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Succulents + Cute Kiddos Make For One Super Sweet Celebration

Some pics are just too pretty for words and these shots of this Bride and her ladies by Tamara Gruner are just that – pretty darn perfect if I do say so myself. But add in the kiddos and we amp up the cuteness quota like whoa. Don’t miss this handsome little ring bearer who just made our morning – all this and more makes for a celebration we’re happy to spend some solid time with – more in our Vault right there!

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From the Bride… Nathan and I met in 2009 at my sister’s wedding. She will tell you she waited to introduce us until her wedding because we just weren’t ready yet. I think she was probably right… although I’m not sure how intentional the anticipation was. Nate and I hit it off immediately, which was much to our surprise because we were both in full on “just-finished-high-school-start-fresh-in-college-being-single-mode” or so we thought. We started dating only three months after my sister’s wedding, and dated for six years before tying the knot this past April. We’re both originally from Michigan, but have spent the past few years building our life in Boulder, Colorado. It only seemed natural to us to invite everyone out for a Colorado wedding.

Our style overall was a bit of a mix up of traditional, rustic, and simplistic. We used purples, blues, and lots of natural greenery with white and cream flowers. I knew I wanted the décor to be cohesive, but not match too much. There is something beautiful in a little bit of imperfection, which was my mantra throughout the planning process. Our long wooden farm tables created the perfect backdrop for simple candles and mixed flower centerpieces. We got engaged in Paris, so most of all wanted our ceremony and reception to be dripping in romance. There were bits of Paris thrown into our wedding décor, we served French food for dinner, and of course Macarons and a Croquembouche for dessert.

Our venue choice took a while; in fact I bought my dress before we even picked out a venue! At one point I thought we were being too picky and almost settled on a different venue. The goal was to find a place that acted as a beautiful backdrop so we could be more minimal with the decorations. We also wanted to DIY most of the decorations, and our venue allowed and encouraged that!

The day of the big event couldn’t have gone more smoothly. April is risky business in Colorado and we were chancing snow, rain, or shine! Luckily we got the most perfect weekend and day smooshed in-between snowstorms (for real) and it was 75 and sunny. The wind picked up after dinner, but made for some pretty fun couple photos.

My one piece of advice to any couples getting married was passed on from another couple: take at least 10 (more if possible, we took about 30) minutes at some point after your ceremony to go off and be alone with no photographers, family, or friends and just soak it in that you are now MARRIED. Share some appetizers, a glass of champagne, or an old fashioned and just be with each other with no distractions. After all, this day is about you and your hubby, not about the party. Though let’s be honest, the party is pretty awesome too.

From Tamara Gruner Photography… Anastasia and Nate celebrated their big day amongst their closest friends and family in Longmont with beautiful views to the mountains in the midst of Colorado. Anastasia chose pretty spring colors – blush, purples and grays with white. Her beautiful organic bouquet contained cotton flowers, which were also integrated in the ceremony pieces. I just loved her soft spring color choice and the little accents in the bouquet and in her hair. Enjoy this romantic and beautiful wedding!

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Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Cinematography: Sculpted Films | Floral Design: Lasting Touch | Wedding Dress: Dora Grace Bridal | Rings: Ken & Dana Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy After 6 Collection in African Violet | Catering: Three Leaf Catering | Hair + Makeup: Emmy at Sage Studio | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Lone Hawk Farm | Desserts: Stephanie Holmlund | Rentals: Harvest Table Company | Silk: Silk & Willow | Veil: Dora Grace Bridal

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Mountain Weddings Are Magical; Here’s All The Proof You Need

While I may be a bit biased (I said “I do” amid the mountains as well), one look through Laura Murray’s pics and I doubt you’ll disagree when I say mountain weddings are kinda extra special. Bluebird Productions knows exactly how to tap into that magic, with Carolyn’s Flowers and A Day In May adding the most perfect touches to this summer celebration. Start with these colorful bouquets below and keep on going because our Vault has many more pretty pics to pin to your heart’s desire!

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From Bluebird ProductionsEmily and Dan are a truly amazing couple! They are not only deeply in love but they are fabulous people: focused, determined, caring, thoughtful and have a real sense of integrity. It was an absolute honor to work with them to bring their wedding to life. The couple lives in San Francisco but she is a New Yorker and he is originally from Germany. Guests came from all over the world to celebrate this amazing couple and take part in joining of their two cultures.

Emily and Dan selected the top of Aspen mountain to celebrate their wedding. Guest experience and comfort was a top priority and we took great care to ensure their guests received amazing attention from start to finish. Unique traditions, such as the saw cutting tradition from Germany, were incorporated to share elements from each person’s heritage.

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Photography: Laura Murray Photography | Event Planning: Bluebird Productions | Floral Design: Carolyn's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: d'Elissious | Stationery: A DAY IN MAY DESIGN | Hair: Mi Hair | Band: Tunisia | Ceremony Music: Silver City Strings | Wedding Venue: The Little Nell | Audio Visual: Halcyon Productions | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Party Rentals By Premier Rentals Of St. Louis

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How This Bride’s Childhood Home Inspired Her Winter Wedding

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and for this sweet duo, it came from the Bride’s childhood home. After a childhood spent surrounded by her mother’s flower and herb gardens and discovering old family wedding photographs in the attic, Brice created her wedding theme based around the idea of a classic simplicity. And, thanks to Lisa O’Dwyer, you can gush over all the beautiful moments in The Vault!

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From Lisa O’DwyerBoettcher Mansion is a historic mansion in Golden, Colorado. Brice and Ian loved it for its Craftsman period aesthetic (Ian is an architect), and for the beautiful Colorado mountain scenery (a lot of the guests were coming from out of state, from Kansas and Massachusetts).

From The Bride…My inspiration for our wedding actually came from my childhood home. I grew up surrounded by my mothers flower and herb gardens in the middle of a New England forest. I also grew up exploring the old farmhouse attic where my mother grew up. In that attic I would find tons of old family wedding photographs that showed a classic simplicity that I wanted to mimic.

I did not have a specific theme or specific color but I decided to go with only a few decor items and focus mainly on neutral/gold tones and greens to complement our strong Irish heritage. Beautiful florals with lots of textured greenery, specifically air plants and meaningful herbs set the background for our ceremony and reception. Brittany Kinoshita at Hana Style designs took my random thoughts and put together a color and texture palette that was sophisticated, different, and classic at the same time. Texture was the main medium that we dabbled in for the wedding- lace, sequins, velvet, and different types of greenery. It was so simple yet gorgeous and it complemented the beautiful film photography of Lisa O’Dwyer.

One of the biggest decisions that Ian and I made was to hire professionals that we trusted with everything and to let them do what they do best without too much direction from us. We basically said, “here is the feeling that we are going for” and our wonderful photographer, Lisa O’Dwyer, our amazing florist, Hana Style Designs, our take-charge coordinator, The Gardner Effect, our hair and makeup artist, Janie Rocek, and our caterer, The Pines at Genesee, made it happen beyond anything we could have ever dreamed. It is amazing what can happen when you let the people who have done this sort of thing hundreds of times make the decisions! Even when we had a last minute change of venue due to weather, they all came together and made the whole event more beautiful than we possibly could have imagined and it all happened without Ian or I having to lift a finger.

The event as a whole, for so many reasons, was an incredible experience and it would not have been possible without everyone who helped to create it.

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Photography: Lisa O'Dwyer Photography | Coordination: The Gardner Effect | Floral Design: Hana Style Designs | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Catering: The Pines At Genesee | Hair + Makeup: Janie Rocek | Bow Ties: Mrs. Bow Tie | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Megan Kreutzer

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