This farm-to-table inspired wedding from Denver captured Christopher Nolan Photography captures the quintessentially Colorado outdoorsy style with farm touches. From the cabbage bouquets to the gold deer cake toppers, from the gourd place cards to the hunter green bridesmaid dresses, Amanda and Brandon found the perfect mix of rustic glam and woodsy elegance.
From the bride, Amanda: Brandon and I wanted a theme that wasn’t “girly” and that would match the Colorado landscape (since it was originally going to be in the foothills at Lyons Farmette before the Longmont/Lyons/Boulder flooding happened in September), so we picked the hunter green as our main color, and I added gold because I love anything shiny. So I suppose to sum it up, we wanted “easy elegant wilderness” theme – which got a bit more urban when we had to move it to Denver 3 weeks before the wedding because of flood damage. I collect antiques (just like my parents and grandparents), so it was easy to incorporate things we already had (vintage books, green glass, etc), and then since it was originally a farm wedding, we used mason jars for candle holders, flower vases, and cups because they were rustic and VERY affordable (and reusable!).
The special details included all of the family touches – wearing a dress made from my grandmother and mother’s dresses, my necklace was my paternal grandmother’s, and my maternal grandmother, who was at the wedding, gave me her wedding band right before to keep, so I wore that too. My favorite moment was seeing it all for the first time – I had two wonderful friends who set up all of the decor that I’d packed, and since I had to hide upstairs, I didn’t get to see any of it put together until my dad walked me out of the house’s foyer to go down the aisle – and it was perfect and beautiful and just how I would have set it up myself. Then when we came down off the porch, I saw friends from 5th grade through now and family from across the country, and Brandon. That was the best. Also, Holly our caterer/coordinator handing us both hot chocolate in our owl and penguin mugs we bought each other last Christmas as soon as the ceremony was over, because it was freezing! But the cold made everyone huddle together under the heaters, so everyone we love was best friends by the time it was all over, so that was perfect.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Always have a backup plan in mind, and don’t get “married” to any idea for your wedding – because you never know if it’s going to be too expensive or if something will prevent it from being possible (like a flood!). As long as you stay focused on the joy of family and friends coming together to celebrate your love to the person of your dreams, then nothing else matters, and it will all come together. Also, avoid going on pinterest too much if you’re on a budget – too many good ideas there!
We hired an amazing local guitarist, Scott Von, to play music for the ceremony, and we told him he could play whatever he wanted. It was beautiful and people kept complimenting us on him. Our first dance was “Lucky” by Kat Edmonson on an ipod, and since I had never found time to make a playlist, I let my bridesmaids and family members take over the ipod and play whatever they wanted after that. People had a blast picking songs, and I was happy to see them happy. I couldn’t name a single song that played after that, (except for the Arkansas fight song), but I do remember my aunt rocking out, and that makes me smile more than any specific song being played at the right time would :)
Wedding Location: Denver, CO / Photographer: Christopher Nolan Photography / Flowers and Table Herbs: DIY via The Flower Bin and Whole Foods / Venue: Lighthouse Writers Workshops / Wedding Dress: my mother’s and grandmother’s, with alterations by Sew Fresh Studio / Hair and Makeup: HeadDress / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Flower Girl Outfits: Zulily / Groom’s Suit: Indochino / Rings: Cronin Jewelers / Wedding Caterer and Coordination: Holly Haakenson of Greens Point Catering / Cake and Cupcakes: Romana Cake House / Guitarist: Scott Von