Katie + Chris
August 25, 2012
Colorado Springs, CO
I love it when a super creative wedding vendor (other than a photographer) shows up in my inbox with a gorgeous mountain wedding! Impress Me Designs sent along this eclectic mountain wedding, which has some of the coolest paper details. From the Spanish lace inspired invitation suite to custom coasters and drink stirrers, I just love this mountain wedding!
Why a mountain wedding ?
The Colorado Rockies represent the blending of our diverse backgrounds. We both originated from the contrasting regions of New York and Florida until our parents found Colorado…..far apart and yet so close. We met at Western State College, fell in love, and knew we would never want to live anywhere else but right here in nature's wonderland.
The Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs was the perfect choice for our venue with its majestic views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding countryside. We also feel it is where we belong and want to raise a family.
Where did you find your inspiration?
Chris and I have a strong sense of our family ancestry that originates from Chile to Italy. We wanted to combine the best of two worlds in one beautiful celebration.
His South American culture inspired the use of Spanish lace details on our invitations, flowers in the warm orange and red colors of Chile, and Spanish guitar music for the processional.
Spanish tiles on black iron easels were used to identify the numbers on the guest tables at the reception.
My Mother's Italian roots were not forgotten when I carried a cameo from Italy and used romantic Italian phrases in our photographs.
Our decision to have a formal Church ceremony honored the strong traditions of both families.
Favorite moment of the day
My favorite moment was waiting with my Dad ( just the two of us) before the church doors opened and seeing Chris standing at the altar. It was a calm and special time I will never forget.
Three things we're glad we did
- The confetti toss was so much fun and the photos are some of my favorite.
- The personal details that blended our family backgrounds.
- Morning after Brunch gave us quality time to not only thank our families and friends but was a grand send off to our honeymoon as well.
Three things we wish we had done
- Thought more about our reception entrance. It was hurried.
- Stayed with the number of guests we had planned on as it can spiral out of control.
- Worked closer with the photographer to capture special moments we forgot about.
What we wish we had not done
- We spent our entire budget. We regret not saving some for a rainy day.
What Do You Wish You Hadn't Worried About?
- I am blessed to have a Mother & Sister who were in the Bridal business. They thought of everything and with the assistance of a wedding planner I was the luckiest Bride in the world. I had absolutely no worries as they had everything under control…or at least never told me they didn't.
- Wedding vendors: My sister was married 11 months before me and we used the same vendors she did. They are people we built a relationship with when we were in the Bridal business. Not only do we trust them they are considered to be the best in their field. I was confident they would do an outstanding job. It helps to have referrals and first hand information when deciding who you will depend on for your wedding day.
Best Hindsight Advice
Decide from the very beginning what is most important to you and what will create the memories you will cherish later.
For us it was celebrating with our families and friends in one beautiful day that would express
our deep love for them and each other.
Every minute goes by so fast and it only happens once. Have the wedding of your dreams and don't forget to find the quiet moments alone.
We planned a couple's massage the week before the wedding and rented a separate car to share some time to ourselves from the Church to the reception.
- Flowers: Rich Designs, Colorado Springs
- Cake: Creative Cakes by Carol, Colorado Springs
- Wedding Invitations: Impress Me Designs, New Hampshire
- Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Denver
- Linens: Chair Covers and Linens, Denver
- Decor: Illumination Design Studio, Denver
- Beverage Stirrers and coasters: Impress Me Designs, New Hampshire
- Menus, ceremony programs, escort cards: Impress Me Designs, New Hampshire
- Photographer: Studio Jk Photography, Denver
- Veil and Head Piece: Love Veils and Accessories, Denver
- Church: Chapel of our Saviour, Colorado Springs
- Reception: Garden of the God's Club, Colorado Springs
- Wedding planners: Bella Dia Events
Some creative projects and personal touches we loved and appreciated were the Spanish tiles on easels. My Mother thought of using numbers on each to identify the guest tables.
There was also a large wooden initial G ( our last name) for guests to sign . We now have it on our bedroom wall as a reminder of a perfect day.
We took photos with a banner that said ” I love you” in Italian for my heritage and
our Rehearsal Dinner cake was made to look like a tree trunk carved with our initials to symbolize how Chris proposed to me.
He carved “Marry Me” on a tree where we had placed our initials on our first picnic together.
Now that is what I call romantic and how he stole my heart !!!!!!!!