Sarah and Brian couldn't be a better match. These two compliment each other in every way, have such an amazing respect for one another. Their lives are filled with laughter and I couldn't be happier for them. As wine lovers, during the ceremony, instead of doing a sand-ceremony tradition, they blended two bottles of wine to then share with their friends and family. I thought it was such a special and unique component that was very much "them"! Here's a bit of what they had to say about their day...
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"Our wedding and all of its details were inspired by our mutual love of wine and our gratitude to our family and friends for their love, support and kindness to us as a couple. We focused our ceremony around a passion for California wines. We joined a Sangiovese (Sarah) and a Barbera (Brain) to create a perfect marriage blend. We enjoyed the first taste of our blend as a married couple and we also shared it with our guests. We are the vintners of our marriage and we have to care for it as one would care for grapes in a vineyard. We have to be cautious of our choices and keep our relationship sacred and in the highest regard or as it ages we could see the negative effects. Our families and friends have inspired us to cherish our marriage, we calculated the number of years of marriage experience present at our ceremony and it was over 400 years. Just in our parents and bridal party there were 180 years! We were so fortunate to be surrounded by such love and experience.
Brian and I focused on the details of the wedding that were most important to us. We created a family tree honoring all of those who have been examples of love to us. We borrowed wine boxes from Mike and Sharon Chambers who are the most incredible people and greatest advisors to our marriage. Brian built the pergola we were married under, the center pieces and the s’mores bar. We used all Colorado wood and it has a beautiful strip of blue coloring, it is reclaimed beetle kill. Rather than escort cards, Brain and I painted rocks with the silhouette of the purple Colorado Mountains and an orange sunset (our wedding colors). We wanted each of our guests to take a little bit of Colorado home with them. We later realized that it was a very heavy gift!
I wore a new dress, my mother’s veil trimmed with my grandmother’s lace, bracelets borrowed from my Aunt Cathy and my mom and sister stitched blue beads into the hemming of my dress. After several hair trials with my sister, only one that ended badly (too much volume) Anna and I decided to keep it simple and curled it and left is long. I felt beautiful and the first words out of Brian’s mouth when we did our first look was “you left your hair long, you’re beautiful”.
We had the wedding of our dreams with the help of our amazing friends and family. From every detail of our day we had a crew of people in our corner. Even 3 days prior both our families made it to our house to help load 3 vehicles full of wedding stuff! My friends were so wonderful to help with the ‘day of planning’. We had a team who made the cake pops, another who made the cake! A team to do the flowers and another to set the tables. We even had friends who poured 140 mini glasses of wine! My Dad and his friend Kirk were magicians on being in the right place at the right time. They got everything from the décor and centerpieces to the venue to even me there on time! It was truly a family wedding. We were surrounded by all of those we love, Liz captured it perfectly.
There was really only 1 photo that was very important to me. I was determined to get a photo of all of our guests, Brian and I right after we were married. LIZ DID IT! Without even an ounce of hesitation she climbed the ladder and captured a beautiful photo of both our families and us lifting our glasses in celebration of our marriage. I tear up even thinking about how important that photo is to me. Thank you Liz. Brian and I have already begun planning our yearly photo session with Liz. We will most definitely continue to work with her. She made us so comfortable and we even retell some of her jokes!
My advice to newly engaged couples would be to keep everything in perspective. The time goes by so quickly, enjoy each moment and kiss your partner at every opportunity. ORDER YOUR WEDDING ALBUM! Brian and I need to schedule our appointment to get ours ordered. If we don’t it will be our 5 year anniversary before we do. Enjoy the photos every day and let them be a beautiful reminder of your special day and the marriage you share."
Venue: Silverthorne Pavilion
Officiant: Rev. Mike Chambers
Dress: David's Bridal
Shoes: David's Bridal
Veil: My Mom's Veil with my Grandmother's lace
Planner/Coordinator: The Best Friends a girl could ask for!!
DJ/Band: North (Michael) Rittner
Flowers: Nature's Palate Floral
Caterer: All Season's Catering
Cake: Jacqui Hill & Ali Davis
Cake Pops: Shanna Rodriguez & her AMAZING team