Colorado Brides set out to compile various weddings that reflect the two extremes of the Colorado wedding spectrum: the country wedding and the city wedding. We’ve found that the Colorado bride is a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll—but all elegance. And it reflects in the following real weddings, which capture the Rocky Mountains, the farms of the Front Range and the bright lights of the big city. From chic rusticity to urban sophistication, welcome to Colorado.
Elegance in Edwards
Photos by Toni Axelrod, axelphoto.com
Orange is very in these days, so why not turn your outdoor wedding into an ode to all things tangerine? For this wedding at The Lodge and Spa Cordillera in Edwards, Frosted Pink Weddings worked with DesignWorks to create a sophisticated and fun fantasy (it’s orange after all…is there a more fun color?) with a chic lounge area and tremendous details such as Izze sodas, flip flops for guests and spectacular chandeliers.
Photos by Kelli Nixon, kellinixon.com
Beano’s Cabin captures the rustic grace of the Vail Valley. This wedding—planned by Jessica Kober and Jenifer Hammond from I Do—brought poise to this luxury mountain cabin and restaurant. With cake by Mountain Flour and flowers by Rose Petals, bursts of spring color and delicate elements steadied the masculinity of the antler chandeliers, stone hearth and timber surroundings.
The Stanley Hotel already evokes Stephen King-level drama. Add an artful couple, the creatives at DesignWorks and the brilliant folks at Pink Frosted Weddings, and you get a romantic, quirky fairy tale of a wedding. Damask was used as a major thematic element throughout the venue, and the famed mountain hotel was enveloped with elaborate floral details, exquisite silver candelabras, cascading crystals and dramatic draping. Oh and don’t forget the Jack Nicholson impersonator to make this one epic event.
The term “farm wedding” may inspire thoughts of old denim and corn cobs. Really, farm weddings are stylish events blossoming with luxurious tents, flowers, lanterns, candles and meals of locally grown yumminess. For this farm wedding, Calluna Events’ Heather Dwight created a lovely, lingering night of bluegrass, communal dining and cocktails at the Lyons Farmette. Mixing elements like Mason jars and wooden flower boxes with long tables, paper lanterns and white linen, this is not your grandma’s farm wedding.
Town and Gown
Heart of Denver
Photos by Hardy Klahold Photography, hardyklaholdphotography.com
This bride and groom live in the Highlands of Denver and work downtown, so they tasked Char Hein of Everlasting Memories by Char with creating a wedding that celebrated the city. While the ceremony and reception took place at the Parkside Mansion, these photos capture areas of LoDo. Colors were brown with peach accents and the bouquet included hydrangea, lisianthus, stock, freesia, peach Oriental lilies and light green hipericum berries.
Drama in Denver
Photos by Broxton Art, broxtonart.com
Green with envy? This contemporary Denver reception was held in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts ballrooms. Sparkles, lights and flowers abound with lime as the accent color. DesignWorks designers and planner Walli Richardson incorporated a circular motif to coordinate with the venue’s circular designs. The result: a fantastic, polished whirlwind of light, color and pattern.
Chic in Denver
Photos by Autumn Burke Photography (autumnburke.com)
They say the Devil is in the details. But we like to think it’s the drama in the details, and at this Denver wedding, the DCPA Seawell Ballroom is filled with beautiful elements that bring a city slickness to the reception. Julie Gambrell with Classic Creations crafted powerful, blue-coated imagery with flowers from The Flower House, catering by Epicurean and cake by Das Meyer.