Real Colorado Wedding: Tawni and Adam’s Genesee Wedding

By Season Hurd | | Comment

Silhouette of bride and groom at the altar, backlit wedding ceremony photo, KB Digital Designs

All photos by KB Digital Designs

Bride: Tawni, 22 – Recruiting Coordinator

Groom: Adam, 24 – Assistant Manager

Date: May 16, 2015

Location: Rockland Community Church and The Pines at Genesee

Sometimes I like to throw a traditional church wedding out there. Especially when that church wedding feels as light and airy as an outdoor wedding. Leave it to Coloradans to bring the outdoors in! Tawni and Adam’s Genesee wedding is just plain pretty. And I feel that those of you planning couples who wish to place your beliefs center stage not only at the ceremony, but in your whole wedding day and your marriage, can use this wedding as a lovely example.

Their Story:

Tawni and Adam met in college at Saint Leo University in Florida. What started out as friendly conversation over meals in the dining hall became a strong friendship – and eventually, a lot more. One autumn, Adam flew in to Colorado from Florida (where he was living) to surprise Tawni for her birthday and have pictures taken for their Christmas card. They went to Evergreen Lake and were walking around before pictures:

When we got to the top of a hill, I ended up looking behind me and saw his parents (from Florida) standing with my parents and I immediately looked back at Adam and he said, “Do you know why they are here?” And I just shook my head in shock not wanting to believe what might actually be happening. Then he ended up getting down on one knee and asked me to marry him! – Tawni

The Details:

  • The theme of the wedding was the anchor, symbolic of Hebrews 6:19 – “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” The couple appreciates this passage as representing how they “are anchored through the Lord”.
  • Adam’s grandfather made all the various sized anchors that you see out of wood. They functioned as decor and favors. (Wow if that isn’t ever an undertaking!)
  • The same song (“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri) was used for both the wedding party processional and the bride’s processional. The original was used for Tawni and a male vocal version (Boyce Avenue) was used for everyone else. That back and forth exchange made it like a duet in a way. “So it was as if we were singing the song to each other as we went down the aisle,” said Tawni.
  • Tawni and Adam did a blind first look. They met outside the church and stood around the corner so as not to see each other. They exchanged personal vows there and did more traditional vows at the church service.

The Best Part:

[My] favorite part of my wedding was first putting the wedding dress on and it actually feeling real. There wasn’t anyone in the world who could have wiped that smile off my face once I had that on. The next was seeing my dad because I didn’t tell him anything about the dress or details and I was his little girl, so we did a private first look and seeing his reaction just helped add to how special the day. My last favorite moment was seeing Adam for the first time walking down the isle. It was definitely different than I imagined because the moment meant so much and just to look at him and think that he was the reason I was walking down this aisle having my dream wedding just meant more than words can describe. – Tawni

See more of this couple (and their love of anchors) in their engagement session


Venue: The Pines at Genesee | Photography: KB Digital Designs | Bridal Gown: Amanda’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom(smen) Attire: Al’s Formal Wear | Hair and Makeup: Michelle Knoebel, Clementine’s Boutique Salon | Rings: Zales | Floral Design: Amizetta | Cake: Das Meyer | DJ: Jammin DJs


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Real Colorado Wedding – Lauren and Thomas

By Season Hurd | | Comment

Colorado Wedding, Stacy Keck Photography, Lauren, Thomas, Chief Hosa Lodge

All Images by Stacy Keck Photography

Bride: Lauren Marchand, 27 – Student (Secondary Education)

Groom: Thomas Hraha, 27 – Student (Bio-medical Engineering)

Wedding Date: September 29, 2012

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Colorado Wedding, Stacy Keck Photography, Lauren, Thomas, Chief Hosa Lodge, Design Works, Denver

Lauren and Thomas met in their freshman year in college. They were both Environmental Health and Microbiology Majors at CSU. As a fellow Micro major at CSU, I like this couple already! They began dating in 2008 and have lived all over the state together (Fort Collins, Vail, Golden, and Boulder). In November 2011, the couple made a trip to Vail and stayed at the opulent Sebastian Hotel. After a lovely dinner at Sweet Basil, they walked the streets of Vail Village. With snow falling all around them, Thomas got down on one knee to ask Lauren to marry him. On September 29, 2012 they were married at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Golden. Their reception was at Chief Hosa Lodge near Evergreen, CO.

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Lauren and Thomas’s wedding was a very personal affair with lots of meaningful details. Their homemade carrot cake and “Thank You” banner were made by the bride’s sister/maid of honor. The wedding stationery was designed by the bride and water colored by her mother! Their favors were homemade spiced apple butter (yum) that was made and canned by Lauren. She also made and decorated two large chalkboards for the dinner and drink menus.  The bride’s father made the tree branch holders for the table numbers. I love a family-centric wedding. I think it really shows in the details.

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The bride included other sentimental details as well. She carried a vintage locket on her bouquet that had her grandparents’ images in it to memorialize them. The mantel displayed photos of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days. The bride’s sister gave her vintage toasting flutes to be used at the reception.

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The couple let their parties choose their own accessories. The bridesmaids wore a grey dress and pink shoes of their choice and the grooms wore grey suits with colorful socks. The girls were gifted with Kendra Scott earrings and the guys were given the Banana Republic ties they wore at the ceremony. And how much do you love that fuzzy bridal shrug?

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Photography: Stacy Keck Photography | Planning, Decor, and Flowers: Design Works Denver | Reception Venue: Chief Hosa Lodge | Bride’s Dress: J. Crew | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew and Nordstrom | Groom’s Suit: Santorelli | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride’s Jewelry: Mikimoto Pearls | Bride’s Hairpiece: Untamed Petals |  Rentals and Linens: Event Rents | Catering: The Pines at Genesee | Cake Server/Topper and Table Numbers: BHLDN | Wedding Rings: Shane Co.

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