Bride: Shelby Bidrowsky, 24 – Graduate Student
Groom: John Heller, 29 – Sales Representative
Date: July 12, 2013
Location: Spruce Mountain Ranch, Larkspur
Shelby and John’s wedding was very sweet. No really, I’m getting a sugar high looking at all the goodies they offered their guests! But it was also metaphorically sweet with cute touches and a happy couple. I really enjoyed their balloon guarded first look.
The two met in May 2008 at The Ridge Golf Course. It was Shelby’s first day back at work. It only took a few days of flirting to get the point across and John asked her out. They had a summer romance that ended when he moved back home to Florida. The long distance romance was hard but they kept it going until he was able to move to Colorado. After living together they knew that was right where they wanted to be forever:
Even though Shelby was hoping this day was coming soon, John totally threw her off! The Bidrowsky clan was heading to Vegas to celebrate Shelby’s younger brother’s 21st birthday. After a long day of celebrating, they surprisingly were up at 5am the next morning to start the day! After a delicious breakfast and testing their luck at the roulette table, John kept asking Shelby to go on a walk to the Bellagio Fountains. As stubborn as she is, a walk wasn’t going to happen that morning, so they settled for hanging outside their hotel, Aria, at the fountains. While they were sitting there chatting, John began telling Shelby all the reasons he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Before either of them knew it, he was down on one knee and she had a ring on her finger! The proposal was simple and perfect! – John and Shelby’s Wedding Website
Their wedding was extremely DIY and budget friendly. Shelby explained, “Going into planning, we knew we were on a tight budget and we had to decide what we absolutely need and what could be negotiated. We both wanted to make sure our guests had a ball! Which to us meant open bar and a great dance floor! We never have gone to weddings and talked about the flowers the next day, or even the food we indulged in! We always talk about what good wine we had or how fun we had dancing the night away.” And dance they would! But their favorite element was still the balloon reveal first look. I think she makes a compelling argument for doing one:
I think we would both agree that our first look was by far our favorite!! I would recommend this to any bride contemplating the idea! I was scared to commit to it at first because I always imagined my groom not seeing me till I walked down the aisle. But, a first look doesn’t take away from the emotional walk down the aisle AT ALL! How special that we had a moment, just us two (besides the photographers, of course), that we got to see each other, hold each other, kiss, cry, everything! You can’t do that once you get down the aisle! Also, it’s the one moment that we truly got to be alone on our wedding day. Sure, we got to take pictures together after the ceremony but that was more of a constant “on-the-go” picture to picture. We also tried sneaking away at the reception to take it all in but got followed! haha So I guess what I am saying is, DO THE FIRST LOOK! I will ALWAYS remember that moment when I let go of the balloons and saw my groom already in tears of happiness! – Shelby
Thank you for sharing that touching moment with us. Congratulations to Shelby and John!
- The bride pretty much DIYed everything that you see from the banners to the table numbers. Glassware was collected from economical sources like Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, etc.
- Her mother’s blue ring was tied to her bouquet as both a “something borrowed” and “something blue”.
- The heart locket pinned to her dress goes back to her great-great-grandmother! What a beautiful piece of history and a delightful “something old”.
- Shelby’s uncle officiated.
- They had a lot of cake with a beautiful bundt cake, mini bundts, and a Ralphie groom’s cake. The CU mascot also made an appearance on John’s cuff links.
- They had an enormous bridal party with 8 bridesmaids, 3 junior bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen, and a ring bearer. Wow!
- A Latin ballroom dancing couple was hired for the reception.
Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch | Photography: Pippin’s Pictures | Event Coordination: Sarah Viera Events | Bridal Gown: Pronovias | Boots: Dan Post | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair: Skye Salon | Makeup: The Makeup Madame | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Al’s Formalwear | Cake: The Bundt Shoppe | Catering: Buffalo Gals | Floral Design: Yvonne’s Floral Expressions | Rentals: Linen Hero | Photo Booth: Insta Image Photo Booth | Bar: Peak Beverage | Popcorn Bar: Tuffy Kickshaw