A COLOURFUL FLORAL GOWN FOR A WEDDING IN THE ROCKIES: KRISTIN & BOBBY
Ok so I think I am about to share with you, the most beautiful wedding dress in the whole entire world!!! You might want to grab a seat because this is going to take your breath away!
Here is the gorgeous bride Kristen to tell you more… “When Bobby and I conceptualized our wedding, our first priority was to throw a party, our nuptials would just happen to be thrown into the mix of the party. We wanted a relaxed and fun event with heartfelt details that reminded us and our guests about the strengths of our past and the promises of our future. Some decisions were easy for us. For instance, we were going to get married in August due to our academic schedules. We were going to tie the knot tucked away in the Colorado Rockies – a place the I had spent many family vacations. Other decisions were harder for us to make. How big is the guest list? Do we do welcome bags? How do I buy a wedding dress after re-locating to a new city thousands of miles away from friends and family? With a little creativity, a few tears, and a lot of hard work we pulled off the perfect event for us and I am THRILLED to share the multitude of DIY details with you. Buckle up, here we go…
The table names were very special to us. Each table was named after a grandparent of either the bride or the groom. We wanted to make sure our grandparents were with us that day. The tables featured old photos of each grandparent as well as their wedding photo. The centerpieces on the beautiful wooden farm tables were created by the mother of the bride. They featured succulents and air plants resting a top layers of multi colored rocks and moss.
All corsages, boutonnieres, and bouquets were done by my mother. Both mine and the bridesmaids bouquet each featured one large tillandsia xerographica air plant.
Knowing that tents can be rather boring, I enlisted the help of my wonderfully talented artist friend Rebecca Elbeling , to create a chandelier out of an Ikea lampshade and paper pom poms. A shout out to my sister for helping Rebecca! It takes a village, people!
Wait, what? Did this bride just say she had DIY rings? Yes. Yes I did – in a way. We wanted our rings to be a permanent token of something old and something new. To accomplish this we had our rings fashioned out of gold melted down from family jewelry – a great aunt’s wedding ring, a pendant from grandma, an earring from granny. A giant thank you to our wonderfully talented jeweler, and all-around great person, Rebecca Zemans.
Instead of a traditional wedding guestbook the bride and groom opted for a DIY version that made use of a new Polaroid camera that prints photos that are stickers! Guests were encouraged to take a photo and leave a note for the bride and groom on cardstock. These were later assembled in a scrapbook. Throughout the night guests were supplied with a myriad of props such as giant sunglasses, beads, and dinosaur hats to make the pictures more fun for everyone.
Did I save the best for last? You can decide. Like I mentioned, I had moved across the country as my fiancé and I had started to plan our wedding. I was nervous about shopping for a wedding gown by myself so I made a trip back home to Chicago and tried on several dresses with my mom and sister. Nothing felt like the right dress. After that I spent hours scouring the Internet looking for the perfect wedding dress for me – something original and something that would stand out. I found so many amazing dresses that were simply not in my budget. After months of looking at so many white dresses I decided to expand my search to all gowns within my budget. The day I expanded my search was the day I found my dress. It is a colorful Alice + Olivia gown that reminds me of a Monet painting. When I first tried it on, I wasn’t entirely sure that I wanted to commit to that gown. I put it on hold and showed pictures to my friends and family. I must admit, I had to be convinced a little bit. When push came to shove, I was guided by my priority to have a dress that was memorable. In the end I love how the dress stood out against the evergreen backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. I love how it represents my bold and colorful nature.
Overall, my husband and I could not have asked for a better wedding day. Our friends and family raised us up with so much enthusiasm, love, and support. And to top it off, we were visited by foxes and a double rainbow! Thank you to all the vendors who helped make our day so memorable.”