Life in the Party

It’s the phrase that many a bride-to-be has uttered: I will do it differently. Yes, you will be a rare bride. You’ll simplify. You won’t stress. You will abandon tradition and shower awesomeness upon your guests in an unrivaled display of wedding originality. However, that can all change once you realize how steeped in tradition weddings can…

Not So Lonely Planet

A recent study of 3,000 couples showed that those who went on a honeymoon were 41 percent more likely to stay together…

Confessions of a Seven-Time Bridesmaid

Far back in my closet, past the unflattering dresses purchased during my online shopping phase and behind the jeans I wore three sizes ago, there is a wasteland of taffeta and chiffon. There, in the very back corner, layer upon layer of fabric—mint, midnight blue, cranberry, purple, slate gray—meld into one swollen lump of bridesmaid regalia…

Union Leader: Reverend Kristen Hepp

Angela Garza and Lauren Sandifer were both cops working in the same police station.  Angela calls it love at first sight. But for Lauren, the connection wasn’t so immediate. Then one day while on the job, Angela tackled a guy just as he was about to punch Lauren in the face. That’s when she knew it was love. “She was quite my knight in…

Confessions of a Seven-Time Bridesmaid

Far back in my closet, past the unflattering dresses purchased during my online shopping phase and behind the jeans I wore three sizes ago, there is a wasteland of taffeta and chiffon. There, in the very back corner, layer upon layer of fabric—mint, midnight blue, cranberry, purple, slate gray—meld into one swollen lump of bridesmaid regalia…

Do I DIY?

Some weddings are made to look as though each element has been crafted by hand—even if it hasn’t. From the carved table numbers and the chalkboard menu to the lace tablecloth and the hand-written escort cards, these weddings are eclectic and cool with touches of craftiness or rusticity. But they are about as handmade as a Subaru. More likely…

East Meets West

Adam and Yuri wanted something modern. No Mason jars or burlap. No mountain setting, no rustic touches. They wanted their wedding to reflect who they are and their backgrounds, and no Colorado clichés. The couple grew up in Denver. They were high school sweethearts. And while they now live in Washington, DC, they wanted a Denver wedding. Alexan…

Mile High I Dos 2013

Being the editor of a bridal magazine, you’d think I’d be aware of the clues: a tiny box sitting on the desk, a bottle of Champagne in the fridge, awkward eye contact. And yet none of it seemed to sink in. That is, until I was face to face with this man, down on one knee, box in hand. I just remember thinking, “Holy crap.” My reaction was…

Venue Spotlight: Studio Loft

Last week, I wrote about loft-like wedding venues on the Front Range of Colorado. I’m absolutely in love with this style of space for a Colorado wedding. That’s because I don’t like to do what’s expected. I’ve begun learning this about myself as I’ve started this crazy planning process. I have friends who just assume I want a mountain…

Brick and Mortar

Not so long ago, not so far away, weddings were a formal affair. Big church, big puffy sleeves, big cake and lots of punch! Crowds of friends and family—with their shoulder pads and feathered bangs—would settle into a traditional, formal room. Think: hotel ballroom, church basement, country club. Someone would surely do the cabbage patch…