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The European-style garden setting of the Aquinas College Holmdene Manor and Gardens offered a beautiful, blooming backdrop to this ethereal lilac-hued inspiration shoot designed by Fleurology Designs. Textured, calligraphy invitations by Centennial Designs set the mood with raw silk ribbon, watercolor floral and a cool blue-to-purple palette. The shoot is filled with soft, romantic moments captured at every turn by Samantha James Photography.

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Photography: Samantha James Photography // Florals, Event Design & Coordination: Fleurology Designs // Invitations: Centennial Designs // Venue/ Location: Aquinas College Holmdene Manor and Gardens // Bridal Boutique: Ali Nicole Bridal // Gown Maker: Emily Riggs Bridal // Shoe Designer: Harriet Wilde, Bridgette Grey Cherry Shoes // Earrings: Sara Gabriel, Alex Earrings // Ring: Handcrafted Gems // Hair: Sin Republic // Makeup: Wonderfully Made Beauty // Tux/ Suit: J. Crew, Ludlow Blazer + Suit Pants // Models: Sin Chun / Stephanie Oki Chun // Desserts: Ginger Bakes // Rentals/ Hard Goods: Events by Icandy // China: Gigi & LaClede // Linens: Special Occasions // Specialty Made: Tono + Co

 

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Denver Botanic Gardens set the perfect backdrop for Jessa and Cody’s vibrant floral-themed wedding planned by We Tie The Knots. Sweet details like plants and flowers as table numbers and and seed packet favors were on theme while the peony-filled florals by The Perfect Petal were scene stealing. Check out all the details in these striking images by Kerinsa Marie Photography .

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We loved that it was it at the Botanic Gardens. It is one of our favorite places in Denver and we even went on a couple of our first dates there. It made for the most beautiful setting and we liked utilizing three different areas of the gardens for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I tried on a lot of different dresses before realizing that I wanted to keep it simple and flattering. I finally found the perfect dress at A & Be Bridal in Denver. It didn’t have a single bead, sparkle or piece of lace but I loved the fit and silhouette.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Out of town guests staying at the hotels received welcome boxes full of Colorado items and brands. We love live music and bluegrass so we had a bluegrass band, RapidGrass, play during the ceremony, cocktail hour and part of the reception. We included some photos of our dog, Angus, in the instructions at the Polaroid photo guestbook station. We took dance lessons for our first dance and surprised guests with some unexpected moves. The table “numbers” were different plants and flowers and the guests’ favors were seed packets of various plants and flowers to go with the garden theme.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our First Look that we did with the photographers prior to the ceremony. It was the first time we saw each other on our wedding day and one of few times that we were able to spend alone with the just two of us. We were so happy and excited to see each other and for everything that was about to come.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met through mutual friends. We were engaged in Santa Fe, NM on New Year’s Day 2015. Cody asked Jessa to look through a telescope and when she turned back around he was on one knee!

Wedding Coordinator: We Tie The Knots // Photographer: Kerinsa Marie Photography // Florist: The Perfect Petal // Wedding Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens // Dress Designer: Nicole Miller // Hair: Moji A Bang Salon // Makeup: Tangled and Teased // Shoe Designer: Blue by Betsey Johnson // Earrings: Haute Bride // Bracelet: Sara Gabriel // Groomswear: Suit HUGO, Nordstrom / Shoes Cole Haan / Belt Tanner Goods // Ring Designer: Jay Feder Jewelers // Veil: Sara Gabriel // Clutch: BHLDN // Caterer + Bar Service: Three Tomatoes // Specialty Linen: La Tavola Linen // Basic Linens: Event Rents // Draping Rentals: Butler Rents // Specialty Lighting: Lighting and Design by Scott // DJ/Band: A Music Plus // Ceremony, Cocktail, Dinner Music: Rapid Grass Quintet

 

The natural scenery of the venue, Wright-Locke Farm, set the perfect tone for this farm-fresh inspiration shoot. With an earthy palette, rich silk and applique textures throughout and stunning floral creations from By Nectar, the design of the shoot creates a look that’s both romantic and impactful while remaining warm and relaxed. Ashley Largesse Photography was behind the lens capturing all the lovely moments in these beautiful images.

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Photography: Ashley Largesse Photography // Sponsor: Honeybook // Sponsor: Showit // Floral Design: By Nectar // Letterpress Stationery: Christa Alexandra Designs // Venue: Wright Lockhart Farm // Model: Kyleigh Kerscher // Calligraphy: Linds Loves Ink // Gown: Everthine Bridal // Hair: Jillian’s Hair // Makeup: Elizabeth England Studios // Tabletop Rentals: Vermont Tent Company // Silks: Honey Silks & Co.

 

Reflecting on their Hawaii destination wedding, Jess and Kevin “recall how perfect everything was from that first moment arriving at Olowalu, to the flowers, the music, the weather, our wonderful friends and family, food — everything was absolutely perfect.” Not to mention bright, cheery and filled with playful nods to the tropical locale. We’re especially loving the punchy blue and coral color palette, pineapple motif and local Ululani’s Shaved Ice for desert. The all-star team planner Maui’s Angels  and florist Damselfly Designs put together a day filled with memorable details and photographer Wendy Laurel was on hand to capture it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was completely customized and hand-picked to what we wanted. We are big foodies and wanted to make sure we chose the best appetizers, drinks, food, and dessert. We were so happy to Ululani Shave ice and mini pies from Leodas; our guests also loved this!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I brought a small entourage of family members and one of my bridesmaids to help me pick out my dress. I have always loved bling and sparkle but didn’t want something too heavy since we knew we’d be having a beach wedding. I found THE dress during my first visit to a local wedding dress boutique. I customized it by adding on more elegance/bling with a belt and tailored it to have a slight mermaid fit.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Sadly my grandma had passed away one week prior to our wedding. Growing up my grandma and I were very close as she helped to raise me while my mom was working. Of course I wanted her to still be a part of the wedding so I had borrowed my grandma’s ring from my mom and had it tied to my bouquet. When we tied it to the bouquet, our florist Damselfly had made sure to ask my mom and I to tie the ring to my bouquet together — it was truly a very special moment for us.

We also loved that we had Marvin Tevaga perform during our wedding. We chose songs that were very close to our hearts — Kevin walked down the aisle to Beegee’s “How Deep is Your Love”, which is the song his parents walked down the aisle to, and I walked down to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, the song that Kevin played while we watched the sunrise at Haleakala (our first vacation together to Maui). Marvin absolutely has the voice of an angel!

Lastly, we chose some of our favorite Hawaiian dishes to notate our table names rather than using the traditional numbers.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The simple answer is everything — we look back on our special day frequently and just recall how perfect everything was from that first moment arriving at Olowalu, to the flowers, the music, the weather, our wonderful friends and family, food — everything was absolutely perfect for us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Kevin and I met towards the end of our undergraduate years through a mutual friend (the best man). We developed a close friendship but I was already in a long-term relationship with someone. When that relationship finally ended, Kevin did the swoop and charmed his way into my life. Kevin supported me through the hardships of veterinary school and when I graduated we finally no longer had to have a long-distance relationship. Our relationship grew stronger through our continuous love and support for one another. After about 4 years of dating, Kevin proposed to me at the restaurant where we had our first date — the restaurant was decorated with photos of us through our years together that were tied onto balloons. I thought I was going out to have drinks with his sister and was so shocked at what was going on, but of course I said yes. I also always told Kevin that if/when he proposed, I wanted to make sure my nails were done for all the photos to come so he brought a bottle of nail polish to the restaurant too!

 

Photographer: Wendy Laurel // Wedding Planner: Maui’s Angels // Florist: Damselfly Designs // Invitation Design: Lin Kung // Venue: Olowalu Plantation Estate // Gown Maggie Sottero // Salon Janene’s Bridal Boutique // Officiate: Ernest Puaa // Musician: Marvin Tevaga // Hair & Makeup: Maui Make Up Artistry // Cake: Cake Fanatics // Event Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals // Catering: Aloha Events Catering // Shaved Ice: Ululani’s Shaved Ice // DJ: Maui DJ Services

 

Lynsey and Jeff focused on making their day “cozy, personal, and fun” and ultimately felt that it’s what made their day special and unique. Chaumette Vineyard & Winery set the scene providing rolling hills for the ceremony backdrop and a barn for their warm and relaxed reception. We’re loving the purple-hued palette especially in the florals by  Snapdragon Studio and Lynsey’s applique, long sleeve gown by Tara Keely is a showstopper. The always-amazing Carretto Studio was behind the lens capturing all the details and moments of the couples big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We tried our best to focus on making sure our day was a true reflection of us as a couple. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in what you think other people will like and the newest wedding trends, but in the end, it’s a day for the two of you. When we were first looking at venues, we had to put a lot of thought into what we wanted our wedding to be and the “feel” we wanted it to have. We envisioned our day with our friends and family kicking their shoes off and letting loose. Cozy, personal, and fun. We kept this at the forefront during planning, and I think it made our day special and unique.

When we walked into The Barn at Chaumette we could immediately envision our friends on the dance floor and our families on the patio sharing drinks. It was intimate, warm, and laid back—perfect for what we had in mind. Also, it was unlike any wedding venue we had been to before.

We also tried to incorporate “us” into the details. The groomsmen lost the ties, we brought in the gooey butter cake (our favorite!), and the band covered all the hits of the 90’s. A few traditions may have been “missing”, but there was no shortage of glow sticks. The wedding party, including the bride and groom, joined our guests at cocktail hour, and dinner was served family style. If you ask us, it was special, unique, and perfect.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

 The dress was designed by Tara Keely and purchased from the Ultimate Bride in St. Louis, MO. After getting engaged, I started studying dresses in magazines (obviously) and fell in love with long-sleeve dresses. Specifically, I kept marking the dresses with sleeves, a sheath fit, and some lace. My “favorite” before shopping (i.e. based on pictures) was actually the dress I ended up choosing (love at first sight).

I went shopping with my mom, matron of honor, and maid of honor, and we were on the hunt for sleeves! This narrowed the search a ton. (Thank goodness, because there are so many gorgeous dresses to choose from and I needed help, as I can barely make a decision about what to order for dinner.) I actually tried on the dress and gave it some thought but didn’t really have the “feeling” or think, “this is one I need to try again.” In fact, I walked away that day having two favorites, neither of which was my dress. Because I couldn’t decide between those two on the spot, I decided to go home and sleep on it.

Thank goodness I did! A few days later, my mom suggested trying on the Tara Keely dress again. After letting it all sink in, I completely agreed, and my initial love for the dress returned. When we went back to the Ultimate Bride, they had my other “favorites” pulled. I asked them to pull the Tara Keely. When I put it on, I knew I had to have it. For the record, I wasn’t a crier when I “said yes to the dress;” I just wanted to dance around in it.

What were some special touches added to make the wedding personal?

 Veil – I wore my mom’s veil from when she and my dad got married in 1987.

Band – We had a rockin’ 90’s band called the Mixtapes from Springfield, Missouri. They played everything from Britney Spears to Rage Against the Machine. The party did not stop; everyone was on their feet!

Officiant – One of Jeff’s best friends officiated our wedding. I think this was a really special and personal touch. He’s hilarious, but also extremely well spoken and thoughtful. The day of the wedding was the first day Jeff and I heard the ceremony dialogue, and it was perfect. At one point, just before Jeff and I exchanged our vows, he had our bridal party take vows where they promised to always support our marriage. It wasn’t something I had seen before, and it was a great touch, as it included all of our friends who have been so special to us.

Cocktail Hour – Cocktail hour is typically when the wedding party scurries off for pictures or a party bus. We contemplated both, but due to everything being on-site, neither was really necessary. We ultimately decided to join our guests at cocktail hour and I’m so happy we did. Everyone came in to see us, and of course, we wanted to spend time with each person on our guest list. We decided, why hide away when we can extend the time we have with all of our loved ones in one place!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

 There are four moments that stand out to me: (1) the first look; (2) “I do” and the kiss; (3) the moments after the ceremony; and (4) the final songs of the reception.

A friend of ours had given the advice to pick out one moment before the big day to focus on. She explained how the whole day turns into one big blur, and encouraged us to work to remember our one chosen moment. Jeff and I talked about this prior to the big day. I had chosen the “I do” moment and our first kiss as a married couple. Jeff had chosen the first look. I really wanted to remember the moment he had chosen too, so I set out to focus on two parts of the day. I am so thankful we were given this advice. I feel like I can accurately reminisce on both of these moments, and I am so grateful.

The other moments, the time after the ceremony and the final songs of the reception, stuck with me as well.  After the ceremony, Jeff and I exited the area and spent about 10 minutes in solitude before joining our guests at cocktail hour. This was a private, relaxed moment Jeff and I were able to share, which stands out amidst the buzz of the wedding day. We were able to celebrate our marriage, just the two of us, and make sure we were connected to how special the day was before beginning the reception.

The final songs of the ceremony were so much fun! It was like everyone was exerting all of the fun they had left in them, knowing the day was nearly over. I’ll always remember the smiles on everyone’s faces, and dancing with all of our closest friends and family.

 Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jeff and I met in law school at the University of Missouri. We were in the same section (i.e., we had every class together), but it took awhile for things to take off.

The first time we met we were at a law school social at a Columbia comedy club. We briefly exchanged names and small talk, but that was pretty much the extent of it. We were both meeting so many people and had just submerged ourselves into a new, overwhelming world made up of libraries and lectures.

Throughout the semester, we would exchange smiles or a casual, “how are you.” It wasn’t until the end of first semester that things started to happen. One of our professors was throwing a happy hour after class, and we finally exchanged more than a few words, including phone numbers. Things moved slowly at first, but eventually—full speed ahead. I was very independent and not looking for a serious relationship, but something was just different with him.

After meeting in our first year of law school, we were engaged by the end of our second year. On April 22nd, Jeff told me we were going out for my birthday. I had the weirdest feeling that whole day. I told myself, “No way, Lynsey. You are losing your mind!” We went to our favorite local restaurant, and then we proceeded to head downtown. He said we were going to meet some friends for drinks, but because we were running a little early, he suggested a walk. I immediately commented that my shoes were not comfortable and it was a really cold day for the end of April. He told me to suck it up, and he’d let me open my gift if I walked. Obviously I wanted whatever was in that bag, so we were off and walking! We walked around the Mizzou Quad, and took a seat (to rest my feet) on the columns. He gave me a card with the sweetest words I had ever read and then told me to close my eyes. When I opened them, he was down on one knee.  It was dark and I could hardly see, but the diamond was bright enough to make my heart jump.  I cried and called my parents and my two best friends before we headed to meet friends for drinks to celebrate!

Photography: Carretto Studio // Floral Design: Snapdragon Studio // Program, Menu, Table Numbers: Grace Designs DIY // Invitations: Minted // Venue: Chaumette Vineyard & Winery // Hair:  Sara Stephenson // Makeup:  Lauren Brewer // Cake: Russell’s on Macklind // Gown Designer: Tara Keely // Wedding Dress: The Ultimate Bride // Band: The Mixtapes // Catering: Chaumette Vineyard & Winery // Ceremony Music: Complete Wedding & Events // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: White House Black Market // Men’s Attire: Joseph A Bank