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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Charitable Colorado Nuptials

Words by Alicia Clark
Photos courtesy of Lindsay J.C. Lack

The road to planning the perfect destination wedding can be a bumpy one, but bumpy roads often make much better memories than a smooth and straight one. When things get rough it’s important to roll with the punches and take things as they come. What might seem like a disaster at first can easily become a great story later.

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For laid-back Chicago couple Errin and Dave, any challenges encountered as their big day grew closer and closer were taken in stride and with a good dose of humor.

Errin and Dave had always had a soft spot in their hearts for the majestic mountainous landscape of Tabernash, Colorado. Their love for the rugged beauty of Colorado was solidified when Dave proposed to Errin while on a camping trip in the mountains there. It only made sense for them to return to the place they hold so dearly to say their “I do’s.

“Standing in front of the stunning backdrop, feeling the breeze and warm sun shine down, and seeing the colors of the aspens, the sky and the mountains behind us embodied everything and more we could have possibly imagined. It was nature’s very own cathedral,” the couple said.

The bride credits the help of her wedding planner, mother and sister with coordinating the Colorado wedding of her dreams. Planning a wedding from afar can be a stressful affair, but with the support of talented helpers such as an experienced wedding planner as well as assistance from family can ease some of the strain on a bride’s shoulders. Especially when said-bride is finishing up her master’s degree!

This couple’s wedding was awash with cute and quirky DIY details. The bride and groom went back to old photo albums and selected photos of parents, grandparents and even great great grandparents to be hung in thrifted frames and crackle painted in neutral tones by the bride’s sister and hung about the reception location.

“The guests loved the inclusion of family who had passed and it brought a couple guests to tears,” the bride said.

The bride’s father got in on the DIY action by hand cutting and lacquering hundreds of tree limbs and making them into coasters as favors for guests. In addition to the coasters, the bride and groom gathered over 300 river stones, placed them into small burlap sacks and put them at each place setting. The burlap sacks had a tag attached saying: “Each of the 3 river stones in your burlap bag represent $1 to be donated to charity. At the table near the entrance of the tent, please place them as you wish toward the charity or charities of your choosing.”  

On top of a table guests would find three wooden bowls representing three different charities: one chosen by the bride’s parents, another chosen by the groom’s parents and one more chosen by the couple.

For the most part, guests had a rather easy time of getting to their destination. Flights were easily arranged, the only challenge being transportation to the venue at Grand Lake. Grand Lake is located a two hour drive away from the airport and many guests had to arrange rental cars. Some guests even got lost on their way to the wedding!

“We did run into an issue the day of, a couple of my guy friends were texting me while I was getting ready saying they were stuck in Winter Park and didn’t know how to get there,” the bride said. “My gracious and kind father-in-law actually drove the 30 minutes right before the ceremony to go retrieve them and funny enough, one of them asked, ‘How do you know Dave and Errin?’”

Both bride and groom handled arising issues with grace and an upbeat attitude. A good outlook was key particularly when the bride broke her foot in two places five weeks before the wedding! Because of the injury, Errin was forced to wear a protective boot on her big day.

Despite these setbacks, this couple had the time of their lives on their wedding day. “Just like everyone says, things will go wrong,” the couple said. “But remember, it’s all part of the story, of the memory and of your life together.”

Vendors: Photography: Lindsay J.C. Lack, Wedding Planner: Kara Delay of Love This Day Events, Ceremony/Reception Site: Wild Horse Inn, Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero, Florist: Kara Delay of Love This Day Events, Groom’s/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Jos. A. Bank, Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Alfred Sung

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