It’s no secret that here at Grey Likes Weddings, we’ve got a weakness for splashes of bright color. So, you can imagine our delight when we took a peek at Georgia and Curt’s Boulder, CO wedding day planned by The Gardner Effect. Specifically—the bridesmaids’ dresses! Georgia had her girls choose whatever—literally—they wanted to wear and the result was a collection of pinks and purples and blues and florals and it’s gorgeous. The bridal party looks were complimented by stunning florals by Flora by Nora and a relaxed geode-inspired reception at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The details and delightful hues of the day are all captured beautifully by the talented Connie Whitlock and we know you’ll love it!
What made the wedding special and unique?
We are native Chicagoans but have been living in Colorado for the past few years. We knew when we got engaged that we wanted to bring our families and friends out to our beautiful new home of Colorado to celebrate. It was a true destination wedding for 90% of our guests. We had a welcome dinner the night before the big day at Shupe Homestead where our guests ate barbecue and took in the beautiful Rockies in the background. The day of our wedding, a close friend led our guests on a hike. We really wanted everyone to get a true Colorado experience and we think they did!
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
Finding my gown was one of my favorite parts of the wedding process. I brought all of my favorite ladies (my mom, my mother-in-law, my 2 sisters and my best friend) with me to find my dress and it was one of the most memorable days of my life. I had no idea what style I was looking for so it was fun trying on all different kinds. I ended up finding my beautiful Rebecca Schoneveld dress at A & Be in Denver. I wore a long veil that I got from Donna Beth Creations where I had my dress altered. I also added a rose gold and rhinestone belt to my dress during the reception.
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
We included a lot of touches to make the wedding personal. My uncle married us which was amazing. He has always been a big part of my life and I was so glad he did it! For our guest book, we asked guests to sign Colorado Cache Cookbook. My grandmother, aunts and mom have used it for years. Now, we have our own copy with fun notes from guests throughout.
I know I may be biased but I think I had the most beautiful bridesmaids ever. So beautiful in fact, that I let them choose whatever they wanted to wear. A lot of people told me I was crazy, but it came together perfectly!
What was the most memorable part of the day?
The most memorable part of the day was exchanging vows with my husband. My uncle married us and we wrote our own vows so it felt really comfortable and personal. It didn’t hurt that we had the beautiful flatirons in the background.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Curt, my husband, and I dated for 8 years before we got married! We met when were in college at Indiana University. To say our wedding was a long time coming would be an understatement. We got engaged in one of our favorite places, Vail. I thought we were meeting friends for the weekend but really he brought me there to pop the question! He was so nervous that he asked me almost immediately after we checked into our hotel room. We had an amazing night celebrating in Vail and then another surprise! Curt had arranged for us to fly to Chicago the next morning where he set up a big engagement party with all of our family and friends! It was the most perfect engagement weekend for me.
From the photographer:
“Georgia and Curt’s effortless and fun style really set the stage for their gorgeous, light filled day. Even though they had to move their ceremony venue the week before the wedding day – they took it all in stride. Georgia kept her theme throughout the day simple and elegant with natural and modern elements. This combination perfectly flowed throughout the day, with a modern pre-ceremony hotel and reception venue, to the natural ceremony venue at the base of the stunning Flatiron mountains, to their wild organic floral. Georgia let her bridesmaids choose their own dresses, and they came up with a mix of fun floral prints mixed with solid pastel floor length dresses. The fun juxtaposition of all the different elements created for a bright, welcome celebration full of love and joy!”
Photography: Connie Whitlock // Coordinator: The Gardner Effect // Floral Design: Flora by Nora // Invitations: Shine Invitations // Ceremony Venue: Chautauqua Park // Reception Venue: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art // Pre-Ceremony: St. Julien Hotel & Spa // Hair & Makeup: Megan Cary // Dress Designer: Rebecca Schoneveld // Dress Boutique: A & Be Bridal Shop // Catering: Three Leaf Catering // Band: Diamond Empire Band // Lighting: Highlights Colorado