This summer wedding features classic mountain decor with hues of coral and green.
Q&A with the Bride and Groom:
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?
Our wedding day was a dream - even with the rain! It brought out the greenest of greens in the trees surrounding us in Vail, Colorado. It was gorgeous. And the cloudy overcast skies made for perfect lighting on our photos. Our color pallet was summery with ivory, peach, and a bright pop of orange (this color was brought to life through roses in our florals, and the napkins on the tables). It was meant to feel bright, summery, and playful.
Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Everything was pretty much rented or purchased. We planned to reuse all the bridesmaids flowers as center pieces on the tables, and the floral arrangement that were mounted to the wedding arbor (which was hand made by my husband and my brother-in-law!! The only DIY thing at the wedding) was used as the center piece along with the floral chair markers to make a gorgeous garland of sorts on the head table. We had gold candle votives on all the tables to bring some romance into the room, and big glass hurricanes on the head table to create some drama. There was a champagne wall made using glass shelves in the entry way of the reception for guests to grab a glass as they headed to their tables.
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?
The florals were bright and summery, with roses in ivory, peach, and a bright orange for a fun pop of color. The brides shoes matched the orange color of the roses for a fun play on the accent color. We used a lot of greenery in the arrangements to fill them out and create a playful drama of sorts. I wanted a super fun and summery look and feel to the wedding. The orange color really created a bright pop that brightened up the whole wedding party.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
My husband surprised me with a chair wrapped in the same jackets the guys were all wearing to honor my father who passed away when I was 17. He had framed a photo of us and a letter my dad had written to me when I was in high school. It was such a special surprise, and I felt my dads spirit throughout the entire ceremony and reception! We hired a DJ that wasn't a traditional DJ, but more of a night club DJ to really bring in our love of music and dancing. It was a PARTY for sure that night! We had a friend make us a funfetti wedding cake and I surprised my husband with a small chocolate lab figurine eating the side of the cake. We had the caterer make small two bite funfetti desserts from cake pops, to donut holes, to cinnamon rolls.
Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
I knew the style dress I wanted from the get go. While I entertained trying on other dresses, I saved the one I loved for last and knew from the moment I put it on that it was my dress! I wore the Greenley by Maggie Soterro. I loved the low plunging open back and the dramatic train. The lace was the perfect touch of feminine and the silhouette of the dress was the right amount of sexy I was going for. I wore orange suede heels to match the pop of orange in our florals. Matt found a local suit designer called State and Liberty, that made four way stretch suits for athletic builds and they were GORGEOUS. He picked out a really pretty blue color with a slight pattern to it, with white shirts with a matching blue panel on the inside of the buttons. They wore green ties to match the greenery in our florals. He opted for a no sock with loafers look, which made the guys look effortlessly cool and handsome! I loved our looks together!!
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
Matt and I meet in high school but didn't start dating until our mid 30s (thank you Bumble). It was love at first date, and we were inseparable from the beginning. We moved in together 6 months after we started dating. Matt proposed to me in Antigua, Guatemala on the roof top terrace of one of their best restaurants in town. We were on a trip with 6 of our friends, who were all in on the surprise. He had been to Antigua before, and wanted to "show me the roof top view". We walked up the stairs and I saw a bunch of candles and rose petals lining a second staircase. I casually said out loud "oh wow, do you think they do this all the time?!" LOL looking back, that was a hilarious question - but Antigua is so dreamy and romantic it wouldn't surprise me if they did! Anyways, it let us up to this gorgeous roof top where there were a dozen roses on a table and more rose petals on the ground. Matt turned to me and said "What do you think about this place?" and I said "It's beautiful! It's like a fairytale!" and he proceeded to say "Well, I can't imagine a more beautiful place to ask the most beautiful girl in the world to marry me" and he got down on one knee and presented me with the most STUNNING engagement ring I have ever seen. The middle emerald cut stone was my grandmothers, and he had it redesigned into a modern diamond filled halo, complete with round and marquis cut diamonds. It is truly breathtaking. I of course was speechless and then heard a fluttering sound, only to find out that our friends had hired a professional photographer to capture the whole thing! We proceeded to cry, laugh, celebrate, and drink the restaurant out of mezcal. We spent the rest of the trip on Cloud 9. It was AWESOME. When we got home to Denver, I came home to a huge surprise party at our house with all of our friends and my family who were ALSO in on the surprise! It was a great homecoming!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
Matt and I didn't do a first look so the most anticipated moment was seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle. I was hoping Matt would cry when he saw me, and he did not disappoint ;) He was so sweet! I would marry him every day if I could to have that feeling again!
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
Make a priority list to help shape your budget. It can get expensive, but you'll feel better spending money on the things that are most important to you! And, easier said than done, but try to just be in the moment that day. Leave your phone behind, and just enjoy being around those who love and support you and soak up all of it! It's YOUR DAY!