couple kissing at altar in front of Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods Wedding for a Gregarious Couple


March 29, 2024
Words by Skylar Caitlin
Photos courtesy of The Tinsley Co.

Two dentists walk into a bar… That might be the title of their future bestseller, but that’s not quite where Chris and Rosalyn first met. At dental school orientation, Rosalyn assumed Chris thought that he was hot stuff in his tight suit and man bun and gave him the cold shoulder. She was newly single and not interested in a new relationship, but after they actually got to know one another, Rosalyn knew he was the one. This spark grew and led the couple to the aisle in Colorado Springs with the majestic Garden of the Gods as their backdrop. 

bridesmaids in getting ready rompers, two floral pillars

Nowadays, whenever Chris and Rosalyn get a free moment, you can find them exploring their new city of Nashville, shaking up some gin cocktails, or hanging with their mini-bernedoodle, Franklin. The couple also valued their friends and family more than anything and wanted their destination wedding weekend to reflect that from start to finish. Rosalyn and Chris’ goal was to honor their family traditions while getting down with their friends on the dance floor, all tied together with a romantic, modern-meets-gothic backdrop.

couple posing on red rocks

It all started with their rehearsal dinner and traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony on Friday. Architectural arrangements were designed to compliment Saturday’s florals but in bright reds, ivories and taupes for cultural significance. 

groom with groomsmen, ceremony setup, bride with bridesmaids holding florals

For their wedding day, the couple wanted to draw inspiration from the fall landscape. The vendor team incorporated shades of burnt sienna, black, sage, bone and taupe to bring this vision to life within the overall aesthetic. Clear ceremony chairs helped keep the focus on the stunning mountainous backdrop. Guests were welcomed into the ceremony space with a champagne wall as reception tables beckoned with infused with moody details, rich textures, dark tones and fall aesthetics. 

fall colored florals, men in suits

A little Victorian Gothic goes a long way, so it was important to juxtaposition this with some modern metallics and shapes to create a balance that was dramatic but also elegant and celebratory. Modern, architectural florals with unique black and terracotta-toned candle holders offered a refined, but eclectic look, while their cake featured a figurine of their pup, who had taken a “bite” out of it. Carrying the visuals over into experiences, guests also received welcome guides, sipped on mood-inspired specialty cocktails, and enjoyed the interactive event spaces.

bride walks down aisle with dad, bride reading vows, couple place rings on each other's hands

After the couple and their nearest and dearest danced the night away, it was time for a late-night snack. Honoring a friend group tradition of asking new members of their group, “What fry are you?”, they had a fry bar of regular fries, curly fries, and sweet potato fries with a wide variety of dips and sauces. Carly, a bridesmaid who started the tradition, was honored to have her name included on the custom fry cups. For the late-night crowd, this was a huge hit!

champagne wall, reception hall with black chairs and tan tables, bridal party walking in front of Garden of the Gods

At the end of the day, Rosalyn and Chris’ wedding weekend in The Garden of the Gods was as joyous and lively as it was inspirational and charming.

reception table seating assignments, black plate place setting with velvet napkin and menu, table number card

Vendors: Photographer: The Tinsley Co.; Planner: Skylar Caitlin for Chancey Charm; Venue, Catering + Cake: Garden of the Gods Resort & Club; Hair & Makeup: Ember Hairstream; Videography: Prime Wedding Films; Rentals + Linens: Colorado Party Rentals; Florals: Southern Charm Colorado; Paper Goods: Minted; Welcome Party Lighting: Event Design by Scott & Katie; Wedding Submission Services: Published + Pretty

dog figurine on wedding cake, couple cutting cake, fry bar welcome tea ceremony sign, red table number card, couple bow to parents giving them tea signature drinks sign, shrine with fruits and candles, tables under twinkle lights tea being poured, couple hold up custom napkins with their dog

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