking me out, and I kept shooting him down. Finally I said yes, and we ended up being absolutely perfect for each other! We got engaged after about a year of dating. Rocky had a beautiful ring custom made that he helped design, and he prepared a super romantic proposal. The big night came though, and the ring wasn’t ready! He planned another romantic dinner, and the ring still wasn’t done. Finally, they called to let him know the ring was ready, on a day when we were helping a family member move. Rocky was so excited to finally have the ring, he couldn’t wait, drove straight home with it and dropped to his knee in the kitchen, both of us covered in sweat and in our moving clothes. It was still an absolutely perfect moment! – Rebecca
- Their grandmothers walked their flower girls (their three month old daughter and 5 month old niece) down the aisle. I think I just died from cute!
- The bride wore a two piece dress. The bottom was store bought and the top was custom designed.
- A family friend made the large “Love” marquis.
- The cake was decorated with broaches.
- Favors included a popcorn bar and cookie table.
- Something Old: An opal ring Rebecca’s mother received for her Sweet 16 | Something New: Bracelet and earrings | Something Borrowed: Her sister’s shoes | Something Blue: Blue ribbon sewn into her bodice.
- First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheerin
- Surprise Wedding Party Dance: “The Time Warp” (complete with collapse at the end)
Venue: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and Pueblo Union Depot | Photographer: Jenna Lee Pictures (HI) | Event Coordinator: Weddings by Norie | Bridal Gown: Wtoo (Skirt) and Mia Sanchez (Custom Corset Top) | Groom(smen) Attire: Style Bride Boutique and Tuxedo | Bridesmaids: Alfred Sung | Hair and Makeup: Platinum and Co. | Rings: Jack Armstrong Jewelers | Cake: A Piece of Cake Catering | Floral Design: P.S. I Love You Flowers and Gifts | Musician: Michael Beck
Bride: Sarah, 32 – Event Coordinator
Groom: TJ, 26 – Ski/Bike Patrol
Date: June 28, 2014
Location: The Club at Crested Butte
[ Editorial Note: Through absolutely no planning on my part, we have another Crested Butte post today AND their photo booth was provided by the photographer from the last post. I didn't realize it until I was putting this post together. Small wedding world! Enjoy more CB! ]
Sarah and TJ are an adventuresome couple with a love for the Colorado outdoors and the physical activities it supports so well. They partake in just about every outdoor activity that this great state has to offer and often they do it with their adorable (and equally adventurous) dog, Avery. So it only stands to reason that their wedding would have elements of all those things. Getting married at the resort where they met, having motocross bikes at their wedding, and being escorted down the aisle by their pup are just a few things that make this wedding a very personal affair.
TJ and I both worked for the local ski resort Crested Butte Mountain Resort and we met at an employee party. He walked right up and introduced himself and then informed me he was taking me on a date! We were also engaged on the resort. The following winter we hiked to the peak of the mountain with friends where TJ had planned to propose. When we finally got to the top he got down on one knee to pop the question, I was so surprised! We celebrated with PBR’s and friends on top of the mountain! – Sarah
- Sarah and TJ entered the reception on his dirt bike, which he is particularly passionate about.
- Their ceremony took place at The Woods Walk in Crested Butte.
- TJ created the wooden signage and archway for the ceremony.
- Wash tubs full of beverages greeted guests alongside the programs at the entrance to the ceremony. Coca-Cola, beer, and mini-champagnes ensured the festivities started right away.
- The table numbers were made from vintage house numbers and were chosen based on significant numbers to the couple.
- Sarah’s brother made their wedding cake. Their cake topper belonged to Sarah’s parents when they got married.
- Something Old: Grandma’s handkerchief | Something New: Dress | Something Borrowed: The buttons from her mother’s dress were sewn onto hers | Something Blue: Shoes
- Brides Entrance: “Faithfully” – Journey
- Recessional: “I Caught Fire” – The Used
- First Dance: “Dancing Shoes” – Green River Ordinance
Venue and Catering: The Club at Crested Butte | Photography: Third Eye Photography | Bridal Gown: Aire Barcelona | Shoes: Shani Barr | Hair and Makeup: Ginger Michina | Alterations: Andrea Rybarz | Groom’s Attire: Jack Threads | Groomsmen Attire: JC Penny | Rings: Ice Mountain Jewelry | Floral Design: Sweethaven Farm (CT) | Cake: Seth Joy | Videography: Kasala Productions | Slow Mo Video Booth: Sweet Tea Studios | Invitations: Stephanie Niesman
It’s been real. It’s been fun. It’s been rule-breaking (for me). Spring Cleaning Week (and some change) is over now and we’re headed back into weddings with full posts and engagements with an agenda. My slacker self didn’t get to all of the content that I wanted, but what I did share was exceptional IMO. I hope you enjoyed that foray into my backlog.
In what is officially the end of “Spring Cleaning…Two…Weeks”, I had to leave with you something epic. Something worth holding onto. Something with FIRE! Quite literally in this case. Kristen and Mike’s Bohemian engagement is the kind of submission that makes me squeal when I receive it. So how I held onto it for so many months to find the right time for it is beyond me. Not only is the subject matter lovely and outside of the box, the photography is so crisp and bright that it makes my job easy. I had no problem putting vertical images by themselves in this case so that you could really appreciate them up close, because they are just…that…good. They are a lively, colorful couple and this session really captures that.
We begin in the beautiful golden aspen forests around Crested Butte, enjoy a styled shoot portion with a picnic in the woods, spend a brief moment in town, and then head to Vinotok – Crested Butte’s fiery version of a harvest festival. Each location (and wardrobe change) is delightful in its own way with Kristin giving a lesson in boho fashion and attitude. And let’s face facts, this session is really about Kristen. She is a nature goddess and Mike is her worshiper. I even entitled this album “Fire Goddess Engagement” when I originally saved it many moons ago. And when you reach the end and see this couple with an 80 foot bonfire backdrop, you too will understand.
Submitted by Sweet Tea Studios
I wanted to finish out Spring Cleaning
Submitted by Mallory Munson Photography
Week Two Weeks with a couple of incredible engagement sessions. Typically I’m picky about engagements and only those at distinctive locations for The Photo Ops Project make the cut. I’ve let go of some stellar content because of that policy but I figured that once you’ve seen one happy couple in the woods, you’ve seen them all. Over the last few months, however, I’ve received a few engagements that are simply too beautiful not to show. So instead of applying my fairly transparent attempt to spin it for my own purposes, I’m going to share this beautiful session in all its glory for what it is: A happy couple in the woods…but not like all the ones you’ve seen before. This glamour engagement shoot is positively glowing – a gorgeous dress, beautiful landscape, a model worthy couple, and photography straight out of a magazine spread for sure. It’s just so yummy that I want to live in their session for an afternoon. Chloe and Cong are an editorial style wedding lover’s dream come true!
Bride: Amanda | Groom: Justin
Date: August 31, 2014
Location: Black Canyon Inn, Estes Park
Continuing what is becoming Spring Cleaning Week and a Half, I present to you a lovely Black Canyon Inn wedding. Three things made this wedding one that I could not pass up:
- The photography by James Moro is, as always, eye catching. The use of light and reflection brings me great joy. The first image below is insane!
- Amanda and Justin are high school sweethearts. They have a long history as a couple but their future was nearly cut short when Justin was diagnosed with cancer. After a hard fought battle, he was declared cancer free and they had just that much more to celebrate when their wedding plans resumed!
- I’m a total sucker for kids and animals at weddings. This wedding had both in spades. That little boy rocks my world and there is nothing like a photobombing elk to scream Estes Park. Seriously, they are everywhere there!!
Venue: Black Canyon Inn | Photography: James Moro Photography | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal (Style 9018) via Bridal Traditions (Omaha) | Shoes: Khussa | Hair: Bella Capelli | Tux: BLACK by Vera Wang | Cake: Colorado Rose Cake Company
Date: September 15, 2012
Location: Private Residence
The next wedding in Spring Cleaning Week(ish) is Bourbon Street style in the middle of a golden aspen grove. From the moment I saw this wedding on Facebook, I wanted to blog it. I was delighted when the photographer, Christina Kiffney, submitted it. One look at this album and you will understand why this wedding was the primary reason I decided to do a “rule breaking” weddings week. Something this incredible cannot be passed up. Not only do Kennley and Jed pull of a sophisticated theme wedding, they do it in a way that feel so modern and chic. Add to that the fact that they got married in an aspen tree forest, and I am so in love that I want to marry this wedding!! Once upon a time, I told my husband (then boyfriend) how cool it would be to get married in an aspen grove in autumn. There was a place in San Isabelle that took my breath away and seemed like the single most perfect place on earth when we were there. Though we never figured out the logistics, Kennley and Jed did and they nailed the hell out of it!
Photography: Christina Kiffney Photography | Bridal Gown: Jim Hjelm (Style 1156) | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. + Krivanek Jewelers | Hair: Tomi’s Salon and Beauty Supply | Groom’s Attire: Saks Off 5th | Catering: Wild Altitude Organic Catering | Band: Impromptu
- The couple painted masquerade masks for guests to use at the reception. I think these would be a really cool idea for seating cards, favors, or both!
- I really appreciate the use of photographs throughout the day. It even appears that her vows are written on a vintage photo or postcard. Photographs are a great way to add a lot of interest at a small price – simple paper decorations that don’t feel at all kitschy or cheap.
- Hanging globes with single flowers, fabric streamer garlands, and circular paper fans made of sheet music are also an incredibly striking way to decorate on a dime. All of the hanging decor must have moved beautifully in the breeze! Talk about a kinetic scene!
- The guestbook was comprised of Kennley’s grandmother’s vintage typewriter and Polaroid cameras.
- Bottles of wine personalized with engagement photo labels and hand written thank you tags are substantial favors.
- Guests were driven to the ceremony site in school buses and then found their way through a maze of hanging paper fans and streamers.
Bride: Angela | Groom: Sammy
Date: June 15, 2013
Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Littleton
Wedding #4 (in what is going to become “Spring Cleaning Week and a Half” if I don’t get my act together), is a beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield wedding. The couple utilized the Deer Creek Schoolhouse, gazebo, and tented areas for this particular wedding so it’s slightly different than the big red barn wedding that we’ve become accustomed to with this location. They also partied on the beautiful deck outside the schoolhouse that was being built (around a tree) last time I toured the gardens. If you have not been to this location, you need to go – be it for personal enjoyment, photography, or to book your wedding. The gardens are extensive at this location and offer a wide variety of settings to enjoy. I desperately wish I would have seen this location before my wedding as I might have been tempted to consider a location closer to Denver!
This wedding is bittersweet to me. I so wish I knew more about this vivacious couple! I’m impressed with the way they rocked out a budget wedding that still looks and feels fantastically stylized. I would have loved to know more. I adore The Willinghams (photographer) and have been dying to feature one of their weddings. So naturally, this would be one of those weddings where all of the pieces don’t come together for a traditional post (through no fault of theirs). But you can thank them for this special circumstances wedding week because this was one submission I just couldn’t pass up. It’s been a long time in coming but I hope you love what you see as much as I did. Photography alone has a very powerful way of telling the story of a wedding – especially when The Willinghams are behind the camera. Culling images for this one was very difficult and I had to leave out some beautiful ones for sure!
- Angela got ready in the Deer Creek Schoolhouse building on the garden premises. I think getting ready in an old-timey schoolhouse with the real blackboards is pretty darn cool!
- The couple had their “first look” without any actual looking. They donned blindfolds and met outside for a quiet moment together before the ceremony.
- The ring “pillow” seems to have been an antique book. Nice touch.
- Glass bottles holding individual flower stems or clusters were hung from the trees, lined all the tables as centerpieces, and were grouped near key decorative elements like the the guest book and gift tables. My favorite use of the bottles, however, was as sign holders for the dessert table. The sheer number of them makes this inexpensive element seem very chic and the use of them in unexpected areas (instead of just the dining tables) puts their vignettes over the top and shows that every details was considered. A potentially very plain buffet table becomes a minimalist but elegant one.
- The guestbook was a globe. =)
- I love the posted sign with a message of thanks to the guests. This is becoming a trend in weddings and I particularly like that this method of communicating the sentiment is less wasteful than the usual (attached to the favors of placed at individual seats). I think it’s great to have a selfless token of appreciation on a day that can be so egocentric by nature.
- Angela approaches the aisle with a parasol to keep herself hidden until she can have that perfect face to face first look down the aisle with Sammy. Open ceremony spaces can make this difficult and I think it’s a beautiful work-around.
- I think the use of one large, perfect bloom on top of the cake elevates something simple and inexpensive to a showstopper.
See more of this couple in their equally beautiful engagement session.
Date: April 25, 2014
Venue: The Cable Center, Denver
Wedding #3 in the Spring Cleaning week is this incredibly vibrant, colorful Cable Center wedding. Once you see the fantastic pictures and the personality of this couple, you will understand why this one was a keeper despite never contacting the couple to get the whole story. A great deal is told by the images and back story provided by the photographer, Elevate Photography (loved them from the beginning and love them still, always have and always will).
Maddie and Tripper are seriously crazy about a few things: Each other, soccer, and selfies. Additionally, Tripper is more than a little excited about the color orange and BACON! So all of these things were heavily incorporated into their wedding. This vivid wedding features a bold orange (Tripper’s favorite) and a saturated purple (Maddie’s fav). The theme was applied to everything from the shoes to flowers to food. They even requested that guests wore orange and purple. You can see how the “groom’s side” glows like a jack-o-lantern!
The day starts off with getting ready photos in hotel rooms that are not-so-coincidentally decorated in wedding appropriate colors. (I particularly love the shot where Tripper appears to be receiving his bridal boudoir photos of Maddie). They then move on to a super fun filled first look and wedding party portraits on the soccer field at DU. The pair exchanged vows at South Denver Seventh Day Adventist Church where Maddie’s parents wed and where she held the position of flower girl for her uncle’s wedding 21 years before. Originally from Hawaii, Tripper included his history into the wedding with a lei ceremony. Nods were also made to the islands with tropical flowers in the floral arrangements and on the custom made stationery/signage. Those beautiful colors and tropical touches spilled over into a high-energy reception at the Cable Center that was fueled by signature prickly pear margaritas and chipotle chocolate drizzled bacon! These crazy kids really did it up right! The whole day was expertly coordinated by A Touch of Bliss.
Venue: The Cable Center (Reception) and South Denver Seventh Day Adventist Church (Ceremony) | Photography: Elevate Photography | Event Planing: A Touch of Bliss | Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander via Little White Dress | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom(smen) Attire: Al’s Formal Wear | Rings: Shane | Floral Design: Mainstreet Flower Market | Catering: Footers Catering | Cake: Mulberries Cake Shop | Stationery: Six Leaf Design (See Maddie and Tripper’s invitation and signage suite here) | DJ: Rock Candy
Date: September 6, 2013
Location: Ellis Ranch, Loveland
The first wedding in our Spring Cleaning Week is a young couple’s country nuptials. Larissa and Kyle’s Ellis Ranch wedding is fittingly country inspired. Two things won me over on this wedding: Larissa looks similar to me when I was younger (spooky) and this couple has mastered the smoldering come hither look. A great many aspects of this wedding are striking but I feel like the photographer, Moriah Riona, really shines in black and white. Some of the images really made me sit and stare for awhile. The B&W style is so fitting for the rustic ranch wedding and it blurs the lines between old and new.
- Larissa’s father accompanied her in a horse drawn carriage ride to the ceremony site before walking her down the aisle.
- The bride’s gown had a convertible top so she wore it with the cap for the ceremony and without for the reception.
- The bridal bouquet contained live flowers and antique broaches for a little glitter.
- Yummy favors included pub mix and s’more kits.
- A lovely Willow Tree figure served as the cutting cake topper.
- I personally think the flower girls in their little denim jackets are the bee’s knees.
Venue: Ellis Ranch Event Center | Photography: Moriah Riona | Wedding Gown: Essence of Australia | Hair: Brookside Gardens Spa and Salon | Cater: Valley Packing & Catering