Real Colorado Wedding: Mary and Christopher | Cielo at Castle Pines Wedding

By Season Hurd | | Comment


Bride: Mary, 22 – Specialist at the Boys and Girls Clubs | Groom: Christopher, 23 – Mechanical Engineer
Date: May 29, 2015 | Location: Cielo at Castle Pines, Castle Rock


Today’s Cielo at Castle Pines wedding is outwardly very traditional. The pink, gold, and navy color palette is a classic. The stately venue and lace gown are timeless. But the sheer beauty of it is not why I’m sharing it with you. Feast upon the details and the beautiful photography for sure; but make sure to read the bio on this one to fully appreciate the silly nature of this couple. Mary is an entertaining writer (want to moonlight on a wedding blog?) and does a great job of telling their story. Once you know what a fun bunch they are, you start to see it even more in the images. Theirs was a wedding day full of joy. And it all started over bad knitwear and meatballs….

Their Story:

Chris and I met at an ugly sweater Christmas party while we were both still in college. Chris went to CSU and I went to UNC so it was pretty random that we were actually at the same party. Ugly sweater parties are my favorite so I didn’t hesitate in going all out, whereas Chris didn’t get the ugly memo and looked really nice. We were both invited by mutual friends but we really didn’t know anybody there and ended up eating meatballs at the appetizer table and talking and laughing for the entire night. That night was the beginning of a mutual love for meatballs and something really special. About a year and a half after we had started dating Chris decided to propose.

Chris had talked for a while about taking me up to a mountain lake near his hometown. We love hiking and backpacking so in no way did this seem out of the ordinary. So on a sunny summer Sunday, we packed up our backpacks and he loaded up the 4-wheeler behind his truck. We made the drive past Cottonwood Lake to a point where we had to unload the 4-wheeler. We splashed our way through mountain streams and the 4-wheeler climbed higher and higher until we had to finally get off and continue on foot. We hiked until finally we came over the ridge to the breathtaking view of Ptarmigan Lake. Chris told me to pick a spot for us to have lunch. I wanted the best view possible so I made him hike around for 20 minutes or so until our boots were muddy and my view was picture perfect. Little did I know that I was picking the exact place where he was about to propose! We put our bags down and minutes later Chris was on one knee with a beautiful ring asking me to be his wife. I was so shocked that it took me a couple of minutes to finally answer. Then he surprised me with a Nalgene full of my favorite wine and two tiny wine glasses that he had snuck into his pack. At an elevation of 12,154 feet, the man of my dreams asked me to be his wife. But Colorado thunderstorms roll in fast when you’re up that high and we had to make our way back down the mountain. Chris would look back at me on the 4-wheeler every once in a while and catch me holding my hand out and admiring my perfect ring – I was so obsessed with it. When we were almost off the mountain we stopped at a tree that we had carved our initials into months before and the rain started. It was my favorite kind of rain, the kind that still lets the sun shine while it falls. When we got back into town I was surprised with about 30 of my favorite people waiting to pop champagne and celebrate with us on our engagement. July 13, 2014 was the most perfect day. – Mary

The Details:

  • Chris, Mary, and her family created the centerpieces from tree branches from their family ranch. They potted, painted, and decorated them all! What an undertaking!
  • All of the signage at the reception was painted by the bride.
  • The couple made wildflower seed packets for their favors.
  • Mary and Chris’s sister made the streamers for the sendoff.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4 was printed onto the pillows held by the ring bearers.
  • The couple had a tree planting ceremony. They used jars of dirt from important places to them. (Love that extra touch!)
  • Something Old: Shoes were from a previous holiday | Something New: Earrings | Something Borrowed: A ring was borrowed from her best friend | Something Blue: A heart shaped swatch of fabric from one of her father’s shirts was sewn into her dress. (Awww)
  • Meatballs were served during the cocktail hour to honor their mutual love of spherical appetizers…and the night they met over said food. (I personally think an ugly sweater was needed somewhere as well.)

The Best Part:

My favorite part of the wedding was the dancing. We love to dance – and knowing that everybody out on that dance floor was dancing to celebrate with us made the night that much sweeter. We had a blast, and if there was anything that we could change it was that we felt like it went by way too fast. – Mary

The Soundtrack:

  • Processional: “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey – String Quartet Version
  • Bridal Processional: “Canon in D” – Pachelbel
  • Tree Planting: “Divine Romance” – Phil Wickham
  • Recessional: “My Dear” – Bethel
  • First Dance: “Kiss Me” – Ed Sheeran
  • Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl” – Tim McGraw
  • Mother/Son Dance: “The Perfect Fan” – Backstreet Boys


Venue: Cielo at Castle Pines | Photographer: Katie Corinne Photography | Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero “Emma” via Dora Grace Bridal | Earrings: Petite Delights | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Hair and Makeup: Elegance Delivered | Bridesmaid’s Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom(smen) Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Cake: The Makery | Caterer: The Food Designers | Floral Designer: Bella Lu Floral | DJ: DJ Rickochet | Officiant: Charlie Stoumbaugh, Cornerstone Church


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Styled Shoot: Elegant Vintage Wedding in the Woods

By Season Hurd | | Comment

Inspiration is a peculiar thing. Sometimes it evolves slowly or develops through intentional brainstorming. Other times it hits you like a ton of bricks. Many of my styled shoots and mood boards have been inspired by song lyrics. For other people, the source of inspiration is often something more tangible. In the case of this shoot, the mind behind the concept, Elizabeth Restauri of Total Imagination Events, had a flash of inspiration from a single, nostalgic moment at an antique store. A small, antique, china salad plate with a floral design hearkened memories of her great-grandmother’s china. Adoration of that object gave way to a whole styled shoot based on formal vintage objects – not the cutesy variety we often see, but the mood of a special occasion dinner – juxtaposed with a rustic landscape. A memory of childhood holiday celebrations floating out of place and time that landed squarely in the woods outside of Boettcher Mansion. The result is an elegant vintage wedding with splashes of contemporary whimsy. I am so impressed at how the color pallet translates even to the (lush, gorgeous!) floral arrangements with turquoise tones in the succulents and golden berries in the bouquet. Pops of turquoise throughout really draw the eye and cameos by the designer’s elephant mascot are a fun find. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredibly handsome couple at the center of it all. How insanely beautiful is that bride in that custom dress designed for the owner of Little White Dress?!? The chemistry between the two is a lovely dynamic.

As the shoot was styled around the antique plates, we built the settings from the top down; finding hand painted and mismatched antique plates for each setting with gold trim and deep pink flowers. We added dinner ware from Anthropologie with a turquoise salad plate and a cream dinner plate from the ‘Old Havana’ line.  We finished the look with an ‘Alpine Gold’ rimmed charger and ‘Gold Sentry’ flatware from Event Rents Denver and a cream linen with gold lace trim from Pier 1 Imports. We now had our color pallet featuring hues of pink from deep fuscia to blush matched with and antiqued turquoise and accents of gold.  The complimenting colors provided an opulent, rich and evoking color scheme to design the shoot within.

Our bride was styled by the Little White Dress Bridal Shop in the trendy Highland neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. [She] was outfitted in a strapless ball gown by Anne Barge specifically designed for the owner of the shop, Cate Malone, featuring a romantic and voluminous skirt and delicate lace bodice.  We knew this dress was immediately a perfect fit for our shoot with its lace bodice complimenting our vintage feel, the light blush color of the dress just barely hinting at the pink in our color pattern and the silk satin organza skirt with its perfectly placed rushing personifying the definition of enchantment.

Artistry Events & Design provided their hand restored leather cream club lounge set, gold metal wrapped mirrored coffee table, and art-deco wire side tables and we finished the set with a glass and crystal chandelier hanging from the branch of an overhead pine.  Our stunning table setting consisted of two high back tufted wing cream linen chairs fit for a fairy tale dinner positioned on either side of a mahogany pine farm table and matching benches.  Softly lighting the branches overhead bathing our farm table in a delicate glow hung a crystal and glass chandelier.  Nearby stood the champagne bar made of a solid wood hand carved chalk wash distressed turquoise door with drop down bar. – Elizabeth Restauri, Total Imagination Events


Photography: Caroline Colvin Photography | Shoot Design and Coordination: Total Imagination Events | Venue: Boettcher Mansion | Décor and Lighting: Artistry Events and Design | Rentals: Event Rents, Denver | Floral Design: Bella Lu Floral | Gown and Accessories: Anne Barge via Little White Dress | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Fashion: Love Alana Designs | Professional Mentoring: Debbie Orwat, The Planner’s Lounge


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