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Sarah and Jordan
Sarah and Jordan Papa, two Colorado lovebirds, knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together after dating for just six weeks (granted, they’d known each other for over a year). So less than two months in to their relationship, the couple eloped. On September 17, 2011 -- their two-year wedding anniversary -- the duo renewed their vows and celebrated with friends and family. Their big day's slightly rustic, vintage theme focused on all of the little details, and blended traditional and eclectic touches.
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After visiting a few venues, Sarah and Jordan chose Hillside Gardens because of its unique, yet sophisticated charm. "The indoor-outdoor reception area's view of the Rockies was a huge plus, too," Sarah says.
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Jordan, in a vest, tie, and Converse All Star sneakers, looked dapper next to his blushing bride. She wore the "Tirso" gown by Manuel Mota for Pronovias, which she bought at D'anelli Bridal. Her choice accessories: Aldo shoes, Bhldn earrings, and a custom headpiece by Jannie Baltzer.
The happy couple pose for Simply Bloom Photography on the grounds of Hillside Gardens before guests arrive for the late-afternoon ceremony.
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Even though the bride went with soft pastel flowers for the reception, she opted for simple white blooms and greenery for her bouquet.
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The pair exchanged their Shane Co. rings under a garden arch decorated with cotton branches. As a special surprise, Sarah engraved Jordan's ring. The service also excerpted from "Letters" by Hugh Mearns and "Gifts from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. And to incorporate Sarah's love of nature, the Blessing of the Apache was recited.
The bride entered the ceremony with both of her parents to an acoustic version of Coldplay’s "Green Eyes" played by a friend. At the ceremony’s conclusion, Sarah and Jordan walked back up the as "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles was played.
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The First Dance
The couple dance to "Strangers" by the Kinks. "The line 'We are not two, we are one' really summed up the emotions we experienced that night," says Sarah.
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A Little Fun
Mad Libs has been a favorite of Sarah’s family for years -- they play the word game on road trips, holidays, and even when the power goes out. To honor this beloved pastime, her mom and sister customized and designed ones for the guests to fill out.
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Mismatched chairs surrounded the tables, giving the space a warm and quirky vibe. The newlyweds' seats were decorated with ribbons.
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The bride worked closely with florist Lisa Anderson of Sweet Pea Flowers to design the event's arrangements. Nearly three dozen varieties were used and each bunch was different. Here, baby’s breath, roses, lotus pods, seeded eucalyptus, and succulents come together.
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Thistle, scabiosa, millet, baby’s breath, garden roses, and succulents make up this stunner.
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Sarah and Jordan treated friends and family to a four-course meal, prepared by Catering by Design. A mixed green salad with pears, corn, almonds, and feta cheese started it off and was followed by a roasted red-pepper and tomato bisque. The guests then chose from three entrees (filet mignon, salmon, or portobello mushroom) before finishing with dessert.
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The dessert table, adorned with a pennant-flag garland and small flower arrangements, holds small treats including macarons and mini pecan pies. The piece de resistance: a two-tier cake -- zucchini lime with lime curd filling, and red velvet with cream cheese filling -- created by Intriciate Icings.
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The bride and groom wanted to give their 41 guests something living to take home. "I thought succulents would be perfect," says Sarah. She and Jordan spent the months leading up to the big day collecting glass containers. Their florist filled them with the small plants just a couple of days before.
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Photography: Simply Bloom Photography
Location: Hillside Gardens
Catering: Catering by Design
Flowers: Sweet Pea Flowers
Stationery and Calligraphy: Rifle Paper Co.
Cake: Intricate Icings
Cake Pops: The Cake Poppery