When the bride and groom received word that their original venue selection had closed mere months before their wedding day, a bit of panic filled their hearts. After touring the few sites still available in the Denver area, the bride and her family came to the realization that the best way to create the wedding of her dreams was to build the venue of her dreams. That was the beginning of Cottonwood Glen at Kiowa Creek. As a labor of love, family and friends pulled together what seemed impossible and built a venue for the couple that is quickly becoming Colorado's premier outdoorwedding locale. Truly, the venue that love built!
This elegant naturalist wedding was inspired by the bride's love of a romantic forest setting. The ceremony site, where the venue gets its name, is tucked away in a lush, cottonwood lined meadow. The clearing, surrounded by native grasses, features a winding flagstone aisle leading the way to the alter. Tall swaying cottonwood trees frame the stunning cathedral window backdrop creating the perfect outdoor chapel.
The Bride walked down the aisle in a stunning Matthew Christopher gown. It had a modified mermaid cut with a sweetheart neckline. Brianna customized her gown with a peachy-pink lining and an ivory lace and hand-frayed silk applique overlay. To complement her dress, the bridesmaids wore BHLDN dresses in ivory lace with a metallic gold thread woven throughout.
The beautiful invitation suite set the elegant feel for wedding weekend. The bride had watercolor florals, the couples' new monogram, and calligraphy designed for use in all of the paper associated with her special day. Complimenting florals were evident in everything from the bride's bouquet to the wedding cake. The grand invitations were pressed in gold foil and accompanied by an original watercolor map leading guests to the celebration.
The bridal party florals were comprised of Romantic Antike garden roses, along with spray roses, helleborus, ranunculus, scabiosa, sweet pea, sword fern and jasmine vine. The bouquets were hand-tied in Frou Frou Chic hand-dyed silk ribbons in Peche and Pale Peche. The aisle was lined with wildflower arrangements made of Boston fern, Maidenhair fern, snapdragons, larkspur, campanula, and eremurys to enhance the already lush meadow.
After the ceremony, guests transitioned from The Glen to the Grand Patio to enjoy cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres and custom blended beverages. Cocktail hour concluded with the newlyweds christening the dancefloor with their first dance. An artist was hired to capture the scene in a live event painting. It was entertainment for the guests as well as a wonderful keepsake. Guests were then invited onto the adjoining tented lawn for dinner. The romantic dinner tent was designed with the ceiling draped in white sheer and chandeliers. Guests were seated at rustic wooden farm-style tables, with country French cross back chairs. Centerpieces were designed in low, gold compotes and contained whimsical arrangements of Romantic Antike, Juliet gaden and spray roses, scabiosa, dahlias, ranunculus, lysianthus, sweet pea, maidenhair fern, aronia, passion vine, and vined pomegranates. The combination of wooden tables and chairs, romantic florals, ferns, and fruits and soft candlelight gave this outdoor room an ambience that was both elegant and naturalist.
The head table featured an ivory lace runner with passion vine and loose pomegranates woven through gold taper candleholders with ivory candles. The eye was drawn to the head table by a hanging arrangement that was draped and overflowing with the many types of ferns used throughout the florals. The bride's family provided the head table with exquisite etched crystal stemware.
The wedding cake stood four tiers high, with hand painted watercolor florals, the couple's monogram, and sugar flowers created to replicate the art featured in the invitation suite. A cake so beautiful even the baker had a hard time letting it leave her studio.
After cutting their cake, the bride and groom, accompanied by their guests danced the evening away on the checkerboard dance floor, under old-fashioned market lights, and the heavenly stars above. As the evening drew to a close, guests lined the sweeping stone staircase and created an archway with giant sparklers to bid the happy couple adieu.
While many local professionals comprised an awesome team, the bride and her family and friends contributed many a man-hour to a multitude of DIY projects. Not the least of which was building the venue. Cottonwood Glen at Kiowa Creek was the most involved all of the DIY projects and included everything from demolition to general construction and landscaping to commissioning an Amish craftsman to construct the twelve foot tall cathedral window frames to be used as an alter backdrop and give the space a sanctuary feel.
The mother-of-the-bride collected and affixed vintage postage for the invitation suite. Family and friends hand cut and inserted the envelope liners for the invitation suite. Guests were treated to welcome baskets filled with thoughtfully chosen refreshments assembled by members of the bridal party. Also created were fan wedding programs to keep guests comfortable during the outdoor ceremony, custom banners for the ring bearers to carry, menu cards at each place setting were tied with hand-frayed silk ribbon, personalized champagne bottles given as favors were adorned with hand-tied bows and custom labels featuring the couples' monogram and wedding date, tic-tac-toe games with pictures of the bride and groom on the game pieces were made to help keep the little ones entertained. This wedding truly defined the meaning of custom down to even the smallest detail