Colorado Mountain Garden Wedding: Desiree & Kaitie
June 19, 2016
Desiree and Kaitie met working together at a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls. They worked together for a couple of months, but Desiree didn’t really notice Kaitie in a romantic way. Kaitie slowly started wooing Desiree with cards, creative cartoon drawings and flirtatious laughter. After grabbing a drink one night, they immediately started falling for one another, and the rest is history.
When they happened upon their venue, they weren’t even engaged, or planning for a wedding. They were simply visiting Kaitie’s parents in Gunnison. This was the first time that Desiree came up to visit, so Kaitie was showing her where she grew up. While driving up past Crested Butte, they stopped at the venue just to see. They jokingly started brainstorming about a wedding. Once they saw the view, the jokes and brainstorming became a reality. Almost the entire five-hour drive back to Denver, they planned their wedding — without an engagement, without any date. They loved the view so much, it was the only place that would suffice.
Desiree and Kaitie love brunch, so they knew they would have a brunch wedding, with plenty of coffee and mimosas. After realizing that the venue opened at 9:00 a.m., and the wedding was at 11:00 a.m., Desiree demanded that they get help. Kaitie gets a little crazy, or annoying, when it comes to details. Desiree knew that Kaitie wouldn’t enjoy the wedding as much if she was running around, setting up. At that point, they found their day-of wedding planner. Working with her was absolutely wonderful!
Desiree and Kaitie are planners. They plan everything. Within a week of dating, they shared a Google calendar. Once they started thinking about the wedding, they just began with details. They printed out to-do lists, researched caterers and decided on cake. Meanwhile, Kaitie was planning the proposal! Although the process was backwards, they wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Their planning fixation caused every detail to seem important. They wanted a coffee cart and brunch, because they love those things and they were a constant in their relationship. They had a Bucket List guest book because they love adventures and wanted their guests to be creative and give them fun suggestions. Although every detail was intentional, when it came to the wedding day, all they really cared about was marrying one another.
Kaitie’s favorite wedding memory was seeing Desiree come down the aisle. She described her reaction: “The buildup was incredible. Waiting there, with the ones I love, the beautiful surroundings, the music. I got to watch Desiree walk through a grove of aspens, by all our loved ones and up to meet me. I heard everyone comment on how great she looked, and all I could think was, ‘Wow, she is mine.’”
Desiree’s favorite memory was when Kaitie was reading her vows. She doesn’t know exactly what she said, because she was so caught up in the moment, but she read them with such emotion, such love, that Desiree will never forget the actual moment.
Desiree and Kaitie shared the following advice for other couples planning their weddings: “Invite who you want, get what cake you want, be creative and have fun. Most importantly, plan it together. It is so much fun being together through all of it, because when you get there on your wedding day, you get to see your joint vision come together for an incredible day!”