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Colorado Springs Wedding from Sapphire Celebrations & Jason+Gina

Having lived through three of them myself, I can fully attest to the fact that Colorado autumns are the most magical location/weather duo you will come across. Ever. Anywhere. The colors are phenomenal and the weather is better than perfect. All the makings of a wedding day for the books. And when Sapphire Celebrations is involved, especially when Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers are behind the lens, the result is nothing short of magic. We’ve put it all right here, so don’t miss a single second of the magic happening in the gallery.


From the adorable couple … Aubrey, an avid outdoorsman, caught the trout bug from his grandfather at a very young age, and while he may have grown up, his obsession with outdoor adventures and bacon have stayed consistent.  Luckily for him the love of his life Mara enjoys his thirst for adventure equally as much….and she loves, Phineas, his rapscallion retriever!  Mara, a true science geek at heart, has been passionately pursuing her dreams of becoming a surgeon since she was a little girl.  When she isn’t off adventuring with the love of her life, Aubrey, she can often be found munching on anti-bacon (veggies), de-stressing with a little yoga, and taking long naps on the floor curled up by the fireplace… together they make a great pair!

We first met on a “sort of” blind date set up by our good friends at an Avalanche hockey game. It was a “sort of” blind date because we both attended Boulder High School, but really only knew of each other as classmates.  Since neither of us were diehard hockey fans, we spent most of the game catching up on what we had been doing for the last ten years. Aubrey was immediately enthralled with my stories of backpacking around South America, exploring the rugged outdoors of Torres del Pine, and thought to himself, now here’s a girl who might be able to keep up with me. I was instantly amazed by Aubrey’s tales of climbing Mt. Denali, his passion for the outdoors, and the stories of his remarkable talents in the kitchen, and I thought to herself, now here’s a boy I want to get to know better. Over many dinners and hiking adventures the two of us explored our common interests.  Subsequently, we have shared numerous trips together backpacking around the Maroon Bells in Aspen, relaxing on the beach in Mexico, getting our scuba certification in Costa Rica, and exploring the Canadian Rockies by train.

We chose to have our wedding reception at the Broadmoor for several reasons. My grandparents lived in Colorado Springs and when I was younger I would go to the Broadmoor with them to see the holiday lights and see shows at the old theater. I fell in love with the hotel and it holds many special memories for me. Ever since I was little I wanted to have my wedding there. Aubrey knew it was the perfect place from the moment he stepped out of the car seeing the buffalo heads at the main entrance to the hotel. We both wanted a location that was in the mountains allowing our guests to get the true Colorado experience, but without the issues of altitude. We also wanted a location where everyone felt relaxed and taken care of; the Broadmoor guest services were phenomenal.

We both love Colorado and wanted to showcase how beautiful it is, especially in the fall. My theme for the wedding was bringing the outdoors in. I wanted the floral arrangements to be very organic with lots of fall colors and greenery and I wanted all different shapes and sizes for variation. The Perfect Petal did a wonderful job of fulfilling my vision. The color palate for the florals was an array of fall colors (marigold, apricot, salmon, burnt orange) and I wanted the rest of the colors to be neutrals to highlight the beautiful colors of Colorado.

Our reception was held at First Congregational Church in downtown Colorado Springs because this was my grandparent’s church and it was our way to honor them. Neither Aubrey nor I have any living grandparents and we wanted to honor them during this special day. Aubrey and I highly value family and we wanted to incorporate family traditions into our ceremony. At the beginning of our ceremony we had the whole congregation sing “Simple Gifts” the Shaker hymn because Aubrey’s parents had it sung at their wedding. During our unity candle lighting we played the Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel, which was my grandparent’s favorite piece.

Our Reverend Benjamin Broadbent told us to take little moments throughout the wedding day, a snapshot in time, to remember the wedding day by, which was the best advice we received. Our most vivid memories were our “first look”, it was a special moment just between the two of us, walking down the aisle seeing all our family and friends there to support and celebrate our commitment to each other, just me and Aubrey and our photographers walking around the Broadmoor grounds taking pictures after the ceremony, the wonderful and touching speeches by our parents at the reception, and partying/dancing the night away with our family and friends.

Photography: Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers | Flowers: The Perfect Petal | Event Design: Sapphire Celebrations & The Perfect Petal | Event Planning: Sapphire Celebrations | Ceremony Location: First Congregational Church | Reception Location: The Broadmoor | Dress: Anna Be

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Colorado Springs Vow Renewal at Hillside Gardens by Simply Bloom Photography

If you’re a wedding junkie like myself, who also happened to tie the knot years ago before the online eye-candy craziness ensued, you know that simply logging on to your computer can be a dangerous move. It’s no wonder brides like today’s next beauty decide to throw themselves a wedding re-do, complete with total prettiness spilling out of every last detail. And they undoubtedly hire one of the best in the business, the girls at Simply Bloom Photography, to capture every last perfect moment. So grab a cocktail, kick back and enjoy all of the lovely, while dreaming of wedding re-dos and girly gorgeousness galore. Oh and the full shebang can be seen right here.

Click here for the FULL vow renewal!

From the Bride… I actually met Jordan through my ex-boyfriend (they were best friends at the time) and when we broke up he and I stayed in touch on Myspace. After about a year of that, we started spending time together as friends, and in two weeks we developed deeper feelings for each other. We were married six weeks after making things “official, ” and eloped when we were both 19. We’ve never been a conventional couple! Our vow renewal was exactly on our two-year wedding anniversary. It was an inspired expression of the love we have for each other and for our friends and family.

Our vow renewal was at the Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We scoured the state looking for our perfect venue; we looked at about 10 in person that stood out online. Ultimately I wanted an outdoor space that was not typical, not perfectly manicured or expected, but that felt eclectic and unusual. I saw many gardens with white arches wrapped in vines and pink roses planted in the shape of hearts, but that wasn’t what I was looking for. The Hillside Gardens turned out to be the perfect relaxed, yet sophisticated, space. The indoor/outdoor reception area with a view of the Rockies was a huge draw too! When I first started looking for wedding inspiration, I found that I was always drawn to vintage style events. They had a lot of texture and interest. I wanted to keep it light and romantic. We tried to keep a balance between eclectic vintage style and some more traditional wedding components. We didn’t want things to get too cluttered with the vintage décor, so we kept other aspects more clean and uniform. It was also important to keep a natural element, which we did by using lots of flowers and having a mostly outdoor venue. The end result was a soft, vintage, almost rustic elegance.

Flowers were a HUGE part of our event, and I spent more time working on them than probably any other part of the vow renewal. The flowers really determined our color palette for the entire event. I chose each type of flower and its color and changed my mind millions of times! I accompanied my florist to the wholesale market a couple of times to be sure I liked everything I had chosen in person. I also sent her hundreds of inspiration photos throughout the year of planning that I collected from wedding blogs, and we met about ten times before the actual event to discuss various changes. We even had two mock-ups! In the end, it was so worth it, because we got exactly what we wanted. I believe I ultimately chose close to 30 different flowers and greens for our reception arrangements and five or six for my bouquet, which I wanted to keep more simple and traditional.

One of the very special parts of our wedding was when I revealed to my husband the surprise engraving on his ring following our ceremony. We had sneaked away for some alone time to relax and get ready for the reception in a cottage on the venue property, and it was so touching to see his reaction when I told him to take off his ring and look at it. I think he almost cried! It was a wonderful moment.

Wedding Photography: Simply Bloom Photography / Wedding Venue: Hillside Gardens in Colorado Springs, Colorado / Floral Design: Sweet Pea Flowers / Event Styling: Tina Gill of Worthwhile Style / Officiant: The Bride’s Uncle / Catering: Catering by Design / Wedding Cake: Intricate Icings / Cake Pops: The Cake Poppery / Wedding Invitations, Menus, Programs + Place Cards: Rifle Paper Co. / Save-the-Dates: Kelli Murray / Linen Rentals: Chair Covers & Linens / Event Rentals: Classic Party RentalsWorthwhile StyleCatering by Design + Allwell Rents / Lanterns: BHLDN / Dessert Table Cake Stands + Bowls: Sweet & Saucy Supply / Wedding Dress: Pronovias “Tirso” via d’Anelli Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: ALDO “Fawson” / Bride’s Headpiece: Custom by Jannie Baltzer / Bride’s Earrings: BHLDN / Hair: Richard of Hot Heads Salon of Cherry Creek / Makeup: DIY / Rings: Shane Co.

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Colorado Springs Wedding from Sapphire Celebrations

So often we get caught up in the pretty florals, or the gorgeous venue, or the bridesmaids, sweetly dressed and lined up in a row. And believe me, here at SMP, those little details are what get our hearts racing faster than a third cup of coffee. But this wedding, photographed by Hannah Photography, is more than just the beyond amazing design – from one of our favorites, Sapphire Celebrations – it’s the merging of two families into one. That in and of itself is such a beautiful thing. And of course, there are the pink springtime details that get our hearts going too. Double perfection. Click here if you’d like to continue perusing the perfect in the gallery!

Dress purchased from Little White Dress – how cute is that name?

From Sapphire CelebrationsKelly and Mark’s wedding this summer was more than just their becoming husband and wife, they were also committing to each other’s children – creating a family. Incorporating their three children into the wedding ceremony was important to them both.

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs was the perfect location for the intimate wedding ceremony and reception. Guests were treated to delicious cuisine butler passed and set up in action stations while enjoying the sounds of a jazz trio. Keeping the kids in mind, a special table was set up for them with an activity book, crayons and candy for each.

At the end of the night, guests were sent off with a special treat of milk and cookies.

Photography: Hannah Photography / Flowers: The Perfect Petal / Event Design: Sapphire Celebrations / Event Planning: Sapphire Celebrations / Ceremony Location: The Broadmoor / Reception Location: The Broadmoor / Invitations, Napkins and Cookie Bags: Paper Works / Dress: Little White Dress Bridal Shop / Lounge Furniture: In Design / Music: A Music Plus / Welcome Baskets: Colorado Pine Gift Basket Company

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