Isn't is amazing what this digital age has brought us? French fries delivered right to your door. Packages arriving within the hour. Finding the love of your life with a swipe. While we continue to find easier ways to acquire things, one thing remains constant - if it's love at first sight, you fly with it.
Brandon and Sara met as a lot of today's college students might meet - on Tinder. In fact, it only took Sara being on the app for six hours to get stopped by Brandon's handsome grin. After a whirlwind first week getting to know each other, Brandon was preparing to commission to the Air Force and be whisked away as quickly as he appeared. They committed to making it work long distance and the determination they both bring to their passions was brought to their new relationships. And it worked.
After a carefully orchestrated surprise proposal (it took planes, trains, and automobiles to bring it together!), the nursing student and future fighter pilot planned a short engagement and began planning their destination wedding to Colorado. Crooked Willow Farms set the stage for a beautiful garden party ceremony and cocktail hour followed by dinner and dancing in the barn. Thoughtful hand-made touches by Brandon's mom brought all the elements together. Aviators in hand, this bridal party knew they wanted to make lasting memories for the couple before being shipped to Japan - and boy, did they ever.
Coordination - Prisma Events
Venue - Crooked Willow Farms
Photography - Lady Ilg Photography
Catering - Occasions Catering
Rentals - Event Rents
Florist - The Olive and Poppy
Gown - Lillian West
Suits - GenTux
Invitations - Minted
Hair & Makeup - Captivate Beauty
Officiant - Wedlock Officiants
Entertainment - Trading Post Productions
Bakery - Whipped Bakery
People come and go in our lives. My mother always said, "people come into our lives for a reason or a season". This came true two-fold for Amanda and Nathan's beautiful wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch. Firstly, Amanda is not only a corporate event planner, but we went to high school together! It was an absolute honor to help this sweet girl plan her perfect day (and no pressure to please another planner!). While there may have been some shock at this quick engagement - Amanda and Nathan met in February 2017 at a housewarming party and were engaged by October the same year! - it was easy to understand when you see the stars between these two. And we really mean stars as Nathan is one of 70 local members of the 501st Legion (that means he's a bonafide Stormtrooper to us Earthlings)!
Spring mountain weddings in Colorado can sometimes be tricky. Luckily, we avoided the snow the week before and were blessed with beautifully green rolling hills. However, the wind blew us in different directions of our plans. Everyone went with the flow (you liking all these windy puns yet?) and they persevered with the ceremony nestled in the valley. When the clouds rolled through, we were left with the perfect evening to celebrate, take photos in the trees, and gaze at the stars. Nathan may have been a Stormtrooper out of costume, but he sure took his bride on a trip through the galaxy.
In March 2013, Colorado passed legislation establishing Civil Unions that provide rights comparable to those provided to opposite-sex married couples. The law went into effect on May 1, 2013 - just four days after Christopher and Jonathan exchanged vows of love and devotion in front of their family and friends. It may not have been "legal" on that day but that didn't change one minute, emotion, or the realness that we all experienced.
Years together living as a couple in public and private, a move across the country from Florida to Colorado, and a profession of their own truth brought us all to experience a magical day. It's hard to imagine that perhaps there are people out there who don't approve of a couple in love being together - and even harder to imagine those people might be your family. There were tests of love, moral, and faith this day. And as with most matters of the heart, love prevailed. And there wasn't a dry eye in the room.
This was one of the most memorable events that I have been a part of, for several reasons, but mostly because it was such a GREAT party. Once the tears were shed, the immense love was abound, and that line in the sand was erased.....well, it was a cause for celebration. Families brought together by love, friends letting loose, and a couple who couldn't wait anymore for this day. They did go to the courthouse those four days later to be awarded their legal Civil Union - and then again on October 7, 2014 when same-sex marriage was made legal and solidified them even more. It was more than just a beautiful wedding, it was history.
Planning and Design - Prisma Events
Ceremony and Reception Venue - Hilton Garden Inn Denver/Cherry Creek
Florals - Sweet Pea Flowers
Officiant - Jeremy Anderson
Cake - Elegant Bakery
Photography - Ashleigh Weber, Ash Marie Photo
Linen - Chair Covers & Linens