Real Colorado Wedding: Erin and Nick | Quirky Hillside Gardens Wedding

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Bride and groom blowing dandelions, black and white, TMDexter Photography

All photos by TMDexter Photography

Bride: Erin | Groom: Nick
Date: June 22, 2015 | Location: Hillside Gardens & Event Center, Colorado Springs

When we first begin to look at wedding blogs, I think we all ooh and ahh over perfect flowers, modelesque brides, and softly lit portraits. We want wedding day inspiration. And Erin and Nick’s Hillside Gardens wedding definitely has those elements to drool over and pin. But as you move forward planning your real life wedding and reflect upon the marriage to come, you will get an appreciation for the posts that are full of heart, kinda quirky, or have tons of involvement from their “village”. Because when photographers capture those moments of joy you can feel through your screen, you know the couples are in it for the marriage and not just the wedding day. Their joys spread to everyone around them and the love is palpable. These are my favorites.

Their Story: (Via Questionnaire)

Erin and Nick met in their church’s singles group in 2013. Erin was a professional ballet dancer at the time and was very focused on her career; but Nick wasn’t deterred and took on the challenge of winning Erin’s heart. He even went as far as grabbing her and jumping into a pool during a BBQ to get her attention! Eventually Nick’s efforts paid off when he and Erin were engaged during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2014.

The Details:

  • Nick’s last name, Dial, inspired the soap favors.
  • Erin commissioned the owner of Hillside Gardens to create a very meaningful bouquet by taking flowers and foliage from the grounds of the venue.
  • The couple made baskets full of paper airplanes to throw about at the reception.
  • The bride bought her gown pre-owned and made her own veil for a look that is incredibly tailored with a much more appealing price.
  • Erin’s mother designed and sewed the fun, multi-colored bridesmaid gowns. Her sister made the desserts. Friends and family rallied to create the decor and make the food. It was a coordinated effort!
  • The couple performed a foot washing ceremony and sand ceremony to honor their union.

Venue: Hillside Gardens | Photographer: TMDexter Photography | Bridal Gown: The Altar Bridal Consignment | Hair and Makeup: Natalie Spear, Prodigy Salon | Rings: Jared | DJ: Celebrity DJ | Officiant: Pastor Ted Haggard

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Real Colorado Wedding: Emie and Tyler | Glamorous Ballroom Wedding at The Four Seasons

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Bride and groom in Civic Center Park Denver, elegant bride and groom with columns, Jamie Beth Photography

All photos by Jamie Beth Photography

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.)

Their Story:

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

The Proposal:

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

The Details:

  • 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

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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

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