Intimate Fall Colorado Wedding: Keely + Aaron

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

When you’re in the wedding industry AND planning your own big day, like Keely, the bride from today’s gorgeous wedding, you’ve definitely taken more than a couple mental notes from the many weddings you’ve attended. When she said, It’s almost overwhelming all the things that you can do to make your wedding unique and different and beautiful, we could totally understand where she was coming from. So with that, and being on a budget of about $7000, she and her now-hubby, Aaron, got inventive with DIY-ing their decor while simultaneously keeping things simple. Below, they share more about their epic location + throughout the post, we’re sharing more about how they made their beautiful day unique to them!

Aaron and I met in Colorado, where he’s from, so it’s always had a special place in our heart. We feel pretty at home in those mountains. Getting married right in the midst of that magnificent view was the most special thing in the world. That’s why it took us so long to find a ‘venue’… We knew we didn’t want a regular venue, where a bunch of people have gotten married before. We wanted something that could be unique to us, but inspiring. As soon as we stepped foot onto that trail that led to our wedding spot, we knew it was THE place.

And once you see David Matthew Fiser’s stunning images from the day, it’s easy to see why K + A chose this incredible spot for their I Dos…

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

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floral tie groom

groom

bride

Keely co-designed her amazing dress with the help of designer Leslie Pennel. Love that she even found appliqué’s from a vintage wedding dress that they sewed onto the back – such a fun touch!

Leslie Pennel Wedding Dress

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

mountaintop first look

Leslie Pennel Wedding Dress

Leslie Pennel Wedding Dress

K’s stunning woodland bouquet was crafted by Passionate About Peonies.

Leslie Pennel Wedding Dress

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

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wedding party

bridal party

leaf hair piece

cardigan bridesmaids

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

little ones

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Some of our favorite memories consist of when we were taking photos. David was the best possible photographer we could have chosen, and made our day 100 times better. It felt like we were with a long time friend the whole time. When he took us away for portraits before and after the wedding, it felt like the only time we felt truly at peace and stress free. The whole wedding day was a bit stressful, but getting whisked away amongst beautiful scenery and getting to just cuddle and get lost in each other in front of the camera was so wonderful. Right after the ceremony, we drove down this insane mountain as MARRIED PEOPLE. It was the most amazing moment to take a breath and realize, wow, this is it. We are finally married. This is the best. We loved it. Having my little sister walk me down the aisle was also really amazing. It was just precious to walk hand in hand with her to my groom, who she also adores. That stunning backdrop, my perfect groom, it couldn't have been better. Seeing him shed a tear about made me want to run to him as fast as possible, too. I was so ready to just cuddle him and get married. The entire ceremony was really my favorite part.

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

floral tie

Aaron assembled his look with a handful of super stylish thrift store finds…we love that tie! Shop more of our fave floral print ties + bow ties below, and if groom style is on your mind, be sure to stop back by GWS in just a bit. We have an entire feature dedicated to dressing the groom coming up!

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

yellow trees

green tablescape garland

green tablescape garland

We collected different brass items for those few months and decorated our tables with those and fresh greenery and flowers. We wanted to keep things simple and more natural + rich colors, and mostly focus on the crazy beautiful scenery around us.

Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

silhouettes

Don't fall into a pinterest trap. Don't overthink it. Unless that's your style, then absolutely. Pinterest your heart out. I guess what I'm trying to say is... stick true to you. Your wedding is an outward reflection of your love and the two of you, leave it at that. If that means going in your backyard and having a simple wedding, please do that. If that means inviting 600 of your friends to have the biggest party ever, then do that. But always make your focus be on the love the two of you share. The photographer in me wants to remind everyone that you will only have beautiful memories of your day if you hire an incredible photographer to document it. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the small details, the things that don't last beyond that day. So make sure you get someone wonderful that will encapsulate those details forever. Also, put all of your expenses on a credit card that you'll pay off to get some air miles. I so regret not doing that!

photography: David Matthew Fiser // planning + design: The Bride // ceremony location: Guenalla Pass Idaho Springs, Colorado // reception venue: Hamill House // florals: Passionate About Peonies // dress: Esque by Leslie Pennel // rings: Thatch // catering: Da Kind Soup // groom’s jacket: Wallin and Brothers // tie: ASOS // bridesmaids dresses: ASOS //groomsmen attire: Thrifted // hair + makeup: Wedding Party and Friends

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2016 Bridal Collection from Petite Lumiere

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

When it comes to wedding dresses, we’re pretty sure that most brides would prefer one that doesn’t have an off-the-rack feel. (And bonus points for a gown that they’ve never seen another bride wear.) If it sounds like we’re speaking your language here, we think you’ll be excited to virtually meet Petite Lumière today on GWS.

Petite Lumière bridal collections are handmade in Tel Aviv, but speak to creative, discerning and detail-loving brides all around the globe. Designer Anna Goldenberg creates capsule collections of matching bridalwear and accessories to enable brides to style different looks throughout the big day and even to wear the pieces again on their honeymoon! A Petite Lumière bride is determined to stand out from the crowd, and loves fresh, fun-to-wear and intricate designs, meticulous craftwork and fine materials. And the 2016 Petite Lumière “Music Room” Collection is filled with all of the romance, elegance + drama fine art-loving brides are looking for. A peek at our faves from the collection + more details about the designs below…

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

The 2016 “Music Room” Collection is versatile + ethereal with stunning details like lace overlays, delicate sleeves + sultry silhouettes.

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

The new collection takes Petite Lumière’s signature mix + match styling and total look concept to a whole new level, with genius ‘2 in 1′ designs, created with longevity in mind. (Remember at the beginning of the post we mentioned some of these pieces can even be worn again on your honeymoon?!) The unique materials for this collection were meticulously handpicked by designer Anna Goldenberg, and include rare + limited edition fabrics that we know you’ll love. Think fine Chantilly lace, beautifully textured Venetian lace, silk, satin, the softest chiffon and oh-so-fab genuine Swarovski elements.

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

Petite Lumière 2016 Music Room Collection

Just gorgeous, right? We love the thoughtful details + fresh silhouettes. Wedding dresses just keep getting better + better! For more about Petite Lumière + to see and shop the 2016 “Music Room” Collection stop by their website today!

And follow along on Facebook + Pinterest to get your wedding dress fix + see more of these beauties in action!

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Seattle Bohemian Beach Elopement Inspiration

Seattle Beach Elopement

Today’s editorial proves you don’t always have to go too far to elope in a locale that’s completely amazing. Hoping to highlight the beauty in their own backyard, planner/designer Diana Thornton teamed up with photographer Catie Coyle to style a bohemian elopement filled with romantic details and an intimate vibe.

Catie tells us, The Pacific Northwest and Seattle in general are just so incredibly beautiful – and a great place for couples to travel to for a destination elopement. We went with a beach theme because one of my favorite things about Seattle is the amount of water that surrounds it. We wanted to use colors that would compliment our surroundings: gold, turquoise and hints of cream were the perfect touch…

beach invitation

pink dress

beach bouquet

Seattle Beach Elopement

minimal necklace

An understated dress pairs beautifully with gold, geometric jewels. Shop this breezy beach aesthetic below:

Seattle Beach Elopement

floral footwear

beach arbor

wedding sign

Seattle Beach Elopement

Seattle Beach Elopement

grooms vest

braided hair

Loving the bare feet and textural braid!

love sign

beach decor

beach tablescape

Seattle Beach Elopement

starfish plate setting

Seattle Beach Elopement

seashells

calligraphy quote

Seattle Beach Elopement

Urban Bloom crafted the most unique flower crown in a palette that we love, but don’t normally see! Are any other brides-to-be incorporating yellow + blue into their floral design?

flower crown

Seattle Beach Elopement

Seattle Beach Elopement

Seattle Beach Elopement

minimal jewelry

If you adore these killer bohemian pieces, we know you’ll love our jewelry collaboration with Gorjana. Check it out here!

anemone beach cake

So pretty right! Makes us think a trip to the PNW is in order! Big thanks to the talented team below for sharing their creativity with us today!

photography: Catie Coyle Photography // planning + design: Diana Thornton // florals: Urban Bloom // rentals: The Meaningful Details // stationery: Iwona Konarski // hair + makeup: Schona VanDusseldorp from Beehive Salon // cake: Baked

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