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, theyâ€™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.
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.
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 Coldplayâ€™s "Green Eyes" played by a friend. At the ceremonyâ€™s conclusion, Sarah and Jordan walked back up the as "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles was played.
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.
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.
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.
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