A fairytale and book story themed wedding at a lush Colorado castle after bride and groom create their own love story.
It was a simple love story, really. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl get married. But just exactly how did boy meet girl? Did they cover that in the fairy tale? Well, in this fairy tale (turned real life love story), it was all because of Mom. That's right. Mom meets girl. Mom gets girl's phone number. Mom tells boy about girl....and well, now it's time for the rest of the story.
Matt and Amy may have been destined for the long haul. The cars aligned...I mean, the stars, and it all fell into place from "GO!". Matt was an aspiring race car driver and Amy just happened to work for an exotic car experience track. When Matt's mom met this beauty, she used that "mother's intuition" and asked Amy's permission to give her number to her son. And against his Millennial tendencies, he actually called that very night. The story begins.
The fairy tale continued to unfold over the next four years with sharing an apartment (an easy move after two years), trips across the US to Mexico to Costa Rica, and finally back where it all (technically) started - at the race track. Matt put all the pieces in order and proposed to Amy beside a hot green sports car with family and friends to witness. And they were off! Wedding plans soon started and although a car theme would have fit, it was time for them to start writing their own next chapter.
We all know, and love, the classic love stories. Romeo and Juliet. Great Expectations. Pride and Prejudice. And the most classic of all for these 90's kids - The Princess Bride. Amy and Matt expanded an affinity for poised literature and timeless love stories and picked the most perfect setting available to exchange their own vows - Dunafon Castle. They drifted through the day on a cloud, writing the pages as they went, and this is the evidence of a true love story - surrounded by the inspired pages of the lovers that came before them - complete with dancing in the rain. And while they did an impeccable job carrying the classic love story theme all the way through (be sure to pause over the vintage roll-top desk with handwritten library card escort cards for the guests), don't fret. They plan to tour the world visiting as many F1 racing tracks as possible to make sure their love is never idle.
Design & Planning - Prisma Events
Venue - Dunafon Castle
Photo & Video - Studio Lemus
Catering - A Spice of Life
Alcohol - Applejack Liquor Store
Rentals - AllWell Rents
Entertainment - Sound Master Entertainment
Florist - Arrangements with Marzeyeh
Cake - For Heaven's Cakes
Hair & Makeup - Salon Bel Viso
Transportation - Sunset Limo
Suits - Generation Tux
Bridesmaid Dresses - Milly Wedding Shop on Etsy
Bride's Gown -Martina Liana from The Bridal Collection
When a couple envisions a Colorado wedding, certain things come to mind - pine trees, beautiful scenery, snow-capped mountains, haunted hotels....wait, what? The historic Stanley Hotel, proudly sitting atop a hill in quiet Estes Park, Colorado, has a few stories to tell. This one is of two grooms from Florida with wedding guests traveling from both coasts, and the perfect backdrop to get married. We didn't see any ghosts, but we certainly got the chills.
Robert + Julian had already made names for themselves in the social media world as Instagram influencers and media moguls before this stunning Estes Park wedding came to fruition. With celebrity guests in attendance and even in the wedding party, the bar was raised to prove to these New Yorkers, Floridians, and Los Angeles natives that rustic glam is where it's at.
The couple spent months collecting antique candle holders, customizing hand-lettered agate place cards, even curating their own goldleaf-embossed menu cards. They wanted the personal touches to come through from the moment their guests arrived in Colorado until the very last glass of champagne was sipped.
The wedding weekend festivities began with a welcome reception at the hotel, followed by morning yoga to get stretched and ready for the family vs. family softball game! To continue to allow their guests to enjoy their time in Colorado, they hosted a rehearsal dinner at Elkins Whisky Distillery catered by local favorite, Smokin' Dave's BBQ. And of course, no trip to the Stanley Hotel can be complete without a private late-night ghost tour.
It was cold for an October wedding in Colorado (believe it or not), but that didn't stop this stunning group from taking photos among the wild elk and perfectly complementing the fall grounds in their rich burgundies and creams. The intimate wedding ceremony warmed guests in the Stanley Pavilion amphitheater accompanied by a string quartet. After cocktail hour, guests dined upstairs at thoughtfully decorated farm tables. And oh, the candlelight. The custom marbled cake served as a centerpiece for the room as Robert and Julian laughed through loving toasts and cheers.
But before the party could really get underway, these two wanted to give one last personal touch to their guests - a surprise Drag Queen Review! Local Denver Drag Queen favorites Jessica L'Whor, Evelyn Evermoore, Willow Pill, Yvie Oddly (who was just crowned the winner of season 11 of Ru Paul's Drag Race!!), and even flew in Miami Queen Noel Leon! Unassuming guests were in for quite the treat with comedy and dance-filled entertainment that didn't hold back and was certainly memorable.
Modern yet classic, sophisticated yet rustic, designer yet relaxed. Robert and Julian successfully combined their styles while celebrating their individuality throughout this naturally elegant wedding (including coordinating outfit changes!). We were thrilled when their wedding story was featured on Junebug Weddings to highlight their authentic approach to collaborating a high-style DIY wedding with modern elements. We can't wait to see what these two give to the world next!
Planning, Design, and Coordination – Prisma Events
Photography – Wild Jasmine Photography
Venue – The Pavilion at Stanley Hotel
Floral Design – Lace and Lilies
Catering – Occasions Catering Denver
Cake – Kelly Kakes
Officiant – Jane's Personalized Weddings
DJ – Elite Entertainment
Live Music – Mile High String Quartet
Videography – Top Shots Media
Makeup Artist – Alchemy Face Bar
Hair Styling – Styled by Laura G
Groomsmaids’ Apparel – Jenny Yoo Collection
Cream Ceremony Tuxedo – J.Crew
Shoes – Christian Louboutin and Marc Jacobs
Burgundy Ceremony Tuxedo – Tommy's Tuxedos
Reception Tuxedos – Mr Turk
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Top Man
Rentals – Colorado Party Rentals