Mary + Tom
This pretty vintage Colorado wedding is simply Gorgeous! Shot by the amazing Laura Murry, who is essentially the Elizabeth Messina of the Colorado, this outdoor wedding features vintage china, a romantic peach and pink color palette, and adorable succulent details. And of course Mary has great Hindsight Advice. Like, don't forget those warming blankets for guests, Colorado gets chilly at night! Read more below…
Why a Mountain Wedding?
For Tom and I, the mountains are home. We are both from Colorado, so the decision to have it here was somewhat straight forward. It was also a wonderful chance for family not from Colorado to see what all the fuss is all about! :)
Where did you get your inspiration?
We tried to draw on our relationship for inspiration. When we first met we were in college and we used to bring our books up to a park in Boulder,CO with blankets, snacks and coffee. I liked the idea of trying to replicate the feel of those afternoons… earthy romantic colors, loose textured floral, simple rustic food, all came together to recreate those moments for us.
Three things I wish I had done:
- Colorado gets chilly as soon as the sun sets. With a September wedding, I didn't realize how cold it would be until we did the rehearsal. We ended up getting a few space heaters, but I could have taken that into account more.
- Carved out more time out of the days prior to the wedding to spend with family from out of town. I thought I would get to spend more time with them then I did. I would have planned a family brunch or some sort of event.
- Booked my makeup trails earlier. You want to find someone your comfortable with otherwise, it will cause unnecessary stress.
Three things I am so glad I DID do:
- Hire a day of coordinator. I can not express how thankful I am she was there.
- Booked a band. I think there is something really special about live music and it really added to the reception. You do have to give up control over specific songs played, but if you you like the style of music they play, it wont matter.
- Had my dog in the wedding. It's Colorado and we can get away with it… in this state you can even have you dog “sign” as the witness to your marriage license!
Three things you wish you hadn't worried about:
- Seating charts, it all works out.. I promise!
- Details about the flowers, cake or photography. Find someone you connect. After conveying your overall vision and feeling you wish to evoke, trust in the vendor to do what they do best!
- The specific songs that were played. I think it can be stressful if you are trying to make sure EVERY single special song is played. If you have a band that is even more difficult to control. Just pick a few must play songs and the overall type of music. Every chance I had to simplify made the entire process much more fun.
What is your very best hindsight advice?
Try to trust that everything will come together. There will be moments where you wonder how, but try to focus on purpose of the day and not the details. The wedding isn't about the bridesmaid dresses, signature cocktails and letterpress invitations… When it's over your best friend and partner for life will be your husband. That is the purpose and that's what is beautiful.
Colorado Wedding Vendors
Photography: Laura Murray Photography | Planning, Styling, and Vintage Decor: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | Floral: Bare Root Flora | Dress: Madeline by Claire Pettibone from Little White Dress | Venue: Chatfield Botanic Gardens | Cake: Indulge Bakery | Band: The Parlor Pickers | Catering: Footers Catering | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Hair & Make Up: Aveda Academy Denver
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