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How He Asked

From the Bride-to-be

“James and I began the ride towards our wedding day long before the actual proposal. We met and fell in love on a whirlwind trip to South Africa at a wedding for our closest friends, and were then separated in different countries for majority of the next two years. In the summer of 2013, James came to Colorado for a visit, he asked my dad permission to marry me the first day he met him. A full year and a half later, I finally saw him again at the Boston airport, after what was honestly the longest wait of our lives. His flight from England and mine from Denver had us arriving within minutes of each other and as we finally reunited, he was in a suit and down on one knee. The wait was over, and we promised to marry each other in front of a cheering crowd at the Boston Airport—so symbolic of the different airports we had been to together to say hello and goodbye. It was the most wonderfully indescribable day.”

Photography: Amy Caroline Photography

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The Wedding

From the Bride

Our wedding took place in August of 2014 at Genesee Mountain Park just outside of Denver. My dress was by Sarah Seven and my veil was by local designer Sara Gabriel , both from a & be bridal shop in Denver. I wore a customary silver and gold Norwegian wedding crown called a brudekrone and matching earrings to honor my heritage as my something borrowed.
My custom, vintage, postcard invitations were designed by Oh What Love Studios! Jon and I were engaged in Paris (on Lover’s Bridge), so I wanted some invitations to honor that spot and others that meant a lot to our relationship.
I loved the flowers that Stephanie of Lalé Florals designed. One of my bridesmaids, Anna, makes flower crowns and Stephanie allowed her to collaborate and create the bridesmaids’ flower crowns. We used Anna’s Custom Pews  as seating for our outdoor ceremony with an aisle made of Persian rugs for the perfect boho touch. We were battling afternoon thunderstorms, but the rain clouds parted just as I began my walk down the aisle. The rain started again at the moment we were pronounced husband and wife, causing everyone to run for shelter. It was a memorable moment to say the least!
Dress Designer: Sarah Seven // Dress Shop: a & be bridal shop // Floral: Lalé Florals // Invitations: Oh What Love Studios // Seating: Anna’s Custom Pews // Veil Designer: Sara Gabriel
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Only You

A marriage is between two people who love each other. So why not design your wedding around that concept? With so many breathtaking backdrops, the Rockies are the perfect place to elope with your love and create special memories together.

Surprise!

You said “I do” in private, but share the good news with all of your friends and family with a photo in the moment letting them in on the secret!

Morning Snuggles

Forget rushing to hair and makeup. Slow down the traditional wedding day pace and start your morning off with breakfast in bed and moments together talking about the future. We are in LOVE with this idea. Give gifts to each other, let your groom bring you flowers, or take the time to handwrite your vows. They are all marvelous things to do together!

Table for Two

Just because you are not hosting a large wedding doesn’t mean that you have to forego a fabulous tablescape. Spoil yourselves with a swoon-worth sweetheart table and make each moment of your day exciting!

Afternoon Stroll

After the ceremony and dinner, take a moment together to capture the end of an unforgettable day. This orchard was a lovely place to capture the happiness of the newlyweds.

Westcoast Rocky Mountain Elopement from handsomefilmsco on Vimeo.

Decor: Spruce Collective // Design & Planning: Sweetheart Events // Dress: Pure Magnolia // Floral: Floralista // Hair: Victoria Jane // Jewelry: Olive & Piper // Makeup: Katie Elwood // Models: Natalie & Reuben // Paper & Calligraphy: Maurelle Calligraphy & Design // Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography // Rentals: A & B Partytime Rentals // Venue: Fraser River Lodge // Videography: Handsome Films

This shoot originally appeared in RMB V1.

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 How We Met

From the Bride

“John and I met at Colorado College during the last two months of our senior year. We spent those months together, but since it was the end of our college career, we didn’t set any expectations for our future—preferring to enjoy our time together while it lasted. John was going on to law school in Boulder in the fall, and I was moving back to Minnesota with the intent of getting out on my own. Soon after moving home, I moved back out to Denver, got a job, and started my life there. John started law school. As it turned out, we couldn’t stay away from each other. We spent all the time we had together, started to travel together, met each other’s families, and eventually moved in together.”

How He Asked

“John and I have always been outdoorsy people. We love hiking, backpacking and being in the mountains. John decided to plan a fun, adventure filled Labor Day backpacking trip. He found a loop about two hours south of Alamosa, Colorado in a small town called Platoro. Even during the busy Labor Day weekend, we passed maybe one or two people the entire time. It was like our own little piece of heaven! We got to the trailhead, hiked in about three miles and set up camp for the first night. John had this all planned out, so I was just following his lead. The next morning, we packed up our things and continued our journey. We had been hiking for maybe two hours, and John mentioned that there was a waterfall just down below, and we should go check it out. We set down our packs and hiked down to the bottom of this small hill, near the water. As we came around a corner, we saw a beautiful waterfall—about 40 feet tall. It was gorgeous! John told me to stand in front of the falls, and hold our dog, Eleanor, so he could take a picture. He snapped a couple quick shots and then set down the camera down and began to walk towards me. This part all becomes a bit hazy, but I remember John coming towards me (he was acting a bit nervous). He stood in front of me, kneeled down, pulled a ring out of his pocket and asked me to marry him. My shocked response was, “Are you serious? What?” Tears started streaming down my cheeks and of course I said yes! We hugged and kissed in front of the gorgeous waterfall in the beautiful Colorado mountains. It was unreal. The only thing about getting engaged in the mountains, is that at that elevation, my hands were quite swollen so getting the ring on my finger was a task. I finally got it on, and am not taking it off ever!”

Band: Narrow Gauge // Cake Designer: The Makery Cake Co. // Cinema and Video: Lupher Arts // DJ: Pure Energy Events // Dress Store: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio // Event Planner: Entwined Planning // Floral Designer: Southern Charm Wedding and Events // Makeup Artist: LadyCharm Artistry // Officiant: Rocky Mountain Wedding Services //Photographer: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer // Photo Booth Equipment: Ear 2 Ear Photobooths, LLC // Reception Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa

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An Unexpected Wedding

Exactly one month ago, on March 28th, 2016, Laura and Joey celebrated their love at an intimate ceremony in the Colorado Rockies. But there’s more to this story than just a typical mountain elopement.

A few weeks prior, the couple took the leap and entered into an elopement giveaway contest presented by First Look Events. The requirements: be engaged, be adventurous, and be willing to be married that same month. As an engaged couple with an adventurous side, they told their love story and crossed their fingers, waiting to see if they would be the ones chosen to be married in just a few weeks. As fate would have it, they won. The couple was whisked away to the snowy, aspen-covered mountaintop haven to recite their vows with eight of their closest family and friends. No planning, no hassle, just romance. The day went off without a hitch, and as we hear it, Laura and Joey are happier than ever.

 

Cake: Intricate Icings // Catering: Trapper’s Cabin // Dress: Little White Dress Bridal // Engraving: The Crafty Smiths // Event Planning: First Look Events // Floral Design: Newberry Brothers // Gift Bags: Kismet Crafted // Hair & Makeup: Christina Trostel // Officiant: Reverend Kim Tavendale // Photography: Ali & Garrett Wedding Photographers // Rentals & Decor: Eclectic Hive & Splendor for Your Guests // Stationery: Four 13 Designs // Venue: Beaver Creek Mountain // Videography: Sherri Innis of Love Story Films

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