“I had seen another wedding that Anni Graham had photographed — one where the bride and groom went on a hike before the ceremony, and I knew that was exactly what I wanted.” Kaley + Kyle’s laid-back, barefoot bohemian wedding by the river in Lyons, Colorado is definitely making us want to explore the mountains… And we’re pretty sure that all of our boho-lovin’ adventurous gals are going to feel the same way! Why? They stayed true to themselves and incorporated all the things they love to do! Kaley shares We hiked, played yard games, sat around a fire and made s’mores. I ran around barefoot because I’m not a high heel kinda girl and traded in a veil for a flower crown.
The two of them intended to take photos in Rocky Mountain National Park, but the permit process proved to be a bit of a hassle, thus they found the perfect alternative: Mary Lake — its breathtaking views of the park and surrounding mountains fit the bill. Kaley’s bridesmaids donned neutral tones, had floral arm bands instead of bouquets, and the whole lot of them danced around (practically) barefoot in the tall grasses. Florals were abundant: strewn from the trees, worn as flower crowns, and lining each + every table in the most gorgeous display of reds + greens. Florist + designer, Bella Lu Floral, helped bring all the ideas to fruition!
Let’s travel through the mountains and hang out with K+K for a bit, shall we?
Kaley shares: The Rue De Seine “Florence” gown stole my heart the moment I put it on. The elegant lace and intricate bead work were exactly what I envisioned. Unfortunately, it was way over my budget, so I walked out of the bridal boutique empty handed. Days later, Luna, our dog severely injured her knee and needed surgery, followed by rehab. It seemed like my dream dress was so far out of reach. To this day, I have no idea what prompted me to type the designer and gown into a google search, but I am so happy I did! I came across a resale site for wedding gowns called Still White. There it was — my dream gown! Wait, it gets better! It fit me perfectly in every single way… Not a single alteration was necessary. Maybe it was luck, but I like to think it was meant to be mine!
We focused less on wedding traditions and more on what was right for us! We love getting outside to adventure whenever possible so it wasn’t even a question whether we would tie the knot indoors or out. The River Bend was the only venue we needed to visit! Everything about it was magical – the huge cliff backdrop, lush green trees with chandeliers and lights strung throughout, and a beautiful river that ran through the entire venue.
Is this the cutest, or what?! We’re especially fond of all the bridesmaids in this natural, sandy taupe color in different styles from Show Me Your Mumu!
Want to steal their look? We certainly do!
Such an epic wedding party with an equally epic backdrop!!
Hanging florals by Bella Lu Floral, greenery, and twinkle lights. We’re loving the use of the natural décor to complement the already gorgeous scenery.
The morning of our wedding we exchanged our vows in written letters. Instead of saying them out loud for everyone to hear, we kept these sweet promises between the two of us. In all honesty, we both knew we wouldn’t be able to say our vows out loud without becoming super emotional.
Remember that things don't always go as planned. Don't panic, be flexible and trust that everything will fall into place! After booking our venue, I was informed that a triathlon would be taking place on our wedding day. Being a tiny mountain town, hotels in the area were unable to accommodate us and roads would be blocked off making it nearly impossible to even get to the venue! Shortly after resorting to "Plan B," I realized that despite the obstacles that occur while planning — when it is all said and done, you still get to marry your soulmate.
Even their pup, Luna, wore a flower crown and totally stole the show!
Processional: I Can't Help Falling in Love With You (instrumental) by Elvis Presley
Recessional: All My Loving (instrumental) by The Beatles
First Dance: Crazy Love by Van Morrison
Neither of us are big fans of cake so we chose to ditch it and do ice cream instead. Our favorite ice cream shoppe, Sweet Cow, rolled up to our venue in their ice cream truck and scooped ice cream for all of our guests. To say our guests were excited about this sweet treat would be an understatement.
My most memorable moment was hiking to the top of our venue during the reception. (Yes, we hiked twice on our big day!) Kyle took me by the hand and carefully led the way - through patches of sharp cacti and over large boulders. At the top of the cliff, we made time to sit back and take everything in. I was truly overwhelmed with love as we looked down at all of our most favorite people in the world laughing, hugging and dancing together. I can still feel the cool breeze as the sun was setting, smell the campfire and hear the river run below us. We kissed, talked and laughed on top of a mountain. Kyle even joked that, "One wrong step and we would have the shortest marriage in history." I'm so thankful we took the time to get away and really absorb everything about our day together.
TOO CUTE! From the team at GWS, major congrats, Kaley + Kyle!!
photography: Anni Graham Photography // venue name: Riverbend, Lyons, Colorado, USA // event design: Bella Lu Floral // florals: Bella Lu Floral // wedding dress: Rue De Seine // bride's shoes: Etsy // hair stylist: Alyx Denby // desserts: Sweet Cow Ice cream truck // Month of coordination: Organically You Events