All Photos by Silver Sparrow Photography
While out and about in Parker one day, I happened to pass the PACE Center. The moment I laid eyes upon the unique facade, I knew it would be a cool venue. I added it to my check list of things to look into and that was, unfortunately, the end of that. But alas, what to my venue-hungry inbox should appear? A styled shoot showcasing this very venue and a happy little family…dear…
The PACE Center was designed in the early 2010’s. The site’s history as a railway heavily influenced the materials and design of the arts complex. Rusted iron and track designs can be found throughout this modern space. The spiral shaped mosaic artwork that serves as a backdrop to the couple’s portraits was intended as an homage to the blending of history and art. (“Nucleus” by Tim Upham) The elements of the wedding are a great artistic statement for the location as well. A painterly landscape, sleek furniture, and a porcelain-faced child make you feel as though you’ve crossed centuries of imagery. Hand-crafted paper flowers show an artistic take on nature’s own design and, like any good art, cause you to study them in more detail to appreciate the illusion. The culinary vendors created a minimalist cake to follow colorful modern art hors d’oeuvres. The bride’s gown is both a testament to visual artistry in its intricate detail and the performing arts in it’s silhouette. Finally, I chose to highlight the photographic style of the shoot by book-ending the album with dramatic black and white portraits of the bride and groom.
Venue: The PACE Center | Photographer: Silver Sparrow Photography | Bridal Gown: Celestial Bride | Makeup: Magnifica Bella | Design and Decor: Highlights Colorado | Cake: Azucar Bakery | Catering: A Wild Thyme | Paper Flowers: Felicity Allyse
Bride: Emie | Groom: Tyler
Date: May 17th, 2015 | Location: New City Church (Ceremony) and Four Seasons Hotel Denver (Reception)
One of the things I truly love about ACC is getting to see (and share) the diversity of the Colorado wedding. I’m certain I would never have been satisfied to specialize in one style when there are so many ways to interpret how love is manifested outwardly on this special day. In a complete 180 degrees from my previous post, I bring you a splendid ballroom wedding at The Four Seasons Hotel Denver. For Emie and Tyler, a glamorous fairy-tale wedding was the ultimate way to portray the sparkling, hopeful love that they share. Choosing a traditional church wedding and opulent ballroom reception is a stark contrast to the common outdoor/rustic weddings that seem to characterize our region and a fun juxtaposition on the site. Emie designed a wedding that is every little girl’s dream all grown up – a pure and simple love finally realized with one heck of a celebration! And it really doesn’t hurt that they are a stinkin’ beautiful couple. (Emie is one talking animal sidekick away from Disney princess status.)
Tyler and I both attended Colorado Christian University and graduated a week before our wedding. Tyler is a year older than me in school, so I graduated a year early. We were both involved in student life at CCU. So when Tyler was a sophomore he was a Resident Assistant (RA) and in charge of a group of freshman boys. I was a freshman at this time and I wanted to apply to be a RA my sophomore year. The interview process began February of my freshman year, and Tyler interviewed my for the RA position. The first time that I met Tyler was during my interview and I immediately thought that he was very good looking, and wondered why I had never seen him before. I wasn’t nervous for my interview, until I realized that a very attractive guy was going to be interviewing me, then I became nervous. But, despite my nerves I did well in my interview and got the RA position. A few weeks after the interview he asked me on a date and truly the rest is history. We dated for a little over a year and then he proposed. – Emie
Our engagement story is my favorite! I was on a family reunion in Turks and Caicos (an island in the Caribbean), and I was sad that Tyler was not able to come on the trip with us. The first night that we were on the Island my parents told me to go take a walk down on the pier at sunset. So I did… not thinking of anything. I just thought that I was taking a beautiful walk by myself at sunset in a gorgeous place! I began walking down the pier, the water was perfect and the sun was glistening off of the water. As I approached the end of the pier I saw Tyler standing at the end of the pier waiting for me. I was shocked! I had no idea that he was coming on the trip, he TOTALLY surprised me, and it is very hard to surprise me. I was so excited that he was there! After we talked for a few minutes he got down on one knee and pulled out the most gorgeous ring that I have ever seen (a family heirloom from his side that is from the 1920’s). I was stunned! It was amazing and the best proposal that I could have ever asked for! We then got to spend the most amazing week together in one of the most beautiful places in the world! – Emie
- Lego, Tyler’s family name, inspired the favors. The bride’s mother made chocolates molded into the shape of Lego bricks and packaged them in striking ivory boxes with pink ribbon. The favors were stacked up like said bricks in an impressive display at the reception.
- Each table number had pictures of the bride and groom at the corresponding age. The final number, 20, was the age at which they were engaged.
- Emie’s parents made the guestbook out of a picture frame into which guests dropped wooden hearts inscribed with their well-wishes. It is now a meaningful piece of art in the couple’s home.
- The father-daughter and mother-son dances were accompanied by slideshows of the parent-child duos throughout the years. The emotional videos were a gift from Emie’s father.
- A friend composed and performed a song for the communion portion of the ceremony.
- Tyler proposed with an heirloom ring from his family.
- A friend of the family made those impeccable floral arrangements!!
The Best Part:
Looking back, I think that the one moment that sticks out to me the most and that I will never forget was the moment that I walked down the aisle to Tyler, my amazing groom! This was also the moment that I was most looking forward to about my wedding. I will never forget the sentimental moment that I had with my dad walking down the aisle and most of all Tyler’s face. We did not do a first look, so getting to see Tyler for the first time as I was walking down the aisle was truly magical and something that I love relieving in my mind. It was everything I could have asked for and more! It was perfect! – Emie
Love this couple? Want to see more? Check out their hip downtown Denver engagement session on the photographer’s blog.
Venue: The Four Seasons Hotel Denver | Photographer: Jamie Beth Photography | Gown: Justin Alexander via The Bridal Collection | Hair and Makeup: Captivate Beauty Services | Bridesmaid Dresses: Sorella Vita via The Bridal Collection | Groom(smen) Attire: The Men’s Wearhouse | Wedding Bands: Trice Jewelers | Rentals: Linen Hero | Videography: KJ Creative