Bride: Ashley Brown, 26 – Subscription Services
Groom: Matt Kok, 26 – Executive Assistant
Date: April 26, 2014
Location: Wellshire Presbyterian Church, Denver (Ceremony), Glenmoor Country Club, Englewood (Reception)
Broadway nerds rejoice! Today’s wedding features a couple who loves the musical arts and incorporated it into their wedding in fun and meaningful ways. I really enjoy seeing weddings that have personal and unexpected elements like these. There is a lot of great inspiration in Ashley and Matt’s music themed wedding for sure. And it was all captured in the beautiful imagery of Mathew Irving Photography. This is a fun one!
Matt and I met in May 2011 after being cast as Josephine and Ralph in Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore at the 73rd Avenue Theatre in Westminster, CO. Over the course of two months we performed together on stage 18 times, and by closing weekend we both felt a spark. Matt asked for my number at our cast party, and he called the NEXT day to ask me out on a date. Matt picked me up in his vintage Volvo station wagon, and we spent four hours at Stella’s Coffee House talking about everything from sharing similar stories about our best friends to our mutual love of romantic British literature. That was August 16, 2011. We got engaged on Matt’s 25th birthday, October 12, 2012. Matt had planned to take me to the theatre where we met after we had dinner, but I refused, and wanted to go hang out at a bar instead. By the end of the night, Matt could not wait any longer, and spontaneously popped the question when I was least expecting it, and of course I said yes! – Ashley
- The girls choir at the wedding was The Fourteeners from the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir (of which Ashley was a member for many years).
- The couple themselves and Ashley’s mother created pretty much every last thing you see at the wedding in terms of personal touches and decor.
- The table “numbers” were all productions that Ashley had been involved in or loved.
- Ashley and Matt’s friends sang show tunes for them during the cocktail hour.
- The bride upcycled her own shoes to make the lovely something blue you see in the pictures.
The Best Part:
Venue and Catering: Glenmoor Country Club | Photographer: Mathew Irving Photography | Bridal Gown: Amanda’s Bridal | Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Kate Smith | Groom(smen) Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear | Rings: Shane Co. | Cake: Nathan Gulash | Floral Design: Yvonne Herrema | DJ: A Sharp DJ Service
Our favorite part of the wedding was the huge amount of music that was shared throughout the day. The choir, our friends, and our fantastic DJ helped make our day so memorable. It was perfect, wonderful friends and family, delicious food, lots of laughter all accompanied by the best musical selections.
As I predicted, the artichokes in floral arrangements trend hit big time but it’s likely a passing fancy.The current trend of farm to table dining is more of larger lifestyle choice, however. For people who really appreciate food on a multi-sensory level there are lots of options for incorporating it into the visual aspects of your wedding day. Today’s foodie wedding inspiration draws from the beauty of natural ingredients and the experience of well prepared cuisine. For starters, there are loads of fruits and veggies that look at home in a bouquet or other floral arrangements. They add a great deal of color, texture, and interest. Food ingredients also make excellent edible favors or seating cards. Think baskets of berries, individually labeled baguette, or gourmet seasonings to accompany the meal. Have farm fresh produce or herbs decorate the table and encourage guests to bring the decor home with them. Or go all the way and have the meal itself replace your decor. Family style dining with large platters of food to be shared is a great way to let the beauty of the food do all the talking. Truly exceptional dishes can absolutely compete with flowers for the focal point of the table and offer you a very valuable two-fer to save money!
Foodie Bouquets: A | B | C | D | E | F
Food as Decor: G | H | I | J | K | L
Family Style Dining: M | N | O | P | Q | R
Take Some with You: S | T | U | V
Bright and Alive: W | X | Y | Z | AA
I’ve given into the trend of Throwback Thursdays. I feel like I’ve covered so many really cool topics that will probably be lost forever in the archives for most readers if I don’t bring them back to the forefront. With the weather changing so quickly outside, I thought I would revisit a post that took me a LOT of work to compose previously (stealing from my neighbors, constructing a light box for photography, etc.). Fall Colors Re-imagined was a post that celebrated the diversity of floral ingredients available at this time of the year. We are not restricted to red/orange/brown weddings in the fall. Fall wedding can be very colorful indeed. Just check out what I found around my neighborhood:
“You’re so beautiful, it hurts to look at you.” – Angela Chase, “My So Called Life” (Totally feeling old right now but it’s so true!) I am lucky to have so many great photographers submit to ACC, but occasionally one really suits my personal style in particular. This Stanley Hotel wedding really stood out to me immediately because the images bowled me over in a huge way. Beautiful light, loving couple, and reflective surfaces equals professional photographer goldmine! These are among the very best bridal “getting ready” images I’ve seen. Plus, normally I choose black and white images over color to bring out the detail and interest in shots. With this wedding, the golden glow of everything won me over again and again. The use of light and contrast makes the color images just as compelling as their B&W counterparts. And James Moro, the photographer, didn’t even have the convenience of outdoor shots to fall back on. Working with light indoors with this much success is a sign of a great artist who knows what they are doing. Seriously, just look at that first image below where Natalie’s face is glowing, her dress is streaming light, and the rest of the frame is darkened. *Swoon* But enough about how gorgeous the film from this wedding is because the couple is also cute as all get-out. Their expressions as they look at each other are so charming and their love story is so honest. The couple hit it off on date number one. They waited for each other for months and covered many miles for date number two:
Aaron and I met at a bar in Boulder right before I left town for eight weeks to train at various ballet companies in 2010. We talked on the phone just about every day that summer. Towards the end of the summer while I was in San Diego, Aaron drove out to California to spend the weekend with me so our second date ended up being there. Aaron proposed on Christmas (2012) morning on my parent’s front porch where I grew up. He said that I had so many memories there so he just wanted to add one more. – Natalie
- The animal topiaries, made by the bride and her family/friends, were a subtle nod to “The Shining”. The Stanley Hotel where they were married was the inspiration for the book when Steven King was living in the Boulder area. But these topiaries are beautiful and I wouldn’t mind them coming to life. I’d like to pet them in fact.
- Also at the reception were pictures of Natalie and Aaron in their respective bathtubs as kids. What fun!
- A glamorous red carpet led the couple and their party to the altar.
- Natalie’s mother made her dress and her grandmother made her jewelry. (This fact seriously made me breathless upon reading it. That dress is incredible, detailed, and unique. Way to go mama!)
- Perhaps why this wedding feels so fresh, the bride admits to not hanging out on Pinterest. (Atta Girl!) “But I practically lived in Bridal magazines. My mom is excited to finally throw the stack away,” said Natalie.
- “I feel like grand entrances are usually awkward with the bridal party acting goofy and dancing while everyone else just stares at them. So for our grand entrance we had the DJ (Matt Kays) get everyone up and dancing with us on the dance floor. It was a lot more fun to include everyone and made the reception have a really great party atmosphere,” recalls Natalie.
The Best Part:
Venue and Catering: The Stanley Hotel | Photography: James Moro Photography | Bridal Gown: Bride’s Mother | Jewelry: Bride’s Grandmother | Hair and Makeup: Bella Capelli Hair Studio | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom(smen) Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Rings: Gusterman’s Silversmiths | Cake: Colorado Rose Cake Company | Floral Design: Floral Design of Europe | DJ: Mountain Event Services | Rentals: Front Range Event Rental | Officiant: Derek Brouwer
I don’t know if I can pick a favorite part of the wedding. I was pleasantly surprised with how the décor turned out – especially the flowers and the cake. It was totally worth spending an absurd amount of money for those gorgeous flowers. I liked how the wedding turned out to be super fun with everyone on the dance floor. I also really liked our grand entrance. – Natalie
Bride: Ashley Rowe, 31 – Case Manager
Groom: Oliver Wiersma, 31 – Office Manager
Date: May 4, 2014
Location: Lionscrest Manor, Lyons
Occasionally, the professionals who work with a couple can describe them so much better than I. So I will let Beth, their photographer, do the honors:
Every once in a while, a very special couple crosses my path.These are people that are pure and honest, both with themselves and with others. They engage from the soul, they can not help it, it is just the way they are. I often wonder if they can see their own beauty. To me it is so apparent- so raw, so honest, it is beautiful. I have a few couples like that this year, I wish I could be just like them. Ashley and Oliver can not hide who they are.They are both quite shy, but their beauty manifests itself in their shyness. I was really struck by them in a powerful way. There was no hiding of self. They just very simply are who they are. - Beth Sanders
We met at Oliver’s work. I came into Oliver’s office about a year before we started dating. At that time we engaged in small talk. A year later I went into Oliver’s work hoping that the ‘cute’ guy was still working there. Sure enough, Oliver was working that day. I was able to get all of his information (relationship status) from his boss who was more than willing to provide it. I gave him my phone number and we began dating shortly after that. About 15 months after we started dating Oliver proposed to me. We went on our nightly walk with our dog and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. – Ashley
The Best Part:
Venue: Lionscrest Manor | Photography: Beth Photography | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Hair: Beauty on Location by Liz | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Rings: Shane and Jared | Cake: Colorado Rose Cake Company | Catering: Greens Point Catering | Floral Design: Reale Events | DJ: Pure Sounds Productions
Want to see more of this couple? Check out their engagement session!
Oliver’s favorite part of the wedding was watching me walk down the aisle. Oliver said I looked beautiful. He also liked when I forgot my vows and had to have them repeated to me.My favorite part of the wedding was looking at Oliver in the eyes after I walked down the aisle and knowing I made the right decision. – Ashley
Bride: Amber Dove, 28 – Graduate Student
Groom: Brian Clark, 29 – Operations Manager
Date: July 21, 2012
Location: Sevens, Breckenridge
Only a true Coloradan would say that one of the best parts of their wedding was the crazy weather and how great it made the pictures. Never mind that it rained and hailed on the ceremony. Colorado girls roll with the punches, move things out of the rain, and rock it out like it was totally part of the plan! And her southern beau? He was loving along for the ride. Amber and Brian’s Breckenridge Wedding is admittedly cooler looking by virtue of the moody weather. All of the sophisticated details really pop on a high contrast day!
Brian and I met while he was working in Colorado and I was taking a break from school, working in my home town (Grand Junction). We only dated for a few months before he got transferred and I moved to start Grad School, but we spent a lot of time exploring the mountains together before we both moved out of state. Most of our relationship was long-distance and we got engaged on a trip to Washington DC and Gettysburg during the Holiday Break. I love history so we had to see Gettysburg and Brian proposed on the battlefield at sunset on New Years Eve. - Amber
- The couple went a little Etsy crazy (who hasn’t?) which can benefit you if you loved their decor: Table Runners | Mr.& Mrs. Signage | Wish Tree Tags A, B, C | Wooden A and B | Napkin Notes
- The bride was also very handy herself, turning old Shakespeare books into paper flowers and vase wraps. She also made the wish tree, flowers on the tables, and those adorable moss covered table numbers.
- The groom’s cake was a “Ragin’ Cajun” cake for the University of Louisiana, his alma mater.
- A unity tree was used at the ceremony in lieu of the standard candle ceremony. The soil they used was from their childhood homes in Colorado and Louisiana. The tree is currently growing strong in Amber’s father’s back yard. (Awww.)
The Best Part:
Venue: Sevens at Breckenridge Grand Lodge | Photography: Eclectic Images (Austin, Texas) | Event Coordination: Something Blue Colorado | Bridal Gown: MoriLee via Abracadabra Bridal | Veil: Blush Bridal (Texas) | Jewelry: Adorn | Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Christina P Designs on Etsy | Hair and Makeup: Beauty on Location by Liz | Groom(smen) Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Rings: Greenlake Jewelry (Bride), Blue Nile (Groom) | Cake: Reil Mountain Confections | Floral Design: Petal and Bean | DJ: DJ Maestro | Videography: Locker Partners | Programs: The Wedding Sophisticate | Officiant: Keith Horstman
Getting friends and family together in such a beautiful location was undoubtedly the best part of the wedding. It was fun watching some of Brian’s relatives experience Colorado for the first time and fall in love with our beautiful mountains. The weather was fun as well. We were all getting a bit sunburned at the rehearsal, but the next day it started raining right before our outdoor ceremony. Fortunately, our coordinator and the Seven’s staff were able to move everything under the covered patio at the last minute. It even hailed for a bit, but the sun came out again just as the ceremony ended. The dark sky made for some lovely photos and made the reception space feel warm and cozy. - Amber
Want to see more of this couple? Check out their engagement session and wedding video!
Don’t judge me for my slacking. Judge me for blaming my unborn baby. ;)
My name is Season. It’s been 21 days since my last post. I have committed the sin of slacking on my blog…
Frequent readers probably know, I’m alone here on ACC. I don’t have copy editors, assistants, or even bloggy friends to come to my aid when I’m not on my game. And pregnant, sick, and distracted by real life can definitely put one off their game. I’m in that third trimester slump where the energy is minimal but the baby-related tasks are overwhelming. I’m trying to soak up one-on-one time with my little boy before he’s not our only child anymore. All the while I’m feeling like a massive failure at just about everything because time is so short. We’re so far behind on getting the kids’ bedrooms ready it’s not even funny. But the worst of it has come down to two things: My camera ate it big time off the roof of the car on a highway in South Dakota during vacation and my gallbladder is trying to kill me. Without my camera, I can’t prepare my own Photo Ops posts or otherwise illustrate editorial pieces. That has left me stuck with only submitted content since early July. And with issues with my submission platform preventing the content from being complete, I’ve been SOL and too tired to follow up. Then there is my body’s (baby’s?) attempt to kill me…
As I’m writing this, my chest and back are starting to hurt. Periodically I have been having very painful episodes of chest pain and back pain that have been attributed to really bad heartburn by my OB. The feeling of being struck across the upper back with a 2×4″ while simultaneously stabbed in the chest would come on rapidly, make me miserable, and then leave just as quick as it came. But a few weeks ago the pain stayed a lot longer and came along with other symptoms that made me think for certain I was having a heart attack. It was probably one the scariest things that has ever happened to me. And then it disappeared again. So the next time it came on strongly I went to the ER. Turns out my ticker is doing great, the baby is doing great, and there is no major damage to my gallbladder or pancreas. But I am full of gall stones and the pain when they get stuck is pretty damn well unbearable. The gallbladder will have to come out after the baby does. In the meantime, my diet is really boring and I’m still having increasingly frequent bouts of pain. Most nights I’m really uncomfortable during the time I would normally blog. I also had my morning sickness pretty badly around that time of night so I’m blaming the baby. ;)
I’m doing my very best to get back on my game after this mini vacation from the blog. I have lots of beautiful weddings waiting to be published and am eager to get to work on them now that I’m accumulating all the pieces needed for full posts.
PS – I just got my new camera! It’s better than my old one and I’m itching to use it on blog stuff and babies alike!
Just about anywhere you go in Denver there are little gems for photo ops. These Denver photo locations tend to come in groups, even when they are positioned in unexpected locations. In this case, a little neighborhood right off the beaten path that is Broadway and 1st. Laura Smith Photography submitted Lauren and David’s photo session from this quiet neighborhood. The locations they covered include:
First Ave Presbyterian Church
120 W. 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80223 (Near 1st Ave. and Acoma St.)
Buffalo Bill’s Hot Wings
45 W 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80223 (Between 1st and 2nd on Acoma St.)
Denver Fire Station Dept 11
40 W. 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80223
(And the 2 buildings in the alley directly behind the fire station)
Bride: Desiree Gonzales, 22 – Pediatric Dental Assistant
Groom: Josh Johnson, 22 – Business Consultant
Date: July 5, 2014
Location: Stonebrook Manor, Thornton
Weddings like this one are just downright fun…and full of groping and this particular case! Desiree and Josh’s Stonebrook Manor wedding is colorful and rich with joy from beginning to end. And it’s a DIY lovers dream come true because all of their projects are so well done. Honestly, these are my favorite kinds of weddings. Tears in their eyes, fun with their guests, and adorable details to love. Proof that talent with DIY and sparingly using very good professionals can make a cost effective wedding worthy of any magazine. Congratulations to Desiree and Josh!
We met freshman year of high school when we were 15 years old. Josh proposed to me at Lake Ada in Hayden, Iowa in the morning. I had no idea it was coming, and even said “Don’t you do it” when Josh got on one knee. – Desiree
- Nearly every adorable extra detail you see in this wedding (banner, stationery, cake topper, guestbook tree, flags for the straws and SO MUCH MORE)…yeah, they totally made it themselves!
- Both bride and groom changed into a more casual reception outfit. The boys donned fun character ties like Superman and Pokemon when it was party time. I love this idea!
- Instead of doing a unity candle, sand, etc. they switched things up and watered bamboo.
- Guests enjoyed lawn games at the reception made by the couple.
The Best Part:
Venue: Stonebrook Manor | Photography: Sharee Davenport | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Alchemy Artistry | Groom(smen) Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Bowties: Sassy Ever After and Esmer Accessories | Rings: Shane | Cake: Azucar Bakery | Caterer: Stonebrook Manor | Floral Design: Flowers Made Unique | Officiant: Thomas Cross
My favorite part of the whole wedding was our first look. Seeing Josh get emotional touched my heart so much. – Desiree
Occasionally I like to share a bridal lingerie boudoir shoot with you to remind you what a great gift it can be for your spouse or as a keepsake for the future when you are an old married couple and you longer look just so. But the shoot I would like to share with you today also does another great service – it chronicles those special details of the big day that you wouldn’t possibly have the time or ease of mind to photograph on your actual wedding day. Few of us have those tender moments in our lovely lingerie, leisurely sniffing our bouquet. Most of us are actually clad in girdles and held up with tape. The room around us looks like a train wreck of makeup, irons, and luggage. The only thing making us seem leisurely is the champagne. How’s that for a tranquil or sexy moment? (Thanks for the real life letdown Pinterest.) So that’s where your really good boudoir photographers come in to get you those idyllic images with none of the stress. This shoot does a beautiful job of capturing details like the shoes, jewelry, ring and veil. The bouquet is absolutely breathtaking. I love the purple kale and the way it picks up the purple in the room. The photography is so perfect and flattering. I really love DOX Photo! Overall, I would say the images are what every woman wishes for in keepsake photographer. And I think we also all wish we looked like Michelle here…
Photography: DOX PHOTO | Bouquet: Oakes Fields Floral