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
Bride: Lesley, 30
Groom: John David (JD), 37
Date: August 15, 2014
Location: Four Seasons, Denver
Lesley and JD’s Four Seasons Denver wedding is pure beauty. I love the way that photographs can tell a story. In this case, you can see the weather related stress in the early photos and the relief they feel when the sun comes out. The light washes away their anxiety and leaves them looking excited and renewed. It is that same beautiful photography that makes this post’s album a tad longer than usual. The images I received from Preston Utley are so complex in their composition that reducing their size for collages simply made it too difficult to appreciate all that was going on in the shots. Take time to drink them in. The contemporary setting of this wedding, in addition to the wet surfaces of the once rainy day, provided a ton of opportunities for him to utilize reflective surfaces for magical images. In so doing, you see multiple angles of the same subjects all at once. Like he created a collage for me right in the camera. Their tender moments as a couple are among my favorites here on the blog. And I’m pretty sure the shot of Lesley from behind as she looks out the window is a dress-makers dream come true (holy perfect figure Batman).
And that’s just the stills! The movie at end of the post by K Hodge Films adds an even greater element of understanding to this day. You can see the twinkling of the lights that are such an elemental part of the reception. You gain much insight into what their reception felt like to their guests. I love all of their somewhat awkward and therefore very real moments. These kids have major class but still seem down to earth. What a wonderful day! Congratulations Lesley and JD!
JD and I met where we grew up, in Colorado Springs, CO. The only difference was when we met, we never thought we would date. JD was in high school and on the soccer team with my brother, meanwhile I was still in elementary school. But as fate would have it, we later connected in our adult years while living in Boulder, CO. After years of close friendship, we finally crossed the friends line in May 2009, almost a year after I moved back to Colorado.
After 4 years of dating, JD got the courage to ask my dad for his blessing. Little did my dad or I know, it would take him almost 6 months from then to pop the question. That must have been one hard secret to keep! The summer of our 4 year anniversary we took a European vacation where we visited Paris and Tuscany, Italy. I always plan our trips since that’s my personality; but this time I told JD I was going to plan Paris since I’ve been there before, and he was going to handle Italy, since he had traveled there before. Plus his older sister Kim used to live there and still had connections. JD took his task to the next level and all I was told is “my sister can hook you up with half off at the Prada outlet and a free place for us to stay in Arezzo”; and that’s all I needed to hear! JD and his sister ended up planning a romantic dinner for us at her friend’s restaurant in Arezzo, where JD proposed over champagne while sitting in the piazza. – Lesley
- The day had a Tuscan vibe with a bright white, minimal feel. The food stayed in the same theme with made to order pastas, pizza, charcuterie, cheese, and tiramisu cake layers.
- Instead of doing a formal, sit-down affair, they chose to keep things feeling like a cocktail party with lounge areas and high top tables.
- Tables featured pre-selected “Table Topic” cards to get the guests mingling.
- “JD and I have both lost special loved ones in our lives so we lit 2 red tea candles on the guest book table. The red was to mimic the tea candles we lit together at Sacre Coeur the day after we got engaged. I was later told by a medium that the spirits knew what the candles represented (we did not place signage for others to know the meaning).” – Lesley
- The guest book was comprised of little notes of advice given to the couple that they could include in their wedding scrap book.
- The song Lesley chose to surprise her dad with for the father/daughter dance is a special song for them. In fact, he told the flower girls that on the way down to the wedding as he played it in the car! What a fun surprise!
- Something Old: Pink pearl bracelet | Something New: Dress and accessories | Something Borrowed: Yellow diamond drop earrings were borrowed from her “Bonus Mom” | Something Blue: Shoes
The Best Part:
Seeing JD for the first time and watching the surprised look on his face as he said, ‘You look so beautiful, can I touch you?’ (Wanting to go in for a hug.) My second favorite part and probably an equal first, was the time spent with my dad. He had great childhood memories and words of wisdom to share that he continued to speak as he walked me down the aisle. It brought tears to my eyes and I could barely hold it together when he placed my hand in JD’s to give me away. – Lesley
- Recessional: “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers (rewritten for guital and cello)
- First Dance: “Is This Love” – Bob Marley, Covered by Corinne Bailey Rae
- Father/Daughter Dance: “Groovin'” – Young Rascals
If you still want more, their event planners, Calluna Events, did a great job of covering their engagement session and wedding with posts on their blog. They include some images that I didn’t receive from the photographer but totally love – double rainbow all the way!!
Venue: Four Seasons Denver | Event Planner: Calluna Events | Photographer: Preston Utley | Videography: K Hodge Films | Bridal Gown: Annais Bridal via Emma & Grace | Veil, Garter, Belt: Mayra (custom) at Emma & Grace | Shoes: Kate Spade | Crystal Hairpiece: Chrysanth | Hair and Makeup: Alchemy Mineral Blends | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulakate via Bella Bridesmaids | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: Black by Vera Wang via Men’s Wearhouse | Rings: Creative Gold | Floral Design and Rentals: The Perfect Petal | Lighting: LMD Productions | Musicians: Columbine Entertainment
Please enjoy their wedding movie highlights by K Hodge Films: