Valerie Michelle Photography shares this sweet Colorado intimate wedding!
Kristen and Gary are both from a rural town in Maryland, but have always had a love for Colorado. For them, it was no question that they had to be married in Colorado. The men wore a more casual version of the typical wedding day attire, and the girls wore foot jewelry instead of shoes. Kristen's step dad married them, Gary wrote vows to Kristen's daughter Olivia, and placed a necklace around her neck as a symbol of his love.
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: Our wedding was in beautiful colorado, 20 minutes outside of Denver. The mountains were our backdrop and 40 of our closest friends and family joined us from Maryland. We decided to do a destination wedding in the mountains and l couldn’t have asked for a better day. My favorite flower is a sunflower so that was the inspiration that pulled ideas together. There were red rocks everywhere so l figured the sunflowers would pop more with the color contrast throughout the whole venue. We had the wedding outside and the reception inside a mansion that was to ourselves.
Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: Since we were coming from another state, less was more when it came to decorating. The centerpieces were the bouquets, along with some mason jars and baby’s breath that l spray painted gold sparkles to accent the tables. Doesn’t seem like a lot but l felt it was a perfect touch without going over the top. Instead of doing a large traditional cake, we opted for cupcakes that were 4 different flavors but were all decorated like little sunflowers.
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: The bouquets had white roses, sunflowers, baby’s breath and green foliage. I absolutely loved all of the bouquets and they worked perfectly for the centerpieces.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: My favorite part of the wedding was how low key the guest list was.I was able to talk and dance with everyone that came and didn’t feel overwhelmed or rushed to go to the next thing.
Q: Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A: I browsed online at dresses for a while until I found one that caught my eye. l found places that had similar dresses to the one l liked and scheduled to go look at them. The girls and I all went to the bridal store and i found my dress the first go-around which i was pretty happy about. The boys were simple the wanted to wear converses, shorts and a blue gray button up to match the girls dresses. Everything came out perfect.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: We met through a mutual friend and we’re actaully best friends for almost a whole year before we decided to try things out. We were scared we didn’t want to ruin a great friendship but decided to give it a try. 5 years later we were marrying our best friend. We both have a love for music festivals and there is a music festival called The Mad Tea Party Jam we go to every year. The background behind this festival is it’s a celebration of love, the owners of the festival created it as their anniversary party for when they got married. He decided that was where he was going to propose. He gathered as many friends as he could to our campsite and proposed to me in front of everyone.
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: Gary took on the responsibility to care for my child and accept us both as a whole. He wrote vowels to her and gave her a unity necklace as we all became a family. We also did a unity in glass piece that we will be able to look at to remember the day we all joined as one.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: As selfish as this may sound, think of yourself when planning your day. The more you try to make your friends and family happy, the more the wedding isn’t going to be about you and the more stressed your going to be trying to please everyone.
Photographer: Valerie Michelle Photography
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Dress Store: Love It! at Stella's Bridal and Formal
Bakery: Happy Bakeshop
Floral Designer: lace and lilies
Event Venue: Willow Ridge Manor
Happy Wedding Planning!