Colorado Wedding at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield from Sara Hasstedt
November 9, 2012
RusticVintageGarden Weddings
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!
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From Sara Hasstedt... The 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