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Colorado Wedding at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield from Sara Hasstedt

On a cold Friday afternoon, there is nothing we love more over here at SMP HQ than to cozy up with a wedding that just makes us all feel warm and fuzzy inside. To squeal together over images so pretty and lovely they make us want to raise our glasses to be being a girl – and a girl that gets to devour gorgeous weddings all day no less. This wedding from Sara Hasstedt fits that Friday bill to a tee. So break out the bubbly lovelies, this is a fête worthy of a toast or two! See it all here!

From Sara HasstedtThe day of Crystal and Tom’s wedding, it rained almost the entire day. We did the outdoor bride and groom portraits in the rain, and their ceremony was almost moved indoors after it began pouring and didn’t stop until exactly five minutes before the ceremony start time. Thankfully, with a great team of vendors and an easy-going couple, the ceremony was still able to be held outside. The best part about their ceremony location is that, although the venue has a designated “gazebo” area for weddings, Crystal insisted that her ceremony take place in another location, under a large tree, because it was a better fit for her vision.

They kept their wedding low-cost and simple by eliciting the help of talented family and friends. The bride’s mom, aunt and sister combined efforts to make homemade strawberry jam that they used as their favors; her aunt made all the linen table runners; and her mom sewed pillows for the lounge area during cocktail hour (which are now used in the couple’s first home together!). Her sister made flags to use for the send-off, as well as the “Here Comes the Bride” sign that the flower girl and ring bearer carried down the aisle; the bride’s cousin made all of the beautiful cakes that were served on assorted china that the bride and groom collected during their engagement; and the cake table was decorated with her grandmother’s doilies. The couple collected trays and vases for the centerpieces. The bride’s mother did the calligraphy on the invitation and escort cards, and the invitation suite was designed by a bridesmaid. A friend of the couple’s, who is also a cellist, assembled a string quartet that played for the ceremony.

My favorite detail of all was that the bride’s dress was designed by Demetrios and purchased as a sample gown at a small shop in Colorado called Boulder Bridal. The bride had some massive alterations done to the dress to make it more unique, including creating a sweetheart neckline and altering the shape to be more of a trumpet shape rather than the original a-line. For the bridesmaid dresses, the bride picked out an assortment of dresses in cuts and colors she loved from Nordstrom and let her bridesmaids choose from those.

In the words of the bride, “For our wedding, we really wanted people to feel as if they had stepped into a romantic garden party with elegant vintage elements. We also just wanted everyone to be relaxed and able to enjoy the celebration with us. Tom and I had so much support from our dear family and friends to make the whole day flawlessly come together and to be everything and more than we had hoped it would be. Not to mention, we had amazing vendors who are really good at what they do and allowed us to be able to turn all of the day-of execution over to them.”

Wedding Photography: Sara Hasstedt / Wedding Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Littleton, Colorado / Wedding Coordination: Jessica McTaggart of Pink Champagne Events / Floral Design: Robert Bates of Sam’s Club in Littleton / Catering: Aspen Catering / Wedding Invitations: A Bridesmaid / Calligraphy: The Bride’s Mother / Homemade Jam Favors, Pillows, Flags, Sign + Cakes: DIY by the Bride’s Family Members / Vintage Rentals: A Vintage Affair Rentals / Wedding Dress: Demetrios (With Extensive Alterations) via Boulder Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender / Makeup: Natosha Cooke / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Their Choice

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Colorado Foothills Wedding from IN Photography

Colorado, can we just say, you have been extra fabulous lately? Everything that has come across my desk from your beautiful, beautiful state has been extra special. A little rustic. A lotta beautiful. A gorgeous dress, a fabulous bouquet, a delish cake. We’ve always been big fans of the Rocky Mountain state, but thanks to weddings like this stunning soiree from IN Photography, we’re quickly approaching number one fan status. And once they see this full image gallery, we’re positive our LBBers are going to be begging to join the fan club too!

John and I met, of all places, at a Halloween party at a bar in downtown Nashville. I was dressed (tastefully) as Wonder Woman, while he looked smashing in a scrub top and bottom, posing as a physician. He was attending graduate school at the time, while I was working. Shortly thereafter, he brought me to his hometown of Denver. The day he proposed to me, I was instructed to dress nicely, as he was taking me to Kevin Taylor’s downtown for a nice dinner. Once dinner ended, John told me there was a beautiful view of the mountains from the 8th floor of the hotel where the restaurant was located. Not being familiar with the Hotel Teatro, I followed along, and wound up in a gorgeous hotel room, with rose petals on the floor, and my boyfriend on one knee holding out a ring.

Finding a location for the wedding was tricky, and I was still new to the area. I had always imagined getting married outside, on a cool spring or summer evening. I fell in love with the Manor House, with its’ beautiful location nestled at the foothills of the Rockies. We were married in the back yard of the house, with the spectacular view of downtown Denver behind us. John’s stepfather, who had married his sister two years before, also served as our officiant at our non-religious ceremony. We wrote our own vows separately, but it was amazing how well they went together. We did incorporate the Jewish tradition of the breaking of the glass, as my parents had decided to do this at their wedding 37 years earlier.

I had not thought much about my colors for the wedding, but had always loved gray with pink. This quickly turned out to be our chosen colors when I found a pair of beautiful fuschia colored heels several months before I even started looking for my dress! Our floral design team at A Design Resource did an excellent job of coordinating these colors in our centerpieces and other decorative items. My bouquet was wrapped with lace used in my mother’s wedding headpiece from several years earlier, and I carried a lace hankerchief that belonged to a great grandmother. We had the pleasure of working with Ann Marlin and her team at Cloud9, who did a beautiful job of coordinating everything and making the day all the more wonderful.

John and I had elected not to see one another prior to the ceremony, but I will never forget the look on his face when my father walked me down the aisle. He looked so handsome in his khaki colored suit and bright pink tie. My father walked with me to “The Flower’s Duet”, as sung by John’s cousin and her friend, both opera singers.

Besides seeing John for the first time, my other favorite memory was my dance with my father. His song selection was a very touching surprise, as he picked “Edelweiss” from the Sound of Music, which is what he and my mother used to sing to me as they were tucking me in at night as a child. Some of my favorite photos of the night were of us dancing.

Another favorite photo is the more casual one of the wedding party standing outside. These are some of our best friends, several of whom came from very far away to attend this event. The whole weekend humbled me greatly as people came from far and wide to celebrate with us. All in all, the day was amazing, and I would do it again in a heartbeat! Many thanks to all my vendors (including Gateaux for the delicious cake, Anna Be for my dream wedding dress, and Styles by Jenece for making me feel so beautiful), and Michelle and Mark at IN Photography for their phenomenal pictures!

Photography: IN Photography / Location: The Manor House / Wedding Coordinator: Cloud 9 / Florist: A Design Resource / Cake: Gateaux Bakery

Littleton Wedding from Rising Moon Films + Manchik Photography

This bride has a smile that is contagious. You’ll catch the bug when you first lay eyes on her beautiful grin captured fabulously by Manchik Photography, and the smile will really take hold of you when you spend a few moments in the film from Rising Moon Films. We know the secret to this blushing bride’s show stopping smile though – how could she not be radiantly beaming when THIS is her wedding day!

I can’t wait to share this film from Rising Moon Films – so I won’t! Enjoy, LBBers.

My (now) husband, Morgan and I were married at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield on September 23, 2011. The inspiration for our my wedding was not hard to choose, it simply came from my our lifestyle! I remember speaking with my mom and she said, “How are you going to have a vintage/cowboy/travel wedding? You can’t do it all!” – but that’s exactly what we did! Both my husband and I have a love for travel; it’s something we did prior to marriage, during (London and Paris for our honeymoon!) and it’s something we plan on doing throughout our marriage. We also have a love for all things rustic (we met country line dancing), so we knew that our wedding would most definitely involve a barn and some cowboy boots! When Morgan proposed to me on Christmas Eve, we had only lived in our new home in Colorado for approximately a month, so when it came time to picking vendors we incorporated folks from all over, including our home state of California!

The first vendor we chose (even prior to picking our venue) were our wonderful photographers, Julia and Yuriy Manchik. I was an avid follower of their travel blog (, so as soon as we got engaged I knew I had to find out if they shot weddings as well – and to our delight, they did! The Manchiks are located in Seattle, therefore the first time we met in person was when we flew them out to Colorado for our awesome engagement shoot – we instantly clicked!

Our venue was also an easy choice, as it is right down the street from where I work. I passed the red barn at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield everyday, and knew it would be perfect for our intimate wedding of 55 guests. The remaining decisions regarding our vendors required extensive research on my part, I wanted to be sure everything was perfect for our wedding day… and honestly, it was!

One of the last decisions we made, was to hire our videographer, Rising Moon Films… which we are so happy we did. Mike and Summer were so professional and their videos are absolutely gorgeous.

Details! Details! As previously mentioned, I was very meticulous in choosing my vendors and just as meticulous in planning my decor. I spent months (and months) crafting, collecting and thrifting. Everything from beautiful milk glass cakestands to mason jars and vintage suitcases. I spent hours wrapping jute and lace around mason jars, and getting burnt by hot glue left and right!

Our amazing family and friends were so helpful in the process (even living miles and miles away), especially in the days leading up to the wedding. My Mom and Grandma made our burlap table runners, my Mom and I made the belts for our bridesmaids’ dresses and their purple/rhinestone bracelets, we also made all of the guys’ bouts; my beautiful Cousin and her Mom/Sister did all of our flowers, my sister helped me with our books/vintage postcard centerpieces, we had numerous family members bake amazing desserts for our dessert table, and I could go on and on… Our wedding day really was a collaboration of not only my husband and my hard work, but also that of our friends and family.

Photography: Manchik Photography / Cinematography: Rising Moon Films / Flowers: DIY by Cousin of the Bride / Event Design/Planning: DIY by the Bride / Ceremony & Reception Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield / Invitations: DIY by the Bride / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Dress: Lazaro / Vintage Rentals & Day of Setup: A Vintage Affair Rentals / Catering: Catering by Design / Hair/Makeup: Label Me Lindsay / DJ: Larry at Top Hat Entertainment

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A Radiant Colorado Bride ~ Photography by Chad Morgan

I feel like Luke & Kendra’s wedding should be on a super-sized billboard splashed across the Colorado highway! These two ~ dare I say kids? ~ are the epitome of freshness and loveliness and pure & natural LOVE!

Plus ~  I kind of feel like this young lady ought to be on America’s Next Top Model!

See the entire gallery from Chad Morgan here!

Kendra and Luke were married this past summer in a joy-filled (albeit tearful) Colorado ceremony …

Their overwhelming love for each other, and for their loved ones, showcased the day!

From the newlyweds …

How we met ~
We met on our first day of freshmen orientation at Wartburg College. I took note of his warm and firm handshake and his beautiful blue eyes. It turned out that we lived in the same dorm. We became great friends throughout our first semester, often taking long walks around campus to talk. All the while, we were both secretly fighting feelings for each other. Christmas break came and after talking on the phone for many hours, Luke decided to take a leap. He was waiting for me at the bottom of the escalator in the Des Moines airport when I flew back to Iowa in January.

The Proposal ~
We were spending the first half of the 2009 summer in different states, Luke in Wisconsin and I in Colorado. On June 27th, I was staying in a hotel for a night with best friend and my little sister during her basketball tournament. The hotel had a beautiful courtyard and gazebo (I have a thing for gazebos). My sister and I were walking back to our room, and as we started to cross the courtyard, I noticed a man standing in the gazebo. After some time, I realized the man was Luke. He was standing in the gazebo with roses and candles!

The Planning ~
My best friend’s mom was also our wedding planner, Willie Ripple. We wanted our wedding to incorporate the mountains, elegance, and a vintage feel. Also, because our faith is extremely important to us, we wanted to get married in a church. The church, overlooking the Continental Divide was the perfect mountain setting, and the Manor House, nestled in the foothills, provided the perfect vintage Colorado feel. (I am a Colorado girl and love all-things-vintage!)

Making it Their Own ~
Our ceremony was very faith-filled and spiritual because our faith is number one in our lives. We also focused a lot on the “legacy of love” that we were marrying into…years and years of wonderful, committed marriages. We honored all of our family members and their marriages by mentioning them in the ceremony and by displaying family wedding pictures (all the way back to our great-great-great grandparents) at the reception.

Most Memorable Moment (from the bride) … I remember Luke sobbing as I walked down the aisle. I remember turning around and looking at the whole congregation from the altar. I remember that the toasts were incredible…especially my sister’s and my best friends. And finally, I remember the EPIC dance party that ensued after dinner and dessert!!

Can’t remember a sweeter, more beautiful couple, ever ~

Congratulations and thanks to Chad Morgan Photography for sharing!!

Photography: Chad Morgan Photography

Event Planning: Willie Ripple Events in Denver CO

Ceremony: Rockland Community Church, Golden, CO

Reception: The Manor House in Littleton, CO

Dress: Casablanca Bridal, #1827

Cake: Das Meyer in Denver, CO

Makeup: Face F/X in Vail, CO

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