Bride: Amy, 29 | Groom: Lucas, 31
Date: August 30, 2015 | Location: Sunrise Amphitheater (Ceremony) and Chautauqua Dining Hall (Reception)
I’m going to break convention today and begin by gushing over something normally overlooked: The Rings. Lucas really thought about Amy’s engagement ring. The three stone arrangement with a ruby center was very intentional. Both Lucas and Amy’s mothers had ruby rings. (Ruby is also Amy’s birth stone.) The design of the ring’s setting mimics Amy’s mother’s wedding ring and the diamonds that flank the ruby are from a set of Lucas’s mother’s earrings. Man that is a lot of thought in one ring! Amy returned the sentiment when she surprised Lucas by getting his band engraved with A♥L and the coordinates of their home in Boulder.
Clearly Boulder has become very ingrained in this couple. Their wedding seems to be an homage to city’s favorite features and past times. But Boulder did not convert them so much as it was a perfect destination for this rock climbing couple. They met in a climbing gym back east and fit right in here in Colorado. They incorporated elements of their east coast upbringing and their new love of the west. Keep your eyes open for both!
We met through mutual friends (the couple that married us were the ones who introduced us!). I was working for the Shelburne Museum in Vermont and Lucas was working on his master’s degree at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. My friend and co-worker was dating a graduate student at Dartmouth and one winter day asked if I wanted to join her, her then boyfriend (now husband), and a few of his friends at our local climbing gym, Petra Cliffs. At the gym I was introduced to Lucas and we immediately hit it off. Although it wasn’t until a few months later when he came back with my co-workers boyfriend that we exchanged information and started dating.
Fast forward some years and Lucas was starting his PhD at CU-Boulder and I was in the process of moving out to Colorado to join him. I had flown out to Colorado for the weekend to visit him and celebrate his birthday and our upcoming anniversary. We went out to dinner at Oak and after Lucas convinced me to go for a walk. It was on our walk back through the park that Lucas proposed. – Amy
- Their wedding was officiated by two people – the couple who introduced them. How sweet is that?
- The couple chose to have a frozen treat for dessert instead of cake. (Perfect for August in Colorado!) Their caterer, Three Lea Catering, formulated a maple gelato just for them to honor the couple’s syrup-country roots.
- Their mini maple syrup bottle favors were from Lucas’s family farm.
- Amy and Lucas honored their love of climbing and the role it played in their love story by incorporating elements into their day. The escort cards were tied with figure 8 knots made of small gauge climbing rope. Their table “numbers” were places they love, including many climbing locations.
- Guests signed a print of the Boulder skyline which the couple had framed after for their home.
- Their rescue dog, Finn, became an honorary groomsmen and even wore a matching tie.
- Amy’s incredible gown is actually two pieces – a Jenny Yoo gown and a lace top from BHLDN that she wore during the ceremony. I never would have known!
- Something Old and Blue: A piece of her great-grandmother’s handkerchief sewn into her gown | Something New: Gown | Something Borrowed: A pair of pearl earrings from her mother
The Best Part:
Saying ‘I Do!’ Also, having all of our close family and friends there to share the weekend with us. – Amy
Venue: Chautauqua Dining Hall | Photographer: Katie Keighin Photography | Bridal Gown: Jenny Yoo with Lace Top by BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew | Hair: West End Salon | Groom(smen) Attire: Alfani RED via Macy’s | Catering: Three Leaf Catering | Floral Design: Fiori Flowers
Bride: Darian – Assistant Editor | Groom: Lorne – VP of Brand Marketing
Date: October 17, 2015 | Location: Highland Meadows Golf Course, Windsor
Brace yourselfs, I’m going to get sappy: A recent interview with a minister who wrote a book about vows had me thinking anew about the importance of the vows we make on our wedding day. Those words set the stage for a lifetime of commitment and the official joining of families. This hits even “closer to home” when the the couple has children. Today’s bride, Darian, chose to avow herself to Lorne and his three children during their Highland Meadows Golf Course wedding. I myself am the child of divorce and had step-mothers (yes…plural). It fills my heart in immeasurable ways to see a step-mom who knows that she is not just marrying a man, but his family too. Taking the time to write their own vows and her vows to the kids tells me that they are taking the decision to become a family very seriously. They carefully put into words their promises to each other which I think gives them a better chance of keeping them. *Sniffle*
Now with that being said, the beauty of this wedding doesn’t end at the vows. The couple did a great job of creating a harmonious aesthetic throughout the day. The location is pure Colorado and I’m excited that their photographer, Jared Gant, chose to showcase the venue in ways that I’m not used to seeing (like the couple in the empty reception space). I had to cut a LOT of photos that I loved, but I hope that I still told the story of their day and showed their details in the space that I had. Enjoy your eye candy with an extra serving of syrupy sweet sentiment. You made need a glass of milk…
(Also see her bridal session here)
They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Lorne and I completely ignored that rule. Lorne and I met through work. While I worked as a reporter for a Recreational Vehicle magazine in Denver. I called Lorne to interview him for a story I was working on. Nothing came of that. Several months later, he and I met again at a work convention in Las Vegas. His company was hosting an event I was covering. He was busy talking with others in the room when I stepped in front of him and re-introduced myself (I’m pretty sure he didn’t remember me from the interview). He still tells me the red dress I was wearing was what got him J. From there we dated, traveling back and forth between Colorado and Montana until he took me back to Las Vegas and proposed in the exact spot we shared our first kiss – exactly one year from the day we met. – Darian
- The wedding was officiated by the bride’s brother. Lorne’s 3 children (Shayna, 16; Brayden, 13; and Kassie, 9) were in the wedding party. His son was his best man! (Awww)
- In addition to their own vows, Darian created vows to Lorne’s children.
- Darian’s father refinished the doors that formed the altar. They were decorated with frames and flowers by the bride and her mother.
- Their unity candles were inside of lanterns which added to the decor and protected them from blowing out (BRILLIANT!)
- The bride and her mother created each unique tablescape. The doilies used were heirlooms belonging to two generations of their family.
- Something Old: Her mother’s gold diamond bracelet | Something New: Her outfit | Something Borrowed and Blue: A handkerchief belonging to her maternal grandmother
The Best Part:
Walking down the aisle and seeing all my friends and family, as well as the love of my life at the end of the aisle waiting for me was an especially wonderful moment. Our vows, which we wrote ourselves, and my vows to the kids were very meaningful. Our first dance was also a beautiful part of the evening. – Darian
- Processional: “Never Stop” – SafetySuit (Wedding Version)
- Ceremony Music: “Wanted” – Hunter Hayes (Performed by Lorne’s Daughter Shayna)
- First Dance: “Take My Hand” – Emily Hackett feat. Will Anderson
Venue and Catering: Highland Meadows Golf Course | Photographer: JM Gant Photography | Event Planning: Sarah Flatley, Highland Meadows Golf Course | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals via Blushing Bride | Shoes and Accessories: David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Athena Salon and Spa | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom(smen) Attire: J.F. Ferrar via J.C. Penny | Rings: Montagues Jewelers (MT) | Cake: Batter Up Cakes | DJ: Chaz Miles, Heartbeat Ministries
Jared is now including the option for this awesome “Party Window” camera. Really cool pictures and clearly an excuse for everyone young and old to stick their tongues out!