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Classic Winter Church Wedding

It’s hard to believe, but winter is right around the corner. And while I’m determined to savor every last second of fall, this wedding was a sweet reminder of what’s ahead. Pretty snowfalls, cozy wraps and twinkling holiday lights are just a few of the moments inside The Vault, and Danielle DeFiore didn’t miss a beat. Grab a coffee and let’s get started.

From Danielle DeFioreWinter in Colorado can be unpredictable. Some days it’s 65 and others, it’s a winter wonderland. For Katie and Joe’s Downtown Fort Collins black tie Catholic wedding ceremony and reception, mother nature delivered some fresh snow to accent their gorgeous winter wedding.

Each part of the day was planned to give their guests an authentic Colorado experience and it all came together gracefully. They we’re married at St. Joe’s Cathedral Church on historic Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins followed by a quick trip to New Belgium brewery to introduce their wedding party to one of the best brewery west of the Mississippi before heading to the grand ballroom at the Lincoln Center for the rest of the evening.

Soft ivories, pops of brilliant red and warm gold flowed through out the day. Hana Style Design created stunning bouquets and centerpieces for the tables. Each bridesmaid wore a gifted red silk pashmina and a flowing steel grey colored dress with personal jewel tone necklaces. The red roses on the invitation suite was hand painted by a close friend and complimented the colors perfectly.

Katie’s delicate dress was accented by the snowflakes that fell around us that day. The pass family is from England so they incorporated handmade English Christmas crackers used to celebrate happy occasions. The poppers were filled with fun jokes and party hats. They also provided late night fish and chips snack for guests. I was blow away by all the love and support these two have as they move forward into a new life together. Stories, testaments to their love and compassion were shared all throughout the day and it was truly beautiful to document. Congrats to the happy couple!

Photography: Danielle DeFiore | Event Planning: Pink Diamond Events | Floral Design: Hana Style Designs | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Invitations: Carol Hung | Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Cathedral | Reception Venue: Lee Martinez Park | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Catering: Food For Thought Catering | Hair And Makeup: Belle Shea Salon | Band: Groove Nation Orchestra | Brewery: New Belgium Brewery | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Rentals: RC Special Events

Rustic Winter Bridal Inspiration

This, my friends, is how you convince the world that winter is absolutely stunning. From the snowcapped mountain views to the gorgeous florals and cozy fur shawl, this bridal shoot by Candice Benjamin has made a new winter aficionado out of me, and you can be sure I’ll be bookmarking this gallery to have at my disposal whenever I become grumpy with the grey skies outside.


From Candice Benjamin PhotographyWe were inspired by the clean, snow-covered Rocky Mountains for this lovely bridal session. We wanted to inspire brides to think outside of spring + summer bridal sessions and to see how a little snow can make anything magical! Plus, we know that everyone has that perfect wrap hanging in their closet!

The styling was done by Candice Benjamin Photography and Lace + Lilies. Candace of Dotted with Hearts created the fabulous bridal makeup look. Lace + Lilies created a beautiful flower crown and bouquet that could easily be also used as a table arrangement, as well as a simple floral garland for a repurposed vintage chair.

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Florist: Lace.and.lilies | Invitations: Minted | Makeup: Dotted With Hearts | Belt: Anthropologie | Bridal Dress: Dora Grace Bridal | Fur Shrug: Nine West

Fort Collins, Colorado Elopement from Danielle DeFiore

Elopements this pretty are my everything. Because at first glance, the beautiful images from Danielle DeFiore make it feel like it was the grandest of affairs. With a stylish nod to this couples’ love for the bike culture throughout, and a sophisticated yet laid back vibe – it has all the makings for a biggest of bashes. But it’s just that much better knowing that it was pulled together with the help of their family and friends, and was as intimate (and as beautiful) as they come. See it all here.


From Danielle DeFioreLacy and Austin came to Fort Collins from Washington DC for a holiday with family.  About a month before arriving, they surprised their loved ones with the news that they were planning to elope just days before the New Year! Extended family and friends rushed in from all over the states to help them celebrate.

Their wedding was amazing from start to finish. The couple began the day with getting ready at the historic Armstrong Hotel in downtown Fort Collins. Lacy’s delicate lace dress looked stunning on her and Austin’s bright green suspenders complimented the colors of the day perfectly. The couple loves bikes culture so they decked out the ceremony with old tandem and cruisers bikes!

An intimate slow first dance was shared on the balcony where the two were married followed by a send off in style with sparklers and Dream Team pedicabs who picked them up at the end of the evening carrying them back to the honeymoon suite at the Armstrong.  

From the Bride…From the moment I said “let’s elope to Colorado over the holidays” I knew it was the perfect decision for us. I wasn’t sure if our families would go for it, but I was so overwhelmed by their support and love.  With our family getting together for Christmas in Fort. Collins, CO, I knew this would be the perfect place to celebrate our marriage.

We had amazing support from family and friends in planning our day.  The centerpieces were created by a local florist and my sister hand drew all the beautiful calligraphy place cards. We were so fortunate to have family make all of the arrangements  so Austin and I could enjoy the festivities when we arrived to town.

Austin and I love the bike culture so one of the biggest treats our family planned for us was the surprise pedicab send off!  Some of the heirlooms we included in our day was Austin’s grandmothers’ fur coat and a dear friends’ pearls from her own wedding.

One of my favorite parts of our wedding was the ceremony where almost everyone cried, when the best man played “The Wedding Song” on his guitar and we vowed to “love, cherish and snuggled” for the rest of our lives.

The special touches of the day will never be erased from my mind. Not to mention that it snowed the day before the wedding making it the winter wedding I had always dreamed of. In the end it was us, our families and a couple of pretty sweet bikes.

Wedding Photography: Danielle DeFiore | Wedding Venue: Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado | Floral Design: Palmer Flowers | Wedding Invitations: Sunshine and Ravioli | Transportation: Dream Team Pedicabs | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie | Makeup: Steele the Spotlight

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