Jennifer and Will's mountain wedding is Manitou Springs is as eclectic as it is charming. They are from Oklahoma and their families are in Arizona. They wanted the their guests to experience the peace and serenity of the mountains and so opted for simple details that would fit in rather than take away from the natural beauty of their surroundings. Becca Bloodworth captured every lovely moment beautifully.
Jennifer + Will
Crystal Park in Manitou Springs, Colorado
August 13, 2016
Wedding day weather: Slightly cloudy, warm
Number of guests: 75
Your budget: $5,000
Biggest splurge: Photographer
Biggest savings: Venue
Why did you choose the Mountains for your wedding?
We chose the mountains for our wedding because of it's peaceful surrounding. Will and I go to school in Oklahoma, so we do not get to experience hiking and mountain life as much as we would like to. Having our wedding in the mountains was always something that we had dreamed of.
Wedding day theme:
Our wedding did not have a specific theme. We chose to allow our surroundings to be the majority of our “decor”. However, we did use accents of baby's breath and neutral colors such as taupe and white throughout the wedding.
Where did you find your inspiration?
I got my wedding inspiration from Pinterest and from imagination. Will and I have always desired a simple wedding that wasn't over-worked. So, we just thought of one detail at a time and eventually incorporated them together to create an eclectic, yet simple and elegant wedding.
How did you choose to personalize your wedding?
We personalized our wedding by having my father be the officiant. This was extremely meaningful and emotional. There was no one else I would rather have marry us. We also personalized our day by keeping true to ourselves with our simple ceremony and reception. We did not have a DJ, fun crazy lights, a big dance floor, or an open bar. But, we did have a lot of love, a lot of laughs, some jokes here and there, and our closest family and friends.
What was your favorite part of the reception?
My favorite part of the reception was the daddy-daughter dance. (Is that bad to say?! Oops!) My dad and I have an extremely close relationship, so this was a very special time for us.
What are three things you're super glad you did?
- Kept a firm budget
- Chose neutral colors
- Chose our photographers
Anything you wished you hadn't worried about?
- How “perfect” I looked
- If other people were having a good time
- I wish that my grandpa could have attended
What was the biggest challenge in planning your mountain wedding and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I faced was planning a wedding from a different state. Also, my family is from Arizona. It was difficult planning a wedding from Oklahoma that would be in Colorado, and getting my family there who lived in Arizona! We overcame this struggle by taking one thing at a time. First we found the venue, then booked a date, and then started checking off or list one by one. Luckily, my family is very understanding and loving, so there did everything they could to make it to the wedding. It was a big head ache, but it worked out well in the end.
How did you find and choose your vendors?
The only vendor we had was a florist and a caterer. We researched affordable caterers for a long time online, and eventually found one that we could afford and that was delicious! We found our florist the same way. We later found that her affordability came at a cost, as she was a pain to work with. But in the end, we got our flowers and everything was lovely.
What is your best piece of advice to other mountain brides who are planning their weddings?
My best piece of advice is to accept help, stick to your guns, and try to enjoy the wedding day. It goes by so fast, enjoy every second that you can. And don't forget, the MARRIAGE is more important than the WEDDING.
Manitou Springs, Colorado Wedding Vendors
Wedding Photographer: Becca Bloodworth | Florist: (omitted by the bride) | Officiant: Father of the Bride | Venue: Clubhouse of a friend | Ceremony Musician: Lydia Hynson | Catering: Salt of the Earth Catering |