Where do I even begin?
It's so hard to put a wedding planning experience like this one into words.
Amy, her mom and I met for a cup of coffee in Boulder last fall. Just minutes into our chat, it was clear to me that Amy was precisely the kind of bride that I adore - hospitable, genuine, kind. She didn't want to get carried away with tradition or to-do lists on her wedding day. No, she wanted the day to be filled with babies sleeping in laps and simple, thoughtful details. She wanted to dance and laugh and say I do in the presence of those she loves most. Her groom, John, is equally amazing. I loved getting to know both of them throughout the planning process. Let it be known, this pair has done great things apart, and they will do great things together.
It's fair to say their wedding day was perfectly imperfect. An isolated hail storm rolled in one hour before guests were to arrive. We had to (very quickly) revert to our rain plan. The first look happened in a car. The ceremony location was a muddy mess. John and Amy? They chose joy.
And you know what? Their wedding day was one of the most beautiful ones I have witnessed.
Guests were cozy and snug around farmhouse style tables. Candles were twinkling. Babies were, to Amy's delight, snoozing in laps. Organic chicken, veggies and macaroni pie were enjoyed by all. Children crowded the cake table wide-eyed, anxiously awaiting their slice. The winds died down and the hail stopped. In their place was the most gorgeous sunset. And people danced... did they dance!!
I think you'll see this pure joy I speak of in these photos. Enjoy!
Amy looked stunning and elegant in her J. Crew bridal gown. The fabric was so swoon worthy!
Amy and John we're the first couple to ever wed at McReilly Farms in Longmont, Colorado. How fun is that?! This working lavender farm is a gem in the foothills. The views are stunning, the owners are hospitable and incredibly amazing to work with, and the vibe is just pretty much all around perfection. The space is, in many ways, a blank slate. I really enjoyed working here.
Here's the first look in the car. See what I mean about perfectly imperfect? This photo is so good.
The skies cleared just before ceremony time. You guessed it, John and Amy's ceremony was so lovely and personal. They had their parents speak words of wisdom and encouragement and then shared the most meaningful vows. There was cheering and crying and general amazingness.
I love the couple's style - simple place settings, greenery, farmhouse tables and touches of lavender as a nod to McReilly Farms.
The cakes and mini pies were such a hit! The pies are gluten free and were SO GOOD.
The Wandering Natives jammed the night away... the photos of John + Amy dancing make me so happy. I just love how they chose to soak up every single moment of their day.
John and Amy, thank you so much for trusting me to be your wedding planner. It was a gift and blessing to come alongside you on this journey.