Andrea & David | July 14th | Boulder, Colorado
From the bride, Andrea:
I love all things Anthropologie, colorful, and floral. Dave asked for one thing only – that our wedding be colorful and not muted. But no decision was made without Dave, though, so he voiced what he liked and didn’t which guided the feel of the wedding as well.
I’m the daughter of an architect who also designs interiors and grew up around tons of color all the time. I couldn’t pick just a few, so we went with warm and bright tones, like orange, yellow and poppy, with some deep purples, muted greys, and shiny gold.
I feel like the whole day was personalized to who we are. I made some of the things, designed others, and we worked very closely with vendors to make sure the whole day reflected each of us separately and together.
We stood with our parents and siblings under a Chuppah made of family heirlooms and framed by gorgeous flowers.
One of the best parts of the whole event and something that has turned into a keepsake was our Ketubah (Jewish marriage certificate) signing. We spent a good amount of time looking online to pick out a Ketubah that we loved. We just moved into a new home and have had this beautiful work of art framed and hung up! We get to look at it daily!
We spent a few minutes alone together after the ceremony so that we could take in the fact that we had just gotten married.
I glittered clothes pins to hold our “creative reply” RSVP cards from guests.
Dave had the great idea to start off the fun with a New Orleans style trumpet march from upstairs, down through the main floor, and then outside for our Hava Nagila, a fun Jewish tradition during which the bride and groom are lifted in chairs and danced around. Our close family and friends were closely circling around us… this was probably one of the best parts of the whole celebration.
Our most favorite detail was our cake topper made by Dave’s sister. She made figurines of us dressed up for the wedding with our dogs spinning around us since they are such an important part of our lives and how we met.
We ended the night with a booty dance party. I’m from Miami, so I couldn’t have a party without some good, old, classic booty music. The band even broke it down with us!! It’s really hard to think about what made this night amazing, since the whole thing was magical and perfect for us!!
My advice: Stay organized and focus on the details in advance so that your wedding week and day are perfect and stress free!! The process should be fun, not stressful, but somehow it inherently does get to you. I kept reminding myself what the process was about – our love for one another – and that kept me focused on the right things. Also, if you’re close with your family, remember that this day means about as much to them as to you! I had to give into my parents wishes a bit more than I expected (especially because they so graciously paid for our wonderful wedding) and I think they felt the same. We all had our thoughts about how the week and day would go and had to compromise amongst all of us quite a bit. My mom and I spoke a lot and got to have fun planning. I loved that we could have fun and bond over planning the wedding, painting invitations, shopping for vases, picking out linens… and on and on. I think it’s not always that easy for everyone, but if you let go of some of the stress it can be!
Andrea’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Andrew and Jessica Photographers // Event Planner: Particulars // Venue & Caterer: The Greenbriar Inn // Floral Designer: Cori Cook Floral Design // Musician: Creekside Entertainers (Bluegrass) // Reception Band: Funkiphino // Invitations & Programs: Custom by Amanda Snyder at Scribbles // Guest Lodging: Hotel Boulderado // Wedding Gown Designer: Claire Pettibone “Kristene” from Little White Dress Bridal Shop // Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale silk chiffon from Bella Bridesmaid // Hair: Hilary Hackney
Honeymoon Location: Fiji