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….
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
- 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
- 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