Bride: Melanie, 33 – Environmental Risk Management | Groom: Jamie, 42 – VP of a Wine Importing Company
Date: July 4, 2015 | Location: Althea Center (Ceremony) and Tears-McFarlane House (Reception), Denver
I’m going to tell you a secret. I usually don’t fully read a couple’s questionnaire until I’m preparing the post. That is in part because I’m lazy and make most of my decisions on their photos. (Don’t judge…at least half of you go straight for the pictures on these posts! haha) But it’s also because the inspiration for my introductions usually comes to me like a flash when I’m reacting to their love stories. I don’t want to forget that by the time I publish later. In this particular case, I was richly rewarded for my procrastination and I want to share that with you. Right about the time I found out that he proposed with his mother’s ring I was getting weepy. But the sentences that followed, written with built-in suspense by the bride, gave me goosebumps. Leave it to a Midwestern farm boy to be so stinkin’ thoughtful and romantic. *swoon* Warms my heart on this snowy day.
Now while their engagement day more closely represents our current weather, their wedding was all about summertime! This fun loving couple had a patriotic Independence Day Wedding including all the pomp and whimsy you would expect from this festive day – right down to a parade through one of Denver’s historic neighborhoods! With their planner, Adrienne & Co., they created little nods to the 4th of July holiday throughout their wedding. The bold pink, white, and blue color scheme was used extensively to drive home the theme. Lots of craft decor, BBQ, and a live band brought everyone’s favorite elements of the holiday celebration right into their wedding reception. Did I mention the ultimate Americana artwork used as their photo booth backdrop? This is one theme I can never get enough of because the 4th of July is, without a doubt, the source of some of my happiest memories. I’m sure Melanie and Jamie feel the same way now if they didn’t before!
Mel and JJ met in 2012 while she was on a group date with another person. But that did not dissuade Jamie, who chatted her up after dinner. A series of adorable encounters of the next few weeks sealed the deal and they were an official item. “Honestly, the rest has been a blissful adventure!” declared Melanie. And that adventure would take them to a super snowy day in the Midwest….
Jamie had a plan. I didn’t know about this plan so exercising as much patience as I have (which admittedly is very little!) was tough. We were on a road trip to Iowa for Thanksgiving, which would be my first visit to Jamie’s hometown of What Cheer. It was a cold, snowy day the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It was very pretty but also very cold. And this was the day Jamie wanted to show me the town and the family farm? I couldn’t figure out why we had to go on the one day the weather was terrible. Jamie quickly reminded me I was from Colorado and he grew up there so we’d be fine trekking around in the snow. We got to the farm and it was 0 degrees with blowing snow. I followed Jamie around snapping photos but really just wanted to get back in the car. He kept leading me through the snow drifts, down to the pond (as I cover my face with my arm as much as I can!) and then I realized…this must be it! This must be the spot, as he would not make me endure this for nothing. This was his plan! It no longer mattered how cold or snowy it was, I was warm on the inside. He got down on his knee, in the snow and presented me with his mother’s ring and asked me to marry him. After of course saying “YES”, he described to me this special place. It is the same place his parents were engaged; he wanted to bring me to a place that was special to him so it would be special for me, and it was…it is. And then, we went and fed the sheep (and that’s my Iowa farmboy!!) – Melanie
- The couple wore custom Chuck Taylors featuring patriotic designs and their wedding date embroidered on them.
- Their custom DIY photo booth included an “American Gothic” replica backdrop painted by Melanie’s mom! Super cool!
- The pink, white, and blue themed wedding, inspired by the holiday, made finding the right flowers difficult. Their craft flower arrangements were made of pink Italian crepe paper peonies, white coffee filter flowers, and blue silk hydrangea for a fun homemade aesthetic.
- Their talented planner, Adrienne Coffey, made lots of signs and banners for their guests. They were used in a New Orlean’s Style wedding parade between the ceremony location and reception venue. Love this idea!
- Mel’s mom made programs that doubled as fans on the hot summer day.
- The symbol of their day was a fireworks stamp with a heart at the center. It was repeated throughout their decor.
- Mel’s sister performed an acoustic version of the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” at the ceremony and even wrote an extra verse for them!
- The same band that played on their first date, Waitin’ on Ray, played live at the reception. Melanie elaborates, “They were amazing and played Annie’s Song (John Denver) for our first dance and Turn Around (Harry Belafonte) for the dance with my dad. They finished up with the ever popular Dick in a Box, which was hilarious!!”
- Something Old: Necklace that Jamie bought her on their 6-month anniversary | Something New: Boots from the National Western Stock Show | Something Borrowed: Mother’s earrings | Something Blue: Blue sapphire tennis bracelet that she found in a parking lot!! | And she did have a silver sixpence in her shoe. <3
The Best Part:
Hard to choose just one but one of my favorite moments was the wedding parade (a la New Orleans style procession!). The venues were only a block apart so after the ceremony we marched one block to the party. We handed out noise makers and had a Mr & Mrs banner. We also had a drone taking some still shots (but unfortunately didn’t turn out as great as we thought). Anyway it was the perfect moment of celebration when I looked behind me to see all of our friends and family marching with us! – Melanie
Venue: Tears-McFarlane House | Photographer: Ryan Brackin Photography | Event Planner: Adrienne & Co. | Bridal Gown: DaVinci via Amanda’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Anita Piper, Aveda Academy Denver | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Groom(smen) Attire: Calvin Klein via Men’s Wearhouse | Shoes: Converse Chuck Taylors (custom) | Rings: William Crow Jewelers | Cake: KareBear Bakery | Caterer: Yazoo BBQ | Floral Design: Love Letters Floral Design | Rentals: Allwell Rents | Signature Cocktail: Spuntino | Decor: Tablescapes by Design