Real Colorado Wedding: Laurie and Trevor | Vintage Barn Wedding at Chatfield Botanic Gardens

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Bride: Laurie, 27- Nurse | Groom: Trevor, 31 – Engineer
Date: September 19, 2014 | Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield


When I was little, my dad would take me to eat at the buffet of a local hotel in our home town. He insisted that I eat something legit before moving on to dessert. So I would rapidly consume a chicken taco before partaking in about 2-5 desserts depending on the day. Needless to say, I have an appreciation for a wedding where they couldn’t settle on cake, pie, cookies, or ice cream – so they picked all of them. That’s basically Saturday night for me. It only gets better when you add in a cute, short dress with incredible detailing, vintage accents, a great location, beautiful photography…and a very happy couple. (Side note: If I had the bride’s wedding day outfit for myself, I would wear it everyday and carry a martini around like it was fused my hand.)

Their Story:

Trevor and I met in 2009 at Don’s Mixed Drinks, a bar in Capitol Hill off of 6th Ave. and Clarkson St.  I had just moved from Chicago, and he was sporting a Cubs hat (my FAVORITE team, hands-down), so I knew I had to talk to him. He took me to the Denver Art Museum that same weekend for our first date (very romantic!).  We got engaged in January 2014.  I was working a 12 hour shift at the hospital, and upon my return home, he placed tea light candles and pictures of all the memories we have created on the floor in the front room.  Trevor told me how he was looking forward to the many more memories we would make in the future, but that one of the best ones would be our marriage.  It was intimate and romantic- perfect for just us. – Laurie

The Best Part:

Getting a majority of our family and friends to celebrate in one place with good food, libations, and good music brought to you by my DJ brother, Billy!!  Being able to show off our love and the start of our marriage life with our family and friends was the most important to us. – Laurie

If you love this couple, check out their engagement session at the place where they met.


Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield | Photographer: Urban Safari Photography | Bridal Gown: BHLDN | Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair and Makeup: Ulta | Rings: Shane Co. | Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Ice Cream Sandwiches: Peteybird | Catering: Biscuits and Berries | Florist: Debbee’s Garden | Rentals: Event Rents


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Real Colorado Wedding: Alissa and James | Chatfield Botanic Gardens Wedding

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Bride: Alissa, 21 – Student at CSU
Groom: James (J.W.), 24 – Employed by Fiber Lok
Date: June 6, 2015
Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Littleton

I love couples with a story – even an awkward one if it becomes a silly part of their history that they can embrace later. Including that into the wedding makes for such a unique and personal day. Alissa and James’s Chatfield Botanic Gardens wedding is way cute! It feels fresh and like a party should with pops of color and whimsy. And I have to say, Alissa’s bouquet is probably one of my favorites ever!

We met at a church camp in Nebraska in 2008, right before my freshman year of high school started. It was the first night of our camp and I was on a teeter-totter with my best friend when J.W walked over and asked to join me. So after a couple minutes of convincing, I accepted his request. We didn’t even get one full “teeter” in before he jumped me off of the teeter-totter. I went up into the air and hit the middle of the teeter-totter and rolled off. I was so embarrassed it happened in front of so many people! He came over to make sure I was okay and all I could do was hug him and bury my face. It never occurred to me that I was bear hugging a total stranger. I ended up with a large bruise on my arm and the rest of the week I was known as ‘the girl who fell off the teeter-totter”‘and J.W forever gave me the nickname Totter. We have been best friends ever since!

We got engaged on New Years Day (January 1, 2014) on top of Lookout Mountain. It was a very cold and windy day. It didn’t quite go as he had planned. He wanted me to stand on top of this large rock where you could see the whole city of Denver, it really was a beautiful view, but it was so windy I couldn’t stand there long! I started walking down and back to the car when he ran after me and proposed quickly on the path. I felt a little bad because it wasn’t how he planned it, but it ended up being a perfect proposal because it was our moment and a great memory! – Alissa

The Details:

  • As a fun take on a unity ceremony, the couple poured paint onto a canvas as a keepsake.
  • Guests filled jars with money to determine if Alissa or J. W. would “wear the cake”. Spoiler Alert – looks like the groom by a landslide. [Editorial Note: This is WAY more fun than the money dance.]
  • The groom made all of the wooden teeter-totters that adorned the tables at the reception – an obvious nod to how they met.
  • The adorable little succulent favors were ordered in bulk and then wrapped in scrapbook paper and twine. That is an undertaking!
  • They also made the candles and table runners on each table.
  • Alissa’s grandmother sewed the curtains at the ceremony entrance and her aunt made the card box bunting.
  • The bride made all of the signs, ceremony programs, and the photo guestbook!
  • Some store bought items that were further spruced up include the “Who wears the cake?” jars, ring box, card box, and the marquis initials.
  • The bridesmaids carried single, over-sized, paper flowers. 

The Best Part:

My favorite part of our wedding was being at the reception because everything was done and I was able to just be with my new husband and it was great to eat and be with our families! – Alissa


Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield | Photography: Erika Overholt Photography | Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Gowns: David’s Bridal | Groom(smen) Attire: Macy’s | Hair and Makeup: Beso Hair Skin Laser Spa | Rings: Jared | Cake and Dessert Bar: Whipped Bakery | Floral Design: Sweet Pea Flowers | Rentals: Event Rents | Succulents: The Succulent Source


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