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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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Marianne and Raymond were married at Castello di Spaltenna, a picturesque hotel situated in Gaiole in Chianti, where “time seems to have stopped.” Guests travelled great distances to celebrate with the couple and Marianna and Raymond focused on touches that would make the wedding special for everyone like bespoke welcome bags, plentiful Italian fare, spectacular florals by La Rosa Canina and a stunning day  in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. We love the relaxed charm and elegance of the details and it’s all captured beautifully by Stefano Santucci Studio.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having all of the most special people in our lives there celebrating alongside us. I hope that all of the little touches made it unique and of course the incredible setting. There aren’t many places in the world that offer such a stunning backdrop.

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

My dress was Rosa Clara. I realized early on that Spanish designers suited me, so focused on stores that stocked the very best that Spain had to offer. The dress that I first tried on and the version of it that I wore on the day differed greatly. With the help of a fantastic dressmaker we made quite a few changes that made it feel very unique.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

As all of our guests were traveling a great distance to join us we wanted to make them feel special when they arrived in Italy. We had bespoke tote bags made which were filled with mine and my husband’s favorite Italian treats, from taralli and baci to little bottles of prosecco. We also threw in a few practical items like mosquito bands and a guide to the area, which we wrote based on our own experiences.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It’s so hard to pick one specific moment. If I had to choose it would probably be the moment just before I stepped down the aisle. Standing at the top of the terrace with my Dad on my arm, looking down at my gorgeous husband-to-be and all of our incredible friends and family. I realized at that moment how incredibly blessed I am.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ray and I met at university. We were friends for many years before we realized we had a connection that was stronger than just friendship.

Ray popped the question 11 months before our big day at our favorite restaurant in all the world. It’s a small family run osteria set in the Umbrian hills. We basically planned our week long holiday around our meal there. I had not a clue in the world that under a big metal cloche was a diamond ring instead of my dessert! It really was the most perfect setting for such a memorable moment. I was in such shock I didn’t even finish my actual dessert!

Photographer: Stefano Santucci Studio // Flower Design: La Rosa Canina // Invitations & Wedding Stationery: An Italian Adventure // Venue: Castello di Spaltenna // Bridal Gown: Rosa Clara // Bridal Salon: Fairytale in Fulham // Suit: Ralph Lauren // Bride’s shoes: Sergio Rossi  // Music: Diamond Boys

photographer @photosantucci // flower design @ larosacaninafirenze

 

We’re loving Bianca and Kyle’s elegant Key West destination wedding. Planned by Destination Wedding Studio and set at the Hemingway Home in Old Town Key West (yep—the home of Ernest himself) the lovely garden party included a romantic ceremony under the palms and a gorgeous reception under a tent of white tulle.  The stunning florals by Duarte Floral Design include graphic bouquets filled with eucalyptus, roses and astilbe and lush green, leafy table runners. Lucky for us, Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography to capture all the beautiful details of the day and we know you’re going to love them!

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Photography: Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography // Planner & Stylist: Destination Wedding Studio // Floral Design: Duarte Floral Design // Stationery:  Printmakers Inc. // Venue: Hemingway Home // Hair + Make Up: Beauty And The Glam Squad // Cake: Amazing Cakes and Creations // Rentals: Eventfully Yours Rentals // Music: Event My Way // Caterer: Key West Catering Company

 

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