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Sara and Ramsey knew they wanted to get married in Estes Park as they met, fell in love, and made their home in Colorado. Plus, they already had a tradition of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park followed by pie from the Colorado Cherry Company. So that’s what they did, got married overlooking the mountains at Twin Owls and celebrated with a lovely lodge reception and pie from CO Cherry Co.. Add in bold and beautiful peony-centric florals by Hana Style and the gorgeous photography of Alix Loosle and we’ve got a stunning wedding in the Rockies for your enjoyment!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We knew we wanted to get married in Estes Park as we met, fell in love, and made our home in Colorado, plus we had a tradition of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park followed by pie from the Colorado Cherry Company. For me, the most special part of our wedding was the involvement of our loved ones. From the pecan pies baked by my mother-in-law to the wreath made by my mom, and from the brother who acted as our officiant to the brother who performed our first dance song, the day felt like a reflection of us and the people we love.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was definitely the ceremony. Surrounded by our closest family and friends, looking out to the Rocky Mountains, and reciting our own personal vows of love and commitment to one another – it was the most beautiful and incredibly humbling experience. I will also always treasure the memory of dancing with my father, as well as the moment Ramsey and I stepped away for a few minutes to enjoy the sunset alone together. And, of course, the highlight of the night was dancing at the reception, complete with a spontaneous limbo made from groomsmen’s ties, army crawls, break dancing, and glow stick sunglasses. The day flew by, but it was everything and beyond what we had hoped for, and we are so grateful for the unbelievable amount of love and support we felt that day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ramsey and I met during our first year of law school at the University of Denver. We were next-door neighbors and classmates, so we easily found excuses to hang out – building a snowman, grabbing coffee, late-night studying, making dinner, or no reason at all. And while we immediately bonded over our similarities (being from neighboring hometowns, with geophysicist fathers, and having brothers named Zachary), ultimately our differences strengthened us most, as we challenged one another and grew together over the next four years.

Photography: Alix Loosle // Flowers: Hana Style // Venue: Twin Owls // Bride’s Ring: Shane Co. // Groom’s ring: Kay // DJ: Music Man // Pies: CO Cherry Co. // Bride’s Dress: D’Anelli Bridal // Hair: Tatiana Lickteig // Makeup: Canvas Beauty Bar // Groom + Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Banks

 

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Small, intimate weddings offer so many options for personalization—from venue to style—that large wedding couples are often limited on. Caitlin and Dave’s wedding day at Villa Montara, a private oceanfront property in Montara, California, is a stunning combination of simplicity and relaxed seaside vibes and a great example of the advantages of a small, intimate wedding. The adventure-loving couple celebrated their love with a casual ceremony and reception filled with close family, friends and a whole lot of gorgeous pink roses by florist Meghan Marsala. The rentals from A Festive Affair and AM Party Rentals give the party a casual-elegance that lets the beauty of the property shine and there’s tons of personalized details to inspire. Lilly Red Creative was on hand to capture all the moments of the day and we’re excited to be sharing all of it with you today!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Each piece of art inside and out, combined with the grand windows that face directly to the ocean, created a mix of distinct elements that characterizes Villa Montara.

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

She was looking for a simple, yet elegant style, for their wedding day, “less is better.” This is how she picked her wedding dress. She wanted something that fit her but with a touch of elegance from the lace that covered the dress, matching the beach theme with her Ugg shoes.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

This location perfectly matches Caitlin and Dave’s lifestyle. They are adventurous and they love traveling all around the world to discover unique places. They also love surfing, skiing and hiking and have a passion for Mexican food.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

A simple wedding surrounded by their families and best friends.

Photography: Lilly Red Creative  // Floral: Meghan Marsala // Venue: Villa Montara // Dress: Willow by Watters// Bridal Hair And Makeup: Aqua Beauty Lounge // Cake: Pink Posy // Catering: Medina’s Catering // Video: Tim Fox Weddings // Shoes: Ugg // Rentals: A Festive Affair / AM Party Rentals

 

We’ve never encountered a wedding at the stunning Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards venue that we didn’t love. Ariel and Emerson’s colorful day, with month-of planning by Alex Meyer Events is no exception—it’s absolutely beautiful! Printerette Press set the tone with the classic letterpress plus multi-hued whimsical illustrations on the invitations while Wild Green Yonder knocked it out of the part with the florals. Corals, tangerines, and light pinks in lush arrangements shined against the light blue Joanna August bridesmaids gowns and beautiful greens of the grounds of the farm. The same broad palette is incorporated into the tablescapes with blue candles set under the cafe lights in the barn. Make sure to check out Ariel’s floral-applique Mira Zwillinger gown as well as cultural details throughout the day all captured beautifully by Grey Collective member Live View Studios.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

When we were hunting for venues, I happened to come across Pippin Hill on a blog and sent a link to Emerson. It turned out that Emerson used to frequent Pippin as a student at UVA Law, and that his sister also got married in Charlottesville. It seemed meant to be, so we booked it, before we even got engaged! It all worked out beautifully, and the amazing view of the blue ridge mountains was the ideal backdrop for our ceremony. I am Chinese American and my husband is from Virginia, but spent time during his childhood in India and Sri Lanka. For the ceremony, we had family members do readings of poems that spoke to our respective family heritage. One of my maids of honor (I had two) read a poem in both English and Chinese about a moment on an autumn day which reflects my live-in-the-moment approach to life. Emerson’s sister read a poem about growing up in agrarian America and the beauty of exploring the woods as young children. We also wrote our own vows. Our close friend (who we lovingly call Reverend Redhead) officiated the wedding, and did an incredible job. Our recessional was to the Indiana Jones theme song, which I think our guests got a kick out of, and which we thought was appropriate in light of our honeymoon plans (we went to Jordan and Egypt!).

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

The gown is by Mira Zwillinger, which I bought from Carine’s in Georgetown. There were many, many contenders at first. I have pretty eclectic taste in clothing, so a wide spectrum of dresses appealed to me, but the Mira gown emerged as a quick front runner. I eventually narrowed it down to 2 options which had very different silhouettes, but in the end, the Mira’s whimsical applique flowers and the fact that it was really light and comfortable won me over. I wanted to make sure my dress did not feel like it weighed a ton and that I was able to move freely and dance!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our fabulous month-of coordinator Alex Meyer encouraged me to run with a lot of my ideas, and I am really glad she did. One of my favorite things was that we set up a large display of family photos on our escort card table. The display included images of both of our parents, siblings, and  grandparents. My grandmothers helped raise me and are near and dear to my heart, but they are both in China and could not attend, so having them present at the wedding in that way was very meaningful. The escort card table also had one of my very favorite arrangements by our amazing florist, Lori Tran of Wild Green Yonder. She arranged branches of leafy, unripe persimmons that had a lovely chartreuse color in a warm terracotta vase. She really understood my color vision and brought the design of the wedding to life. One fun thing we did was to provide instant ramen as wedding favors. I know that after a late night of dancing, particularly if there is an open bar, the thing I want most is a midnight snack. Hearkening back to my college days, I felt like ramen would hit the spot for our guests. My MOH’s mother ended up hooking us up with lots of ramen as a wedding gift!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

For me, it was definitely the ceremony. I was totally unprepared for how tremendous it would feel to walk down the aisle towards my husband-to-be with all of our friends and family there. It was very emotional and definitely something I will remember for the rest of my life. It was really special to be able to recite our vows before the most important people in our lives, who helped shape who we are today. We also got very lucky because it had been sprinkling on and off that afternoon, and it was slightly overcast at times. My guests told me that as soon as we started the ceremony, the sky cleared and we had beams of light shining down on us as we processed!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at work, which we joke about being a good talking point for recruiting law students to join our firm. I moved to D.C. to be with Emerson after we had been dating for around half a year, and we just knew that we wanted to take the next step together. Emerson knew that I loved Mociun, and he contacted her to create a custom piece for the proposal. He proposed during an impromptu trip to LA, and afterwards, we celebrated getting engaged at Disneyland!

 

Photography: Live View Studios // Wedding Planner/Designer: Alex Meyer, Alex Meyer Events // Florist: Lori Tran, Wild Green Yonder // Stationery: Printerette Press // Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards // Dress Boutique: Carine’s Bridal Atelier // Dress Designer: Mira Zwillinger // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August // Groom & Groomsmen’s formal wear: The Black Tux // Cake: Lisa McEwan, Hotcakes // Makeup: Gohar Ayvazyan Beaver, Gohar Makeup // Hair: Brooke Cleveland, Moxie Hair Lounge // Minister/Officiant: Chelsea Kadovitz // Lighting: Donald Sutton, Blue Ridge AV and Lighting // Guestbook: Little Carabao Studio // Transportation: Bill Long, A Goff Limousine & Bus Company // Bride’s Robe: Piyama // Bridesmaids’ Robes: LeRose Gifts // Favor Stickers: CoeurByK // Calligraphy & Signage: Orange Rose and Potato / HannaBee Designs / Shotgunning for Love / Studio Nellcote Design / Rodeo Moon // Escort cards: Sunim Ink

 

We’re loving the blend of bright and modern in Sydney and Avi’s urban Denver wedding at Mile High Station. Planner Tangerine Room Events incorporated plenty of inspiring playful details throughout the day. The punchy palette stands outs in the vibrant florals by Yonder House Floral and Decor—the chuppah is gorgeous and the citrus-hued bridal bouquet totally sets the tone for the day. Avi proposed to Sydney with chalk art at the site of their first date, so subtle chalk references throughout the event design were a must! Individual muslin bags full of chalk hung from a giant escort board, allowing wedding guests to draw on personalized black chalkboard table runners throughout dinner. So cute! Check out all the bright and happy details is these lovely images from Becky Schwartz Photography.

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from the planner: Sydney and Avi’s urban Denver wedding held the perfect mix of classic and modern style. From the traditional Jewish ceremony under the copper, floral draped chuppah fromYonder House Floral and Decor  and handmade paper head table backdrop, to the traditional ketubah signing ceremony, modern aesthetics and classic style were flawlessly paired. Guests and family were seated in the round, honoring the bride and groom’s rich family relationships.

Avi proposed to Sydney with chalk art at the site of their first date, so subtle chalk references throughout the event design were a must! Individual muslin bags full of chalk hung from a giant escort board, allowing wedding guests to draw on personalized black chalkboard table runners throughout dinner. Chalk lettered slate platters passed the yummiest of hors d’oeuvres. Tabletop details of wood grain flatware and copper geometric orbs highlighted the rustic, industrial venue space while lush and vibrant florals from Yonder House added bright and celebratory texture.

A custom invitation suite from Wedding Paper Divas was wrapped in copper wire, perfectly suiting their modern yet romantic and classic style with hand-lettered envelopes and details throughout the event from event designer Tangerine Room Events.

Guests danced the night away to live music from Tunisia, took photos inside a VW bus photo booth and enjoyed ice cream cones from Denver staple, Little Man Ice Cream.

From the Bride: “When I think about my wedding day, I most remember the feeling of being surrounded by love. The ceremony was literally done in-the-round, with the elegant chuppah in the middle of our family and friends. This circle of love surrounding us was even more special because of the amazing relationships we developed with all of the vendors. The planning process was so special and allowed us to become friends with all of the people who worked so hard to make our wedding unique and beautiful.”

Photographer: Becky Schwartz Photography // Event Design and Coordination: Tangerine Room Events // Floral, Copper Chuppah, Specialty Tabletop Rentals: Yonder House Floral and Decor  //Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas // Venue: Mile High Station //Caterer: Footers //Bakery: Shamane Bake Shop //Dessert Cart: Little Man Ice Cream //Videography: Film Monkey //Photo Booth: Shutterbus //Band: Tunisia //Custom Chalk Bag Escort Tags: Anthologie Press //Dress: Matthew Christopher from Little White Dress Shop //Groom’s Attire: Custom Suit from Tom James //Groomsmen Attire: Menguin //Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

 

Christina and Steve’s playful, laid-back and elegant wedding day took place on the grounds of the historic French Legation Museum. The outdoor ceremony and reception, designed and planned by Eclipse Event Co., included stationed catering by Contigo to encourage guests to mingle and graze, cafe lighting and colorful florals by Disch Events, Northeastern Brazilian dance music by Seu Jacinto and a super-cute dessert table by Green Lily Bakery filled with macaroons, cannolis, and donuts. Christina, a designer, set the fun-loving tone with the art-driven colorful stationery and custom designed pins for all the guests and staff. We’re loving the chill vibe and vibrant details of the day and lucky for us Brittany Jean Photography was on hand to capture it all!

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from the planner: Craving a beautiful outdoor venue that could accommodate a large (and I mean large) amount of guests, Christina and Steve opted to celebrate their marriage at the beautiful French Legation Museum. They wanted to be close to the city, but also find a place that fed into Christina’s love for historic buildings; FLM was the perfect spot!

Christina and Steve met through mutual friends (thanks to Craigslist and the Peace Corp, as they put it). Starting their relationship as friends, they eventually moved into colleagues, and now are husband and wife! On December 1st, 2015, Steve flew all the way to NYC to surprise Christina with his proposal.

The French Legation Museum is a wonderfully historic building located in East Austin. It’s the oldest building in the city! They are just getting into the wedding industry, but its blank canvas allows for all sorts of ideas to be created in the space. They only have outdoor space for use, which makes the rain plan a little tricky. Projected to rain all week, we were a little nervous about whether or not to move forward with our tenting option. Christina decided on Wednesday of that week that if it rained, all the guests would just have to dance in the rain! And it definitely paid off. The rain held off all evening until just after send off, which couldn’t have been more perfect.

Wanting to create a playful, laid back, yet elegant experience for their guests, the couple decided to use Contigo for catering and instead of doing a sit down or buffet style dinner, chose to have stations placed around the lawn that would allow guests to mingle, graze, and enjoy the company. They wanted to create an experience for their guests that wasn’t your typical cookie-cutter style of reception.

Disch Events provided the simple, yet perfect aesthetic to the evening through their lighting and floral. Festoon lights were all that was needed to spruce up this space and make it pop. Floral was organic and sustainably sourced, which was important to the couple. Ferns decorated the ceremony space and the dinner stations. The bride’s bouquet was designed based on the natural bend of the stems, which made for an absolutely elegant and unique feel. Small vases with colorful, soft blooms filled the tables, accented by votives and gold tea lights. The space could not have been more beautiful!

Being a designer, Christina created all the stationery for the evening from programs to pins for their guests – which all the staff wore as well to keep the event fun. She mixed bright patterns and fun colors together, which described the couple perfectly and made the wedding completely them.

For dessert, the guests enjoyed macaroons, cannolis, and donuts provided by Green Lily Bakery. Even Steve’s mother brought in some specially wrapped chocolates with the couple’s faces on them for the guests to enjoy! There was no official cake cutting, so guests were invited to enjoy dessert at will, which continued to add to the experience the couple was looking to create.

Guests were quick to hit the dance floor with traditional Northeastern Brazilian music as their backdrop. Seu Jacinto was the perfect addition to this evening! Their fun, exciting vibe created the perfect environment that Christina and Steve were envisioning. At the end of the evening, Seu Jacinto led the entire party through the venue and out the gates to send off Christina and Steve in a pedicab provided by Metrocycle Pedicabs. Then, those who were interested were invited to continue the celebration with the couple at Easy Tiger.

The couple honeymooned later that week by taking a road trip through West Texas. Spending that time adventuring together was the perfect way to start their new life as husband and wife!

Design + Coordination: Eclipse Event Co. // Photography: Brittany Jean Photography // Floral and Lighting: Disch Events // Venue: French Legation Museum // Dessert: Green Lily Bakery // Catering: Contigo // Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals // Hair and Makeup: Kara Sanchez Beauty // Ceremony + Reception Music: Seu Jacinto // Pedicab: Send Off Metrocycle Cab // Restrooms: The Fancy Flush